According To The Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

ScripturesHe is risen!
“Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph o’er His foes!”
This is our hope. This is our assurance that life has meaning, that death has lost its hold, and that our future is secure. Nothing else. Absolutely nothing else can give ultimate and lasting definition to your life or mine. Absolutely nothing else can give you and me hope in the midst of heartache. Nothing else can cause the light of life to shine in the dark places of your life and mine. Not our reputation. Not our financial statement. Not our pursuit of pleasure, prestige, prominence, or power. Nothing else, but the reality of Jesus’ resurrection.

This Easter morning as we gather here to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior there are many here who do not fully understand. You may admire Jesus for the good things He did while He was ministering on this earth with His disciples, but you don’t understand why His death and resurrection are the pivot point of human history. It is my prayer that this morning the Lord will enable you to understand as we study His Word.

We live in an interesting day, in an interesting period of history. You and I live in a religiously saturated environment and yet very few people can put words to their faith. They just believe. They just “feel” it in their heart. If you ask them “why” they believe what they believe they really can’t get any further than their feelings. This kind of faith is like building a house on a fault line, it’s unstable when life begins shaking. Continue reading “According To The Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:1-11”

What Do You Want More Than AnyThing In 2014?
2 Corinthians 5:14-19

One Thing 2014It’s a brand new year. I’m a goal-setting kind of person. In the past I’ve set goals for various areas of my life: family goals, spiritual goals, fitness goals, and work goals just to name a few. I’ve been thinking about 2014 for some time now and praying about what kind of goals I would set for the upcoming year. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight were watching the ball drop on TV in Las Vegas when I gave Connie and Annie a group hug and headed for the showers. As I was taking a shower the thought came to mind, “What is the one thing you want more than anything else? If you could see only one thing come to fruition what would it be?” Almost immediately the answer came: “I want to walk with God.” When I got out of the shower I grabbed my notepad and began to write:

I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Adam and Eve when they let the voice of the Enemy drown out the voice of God and bit off more than they could chew.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Abraham and Sarah when they became impatient with God and provided their own solutions to what they saw as their predicament.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Jonah when he found God’s way unacceptable and walked in the opposite direction.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to David when he took his eyes off of God and looked to Bathsheba to bring him satisfaction.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Jeremiah when the opposition of others clouded the affirmation of the Father and he lashed out at God.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Nebuchadnezzar when he started reading his press clippings and dismissed God’s warnings.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Simon Peter when the ridicule and scorn of being a follower of Jesus led him to walk away and say, “I never knew Him!”
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to the Prodigal Son when he got bored with God’s plan for his life and sought excitement rather than God.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to Judas when he thought his way was better than God’s way, only to find out that his way led to death and destruction.
I want to walk with God. I know what happened to the Pharisees when they trusted in their religion rather than trusting in God.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like the boy who offered his five loaves and two small fish to Jesus, who in turn fed more than five thousand hungry souls with nothing more than what the boy had to give.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who loved God more than they feared the fiery furnace.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like Daniel whose walk with God was so strong that his enemies could find no corruption or immorality to use against him.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like the woman at the well whose spotted past was well known by everyone, but yet she told her whole city how Jesus had changed her life.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like Saul, who once his eyes were opened to the truth of God never walked the same way again, but spent the rest of his life as Paul, the messenger of the grace of God.
I want to walk with God. I want to walk like Aquilla who had no advantages in the culture of her day, but she didn’t have time to lobby for her rights because she was too busy teaching young believers the great truths of God.
I want to walk with God. No matter where He leads me, I want to walk with God. No matter how rough the road becomes, I want to walk with God. No matter what it will cost me, I want to walk with God. Even though my friends forsake me, I want to walk with God. Though my enemies assail me…I want to walk with God. Continue reading “What Do You Want More Than AnyThing In 2014?
2 Corinthians 5:14-19”

