Posts by Billy Hayes (Page 3)

Posts by Billy Hayes (Page 3)

Salvation is a Funny Thing

The gift of God to man is God’s ability to redeem mankind. To redeem means to “buy back from” sinfulness. In order to access this gift, I must first understand what is being offered. Listening to God’s offer and understanding all the terms is crucial to choosing correctly. Many people have only heard that God has a plan, never trying to learn about the details of the plan of God. I must understand God’s plan. If I have heard and…

Welcome Home

“What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. And I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land. What a day, glorious day that will be.” We often sing this song as we look forward to the Day God will judge all of mankind, separating His sheep from the goats and ushering the faithful into an Eternal Home…

Mouse Traps

Today I want you to listen and try to fully digest this pithy statement. “There is plenty of cheese in a mouse trap, but there are no happy mice.” We often giggle and snicker at the statement. As we do that, we are only looking at the surface of this statement. Let’s look deeply this morning. Plenty of cheese in a mouse trap: (Hebrews 11: 24-25) Cheese is the draw to the dangerous and deadly mouse trap. The cheese is…

Today is a Special Day

Today is a very special day. Not due to the Easter holiday. Today is a special day because this is the day for the saints to gather to worship the God of Heaven and Earth. So many folks today will gather to remember the Resurrection of Jesus. While it is a good thing for humanity to remember that Day, the saints are commanded by God to remember that Sacrifice every Sunday. Notice what we are remembering: (John 18-20) Jesus was…

Christ = The Way

(John 14:1-6) 1. Christ = the Way to PARDON Acts 10:43 Acts 13:38 1 John 1:9 2. Christ = the Way to PEACE Romans 5:1-3 John 13:15-17 Proverbs 10:28 3. Christ = the way to HOLINESS 1 John 1:7 Titus 2:14 4. Christ = the Way to BLESSINGS Matthew 5:45 Matthew 7:21 5. Christ = the Way to HEAVEN 1 Peter 3:18 1 Timothy 2:5 John 14:1-6

After Baptism: Things to Remember

We are: Changed- 1st Peter 2:2, 1st Corinthians 3:1-2 A Babe in Christ- 2nd Corinthians 5:17, 1st Peter 1:22-28 Commanded to Grow- 2nd Peter 1:5-11, 2nd Peter 3:18 Possible to Fall- Galatians 5:4, 1st John 2:1-2 Representing the Lord- 1st Timothy 4:12,  2nd Corinthians 3:2 Complete Followers of Jesus- 1st Peter 2:21, Hebrews 12:1-4 God wants you to: Put Him first- Matthew 6:33, 10:37, 22:37 Learn His Word- Acts 17:11, 2nd Timothy 2:15, 2nd Peter 3:18 Obey Him- Matthew 7:21,…

True Worship

We are familiar with “worship”. You know, it is the thing we do when we gather at a certain place or building, right? Worship is an interesting study. As we take a few moments, let’s look at this idea in the same fashion as God looks at worship. The word worship comes from a Persian word. It means “to show obsesses toward a person of a higher rank in society.” Literally, in Persian society, a lower ranked official would approach…

The Day of Pentecost

We are very familiar with the account of the events in Acts chapter 2. It is a very encouraging and uplifting chapter for the children of God. This is the single point in which the salvation of God is offered to man for the first time. This is the day that the doors of the church open. This is the point at which the blood of Christ is available for man to access and wash away his sin-completely. Many times,…

Our Eldership

We are very blessed here at the 70 West congregation. Many times, we are not fully aware of all of the benefits that are afforded to us. As a part of our Teenage class on Wednesday night, we have had a huge treat. Each elder of our eldership has spoken directly to this group. The theme for this class has been: “If I had 30 minutes to talk to you , I’d tell you…” This has been an eye-opening experience…

New Year’s Resolutions

It is THAT time of the year again. You know, the time we each look at ourselves and say “I need to be doing more of_____ .” Whether our New Year’s resolution is weight loss, stopping a bad habit or just generally trying to live longer—we all have them. We may not tell a soul about them or we may ask everyone to hold us accountable for our actions, but we all have a New Year’s resolution. As a general…

If Christ is Still in the Grave

In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul wrote a chapter by the inspiration of God, in order to teach us about the truth of the relevance of the Gospel. The Gospel is God’s saving power for man-Romans 1:16. God could have chosen any plan to save man, and He chose to save man by the Gospel. Take an opportunity to read 1st Corinthians 15 and search for these four points. I. If the Christ is still in the grave, then Paul is…

How ODD Are You?

Study 1st Peter 2:9-10. Really dissect those verses. Tear apart those words and hear what God is saying to you. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”…