Scripture: Matthew 16: 6-19 Sermon Title: The Church, Leaven and Snakes
This morning I want to talk about what is going on in the world and in Christ church. The attacks and terrorism around the world and then just last week 14 dead 17 wounded, really 16 dead including the terrorist, in our backyard San Bernadino, CA. We have robberies everywhere everyone trying to get there Christmas on get that money anyway they can. Christians now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand, not the time to ignore it when people talk bad about God or His Church His Bride. Church folks it’s time to speak up. Just as we are in a time of celebration so the disciples and Jesus were in a celebratory mood, Jesus had just performed several miracles including feeding over 4000 with with seven loaves of bread and a few little fish they had left over after all had eaten and were full there were seven full baskets of broken fish and bread. And yet it is at this high time Jesus speaks with His disciples and tells them in verse 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Jesus proclaims of Peter in verse 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The title of the sermon is The Church, Leaven and the Snake. People are attacking the church, left and right, people are saying things out loud, that a few years ago they would have feared to even think. blaming the church for all our problems, saying ugly ugly things about God and His church, the very church Jesus proclaimed, His church His Bride. So let me make it very clear the Church is not the problem, never has been never will be, the problem is we the people. Jesus told them and tells us beware the leaven of the Pharasee and the Sadduces, I tell you beware of those that proclaim they come in His name and test them and their words by holding them up and comparing them to the Word of God. I read this little story on Facebook about a woman that kept a pet snake. Now the snake was about seven feet long and all of a sudden he had started crawling into bed and sleeping stretched out full length beside her and then for some reason the snake stopped eating for a couple of weeks. The woman loved the snake so she was distraught that no matter what treat she gave the snake he refused to eat. The woman tried everything she could think of to get the snake to eat, and because she loved the snake, she would still allow the snake to lie in bed with her and stretch out. Finally the woman became so worried so distraught about the snake she took him to the vet. So she goes in and she tells the vet the snake has stopped eating and she is worried. The vet exams the snake and then sits down to talk to the lady. She wondered why the vet was smiling when he questioned her, he began by asking her is the snake laying down beside you and stretching out, and she answered yes. Well now the vet starts to chuckle and he tells the lady, the snake is measuring you to make sure he is big enough to eat you whole. That’s also why he has started lying full length beside you and also why he stopped eating to make room in his stomach, so he could eat you. Church there are many a church woman and man lying next or sitting next to a snake not knowing they are planning on how they can destroy you, eat you whole, tear you, God and the church down. Church beware the leaven of the Pharasees and Sadducees, it is with the leaven they raise up trouble and start confusion in the church. Snakes are all around us they do so much damage within the church and without.. This is nothing new to God, Jesus was prepared for war 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. l give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. The gates of hell shall not prevail, Church when the gates of hell come against you they are coming for war. Leaven is yeast and it makes bread rise and the yeast in us the evil in us causes us to rise up and fight against God, His Word and His people. Another quick snake story, a woman finding a snake half dead and she felt sorry for him it was very cold and he was freezing to death, so she picks the snake up and holds him to her bosom to start warming the snake up. She runs home and gently puts the snake down in front of the fire. The snake starts to warm up and the lady in her exuberance she grabs the snake up and holds him to her bosom and the snake proceeds to bite her and she looks at the snake in disbelief and with her last breath she asks the snake why he bit her after she took him in and saved his life and the snake nonchalantly tells, her, you knew I was a snake when you took me in. People snakes will be snake, it’s time to get them out of our lives out of our homes and out of our country. Too many of us including myself are getting caught up in a panic over ISIL and any other terrorist out there, we are worried we can’t catch them can’t stop them, but church I tell you this same Allah they claim to serve is the same God that is now and always has been, remember Alpha and Omega, remember Omniscient and Omnipotent, Fear not I am with You. We the Church, the Bride of Christ, must act remember we are at war, put on your battle gear Ephesians 6 10-18. Pray pray whatever language, whatever denomination or religion, or whatever you call Him He is able to keep us, Church let us pray, let us remove the leaven, let us run the snake out of the garden, Church, women and men bow down kneel down whatever women men of the church it is so simple if you are worried about where this world is headed, do something on one accord let us pray and then wait upon the Lord, and He shall renew our strength, is anybody out there tired worn out by the troubles of this world, they shall mount up with wings of eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. God Bless you.