So the sermon highlights below are from my pastor’s anniversary revival, anniversary service and my father’s anniversary, as well. While I’m not a pastor or even a preacher, these sermons were extremely encouraging to me as I journey in ministry. I pray each of these sermon highlights edify and encourage you:
1. “Connected” (Rev. C. Cunningham @ Pastor Hunter’s 1st Pastoral Anniversary) 3/16/11
– We have to be connected!
- Too many of us want a connection with world instead of the Word.
- Thank God, He doesn’t disconnect us!
– The only way for us to get what He has, we must be connected.
- The Process
- It’s possible to be connected to Him without bearing fruit, but He’ll remove you!
i. When branches get dirty, they corrode.
ii. Jesus LIFTS dirty branches so they can GROW!
iii. Corrosion disconnects us from the power and makes us grown down and get dirty (too dirty to bear fruit)
- When we begin to bear fruit, other things will grow as well.
i. Not everything on our vine is healthy.
ii. Suckers grow with our fruit but stifle how much we can grow.
- We have to cut the dead stuff at the end of our branch off so we can grow further!
- The Purpose
- The purpose of our connection is bearing fruit!
- We ought to look like what we are.
- The fruit we bear isn’t for us; it’s for someone else! A tree doesn’t eat its fruit, but it does provide nutrients for others.
- Meditation, conviction and conversion by God’s Word cleanses us
- The Possibility
- When you’re connected…it’s already done!
2. “Making the Marriage Work When the Wine Has Run Out” (Pas. K.E. Bryant @ Pastor Hunter’s 1st Pastoral Anniversary) 3/17/11
– There’s no point of cleaning out cobwebs when we haven’t killed the spiders.
– As a church we must understand how to operate in chronos and chiros (understand the difference between our time and our turn)
– Too many of us are operating on empty when we think we’re full.
– The marriage between the pastor and church can only work when God is operating both.
- Do Whatever He Says
- We have to push our pastor up because the ANNOINTING FALLS DOWN!!!
- Jesus performs all His miracles based on what’s within the context!
i. Don’t make stuff up.
ii. Use what’s and who’s already there!
- If you want to be used, you have to get hip to the vision!
- Once you pick up your pot and go in His direction, you have to be able to dip and move.
i. The miracle is in our movement!
ii. We have to follow even when we don’t see the change in his vision.
- We might lose stages, but we can still finish the race!
3. “Set Back for a Come Back” (Pas. C.A. White, Sr @ Pastor Hunter’s 1st Pastoral Anniversary) 3/18/11
– We don’t have to be in handcuffs to be in captivity.
- God will turn our captivity.
– Even the saints deal with depression.
– Be careful who you sit next to in church, you don’t know what spirits they carry.
– Wherever the people of God are, Satan will show up
– Can God trust you with trouble???
- God’s Prerequisites
- God’s turning of our captivity occurs only after we pray for those so-called friends holding us down.
i. Get rid of friends who won’t pray for you especially when you’re down
- Christian character is built-in the crucible of suffering.
- Stop kicking people while they’re down. The same people you kick may have to intercede on your behalf.
- We are intercessors: Pray for those going through even if you’re going through.
- Don’t hold your head down while you’re going through, God’s working tit out on your behalf and will give us DOUBLE FOR OUR TROUBLE.
- As Christians we have something inside of us that pulls us back up even when we get knocked down.
4. “Stay in the Process” (Dr. Jimmy D. Hunter @ Pastor Hunter’s 1st Pastoral Anniversary) 3/20/2011
I Kings 17:7-16
– God moves us from where we are to places that will refine us before we reach our confrontations at the place of prosperity.
– Peace leads to Pain leads to Prosperity
– God takes us through processes of paint that will burn out impurities.
- He won’t take us to without bringing us through
– Don’t breakdown before you breakthrough
– Even though we have to stay in our places of pain, He supplies in the midst
– We’re not at the place of plenty, but we look like it!
– What God teaches us in Zarapheth:
- He Can Bless Us Even when Our Environment’s Uncomfortable
- Even in the company of demonic forces, He is our divine cover
- God doesn’t need ideal situations to manifest His power!!!!!
i. He will provide in spite and in sight of our enemies
- He Can Bless Us from Unlikely Sources
- You don’t have to be jealous of what others have, He has an unlimited supply of blessings.
