A Summary of Highlights 2011 (Jan-April)

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So…it’s been a while since I’ve posted highlights (I’ll talk about why later), so I decided to compile a list of highlights from some of the best sermons I’ve heard this year. Another compilation is forthcoming. Hope these sermons bless you as they’ve blessed me:

1. “The Anatomy of Christian Suffering” (Rev. D. Mckinney of Mt. Vernon in Memphis, TN) 1/23/11

II Corinthians 12:7-10

–          We must wear our suffering as a badge of honor.

  1. The Privilege of Christian Suffering
    1. Suffering as a Christian is a privilege.
    2. Whenever you live in the will of God, there will be satanic blessing waiting for us.
    3. Our thorns aren’t here to destroy us, they’re there to develop us!
      1. i.      DON’T MAGNIFY YOUR THORNS, MAGNIFY THE LORD
    4. Our thorns may be Satan inflicted, but they’re God gifted.
    5. Thorns keep us humble.
      1. i.      DON’T GET TOO GRAND THAT GOD HAS TO PUT THORNS IN YOU TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE!
  2. The Problem of Christian Suffering
    1. Most of us wouldn’t’ve started praying without a thorn! L
    2. CAN YOU HANDLE THE “NO”S OF GOD???
  3. The Prescription for Christian Suffering
    1. When you’re going through the waves of life, Christ serves as an anchor.
    2. The ultimate medicine to soothe our pain is GRACE.

2. “The Ministry of Joseph” (Pas. Samuel Winston of Mt. Calvary in Dayton, OH) 1/23/11

Genesis 45:8

–          People don’t call us, God does.

–          Why Joseph was success in everything he did:

  1. Divine Presence (God was with Him)
    1. It doesn’t matter what circumstance we’re in, if God’s with us, we’re coming out victorious!
  2. Divine Power (His gift was from God)
    1. The Devil has counterfeits that God overshadows
    2. When shackles aren’t loosed, there’s no power
    3. The world gives talent but God gives anointing
    4. Your anointing will take you to the top!
        1. Your gift will make room for you!!!!
        2. Our divine purpose is a floating devise, even when people try to put us down we float back to surface.
        3. NOBODY’S FOOT IS MORE POWERFUL THAN GOD’S HAND!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Divine Purpose
    1. God doesn’t turn evil to good, He uses it for our good
    2. We have something coming from us we don’t even understand yet!!!!
    3. Joseph had to go to the pit to save his brother, Judah!
      i.      Judah was the initiator of the lineage of Jesus!

3. “The Jerusalem Dilemma” (Rev. Jordan Ivy of Tennessee at the 5th Sunday Fellowship ) 1/30/11

Acts 8:26-31

–          The Dilemma: How do you travel 500 miles to church, purchase a Bible and still not understand what’s in the Word?

–          The Holy Spirit will lead you to the right people,  the right place, and bring out the right words from your mouth.

  1. The Profile of the Dilemma
    1. Too many of us are too concerned with being in the masses, that we miss the opportunity to minister to the person in the desert.
    2. There are too many religious people without relationship.
      i.      What motivates you to go to church? Love for the church? Love for the pastor? Love for the people? Or love for God?
  2. The Program of the Dilemma
    1. The message has to be relevant to our mission.
    2. Too many people are in love with messages missing a Messiah!!
    3. Too many of us are reading Messianic prophecy and corrupting it with prosperity mess!
  3. The Practice of the Dilemma
    1. We need to be Phillips: learned in the scriptures, love for sinners and operating in the Holy Spirit.
    2. God sets table for us when we’re obedient.
    3. We can’t walk on the road…we have to run!
      i.      When the spirit tells us to move, we have to move with urgency
    4. God’s more concerned with how many times we can minister than how many people just show up!

–          The Solution for the Dilemma: Dedicated Disciples

4. “Serving God by Serving Others” (Pas. Hunter at Bible Study) 2/23/11

Philippians 2:19-30

–          Discipleship is character-development.

  • Character vs. comfort
  • Holiness vs. happiness
  • Person vs. possession

–          We ought to have attitudes reflectant of Christ.

–          God didn’t call us to just clique up, we’re supposed to share our blessings!

–          When we go places in God’s name, or for the church, we need to go with God’s spirit in love and compassion for others, like Timothy.

–          You have to have commitment to serve God.

  • We cannot love without involvement  (Mk. 16:15, Jn 13:35)
    • Our commitment demonstrates our maturity.

–          You have to have compassion to serve God.

  • All our motives should be for the advancement of the kingdom (I Cor. 10:24)
  • We must be willing to put ourselves totally behind the scenes

–          You have to have consistency to serve God.

