Sermons

The following are sermons that I have preached to my youth group. These are transcripts and I probably didn’t say these exact words. I just took my notes and filled in the blanks with what I remember saying and developed these transcripts. ENJOY!

**NEW SERMONS!** I have three new sermons that I will post this upcoming week. I think I only have notes/outlines for them instead of the “transcripts” and I also have a video of one of them and I am trying to obtain a video of another one. I will post as soon as I can.

SERMON: “PLASTIC”

The first human-made plastic was invented by Alex Parkes in 1862. Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Americans use over 13 billion plastic bags a year.

So you may be wondering why I keep talking about plastic, and I promise you my sermon isn’t going to be about what water bottles are made out of. Instead, I’m going to be talking about spiritual plastic, plastic Christianity. The type of Christianity where you seem so in touch with God on Sundays or Wednesdays when you’re at church, but you act like everyone else though out the rest of the week. Some people call them “Sunday Christians”. I see it all the time. People could be on fire for God praising him, they could be so attentive during the sermon, they could cry their hearts out at the altar, but they leave church acting like they never came. It’s often hard to tell why people don’t show their faith either at home or at school. It could be because they don’t want people thinking that they aren’t cool because they’re a Christian. I don’t know about you but I think being a Christian is the coolest thing you could be. But some people disagree with me. We have to be the ones to change that. We have to be the ones that show people that being a Christian is cool.  I know it is hard to be faithful when you don’t “have to be”. I know I’m not perfect and I’m not trying to judge anyone. I am here tonight to give you tips on how to be faithful every day. So let’s see what the bible says about people who are counterfeit Christians

Scripture: John gets pretty fired up about this topic in 1 John He says:

2-3Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.

4-6If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.

7-8My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!

9-11Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.

Throughout the whole book of 1 John we are given three characteristics that are true for every REAL Christian.

1)      An obedient lifestyle.

If you go back and look closely at the scripture I just read, in 1 John 2:4-6 it says clearly:

4-6If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.

  1. We have to live like Jesus everyday
  2. Read bible & pray everyday
  3. It should be our goal to witness to somebody everyday

WHAT ONE WORD DO THOSE THREE THINGS HAVE IN COMMON?

EVERYDAY!

2)      A loving character

18-20My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

21-24And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us

  1. We have to treat people as we want to be treated –In Matthew 22: 39-40 Jesus said the second greatest commandment in the whole Bible is Love your neighbor as yourself
  2. We have to live by Luke 6:27-28

27“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

3)      A true knowledge of Jesus

We are moving back a little bit to 1 John 2:22-25

22-23So who is lying here? It’s the person who denies that Jesus is the Divine Christ, that’s who. This is what makes an antichrist: denying the Father, denying the Son. No one who denies the Son has any part with the Father, but affirming the Son is an embrace of the Father as well.

24-25Stay with what you heard from the beginning, the original message. Let it sink into your life. If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father. This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!

  1. We have to know that Jesus is the Son of God
  2. We have to confess to others that Jesus is LORD! (kind of goes in with #1)
  3. Live by the Bible
  4. Have a deep relationship with God