5. “God Has Been Good to Me” (Dr. Jimmy D. Hunter @ Pastor Hunter’s 1st Pastoral Anniversary) 3/20/11
– You can’t silence the preacher.
– For too many of us, it doesn’t take too much for us to be quiet.
– The trial of our testimony is our ability to share it in hostile situations
– When God sets an agenda, all we have to do is follow it!
– Why the counsel couldn’t silence Peter and John:
- The Presence of Unimpeachable Evidence
- People can’t speak against the power of God when they see our testimony
i. All we have to do is stand!
- The greatest argument for the authenticity of the faith is a Christian that looks like one
- Is there enough evidence against me to convict me of being a Christian?
i. Do my actions show Guilty or Not Guilty?
- We can’t forget where God’s brought us from.
i. We must stop turning people out and bring them in!
- Too many of us want the power without the transformation.
- There Was Uncompromising Loyalty
- An Unalterable Experience
6. “Feed and Lead the Flock” (Pas. W. Oliver @ Pastor Baines’s 2nd Pastoral Anniversary) 3/27/11
I Peter 5:1-4
– On pastoral leadership:
- Pastors must work for the love of the work and whose work it is
- Work with a knowledge of the value of the soul
- Pastors must work for the love of the work and whose work it is
- Crush worldly ambitions and the lust of power from our hearts and rely, solely, on the Holy Spirit in our leadership
– The pastor’s reward shouldn’t be sought from men, but rather from God after patient waiting
– Pastor have to be present.
- Pastors cannot be more concerned with building their names (traveling in revivals) than feeding their flock.
- Spiritual food is digested better when served by your leader.
- Lack of spiritual feeding will result in malnutrition.
- Absentee pastors affect the spirituality, finances, focus and function of the church.
- There are predators seeking the death of the flock, so pastors must stand guard of their sheep
– When the church is fed, victory, joy, triumph and peace, in the midst of defect, tragedy and misery, are present
This following sermon was extremely helpful to me and totally changed my outlook on things. I said in my last post that I would explain why I hadn’t posted in three months, so here’s why: I got sick of pouring out my heart in sermon analyses and reflections for just one person to read it. I got sick of seeing how many people would go to links I provided for hair, makeup, fashion or drama, but how few actually supported something about the Lord. This sermon challenged me to keep doing what I’m doing even if it’s just for one person. Please read the below sermon by Pas. Couzens…I pray it blesses you, as well:
7. “Don’t Come Down!” (Pas. V. Couzens @ Pastor Baines’s 2nd Pastoral Anniversary) 3/27/11
– The devil messes up by waiting until we decide to serve God to start bothering us
– What would make a person dedicate himself to a thankless job (a glorious burden)?
- The Word
- Some were shown while others were told by God to stay on the wall of ministry.
i. Don’t just run on what He told you, run on what He showed you!
- What do you see?
- Don’t rest until you arrest what has arrested you!!
- What sentence am I serving? Strive for a life sentence, not just 3-5..
- We can’t come down until we’re done serving our sentence
- The Witness of Progress
- The devil should’ve come before we started making progress, but instead, he waits until we start making progress to start messing with us
i. He uses insinuation, intimidation, interrogation and instigation to pull us down from the wall of ministry: these are all confirmation that we’re threats to him!
- Transformed lives is the best sign of good ministry
i. Better members is way more important than more members
- c. We have to know the value of what we’re doing even when others don’t
- The Work
- Not everyone’s ready to move to places they’ve never been.
i. They love the preaching, but hate the leadership…
ii. WE ARE NOT HERE TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO! WE’VE GO TO GO DEEPER AND HIGHER!!!
- We’re serving for God’s reward and glory, not the affirmation or acclamation of the world
- If I quit…
- While we build walls, God’s building lives through restoration, redemption and revival.
- Give the wall and they’ll hunger for the Book (come to their level)
- God has surrounded us with a cloud of witnesses confirming that our labor is not in vain