Sermons by Pastor Delman Coates
It's Worth The Weight
February 6, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 21:1–8
When you wait on God, when you remain obedient to Him, you will gain strength. He will strengthen and set you up for a future greater than you can imagine. God has plans for you that are beyond your wildest dreams. There is no greater plan for your life than God’s. And this is why we so often have to go through trials and tribulations, to prepare us for the future. God uses these trials and tribulations to grow our faith and strengthen us in ways we could not have otherwise been strengthened. And while the preparation God is giving you for the future is important, there is something else that is also important: the promise. When you wait, it is often waiting on something God has promised you. And so today, we are going to look at why it's worth the weight of waiting and obeying to see God’s promises to you come to fruition.
Strengthening Your Achilles
January 30, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 20:1–3
As I read today’s key text, I wonder why the writer of this text would duplicate such a shameful incident from Abraham’s life? Why tell us again about this moral flaw and ethical vulnerability in the character profile of such a great man of God? Why tell us that? What are we to gain from reading about his moral weakness again? Why not tell us about his riches, his wealth, his possessions, his success, and great faith? Why not tell us about his worship life, the people he has helped, the progress he is making? Why remind us about this again? And I think it’s because God wants us to understand what it is that makes for true spiritual success; that spiritual success does not mean we are morally perfect and have no flaws. It means that we are able to rely on God in the midst of our weaknesses and have a posture of humility as we grow in our relationship with Him.
Don't Blame It On The Alcohol
January 23, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 19:30–36
Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior are not immune from the pressures of life weighing on our minds and spirits. Even people of faith are seeing increases in anxiety, fear, and depression. Perhaps you have gone through phases of life that have caused these emotions. Maybe you are going through a time like that right now. Just because you are a follower of Christ, does not mean you are expected to have it all together. It does not mean that you will never worry or fear things in this life. But the difference is, you have immediate access to a God ready and willing to relieve that fear. So if you’re wanting to be relieved of these feelings and emotions you’re struggling with, here are some steps you can consider taking.
Let It Go
January 16, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 19:15–26
What is entangling your life right now? What is holding you back? Many of us are getting in our own way of pursuing the life God has planned for us because we’re allowing certain things or certain people to hold us back and keep their claws in us. But we must realize one thing: if we’re going to follow after Jesus, we have to let go of everything else. In today’s message, we’re going to look at a passage in Scripture where the importance of letting go is magnified, and we’re going to learn about the steps we can take to letting go of what’s holding us back so that we can follow after our Heavenly Father with reckless abandon.
Leave God Out Of It
January 9, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 19:1–29
There are many different types of malpractice; medical malpractice, legal malpractice. There’s even malpractice for engineers if they provide mathematical and structural recommendations that result in building being built with faulty foundations, and walls that cause harm and death. When an error occurs due to negligence, or when a mistake occurs that could have otherwise been avoided, the practitioner is guilty of malpractice. And while malpractice cases can be brought against people in various professions, there’s unfortunately no such option when it comes to the spiritual malpractices that occurs in pulpits all across America. Tragically, there is no theological analogue of the Hippocratic Oath that preachers and those who claim to represent God have to take, which is unfortunate because millions of people past and prevents have been hurt, harmed, and injured by the toxic theologies and poisonous preaching that is promulgated in pulpits, television programs, and in Christian publications all around the world. So in today’s message we are going to look at the dangers of theological malpractice and discuss how to avoid misusing Scripture in our day-to-day lives.
A Prayer That Moves God
January 2, 2022 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 18:20–33
In today’s key passage of Genesis 18 we see not just the significance of Abraham’s promise, but also the strength of Abraham’s prayer. Of the 650 prayers recorded in the Bible, there can be no question that this specific prayer stands in a category all by itself. It is a dialogue between a desperate man and a determined God concerning the fate of a community that departed from God’s will and God’s way. It is a marvelous picture of what happens when believers go to God in prayer. In it, Abraham makes audacious appeal to God to save his family, and he models for us what happens when you walk with God in faith and live in His power. Abraham had access to the throne room of heaven to ask what he wanted of God, in prayer. So in today’s message, we are going to learn how we can follow Abraham’s example in our own prayer life and see God move as we pray to Him.
Becoming A Church Of Power Through Prayer
December 26, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Acts 12:1–17
Fifty-six years ago on February 1, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 250 activists to the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote. Despite their peaceful protesting, their collective demonstration of democracy was abruptly halted, and they were arrested. Being arrested was nothing new; it often happened during the civil rights movement. Yet, what made this day and these arrests worthy of history was a photograph taken immediately before protest and subsequent arrest. A picture was taken of Dr. King, kneeling in prayer as others followed suit. Years later a historian interviewing one of the people there, and asked about the photo, wondering whether or not that was a pivotal point in the movement for them. The person replied "the photo was the first time someone captured us praying, but not the first time we prayed. Prayer was a part of our normal routine. It’s what we did before, during, and after we marched.” You see, prayer helps us harness the power of the Holy Spirit, so if we want to become a powerful Church, we need to prioritize prayer.
