Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Oct 30, 2011                                "An Endless HOPE!" To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Sun AM Worship                           Or a Hopeless END!

Text: Colossians 1:10-28   (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Colossians 1:10   That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:11   Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Colossians 1:12   Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Colossians 1:13   Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Colossians 1:14   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Colossians 1:15   Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians 1:16   For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Colossians 1:17   And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:18   And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Colossians 1:19   For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Colossians 1:20   And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:21   And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Colossians 1:22   In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Colossians 1:23   If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Colossians 1:24   Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

Colossians 1:25   Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Colossians 1:26   Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Colossians 1:27   To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Colossians 1:28   Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

 

Let's pray. Father,

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

A lot of people only grow in knowledge. They know about God. They know the books of the Bible. They've memorized verses. They know who Nebuchadnezzar is. They know that an epistle is not the wife of an apostle. Noah's wife was not Joan of Ark! They know facts, not GOD!  they refuse to grow in grace. 2 Peter 3:18 says "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Unless we go in the Rapture or catching away of the church we will all at one point have to face the reality of crossing over. The Bible is very Clear in Hebrews 9:27   And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

But this is not the END. Rather the Beginning!


a. A man can live 40 days without food..
b. He can live 8 minutes without air..
c. ..But he can't live one second without hope!

 

B. There is a Jewish Proverb that reads - Every man knows he will die, but no one wants to believe it.

 

It all comes down to this, either you know that when you leave this life you will enter into eternal life with the risen Christ, or you have no hope at all for anything beyond this life, and in your soberest moments you must face the fact that life at best is ultimately futile.


C. Isaiah 64:6 "... we all do fade as a leaf..."
D.
Nothing is so certain as death, and nothing is so uncertain as the hour of death.
E. The chances of you winning a state lottery jackpot are 1 in 4,000,000. The chance that you eventually are going to die is 1 in 1.
F. Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

James 4:14   Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

 

A. I Corinthians 15:22 "For as in Adam all die..." but death is not the end.


C. Everyone who is born into this world will also have to leave it and for most people their deepest instincts and convictions tell them there really is something beyond the grave.

 

II. We must know where our hope lies.

1. "Most people in America have just enough religion to keep them from getting the real thing. They have just enough to inoculate them against God!"

B. Many place their faith in religion or church.
2. Trusting in religion or church is like having a Ferrari without a drive train. You may look good sitting in it but you are not going anywhere! 

 

2 Timothy 3:2   For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Timothy 3:3   Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Timothy 3:4   Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2 Timothy 3:5   Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:6   For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2 Timothy 3:7   Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Matthew 7:16   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Matthew 7:19   Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20   Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Their willingness to surrender to his lordship.

 

Matthew 16:26   For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:27   For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works

 

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Matthew 6:24   No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Revelation 20:15   And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

1 Corinthians 15:19   If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

1 Corinthians 15:20   But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

1 Corinthians 15:21   For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:22   For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

If "for me to live is Christ," then to die is gain. That is My hope
If for me to live is money - then to die is loss.
If for me to live is self - then to die is loss.
If for me to live is ambition - then to die is loss.
If for me to live is sin - then to die is loss.

Galatians 2:20   I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.