SERMON: Bishop Roderick L. Hennings – “Don’t Be Conned by My Coat”


Guest speaker Bishop Roderick L. Hennings’ Sunday, January 24 2016 sermon titled, “Don’t be Conned By My Coat” begins with a poignant lesson on the power of praise.

“I am a public praiser and a private praiser,” began Bishop Roderick Hemmings. “Ephesians says, ‘The enemy is prince and power of the air.’ There are two theological thoughts: that Satan’s the prince and power of nothing, or that he’s the prince and power of the atmosphere. Contrary to popular belief, the devil isn’t omnipresent or ubiquitous that’s why he has demons and devils…going up and down and to and fro.

“The devil uses the airwaves to transmit things to our ministries, to our homes, to our marriages and to our children. So if he uses the airwaves, but you decide to give God praise, your praise gets in the atmosphere, and messes up his transmission. So if you open your mouth and clap your hands and give God praise, give Him a shout, you interrupt the atmosphere and mess up the transmission! Praise interrupts things! And I will praise the Lord at all times!”

Bishop Roderick L. Hennings sermon, “Don’t Be Conned by My Coat” is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

“When blessed people connect with you, they bless you.”

“The Hebrews teach us that the woman is ishshah; she is the appropriate partner. That means there can be many for you, but only one who fits you.”

“[The woman] is the help mete, or, the help meter. She brings balance.”

“The word of God is everything.”

“There is a propensity to look at the text and go after the son as the focus; we even call him ‘The prodigal son.’ However…The son is not the center focus…The focus is on the father.”

“The son makes arrangements to be lost, in his immaturity.”

“You know you’re immature when you’re always asking, ‘Give me.’”

“You know you’re not on your own when you leave home to join someone else to take care of you.”

“You know you’re immature when you’re always saying, ‘Give me’” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“According to Leviticus, you cannot touch the swine as a Jewish boy. But when you have to deal with people who don’t know who you are, they’ll have you doing things that you should not do.”

“According to Genesis 2, the bible says, ‘God gave to every man herb fruit meat. Every time you eat something with a seed, it has a future.’”

“He left home before time, and he’s eating something that has no value. How many of you are eating something that has no value?”

“He left home saying, ‘Give me.’ Now he’s saying, ‘Make me.’”

“The Holy Spirit didn’t make him go home…he was hungry. Hunger made him get up.”

“Maybe we don’t have to drive or ambition to get up and do anything because we’re not hungry enough.”

“He left home saying, ‘Give me.’ Now he’s saying, ‘Make me.’ – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Sometimes you can’t make it all the way, but if you can just get up, the father can see you a great way off.”

“There’s a concept in science called ‘abiogenesis’ – that’s the theory that if you leave something alone, it will change.”

“The young man had to make up in his mind. ‘I’m sick of being sick, and tired of being tired, and I have to get back to who I really am.’”

“People make choices based on what they value.”

“Favor doesn’t fit…If it fits you, it’s not favor! Favor is always too big, too long, over-sized. But it’s been given to you by somebody greater than you.”

“When people are struggling with you, they’re not struggling with you, they’re struggling with your favor – because they don’t believe you deserve it.”

“You can’t work for favor…it’s put on you.”

“Favor doesn’t fit…If it fits you, it’s not favor!” Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“When God gives you favor, and if it’s big on you, it means you’re going to grow into what God has put on you.”

“So many times, God will give you things before time so you can practice for what you’ve got coming.”

“Stewardship is based on the premise of taking care of that which is another’s. He said, ‘If you’re faithful over a few things, I’ll make you ruler over many.”

“Love will make you do some things you said you’d never do.”

“You can’t see wheat he’s been through because his coat is covering his transgressions.”

“God will cover you publicly, and wash you privately.”

“The Hebrews teach us that the woman…is the appropriate partner. There can be many for you, but only one who fits you.” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Never become jealous of somebody’s comeback party, because you didn’t have to go through what they had to go through.”

“You see the finish – but you didn’t see the journey!”

“When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, the scripture says that God killed an animal…Anytime there’s sin, something has to pay.”

“What’s the difference between a raisin and a grape? Exposure to the sun! Are there any raisins here today?”

“There are some people who, if you told them your journey, they’d view you differently. But I’ve learned that the Blood is a coat.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Luke 15:11-15, 22; Ephesians 2:2, Job 2:2, Luke 15:1-10, Leviticus 11:7-8, Matthew 25:21-23, Genesis 3, Genesis 37.


Speaker, preacher, teacher, apologist, Bishop Roderick L. Hennings is Senior Pastor of Zion Dominion Global Ministries which he founded 1993. The church grew from 20 to 4000 members, moving to 14-acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Hennings is also the COGIC International Director of Church Growth and Development, and Administrative Assistant District Superintendent to Bishop Glenwood Young of the NY Western Jurisdiction #2. He is married to First Lady Pamela D. Hennings; together they have two daughters, Ariane and Chloé.

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