Recent Sermons

Sunday, February 10, 2019

“After Forgiveness, Then What?”
(You’ve Forgiven, But Have You Reconciled?)

We are all hurt by others and we hurt others, break hearts, wound spirits. The Word of God commands us to forgive one another and we may be successful at doing so, but falter in the relationship from that point on. The reason the relationship may not be good again is because you have not “reconciled”. Today’s message will define forgiveness and reconciliation, and explain the difference and show why both are necessary.

* Forgiveness – Pardon or excuse a wrong (Mt. 6:12, 14-15). Give up claim for revenge or resentment. To forgive is to trust others as if the wrong is forgotten. It includes a new start in attitudes and actions (Jn. 8:11).
* Reconciliation
– Restore relationship (2 Cor. 5:18-20). Christ’s death provided for the removal of the barrier of sin to bring people back into a right relationship with God. Renew friendships (Matt. 5:24; I Cor. 7:11).
Form a unity (Col. 1:20).

Sunday, February 03, 2019

“A Message to the Leadership” – Part 2

On last Sunday we looked at how the state of affairs in our national government is mirrored in James 5:4, 6. It is the picture of behaving in a way that is intentionally immoral. We saw how the infamously rich and political treat those under them. Wages are kept back by fraud and controlling the courts. The message concluded telling the cheated to spend time in prayer to the one who is able to bring relief. Today’s message spells out the miseries of the rich, the destruction of their riches and the missed opportunities to correct the wrong they have done.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

“A Message to the Leadership”

James 5:1-6 (NLT)_1Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.”

The state of affairs in our country is so vividly spelled out in James chapter 5. It is a picture of moral depravity (behaving in a way that is intentionally or ostentatiously/showy immoral). The lives of working people are pervasively interrupted and refugees are been used as pawns while the rich and politically famous play their games of cat and mouse. The Bible speaks of the reckoning of the rich and powerful and God’s answer to the mistreated.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

“Let It Go”

Philippians 3:12-16 (NLT)_12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.”

We all have a past…events and things that happened or existed before…some good and some bad. Usually it’s the bad in our past that sometimes hinders us from accomplishing the future which God has determined for us. As believers, we cannot obliterate the past from our memories, but we must refuse to let the past obstruct our progress toward success in Christ. Today’s message sets forth the Apostle Paul’s example of how to “Let It Go”.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

“Don’t FORGET God”

We are often reminded to not forget important things, items and even people in our lives daily. Some of these necessary things are medications, airline ticket or passport if you’re traveling, or to even fill-up the gas tank. We sometimes forget a wallet, coat, iPad, phone (charger), tablet…to pick up clothes from the cleaners…to pay a bill…to pick up a loved one at a certain time, etc. I’m sure we have all experienced some event of forgetfulness that was costly or at the very least inconvenient. Can you imagine…”forgetting God”? Today message is a reminder for some and a warning for others, to not forget God.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

“Consider the Consequences”

I Corinthians 10:11_ “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (KJV)
“These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” (NLT)

Romans 15:4_ “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (KJV)
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” (NLT)

“Big Mama”, our maternal grandmother said to me as a young child, “why pay for a lesson you can get free?” I didn’t know it then, but she was sharing wisdom and the Word of God with me. She was teaching me to learn from others errors and therefore not repeat them. The Bible teaches that things happen in older times and are recorded for our example, so that we don’t repeat them if we consider the consequences. Today’s message guides toward learning lessons and taking preventative measures, rather than learning after the fact.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

“Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child”

Luke 2:25-35 (NKJV)_25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Children are born every day. Their births are highly anticipated and many preparations are made for their arrival. No one, however, can say with certainty what a child shall become or do. The text scripture, Luke 2:25-35 speak of a servant of God named Simeon, who spoke of the great things Jesus would do and in verse 33 it is said that his parents marveled at those things which were spoken of him.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

“Love and Worship God”

Sunday, December 09, 2018

“Love and Serve God”

God has graciously favored us all. He has made covenant with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We should then love and serve Him, He who first loved us.

Joshua 24:1-3 (NKJV)
Joshua 24:13-15 (NKJV)
Joshua 24:21-24 (NKJV)


Sunday, December 02, 2018

“For Love’s Sake”

Deuteronomy 6:1-9


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    Mount Olivet Baptist Church

    500 Swayze Street
    Monroe, LA 71201
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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


    Oliver W. Billups, Jr.

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    “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
    — Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
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