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Unexpected part four
Unexpected Victory
Judges 16:28-30

This is the story about a 36 year old named Samson.
 Samson was an Israelite warrior. 
The last judge in the book of Judges
He was from the Tribe of Dan
He was a Nazarite

To be a Nazarite 
1.There was a swearing of an oath of obedience  
2.No drinking of fermented drink
3.No cutting of the hair
4.No contact with the dead

This story involves failure and unexpected victory.

I.It may seem that evil is winning

A.Judges 16:20-25
20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said:
“Our god has delivered into our hands
Samson our enemy!”

24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said:“Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy,
The destroyer of our land,
And the one who multiplied our dead.”
25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.

B.Psalm 73:26 
26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

C.Isaiah 41:10-12 
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you
Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing,
And those who strive with you shall perish.
12 You shall seek them and not find them
Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing,
As a nonexistent thing.

D.Remember God never loses 



II.How did Samson get to the place of strength again

A.Remember Samson had immense physical strength and fought the Philistines for 20 years.

B.Judges 16:29-31
29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
31 And his brothers and all his father’s household came down and took him, and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel twenty years.

C.James 4:10
 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

D.2 Corinthians 13:9-11
9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

E.The greatest victory of Samson’s life was totally unexpected and God ordained.


Conclusion:
Do we believe that in 2020 God can bring Unexpected Victory in our culture today?





October 11, 2020


October 18, 2020
Unexpected part 5  
Surprise! An Unexpected Wonderful Answer!!

Text: Acts 12: 5 – 19
 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
18 Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.


Introduction – The Church of Jesus Christ was growing in a beautiful way. Thousands were believing Christ for Salvation and being baptized. Peter had the vision for gentiles, Paul and Silas were spreading the Gospel. Herod was angry and fighting back. Peter was arrested and facing a terrible situation, but people prayed!! God answered, and it was a surprise.

I.Public Policy Can be Hard on the Gospel

A.Acts 12: 1 – 3 
12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

II.Prayer, A True Weapon of the Church

A.Acts 12:5
 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

III. Power From the Almighty Supersedes the Norm

A.Acts 12: 9 – 10
 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

IV. Prayer With Purpose can have Supernatural Results

A.Acts 12: 13, 16 – 17
 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.
16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.

B.Hoped for yet “unexpected” miracle happened!!

 
Conclusion - Can’t we all agree now is the time to come together and pray for Wonderful Unexpected Results!!



Sermon
Unexpected part 6  

“Praise Produces the Unexpected”

Text
 Acts 16: 25 – 34 
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.


Introduction 
 Paul and Silas were in a very difficult situation: prison!!!  
They had a Praise service anyway.
“Praise brings God into the seen, Praise opens Heavens Gates/ Blessings, 
Praise changes focus, from worry,
Fear, weariness, sadness, loneliness, is replaced by the real goodness of God. 

The songs produced three unexpected results

I.Earthquake / Nature on Command
A.Acts 16:25 – 26 
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

B.Joshua 10:12 – 13
 12 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.


II.Freedom, Condemnation, and Guilt Gone
A.Acts 16:27 – 28
 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

B.John 8:36
 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

III.Forgiveness / New Creation
A.Acts 16:29 – 34 
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

B.Romans 10:13 
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Conclusion – Please Find your Praise!!!!!!



October 25, 2020
Unexpected part seven  
“It Can Take a Generation”

Text: John 5: 1 – 8
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”

Introduction 
 The man in our lesson today was infirmed, yet looking in the right place for the answer / cure. In the New Testament there are four words God used to describe these unexpected results.

Semeion – “Sign” Mark 8:11 
11Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.

Terata – “Wonder” Acts 2:19
 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

Dunamis – “Power” 2 Thessalonians 2:9
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

Ergon – “Works” John 5:20
 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

Let us learn from this faithful man in need;


I.Sometimes it Can Take a Generation to See the Unexpected
  John 5:5
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

 John 13:7
 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

A.Joseph 
  Genesis 37: 23 – 24 
 23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. 24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

  Genesis 45: 1 – 8 
45 Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. 4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

B. 22 years of waiting


II.We Must Make Our Self Available / Faithful
John 5:6
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

1 Peter 4:10
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Romans 12:11
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

F.A.T. Faithful, Available, Teachable  



III.The Unexpected Does Happen
John 5:9  
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

 Genesis 21: 1- 7 
21 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” 7 She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”


Conclusion – Please keep being faithful, keep living !!!!, Amen 
God, we love you !!!



November 1, 2020
The Unexpected # 8  
“The Ring Will Not Work”

Text: Luke 21:28
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Introduction
  One person wrote about the Coming of Christ that believers should “wake up, clean up, dress up”.
Stop any spiritual laziness, repent of any sin, and put on the armor of the Holy Spirit, PTL. The much talked about will still be the most “unexpected “ event ever. The removal of the church. 
The “Day of the Lord”, (Salvation) will be like a “Thief in the night. “ 
Can we understand this better?

 
I.The Day of the Lord is Coming
A.1 Thessalonians 5:2
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

B.1 Peter 4:7
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

C.Sudden, non - announced event

 
II.There is No Way to Avoid its Consequential Effects

 
A.1 Thessalonians 5:3
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

B.Revelations 6:17
 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

C.Everyone will be part of its happening.

D.Either a Glorious experience or empty hopelessness

 
III.The Living in Readiness or Diligence
A.1 Thessalonians 5: 6 – 8
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

B.Revelations 13:11 
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

C.Only the prepared go into the Marriage Supper, 
are you prepared??

 
Conclusion – Do not focus on the waves keep walking on the water!! 




November 8, 2020
November 15, 2020
With Rev. Janice Clark
 “Profound Faith”

Matthew 8: 5 – 13
 5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.


Introduction – Two times in Scripture it is made reference of Christ being “Marveled”  

Mark 6:6 “unbelief of Nazarenes” 
6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

Matthew 8:10 “Faith of Centurion”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

 Today we are going to look at the “profound faith” of a military man.


I. Pressing Need
A.Matthew 8: 5 – 6
 5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

B.2 Thessalonians 3:16
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all

C.Young Servant Boy very ill  

D.It was serious, help had to come soon!!

II.Possible Solution

A.Matthew 8: 5 – 7
 5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

B.Proverbs 22:1 
22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

C.Jesus Christ the true healer

D.He had a Great Name among the unchurched


III.Passionate Faith

A.Matthew 8: 8 – 10
 8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

B.John 8:24
 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

C.A true belief in the person and embracing of the power of Jesus.

D.Does our faith have the ability to supersede our need!!

Conclusion – Do we have a “Profound Faith”?



November 22, 2020