Sermons

An 11-Day Journey

An 11-Day Journey

Date: January 17th, 2021

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:2

Supporting Scripture: John 5:1-17, Psalm 51:5

Sermon Highlights:

· Deuteronomy 1:2 is a brief summary of the biblical journey from Genesis to Revelation, from darkness to light, from limited to unlimited, from weakness to power, from being unproductive to being productive, from chaos to organization.
· 4 stages of the journey: Darkness, Exodus, Wilderness, Promise.
· Darkness: evil, wickedness, sin, slavery, limitation captivity.
· Exodus: salvation, freedom, liberation, belief.
· Wilderness: sanctification, cleansing, growth, development, education, renewal.
· Promise: light, spirit of God, productivity, prosperity, healing, growth, deliverance.
· The question is not “How did I get here?” The question is “Do I want to be healed?”
· All the stages start off in darkness.
· I must make a decision, not an explanation. I must say stop! It’s exodus time! I am done with this!
· I must make my decision stick. I must work on being a new me. I must pick up my MAT – mindset, attitudes, thinking. Anything is possible!
· I’ve been in the wilderness too long. I can move into what God promised me. I can stand up and walk!

Sermon In Action
Affirmations: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Reflect and Apply Scripture: Is there a wilderness I have been wandering in for far too long? What stage of the journey am I in?

Testify: Tell at least one person about a time of darkness, limitation, chaos in your life. Let them know how God’s brought you out of that wilderness situation into a much better, brighter, more productive life.

Creative Application: Use an old table mat, create one from a piece of paper, or cut out a picture of a table mat or small rug. Place this mat in a prominent place. Use this mat as a reminder to renew your mind, to pick up your mindset, your attitude, and your thinking.

Prayer of Gratitude: In the beginning God, Light of the world God, Way out of no way God, thank you for this moment. We are so grateful for your words of life and promise. Help us to have the courage to recognize when we have been wandering for far too long, and the fortitude to do something about it. Continue to teach us how to reset, renew, and recharge as we move toward your promised land. No matter how dark our wilderness looks, your plan never ends there. Your plan is always that your kingdom be productive and prosperous, as we are productive and prosperous. May our 2021 mindset, attitude and thinking echo our theme that anything is possible when we follow your lead. We praise and worship you, we honor and adore you. We pray boldly knowing you hear us, and we thank you in advance that our prayers have been answered. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

AN 11-DAY JOURNEY

AN 11-DAY JOURNEY

Date: January 10th, 2021

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:2

Supporting Scripture: Numbers 14:20-23

Sermon Highlights:

· How does an 11-day journey turn into a 40-year journey?
· Resolutions are journeys. Resolutions need to be broken down into simple, small specific steps, that I can be confident about, committed to, and consistent in doing.
· What is my self-story? I need to understand my self-story. My self-story determines my life decisions.
· Life/Transformation = Exodus: coming out of slavery, Wilderness: getting slavery out of me; important, Promise: receiving what God has promised me.
· Transformation: from lower to higher, lesser to greatest, seed to harvest, weakness to power, slavery to liberty.
· Don’t try to collect manna for the whole week; just do it for one day! Believe in God, trust in God. God will give you your daily bread.
· Negativity Bias: causes complaint, nature trail walk vs the rattlesnake. I don’t achieve my promise, my full potential.
· What is MY negativity bias? What am I wandering about? Am I building my foundation on Christ?
· Shorten the time frame to receive the promise: Follow the word of God and watch your journey be reduced!
· Anything is possible if I: Hear God’s word, promise & resolve to be obedient to God’s word, perform God’s word.

Sermon In Action
Affirmations: I AM ON A JOURNEY! I AM CONFIDENT! I AM COMMITTED! I AM CONSISTENT!

Reflect and Apply Scripture: What is your self-story? This week, take time to think about your life journey. Are there small, specific points you recognize that were significant in your life journey so far?

Testify: Tell at least one person this week about a personal journey that took much longer than it should have. Let them know what God said at the beginning of the journey, and what you did that caused you to wander and delay God’s promise.

Creative Application: This week, go on a negativity fast! Resolve to replace negative thoughts, words, conversations, and actions with positive thoughts, words, conversations and action.

