Sermons on Accountability

Jephthah’s (Not So) Tragic Vow – Pt.2 (Judges 11:29-12:7)

1. Jephthath’s  Character  (10:17-11:28) Allow me to briefly remind you what we covered last week. We noted the way Jephthah was despised and rejected by his half-brothers as they drove him out of Gilead, ensuring he would not receive any portion of their father’s inheritance. Yet, when no one was willing to lead their military against the Ammonites, they went back to Jephthah offering to make him their head. Their self-serving ambitions were evident, but we can often relate struggling with our…

“Woe To You” (Luke 6:24-26)

Introduction The world says, “Who are you to judge?” Christians need to take Jesus’ advice to “judge not…” and stay out of everyone’s personal business. They obviously haven’t read tonight’s passage. These woes stand in direct contrast to the Beatitudes in order to wake us up! Pastors need to preach both the beatitudes and the woes. Remember, this sermon was especially for Jesus’ disciples (20). These warnings apply to believers. Jesus seeks to redirect our hearts to what is eternal…

The Plumb Line (Amos 7:7-9)

Introduction Amos has warned the nation of Israel about their moral and religious hypocrisy. He has called upon them to repent, but they have not heard. At chapter 7 we saw a transition from words the Lord had spoken to Amos to visions the Lord showed Amos. Last week, we considered the first two visions which dealt with the fact of judgment, of which the Lord would relent. This afternoon we will see the third of Amos’s five visions, which…

A Farewell Sermon (Acts 20:13-38)

Introduction Read Acts 20:13-38 Paul ending his 3MJ. Imagine the physical & emotional strain. Departing all-night Worship Service – he walks 20 miles South. There is no quit in this man! We would expect him to seek peace and quiet, but he appears to be encouraging others. Fueled by a task much greater than him. He knew churches would close doors without strong leadership. He calls the elders for one last word. Every Church needs to have men of compassion…

Companions in Ministry (Acts 18:18-28)

Introduction Paul’s ministry hardships were many: Blinded at conversion Escaped two murder plots Jewish and Gentile persecution Escaped mistreatment and stoning Stoned and left for dead Separation from Barnabas Beaten and imprisoned in Philippi Run out of Thessalonica and Berea In Corinth, Paul faced more Jewish opposition (v.12). Finally, protected by Gallio’s statement, Paul peacefully remains in Corinth “many days longer” (Acts 18:18). Problem: We want comfort. We don’t want to exert too much energy, nor do we want to…

The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-35)

The Jerusalem Council is a model for handling disputes of theological nature. Both sides voiced concerns. The Church stood firm on the gospel of grace, but revealed a cultural sensitivity that was necessary to maintain fellowship.