Sermons on Accountability

Are We Still Required To Tithe To The Church?

Are We Still Required to Tithe to the Church? (Nehemiah 10:37-39) Are we obligated to tithe in the new covenant? Let me set you all at ease. I have no intentions of sending the offering bags around a second time after this sermon. R.C. Sproul does not mince words when discussing the tithe. In his book, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow, Sproul writes: A poll of people claiming to be evangelical Christians indicated that only 4 percent of them…

Why Giving Money To The Church Is Important

Why Giving Money to the Church is Important (Nehemiah 10:32-39) I recently watched a talk by Sinclair Ferguson on three lessons from 42 years of ministry. He referenced his appreciation for William Still, whose book The Work of the Pastor has been an encouragement to me. Ferguson mentioned that every pastor should read the book every year, at least. So, I picked it up for only the third time and came across this quote where Still discusses church revival: There will soon…

Why Church Membership Is Important- Part 1 (Nehemiah 10:1-31)

Although, on the surface, it might appear that the Western mindset is commitment-phobic, most people recognize the value of making an agreement to keep their most important goals. There are a few successful apps like GymPact and Beeminder that penalize you with a fine when you fail to keep your goals. In the case of Gympact they take the pool of money and distribute it among those who kept their commitment to go to the gym. It doesn’t know what…

The Surprising Need For Every Believer To Learn How To Confess Sin With Others

Learning how to confess sin to other believers is not a concept we enjoy talking about. Most of us would like to remain silent about our struggles. Sharing our sin, even with our closest family and friends makes us feel more vulnerable than we would like. Is authenticity overrated? Authenticity has become all the buzz within the Christian community. It is reflected in our obsession with personality tests and vulnerability. We are deeply interested in knowing and being our true selves. We even see…

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.
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