“Putting God Back in the Church”

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Recently, the condition and position of the Church has come into conversation, so I went back to review notes I took from some of my all-star preachers. Below are some sermons on godliness in the Church that were helpful to me. I pray you are blessed by these sermons.

“True Godliness” (Robert E. Baines, Jr.). I Cor.8:6-13


What is the measure of true godliness? True godliness is allowing the love of our brothers and sisters to trump my knowledge

I. God
– God is the source of all we have (salvation, health and strength, wealth, relationships).
– Can I handle being blessed? Do blessings decrease my praise?
– God is the aim of what we have, so all that we have should be directed to glorify God

II.  Love
– Our spiritual growth should revise our list of dos and don’ts.
– We need to measure up with the Word instead of the lies of church folk (most people aren’t as holy as they say).
– Although we are free from the law we still have rules.
– We have to love each other enough to put our freedom and knowledge on hold for our weaker brother.
– The strong have to flex to the weak not the other way around.
– We have to stop imposing our rules on others and start yielding.
– THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEAK AND WICKED and we need to pray for the wisdom to  discern between the two!
– We have to help the weak grow up or they will hold back the progress of the church’s growth.
– To “walk together in Christian love” require us to get up!
– We have too many professional Christian kindergarteners in the Church!!
– Ephesians 4:11-15 (our love has to start from the top and dwindle to the bottom)

“Sacrificial Praise” (Robert E. Baines, Jr.) Hebrews 13:15-16


I.  Jesus
– Whatever we do we have to do it through Jesus
– Worship is done by saved folk, so…how many people are in our church “worshipping” without being saved?
– We have to stop being novelty churches and become Word churches
II. Praise
– We are to praise Him and not our circumstances
– We ought to come to church to fly above the turbulence of our life’s issues in worship
– We need to give God anticipatory praise
– Our praise has to be continuous
– Am I a fair-weather worshipped or a crisis clapper? We shouldn’t be either
– I Cor. 14:26: Everybody should bring SOMETHING to build the fire of worship!
III. Ministry
– We have to be good for more than making noise during the worship service in Sundays
– We cannot afford to ignore all of the ministry opportunities available in the church

“Whose House? God’s House!” (Antione Hutchins) Mk. 11:12-18

– No matter who comes or goes, this is Gods house!
– If you can’t do it for Jesus, you won’t be able to do it for anyone else!
– Some of us need to learn how to be quiet and trust God. Just because He doesn’t address it right then doesn’t mean He won’t.
– Speaking before God shows immaturity
– Don’t speak when Gods talking…you won’t be able to hear
I. The Reputation of His House
– People should come to our church because the spirit of God is here not because of who’s here
II. The Responsibility of His House
– We have to take the focus off of people and put it on God
– We need to stop gossiping and start praying
III. The Reality of His House
– Has the church become a hideout for mess?!
– We cannot use worship as a substitution for the work that we have to do

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About preachersnob

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

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