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Sermons by Dr. Phil Wilkes
God Empowered Living
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on September 24, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
A man named Jabez (his name means “pain” or “hardship”) calls out to God with specific requests. His prayer is very different from the name and claim it prosperity gospel preachers. This message examines the 4 requests of Jabez as he calls out for God to work in his life. It’s implied in the text that Jabez was a man of prayer. It seems that he already walks with God. He makes prayer his first resort, not his last. Jabez wants to be able to serve God, have greater influence for God with other people and asks God to remove those things that could hinder his effective service to God. It’s a picture of one man putting himself in God’s hands trusting God to do good work in his life.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on September 17, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
What’s the craziest home remedy have you tried for a bad sunburn? Some home remedies work but others do not, like mixing baking soda with water and then smear it all over your back. Been there, done that. It doesn’t work! When it comes to God he invites everyone to come to him for salvation and new life. In 2 Kings a military leader comes down with leprosy. In desperation he goes from Syria to the Israelites hoping the prophet Elisha can help him. The cure is to dip 7 times in the river. Naaman doesn’t like it at first. But he ultimately dips seven times and is cured. God also tells us if you want a new life, home in heaven and his presence in you then you come to Him on his terms not yours. God says his love for you prompted him to send his only son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins. In our day many believe if you are sincere then God will accept you whether you know Jesus or not. But that contradicts scripture which tells us there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. What is God speaking to you about? What next steps do you need to take? When you come to God on his terms, by faith in Jesus Christ, you experience the abundant life Jesus promised. You have the Holy Spirit working in you. But you have to come to God on his terms, just like Nathan did.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on September 10, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
Walking with God. That’s what characterized Enoch’s life along with others in the scriptures. Their lives were laser focused on knowing God and serving Him even when it meant extreme persecution. It was their intimacy with God that allowed helped them remain faithful to Him. What about you? Are you daily walking with God?Do you spend time with Him each day? Enoch’s life was characterized by intimacy with God. His walk with the Lord was so strong that one day God just took him to heaven without dying. Tell God you want to walk intimately with Him, just as Enoch did.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on September 3, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
There are a lot of ideas about how you gain eternal life. World religions, with the exception of Christianity, says you do good, you try hard, you faithfully attend some kind of religious service regularly and hope you did enough. In Jesus day a leading religious leader approaches Jesus to ask how to obtain eternal life. The answer Jesus gives Nicodemus isn’t immediately understood by him. As they talk Jesus explains how to gain eternal life. It has nothing to do with human effort. It depends upon putting your trust only in Jesus Christ. There are many people searching for the meaning of life today. As Christians Jesus sends us out to share the hope of the gospel with them. Who do you know that needs to meet Jesus?
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on August 27, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
Jesus tells us You have to die in order to live.” What is the craziest thing you have ever done? In Matthew 19 Jesus tells a wealthy young ruler something crazy. The man asks what he needs to do to receive eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all he owns and then follow our Lord. The man leaves because he wasn’t willing to give up his wealth. He wanted Jesus on his own terms. Jesus offers us a new life but we have to come on his terms. Following Jesus doesn’t make sense from the world’s point of view. Jesus tells us things like “you have to die to yourself in order to live; if you want to be first you must be the last; when others offend you instead of getting even you forgive them. Disciples of Jesus trust God when it doesn’t make sense to do so
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on August 20, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
Mary, Martha and Lazarus throw a party for Jesus. Each has a role to play either during or after this dinner. Martha served, Mary worshiped and Lazarus shared how Jesus raised him from the dead. Each had a different but equally vital role. There were others at the meal, including the disciples. Judas would have been present. Which of these people do you identify with? Mary, who worshiped Jesus and spent prolonged periods of time in his presence always listening to the Master? Martha who was an excellent servant, always behind the scenes making sure all the fine details are taken care of? Maybe you relate to Lazarus who saw God to powerful work in his life and he loved to tell others about being called to life from the grave. We need the Mary’s, Martha’s and Lazarus’s in the local church. Different functions but all essential. Be careful that you don’t become a Judas, one who looks spiritual, talks spiritual but Jesus hasn’t transformed your heart. This message will encourage you to be the person God has created you to be through faith in Christ and to live authentically, passionately and sacrificially for Jesus.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on July 30, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
Jesus has dinner at Simon the Pharisees’s house. During the meal a lady know for prostitution comes in and starts washing and drying Jesus feet, kissing them and anoints them with expensive perfume. The host can’t believe Jesus is letting a prostitute touch him. Through a parable Jesus points out this woman is simply showing gratitude for Jesus forgiving all her sins and giving her a new life. Simon likes playing the religious rules keeping game. It’s easy to start trying to earn forgiveness and look down on those who don’t measure up religiously. Yet Jesus shows us radical, undeserved grace. The woman was grateful to Jesus for his acceptance of her. Simon was furious that a known sinner was allowed to touch Jesus. How about us? Do we try and convince God we deserve his forgiveness by what we do or don’t do? Are you trapped in religion when what you need is a relationship with Jesus?
