Recent Sermons

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.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

“No Shame in Your Game”

I John 2:28_ “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (KJV)
“And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.” (NLT)
“And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.” (NIV)
“Children, stay one in your hearts with Christ. Then when he returns, we will have confidence and won’t have to hide in shame.” (CEV)

Matthew 16:27 (NKJV)_ “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

Mark 8:38 (NKJV)_ “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

We live in a society and “new normal” (something which was previously abnormal has become common place) culture where individuals are increasingly moving away from having to be accountable or having to answer to anyone for their actions or lifestyle. The popular phrase_ “no shame in my game!” is a clear example of what I speak of in our ever evolving “laid back” world. This phrase is defined as: A statement that writes off any responsibility that society would place on the speaker for a certain act, lifestyle or appearance. Today’s message speaks on abiding in Christ, so that at His return, there will truly be “No Shame in Your Game.”
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

“They Will Always Be Among Us”

Mark 14:7a, b (NLT)

There is much that occupies our minds from day to day. The media is loaded with personalities of harassment, stardom, wealth, technology and the like. We are preoccupied with storms, flooding, iPhones…pads, and watches, fashion, etc. But do you ever hear hungry stomach growling or stare into empty eyes repleted of all hope because there are no sufficient provisions to sustain a comfortable life. Jesus said, “The poor will always be among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. My brothers and sisters we are called to take hold of this opportunity.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

SUBJECT:  “As I Close”
THEME: “When Popularity Declines, Then What ” – Part 3

Today’s sermon is actually the conclusion of Part 2 of “When Popularity Declines, Then What ”. In the two prior messages we have heard how popular “popularity” is, how it affects our decisions, endeavors, and commitments; and how often our society is driven by popularity. We have viewed the popularity of biblical characters and contemporary celebrities. We have considered the ebb and flow of popularity in relationships humanly and materially. Our conclusion is that Jesus is our only hope and if we allow Him to become least popular in our lives we have lost, altogether.  “As I Close”

Mark 8:34-38 (NKJV)_ “34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
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Sunday, March 04, 2018

“ When Popularity Declines, Then What ? ” – Part 2

Mark 8:34-38 (NKJV)_ “34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

We live in a world where popularity is the engine that drives many lives. I’ve come again to talk to you about popularity. *Popularity is the state or condition of being liked, admired or supported by many people. Many of life’s decisions, endeavors and commitments are based on popularity. The Bible speaks on popularity, even in the life of Jesus, many people admired and supported him. But when his popularity declined many of his followers turned away. If Christ becomes less popular to you, then what?
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

“ When Popularity Declines, Then What ? ”

John 6:66-71 (ESV)_ “66After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.”

We live in a world where popularity is the engine that drives many lives. I’ve come today to talk to you about popularity, which may be defined as one’s esteem in the world. *Popularity is the state or condition of being liked, admired or supported by many people. Many of life’s decisions, endeavors and commitments are made based on popularity. The Bible speaks on popularity, even in the life of Jesus, many people admired and supported him. But when his popularity declined many of his admirers/followers turned away. If Christ becomes less popular to you, then what?
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

“The Downside of a Haughty Spirit”

Mark 7:14-23 (NKJV)_ 14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”  20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Jesus taught in the Gospel of Mark chapter 7 that it’s not what goes into a person that defiles a person but that which comes out of him. A haughty spirit or pride can be the downfall of an individual. Haughty comes from the Greek word HUPEREPHANOS, showing oneself above others. The noun huperēphania in translated pride in Mark 7:22. Today’s message deals with the downside, the negative aspect of something, namely, a haughty spirit.
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Sunday, February 04, 2018

“Don’t Hurt Yourself !”

Psalm 19:7-11 (NKJV)_ “7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.”

I’ve come today to talk to you about “desire”…a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. “Desire” means want, long for, request, delight in, urgent seeking after. We desire many things in life, but not all that we desire is good for us. We can hurt ourselves through desire. The Word of God is to be desired above gold or even honey. It has great benefits. Don’t hurt yourself!

  • 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

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
    — John 10:10 (NIV)
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