Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Sermonic Pericope:
Exodus 15:1-21 (ESV)
1  Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2  The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3  The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.
4  “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
5  The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone.
6  Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
7  In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries; you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.
8  At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
9  The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
10  You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11  “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
12  You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them.
13  “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
14  The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
15  Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed; trembling seizes the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16  Terror and dread fall upon them; because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone, till your people, O LORD, pass by, till the people pass by whom you have purchased.
17  You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O LORD, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
18  The LORD will reign forever and ever.”
19  For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea.
20  Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
21  And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Sermonic Sub-Title: Sing Triumphantly (This national song glorified the Lord who the Hebrews gave full credit for their triumphant victory over Pharaoh and his Egyptian Army.) 

Sermonic Facts: This is arguably the oldest song in scripture. (Hebrews national song)

Sermonic Idea: The Israelites were completely helpless to defend themselves, their only hope was the miraculous working power of their covenantal keeping God. (This song is theologically sound and lyrically rich.)

Sermonic Tension: You have a formidable enemy. (Satan)

Sermonic Point: The Lord has the power to deliver you. (Israel were slaves in Egypt for four hundred years.)

Sermonic Structure: (There are three moves within this sermonic presentation)

A. The Lord is Moses Strength
B. The Lord is Moses Song
C. The Lord has become Moses Salvation

A. The Lord Redeemed Israel from the hands of the Egyptians
B. The Lord Redeemed Everyone
C. The Lord in Redeeming Israel totally annihilated their Enemy

A. Israel held on to the Lord's Promise
B. Israel had the Lord's Protection
C. Israel knew that they were the Lord's Possession

Sermonic Cross Reference:
Revelation 15:1-4 (ESV)
1  Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
2  And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
3  And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!
4  Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Sermonic Doctrine: This song reveals Salvation, Monotheism and the Omnipotence of the Lord.
From the Latin omnipotent, "all powerful." God's attribute of infinite power.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A.     Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
B.     Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C.     Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D.     Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Genesis 3.15; Exodus 3.14-17; 6.2-8; Matthew 1.21; 4.17; 16.21-26; 27.22; 28.6; Luke 1.68-69; 2.28-32; John 1.11-14, 29; 3.3-21, 36; 5.24; 10.9, 28-29; 15.1-16; 17.17; Acts 2.21; 4.12; 15.11; 16.30-31; 17.30-31; 20.32; Romans 1.16-18; 2.4; 3.23-25; 4.3ff.; 5.8-10; 6.1-23; 8.1-18, 29-39; 10.9-10, 13; 13.11-14; I Corinthians 1.18,30; 6.19-20; 15.10; II Corinthians 5.17-20; Galatians 2.20; 3.13; 5.22-25; 6.15; Ephesians 1.7; 2.8-22; 4.11-16; Philippians 2.12-13; Colossians 1.9-22; 3.1ff.; I Thessalonians 5.23-24; II Timothy 1.12; Titus 2.11-14; Hebrews 2.1-3; 5.8-9; 9.24-28; 11.1; 12.18, 14; James 2.14-26; I Peter 1.2-23; I John 1.6; 2.11; Revelation 3.20; 21.1; 22.5

MONOTHEISM ~ From the Greek mono, “one” and theos, “God.” The belief that there is one God and only one God. In the OT God strove to teach Israel that He alone was God; the NT clearly revealed that God was a Trinity, three in one. Acts 17.22-31; I Corinthians 8.4-6

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD ~ The characteristics of God that make Him God. They are not something were merely attribute to Him, but qualities inseparable from His Very Being. In every way that God exists, He exists without limit, that is, in perfection. God is eternal, without beginning or end (self-existent); all-powerful (Omnipotence); all-knowing (Omniscience); all-loving; long-suffering; present everywhere at all times (Omnipresence); unlimited in creative power (Omnificence). God is limited only by His own nature or character. He cannot do anything that would contradict His Very Nature or Being; this does not mean, however, that God is limited or imperfect, but only that God is God and cannot be other than himself.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Snippet from Sunday

Sermonic Pericope: 1 KINGS 3.1-28 (ESV)

1 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh's daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem.

2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the LORD. 3 Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, "Ask what I shall give you." 6 And Solomon said, "You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.

7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?"

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." 15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

16 Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house. 19 And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.” 22 But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king. 23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one. ’” 24 And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
26 Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.” 27 Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother.” 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.

Sermonic Theme: The abundance of GOD. (Omnipotent)

The quality of being all-powerful, normally understood as the power to perform any action that is logically possible and consistent with God’s essential nature. Omnipotence is one of the traditional attributes of God. Many attempts to analyze this property have been made, centering on the “paradox of the stone”—a vivid illustration of the logical difficulties raised by omnipotence. The paradox of the stone begins with the question “Can God create a stone that he cannot move?” If so, there is something God cannot do (move the stone). But if God cannot create such a stone, then there also appears to be something God cannot do. The source of the paradox is the question as to whether it is possible for an omnipotent being to limit itself.

God Is Omniscient and Omnipotent

To say that God is omniscient and omnipotent means that there can be no real barriers to God's knowing or acting. Apart from Himself, God has created everything there is to be known and sustains it in being. So is it conceivable that there is something He could not know or not have power over?
It is impossible to think of something as thwarting God's will, unless God Himself allows the thwarting—as in the human free choice to sin. But that is a circumstance that requires omnipotence, and therefore is not an argument against it.