Prayer of Gratitude: Awesome and Amazing God, thank you for this moment. Thank you for starting us on a new journey – 2021. Help us to hide this word in our hearts so we do not wander and prolong your promise. Give us the strength and clarity to understand our own self-story, and the resolve to be confident, committed, consistent, in our resolutions. We cast down the spirit of negativity that will keep us wandering in the wilderness. We declare 2021 will be a year of transformation! A year where we will see the promised land! Anything is possible this year if we hear your word, and do exactly what your word says. Lord we love you, we praise you, we exalt your name. You are God, and besides you there is no other. Because of Jesus and in his name, we know our prayers have already been answered, so we say thank you in advance God for our transformation, our liberation and the harvest you promised us in your word. AMEN.

WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Date: January 3rd, 2021

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Genesis 18:14

Supporting Scripture: Genesis 11:30, Genesis 25:21, Genesis 29:31, 1 Samuel 1:6, Luke 1:7, Isaiah 61:7

Sermon Highlights:

· Is anything too hard for God?
· Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth – all barren women who represent God’s people chosen to advance God’s program.
· Barren: indication of fruitlessness, hopelessness, emptiness, adversity.
· God uses the stories of these barren women to: 1) Bring God glory, 2) Advance God’s kingdom, 3) Increase my faith, 4) Bless my story, give me a testimony.
· I have a story! My circumstances, adversity, troubles will not block God’s word, God’s will & can’t stop God’s way.
· God uses the barren to bring forth greatness. Instead of pain, God gave them the miracle of childbirth. They gave birth to game-changing giants of the faith.
· Stop thinking you don’t have enough to do what God told you to do.
· It’s time for a double portion! Expect a double portion! Expect double for my trouble! God will give it to me!
· If you have remained committed, consistent, faithful to God’s church, expect to experience joy, expect to be blessed!
· Joy comes in the morning, 2021 is my morning! It’s rejoicing time!
· Happy New Year!

Sermon In Action
Affirmations: I AM READY! I AM FAITHFUL! I AM COMMITTED! I AM CONSISTENT!

Reflect and Apply Scripture: “Too good to be true” is a common saying in our language. Reflect on the times, circumstances and situations when you have made that observation. Genesis 18:14 in the New Revised Standard Version says, “Is anything too wonderful for God?” This week, reflect on all the wonderful things God has done in your life. Ask and apply that question to all the wonderful things you are expecting God will do for you in 2021.

Testify: Tell at least one person this week how God blessed you in the midst of the barrenness of 2020.

Creative Application: This week, make room for your double portion! Clean up, organize, brighten your living space, your personal relationships, your devotional/prayer life, your financial life, your work life.

Prayer of Gratitude: Mighty God, the Great I am, thank you for this moment. Thank you for keeping us and allowing us to see the beginning of 2021, a brand-new year. We are grateful for the safety and security found in your word. We remember with love those who you called home in 2020. We give you praise knowing they rest in perfect peace with you. We know and believe with God anything is possible and nothing is too hard or too wonderful for you. Help us to hide this word in our heart and cement it into our entire being. We expect miracles in 2021! We thank you in advance for our double portion! With great joy, faith, commitment, and consistency we stand ready to give you our all and ready to receive all you have in store for us. We worship you and lift your name high in all the earth. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

2020 – WHAT A YEAR!

2020 – WHAT A YEAR!

Date: December 27th, 2020

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Luke 2:20

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 28:1-8

Sermon Highlights:

· Celebrate the birth of Christ!
· 5 elements both the birth of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus share: Humans, Heaven, Fear/Awe, Great Joy, Witnessing
· Everybody in scripture who came to Jesus left different than the way they came.
· I will be changed whenever heaven touches earth. Something good happens! Transformation, renewal happens!
· God doesn’t focus on circumstances. Circumstances do not prevent God from doing what only God can do.
· God does not say wait until things are better to praise me.
· When heaven touches humans, good things happen!
· Come to Jesus specifically. Church is not a form or fashion activity.
· Come to Jesus seriously. Break protocol, break barriers if you have to.
· Come to Jesus sincerely. Be all in, real, genuine.
· Heaven is still visiting & touching earth. How? When I read God’s word, sing God’s praises, pray to God.
· If I come to Jesus by faith, I will leave in favor!

Sermon In Action
AFFIRMATIONS: I AM SPECIFIC ABOUT GOD, I AM SERIOUS ABOUT GOD, I AM SINCERE ABOUT GOD!

Reflect and Apply Scripture: 2020 has been quite a year. Reflect on the intersection of faith and favor in your life this year. What are some ways you can continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus in you as you move into 2021?

Testify: Tell at least person about how God touched and changed your life in 2020. Make sure you let them know how situations may have changed, but God remained the same.

