Monday, November 24, 2008


Sunday Sermon
November 23, 2008
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture

ESV Isaiah 40:1-8 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." 6 A voice says, "Cry!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Sermonic Sentence: This pericope teaches us about the transient nature of all flesh and the timeless truth of God’s word.

Sermonic Point: All flesh will be changed by a word that never changes.

Sermonic Context:

NLT 2 Kings 18:13-20 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah's reign, King Sennacherib of Assyria came to attack the fortified cities of Judah and conquered them. 14 King Hezekiah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: "I have done wrong. I will pay whatever tribute money you demand if you will only go away." The king of Assyria then demanded a settlement of more than eleven tons of silver and about one ton of gold. 15 To gather this amount, King Hezekiah used all the silver stored in the Temple of the LORD and in the palace treasury. 16 Hezekiah even stripped the gold from the doors of the LORD's Temple and from the doorposts he had overlaid with gold, and he gave it all to the Assyrian king. 17 Nevertheless the king of Assyria sent his commander in chief, his field commander, and his personal representative from Lachish with a huge army to confront King Hezekiah in Jerusalem. The Assyrians stopped beside the aqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near the road leading to the field where cloth is bleached. 18 They summoned King Hezekiah, but the king sent these officials to meet with them: Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace administrator, Shebna the court secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the royal historian. 19 Then the Assyrian king's personal representative sent this message to King Hezekiah: "This is what the great king of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you so confident? 20 Do you think that mere words can substitute for military skill and strength? Which of your allies will give you any military backing against Assyria?

NLT 2 Kings 19:20 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I have heard your prayer about King Sennacherib of Assyria.

NLT Luke 3:1-6 It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene. 2 Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living out in the wilderness. 3 Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned from their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. 4 Isaiah had spoken of John when he said, "He is a voice shouting in the wilderness: 'Prepare a pathway for the Lord's coming! Make a straight road for him! 5 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills! Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places! 6 And then all people will see the salvation sent from God.' "

Sermonic Structure:

(Isaiah 40.1-2)



Friday, November 21, 2008


There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. Moreover, if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.
These are the words of Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman (1900 – 1981)

I hear the Apostle Paul saying to the church at Ephesus,

Ephesians 3.20–21 (The Message)

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Sunday Sermon
November 16, 2008
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Scripture: ESV 1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Sermonic Tension: The spirit of the Antichrist and the doctrine of Docetism

· ANTICHRIST First used in the Johannine Epistles (1 John 2.18; 22; 1 John 4.3; John 7), the term signifies those who deny Christ’s Incarnation. It has also been used to signify the prince of the enemies of Christ. In the Gospels, Christ warns of one who would come and try to deceive the elect in His name (Matthew 24.24; Mark 13.22). Paul warns of the “man of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2.3; 8; 9) who will come and do miracles (2 Thessalonians 2.9-10) and deceive many. The Antichrist is described in Revelation as “the Beast,” and his appearance is the prelude to the parousia (Second Coming) of the Lord Jesus. At this time, the Antichrist will be defeated by the Lord. Speculation about the identity of the Antichrist has been common throughout church history. The early Church believed the Antichrist was a person such as Caligula, Simon Magus, or Nero. Others felt that the Antichrist was the Arian heresy popular in the early Church. During the Reformation (and to this day in some less-educated Protestant circles) the Antichrist has been identified as the pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

· DOCETISM From the Greek dokein, “to appear,” “to seem.” Docetism teaches that the humanity of Jesus was not real; He was a divine being who only seemed to have a human body. The belief was widespread among those who held that Christ could not suffer and still be Divine, and also among those who believed that Christ’s having a material body would have tainted Him with sin. Docetism was opposed by the framers of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and soundly defeated at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, where it was affirmed that Jesus was “truly God and truly man.” See: Apostles’ Creed; Chalcedon, Council of; Nicene Creed.

Sermonic Point: There is no reason for a child of God to fear or experience failure. God has declared us the winner of every fight. (Live to win)

Since this premise is true, (1 John 4.4) then why do I feel like such a failure? Either you are not saved or you are ignorant of your salvation.

