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Hardened Hearts


Matthew 11:16-24


August 20th 2017






Intro- Man is worried about a disease called hardening of the arteries but the Bible tells us of a much greater concern, the hardening of the heart. A bag of cement left in a damp environment, doesn't need water to turn rock hard. Likewise just participating in a sinful event can start the spiritual hardening of the heart.




I. Sin hardened people discredit the messenger. (16-19)


A. This generation is much like ours today. 2Tim.4:3-4


B.  John was to legalistic. Matt.3:1-2


1.  Must be of Satan they said. Mt.9:32-34,


2.  Truth was he was chosen by God before birth. Lk. 1:15


C.  Jesus was too liberal!


1.  He associated with sinners!  Matt.9:11


2.  God intends for us to be in the world but not of it. Jn. 17:17-18. Rom. 12:2, Eph.5:11




II. Sin hardened people ignore the message, the sin of indifference.


A.  Jesus is the Messiah - you must believe that to be saved. Acts 4:12, Rom.10:9, Jn 11:25


B.  You must repent of sin - not optional. Luke 13:3.  


C.  Those who do not ignore these truths will prove to be wise. Matt. 7:24




III. Sin hardened people are blind to the fixture. 2Cor.4:4


A.  The end result of a hardened heart is to perish. Rom.2:5. Lk 12:10 Matt.25:31, 41, Pr.29:1


B.  Heaven is for those who repent of sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 10:13, Jn.l:12


C.  Spiritual victory, is for those who listen to and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Heb.3:12-14



Con. Hardening of the heart in the unbeliever - is rejection of Christ, refusal to repent, refusal of salvation. In the believer – it is when prompted by the H.S. to change or repent, they refuse. It starts as backsliding but if not checked it ends in the loss of your salvation.


Benefits of Being Justified


Romans 5:1-11


August 13th 2017

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Intro – the bible tells us that when we trust Jesus we are justified.(Gal.3:6, Rom.4:5) Our text today expands on what that means.




I.  We have peace.  5:1, 8-10


A. It means we are not at war with God. 1Thess.5:9


1. We are not rebelling against Him like Adam and Eve.  Ex.23:20-21 (10)


2. Faith restores our relationship. James 2:23, Matt.6:10, Gal.2:20


B. Faith means being calm and at rest in the midst of turmoil.


1. A peace only Jesus can give. Jn.14:27, Jn.16:33


2. A peace the world cannot understand. Phil.4:7, Rom.8:28


3. A peace that comes from knowing you’re saved. Col.1:20, 1Jn.1:7, 1Thess.5:23




II. We experience God’s grace 5:2, 6-7


A. The acronym God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.


1. Punishment vs salvation. Heb.9:28, 1Pet.2:24


2. Death vs life. Rom.6:23, Jn.11:25-26, 2Cor.5:8, 1Jn.3:14, Jn.5:24


3. Sin vs righteousness. 2Cor.5:21


B. We are complete in Christ and have been empowered to have victory over sin.Col.2:10, Rom.7:24-25




III. We have hope 5:2, 5, 11


A. The bible speaks of 2 kinds of hope, a doubt based hope and an assurance based hope.


B. We do not hope (doubt) we are saved, we know we are. 1Jn.5:12-13


C. Because we know we are saved we have hope (assurance) for the future. Heb.11:1, Heb.6:17-19



Con. When you come to Jesus for forgiveness you can be assured you have eternal life.




Romans  8:1-8


July 30th 2017






Intro – To justify means to prove to be right, to make something or someone right. Biblical when we speak of justification it is the act of God making us right in His sight. Considering this subject there are three questions we need to consider.