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on July 23, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
He was a menacing, threatening, loud, obnoxious, massive man. Standing 9 feet 9 inches tall he wore armor weighing 125 pounds. In the other corner the cowering Israelites. Every day Goliath challenged the Israelites to send out a man to fight him. Winner take all. Noone volunteered. Until David showed up. While everyone else focused on Goliath, David kept his focus on God and how God had been faithful to him in the past and he knew God would be faithful to him vs. Goliath. By God’s power Goliath falls to the ground dead from a rock shot by David. What are your giants that come out every morning and night defying you, threatening you, sending fear and panic to surge in you? Where do you turn? What can you do? Do what David did. Trust God. Keep in mind God’s faithfulness to act in your best interest. Keep your focus, not on the giant, but on God. Giants are in the land and in your life. But they are no match for our Lord Jesus.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on July 16, 2017 as part of the God Empowered Living series
There are people who never are in the spotlight. Their names are not known much past family and friends. Yet God is at work in them and through them to advance the gospel. When we look at scripture there are plenty of those behind the scenes people. Joseph’s trials seemed to have sidelined him for life. Yet God had other plans for him. It is through Joseph’s hardships and problems in which God prepared him to play a pivotal role in God’s plan. Joseph realized God was at work in him. We learn that God will use our problems and hardships to teach and prepare us for his purposes. So what is God doing in your life as you face your own problems and challenges?
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 25, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Your words are powerful. They can bring great encouragement or sink someone in despair. They are able to build someone up or tear them down. Words bring life. Words also destroy. As a follower of Jesus you are called to use your words to honor God and build others up. One of the subtle sins regarding words is that of gossip and slander. These two practices destroy lives, ruin marriages, separate families and divide churches. Be careful that every word you speak honors the Lord that you serve. Jesus reminds us that we will be held accountable for every word we speak. Allow your words to glorify God. Have nothing to do with those who gossip or slander others. Instead use your words to glorify God and build others up.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 18, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Anger is a choice. Scripture exhorts us to die to the old sinful nature and to put on Christ with a new nature. This new nature allows you to live very differently from the world. When others get angry Christ enables you to be self controlled. When believers do get angry scripture exhorts us to deal with anger before going to bed. Unresolved anger will poison a person’s heart and mind. As Christians we are to deal with anger quickly and when others hurt or offend you, to forgive them as Jesus forgives you. Do not allow anger to turn into a spiritual poison.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 11, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Our world is geared to convince a person that they need more, better, newer all the time. It can lead to selfishness. Paul cautions Timothy that a time will come when people will love pleasure more than God, become selfish and rash, playing at religion without a true relationship with Christ. We live in a selfish world, a me first world. But Jesus changes our focus from self to serving God and others. The cure for selfishness comes from a life transforming relationship with Christ. As Jesus turns you into a selfless person you will be used by the Lord to transform your world.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 28, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
One of the subtle sins that can plague Christians is that of pride. It’s a dangerous temptation that can push people away and inflict harm. Christians can struggle with self righteousness, correct doctrine that leads to legalism and pride around achievements. Pride creeps in when one’s relationship with the Lord begins to drift, become stale or even nonexistent. Jesus cautions us to remain humble, remembering that it is by grace we have been saved.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 21, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Every day you make choices.Everything from what you eat, how you manage your finances, interact in relationships and respond to life situations involves choices.Every day you choose which underlying principles will guide you through your day.What or who influences how you live and make decisions? There is a subtle sin that plagues Christians.It is the sin of ungodliness, living everyday life with little or no thought of God.Paul urges the Colossian Christians to do everything as to the Lord.To the Corinthian Christians Paul declared that whether you eat or drink or do anything else it is to be done for the glory of God. Focusing on God helps you to live out your Christian faith every day.As you live for Christ you become a light shining into our dark world.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 7, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
This is week 2 in the series “Lifestyle Choices”. No matter how you dress it up, sin is still sin. It is still as destructive as ever. We have all sinned and the wages of sin is death. The good news is that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The problem is that often Christians tolerate “acceptable sins” while opposing sins in our culture. God provided the remedy for sin by sending his own son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for our sins. The Holy Spirit enables us to live in freedom instead of living in bondage to these “subtle sins.”
