Winter Haven Christian Church
A.M SERMON March 15, 2020
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY)
A. Real vs. Counterfeit Christians
B. Following are five (5) ways you can know you have real faith.
I. REAL FAITH IS NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU______________
A. Scripture Reference: James 2:14; Matthew 7:21.
II. REAL FAITH IS NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU_____________
A. Scripture Reference: James 2:15; 17
III. REAL FAITH IS NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU_____________
A. Scripture Reference: James 2:18
B. Faith is like __________. You cannot see them, but you can sure see
IV. REAL FAITH IS NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU_____________
A. Scripture Reference: James 2:19; Psalm 14:1.
B. Missing heaven by __________inches!
V. REAL FAITH IS NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU_____________
A. Scripture Reference: James 2:20-23; Genesis 22; 15-16; & 22:5
B. Two illustrations of faith by two different people:________________&
A. Scripture Reference: II Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 2:8.
B. Real Faith is:
1. Believe God is your creator
2. Believe Jesus is God’s Son
3. Repent of your sins
4. Confess your sins to God
5. Be Baptized for the remission of your sins to receive God’s Holy Spirit
6. Live Daily According to God’s Will
7. THAT IS SALVATION!
A.M SERMON March 8, 2020
“TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT!”
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY) SERIES #6
A. People Problems!
B. James states three facts to help us know how to get along with people.
I. THE PRINCIPLE:_________(vs. 1)
A. Areas of discrimination
B. Strangers in Church!
II. THE PROBLEM
A. Three problems with favoritism.
1. Favoritism is___.(vs. 1) (Romans 2:11)
2. Favoritism is_________.(vs. 5-7)
3. Favoritism is_________.(vs. 8-9) (Galatians 5:14; 1 John 4:20)
B. Showing favoritism is a sin (v. 9-13)
III. THE PRESCRIPTION: ________________________
A. ________________ everybody. (Romans 15:7).
B. ________________ everybody. (Philippians 2:35).
C. ________________ everybody. (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
A. What can stop the church that’s filled with love?___________
B. How are you contributing to the atmosphere of the church?
C. The ground is level at the foot of the cross!
A.M SERMON March 1, 2020
“BLESSED BY THE BIBLE!”
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY)……….SERIES #5
A. The major bestselling book:_________________________
B. Why do people miss the blessings from the Bible?
C. James gives three steps towards our being blessed by the Bible.
I. I MUST _______ GOD’S WORD (vs. 19-21)
A. Be___________________- (vs. 19a)
B. Be___________________- (vs. 19b)
C. Be___________________- (vs. 21a)
D. Be___________________- (vs. 21b)
II. I MUST____ ON GOD’S WORD (vs. 22-25)
A. ___________________it - (vs. 25a)
B. ___________________it - (vs. 25b)
C. ___________________it - (vs. 25c)
III. I MUST_____TO GOD’S WORD (vs. 22-27)
A. Live God’s Word!
B. The test of maturity is__________________________.
C. Two different builders:____________& _____________.
A. A controlled___________________.
B. A caring________________________.
C. A clean______________________.
D. James is saying that the blessings of the Bible comes when we
A.M SERMON February 23, 2020
“VICTORIOUS OVER TEMPTATIONS!”
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY)………SERIES #4
A. Mankind’s oldest problem:______________________________
B. Two different kinds of testing.
C. Following are five principles to help you handle temptation.
A. Face the fact: You will be tempted!
B. 1 Corinthians 10:13
C Is it a sin to be tempted?
A. Accept responsibility. (James 1:13).
B. A sign of immaturity_____________________________
A. How does Satan tempt you?
1.__________________ (James 1:14).
2.__________________ (James 1:14).
3. __________________(James 1:15).
4. __________________(James 1:15).
B. Avoid temptation.
A. The key to overcoming temptation.________________________
B. Don’t argue with the devil.
1. If you don’t want to be stung, get away from the bees.
2. 1 Corinthians 15:33.