Sermonic Structure:

(Little children, you are from God)

(And have overcome them)

(for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Sunday Sermon
November 9th 2008
Rhema Community Church

Sermon Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture: Romans 13.1-7

ESV Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Sermonic Sentence: Citizens of God’s kingdom are marked by total obedience unto Him.

Sermonic Subject: Civil obedience (Our government is in God’s hands)

Sermonic Tension: Being a Christian does not mean that I’ve been called into a life of passivity. As a Christian, I am always speaking truth to power. Never forgetting that as a child of God, we hold dual citizenship. We are heavenly minded and we are earthly good.

Sermonic Structure:

I. Acknowledge that all power belongs to God. (Romans 13.1)

II. Acknowledge that all promotion comes from God. (Romans 13.1-6)

III. Acknowledge that all politicians are respected out of our obedience to God. (Romans 13.7)

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Sunday Sermon
November 2, 2008
Rhema Community Church

Sermon Skeleton

ESV Luke 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

Sermon: “What’s Love got to do with it?”

Sermon Scripture: Luke 10.25-37

Sermon Sentence: Hurting people matter to God.

Sermon Tension: Aren’t you glad that God does not love us the way we love people.

Sermon Subject: Christian Ethics (1 John 4.20/ John 15.12/ John 15.17)

Sermon Structure:

I. We are commanded to love (Leviticus 19.18/ Deuteronomy 6.5/ Luke 10.27, 28 & verse 37)
II. We’ve been given the capacity to love (Luke 10.27)
III. We are saved because of Jesus Christ love (Luke 10.30-36)


I couldn’t stop staring at her it was one hot August Sunday afternoon in Smithdale Mississippi at the Rose Hill Baptist Church were the famous gospel quartet groups “The Williams Brothers” & “The Jackson Southernaires” family attended.

Church was packed people were shouting lifting their hands and voices in exaltation to the Lamb. However, I was caught up in the essence of her (heaven help me).

I tried with everything within me to look away but something deep down within me kept drawing me back to her face. The benediction was given she went her way and I went mine thinking to myself that I’ll never see her again.

Not knowing that the providence of God was already at work so, I boarded a plane headed back to California to start my academic year. And whose face did I see when I open the door to my first period science class?

Now I’m not a prophet nor am I a son of a prophet but that particular day I took that as a sign. We later on got married and today we are celebrating 17 years of wonderful marriage.

May the Lord God bless us to have seventeen more wonderful years of marriage.

Happy Anniversary Baby!

NLT Matthew 19:6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together."


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Biblical Software

Libronix Digital System is not all that I have. I have software other than “Libronix.” I have gone without literally my entire family and I have made great sacrifices just so that I could buy books. I would not be the serious student of biblical exposition that I am today if it were not for these sacrifices made. Currently I have close to a thousand books in my physical library which all happen to be in boxes in storage today do to the unfortunate fire that happen earlier this year to my beloved church “Rhema.”

That’s why I haven’t completed updating my digital library system on my blog. I am still trying to talk my wife into bringing my books home. Because unbelievably my books still have the smoke smell from the fire and I don’t know what to do to get the smoke smell out. Not to mention the books that I did lose in the fire.

Therefore, if it had not been for Biblical software I would not have the opportunity to do an adequate job of sermon preparation from week to week. Finally as a Senior Pastor for the past eleven years and a Gospel preacher for the past twenty one years, and someone who has to be ready to preach every week I’ve gone through quite a bit of study habits and routines. Therefore, for the serious student and the busy pastor and husband, father and Christian that I am I need my digital tools.

Here are some other biblical tools that I have and use every week that I did not mention. Bible Works/ Word Search/ Quick Verse/ Pradis/ The Interpreters Bible/ The Reformation History Library/ The Works of John Wesley/ The Early Church Fathers/ St. Thomas Aquinas and the Summa Theologica/The Tozer Digital Library/ Greek Tutor and Basic Biblical Greek just to name a few.

So forgive me, I’m a little sensitive right now because of the fire I don’t have access to my books as I am accustom.

NLT 2 Timothy 2:15 Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Sola Scriptura