Here is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell, preached at his church, First Assembly of God Dumas Texas on 2.15.2004.
1 Samuel 3:3 (HCSB) – Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was located.
This is a very short verse in this story, before the Lord begins to speak to Samuel. As I was reading this passage this morning I noticed a few things that I’ve never seen before.
1. Samuel wasn’t lying in his bed, but in the tabernacle, in all likelyhood right in front of the curtain that separated the holy place from the most holy place.
I always thought that Samuel was just lying in his bed when the Lord began speaking too him. But notice he wasn’t, now Eli was in his bed in his own room, but Samule was lying on the floor in the holy place.
2. Samuel put himself in a position to hear the word of the Lord for the first time.
I can imagine that Samuel loved the worship of the Lord in the tabernacle. I can just see him not pull himself away, but literally just lying down in the floor right there in the tabernacle itself. Was Samuel waiting to receive something from God – I honestly don’t know. But he did put himself in a position to hear from God.
3. We need to put ourselves in a position to hear from God as well.
Let me make this clear, God wants to speak to each of us. He will do it through His word. But we can just get to busy either doing things for family, jobs, or even God Himself that we fail to hear from God.
Notice that Samuel was lying down, or resting before Him. We must do the same. Just rest in His presence. Just declare to Him that you just want to sit in His presence, not agenda, just to rest in Him. Who knows, He just might speak to you. His word may become more alive to you as you study.
Get in position to hear from God just like Samuel did.
Here is a sermon that my father, Jerry Trammell, preached on 2.22.2004 at First Assembly of God, Dumas Texas.
This is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell, Preached on 2.22.2004.
Matthew 10:42 (HSCB) – And whoever gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple – I assure you: He will never lose his reward!
I just love it when people go out of their way to help out others without even asking. They just do it showing the love of Jesus to the person with the need. That is what it means to truly be Christ-like.
Sunday morning, I got a nail in my back passenger side tire. Someone showed it to me before the first morning service. I of course didn’t have time to deal with it because as Pastor, I’ve got both AM services to take care of. I had already gone to a sunrise service, so I wasn’t looking forward to changing out that tire. Plus I would get dirty as well.
Well, two members of our church, Eddie Ortega and Ross Herbert, changed the tire out for me.
I just want to say, “Thanks guys! May God bless you for going above and beyond in my behalf.”
It is always good to see God’s people really living like God’s people and doing things for others like they were Christ themselves.
May we all learn a lesson from their service and faithfulness.
Well, happy Easter, or should I say resurrection day!
This is a sermon I preached this morning in the church I pastor, Faith United Church, Hempstead Texas.
This is Easter or Resurrection Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the grave. As a Christian, and one who believes in the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it has been interesting to see how the media and others in our culture handle this day. You see, they don’t want to believe in the resurrection. They will try all kinds of ways to disprove it. Not only that, just do a google search concerning Easter and you will find that more attention is given to Easter sales and Easter getaway packages on air fares and hotel rates than to the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
A woman wrote in to a question and answer forum, “Dear Sirs, our preacher said on Easter, that Jesus just swooned on the cross and that the disciples nursed Him back to health. What do you think?” Sincerely, Bewildered. Soon after, this reply was posted: “Dear Bewildered, beat your preacher with a cat-of-nine-tails with 39 heavy strokes, nail him to a cross; hang him in the sun for 6 hours; run a spear thru his side…put in in an airless tomb for 36 hours and see what happens.” Sincerely, Charles.
The belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is of absolute importance. In fact, it is so important, that our salvation literally rides on it.
Romans 10:9-10 – (9) If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth, one confesses, resulting in salvation.
The Apostle Paul in our Scripture text has a few things to say concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its importance. Let’s look.
The first consequence if Jesus is not raised from the dead.
verses 13-15 –(13) But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; (14) and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith. (15) In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ – whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised.
If Jesus is not raised from the dead, then our preaching is in vain, or without foundation (HCSB). That phrase, “without foundation,” lets us know that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the foundation stones of Christianity. You see, one of the founding doctrines set up in the early church which they went out to proclaim was the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:22 – Beginning from the baptism of John until the day He was taken up from us – from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness of His resurrection.
