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Dale Lewis – Titus 2:11-15 “Amazing Grace”

Titus 2:11-15 “Amazing Grace” I. Introduction II. Vs. 11, 14a Redeeming Grace III. Vs. 12, 14b Reforming Grace IV. Vs. 13, 15 Rewarding Grace I. Introduction In the 2nd chapter Paul wrote to Titus about God’s plan to transform society, in short it resembles apprenticeships where it is the responsibility of the more experienced and…

“Three necessities in reaching the world”

  Acts 8-10 “Three necessities in reaching the world” People have made a living out of understanding cultural trends. The idea is that if you can see how a people group is wired you can use that information to sell products that they otherwise would not be interested in. The Church has bought into the…

Dale Lewis – Titus 2:1-10 “Journeyman and apprentice”

Titus 2:1-10 “Journeyman and apprentice” I. Introduction II. Vs. 1-3 A recipe for a healthy church III. Vs. 4-8 Nurture not left to nature IV. Vs. 9-10 Employee of the year I. Introduction Reading Paul’s letter to Titus causes us to realize that our Lord is not interested in us becoming people who have spiritual…

“Strong shoes for stony paths”

  Genesis 39:1-23 “Strong shoes for stony paths” In Genesis chapter 39 we look at the life of Joseph and how he compared to his brother Judah in Genesis 38 in dealing with temptation. Corrie Ten Boom once said; “If God sends you on stony paths, He will provide strong shoes!” This chapter provides great…

Feb.18 Genesis Study

Genesis 19:1-38 “The destruction of Sin” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-11 What’s the world coming too? III. Vs. 12-38 Getting the World out of us I. Intro. You are hard pressed to find a more depressing chapter in the Bible then the 19th chapter of Genesis; homosexuality, attempted rape, prostitution, incest and the love of…

Dale Lewis – Titus 1:10-16 “Structural defects”

Titus 1:10-16 “Structural defects” I. Introduction II. Vs. 10, 12 and 16b What they are III. Vs. 11a, 14 and 16a What they do IV. Vs. 11b and 15 Why they do it I. Introduction Paul left Titus on the Island of Crete to set the broken church that had sprung up in a broken…

“Do you not know?”

  1Corinthians 6:1-11 “Do you not know?” Throughout the first five chapters, of 1 Corinthians we see the Church in Corinth had many problems. Problems that we would not normally associate with an evangelical, spirit filled, Bible teaching church. The root of this was pride that manifested itself in: Fighting over who was the best…

Dale Lewis – Titus 1:5-9 “Looking for a few good men”

Titus 1:5-9 “Looking for a few good men” I. Introduction II. Vs. 5-6 What the Church needs III. Vs. 7-8 Character matters IV. Vs. 9 What leaders do I. Introduction The primary reason Paul left Titus on Crete was that he could “set in order” the local fellowships with the things that were lacking. The…

Dale Lewis – Titus 1:1-4 “Maintenance Manual”

Titus 1:1-4 “Maintenance Manual” I. Introduction II. Vs. 1-3 A Word that works III. Vs. 4 A true son I. Introduction The theme of this letter is similar to many of Paul’s letters as he writes to another young protégé Titus, who was a Greek and came to Christ in the city of Antioch. Later…

“Choose wisely”

  Exodus 11 – 12:3 “Choose wisely” Life, from our perspective, is all about choices and making right choices requires good information. Most people believe that with good information they will continually make right choices but he truth of the matter is that this is not so. There are those times when we deliberately choose…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 4:9-22 “Come before winter”

2 Timothy 4:9-22 “Come before winter” I. Introduction II. Vs. 9-13 Come quickly III. Vs. 14-15 The coppersmith IV. 16-18 The Lord stood with me V. 19-22 The Lord be with you I. Introduction If you were to list the top 25 people who have left the greatest impact upon human society throughout history it…

Jan. 21 Genesis Study

Genesis 17:1-27 “More of You and less of me” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-14 Outward sign of an inward reality III. Vs. 15-27 True holy laughter I. Intro. In the 16th chapter Sarai and Abram tried to obtain the promises of God through the energy of the flesh with tragic consequences but God who intervenes…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 4:5-8 “Emmanuel’s Land”

2 Timothy 4:5-8 “Emmanuel’s Land” I. Introduction II. Vs. 5-6 Four ways to be faithful III. Vs. 7-8 Finishing well I. Introduction Charles Spurgeon had a young pastor come to him and complain that he didn’t have as big of a church has his talent warranted. Spurgeon asked, “How many do you teach too?” and…

“A new heart not a new cart”

  2 Samuel 6:1-5 “A new heart not a new cart” The context of the sixth chapter of 2nd Samuel is after David became king over Israel and he decides to make Jerusalem the capital of the nation. Something wonderful happened in David’s heart based upon psalm 132 as David apparently recalled the story of…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 4:1-4 “Do you swear to tell the truth?”

