Sermon: By Grace I am What I am

Jim Hobbs

Minister, Rutherford Church of Christ, Rutherfordton, NC

Share the Son – 2011 Gospel Meeting


October 9, 2011


By Grace I am What I am – Jim Hobbs


I.             Introduction: 1 Corinthians 15:9-10, 15:2, 6:1, 15:4,6,8


II.           What is grace?  1 Corinthians 15:9-10

A.    Divine influence on the heart

B.    Gift of God


III.          How did Paul get to ‘I am what I am’? 1 Corinthians 15:9

A.    Short summary of Paul’s life – Galatians 1:17-18

B.    By grace – a gracious dealing from God.  Acts 7:57-8:3, 9:1

C.    By grace – free favor manifested by God.  1 Corinthians 3:6, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 9:13-14, 1 Timothy 1:12-16

D.   By grace – a beneficial opportunity.  1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 11:23-27


IV.          Paul is an example to us to:

A.    Plant seeds

B.    Draw strength from Christ

C.    1 Corinthians 15:9-10


V.            Invitation

Sermon: A Gift of Grace

Nathan Adams

Minister, Cary Church of Christ, Cary, NC

Share the Son – 2011 Gospel Meeting


October 8, 2011


A Gift of Grace – Nathan Adams


I.             Introduction:  Ephesians 2:8-9 – People believe that they don’t have to do anything because of grace.

A.    What ‘works’ is referred to in verse 9?

B.    Verse 8: We are saved through faith – Romans 10:17, Titus 2: 11-12

C.    We have no part in the works because grace is the gift of God.


II.           What is grace?

A.    Genesis 6:8 – Noah found grace in God’s eyes. Romans 3:23

B.    John 3:16 – God gives the gift of grace

C.    1 John 4:10 – love

D.   Jesus Christ – Romans 5:8, John 1:16-17


III.          Examples of grace – Jeremiah 10:23

A.    Peter – Matthew 26:71-75, John 21:15-19

B.    Paul – Acts 9:1-22

C.    Us – Ephesians 2:10, 1 Timothy 1:15, Hebrews 12:2


IV.          Grace is a gift:

A.    Grace is a gift of what we need – Daniel 3:16-18

B.    Grace is a gift of greatest value – Mark 8:36, Hebrews 10:29

C.    Grace is a gift that keeps on giving – Romans 3;23-25, Isaiah 59:2, 1 John 2:2

D.   Grace is a good gift that is freely given – Psalm 119:172, 75, 137, 160, James 2:17, 1 John 1:9, Luke 11:11, 2 Corinthians 10:17, 2 Corinthians 9:15


V.            Invitation: Matthew 11:28

Sermon: The Appearance of Grace

Don Adkins
Minister, River Road Church of Christ, Washington, NC
Share The Son – 2011 Gospel Meeting

October 7, 2011


The Appearance of Grace – Don Adkins


I.             Introduction:  Titus 2:11-14, Genesis 6:8

A.    God’s grace is free

B.    God’s grace is available to all men – Mark 16:15,

C.    God’s grace means we get more that what we deserve – Romans 6:23


II.           There are three great benefits of grace:


A.    Salvation – Titus 2:11

1.    God doesn’t owe us grace – Ephesians 2:8-9

2.    God gives grace freely – John 1:14-17, Galatians 3:26-28, 1 John 1:12, Romans 5:8, 15

3.    John 3:16-17


B.     Grace teaches us – Titus 2:12-13

1.    Just say ‘no’ – Matthew 4:4, 7, 10

2.    Just say ‘no’ to worldliness – Matthew 23:23, 1 John 2:15-17

3.    We should keep looking forward to Christ’s second coming – 1 John 1:7


C.    God’s grace brings transformation – Titus 2:14

1.    Be transformed – Romans 3:23, Romans 12:1-2

2.    Titus 3:4-7, Acts 20:28,

3.    Transformed to do good works – Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 6:19-21, Revelation 14:13


III.          Conclusion


IV.          Invitation to:

A.    Believe that Jesus is the son of God

B.    Repent of your sins

C.    Be baptized for the remission of sins

D.   Live a faithful life

Sermon: The Discipline of Prayer

bobThe Discipline of Prayer – Bob Williams

August 14, 2011



The Discipline of Prayer


I.             Introduction:  God’s word says we should be disciplined in prayer.


II.           We don’t pray as we should.

A.    We don’t want to.

1.    We don’t feel like it

2.    It’s boring to us.

3.    Communication is only one way.

4.    We don’t know the meaning or purpose of prayer

B.    We should renew our minds when it comes to prayer.

1.    Prayer will be new and fresh

2.    God can respond to our prayers

3.    Our soul will be satisfied with our prayer life


III.         How should we pray?

A.   We combine meditation with prayer.

1.    In meditation, we analyze God’s word, personalize it to meet our needs and memorize it.

2.    Combining meditation with prayer will help a Christian’s prayer life.

B.    Example of Joseph Scriven.

C.   Sarah’s example of how to pray.

1.    Psalm 23:1-6

2.    Read each verse, meditate on it and pray it back to God.

3.    Psalm 31:1-24

4.    When you want to pray for others, but don’t know what to pray, Ephesians 1:18 and Ephesians 3:17-19 are good prayers.

