Lessons from a Storm

November 24, 2010

Text: Mark 4:35-41
Title: Lessons from a Storm
“The same day” refers to the day on which Jesus gave the “parables of the kingdom.” He had been teaching His disciples the Word and now He would give them a practical test to see how much they had really learned. After all, the hearing of God’s Word is intended to produce faith (Rom. 10:17); and faith must always be tested. It is not enough for us merely to learn a lesson or be able to repeat a teaching. We must also be able to practice that lesson by faith, and that is one reason why God permits trials to come to our lives.

The storm was a part of that day’s curriculum. It would help the disciples understand a lesson that they did not even know they needed to learn: Jesus can be trusted in the storms of life. Many people have the idea that storms come to their lives only when they have disobeyed God, but this is not always the case. Jonah ended up in a storm because of his disobedience, but the disciples got into a storm because of their obedience to the Lord.

Note: Sea of Galilee – No less than nine very populous cities stood on the very shores of the lake. The Sea of Galilee is of an oval long. It is 60 miles northeast of Jerusalem and 27 east of the Mediterranean Sea. Its more remarkable feature is its deep depression, being no less than 700 feet below the level of the ocean.

Note: Let’s carefully look into this lesson.

I. The Timing of the Storm

A. It was Unexpected – v37

Proverbs 27:1
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Note – It did not take God by surprise.

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What Does the Bible Say?

November 17, 2010

What Does the Bible Say?

It is not uncommon today for an author or teacher to criticize a church for holding up a standard in Christian living. Some have suggested that a sure sign of “legalism” is when a ministry dares to mention a “list” by which one should live. But what if the Bible presents a list? What if God’s Word says we should or shouldn’t do something? Would it be okay—at a very minimum —to obey the Bible?

Listed below are Scriptures which help to form principles for genuine Christian living. Bible Baptist Church leaders are challenged to test our attitudes, actions, appearance, and associations by the following verses.

Our Personal Walk with Christ

Joshua 1:8

“8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Micah 6:8

“8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Luke 18:1

“1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
Galatians 5:16

“16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
2 Timothy 2:15

“15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17

“17 Pray without ceasing.”

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Ejecting From Our Comfort Zones

July 21, 2010


Text: Matthew 14:22-33
Title: Ejecting From Our Comfort Zones
Introduction: The African Impala can jump to a height of over ten feet and cover a distance of greater than thirty feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

Faith is leaping when you can’t see where you’re going to land. It is taking action based on the unseen fulfillment of God’s promises.

v1-12: Death of John the Baptist
vs13-21: Five thousand people miraculously fed.

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The Audience of One

June 29, 2010

The Audience of One

A story is told of a famous violinist who was to perform at a concert hall of world renown. As he stood before the packed house that night and played his violin, he mesmerized the audience with his prowess and skill. As he lifted his bow off the string on his final note, the hall erupted with thunderous applause and he was given a standing ovation. He looked at the crowd for a moment and walked off the stage only to return to render an encore performance. To the amazement of the masses gathered there that night, his encore performance was even more beautiful and flawless than the first.

He looked to the audience and left the stage for the second time, but was beckoned back by the deafening roar of the multitudes that once again stood to their feet in adulation. He gave yet another encore number, leaving the audience fumbling for words that could describe what their eyes and ears just experienced. This sequence was repeated several more times until finally this virtuoso of virtuosos finished his piece, looked to the audience, nodded his head and simply walked off the stage while the ferocious cheers could still be heard long after he exited.

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A Tribute to Fathers

June 22, 2010

Text: Hebrews 11:7
Title: “A Faithful Father”
A hard-working single dad named William Jackson Smart was the inspiration for the creation of Father’s Day. His wife died in 1898 while giving birth to their sixth child, and the Civil War veteran was left to raise the children alone in rural Washington.

In May 1909, Smart’s daughter, by then a married woman named Sonora Dodd, heard a sermon enumerating the virtues of motherhood. It was Mother’s Day, a new American holiday that had begun the previous year. Sonora decided to honor her dad’s dedication to his children by seeking to have a Father’s Day designated on the calendar. The day caught on, but it wasn’t permanently established as an annual holiday in the US until 1972.

We honor our godly fathers by obeying their instruction. And we should pray for all dads to recognize their God-given role of training in the home. —JDB

We’re thankful for good fathers, Lord,
They’re special gifts from You;
Help us to show we honor them
By what we say and do. —Sper

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A Mother’s Influence

May 10, 2010

Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-5
Title: A Mother’s Influence

Introduction: A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I”? When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother.

The Bible is filled with stories written regarding the influence of Mothers. I think of Jochebed, the mother of Moses, whose very name signifies her glory is Jehovah.

Then who could ever forget the beautiful story of Hannah who prayed for a baby boy, and when God gave him to her, she gave him back to God, the prophet Samuel.

There is Ruth, queen of the harvest field, who is in the ancestral line of our Lord.

In the New Testament, there is Mary, the mother of Jesus, preferred among women.

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Amazing Grace

April 23, 2010

All of us face times in our lives when don’t know exactly what to do, times when we get knocked down. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” He too faced trying times and in the midst of it, He claimed something that you and I can claim and that is the assurance that our God is always working and His grace is always sufficient. You and I have to understand that our greatest resource during a trial is not more education, more companions, more in the realm of human help, but rather, our greatest need when sorrowing is the anointing presence of God in our life. Which, can only be experienced through time spent with God in His Word and in prayer. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When the Apostle Paul asked the Lord thrice to remove an infirmity in his flesh, God did not choose to remove his trial, but instead He gave Paul a resource that is available to every Christian today, a resource called grace. Grace is the inner-working of the Holy Spirit in our heart, infusing in us the divine resources of God only made available to hearts fully yielded to the Lord. Paul had that supernatural enabling infused in him, that in the succeeding verses he could strongly say “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”. How could a man so weak, so frail, declare strength in the face of weakness? The answer – the grace of God.

Someone wisely said, “God is not attracted to our strengths; He is attracted to our weaknesses”. God is not impressed by our talents, abilities, and “what we can do for Him”, but rather, He is impressed when we come to the end of our resources and realize that without Him we can do nothing. You see, God made the world out of nothing, and it is only when we are nothing that God can make something out of us. When we are something, then God is not everything. As we empty ourselves of ourselves and seek the face of God for who He really is, then, and only then, will we able to experience the fullness of His power being manifested in our lives.

Colossians 1:29 “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”

Just a thought!

Bro. J