Sermonic Subject: The paternal nature of GOD. (Omniscience)

The quality of being all-knowing. This is one of the traditional attributes of God. Omniscience is usually analyzed as knowing the truth value of every proposition. Controversy has centered around the compatibility of divine foreknowledge with human free will, though many defend the claim that there is no inconsistency. However, some argue that God’s omniscience does not extend to all future actions, either because the propositions about such actions are as yet neither true nor false or else because it is logically impossible to know their truth.

Sermonic Doctrine: Providence (GOD will provide)

The loving care and governance that God exercises over the created universe. The traditional picture of providence is one in which God, as an omniscient, omnipotent and perfectly good being, has exhaustive knowledge of the past, present and future, and exercises his power so as to ensure that every event that occurs is part of his perfect plan. Some have recently questioned such a view of providence by arguing that it does not do justice to human freedom. According to a revised view, God knows all the possibilities and knows what responses he must make to ensure that his goals are achieved. The issues raised by providence are closely linked to the problems raised by predestination and the compatibility of divine foreknowledge and human free will.

Sermonic Tension: People will test the wisdom of GOD. (Justice)

Sermonic Question: How may I receive more from GOD?

Sermonic Sentence: You will never exhaust GODS resources. (The liberality of GOD)

Sermonic Refrain: There's more where that came from.

Sermonic Cross Reference: 2 Samuel 7.14-17 ESV 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever. ’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

2 Samuel 12:24-25 ESV Solomon's Birth 24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

1 Kings 2.1-4 ESV 1 When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel. ’

1 Kings 2.10-12 ESV The Death of David 10 Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. 11 And the time that David reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty- three years in Jerusalem. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

2 Chronicles 9:1-9 ESV The Queen of Sheba 1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. 2 And Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 4 the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. 5 And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, 6 but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report that I heard. 7 Happy are your wives! Happy are these your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 8 Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for the Lord your God! Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, he has made you king over them, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” 9 Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones. There were no spices such as those that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

Nehemiah 13:26 ESV Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin.

Psalm 27.10 ESV 10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.

Psalm 37.25 ESV 25 I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.

Psalms 111:10 ESV The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Daniel 2:20-23 ESV
Daniel answered and said:
 “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
 to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons;
 he removes kings and sets up kings;
 he gives wisdom to the wise
 and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
 he knows what is in the darkness,
 and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
 I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
for you have made known to us the king's matter.”

Ephesians 3.20-21 ESV 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4.19-20 ESV 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

James 1.5-8 ESV 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double- minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:16-18 ESV Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

James 3:17 ESV But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 ESV And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV Build Your House on the Rock 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Sermonic Structure: (there are three major moves within this pericope)


1 Kings 3:3
Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places.


1 Kings 3:7
And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.


1 Kings 3:28
And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Sermonic Pericope: ESV Judges 11:1; 29-40 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah.

29 Then the Spirit of the LORD was upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh and passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD and said, "If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, 31 then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering." 32 So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the LORD gave them into his hand. 33 And he struck them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a great blow. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel. 34 Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah. And behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 And as soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot take back my vow." 36 And she said to him, "My father, you have opened your mouth to the LORD; do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, now that the LORD has avenged you on your enemies, on the Ammonites." 37 So she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions." 38 So he said, "Go." Then he sent her away for two months, and she departed, she and her companions, and wept for her virginity on the mountains. 39 And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that he had made. She had never known a man, and it became a custom in Israel 40 that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.

Sermonic Title: "The Son of a Prostitute"

Sermonic Sub-title: I made a vow

Sermonic Doctrine: Salvation (Divine Deliverance)

The general meaning of the several Hebrew and Greek words translated into English as "salvation" is "safety" and "deliverance." In the OT salvation refers to deliverance, both physically (Psalm 37.40; 59.2; 106.4) and spiritually (Psalm 51.12; 79.9). OT prophesies focus on the complete salvation of GOD'S people by the coming Messiah (Job 19.25-27); the NT teaches that these prophecies are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Jesus brought salvation through forgiveness of sins (Matthew 1.21) and the gift of eternal life. (Hebrews 5.9; Acts 4.12; Hebrews 2.10)

Sermonic Tension: The doctrine of Grace. This is where joy and pain kiss each other. (Temporary over and against Permanent deliverance)

Sermonic Question: Why did HE do it? (I know why Jephthah did it...etc. He wanted to win however, why did the LORD allow it/ accept it?...etc.)

Sermonic Refrain: Victory comes with a price. (I owe the LORD)

Sermonic Prohibition: Stop breaking your vows. (I open my mouth unto the LORD)

Sermonic Sentence: The LORD takes what we say seriously. (Matthew 12.36)

Sermonic Point: Keep your promises.

Sermonic Help: The Star of this Pericope/Novella is the LORD. The co-star is Jephthah and the best supporting role goes to Jephthah's daughter.

Sermonic Structure: (There are four moves within this Pericope/Novella)

   (A.) His mother is a prostitute
   (B.) He has the Holy Spirits presence
   (C.) He has political power
   (D.) His faith is lifted as a NT picture

    (A.) Notice he enters into negotiations personally
    (B.) Notice he enters into negotiations horizontally
    (C.) Notice he enters into negotiation vertically

      (A.) Consider the source of his victory
      (B.) Consider the size of his victory
      (C.) Consider the significance of his victory
      (A.) She's visible
      (B.) She's vocal
      (C.) She's Virtuous
      (D.) She's Valuable