Recent Sermons

Sunday, June 17, 2018

“ Be Like Salt

Matthew 5:13 (NLT)_ “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Fathers often get a bad rap…they are called “dead beat dads”; they are not thought of when the star athlete is before the TV camera…”hey mom”; and the world goes all out for Mother’s Day…well, today is Father’s Day. Today’s message is to encourage Christian Fathers to be like salt. Salt like some Fathers has a bad reputation, but Jesus raised the standard for salt, speaking of salt as a great influence for good. I encourage all fathers to “Be Like Salt !”
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

“Maybe You Need to Fast !”

Isaiah 58:1-5 (NLT)_ “1 Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?”

Do you have addictions to sin, that you can’t overcome? Do you have problems that have become a burden on you, that you cannot unload? Do you have a burden for others who are oppressed, but you feel inept to do something about their condition? Do you need spiritual insight? or physical healing? or a stronger testimony for Jesus? No doubt you pray about these things but to no avail. Maybe you need to fast! Today’s message is an introduction to the discipline of fasting for spiritual break through.
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

“An UNCERTAIN FUTURE, Without  GOD”

James 4:13-16 (KJV)_13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

“You can be anything you want to be” may be a misleading statement. When our abilities don’t match our desires we may be disappointed. Our time still to come cannot be relied upon without God. Honorees, graduates, brothers and sisters, if you want a certain future make sure that God is in your plans. Today’s message gives us an illustration from the Book of James which warns us against trusting our own abilities, qualities and judgment, and leaving God out.
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

“HOPELESS and HELPLESS, But Loved”

Romans 5:6-8_ “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (KJV)
“6 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.” (CEV)

We were all in a hopeless situation in our lives before we accepted Christ. We were, as well, helpless to change our situation. Hopeless is defined as having no hope: despairing. Having no possibility of solution: impossible. But God demonstrated his love for us in giving His own Son. We were without sure and steady faith in God’s promises, but we were and are loved. Today’s message is to show forth the munificence (extreme liberality, great generosity) of Almighty God toward us.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

“LIES”

Colossians 3:9_ “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old nature and all of its wicked deeds.”
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

“A  II Corinthians  4:7-9  Mother”

2 Corinthians 4:7-9_ “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” (KJV)
“7 But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (Living Bible)

A mother has been granted a privilege that is extraordinary…that of bringing life into the world. Though motherhood is unique, it is also laden with the responsibility of carrying, giving birth, and caring for a child. Circumstances may not always be ideal and may even be hard to bear, so just remember to be a “2 Corinthians 4:7-9 Mother.”
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Sunday, May 06, 2018

“A Qualified Servant”

Matthew 16:24_ “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (KJV)
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” (NLT)

Today’s message speaks to the fact that many people are “saved” and even give service, but are they “qualified ” servants. Is their service to God acceptable and affective? Six qualifying characteristics of a servant will be shared in this sermon. Afterwards the question begs to be answered, are you a qualified servant? God deserves such!
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Wives and Husbands…Present, Past, and Future”

I Peter 3:1-7 (NKJV)_ “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

“Honor One Another”…God’s intent for marriage is for the wife to respect her husband and the husband to be sensitive and loving toward his wife. Husband and wife are to receive through each other the blessings of God’s grace and truth. (Tyndale Bible)

The excerpt above is the thought to be conveyed in today’s message through Scripture. Present marriages, “use-to-be’s” and “hope-to-be’s” all have one commonality for survival, prosperity, and maturity…the wife is to be submissive to and respect her husband and the husband is to be thoughtful and treat his wife with honor.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

“Two Are Better Than One”

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 (NLT)_ “The Advantages of Companionship.”

Luke 21:34-36 (NLT)_ “The Future Foretold”

I am acutely aware of the fact that many young adults have decided to live the single life, choosing not to have a permanent mate, not even a secure relationship. Some have even chosen to swing, which allows for a more detached relationship. “Swinging” is a lifestyle of non-monogamy where intimate relations occurs outside the established couple. There are those who are also polyamorists. Today’s message will give a vignette of godly wisdom how to handle loneliness and aloneness which will give added strength, wisdom, and protection in the spiritual journey.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

“God Uses Ordinary People”

John 6:1-14 (NIV)_ “1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9”Here is a boy with five small barely loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

We often read stories in the Bible about people God used to do great things. We may feel that God doesn’t want to use us because we didn’t come from a rich family or we don’t have much to offer Him. But today’s message will help you to see and know that God uses ordinary people. Ordinary is defined with no special or distinctive features; common, every day, regular, average. The key to being used by God is not that you are ordinary, but of a willing heart and spirit.
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

“This Too Shall Pass”

II Corinthians 4:8, 9_ “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” (KJV)
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” (NLT)

Into the life of every person comes the dark night of disappointment and despair. Though there are sunlit days with blue skies, it’s the dark nights of dis-ease, health problems, money problems, tests, lies and haunting decisions that seem to visit often and stay the longest. Today’s message is to restore your joy in the midst of trials, because “this too will pass!”
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Sunday, April 01, 2018

“God Has the Final Word”

Proverbs 19:21_ “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” (KJV)
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (NLT)

Today on this Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the fact that God has the “Final Word”. On Friday evening more than 2,000 years ago…the Cross on Golgotha was man’s final word, which meant, the death of Christ; but Sunday morning , this morning the “empty tomb” is God’s “Final Word”. God had the final word then and he has the same authority now. We may plan but it is God’s purpose that will prevail. Today’s message will give a vignette of the scene of death and sadness turned to rejoicing.

  • Church Info

    Mount Olivet Baptist Church

    500 Swayze Street
    Monroe, LA 71201
    318-322-8587

    olivetnation8587@yahoo.com
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    Sunday Morning Services

    Sunday School for Adults 9:00 am
    Sunday School for Youth 9:00 am
    Morning Worship 10:00 am
    Communion – 2nd Sunday

    Weekly Worship, Study & Meetings

    New Members Class-Sunday 9:00 am
    Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm


    Pastor

    Oliver W. Billups, Jr.

  • Bible Verse of the Day

    ““Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
    — Proverbs 30:5-6 (NIV)
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