A. Let God be in control of your life.
B. What is your weak spot?
A. Scriptural Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:13.
B. “I just couldn’t help myself!”…WANNA BET?
C. What is the payoff?___________________!!!
A.M SERMON February 16, 2020
“MAKE UP YOUR MIND!”
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY)…….SERIES #3
A. Wise decisions/Dumb decisions!
B. How do you make up your mind?
I. THE PROBLEM
A. Scriptural Reference - James 1:8
B. Three ways indecision makes you unstable:
1. Unstable __________________
2. Unstable __________________
3. Unstable __________________
II. THE PRESCRIPTION:
A. Step one: ______________ your need.
B. Step two: _______________for wisdom.
C. Step three: ______________wisdom.
III. THE PROMISE
A. How does God give wisdom?
B. It is God’s nature to ______________________!
A. Chance or Choice?
B. Life’s greatest Decision:_________________?
A.M SERMON February 9, 2020
“PROFIT FROM YOUR PROBLEMS!”
(GROWING UP, SPIRITUALLY)……….SERIES #2
A. James 1:2-6
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many
B. How Can I Be Positive Under Pressure?
I. FOUR “FACTS OF LIFE” YOU NEED TO KNOW
“Consider it pure joy…because you know…”
A. PROBLEMS ARE _________________
“…whenever you face trials…”
B. PROBLEMS ARE _________________
“…whenever you face trials…”
“…”peripipto”: fall into
C PROBLEMS ARE __________________
“…trials of many kinds
D. PROBLEMS ARE _________________
“Realize that they come…to produce in you..” (Phillips)
3 PURPOSES OF PROBLEMS (vs 3-4)
1. Problems purify my ________________________________
“You know that the testing of your faith…”
2. Problems fortify my ________________________________
“…the testing…develops perseverance…”
3. Problems sanctify my________________________________
“so that you may be mature and complete, not
God’s #1 Purpose in my life: ___________________________________
For further study: Rom. 5:3-5, 8:28-29; John 1 7:17;
II. HOW TO HANDLE YOUR PROBLEMS
“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials…” (vs. 1)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously
to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (vs. 5)
“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt…” (vs. 6)
A. GOD CARES
B. THE RESULT: JAMES 1:12
A.M SERMON February 2, 2020
“MARKS OF MATURITY!”
JAMES 1:4………SERIES #1
God’s will for every person is personal growth and maturity. The book of James defines what maturity means.
WHAT MATURITY ISN’T:
God says maturity is determined by_____________________________
5 MARKS OF MATURITY
I. A MATURE PERSON IS_________________________________
“Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance and
perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and
complete not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has
stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised
to those who love Him.” James 1:12
II. A MATURE PERSON IS_________________________________
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your
neighbor as yourself you are doing right.’” James 2:8 See 2:1-6, 14-16
III. A MATURE PERSON HAS_____________________________
“We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. “James 3:2 See vs. 3-11 “Do not let any negative talk come out of your mouth but only what is helpful for building up others according to their needs…”Ephesians 4:29
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” James 1:26
IV. A MATURE PERSON IS A_______________________________
NOT A _____________________________________
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1
2 Sources of Conflict *(vs. 2-3) *(vs. 11-12)
V. A MATURE PERSON IS ________________________________
“Be patient then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming…As you know,
we consider blessed those who persevere.” James 5:7-11
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b
1. How do I handle problems?
2. Am I sensitive to other people?
3. Can I manage my mouth?
4. Am I a troublemaker or a peacemaker?
5. How long can I wait for an answer to my prayers without giving up?
B. WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?
A.M SERMON January 26, 2020
“HOPE FOR THE DOUBTING!”
A. Chippie’s dilemma!
B. Answers becoming questions!
C. The “Doubting Thomas” Syndrome:
D. Two words illustrate how Jesus Christ brought__________
To His apostles and to you and me.
