||Why the Gospel is Good News (Part 2)
||September 3, 2012
|100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #37 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT -- I Corinthians 15:1-4: "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
During our last time together, we began looking at the Gospel and why it is good news. We saw that: (1) The Gospel is good news because it brings with it the defeat of Death. (2) The Gospel is good news because it brings deliverance from Sin. (3) The Gospel is good news because it dissolves the matter of Judgment.
Today, we are going to look at three more reasons why the Gospel is good news.
Why was the birth of Jesus Christ good tidings of great joy? Why is the Gospel good news? Allow me to share with you three reasons why the Gospel is good news.
1. First, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that salvation is a free gift of God.
2. Second, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that salvation is for everybody.
3. Third, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that we can be reconciled to God.
+ Plus, listen to the Mississippi Mass Choir singing "Jesus Paid It All" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"
||The Most Important Thing You Need to Know in Life (Part 1)
||August 23, 2012
|100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #26 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT -- I John 1:7: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
The most important thing you need to know is contained in this single verse -- "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." This simple expression sums up the basic message of the Bible.
Everyone who has ever taught or studied knows that the basic fundamental of teaching is repetition. No matter what the level of education is, repetition is key to learning anything well.
The fact that "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin" is something that God wants us to know very well. It is so important, that it is repeated in various ways throughout the Scripture many times. Today, let's look closely at the importance of this truth.
+ Plus, listen to Myron Butler singing "The Blood of Jesus" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"
||Armageddon: The Final World War (Part 2)
||October 28, 2012
|100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #92 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16:17-21: "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Today, we return to the scene at Armageddon. The vast armies of the antichrist and all the nations of the world are assembled in Israel for the purpose of preventing Jesus Christ's return to this earth. Jesus is on the threshold of Heaven, ready to descend with his army to defeat forever the rebellious forces of the devil and the antichrist. But first, the final vial needs to be poured out, and judgment will be complete.
The passage we just read tells us of the pouring out of this seventh vial. This vial produces what the Bible calls "a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great". This earthquake is so awful that the "great city" -- that is Jerusalem -- is divided in three parts, the "cities of the nations" crumble, every island "flees away", and the mountains are flattened. This vial also produces great hail which rains down on the earth. Tim LaHaye tells us that this hail weighs about 100 pounds, and as the huge hail stones pummel the earth, man does what he has so often done during this time -- "blaspheme God."
This last judgment also establishes another parenthetical narrative, which we will focus on in this message. Verse 19 of our passage states that "great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." This judgment of Babylon is found in Revelation chapters 17 and 18.
Dr. Grant Richison of Campus Crusade for Christ writes that, "Chapter 17 is the religious fall of Babylon and chapter 18 is the political fall of Babylon. First, we come to the destruction of religious Babylon. Babylon is the fountain of ecumenical religion that is the antithesis of true Christianity. Chapter 17 deals with the fall of worldwide ecumenical religion, a super-church inclusive of all cults and religions. The beast uses ecumenical religion to rise to power and then overthrows it later to suit his convenience. Chapter 18 presents political Babylon. This is the judgment of international government, multinational organizations and financial institutions." In Revelation chapter 17, we see the destruction of the worldwide false religious system. In Revelation chapter 18, we see the destruction of the worldwide government system. With the fall of these two satanic systems, the world crumbles at the feet of Jesus Christ.
For the sake of time, we will not read all of Revelation chapters 17 and 18 today. Actually, we could preach a whole series of messages on just these two chapters alone. Right now, I want us to notice very briefly three things about the destruction of these two world systems as the final moments of history draw to a close.
1. First of all, notice the Enticement of the great whore.
2. Secondly, notice the Evil world government.
3. Thirdly, and finally, notice the End of the world system.
+ Plus, listen to Kurt Carr singing "In the Sanctuary" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"
||In Search of the Meaning of Life (Part 2)
||September 5, 2012
|100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #39 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT -- Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
During our last time together, we began looking at the issue of people who search for satisfaction, fulfillment, happiness and contentment in the wrong places. We began looking at the writings of King Solomon and the six ways in which he tried to find meaning and purpose in life. We saw how Solomon sought to find meaning and purpose in life through pleasure, accomplishment and achievement, and riches and material possessions. However, all of these ways failed him, and we saw how they fail people today who pursue those same paths. As Solomon himself put it, it is all "vanity and vexation of spirit." In other words, it is all passing or short lived.
Today, let's look at the three remaining ways Solomon searched for meaning in life, and how each of these ways failed to provide what he was searching for and fail to provide what people today are searching for as well.
1. First of all, Solomon found that power does not bring meaning or satisfaction in life and people today find that the same is true.
2. Second, Solomon found that wisdom and knowledge did not bring meaning or satisfaction in life and people today find that the same is true.
3. Third, Solomon found that love and romance did not bring meaning or satisfaction in life and people today find the same to be true.
+ Plus, listen to the Andrae Crouch singing "Jesus Came Into My Life" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"
||In Pursuit of Peace (Part 1)
||September 8, 2012
|100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #42 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT -- John 16:33: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
History tells us that since the year 36 BC, there have been 14,553 known wars. Since 1945, there have been over 70 wars and more than 200 significant outbreaks of violence. And since 1958, over 100 nations have been involved in one way or another in armed conflict of some kind. In all the years of recorded world history, the world has only been at peace 8% of the time.
Perhaps the greatest effort in the world is the effort to bring about peace. Various organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union were created with the purpose of providing peace and stability for its members. Diplomats from various governments go from one country to another, negotiating deals and signing agreements all in the name of keeping peace in the world.
Just as we desire peace in the world, we all desire to have peace in our lives. We face hectic work schedules, troubled family lives, sickness, financial troubles, and so much more. At the end of a long day most of us just want to sit down and have some peace, quiet, and rest before we have to face the world again the next day.
Oftentimes it seems like we will never have this peace in our lives or in the world. Peace is defined as "quietness and tranquility; freedom from disturbance and unrest." There are six things that we must have in order to have true peace in our lives. Allow me to share the first three with you today from the Word of God.
1. The first thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from sin and sin's consequences.
2. The second thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from fear.
3. The third thing that you must have to have true peace is freedom from want.
+ Plus, listen to the Harlem Gospel Choir singing "It Is Well With My Soul" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"