SERMON: “Having Possessions and Being Possessed” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Matthew, Sermon Manuscripts, Sermons | 1 comment

Here is the video of the sermon I preached Sunday at the Shiloh Church on Matthew 6:19-21. I called it, “Having Possessions and Being Possessed.” In the message, I argued that to have possessions without being possessed by them, you must… I. Be concerned of where your treasure resides (vv. 19-20) II. Be committed to treasure that remains (vv. 19-20) III. Be concerned about what your treasure reveals (v. 21) You can also read...

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God Is Good All The Time! (James 1:16-18)

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Sermon Manuscripts, The Epistle of James | 0 comments

In his book, Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, R. KENT HUGHES tells of a dark night of the soul that he went through and how the Lord brought him out. Kent Hughes had been groomed for success. It was no surprise that he was chosen to plant a new church. Expectations were so high that there were whispers that his new church would soon outgrow the mother church. But several years later, there were very few signs of life, growth, or...

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"Assembly Required" (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Hebrews, Sermon Manuscripts | 0 comments

Acts 2 records the birthday of the church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the 120 believers who were assembled in the Upper Room. It also records the growth process of the infant church. On the Day of Pentecost, about 3000 people believed the gospel, repented of their sins, and were baptized as followers of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:42 says: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the...

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Count Your Blessings

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Ephesians, Sermon Manuscripts | 0 comments

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (Ephesians 1:3) Ephesians 1:3-14 records what is called THE HYMN OF GRACE. It is so because scholars tell us that these verses record an actual hymn of praise that was sung in worship by the early church. Whether or not this is true, the content of this passage is still accurately labeled a hymn of grace. In the original Greek text, these twelve verses comprise only one sentence, even though no English versions translate it...

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Having Possessions and Being Possessed

Posted by on Sep 17, 2010 in Sermon Manuscripts, Stewardship, The Sermon on the Mount | 1 comment

Matthew 6:19-21 marks a transition in THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. In the first half of this chapter, Jesus explains how righteous people practice religion. Verses 1-4 address how righteous people give. Verse 5-15 address how righteous people pray. Verses 16-18 address how righteous people fast. In the later half of this chapter, Jesus moves from warning his disciples about the consequences of hypocrisy to calling his disciples to embrace the...

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Making Time for God

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Sermon Manuscripts, The Ten Commandments | 3 comments

MAKING TIME FOR GODExodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 continues the train of thought of the previous three commandments. The first commandment -“You shall have no other gods before me” – instructs us to have the proper object of worship. The second commandment – “You shall not make for yourself a cared image” – instructs us to have the proper manner of worship. The third commandment – “You shall not take the name of the Lord...

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