So living by those three characteristics, will help us refrain from living the life of a plastic Christian. Basically, when you live like a fake Christian, you get nothing from God. We have to have a real relationship with him. Like I said earlier we have to be the people that stand up in our schools and let people know how great Christianity is. We can’t do the opposite and live like a worldly person at school and act like God is everything to you at church. That tells people that it is ok to go party and drink and cuss and do drugs and have sex and all these other things. It tells people that you can still be an axe-murdering, drug-doing, gas-station-robbing sinner and just come to church, lift your hand every other song, come up to the front when the pastor says to and everything will be ok, when it isn’t. So think about how God feels when you make promises to him or “act” like a Christian at church and then act like an idiot around your friends. So I have this life sized Barbie doll that has been standing here for my sermon. Take a look at this doll. It has no feelings, it cannot move, it cannot love, and it cannot talk. A plastic Christian doesn’t feel God’s presence, just as this doll can’t feel. A real Christian can feel God moving in them.  One of the three characteristics of a true Christian was a loving character. This doll can’t love! How can we love if we are plastic Christians? This doll can’t move on its own. Someone has to move it. Just like a plastic Christian can’t walk with God. They have to constantly have a push from a real Christian, and they still don’t get far. This doll has a mouth, but it can’t talk. Just like plastic Christians have mouths, but they can’t talk to God. They have no deep relationship with him. Real Christians talk to God everyday and trust him. So I guess plastic Christians could be compared to this doll. We could call plastic Christians “Christian Barbie dolls” Raise your hand if you have heard of the song “Stained Glass Masquerade” by Casting Crowns. The chorus of the song says “are we happy plastic people under shiny plastic steeples, with walls around our weakness, trying to hide the pain, but when the invitation’s open, to every heart that has been broken, maybe then, we close the curtain, on our stained glass masquerade.”

Thank you & CLOSE

SERMON: “THE BIG BOY BIKE”

Introduction: I remember my first bicycle. It was a yellow and black Huffy. I loved that thing. It was much different after I took off the training wheels, but I remember feeling much more in control after they were off. I even put a baseball card in the spokes so it sounded like a motorcycle when I rode it. I felt so accomplished when I rode the bike for the first time without training wheels though. I felt big and bad and tough. Two weeks ago, Pastor Barry was preaching about following our dreams. He was telling us to never give up. He told us that we need to listen for our call from God. This week, I want to elaborate on what he was telling us to do and talk about being a little less dependent on other people, being a little more independent ourselves, but most of all, being more dependent on God.  My sermon tonight is entitled, “The Big Boy Bike”, and in this sermon I’m going to talk about taking of your training wheels, getting a little push from somebody, and pedaling hard toward your dreams.

Sermon: So if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Proverbs 6:6 and I’m going to read until verse 11, The Message Bible Says:

6-11 You lazy fool, look at an ant.
Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
All summer it stores up food;
at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
poverty your permanent houseguest!

So in this passage we are told to look at an ant, how the ant works hard, without being told, how it never gives up to reach its goal. Then we are warned that if we don’t quit being lazy, that we will never achieve anything in life. This is a great Proverb because it pretty much tells us that we have to get off of our lazy butts, if we want to make our dreams a reality. We should be more like this ant. We need to start working hard. And now I probably have you all confused with bikes and ants and dreaming, and it probably sounds like I’m describing a camping trip rather than preaching a sermon, but let me explain.

Everyone has a spiritual bike

a) Every Christian has one. This means that everyone who has accepted Jesus as their personal LORD and savior is riding a spiritual bike. Now whether or not every Christian is going somewhere on their spiritual bike, I don’t know, but every Christian is on one.

b) We are constantly riding it. What I mean by this is that if you are a Christian, there is no stopping you from riding that spiritual bike. You are constantly on that bike. The best thing about the bike being a spiritual bike is that you never get tired from riding it. J

c) It symbolizes the pursuit of our dream/calling. Our journey on this bike, the uphill climbs, the downhill slopes, represents the pursuit of our dream. How hard we are pedaling, is how hard we are working to achieve our dreams.

d) Some people still have their training wheels on. What I mean is that some people are still more dependent on other people than they are themselves and God. My hope is that everyone here who still has their training wheels on, are able to make the decision to take them off by the end of tonight.

e) Some people have taken their training wheels off, but do not know how to ride without them. These are the people that need that little push from somebody so they can begin to pedal hard! They have already taken the first step by deciding that it was time to be more independent themselves, and be more dependent on God.

So now I would like to give you some instructions that I think will help you take off those training wheels if you haven’t already.