Acts 2:32 – God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this.
Acts 4:10 – Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene – whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead – by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
Acts 4:33 – And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.
Romans 1:4 – and was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.
If Christ is not raised, then there will be no resurrection.
verse 16 – For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised.
Our resurrection stands or falls on if He was raised.
If Christ is not raised, then we are still dead in our sins.
verses 17-19 – (17) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. (18) Therefore those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. (19) If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.
If He isn’t raised, our faith is worthless and we are still in our sins. If Christ isn’t raised, then those who have died before us aren’t in heaven, but have perished completely. If this is true and our only hope is in this life, then we are pitied, miserable people, more than anyone else.
But thanks be to God, Christ is risen! And His resurrection guarantees us life everlasting as well as a resurrection.
verses 20-23 – (20) But know Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. (22) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
His resurrection is the firstfruits or the first sign that all will be resurrected, not only those who have fallen asleep, but are alive as well.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 – (14) Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. (15) For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep. (16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will always be with the Lord. (18) Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Church, Christ Jesus is coming again! Not as a Sacrificed lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! He is coming as the King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords.
Revelation 19:11-16 – (11) Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. (12) His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knows except Himself. (13) He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is called the Word of God. (14) The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. (15) From His mouth came a sharp sword, so that with it He might strike the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. (16) And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
His resurrection counteracts what we received from Adam. In Adam we received death. In Christ we receive not only eternal life, but resurrected life.
Christ’s resurrection assures us that God’s kingdom is coming in full power to destroy death as well as all evil.
verses 24-26 – (24) Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and authority and power. (25) For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be abolished is death.
One day all the enemies of God: sin, sickeness, pain, suffering, anti-christs, false prophets, false religion, atheism, even death itself, will be abolished and placed under His reign and King and Lord. And when this happens, Christ Jesus will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, because all of His enemies are defeated. What does this tell us – we are on the winning team! A team filled with resurrected life, longing for the day we can see our Savior face to face.
Don’t let anyone tell you that believing in Christ’s resurrection isn’t important; it is of upmost importance.
Easter isn’t about bunnies and eggs, and candy and stuff. It is about an empty tomb and a resurrected, soon coming King. Let’s celebrate in Him this morning.
Here is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell, preached on March 23rd, 2004 in Dumas Texas at the church he pastored.
Let me ask you, what is the primary subject that these verses deal with? Is it not spirituality? Notice just the first 3 words of verse 15, the Spiritual man. For a few moments I want to preach to you from the subject of, “Becoming Spiritual.” I cannot overly stress how important it is that God’s people are spiritual. But how do we become spiritual? I sometimes think that believers mistake what true spirituality is. I’m afraid that our comprehension of spirituality is quite different from the biblical definition of it. I’m afraid that we may equate spirituality with how zealous and boisterous someone may be in the way that they pray, and certainly spiritual people might be very emotional and demonstrative in the way that they pray, but friend that’s not what makes them spiritual, nor is it evidence of their true spirituality.
Even being used of the gifts of the Spirit is not indication of one’s spiritual depth. As I stated last week, when Paul spoke to the Corinthian church he said, I could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal. Onlookers would probably have thought, “my these Corinthian believers are so spiritual…look at how all the gifts of the Spirit are in operation in them.” Yet Paul said they were not spiritual, but carnal. So Paul must have used some other criteria to gauge who is truly spiritual and who is not, one that we normally don’t use.
What is the criteria which reveal the spirituality of an individual?
I like the way that the International Bible Encyclopedia puts it. It says, “In the New Testament the general use of the word, spiritual, gives indication of a man, or woman, who is generated, indwelt, enlightened, endued, empowered, and guided by the Holy Spirit. It points to one who has been conformed to the will of God, and who has the mind of Christ, and who is living in and is led by the Spirit of God.”
Wow. When I read that I thought, “my I’m not as spiritual as I thought I was.”
According to what the International Bible Encyclopedia said then, the first step to true spirituality is regeneration.
And I think that we all understand what regeneration implies. It is reference to the New Birth.
There can be no spirituality in a person until they have been genuinely transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and have become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Remember, “Old things passed away, and all things become new.”
