Matthew 26:26-30


Feb.3rd 2019




Intro- It’s good to review what the bible teaches us about communion. Who should take it? What is accomplished by taking it? Why do we have communion?




I. We come to the communion service with a profession of faith.


A. Without faith you receive no benefit. Heb.11:6, 1Cor.11:26


B. If you are not a believer you should not take communion.


C. We believe Christ is present. Heb.13:5,


1. This “is” my body. We by faith believe this. Matt.18:20


2. He has a physical as well as a spiritual body. Jn.6:48-50, 63


3. To have Christ in us is to have His Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Acts 2:39, Jn.15:4, Jn.14:15-18




II. We come offering ourselves to Christ. Rom.12:1


A. There are times you should not take communion.


1. When you are too young to comprehend sin and grace.


2. When you have not dealt with sin in your life. Matt.5:23-24


3. If you are not a believer. 1Cor.11:27-29, Heb.10:29


B. This is a time to recommit yourself to Christ.




III. We come for spiritual renewal.  2Thess.2:16-17


A. Jesus reminds us that we are forgiven. Ex.12:23, 1Jn.1:7


B. The visible elements remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.  Jn.3:16, Rev.1:5, Jn.6:40




Con. Be assured that your sins are forgiven by the precious blood of the Lamb of God. Is.1:18



Balaam vs God




Jan.27th, 2018




Intro – to understand our text today you need to review the entire account of Balaam in scripture. 


            See Numbers 22:12, 22:17, 22:19, 22:22, 23:25. Our text picks up with Balak’s angry response to      Balaam. Take note of Balaam’s downward spiral into sin.




I.  God communicates with Balaam.


A. God communicates with all of us.  Heb.1:1-2, Jn.16:8, Jn.6:44


B. Through our consciences. Rom.2:14-15, Acts 2:37, Lk.3:10, 12, 14


C. First preach sin 2Pet.2:15, then gospel. Lk.3:7,18,  1Jn.1:9




II. Balaam questions God’s authority.


A. Balaam went against God’s stated will.  Num.22:19, 32


B. Thus he questioned God’s authority. Jude 11,


C. When God clearly says something is sin don’t ask for a second opinion. 1Sam.28:6-7 (Saul)


D. When God says something is true, don’t doubt it.  1Tim.6:20, Col.2:8




III. Balaam encouraged sin through compromise.


A. He got the Israelites to sin. Num.31:16, Rev.2:14


B. Don’t compromise with the world.1Jn.2:15-17,  2Cor.6:15-17


C. Don’t cause others to stumble. Rom.8:21, Matt.18:6, Matt.24:11




Con.  Balaam found out God keeps His word.  Num.31:8. This is true for us also. He keeps His word concerning punishment. He keeps His word concerning forgiveness. 





Luke 2:41-52






Intro- Being subdued is not something one likes to think about. It speaks of being conquered or defeated. In our text (vs 51) today we see Jesus subjected Himself or placed Himself under another’s authority. This is true humility.




I. He willing put Himself in subjection.


A. He refused to use His divine powers. Phil.2:7-8


B. He put Himself under His parent’s authority even though they did not understand. (49) Heb.5:8


C. He placed Himself under governing authority. Jn.19:11




II. He did this as an example for us.


A. Parents        Eph.6:1, Col.3:20


B. Spouse        Eph.5:21


C. Disciples    Jn.13:5, 13, 15


D. Government            Rom.13:1, Titus 3:1


E. Spiritual leaders     Heb.13:7, Heb.13:17


F. God the Father        Matt.26:42, Rom.10:3




III. His parents were not perfect.


A. He was!  Heb.4:15. Yet He obeyed His parents. Rom.3:23


B. No human institution is perfect but we must respect authority. Rom.13:2




Con. If we cannot respect human authority we will be unwilling to show respect for God’s authority over us.






John 2:1-11

Jan.20th, 2019




 Intro – With the lack of any biblical evidence to indicate otherwise we can assume Jesus had lived what would be a pretty normal human life. Heb.4:15.  Our text reflexes that truth but shows us this was about to change.

 I. He attends a wedding.


            A. He always knew what His mission was.  (4) Luke 19:10

            B. He had spent 30 years manifesting His human side. Lk.2:51-52
                        1. Obeyed His parents
                        2. Helped His father
                        3. Showed kindness to all.

C. He still showed He cared about human events. Rom.12:15, Lk.15:10, Jn.11:35, Lk.19:41-44, 1Peter 5:7

II. Mary knew her Son.


            A. She had 30 years to ponder His being special. Lk.2:19, Lk.2:51

            B. He had not performed any miracles. (11)

            C. Mary still knew enough to know He was in charge. (5)

 III. Jesus starts to reveal Who He is. (11)

            A. John spoke of this day. Jn.1:14

                        1. Word became flesh – His birth.

                        2. Dwelt among men – His life from birth to 30.

                        3. Saw His glory – His ministry years, 30-33. Mt.16:15-16

            B. His glory refers to His deity. Jn.11:4, Jn 12:16, Jn.17:10, 2Thess.1:10

            C. He would perform many other “signs” to prove He is God. Jn.5:36, Jn.10:37, Jn.15:24

 Con. When you read of His miracles do you believe?  Jn.1:12.   Although not physically here on earth He still performs miracles to help you believe. Do you believe?





Matthew 2:19-23


Jan.6th 2019





Intro – Although our text may not have any profound theological statements in it, we can learn something from how Joseph and Mary responded to the Lord.  They are a good example for us to follow.




I. Joseph had learned obedience.  Deut.28:2


A. He was going to break off his engagement until told not to. Lk.1:38, Mt.1:19-20


B. He left his house as the angel commanded. Mt.2:13


C. He obeyed the Lord to leave Egypt.  (21)


D. He showed great patience. They remained in Egypt 2-3 years.  James 5:7




II. Joseph did not have the full picture.


A. He obeyed without having all the details. Jer.29:11, Ps.40:5


B. God’s will was accomplished through Joseph’s actions. Matt.1:22-23, Matt.2:17-18, Mt.2:23


C. God directed his path as he lived in obedience. Mt.6:33, Prov.3:5-6, Ps.119:133




III. Joseph was a part of a bigger picture.


A. He did not get further instruction until he obeyed the first command. (22)


B. Christ had to grow up in Nazareth. (23)


C. To be called a Nazarene was a reproach. Jn.1:46, Jn.19:19, Is.53:3. Ps.22:6-7, Is.49:7


D. We should see our lives as a part of the bigger picture.




Con. – Let us be like Joseph and Mary. When the Lord leads us let us obey and trust Him to carry out His will.


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