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Sermon - Matthew 19 - Rich Young Ruler - Littleby Baptist Church - August 11, 2019

Last week as part of our walk-through Jesus’ life, ministry, and teachings we looked at the parable of the lost son. We focused on the Robe that wrapped the son in the father’s love. This is the same as each one of us being wrapped in the saving Grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. Then we looked at the ring that symbolizes the son being restored to the rightful place and through our faith in Jesus we have been restored to our rightful place as a child of God. Then the sandals showed us that as new creations we are no longer of this world. As followers of Christ we need to leave our sinful ways behind. We can no longer walk in the mire; we need to walk along the new path that God has laid before us.

This morning we are continuing our series and looking at a conversation that Jesus had with a rich young ruler.

Matthew 19:16

16 Just then someone came up and asked him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?””

The young ruler approached Jesus and asked what he had to do to ea…

Sermon - Luke 15 - Robe, Ring, and Sandals - Littleby Baptist Church - August 4, 2019

Today we will be looking at another of Jesus’ parables. As we have discussed before He uses them to teach those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Luke 15:11-24
“11 He also said: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets to them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living. 14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. 15 Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to eat his fill from the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything. 17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, “Father…

Sermon - Luke 15 - Who Is Your One? - Littleby Baptist Church - July 28, 2019

The Bible shows us that Jesus fed thousands, twice. Peter preached, and three thousand people were added to the church in a single day.

The Great Commission tells us:
Matthew 28:18-20
“18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We are to go and make disciples of all nations.
We are also familiar with Jesus’ final command before He ascended to be with the Father.
Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We need to witness to our community, our state, country, and the rest of the world.
Sometimes when you look at all of this, it can seem overwhelm…

Sermon - Matthew 18:1-5 - Who is the greatest? - Littleby Baptist Church - July 21, 2019

From Peter faltering when walking on water we learned that we need to keep our focus on Jesus. Does not mean that our wind and waves will stop hitting up, but it does mean that when we walk with Jesus, He will give us the peace, strength, wisdom, courage, and more when we need it. Our focus is to be on Jesus.

From the Transfiguration we saw that Jesus is not like anyone else. On that mountain the disciples witnessed Jesus to be Transfigured into His glorified body. If that was not enough, our Father spoke from heaven declaring Jesus as His beloved Son, whom He was well pleased with, stating that He is the Chosen one and we need to listen to Him.

Then Scripture showed us that the Almighty humbly returned to His human form and brought comfort to His disciples. Touching them and telling them to ‘Get up; don’t be afraid.’ The Chosen One of God, the King of Kings, willingly gets close and personal with those who follow Him. Talk about Love.

The disciples witnessed a lot of things, but we…

Sermon - Mark 9 - Transfiguration - Littleby Baptist Church - July 14, 2019

Last week we looked at how Peter stepped out of the boat and briefly walked on water, until the wind and waves go the best of him. Even after we made the choice to follow Jesus we have times of doubt, fear, insecurity, and lostness. The wind and waves are distracting and can tempt us to take our focus off or our Lord and move it onto our problems. We need to keep our focus on Jesus who will bring the needed calm and lift us up and help us to walk as if we are on solid ground. The wind and waves will not disappear, but when we are walking with Jesus our courage, strength, peace, joy, and so much more comes from Him.

When going through the Gospels you see some repetition of what it tells us, the events themselves, but they are not exact copies. The differences could be due to who wrote the letter or who it was written to. Could have something to do with how the author remembered the events. Don’t get me wrong, all of Scripture is God breathed meaning that every word written was given b…

Sermon - Matthew 14 - Wind and Waves - Littleby Batist Church - July 7, 2019

Late last year as we headed into Christmas we started talking about the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus. This morning will be the 25th message in the series. Might sound like a lot of messages, but when you flip through the Gospels it feels like we are barely scratching the surface. We could easily spend a couple of years going through each of the Gospels. As it looks today, we will spend the rest of the year looking at the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and still only hit the highlights.

This morning we will be continuing our series in Matthew 14.
Matthew 14:22-23
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 After dismissing the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Well into the night, he was there alone.”
Jesus had tried to withdraw to a remote place earlier in the chapter, but the crowds followed Him. He healed the sick and then took 5 loaves of bread and two fish …

Sermon - Matthew 13 - Parables, parables, and more parables - Littleby Baptist Church - June 23, 2019

Last week we looked at Jesus’ explanation on why He used parables to teach the masses. It was clear by reading His words that His intent was to make sure those that followed Him would understand, while those who actively resisted Him would be confused. Those who have the smallest amount of knowledge, as little as knowing they need Jesus as their Savior will have access to the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. With that smallest tidbit of truth their knowledge will grow. If our eyes and ears are open even the smallest amount, we will have more than enough knowledge to carry us through what we are facing today.

I hope you took time to pray for someone whose eyes and ears need to be opened this week. Pray for them every day until they find that smallest piece of truth that will set them free.
We are going to continue in Matthew 13 this morning looking at some of the parables that Jesus taught.
Matthew 13:31-32
31 He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of hea…