2 Timothy 4:1-4 “Do you swear to tell the truth?” I. Introduction II. Vs. 1-2 Preach the word III. Vs. 3-4 Hearing aid I. Introduction We now coming to Paul’s final words in his last letter to his beloved “son in the faith” Timothy. From the loneliness of his prison cell, awaiting his execution after…

“Dead to the law”

  Galatians 2:17-19 “Dead to the law” In Galatians chapter 2 verse 17 Paul wrote a hypothetical question that he goes on to answer; “If while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!” Though Paul did reference Bildad the Shuhite…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 3:14-17 “Paper people”

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “Paper people” I. Introduction II. Vs. 14-15 People of the Book III. Vs. 16-17 A book for the people I. Introduction As we have now officially entered a new year with all the uncertainties how are we going to make it through? Reading through Ray Steadman’s comments written 30 years ago caused…

“Happy New Year”

  Colossians 1:16 “Happy New Year” Every year at this time we get to “reboot” our lives, a new start as a new year begins. What excites me isn’t a “New Year” but rather another year where Jesus is again on the throne! In Colossians chapter 1 verse 16 Paul says Jesus created all things…

“The perfect gift”

  1 Corinthians 13:8-13 “The perfect gift” This is the time of year where we exchange gifts, but what do you give a person who has everything? May I make a suggestion? Why not try LOVE! In 1 Corinthians chapter 13 the first three verses Paul spoke of the value of love and how it…

Dale Lewis – John 1:14-18 “The Incredible Incarnation”

  John 1:14-18 “The Incredible Incarnation” I. Intro. II. Vs. 14-15 God made visible in the flesh III. Vs. 16-18 The fullness of grace and truth I. Intro. Just who is Jesus? A few years back we were told by James Cameron and Simcha Jabobovici that he was just a man. They based their new…

Jan. 07 Genesis Study

Genesis 16:1-16 “Castles from mud pies” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-6 Trying to obtain promises through the flesh III. Vs. 7-16 Drinking from the well of the One who Lives & Sees I. Intro. God had assured Abram that He could handle his fears and Abram said “it is so” and God furthered blessed him….

“A baby with a message”

  Matthew 1:18 “A baby with a message” The birth of Christ is one of the most familiar stories ever told. When told by Matthew, a converted tax collector, we are given an insight into what is important about Jesus’ birth for Jewish readers. Matthew brings forth Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s word, the…

“A world turned upside down”

  Acts 1 “A world turned upside down” Many times, after some blockbuster movie, the popularity of the movie causes such a stir that a few years later, with the moviegoers still buzzing about the characters, the producers decide to make another movie. People want to know, “What ever happened to so and so?” “What…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 3:6-9 “Phony faiths”

  2 Timothy 3:6-9 “Phony faiths”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 6-7 Gullible, guilty and gathers III. Vs. 8-9 Infiltration and imitation I. Introduction Having looked at the 18 characteristics of religious people that will cycle through the last days, we now move on to see: Vs. 6-7Converts: Three traits that cause people to…

“The field of procrastination”

  Exodus 9 “The field of procrastination” From the 7th chapter of Exodus to the 10th chapter we see how God in His grace warned Pharaoh and the Egyptians of the consequences of their rebellion. In the 9th chapter in verses 20 and 21 we are told that some “feared the word of the Lord”…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 “Sunday Saints”

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 “Sunday Saints”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 1-4 18 characteristics of the religious III. Vs. 5 Form without power I. Introduction   With all the events that are happening globally, no wonder people are becoming increasingly convinced that the world is coming to end. According to a 2013 Omni…

“Let’s get rolling”

  Joshua 5:1-12 “Let’s get rolling” In Joshua chapter 5 verses 1-12 there was a fresh work of the Lord. One of the things that fascinate me in this passage is what God called the nation to do at Gilgal before they took on the walled fortress of Jericho. In verses 1-9 God had them…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 2:23-26 “Tongue Twisters”

  2 Timothy 2:23-26 “Tongue twisters”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 23 When to talk, when to not III. Vs. 24-26 Six guidelines of behaving right while being right   I. Introduction As Paul wrote this letter awaiting his death, he understood that the world that he was leaving behind for his son in…

