Sermons by Cecil May

Sermons by Cecil May

Be Decisive

Jesus warned his disciples about the response of the world to their decision to follow him: “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20). Sometimes the cost of discipleship is being maligned; sometimes it is being martyred. Since Christ suffered, Christians must be resolved to suffer whenever and however necessary.

Be Submissive

1 Peter 2:13-3:7 addresses the subjects of politics, of a master/slave economy, and of the submissiveness of wives to the authority of their husbands. This section of scripture and others like it are often met with disdain by 21st century American culture. Given poor interpretation and application, today’s Christians may have their own issues of embarrassment surrounding…

Be Loving

Lesson 5 1 Peter 1:22-2:1, Be Loving Love one another earnestly. “Having purified your souls by obedience to the truth.” (1:22a), and “Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding world of God.” (1:23), a resulting command flows: “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart.” (1:22b).

Be Great

Have you ever received star treatment? Have you enjoyed an occasion at which you were made the center of attention and all your wishes were catered to? You felt that you were great because you were treated as though you were great. Every phrase in 1 Peter 1:10-12 tells Christians, though we are exiles and strangers in the world, that we are at the center God’s focus in…

Drink the Wine of Wisdom

Proverbs 23:19-35 Wisdom for Living Well with Others All of Proverbs 23 is a warning about gorging and gluttony whether the thing being consumed is food (vs. 1-2), riches (vs. 4-5), or land (vs. 10-11). Then, beginning in verse 19, a heartfelt appeal is made, as from a loving parent to a child, to not gorge or be a glutton of wine and strong drink. “Listen my child and…

Watch Your Words

Proverbs 16:20-33 Wisdom for Living Well – Class 7 The book of Proverbs is full of sayings about the tongue and our choice of words. This section is especially rich in proverbs on that subject. The first step to good speech is good listening, especially to the words of the Lord (16:20). For definition and discussion, here are some positive descriptive words and…