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Just a Voice

      TITLE: Just a Voice TEXT: John 1:19-34 TONE: Exhortation TARGET: Believers TASK: To encourage believers to be a voice for the Lord. TEACH: This past week in SE Asia our team encountered a man who had been searching for Jesus for 23 years, all he needed was a voice to share the Gospel with him. God used our voices to save his soul. TRUTH: Apart from Jesus Christ, John the Baptist is probably the most theologically significant figure in the Gospels. As was the case with Jesus, his birth was meticulously recorded (Luke 1:5-25). His entrance into the world was marked by angelic proclamation and divine intervention (Luke 1:57-80). John’s birth not only parallels that of Jesus, but echoes the momentous occasion of the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 17:15-22; 21:1-7). John is clearly a pivotal figure in redemptive history. Although his formative years were lived in obscurity in the desert (Lk. 1:80), his public ministry ended nearly four h

Our Helper! The Holy Spirit!

    Abide- 6   TITLE: Our Helper! The Holy Spirit! TEXT: John 14:15-31 TONE: Encouragement TARGET: Believers TASK: To encourage believers to live a life of love (i.e. ‘obedience’) through the power of the Holy Spirit. TEACH: My wife is my helper. I’m always better when I’m with her. I witness better when I’m with her, I preach better when I’m with her. I pray better when I’m with her. I love being with her. Yet, I have a greater helper and that is the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is my Advocate and my Helper, my Comforter. TRUTH: At the beginning of the Farewell Discourse Jesus provided His disciples with a real life illustration of love. Love is a choice, an action, empowered by the Holy Spirit. The hallmark of genuine love is obedience. Those who are genuinely saved will respond in submission and service unto Christ. Yet, this life of loving obedience is impossible apart from the Spirit’s presence in our lives. He is our Helper!   There are s

Up From the Grave He Arose!

    Passion- 6   TITLE: Up From the Grave He Arose! TEXT: John 20 TONE: Celebration TARGET: Believers TASK: To explain the nature, power, and imperative of the resurrection. TEACH: Some of you here may remember Charlie Chaplin, a British comedian who made a bog name for himself decades agon in the days of silent movies. He dies in December 1977 at the age of 88 and was buried in a cemetery in Switzerland. However, just two months later, his body was missing from the grave. Various rumors began to circulate about the missing body. One Hollywood report suggest that it had been dug up because of Charlie Chaplin was a Jew buried in a gentile cemetery.     The truth about the missing body was revealed only 11 weeks later. It had been stolen by a two mechanics who demanded a ransom of 400,000 pounds for its return. The Chaplin family refused to pay the ransom and had kept silent about the matter as the Swiss police conducted investigations to find the grav