“THE EFFECT OF THE SCRIPTURE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IT”
1 THESSALONIANS 2:13
INTRO: Over the years in my pastoral ministry, I have received the following statements from people regarding the Word of God:
1) Pastor, I try to read the Bible but never get anything from it.
2) Pastor, I get so much out of the Bible I never want to put it down.
WHY IS THERE SUCH A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE’S RESPONSES WHO CLAIM TO KNOW THE LORD REGARDING WHAT THEY GET FROM THE SCRIPTURE?
● Perhaps one is NOT REALLY SAVED
● Perhaps one is NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM GOD
● Perhaps one DOES NOT REALLY BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD
● Perhaps one is SAVED AND WANTS TO HEAR FROM GOD
BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT DO YOU GET FROM THE BIBLE DAILY? Today we are going to study from 1 Thessalonians HOW EFFECTIVE THE WORD OF GOD IS in the lives of those who TRULY BELIEVE IT.
Sermon preached on 5/22/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST”
1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-12
TEXT: VERSE 4
INTRO: One of the TREMENDOUS HONORS we as BELIEVERS in CHRIST have is the PRIVILEGE of SERVING HIM ON A REGULAR BASIS. Each Christian is a MINISTER OF GOD and has a SPIRITUAL GIFT, WHICH IS A GOD-GIVEN ABILITY TO SERVE THE LORD. But it is important that WE ALL SERVE THE LORD EFFECTIVELY. The passage of scripture we will look at today gives some great principles in SERVING THE LORD EFFECTIVELY based upon the fact that we are ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL.
CONTEXT: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 is Paul’s testimony of his ministry in Thessalonica along with the team of Silas and Timothy. In these verses are QUALITIES that EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR MINISTRY. Because Paul had these qualities in his ministry, it was effective (Vs. 1). When we have these qualities in our ministries, we will be effective as well!
Sermon preached on 5/15/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“A LOOK AT THE GODLY WOMAN”
1 TIMOTHY 5:1-16
INTRO: We are living in a time when it seems that many people are confused over so many things in society, including the
proper gender of a person, the difference between a man and a woman and even if a man can give birth to a child.
Obviously, this is because of the fact that SOCIETY WITHOUT A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW, not only has no concept of the
proper understanding of gender as God has designed it, but REJECTS gender as God has designed it. As a part of rejecting
God’s design for gender, there are those who confuse and mix up the actions, attitudes and activities that define a male
and a female. Even within the realm of Christianity, you may find those who would not be able to DEFINE A GODLY MAN
AND A GODLY WOMAN. So on this MOTHER’S DAY, let’s allow the WORD OF GOD TO SPEAK OF ITSELF and give us insight
on THE GODLY WOMAN from GOD’S PERSPECTIVE.
OBSERVATION: In our text Paul is teaching how we should HONOR elderly men, women, and widows. In doing so, he gives
at least 13 CLEAR DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GODLY WOMAN.
NOTE: 1 Timothy is the PROVERBS 31 of the New Testament, thus describing the BIBLICAL VIRTUOUS WOMAN.
Sermon preached on 5/8/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“IDENTIFYING PRINCIPLES OF TRUE CHRISTIANITY”
1 THESSALONIANS 1:9,10
INTRO: In studying the Word of God we can clearly see many GREAT QUALITIES OF CHRISTIANITY. And
everyone that CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN would do well to COMPARE WHAT THEY BELIEVE A CHRISTIAN
IS, TO WHAT THE WORD OF GOD DESCRIBES A TRUE CHRISTIAN TO BE. This is important because there
are FOUR TYPES OF CHRISTIANS and ONLY ONE OF THEM IS BIBLICALLY CORRECT:
1) The Traditional Christian: Because of Family Background.
2) The Cultural Christian: Because of not being of another “Religion.”
3) The Religious Christian: Because of acting out Christian Rituals.
4) The Biblical Christian: Because of being Born Again.
SO, WHAT KIND OF A CHRISTIAN ARE YOU?
Sermon preached on 5/1/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“A COMMENDATION OF GREAT THANKS”
I THESSALONIANS 1:1-10
INTRO: “IS GOD THANKFUL FOR YOU TODAY?” Now you may respond to that question by asking “HOW DO I KNOW IF GOD IS THANKFUL FOR ME?” That is a fair question, but the answer IS NOT UNKNOWABLE. Today, right where we are, WE CAN KNOW IF GOD IS THANKFUL FOR US BY THE WAY WE ARE RESPONDING TO HIS WORD AND HIS WILL…ANOTHER WAY we can know IF GOD IS THANKFUL FOR US TODAY is by the way the Apostle Paul wrote to the CHRISTIANS AT THESSALONICA and by applying to OUR LIFE what he said TO THEM. In the passage before us, we can see clearly that PAUL GAVE A COMMENDATION OF GREAT THANKS to the Thessalonian Christians and when we OBSERVE why He gave the COMMENDATION, we can then determine: 1) IF PAUL WOULD BE THANKFUL FOR US, and more significantly 2) If GOD WOULD BE THANKFUL FOR US!