When A Church Speaks Up
December 19, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • 1 Kings 18:16–21
From reading the story of Elijah, we can see how impactful it is when those of us in the Church speak up. As long as we stay silent, our world will become increasingly more evil and will venture further and further away from God. That is why it’s so important that we use our voice to point others to Christ and His truth. So as we look at Elijah’s story in this message, I would encourage you to pay special attention to the repercussions of his choice to speak up as part of the Church, and as you do, figure out ways you can emulate his courage and his boldness to speak up on behalf the Church in your own life.
Don't Overlook Your Blessing
December 12, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Ephesians 1:7–12
Many people may struggle with the idea of taking inventory of their blessings because they tend to view blessings through the prism of the world. The world tends to equate blessings with physical things, material items that can be measured, touched by the hands, and seen by the eyes. But the best blessings are not always based upon material, tangible realities we can see. The best blessings are spiritual; intangible things we cannot see. You can live in a big house and drive a nice car and be nervous because you can’t afford to pay the note. You can have a big bed and be unable to sleep at night. While blessings can include the material, they are much bigger than that. You are blessed when you are no longer possessed by your possessions. You are blessed when the things you have don’t have you. With that in mind, we are going to learn more about the intangible blessings we have received from Jesus as His followers.
Don't Swing at a Bad Pitch
December 5, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 16:1–2
As Abram and Sarai wait for the Lord to answer their prayers for a child, they instead decide to come up with their own plan. Sarai suggests that Abram sleep with her slave, Hagar. Sarai and Abram are not patient in waiting for the right pitch (God’s pitch). Instead, they swing at a bad pitch (their own idea) in hopes of getting the same result. Have you ever found yourself swinging at a bad pitch? Have you ever prayed and asked God to give you something. Maybe you felt like He did not answer it, so you came up with your own plan. No matter what the situation, let me encourage you to never get ahead of God. The right pitch will come, but you must be patient and wait. So let’s look at a few things we should consider if we want to avoid swinging at a bad pitch.
November 28, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 15:7–20
If you and I are ever to succeed in life, or do what God wants us to do, it will require faith. We have heard it our whole lives, but it really is faith that is going to lead you to the depths God desires for you. It will grow you in ways you never imagined. But in order to get the proof you need, you have to have faith. There is no way around it. It was God’s intent from the beginning. Abraham was called the “father of faith” because faith is both the difference maker and the deal breaker when it comes to our walk with the Lord. Our faith is the foundation on which our relationship with God is built. So today, we’re going to look at two things we discover about faith from reading God’s Word, and particularly, the story of Abram.
When God Comes to Your House
November 21, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 18:1–14
Something you do not see anymore is doctors making house calls, as things have changed from the ways they were done back then. Doctors don’t come to you. You have to go to them. But there is a Physician who STILL makes house calls. Genesis 18 tells us about a God who makes these house calls. The reason that is significant is because at the time, there was a theological debate in the ancient world about where one can find God. See, God is not just out there, residing in come celestial abode in the sky. God is not just manifested in the elements of the air and nature, God is not confided to the confines of a cathedral, temple, or religious place of worship. God can, does, and wants to show up at your house, as well. So today, let’s look at three things that happen when God shows up for us.
What To Do When God Takes His Time
November 14, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Genesis 15:1–6
As believers, we have all faced times when God takes His time to manifest His promises or your requests. This is the dilemma that faced Abram in Genesis 15. He has a promise from God, but it seems as if God is taking His sweet time. Abram found himself at that point where most people never realize their dream or experience what God has for them because the passage of time causes them to give up on God. So in this message, we’re going to learn a lot from the story of Abram and take away some lessons on what we need to do when God takes His time fulfilling a promise He’s given you.
Don't Miss The Signs
June 27, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates
In our text we learned last week about a smart, beautiful sister, with a relationship with God who ended up in a relationship with a fool. Her name is Abigail, and his name is Nabal which in the Hebrew means fool. And the truth is that good people, Godly people, can find themselves trapped in relationships with foolish people; with people who aggravate them, irritate them, and frustrate them. Whether it’s a close friendship or a marriage, or a bond with a colleague or family member, relationships that are rooted in confusion, drama, and immaturity can cause your more problems than bring you peace. This couple ended up entangled because as we learned last week they got in a relationship for the wrong reason. But today I want to suggest that they got entangled because Abigail missed the warning signs, and we’re going to look closely at those warning signs and figure out how not to overlook them in our own relationships.
How To Keep Your Cool
November 7, 2021 • Dr. Delman Coates • Exodus 2:11–20
One of the often-overlooked problems within American society is the problem of anger. Whether it’s road rage, domestic violence, angry TV commentators, or even angry politicians, we are in a society that is drowning in anger. Thankfully, Scripture has a lot to say about how to handle our anger. Psalm 37:8 says to not give into anger because it only leads to trouble. James 1:19-20 says to be slow to anger because anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. And then of course, there’s the story of Moses. And if anyone needed to learn how to control his anger and keep his cool, it was him. We can learn from Moses in Exodus 2 that anger can ruin our lives if we’re not careful. Out of anger, we can say and do things that we’ll regret. So in order to not make that mistake, here are three steps you can take to make sure your anger doesn’t get the best of you.