A. Investigating the evidence.
B. The difference between ________and________.
C. Hebrews 11:1.
A. Seeing and believing vs. not seeing and believing (John 20:29).
B. The theme verse of John’s Gospel (John 20:31).
1. Believe in Jesus.
2. Have life in His name.
C. The “Believers Life” is the _________.
1. John 10:10; 11:25.
2. Philippians 4:13.
A. “Goodnight, Darling! See you in the morning.”
B. Believe the _________ and claim the __________!
C. “Because I live, you shall live also.” (John 14:19).
A.M SERMON January 19, 2020
“SOMETHING GOOD IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!”
A. That Big Toe!
B. Grip onto the promises of God.
C. God honors persistence.
D. Scriptural reference: II Chronicles 7:12-15.
A. What are you expecting from God?
B. Scriptural references: Jeremiah 29:11-13; Hebrews 11:1-3.
C. Creating faith!
A. Satan’s distractions.
B. Jesus’ “love me moments”!
C. Are you consistent with your walk and your faith?
D. Scriptural reference: Psalms 118:21-25.
A. Satan’s condemnation.
B. There is “NO condemnation to those who are in Jesus Christ!”
C. Scriptural references: Romans 8:1-4; John 10:7-10.
A. Kick the devil to the curb.
B. Ignite your faith…Jesus loves you!
C. Something good is about to happen!!!
A.M SERMON January 12, 2020
“LEGACY OF INTEGRITY!”
A. A $20 bill!
B. Integrity: Deciding to integrate my heart’s value into my daily actions.
C. Scripture reference: John 10:25
D. Legacy: What one leaves behind.
E. Integrity provides me with:
1. Protection (less fear) - Psalm 25:21
2. Security (greater confidence) - Proverbs 10:9
3. Guidance (better decisions) - Proverbs 11:3
4. Hope (future rewards) - Job 4:6
F. Question: How can I remain or become a person of integrity?
I. ASK GOD TO TEST YOUR HEART
A. Spiritual EKG.
B. Scripture references: 1 Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 23:7; Psalm 26:2
II. STUDY TO KNOW WHAT IS TRUE
A. Synonyms of integrity: Honesty, purity, truth, upright & complete.
B. Scripture references: II Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 4:14
III. APPLY GOD’S WORD TO YOUR DAILY
A. Scripture references: Psalm 15:1-2; James 1:22
B. Be a DOER OF GOD’S WORD!
C. Education without application is abortion.
D. One Day Dry Cleaners.
IV. REMAIN FAITHFUL IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES
A. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up on God!
B. Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31
A. A person of integrity:
1. Lives above CORRUPTION
2. Lives in SECURITY
3. Leaves a lasting LEGACY
B. Life is an echo!
C. What I say, what I do, testify as to who I am!
A.M SERMON January 5, 2020
AN OPPORTUNISTIC YEAR!”
II CORINTHIANS 4:8-18
A. Why does one person succeed, and another person fail?
B. The difference between I.Q. and A.Q.
C. The importance of perseverance.
D. The following are four familiar encouragements.
I. GET BACK UP WHEN YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN
A. The Apostle Paul’s resiliency.
B. Rejecting rejection!
C. Proverbs 24:16
D. II Corinthians 4:8-9
II. LOVE THE LORD MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF
A. The Apostle Paul’s expendability (Acts 19:30-31).
B. Matthew 16:24-25
C. Luke 16:10
III. BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE
A. The Apostle Paul believed certain spiritual postulates were factual
B. II Timothy 1:12
C. Christianity begins with:
1. Facts to be believed
2. Then faith to be expressed
3. Followed by feelings to be experienced
D. Job 13:15 (Do you believe what you say you believe?)
IV. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE GOAL
A. The Apostle Paul stayed focused on his eternal goal.
B. II Corinthians 12:2
C. Our goal is to go to heaven when we die and help others go to heaven also.
A. Jesus Christ brings to our lives:
1. Not exemption from life’s hurts, but,
2. “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
B. The “LAVISH CELEBRATION!”