Nov.19 Genesis Study

  Genesis 13:1-18 “The tale of two men” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-4 The road to restoration III. Vs. 5-18 Living in the land of vision and fellowship I. Intro. In the 13th chapter we see the tale of two men and what they learned in Egypt. One man went to Egypt (the world) and…

“Prepared for Battle”

  Ephesians 6:10-13 “Prepared for Battle” In Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10-13 there are two words that are repeated several times: Stand: Used three times Against: Used six times Putting these two words together gives us a great picture of the Christian life: We are called to “stand against” the enemy! There are a great…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 2:20-22 “Vessels of honor”

  2 Timothy 2:20-22 “Vessels of honor”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 20-21 A great house III. Vs. 22 House cleaning   I. Introduction Last time we were together we spoke of the “Art of holding fast the pattern of sound words”. Paul spoke to Timothy about the kind of effort he would need…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 2:20-22 “Vessels of honor”

      2 Timothy 2:20-22 “Vessels of honor”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 20-21 A great house III. Vs. 22 House cleaning   I. Introduction Last time we were together we spoke of the “Art of holding fast the pattern of sound words”. Paul spoke to Timothy about the kind of effort he…

“A journey to the dark side”

  Genesis 12:10-20 “A journey to the dark side” Though ten times in the NT we read that Abram’s strength lie in his trust in God, it was not something that he always had or always exhibited. Faith is not a super natural inner conviction that only certain folks can muster it is the simple…

Oct.29 Genesis Study

  Genesis 12:10-20 “Abram went down to Egypt” I. Intro. III. Vs. 10-20 A journey to the dark side I. Intro. Though ten times in the NT we read that Abram’s strength lie in his trust in God, it was not something that he always had or always exhibited. Faith is not a super natural…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 2:7-19 “The worker in the Word”

    2 Timothy 2:7-19 “The worker in the Word”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 11-13 Five encouragements III. Vs. 14-19 A battle of words   I. Introduction Paul had just finished with the three metaphors of how to “Hold fast the pattern of sound words” when the world is falling apart all around…

“Delivers in dark times”

  Judges 1:1-2 “Delivers in dark times” The headlines read: Family feud leaves 69 dead Powerful government leader caught in “love nest” Gang rape leads to victim’s death and dismemberment Girls at party kidnapped and forced to marry strangers Woman judge says travelers not safe of highways These headlines were not ripped out of the…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 2:1-6 “Dedication, discipline and diligence”

    2 Timothy 2:1-6 “Dedication, discipline and diligence”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 1-2 Three ways to pass the baton II. Vs. 3-6 Threefold wining attitudes   I. Introduction The Christian life was never designed to be a self-centered life, one characterized by self-indulgence. The business of the Christians of every age is…

Oct.22 Genesis Study

  Genesis 12:1-9 “I will bless you” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-9 A walk of life I. Intro. The focus, is upon Abram from this chapter through chapter 25. He is mentioned 260 times in the Bible and ten of those times his name is mentioned in connection with faith. Paul wrote to the Roman’s…

“Where the saints have trod”

  Acts 28:17-31 “Where the saints have trod” Have you ever watched one of those old westerns on T.V. where the hero of the story fades off into the sunset and your left with many questions? That is how Luke ends the book of Acts. In verse 30 we read, “Then Paul dwelt two whole…

“In the Place where He was crucified there is a garden”

  John 19:38-42 “In the Place where He was crucified there is a garden” In the other gospel accounts we learn that Joseph was a wealthy member of the Sanhedrim, which means that the vote of the ruling council of Caiaphas was not unanimous as Joseph and we assume Nicodemus both voted against putting Jesus…

Oct.08 Genesis Study

  Genesis 11:1-32 “All in the family” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-9 Together in being apart III. Vs. 10-32 From Shem to Abram I. Intro. The first 11 chapters of Genesis covers a span of over 2000 years and includes five important events: Creation The fall of mankind The flood The tower of Babel The…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 1:13-18 “Let lose the lion”

  2 Timothy 1:13-18 “Let lose the lion”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 13-14 Hold fast to God’s word II. Vs. 15-18 Keep the Word by staying connected to God’s people   I. Introduction In what amounts to Paul’s last will and testament he wrote to Timothy who might be tempted to look at…

“The ex-factor”

  1 Corinthians 6:1-11 “The ex-factor” The first five chapters of 1 Corinthians reveals that the Church in Corinth had many problems. Problems that we would not normally associate with an evangelical, spirit filled Bible teaching church. At the root of all their problems was pride, and this pride was manifested in self-centered ways: Fighting…

“Be Strong and of good courage”