  • We cannot be afraid to share God even in the face of adversity (Dan. 3)
  • We have to be willing to work unto death.
    • Am I willing to sacrifice all I have for the gospel?
  • Christ saved us to work
  • Our consistency is the best attack against Satan
    • He wants us to question if we should be obedient or if we’re doing too much…

–          We have to have cooperation to serve God.

  • Service is about:
    • The Family: We are the Body of Christ
    • The Fellowship: we’re headed to the same destination with the same task, so we need to work together
    • The Fight: at the point of our salvation, we become Satan’s #1 enemy

–          WE CANNOT BE LONE RANGER CHRISTIANS!

  • Can people see that I love my brothers and sisters in Christ?

5. “Thank God for the Scars” (Pastor Hunter) 3/6/11

John 20:19-20, 24-31

–          We are preachers of right now!

  • We must focus on the present situation because we know the urgency of today.

–          We ought to be thankful for the scars, because:

  1. Scars are Visible Proof of My Victory Over the Struggle
    1. There are too many people faking resurrection in their lives (they’re really still dead, but pretending to live)
      i.      Stay Away from Imposters!
    2. Scars indicate healing!
      i.      They show we’re no longer wounded.
      ii.      They give us testimonies.
  2. Scars are the Basis of My Identity
    1. There are too many people in the church acting like CUTE CHRISTIANS!
      i.      Power comes from deliverance of our problems. 

      1. Where’s you power coming from?

      ii.      Problems force us to humble ourselves to God and it results in His giving us power.

    2. Stop judging people on the content of their Fridays…Sunday’s on it way!!
    3. PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND OUR SHOUT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SEE OUR SCARS!
  3. Scars are a Visible Witness that With God All Things are Possible
    1. “I used to be layed open, but God took the pieces and sewed me back together again”
    2. We have to have our own account with God
    3. Am I walking questioning if Jesus is real?

–          Jesus can walk through LOCKED DOORS

6. “But God” (Pastor Hunter) 4/3/11

Ephesians 2:1-10

–          It was God’s grace that got us where we are.

  • Don’t get the big head.
  1. The Report of Man’s Crisis
    1. The condition of mankind without God: Without Christ we are dead, an enemy of God on our way to hell
    2. The cause of death: everyone of us has missed the mark. The world and devil have had us at one time.
  2. The Rescue of Christ
    1. But God…
      i.      Everything before this sentence has been cancelled out by God
      ii.      He’s our eraser boy
    2. No matter how dead you are, God can resurrect you!
    3. Since we sit under the feet of Christ, all we stomp under our feet is under His feet!
    4. What does God’s love look like?

    i.    No matter how much we mistreat Him, God keeps coming after us?

  3. The Responsibility of the Christians
    1. Because we are his workmanship, we have a responsibility to serve God and obey His commandments.
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Daphene, 25, is a graduate of the University of Dayton and currently finishing her last year of the MPA program. She and her husband, Alex, are active members of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, OH, under the leadership of Rev. Jamison D.H. Hunter. The daughter of Rev. Dr. Robert E. Baines Jr and Mrs. Daphene Baines, she has been active in the Black Baptist Church all of her life. "While worship is great, there's nothing greater than to hear God's voice in a sermon! I love sharing this with others and I hope this site is helpful" - Daphene

3 responses »

  1. This is a wonderful idea. I have taken notes at nearly every sermon I’ve heard (except for those where I had no clue what the person was really trying to say) for nearly 30 years!! It was one of the things that helped me to really acknowledge that God called me to preach. I’ve been enamored of the preached moment forever and analyzed what they did and who they did it even before I could have articulated that. Lest anyone misunderstand, I don’t mean analyze as in criticize. I mean analyze in the truest sense – of wanting to know how things were put together, how they got from one point to the next, what made a great message so powerful, why some points resonated so much etc. I’ve also tried to discern the hype from the Spirit 🙂 – again not to criticize but because they were teaching me so much, even way back then! What a joy to sit at the feet of some of the world’s best teachers – even if they don’t know my name or we’ve never met! Keep ’em coming!

    • Dr. Cox,
      Thank you so much! I’m still listening for what God’s calling is on my life. I don’t want to jump into anything without His confirmation, but I do enjoy preaching. In fact, the sermon is my favorite part of service, though I love singing. When I first started this blog a few people were confused about my title “PreacerSnob”. They thought I would post sermons and criticize the preacher – saying what she/he left out, what I didn’t agree with, and what not. However, they were mistaken. The goal of this blog is to share the highlights of sermons that were helpful and edifying for me, in an effort to minister to my colaborers in Christ. The title, rather, was intended to note that I would put up the creme de la creme of sermons I’ve heard throughout the week.
      I will say that I took like a 2 month break, because I wasn’t getting much support (which I’ll talk about in my next post).
      Again, thank you so much for checking it out. I pray the highlights minister to you as they have me. Please subscribe…there will more to come!!!
      -Daph

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