Regeneration is the spiritual change wrought in man by the Holy Spirit, by which he becomes the possessor of a new life. It is only then, after regeneration, that we can embark on a whole new spiritual journey.
But sadly, some have been regenerated in the past, but they have never become spiritual. They are like the Corinthian Church was. Instead of continuing in the work that the Holy Spirit began in them when they were regenerated by the power of the Spirit, they continued to embrace carnal things. They never allowed the Spirit to develop in them the mind of Christ. And thus, like the Corinthian Church, they have remained carnal. It takes more than regeneration to make one spiritual.
According to what the International Bible Encyclopedia said, you must go to the next higher level to become truly spiritual. And that next higher level is to become indwelt with the Holy Spirit.
Church, I cannot stress too much how important it is that each of you become indwelt with the Holy Spirit.
Let me encourage those that are seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Don’t become discouraged in your seeking. Don’t allow the enemy to detour you from hungering and thirsting until you are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Don’t you suppose there is a reason why the devil doesn’t want you to be Spirit-filled, and why he is fighting you so? I believe there is! He wants to keep you weak. He wants you to remain carnal. He doesn’t want you to become empowered by the Holy Spirit because he knows that when you do, that you will live in greater victory, and he will become defeated in your life.
Become a spiritually mature believer. Study the Scriptures relating to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Become thoroughly convinced that this experience is for you, and that God intends for you to have it. Begin to live in expectancy that this gift is yours and that you are going to receive it.
It is when you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit that a whole array of things takes place in your life.
It is then that you will be enlightened, endued, empowered, and guided by the Holy Spirit. It is when you have put on the mind of Christ, and start living in, and are being led by the Spirit that you become spiritual. It is then that a whole array of things can be developed in your life. Things like: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and temperance, or self control. It is then, as spiritual believers, that we become children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit works in us to produce, according to Ephesians 5:9…all goodness, righteousness, and truth.
It is then, as believers indwelt, enlightened, endued, empowered, and guided by the Holy Spirit, who have the mind of Christ, and who are living in and are led by the Spirit of God, that we can be taught by the Holy Spirit, comparing spiritual with spiritual.
Which brings us to greater depth and spirituality. So that we are able to make correct judgment concerning spiritual things, because of the depth of spirituality that we have grown to through the teaching and leadership of the Holy Spirit within our lives.
This is what is meant in my text where the Apostle Paul said, He who is spiritual judges all things. Those who have been indwelt, enlightened, endued, empowered, and guided by the Holy Spirit have special depth so that they can discern deep spiritual truth. Their understanding and perception in spiritual matters becomes sharpened. And when we reach that point then we can say we are becoming truly spiritual.
Most people who think they are spiritual often are not as spiritual as they think that they are. But the truly spiritual person is a humble person who realizes that any depth that they have has not come because of themselves, but has come because of the Spirit who is at work in them. Church, let’s seek to become spiritual.
You know, sometimes things can get a bit stressful.
If you are like me, not only do you prepare and study and get ready and makes plans while at the office, but you also do it when you are at home. Laying in bed you dream about both the good and the bad. It can get pretty stressful at times.
God doesn’t want us to suffer burn-out, which so many in ministry positions do. Maybe it is because we really don’t have a 9-5 time of doing things. We are in the office, emailing, calling, counseling, hospital visits, counseling visits, meetings with others and other ministers – and the list could go on and on.
A member of my congregation asked me to go golfing with him today, so we did. Now here is the thing, neither one of us is the next Tiger Woods or anything like that, we are both pretty bad actually, but we had fun.
I was focusing on this little white ball, and not the day to day agendas and problems that arise.
Here is the thing – it felt great.
My encouragment to anyone reading this: when you feel like you are in a pressure cooker – get out of it! Go out and have fun, either by yourself, with a friend, or with a family member. Don’t talk about the problems or the stresses, focus on just enjoying yourself and have fun.
That is good medicine. The stress can wait a little bit, focus on something else.
Being that we are in the week of celebrating Jesus risen from the grave, I thought I’d share an Easter Sunday sermon that my Dad, Jerry Trammell, preached on April 11, 2004.