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on April 30, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Our greatest need is not for a bigger house, new car, the latest greatest apple product or a dream vacation. Our basic need is to have our sins forgiven. Our sins separate us from God. Since God cannot tolerate sin in his presence all those who die without Christ will spend eternity in hell. It is not God’s will for any person to die in their sins and be condemned to hell. The Apostle Paul describes what happens to us when Christ enters our lives. We become a “new creation” through Christ. God loves you so much that he will never force you to love him. He leaves the decision to accept or reject Jesus with you. But your decision has ramifications for all eternity. So, how will you respond to Jesus invitation to come to him for new life? It’s your move.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on April 16, 2017 as part of the Single Sermon series
When Jesus died the disciples were confused and fearful they could be next since they were known associates of Jesus. They go into hiding. But with the resurrection the disciples move from despair of Saturday into joy on Sunday. Jesus is alive and that changes everything.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on April 2, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
Jesus never sugar coated what it meant to be his disciple. You must die to yourself and allow Jesus to give you a new heart and new nature. Christ changes everytihing. Your focus,. Priorities and plans all are now shaped by your walk with Jesus. Jesus loved us enough to give away his life on the cross for us. As his disciples Jesus calls us to give ourselves away to serve God and serve others. How are you serving?
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on March 26, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
The focus of our giving as Christians is the kingdom of God and the local church where we serve God and his people. Our motivation for tithing (10%) and above the tithe (sacrificial giving) comes from our gratitude to the Lord Jesus for our salvation. We give out of gratitude and joy. The results are that the local church has the resources to do ministry and share the gospel in the community, support missions work in the U.S. and internationally as well as helping sponsor missionaries. Hilarious Giving should be the norm for Christians but nationally only 2-3% of Christians actually tithe. Giving out of gratitude will stir our hearts to ask “how much can I give” not “what’s the least I can give.”
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on March 19, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
Ten lepers called out to Jesus for physical healing from leprosy. Jesus healed all of them but only one returned to give thanks to Jesus. The other nine headed back to their families. When God answers your prayers, meets a need, or works in those you pray for, how do you respond to God? Our challenge is to live our gratitude and thanksgiving to God every day. Take time each day to express your gratitude to the Lord.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on March 12, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
Did you get dressed before leaving home today? That’s what Paul is addressing in this passage in Ephesians. He urges Christians to put on the armor that God provides to us. It is necessary to wear this armor in light of the spiritual warfare in which Christians are engaged. Satan seeks to destroy people. He works to render Christians ineffective. So having God’s armor is vital to serving Christ. Be sure you get dressed with God’s armor as well as your clothing before leaving home. God gives us everything we need to live for Him and serve others.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on March 5, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
Just before ascending back to heaven Jesus gives his final instructions to the disciples. These men are commissioned by Jesus to go into the world to make disciples. There is an urgency to this mission. Every day people die without Christ and step into eternity forever separated from God. Time is short and we need to take advantage of every opportunity we have to share the gospel with people. As we go the Holy Spirit empowers us and goes ahead of us to prepare people to be receptive to the gospel. There is no greater privilege than helping a person give their life to Christ.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on February 12, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
The disciples of Jesus only asked the Lord to teach them one thing. It wasn’t how to heal people or how to do miracles. They asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Maybe they noticed how often Jesus slipped away to be with the Father. This message looks at what Jesus taught his disciples about prayer. It is a great gift that every believer can use every day.
By Dr. Phil WIlkes () on February 5, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
Everyone gets the same amount of time in a day. What do you do with your time? The Apostle Paul urges Christians to use their time wisely since we don’t know when time will end and Jesus will return. There are many people who still need to know Christ. We are to manage our time wisely, to serve Christ and bring honor to him. Along the way you may need a time out to renew and refresh. Remember that time is a gift that you never get back. Let us manage wisely the time of our lives.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on January 22, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
We are in a series entitled “Becoming Generous Christians.We will cover a lot of ground in this series.Last Sunday we considered how debt hinders us from being free to give joyfully and sacrificially.Some of the obstacles that lead to debt are having a miser mentality, using credit cards to pay for stuff you can’t afford, spending to keep up with others and trying get rich quick schemes that usually thrust you further into debt.When we are a prisoner to debt it sucks all the joy out of our lives and kills generosity. This morning we will consider how to make wise spending decisions so that we can be generous Christians in our giving to God’s church and helping others.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on January 15, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
In 2017 our theme is “Becoming Generous Christians” because when you are generous you pour yourself into your relationship with Christ, use your time and spiritual gifts to serve others here in the body of Christ.You become joyful about sharing your faith with others and bringing God’s tithe to him each week. Today we dive deeper into what it means to be a generous Christian.We need to look at some of the problems that prevent us from being generous Christians in our tithes and sacrificial gifts.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on January 8, 2017 as part of the Becoming Generous Christians series
What does it mean to become a generous Christian? It involves our time, spiritual gifts, spiritual growth, sharing resources and being a witness to others. When we love the Lord with all our heart, soul mind and strength then it will be reflected in these ways in our lives.