  Joshua 1:6-9 “Be Strong and of good courage” In Joshua chapter 1 verses 6-9 we have the words of the Lord to Joshua. I wonder if Joshua asked himself the questions that I think as they delayed entering into the promises of God for 40 years: “Why don’t more people press after the promises…

Dale Lewis – 2 Timothy 1:1-2 “Unforgettable”

  2 Timothy 1:3-7 “Unforgettable”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 3 Prison of prayer II. Vs. 4-7 Four marks of living in joy   I. Introduction The second part of the greeting is what is called the “thanks giving”, aptly called this as most often the writer would put down the things that they…

“Only thing left to do”

  Acts 7:54-60 “Only thing left to do” The Bible is full of life but it is also full of death. As it relates to death most folks aren’t too comfortable with the subject. I tend to look at end of life passages as well as events that I have been involved with in ministry…

“Only one worthy”

  Acts Acts 14:8-18 “Only one worthy” As Paul and Barnabas traveled on their mission’s trip they experienced the greatest danger any person can ever expect to endure, people worshiping them. The event took place in a city named Lystra, a backwoods place that Caesar had turned it into a Roman colony. According Acts chapter…

Dale Lewis – Matthew 15:29-39 “The Freedom of Faith”

  Matthew 15:29-39 “The Freedom of Faith” I.) Intro II.) Vs. 29-31 At the Feet of Jesus III.) Vs. 32-38 Fed and Sent on Our Way I) Intro Jesus had left Tyre and Sidon to an area known as Decapolis, an area that included a confederation of 10 Gentile cites who had their own monetary…

Sep.03 Genesis Study

  Genesis 9:1-29 “Living under the skies of grace” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-17 Eight provisions of God’s covenant III. Vs. 18-29 Noah and son’s I. Intro. In the first 17 verses this chapter we have recorded the first of the major covenants mentioned in the OT. The four are Noah’s, Abraham’s, Israel’s, & David’s….

Dale Lewis – 1 Timothy 6:17-21 “The best thing in life”

    1 Timothy E.) The Church and its ministry to the world 4. 6:17-19 Serving as a blessing IV. 6:20-21 Closing 6:17-21 “The best thing in life”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 17-19 The biggest bang for the buck III. Vs. 20-21 Master’s decree   I. Introduction These final words to Timothy give…

“From got to, too get to”

  Galatians 3:10-14 “From got to, too get to” In Galatians chapter 3 verses 10-14 Paul addresses why our attempt’s to live by the law doesn’t work; something that old Earl Henry of Lexington Kentucky would attest too. You see old Earl holds the record for most arrests (1267 and counting). He has become somewhat…

“Great Strength, Great Weakness”

  Judges 13-16 “Great Strength, Great Weakness”   Chapters 13 through 16 of the book of Judges are dedicated to one of the best known characters in the Bible, Samson. But we need to clear up a few things about him that we commonly misunderstand. Great Strength: Most folks perceive that Samson’s great strength was…

Dale Lewis – 1 Timothy 6:13-16 “Focus”

1 Timothy E.) The Church and its ministry to the world 3. 6:11-16 Serving sober mindedly 6:13-16 “Focus”   I. Introduction   II. Vs. 13-14 Focused obedience III. Vs. 14-16 Meet your Majesty   I. Introduction None of those four verbs (Flee, Follow, Fight and Fasten) would do Timothy any good if he didn’t have…

“Fishers of men”

  John 21:1-25 “Fishers of men” The last chapter of the gospel of John serves as an epilogue to the gospel which by definition rounds out and concludes John’s gospel. John finished up the 20th chapter by saying, “Truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in…

Aug.6 Genesis Study

Genesis 7:1-24 “Come into the Ark” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-10 All aboard III. Vs. 11-24 It’s raining, it’s pouring I. Intro. In the seventh chapter we are still looking at the history of Noah but it is the flood and God’s preservation of Noah and his family. One hundred twenty years passed from the…

“A Church in Need of Christ”

  1 Corinthians 1:11-17 “A Church in Need of Christ” In the first few verses of Paul letter to the Corinthians he thanked God for the upbringing that this Church in Corinth had four years earlier as they were:  Elected by grace Enriched by the Word Equipped with every gift of the Spirit Expectantly waiting…

Jul.30 Genesis Study

Genesis 6:1-22 “The way off the Island of iniquity” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-7 Broken lives, broken heart III. Vs. 8-22 The ship called Grace I. Intro. In chapter 5 we saw the godly line of Seth and how at that time they “began to call on the name of the Lord.” By the time…