Sermons from April 2018

Sermons from April 2018

The Baggage of Worry

Paul instructs us in Philippians 4:6 to ”not be anxious about anything” and Solomon said in Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.” Since Scripture instructs us not to worry and indicates that worry is burdensome we can safely conclude that worry is always baggage. This week, as we conclude our study of baggage, we focus on the baggage of worry in an attempt to not only identify it, but also to check it. Sermon Handout…

Dragon Con

In Revelation 12 we are introduced to “a great red dragon” who is identified as “that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world.” Up to this point in Revelation, Jesus has provided a behind the scenes look at how God is in control despite the fact that, at times, it seems as though Rome is in control. Now, Jesus pulls back the curtain a little further to reveal who is the ultimate…

The Baggage of Anger

Anger is a natural human emotion that one cannot prevent themselves from experiencing all the time. That is why Scripture does not condemn anger in and of itself. However, anger can become baggage when either the source of it or the handling of it contradicts the teachings of Scripture. This week, as we continue our study of baggage, we focus on the baggage of anger in an attempt to not only identify it, but also to check it. Sermon Handout…

Can I Get A Witness?

Revelation 1:3 said, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who KEEP what is written in it.” To this point in Revelation, there has not been a lot in the way of instruction for the church to “keep.” That is where the interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet comes into play. From the vision of the little scroll, the measuring of the temple, and the two witnesses,…

The Baggage of Guilt

At some point in time, all of us have done something wrong that negatively affected our relationship with others as well as our relationship with God. And sometimes it can be very hard for us to forgive ourselves of these mistakes. When we fail to forgive ourselves, we tend to convert our guilt into baggage. This week, as we continue our study of baggage, we focus on the baggage of guilt in an attempt to not only identify it, but…

When The Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound

Back in Revelation 5, John saw the Lamb take a scroll, which was “sealed with seven seals” out of the hand of “the One who was seated on the throne.” Then, in Revelation 6, the Lamb began opening the seven seals. As the first six seals are opened, they reveal what the church would endure at the hands of Rome, but they also revealed that God is still in control. When the seventh seal is opened, it introduces us to…

The Baggage of Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is a term that originally referred to an actor. Over time, it became associated with anyone who wore a figurative mask or pretended to be something they were not. As Christians, we are instructed to “rid” ourselves of “hypocrisy” (1 Peter 2:1), which insinuates that it is baggage. In this lesson we will investigate what makes hypocrisy baggage, how we might be guilty of it, and what we can do to check it. Sermon Handout 1So put away all…

The Baggage of Despair

Sometimes life throws you a curveball, and, when it does, you may be left feeling discouraged, deflated, or even defeated. Such experiences can cause you to inherit the baggage of despair. This week, as we continue our study of baggage, we focus on despair because the resurrection is God’s ultimate remedy for any baggage that leaves you feeling hopeless. Sermon Handout 17 my soul is bereft of peace;     I have forgotten what happiness is; 18 so I say, “My endurance has perished;…