Introduction: In the mid 1960s the British show Danger Man made its American debut. It was about a secret agent named John Drake who worked for an Intelligence Agency known only as M9. Honestly I don’t remember much about the show since I was only 7 or 8 at the time.
Introduction: Over the past three decades I have had the privilege of serving in full-time Christian ministry. Through the years I have collected a few thought-provoking statements, each of which has challenged me to lead well.
Introduction: The ancient Hebrew historian Josephus said that at the time of Christ there were 204 towns and villages in and around Galilee that had a population of at least 15,000 people. If you do the math that comes to a little over 3,000,000. In our passage for this morning we read that … Jesus went through all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
Introduction: This past April 30-year-old Tommy Larkin began searching for his long-lost biological brother. He didn’t know how far he’d have to travel from his home in Newfoundland, Canada but he thought it was about time he reached out and make the connection. So he contacted the agency that arranged adoptions for both boys when they were toddlers.
Introduction: This morning I want to begin a new preaching series called Neighboring 101. Now we have said repeatedly that one of the major reasons why this church exists is to minister to our surrounding communities so that they experience God’s love and are drawn to the Lord as a result. Even as I say these words, it occurs to me that this is going to require a shift in our thinking from the ministry paradigm that for decades was used to measure success in the local church by almost every church in America (butts and bucks) to a brand new model.
Opening: This is the twelfth and final message in our series, “Unstoppable Faith.” The Bible says that with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). And so when we put our trust and faith in God and His Word, we can do anything that He wants us to do. Now indulge me for a few minutes as I provide a brief summary of what we’ve learned by studying Hebrews 11, often called the Hall of Faith.
I recently retired from a 25 year career as a public speaker, motivational speaker, corporate spokesperson working with some of the largest corporations in the world. Companies like Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes Benz to name a few.
Opening: This morning we’re back in Hebrews chapter eleven looking once more at some Old Testament saints who walked by faith and honored God with their lives. Verse 32 begins, “And what more shall I say? I do not have time…” I suppose most preachers feel that way at least on occasion when we look up at the clock and realize we would like to say more, but the service is just about over.
Opening: A brand new pastor with only a week at his church decided to visit the children’s Sunday school. The teacher introduced him and said, “Pastor, this morning we’re studying Joshua.” “That’s wonderful,” said the new pastor, “Let’s see what you’re learning. Here’s a question for you. “Who tore down the walls of Jericho?” At first no children responded. Then, finally little Johnny shyly raised his hand and offered, “Pastor, I didn’t do it.” The pastor chuckled and asked the class again, “Come on now, “Who tore down the walls of Jericho?”
Opening: If this is your first time visiting with us here at River Ridge Church, let me catch you up on where we’re at in our study. In the weeks leading up to our launch service this morning, we have been looking at Hebrews chapter eleven. In fact, this is the ninth message in our preaching series that we’re calling Unstoppable Faith. Faith, we’re told, is the choice to cling to what is promised by God and hoped for by us, because we know with certainty that it will come to pass, even though for now we may not see it.