Instructions for taking off training wheels.

a) Know where God wants you to go. Before you start pedaling, before you start moving you have to know what direction you are going. You have to know where God wants you to go. You have to talk to him. You have to ask him for direction. Proverbs 3:5-6 in The Message Bible says

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

b) Have the right tools. Before you starts trying to take wheels off you have to have the right tools to do the job. To take wheels off of a spiritual bike you have to be prepared. You have to be ready to ride when those wheels come off. In 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 8 it says

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

c) Use the tools in the right way. If you know where you are going, and you have the right tools, the last thing you have to do is know how to use the tools in the right way. You can’t be trying to unscrew a screw with a hammer, or nail a nail with a wrench. It won’t work. You have to believe that the LORD will give you knowledge and you have to be able to seek him for guidance. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually.

And Psalm 32:8 says

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

So we have talked about what the spiritual bike is and what it represents, then I told you my tips for taking off them training wheels, which symbolizes your choice to work hard for your dream. Now, I want to talk about what happens when the wheels are off.

After the wheels are off.

a) Get on the bike.  Know what your dream is. You cannot pedal hard toward a dream if you have no dream. You have to realize and recognize the call that God has placed on your life. My first sermon I ever preached to you guys was called “Few Are Chosen” and it was all about this step right here. YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO SOMETHING. In that sermon I read Mark 1-16-18 and it is one of my favorite parts of the bible it says in The Message Bible

Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

I love this because they dropped EVERYTHING, no questions asked, and just followed Jesus. If God just placed on your heart that you were to be a youth pastor, when you had a full ride scholarship to Baylor to be in the pre-med program, would you drop EVERYTHING, and follow/obey God. Would you risk a full ride scholarship to play football for UT to be a youth pastor, or a worship leader, or a senior pastor, or any other thing that God called you to do? You should. It’s hard, but Simon and Andrew did it. And that is why that is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. I admire Simon and Peter for that.  But getting back on the bike after training wheels are off is a big deal.

b) Get a push. You need a little push to get started. EVERYONE DOES! You have to seek guidance. You have to practice and prepare. This is the stage I am in at this very moment. I know my call, which is to be a youth pastor. Right now, at this very moment, I’m practicing and preparing for my future. Now, we’re going back to 1 Chronicles 16:11 and it says seek the LORD and his strength; seek His face continually. So after you get on the bike and you get the push you have to

c) PEDAL HARD! We have to become an independent person while still being dependent on God. We should seek God in all we do. We can never give up. We have to push it if we want our dreams to come true. Now this takes us back to the first verses I read. Proverbs 6:6-11. We were talking about that hard working ant. That ant represents the “pedal hard” stage of this process.

6-11 You lazy fool, look at an ant.
Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
All summer it stores up food;
at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
poverty your permanent houseguest!

Ok so now I have given you tips to get you through the process of taking off your training wheels, getting on your bike, and pedaling fast on that bike in pursuit of your dreams. So now I want to warn you of the things that could go wrong

Things that could go wrong.

a) Flat Tire

b) Falling Off

c) Getting Pushed Off

d) Feeling Lost

e) Feeling Like You’ve Lost Control

So now that you have been warned about all the things that could go wrong, let me tell you how to fix them.

Troubleshooting

a) Flat Tire: Use your bottle of Fix-A-Flat a.k.a. YOUR BIBLE.

b) Falling Off: Pray first, then get up, dust off, and get back on. God has band-aids for the scratches. It’s called FORGIVENESS

c) Getting Pushed Off: The enemy is out to kill, steal, destroy, and push people off of their spiritual bikes to stop them from achieving their goals. Just PRAY and ask God for help!

d) Feeling Lost: God is your guide. He will lead you in the right direction. LISTEN TO HIM.

e) Feeling Like You’ve Lost Control: God is in control. Realize that you can’t always depend on yourself. LISTEN TO THE LORD!

Closing: So I have walked you through the process of taking your training wheels off, told you what to do after they are off, warned you about some things that could go wrong, and told you how to fix them. Now I just would like to tell you how I hope that everyone will get on a bike of their own and follow God. I also hope that everyone already riding a bike can make that decision to take off their training wheels and pedal hard toward their goals in life.

THANKS AND DISMISS

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