OBSERVATION: The Church at Thessalonica was a MODEL CHURCH, and no doubt was THE ONE CHURCH for which Paul and the other missionary/evangelists were the MOST THANKFUL of all they were involved with in their ministry:
● 1 Thessalonians 1:2 and 2:13
● 2 Thessalonians 1:3 and 2:13
Sermon preached on 4/24/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“THE UNPARALLELED RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST”
INTRO: As we gather here today to HONOR GOD THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, there are certain matters that we should take into consideration from which we see in our text:
1) Vs. 22: During Christ’s ministry on earth, God validated Jesus as the Messiah through a variety of supernatural means and works. (Cp. John 21:30,31; 21:25)
2) Vs. 23a: From Eternity Past, God PREDETERMINED that Jesus would die an ATONING DEATH as a part of HIS PRE-ORDAINED PLAN. (Cp. Revelation 13:8)
3) Vs. 23b: That the CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST was PREDETERMINED BY GOD does not ABSOLVE THE GUILT of those who caused it.
4) Vs. 24: Because of GOD’S DIVINE POWER, PROMISE AND PURPOSE, death COULD NOT keep Jesus in the grave.
Sermon preached on 4/17/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“CHRIST THE KING OF KINGS”
INTRO: Today is PALM SUNDAY when Christians all around the world will be focusing on the TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM WHEN HE PRESENTED HIMSELF AS THE KING OF KINGS, WHICH HE TRULY IS. As Christ entered the City, many along the road PRAISED AND HONORED HIM. Sadly, for the Jewish Nation, they REJECTED JESUS as their King and five days later the PRAISE OF THE PEOPLE turned into CURSING as the CRIED OUT TO CRUCIFY HIM. Consider some facts about the TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF CHRIST.
● The Triumphal Entry is recorded in ALL FOUR GOSPELS.
● The Triumphal Entry took place on March 9, 30 AD.
● The Triumphal Entry took place between Bethpage and Jerusalem over the Mount of Olives, through the Garden of Gethsemane, through the Kidron Valley and through the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem.
● The Triumphal Entry began the LAST WEEK of Christ’s ministry on Earth before His CRUCIFIXION when Jesus VERY DELIBERATELY PRESENTED HIMSELF TO THE JEWS AS THEIR KING!
Sermon preached on 4/10/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“WHY CHRIST HAD TO GO TO JERUSALEM”
INTRO: As we approach the SEASON OF THE CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, I believe it is appropriate for us to focus on the WORK OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS to get the THOUGHT PROCESS OF OUR MIND in gear for this tremendous season of the year. All too often we rush into and out of this season without pausing to mediate upon what the events surrounding the cross have to do with the FORGIVENESS OF OUR SIN AND ETERNAL LIFE due to the REDEMPTIVE WORK OF CHRIST ON OUR BEHALF. So today, we shall study from MATTHEW 16:13-27 WHY CHRIST HAD TO GO TO JERUSALEM. That may seem to be an insignificant statement, but without HIM GOING TO JERUSALEM, WE WOULD HAVE NO SALVATION. So, it is a VERY SIGNIFICANT STATEMENT TO CONSIDER.
Sermon preached on 4/3/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“HOW SHALL THEY HEAR?”
(GOD’S MESSAGE FOR YOU…TO THE WORLD)
INTRO: Romans 10:13-17 is one of the most direct admonitions in scripture for each Christian to be regularly involved in SPREADING THE GOSPEL.
CONTEXT: Paul is in the middle of three chapters teaching about Israel and the ultimate future of the nation. He is talking about his desire to see them come to Christ. In the process of doing so, he gives a very clear challenge for Christian believers to be involved in PREACHING THE GOSPEL. His message was applicable for Christians evangelizing the Jews in his time, and it is applicable for us in evangelizing all people…both Jew and Gentile today. (Cp. Romans 1:16)
Sermon preached on 3/27/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull
“BIBLICAL LIVING IN A SPIRITUALLY DECAYED WORLD”
INTRO: Would you agree with me that THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE IS A SPIRITUAL AND MORAL MESS?
Indeed, it is, and it has always been SPIRITUALLY AND MORALLY DEPRAVED. But as we look around and
as we draw closer to the RETURN OF CHRIST, THE DEPRAVITY OF THE WORLD IS BECOMING MORE AND
NOTE: In talking about the WORLD, I am not speaking of the GLOBE upon which we live. But rather, I am
speaking of THAT SYSTEM THAT IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF SATAN, MADE UP OF SINFUL HUMANITY,
WHICH IS DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED TO GOD IN EVERY WAY. TWO SPECIFIC CONCEPTS TO CONSIDER:
● The World System is TOTALLY DEPRAVED – 1 John 5:19
● The Humanity of the World is FULLY EVIL – Ecclesiastes 9:3
THE WORLD IS SPIRITUALLY AND MORALLY SICK AND TODAY, FROM THE PAGES OF THE WORD OF GOD,
WE WILL STUDY: THE SYMPTOMS OF THE SICKNESS, THE DIAGNOSIS OF THE SICKNESS, AND THE REMEDY
OF THE SICKNESS.
Sermon preached on 2/27/22 AM by Pastor Gary Dull