Creative Application: This week, consider how the circumstances of 2020 have impacted the natural world. Take time to watch the sunrise or set. Examine the night sky. Pay attention to how birds, squirrels or other animals interact with the earth and with each other.

Prayer of Gratitude: God of the incarnation and the resurrection, thank you for this moment. Thank you for bringing us to the final Sunday of 2020. What a year! We are so grateful for your grace and never-ending mercy, which has kept us thus far by faith. We continue to thank you for your healing power, your saving power, and your power to deliver us from all evil. Help us to keep our eyes and our hearts fixed and focused on you and your word. May we always look to the Christmas story as a reminder of what can happen when heaven touches earth. We move forward into a new year believing if we are specific, serious, and sincere about the things of God, nothing is impossible. We praise and thank you for every lesson 2020 came to teach us. Touch us, and we will be touched. Bless us, and we will be blessed. Glory Hallelujah in the matchless name of Jesus we pray, AMEN.

THE MIRACLE AND THE MESSAGE

THE MIRACLE AND THE MESSAGE

Date: June 24th, 2018

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Mark 6:30-44

Supporting Scripture: Psalm 111:10, Matthew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13, John 1:14

Sermon Highlights:

  • The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle of Jesus mentioned in all 4 Gospels
  • Grace is the ultimate goodness of God
  • The number 5 means grace
  • There are 5 perspectives of this miracle: 1) Jesus 2) Disciples 3) Crowd 4) Boy
  • 5 Five barley loaves & 2 fish

GOD’S GOODNESS

GOD’S GOODNESS

Date: June 10th, 2018

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Romans 16:19

Supporting Scripture: Genesis 1:2, Genesis 1:39, Jeremiah 4:22-23, Corinthians 14:33, 40, 1 John 2:16, Psalm 115:4-8, Isaiah 44:9, 1 Samuel 16:7

Sermon Highlights:

  • Am I being good?
  • Am I doing good or am I just here to receive good?
  • Self-reflection is the foundation for growth
  • Good for what? What God does is always good for something/somebody
  • It’s a content thing! God is concerned about what’s in me
  • Before God stepped into the earth, the earth was shapelessness, emptiness, & darkness. This is a metaphor for the condition, state of me, the world, church, sin before God steps in
  • SHAPELESSNESS: disorder, disorganization, discord, disconnection, confusion, no structure, isolation, separation
  • Life has parameters, principles, practices

GOODNESS

GOODNESS

Date: June 3rd, 2018

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

Supporting Scripture: Psalm 119:68, 1 Timothy 4:4, Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31

Sermon Highlights:

  • v  Goodness is a condition, state of being 1) BENEFICIAL 2) HELPFUL 3) USEFUL 4) PROFITABLE 5) VALUABLE 
  • v  Beneficial: anything that contributes to the improvement or advantage of a thing. What benefit do I provide to anybody?
  • Helpful: to make things easier or better, to aid or assist. It’s important to be helpful. Do I help my church? Who am I helpful to?
  • Useful: able to put in action or service. I should make myself useful in the Kingdom of God! Am I a user? I want to be useful NOT a user!
  • Am I useless? Am I useful to my church, family, community or am I out to get something for myself?
  • Profitable: that which brings a gain, to gain over expense. Do I add & multiply, or divide or subtract? Where am I in this equation?
  • Valuable: do I add value? Be an adder & a multiplier, not a divider! Have I earned my space or am I just taking up space?

THE KINDNESS OF GOD

THE KINDNESS OF GOD

Date: May 20th, 2018

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 55:11

Sermon Highlights:

  • Kindness is INTEREST (meet people where they are unconditionally) INVOLVEMENT (get involved to help)
  • INCONVENIENCE (takes me out of my way. If I’m not being inconvenienced I’m not being kind)
  • INTERVENTION (I’m extending myself to another in a way that will help/move them to a different place)
  • INTERCESSION (extending myself from a far, to the benefit of another. I AM kind)

THE POWER OF PATIENCE

THE POWER OF PATIENCE

Date: April 22nd, 2018

Speaker: Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans

Scripture: Luke 18:1-8

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 17:21

Sermon Highlights:

  • Patience is a fruit of the spirit and a virtue.
  • Patience is putting up with something, not putting off something.
  • Patience keeps us together.
  • Patience is persistence. Persistence is effort. Effort is work. Work is prayer. Patience is prayer!
  • Prayer is an action word!
  • If I’m not working on it/for it, I’m not praying on it/for it!
  • If I’m praying & not working, I’m not praying. I’m having idle conversation.

Proverbs 3:6 

…in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.