I. Do agree with what God says about us?


A. Many think they do. Luke 18:10-14


B. God determines who we are and what we should be. Rom.5:12


1. Be holy – 1 Peter 1:13-16


2. Don’t sin – Romans 6:12, Matt.5:20, James 2:10


C. God demands perfection. Matt.5:48




II. Do you recognize your imperfections?


A. Some don’t, Jesus tries to help them see sin. Matt.5:22, 28, 44


B. We are all sinners. Rom.3:10, 23, 1Jn.1:8


C. Your own heart can deceive you. Jer.17:9, Ps.139:23




III. Do you know how to fix the problem?


A. No sin can enter heaven. Rev.21:27


B. You cannot work away your sin. Is.64:6


C. You must believe. 2Cor.5:21, Col.2:10


D. You must just receive the free gift of forgiveness. Rom.6:23, 1Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13




Con. Many go into eternity lost and doomed for hell because they never took the final step of faith. Thy never received the forgiveness that Jesus offers.  Don’t be one of those who refuse to repent and believe.





Matthew 7:12-14


August 6th 2017






Intro: there are three main subjects in our text today and yet they all tie together.




I. The Golden Rule. (12)


A. To obey this rule is to obey the commandments (the Law and Prophets).


1. Many strain and labor under the OT law. Rom.3:20, Mt.19:21-22


2. Jesus simplified the law for us. Mt.22:39, Rom.13:8-10, Gal.5:14, Matt.5:17


B. To be under the law is to place yourself under the curse. Gal.3:10,13, Rom.8:1-4


C. This rule separates those on the board way for those on the narrow way.


1. Those on the board way are those who try to win God’s favor by keeping the law. Judaizers


2. Those on the narrow way, by grace allow Christ to live His life through us. Gal.2:20


D.  Jesus demonstrated this kind of love. Rom.5:8




II. The wide gate and board way.  (13)  Is.5:20-21


A. It’s easier, many doors open automatically. 1Pet.5:8


1. It’s easier to go with the crowd. Matt.27:22-23


2. It’s easier to justify yourself as better. Hypocrites – Mt.6:5, Mt 23:15


B. Wide entrance means easy entrance. Rom.5:12


C. The end result is an eternity in hell. Rev.20:14-15




III. The small gate and narrow way. (14) Luke 13:3


A. Only one at time and only one gate, only by invitation. Jn.14:6, Jn.6:44


B. It is the way of grace. Eph.2:8-9, Gal.5:4, 8, 1Thess.5:23-24, Phil.1:6


C. You will never be a part of the majority. Luke 13:23-24, Matt.22:14




Con. The small gate is the way of grace. If you do not accept that God’s grace as sufficient for your salvation you will not enter in on the narrow way. Gal.5:4 Many will never understand God’s grace, that Jesus paid it all, that His blood is sufficient to cleanse from all sin. Those who do will not seek to keep the law but rest in the fact that Jesus has kept it for them.




Genesis 25:7-11


July 23rd 2017


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Intro – We can learn several things from Abraham’s death.  I think every person wants to leave this world having had a positive influence on those who they leave behind.  Abraham did that, he showed the difference faith can make.




I. He died in peace. Gen.15:15


A. A Christian has inner peace at the time of his/her death. Lk.2:14, Lk.2:29, Jn.14:27, Lk.19:42, Ps.29:11


B. It is possible to have a false peace. Jer.6:14, Is.57:21,


C. A Christian’s peace is based on faith in Jesus Christ. Rom.5:1, Is.26:3, Phil.4:7, Col.3:15, 2Thess.3:16




II. He died “satisfied”. (8)


A. A promise fulfilled by God. Ps.107:8-9, Mt.5:6, Prov.19:23, Phil.4:11, Heb.13:5


B. Unbelievers will never be satisfied. Prov.27:20, Is.57:20, Lk.12:17-20




III. He died in faith. Heb.11:13


A. Believers are those who look forward to heaven. Col.3:1-4, 2Tim.4:8


B. He was not interested in remaining where he was. Heb.11:16, Phil.1:21


C. We also look forward to a better place. Jn.14:1-3




Con. How will you leave this world? What kind of heritage will you leave behind? Will you let your faith in the promises of God produce peace and satisfaction that others will be able to see


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