5.    Seven prayer requests in Colossians 1:9-12.

6.    Romans 12:1-2 is another prayer for our families.


IV.         What are the benefits of the discipline of prayer?

A.   We pray God’s will, not ours.

B.    God reminds us of things to pray for other people.

C.   God’s word is exalted by reading it – Psalm 138:2

D.   We can pray for our distractions.

E.    We can pray for atheists – Psalm 14:1

F.    Combining meditation with prayer will make a difference in the church – Romans 12:9-21

G.   We will finally pray as we should – continually, always and unceasingly.

H.   We will have a humble prayer life – Luke 18:10-14


V.           How do we connect with God in prayer?

A.   We connect by acknowledging our sinfulness and need for a Savior.

B.    We do it through Jesus Christ.

Sermon: God’s Children

Mike Hinrichs

God’s Children – Mike Hinrichs

(All verses are from the New American Standard Bible)

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

Galatians 4:6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

John 1:11-13 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Galatians 1:3-4 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and

Galatians 4:5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons

Philippians 2:6-8 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

1 Peter 1:17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Galatians 4:5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Romans 8:12-14 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

2 Peter 1:15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5:48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

1 Peter 1:14-15 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

Sermon: The High Cost of Reconciliation

Mike Hinrichs

The High Cost of Reconciliation – Mike Hinrichs

(All scripture is from the New American Standard Bible)

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

Romans 8:3-7 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

Colossians 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Genesis 6:5-7 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Ephesians 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Ephesians 2:11-12 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands– remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 4:17-18 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Romans 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Colossians 1:21-22 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 2:14-16 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

Ephesians 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Acts 17:30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Sermon: A God-Centered Life

Mike HinrichsA God-Centered Life – Mike Hinrichs

Deuteronomy 8:1-2 NASB

“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord   swore  to give  to your forefathers.  “You shall remember all the way which the Lord   your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Romans 2:28-29 NASB

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Luke 8:11-15 NASB

“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.  “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

Romans 10:8-10 NASB

But what does it say? “The word is near you  , in your mouth and in your heart  ”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus  as  Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Ephesians 1:1

Romans 2:1-5 NASB

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.  And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.  But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same  yourself,  that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?  But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

2 Chronicles 36:11-13 NASB

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.  He did evil in the sight of the Lord   his God; he did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet who spoke for the Lord  .  He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear  allegiance  by God. But he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord   God of Israel.

Acts 8:34-37 NASB

The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please  tell me,  of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?”  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.  As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”  [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”]

Colossians 2:9-12 NASB

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;  and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Deuteronomy 30:6 NASB

“Moreover the Lord   your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord   your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.

1 John 5:3 NASB

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Romans 6


There is extraordinary power in the gospel, so much that it can save a soul (Romans 1:16).  Regardless of history or heritage, anyone who has the faith to embrace that eternal message will be saved.  There is little wonder that Jesus sent the disciples into the entire world with it and its remarkable capacity to transform sinners into saints.

Sinners find themselves in a dilemma that they cannot solve.  At least, from the human side it is a problem without a solution.  People choose to sin, and as soon as they do the consequences begin to pile up.  Alienation from God.  Spiritual suicide.  Guilt.  Hopelessness.  Sin promised all and delivered nothing.  We want to escape the all-seeing eyes of God.  We cannot.  We try to hide and fail.  The conscience drives us away from what we need most, the Lord.  Only He can resolve this.

Jesus came in search of lost folks (Luke 19:10).  As unappealing as they may be, that is who He was seeking.  What a mission!  To leave the glory of heaven and plunge into this old sinful world is a task that defies description.  He relinquished equality with God (Philippians 2:6-7) to take on an assignment that would lead Him through humiliation, degradation and a brutal execution.  In so doing, He extended to all humanity for all time the possibility of forgiveness.  Sin’s devastation met its match.

It is a way back into the family.  The guilty verdict that we deserve is no longer inevitable.  The wrath of God has been quenched.  Adoption is an option.  Reconciliation is an alternative.  A spiritual resurrection awaits anyone who chooses to place himself in the hands of the only one who can perform such a miracle.  Many can take a life, but only one can raise the dead.  He did.  He can.  He will.  Now, that is good news.

And that is what the gospel is all about.  It is the best possible news and we have it in ours hands.  Sin-smashed people need it, and they do not even know it.  Most will reject it.  The god of this world is a master of deceit, and he has blurred their vision (2 Corinthians 4:4).  In some cases, he has poked their eyes out.  Our sight should be crystal-clear, though.  The lost need the gospel, and we have it.  Pray for workers.  Then, be one.     

Call to Praise scripture:  Romans 8:35-39

His word on it:  1 John 4:19

Sermon:  “The Infinite Love of God”