Our Sermons

Currently we livestream our Worship Service on Facebook at 10:00 Sunday Morning.  You may also watch it at other times. You can find the service @The Big Red Church-First Congregational of Sterling, IL

Our Sunday, January 17, 2021 service was led by Rev. Dr. Stanley Armes.  He furnished additional material to go along with the Sermon.  It is printed here.


A Short Quick Study of Leadership in 1 and 2 Samuel

These examples are what a pastor should not do


Mostly Israel’s leadership failed to meet their responsibility to uphold the law of God and protect the people 

 1 Sam. 4:1-11                        Believed they could manipulate god and deal with their enemies

                                                 by controlling the symbol of His presence (ark)


1 Sam 8: 4-9; 19, 20            Rejected God’s leadership and turned toward secular customs (earthly kings) 

                                                for power and security, were enticed by worldly success and secular leadership 

                                               fats, and were idolatrous in serving other gods. 


1 Sam. 11:1-3                        When in trouble, acquiesced to fear and were subservient to men and secular

                                                patterns instead of depending upon god and His provision


2 Sam. 5:3; 17: 1-4           Disobeyed god by breaking covenant with God’s anointed and supporting 

                                             the popular opposition


Let’s Take a look at Job


Men contrasted to Job-  Job is contrasted to his “three comforters” whom are called, 

Worthless physicians                                                   13:4,                                                                                                                                                           sorry comforters                                                         16:2,                                                                                                                                                            deceitful                                                                        6: 14, 15,                                                                                                                                                   insensitive, lack of compassion, and arrogant,      12:5,                                                                                                                                                             lack of integrity                                                         13:4,                                                                                                                                                              harmful and unjust                                                  19:1-5


Quite clearly this is NOT what a leader should be.


The man Job is a good model to follow.

“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.”


    a.  Blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil 1: 1,8, 9

    b. Spiritual leader of the family                            1:5

    b. Taught and admonished others                        4:1-4

    c. Was an example to others                               23: 11, 12

    d. Respected                                                         29: 7, 8

    e. Cared for the needs of others                        29:12-17; 30: 25

    f. Teacher and wise counselor                          30:25

    g. Set a moral example                                    31:1

    h.  Free from the love of money                      31:24-34


If you do a closer Bible study you may find more about Job.  It is interesting to compare the character of Job with what Paul says in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.  There is a close correlation between Job and Timothy.

From Rev. Dr. Stanley Armes, January 17, 2021

We have Children's Church where they are taught the Bible as well.  This has been temporarily suspended due to the virus. 


We have a wonderful Nursery for newborn to 4 years of age.  Staffed by one of our members and an employee from Gaffey Health Services. They are First Aid and CPR Certified. We would enjoy caring for your little ones so you can enjoy our Sunday School and or Worship Service.  This will resume as soon as we feel it is safe.


We are a caring and welcoming church. We have a wide diversity of members and visitors. We do not judge. Everyone is treated equal. 


If you are looking for a place to worship the Lord and would like to come sit down with one of our members and have a cup of coffee and conversation, please contact us at 815-625-5112 and schedule a time.  Our office is usually open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 2:00.  It is always good to make an appointment.