The Cross and The Crown
1 Corinthians 1:18-24

This morning there are followers of Jesus all over the world who are gathering to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Christians have been doing this since the first Easter morning, but there is one place on the planet where they’ve been doing it the longest—the place that we know as The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. At that place, the place where Jesus was crucified, laid in an empty, borrowed tomb, and rose from the dead–Christians gathered throughout the first century and into the second until a man named Hadrian became the Emperor of the Roman Empire. Hadrian hated Christianity so he decided to build on the site the Christians marked as the place of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He didn’t build a library, museum, government office, or theme park. No, Hadrian hated Christianity so he built a temple of another kind on the site where Jesus’ followers would come to pray and remember their Savior. Hadrian build the temple of Venus, also known as Aphrodite, the sensuous, erotic excuse of Romans to indulge in immoral sexuality of every kind.
A sacred place for the followers of Jesus had been turned into a brothel, but that didn’t stop the followers of Jesus from worshiping their Risen King and making Him known to their pagan society. The years rocked along. It looked like the place was forever lost and then, a miracle happened, the Roman Emperor, not Hadrian, but an emperor who rose to power 200 years after Hadrian’s death, Emperor Constantine, bowed to a power greater than himself. Constantine became a follower of Jesus. Continue reading “The Cross and The Crown
1 Corinthians 1:18-24”

Resurrection and Transformation
1 Corinthians 15:1-19

This is Resurrection Sunday. The day that God raised Jesus from death, from the grave, and set the captives, you and me, free. Through Jesus’ resurrection we are free from the shackles of sin, free from the slavery of self, free to walk in the newness of life, to overcome strife, to partake in abundant, even eternal life!

We’ve been studying Romans for many months now and during our study of Romans 14 we came across a disagreement that was going on in Rome. Some folks regarded some days as more important than others and some folk believed that all days were the same. Well, I would have to fall into the first category because I believe that in the history of “days” there is no day like Resurrection Sunday. I think I’m in good company because the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and underscored the importance of Jesus’ resurrection.

1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. (1 Corinthians 15:1-19 NIV)

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1 Corinthians 15:1-19”

Are You Willing To Pay The Price?
1 Corinthians 9:24-27

For the last month, we as a church, have been praying about what God is calling us to do in the upcoming year. God has gifted each and every person who calls Britton Christian Church ?home.? He desires that we use the gifts that He has given us to bring glory and honor to His name, and to serve and bless His people. Paul wrote to the folks in Rome and said,

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1 Corinthians 9:24-27”

The Father’s Love
1 Corinthians 13

This past week we have had 130 kids learning more and more about the great love of God our Father. It has been a wonderful week for everyone. The kids and their helpers have learned about how much God loves them, how He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that our sins might be forgiven, and how God has a plan for each of our lives.

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1 Corinthians 13”

The Foolishness of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Throughout the past two thousand years the cross of Jesus has been a source of division. For some, the cross of Jesus, the place where the sin of the world was heaped upon the sinless shoulders of the Savior, is a source of strength, comfort, security, and evidence of the holiness of the God. For others, the cross of Jesus is mere foolishness, utter nonsense that is irrelevant and has absolutely nothing to do with anything logical, rational, or meaningful in this life. An unbelieving world can’t imagine what all of the fuss is about? An unbelieving world thinks it is absurd that people would speak with such passion, possibly even shed a tear, while they speak of this guy who died on a cross. The cross is foolishness, it is folly, it is the absolute defining moment of defeat for those who believe in their heart that Jesus is the stuff of myth and fables.

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25”

Living A Life That Counts!
1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Once upon a time there was an office manager who lost his job during a recession. In his sadness he wandered into a park, found himself an empty park bench, and sat down. After a while another man came strolling along. The second man was especially sad as he took a seat at the opposite end of the bench. After these two men had sat silently for a couple of hours, the first man said, “I’m an office manager who has been made redundant. I don’t have a job anymore. What’s your problem?” The second man answered, “I own a circus. The big attraction at my circus was an ape. Last week the ape died, and the crowds have fallen off to almost nothing. I think I’m going to be out of business if I don’t find another ape.”

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1 Corinthians 3:10-15”

The Father’s Love
1 Corinthians 13

This past week we have had 160 kids learning more and more about the great love of God our Father. It has been a wonderful week for everyone. On Wednesday of this past week I had the opportunity to speak to several of the classes about the love of God and God’s awesome love for each of us. I told them a story that I would like to share with you.

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1 Corinthians 13”