Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Restoring Joy – Seek Peace & Pursue it

Ephesians 4:32New American Standard Bible 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven [a]you. Psalm 34:14New American Standard Bible 14 Depart from evil and do good;Seek peace and pursue it.

Restoring Joy through Thankfulness

Worship Grows in Gratitude— You just can’t hide it Greetings Prayer Singing Attentiveness to the Bible Care for your brethren Philippians 2:14 English Standard Version 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

Respects Begets Respect

Four ways to build respect 1.Change your attitude—find the good in people, events and things. 2.Change your conversation—speak the truth in love. 3.Find better sources of information—you don’t have to listen to the news. 4.Stop listening to wreckers—bad company Romans 13:5-6English Standard Version 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.

The Road to Progress

If you:1.Listen to sermons just to affirm your present beliefs, you have come to the wrong place 2.Read the Bible to support you present religious ideas and practices, you have come to the wrong book 3.Believe that listening is something that is best done by the other person, you have come to the wrong Jesus. 4.Seek to insert Jesus’ teachings into the philosophies of this world, then you will never hear what Jesus is actually saying. 5.Are willing to hold…

I’m Sorry

Clayton’s Apology•The apology you make when you’re not really sorry. Herod’s sorrow didn’t save John The Baptizer Saul’s sorrow didn’t stop him from trying to kill David 2 Corinthians 7:10 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance [a]without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Upload to the Cloud

Hebrews 11:4 4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying [a]about his gifts, and through [b]faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.

Render Unto Caesar

Matthew 22:15-22 Tribute to Caesar 15 Then the Pharisees went and [a]plotted together how they might trap Him [b]in what He said. 16 And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and [c]defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 Tell us then, what do You think? Is it [d]lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their [e]malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show…

Clean Your Heart – Part 1

Traditions verses Commandments Scribes and Pharisees saw the oral traditions of ‘The Elders’ as authoritative: They saw themselves as part of a succession of leaders passing on God’s will… •Moses•Aaron•Priests•70 Elders•Tribes of Israel•Synagogues•Themselves Matthew 15:1-3  15 Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for…

The Mind of Christ

Humble—•Emptied Himself•Servant•Son of Man•Obedient—cross•Saviour Christ’s Mind—It’s impact upon you! Christ’s Mind—How do we know? He has left a Witness—The Bible•OT anticipates Him•Gospels reveal Him•Acts preaches Him•Letters teach Him•Revelation glorifies Him Philippians 2:5-8 5 Have this attitude [a]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [b]grasped, 7 but [c]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the…

I am Resolved

Not these kinds of resolutions. •Easily made•Easily broken•Easily forgotten Habits are hard to break•If you do not fill the void, Satan will. When I was young, I was a slave to my passions. Now that I am old, I am a slave to my habits. Living in Maybe-LandGod doesn’t abide thereNothing much gets done of any value Joshua 24:15 (NASB) 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods…