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I had the privilege of traveling to Zambia to speak at the Ekklesia Leadership Conference hosted by Central Africa Baptist College and Seminary (CABC).
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Today's category: ScienceThe Beginning Of Life In a recent Round-table Discussion Group the question was asked of the Ministerial Panel, at what point does life begin. The Baptist Preacher spoke first and said "At conception, of course!". The Presbyterian Minister said "No, no, it's certainly begins at birth". The Catholic Priest tried to buffer the obvious argument point and suggested "Perhaps you're both wrong, and it's a compromise in that the fetus is not functional with a heartbeat until the third month". They had to prod the Jewish Rabbi for his answer, and he finally leaned forward to his mike and spoke softly "All of my friends here are wrong. Life begins when the last child leaves home, and the dog they left behind dies!!!".View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Al Franken. What do these men have in common? They, along with over one hundred others, were accused in recent months of sexual misconduct. The list of names spans the east and west coasts, the media and politics, Democrats and Republicans. The revelation of widespread sex abuse was one of the most important developments of 2017. It brought darkness to light and uncovered a societal cancer that has been kept secret for far too long.Some have expressed shock that people can indeed be so evil. Some wonder if this kind of depravity has always happened but remained concealed. Is the extreme nature of this abuse a new phenomenon?As Christians, what are we to say about these things? Who’s to blame? And more importantly, how do we get out of this mess?For Christians, none of this twisted sexual behavior should come as a surprise. Humanity has been this broken all along. The Bible gives both a framework for understanding why all of this is happening as well as a clear way out of the mess. Christians have believed for a long time in the depravity of mankind, that every human person is sinful and broken. This view of depravity does not mean that we are as bad as we possibly can be, but rather that any one of us is capable of doing anything.Of course, this theological understanding of mankind does not in any way excuse the behavior of these men, any more than a compulsive liar’s proclivity to tell untruths justifies the lies he or she tells. We believe in protecting the innocent, fighting injustice, and guarding those who are most vulnerable in our society. We also believe that the government’s job is to punish evildoers, as the Apostle Paul states in Romans 13. If any of these men are guilty of the crimes of which they are accused, they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.But while justice must be done, to what extent does our society also share some of the blame? Since the sexual revolution, American sexual mores have been alarmingly and harmfully fluid. Coupled with the moral relativism that has been espoused in many public forums—especially the media, the arts, and the classroom—the sexual revolution effectively taught boys and girls that personal expression supersedes “restrictive” traditional ethics. Those boys and girls grew up to be some of the same men and women who decided that love of self-expression is to be valued more than love of neighbor.Currently, even our elementary aged children are exposed to sexual education where traditional sexual boundaries are pushed. Whether it is the issue of gender identification, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, or polyamory, the culture has enabled the sexual confusion and dysfunction we are experiencing. There is little doubt as to why we are where we are. Ideas have consequences. Failing to recognize any moral absolutes, society has left the door open for a host of unethical behaviors. It is time for our society to look in the mirror when leveling blame for these tragedies.These scandals simply reflect the outcome when a society rejects the Christian notion of moral absolutes, which are grounded in the creative design of God. The British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge once famously remarked, “If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner.” In this cultural moment, we are seeing what happens when people try to fill the void in their lives that is left when there is no room for God. We are sex-obsessed. Sex has become a god, and as all idols do, it has left us hurting and broken.So, amidst the very apparent brokenness we are experiencing as a society, how should we respond, particularly from a Christian perspective?Scripture calls us to humility and hope. We must have humility, because we believe “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “Let him who thinks he stands beware lest he fall,” Scripture warns us (1 Corinthians 10:12). While not everyone has committed sexual assault, everyone stands equally sinful before God. Furthermore, most people struggle with sexual dysfunction in one way or another. We are all sexually broken and our sexuality needs to be healed. This recognition should give us humility.Beyond humility, the gospel also says that there is hope. For the victims there is hope that justice will be done, if not on earth then in heaven. There is hope for those who feel used, hurt, dirty, and perhaps even full of shame. Regardless of what has caused that shame, cleansing is possible. The Christian gospel is clear: you are not the sum total of what you’ve done or what’s been done to you. People do not have to be defined by their mistakes, or the destructive actions of others. Psalm 147 tells us that God heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. Restoration is possible through Christ.A more scandalous notion is that those who have been accused have hope as well. Regardless of the crime they may have committed, any of these men who turn to Christ in repentance and faith can be forgiven and made new. This is the hope of the gospel: because of Christ crucified, our sin—past, present, and future—has already been judged at the cross. God reckoned Jesus as guilty so He could reckon us as innocent. The good news of the gospel is that no matter the mistake, forgiveness can be received in Jesus. What’s more, Christ rose from the dead, enabling us to walk in newness of life. Christ can restore us in such a way that we can pursue all of life, including our sexuality, in the way God designed it. We don’t have to be who we’ve been. That’s a message that Harvey Weinstein needs to hear. That’s a message that we all need to hear.Dr. Andrew Hebert is the lead pastor of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. You can follow him on Twitter at @andrewhebert86.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-31-2017Exodus 12:1-2Introduction:A. Whew, glad that one is behind me! 1. In so many ways, this past year has been a wonderful one and it was also a trying one. It started our rough but has ended up great. 2. From the diagnosis of cancer to surgery to 6 weeks of that wonderful draining tube to 4 more weeks of drainage without the tube to 30 weeks of radiation to working on the Mission house days seemingly without end to rebuilding my deck to cutting and splitting a mountain of firewood. 3. As the year progressed, things got progressively better and I thank God for being cancer free and feeling good again.B. Tomorrow will be the “beginning of months … the first month of the year.” 1. As I thought about the New Year, I though of Israel. Israel's first month is Abib, or our month of April. God declared the beginning of a new era in Israel's history.2. 430 years have now passed since Israel went down to Egypt to live. No one ever expected to remain that long. They went down in days of famine and fully expected to return to Canaan when it was over. 3. In that period of 430 years, Israel went from freedom and fulness to poverty and slavery. God heard their cry and brought about delivery through Moses.Exodus 3:7-8 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; (8) And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.C. Tomorrow, as we begin 2018, 2017 will be history and what we have written, we have written. 1. We have had successes and we have hopefully learned from our mistakes. 2. For dinner tomorrow, there will be cornbread, ham, black eyed peas, collards, mashed potatoes, and pie. 3. In 8 days, Barbara and I will head to Pigeon Forge for a few days of R&R. Not that we need to get away from our church but just need a little Rest & Relaxation. Pray that it snows. When we get back, we will be “into this new year.”D. 2017 is gone and there is nothing that we can do about it. 2018 is ahead and it is limitless in its possibilities. What we do this next year if the Lord has not come is entirely up to us. The world makes New Years Resolutions that do not last because they are made one day a year. With any New Year, there needs to be a Reflection on the last year and resolve the New Year.1. Reflection. A great way to measure the greatness of last year:a. Is God pleased with my life? God's children should have a daily determination to do those things that are right and to abstain from those things that are wrong. b. Am I saved and serving or saved and slack? It is so easy to get comfortable sitting and let everyone else do the work. We are neither to rust out or to burn out as we are out either way but to have a balanced life. Time for the Lord's work, time for family, and time for self.c. Am I trusting and hopeful or doubtful and fearful? Each of us knows that God holds our lives in His hand. That does not mean that all will go well in life, but that God will guide us and take care of us.d. Am I obedient and peaceful or disobedient and distressed? God wants our lives to be both happy and productive this New Year.2. Resolve. A great way to plan for a better New Year:a. Learn from both the successes and failures of the last year and resolve to make this year more productive.b. Make every day the “first day of the rest of your life.” Barbara's mom sent me this and I have reflected upon it over the years gone bye.EVERY MORNING YOU ARE HANDED TWENTY-FOUR GOLDEN HOURSTHEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW THINGS IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU GET FREE OF CHARGEIF YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD YOU COULD NOT BUY AN EXTRA HOURWHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THIS PRICELESS TREASURE ?REMEMBER; YOU MUST USE IT, AS IT IS GIVEN ONLY ONCEONCE WASTED YOU CANNOT GET IT BACKc. Resolving, despite your circumstances this year, to finish it with victory and joy. You cannot always change your circumstances, but you can keep your circumstances from changing you!d. Face the unknown of the new year with faith that God will be with you and for you. Resolving to be found in Him without spot of blemish.1) Correct the things that you can.2) Forget the things that you cannot.3) Rest in the Lord!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-24-2017Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18-25Introduction: A. It is the Christmas season, in which we normally deal with the incarnation of the Son of God. 1. One of the most precious of all doctrines is that of the Virgin Birth of Christ. How important it is to the salvation of the child of God! The Virgin Birth of Christ is often referred to as “The Doctrine of Holy Ground!” 2. The wording in Matthew 1:18 differentiate the birth of Christ from the series of “begats” found in the preceding verses. “Espoused wife” and “before they came together” declares a birth like none other that preceded it. 3. No man since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, came into the world through a virgin birth or without the seed of man involved. As God created the world to bring forth after its own kind, so man brings forth after his own kind. Adam and Eve had no predecessors and the Father of Jesus Christ was God.B. The world celebrates Christmas without God and while others make Christmas about Mary as much as about the birth of Christ.C. Christmas is not Christmas without Christ and Christmas is not about Mary! IT IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOUR. There are many heresies being taught concerning Mary. I do not want to preach on that subject this morning but will give a few quick references on the subject for your own personal study. D. The key to who Mary was and what happened at the conception of Christ is found in Genesis 3:15, the first Messianic Promise. When referencing the method of the birth of Christ, the Bible speaks of the seed of a “woman.” “Woman” always means woman, a female human being. Mary was no exception as Christ referred to her as so. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (The spiritual emphasis is upon the “seed” of the woman, not upon the woman. It was the seed of the woman, Christ, who would bruise the head of the serpent.)1. Was Mary divine? John 2:3-4 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. (4) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. (Woman always means woman and is never referred to as divine. Mary was blessed to be chosen to bear the Lord and that birth certainly has blessed many, but Mary was a woman. The Lord never referred to her in any other way.)2. Was Mary “The Mother of God?” Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (God has no mother. Mary was the mother of the physical body in which Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, was born.)Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. John 1:1-3, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.3. Was Mary was a perpetual virgin. Matthew 1:18, 25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost … Andknew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (“Before” and “till” show that Mary and Joseph had a normal husband/wife relationship after the birth of Christ. This is shown clearly in the Book of Mark.)Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.4. Mary was immaculately conceived? Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (The Bible is clear and consistent at this point. Only Christ had a sinless birth and had to be made sin.)5. Was Mary sinless? Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (47) And my spirit hath rejoiced inGod my Saviour. (Only sinners need a saviour!) Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;6. Did Mary ascend into heaven as Christ ascended? John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (Women were to always be under the authority of a man in biblical times. When the father, “supposed father in this case as the Father of Jesus was God the Father, died—it was the responsibility of the eldest son to care for the mother. Jesus did so until His death on the cross. Where Jesus went, Mary went. Before His death, Jesus placed Mary under the authority of John for as long as she lived.)7. Was Mary to be worshipped? Exodus 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Both the worship of Mary and idolatrous images are dealt with in the first Commandment.)8. Was or is Mary as “Co-Redemptrix ?” John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.9. Is Mary a “Mediatrix.” 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:10. Was Mary to be prayed to? Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.E. The virgin birth of Christ was the pivotal point between Promise or Prophecy and Performance. 1. It is a doctrine both Sweetly Adored and Severely Attacked. It the mystery of mysteries, the jewel of all ages, the hope of mankind, and the love of God manifested. 2. It was a miraculous event. A miracle is a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. No other child born of man has been born without the seed of the man. The “seed of the woman” combined with the seed of the Holy Ghost to bring forth the God-Man!3. The immortal became mortal that the mortal may become immortal - 1 Timothy 6:16a Who only hath immortality1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.4. The untouchable became touchable that mortal may touch Him - 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;.F. The Miracle of the Virgin Birth is beyond human comprehension!1. The Virgin Birth Was Prophesied - Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.2. The Virgin Birth Was Performed - Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (“On this wise” sets the birth of Christ apart from the “begats” of the first 17 verses!)G. Dr. Herbert Lockyer said it this way, “The incarnation is the most stupendous miracle comprehending and involving all other miracles, and because it is a theme both deep and delicate, infinite and incomprehensible, how about “finding out acceptable words”. The ground we approach is holy calling for the putting off of our shoes.”The Importance Of The Virgin Birth:1. Scriptural Credibility Depends Upon It - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (If the Scripture errs on this point, how can we trust any other supernatural event such as the death, burial, and resurrection?)2. The Deity Of Christ Depends Upon It - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then anyone could have been His father and He would not be the only begotten Son of God!)Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.3. The Sinless Humanity Of Christ Depends Upon It - John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ was tainted with the sin of Adam and Christ would have had an Adamic nature!)1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.4. The Vicarious Atonement Of Christ Depends Upon It - Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ could not save!)1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.5. The Ultimate Defeat Of Evil Depends Upon It - Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then evil would ultimately win and Satan would reign!)1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.6. The Security Of The Believer Depends Upon It - Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ would ultimately corrupt and we would perish!)1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-20-20172 Peter 1:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we saw God's promise to meet our needs in this life as He has given to us all things to be richly enjoyed. God, contrary to most preaching that you hear, wants you to “love life” and enjoy the fruit of your labors. “Eat, drink, and be merry” are not necessarily states of sinfulness.B. The other thing that that God promises is that our spiritual needs in this life have been preemptively taken care of. God knows what spiritual battles that we will fight before we are confronted with them.C. There are several things that we need to notice pertaining to godliness:1. We have obtained righteousness through our Lord Jesus Christ – vs. 1 2. God wants us to have peace of mind in this ungodly world – vs. 23. God has given us all things pertaining unto life – vs. 34. God has given us all things pertaining unto godliness vs. 35. We are to be partakers of the Lord's divine nature – vs. 4D. Ungodliness Has Permeated Our Nation - Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.1. The sinful condition of professing Christians. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.2. God has given to us ALL things pertaining to godliness so why have these prophetic verses come true?a) Because of the Compromise of the pulpits. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.b) Because of the worldliness of the people. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.c) Because these things have led to the decline of godly churches! Jeremiah 6:16-19 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (17) Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (18) Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. (19) Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.E. Ungodliness Has Permeated Many Churches - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. Godliness Is Commanded - 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;G. Godliness Is Possible - 2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.1. God Has Given To Us A New Nature - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Biblical salvation always brings about a new nature with a godly direction implemented in our lives.)2. God Has Given To Us His Precious Holy Spirit - 1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (Our faithful Companion and Comforter leads us into righteousness as He reproves us of our sin. He is our “Stop Sign.” I do not mean this in a disrespectful way. He wants us to live a life of godliness and always leads in that direction. Do live a selfish, carnal life and blame the Holy Ghost for it!)Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.3. God Has Given To Us His Infallible Word In The English King James Bible - Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (You do not need to study the Greek and Hebrew! You need to study English and spend your time in the Bible.)Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,4. God Has Given To Us Godly Examples To Follow - 1 Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. (The Old Paths of godliness are well worn and plain to follow. Our spiritual forefathers had it right! The new “do as you please” religion of our day has it wrong.)1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.h. WHAT IS TODAY'S PROBLEM? Why do professing Christians not live lives of godliness when all that they need has already been provided? Because their ‘LOVE FOR THE WORLD” IS GREATER THAN OUR LOVE OF GOD!1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.1. They love what they want. “lust of the flesh”2. They love what they see. “lust of the eyes”3. They love who they are. “pride of life”HOW TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE1. Godliness Is The Result Of A Repentant Heart - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.2. Godliness Is A Result Of Denying Worldly Lusts - Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.3. Godliness Is A Result Of A Heavenly Hope - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.4. Godliness Is A Result Of Hard Work - 1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;5. Godliness Is A Result Of Contentment - 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.6. Godliness Is A Result Of The Fear Of The Lord - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-17-2017Matthew 1:18-25 (vs. 22-23)Introduction: A. What about the coming of the Messiah? The most prophesied event in the Bible is that of the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. The first man was given this blessed hope in Genesis 3:15, four thousand years before His birth. 1. He was and is the Hope of mankind. The promised Savior!2. He was and is the Hope of Israel. The promised King!3. He was and is the Hope of the Church. The Promised Eternal Bridegroom!B. This year, I chose to let the entire congregation participate in our Christmas Cantata. What a wonderful choir you all make. I love to hear our congregation sing together, not in parts but in heart. Together we worship the Lord in song. Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.C. I want to look at three aspects of the prophecy of Christ tonight. 1. The Person Of Christmas – Who came.2. The Performance Of Christmas – How He Came.3. The Praise Of Christmas – Why He came.1. The Person Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN THE RIGHT PERSON!a. God In Flesh - Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.b. The Sacrificial Lamb Of God - Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.c. The King of Israel - John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.Songs:#422 – Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne#423 – Joy To The World#432 – Angels From the Realms of Glory2. The Performance Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN IN THE RIGHT WAY!a. He was Born The Right Time - Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.b. He Was Born The Right Way - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.c. He Was Born At The Right Place - Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.Songs:#434 – O Little Town Of Bethlehem#433 – Away In A Manger#431 – Silent Night3. The Praise Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN FOR THE RIGHT REASON! a. To Provide a Savior - Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.b. To Fulfill Scripture - Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,c. To Give Hope - Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.Songs:#429 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing#420 – There's A Song In The Air#426 – I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayConclusion: Thank you, God our Father, for the great love that offered your Son.Thank you, God the Son, for dying for our sin, Faithful Lord and Saviour.Thank you, God the Spirit, for indwelling us, Faithful Companion and Comforter.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-17-2017Matthew 1:18-25; Genesis 3:15Introduction: A. Most of us, from our childhood, have known of the wonderful birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—but it is a story that never grows old and holds for this preacher a wonder and beauty that never fades! B. The birth of Christ is the most documented event in the history of the world. It is even used to divide the calendar that most of the world recognizes.C. I want to look this morning at the purpose of His coming. In verse 21, the Bible says, “and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” 2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (The word “made” means “to do or to perform something that would not have been done otherwise.” This morning, our bed was made up. If we had not done so, it would have never been done so.)1. Christ was “made sin” for us. Without Christ sacrifice, salvation would have never come about.2. We were “made” the righteousness of God in Him. We had to be “made” righteous which is something that only the applied blood of Christ could do.D. I want to go back to the First Mention Principle of Bible interpretation: Genesis, chapter 3.1. The First Mention of Sin. Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it waspleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.2. The First Mention of a Seeking Saviour. Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.a) The First Mention of a Sacrifice for Sin. Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (There could not have been many “lambs” in the Garden of Eden at this time so I could speculate that Adam and Eve knew the lamb! How painful to watch of one whom you love to die for you.)b) The First Mention of the Penalty (Death) for Sin. “Make coats of skins.” The wages of sin was and still is death.c) The First Mention of Propitiation. “Clothed them” – The innocent lamb died for the guilty sinner.d) The First Mention of Imputation. “The LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” – Sinners covered by the innocence of another.The First Mention of Modesty. “Coats … clothed them” – Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!3. The First Mention of the Prophecy Christ's First Advent. “Seed of the woman” The Purpose of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.a) Man Sinned.b) Christ Came.c) Christ Died.d. We that are born again live forever!1. What Is Sin? It has been said that there are 726 sins named in the Bible. I do not know personally because I have not taken the time to count them and would probably miss many of them in the process, so I will just take these theologians at their word. There are several rather large listings of sin such as: Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.a. Sin Defined:1) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance definition of “sin” is – to miss the mark! To violate God's law2) Webster's states that, “sin is any offence or fault. It is the breaking of a religious or moral law.3) The Greek dictionary defines sin as missing the mark; to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor. The Greek also states sin is a violation of the divine law in thought or in act.4) What is the Bible definition?1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (A transgression means to over step, to cross over the line God has drawn, or to jump the fence. The Word of God (Law) is the fence referred to. Therefore, transgression is an act of rebellion against the known will of God.)1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (Unrighteousness is wickedness, iniquity, inward crookedness, perversity, and stubbornly contrary to God's Word and Will.)Romans 14:23b For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (If our actions are not those motivated by faith then it is sin. Open sin is probably not hindering revival as much as a lack of faith.)James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (If a person fails to practice what is good, his action or his lack of action is sin. This is generally called a sin of omission.)b. Generally, we classify sin in two ways :1) Sins of Commission – things that we do that are contrary to God's Word. God says not to do something and we do it anyway. (The over stepping of God's Law – a trespass.)2) Sins of Omission – things that we do not do that are contrary to God's Will. (God says to do something and we choose not to obey because of stubbornness.)The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Die For Sin!2. Who Has Sinned?a. The First Man Sinned - Romans 5:12a Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:b. All Have Sinned – Romans 5:12b and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Both Jews And Gentiles)Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.c. The Sinless Became Sin! 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Save Sinners!3. What Is The Consequence Of Sin? a. A Wasted Life - Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;b. A Wasted Eternity - Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: Jesus Came To Take Away The Penalty Of Sin!4. The Purpose Of The Incarnation Of Christ?a. Jesus Came To Die For Our Sin! JESUS – “Jehovah is salvation”John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.b. Jesus Came To Seek And To Save That Which Is Lost! “all have sinned”Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.c. Jesus Came To Give Eternal Life To All Who Believe! “whosoever believeth in Him”Romans 6:23b but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.Conclusion: The Biblical Purpose for Christmas: because of His great love for mankind, He came to die on Calvary for our sin!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-13-20172 Peter 1:3Introduction:A. I know that Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but Thanksgiving is day by day, moment by moment, as we realize all that God has done for us and given to us. ALL things pertaining to our life and ALL things pertaining to our godliness.B. Tonight, I want to take a short look at how good God has been good to us in this life. I know that counting our blessings could make for a long night, so I have just put down a few of the areas of God's goodness in our daily life.C. How exceedingly great are the promises of God are when we stop to consider the nature of the benefits offered and bestowed! 1. God's power to provide is beyond our imagination. Our needs look very small in the light of our big God and His immense promises. 2. God's promises are precious because they cover every conceivable human need, for time and for eternity. Whatever your need may be God has a promise that exactly covers that need (Phil. 4:19).D. We believe the Bible and yet often remin fearful! During the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord spoke of our concerns and His ability.Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.1. When we seek “all these things “first, then God does not provide.2. When we seek God first, He adds these things unto us.E. What do you really need tonight? God has promised to give them to you if you seek Him first.1. God provided us with salvation. How can we start without first mentioning our great salvation. God has made provision for our redemption through a finished work called the gospel. Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Need salvation? God has provided it freely to all who come to Him by faith!2. God provided us with the promise of not only life but abundant life. John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” A life that is full; a life that is blessed! I often say that “I had rather be an old time Christian than anything that I know!3. God has made a perfect peace available in this present evil world. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” As we learn to trust the Lord, we find that He who holds tomorrow holds us in His hand! Beloved, safety is of the Lord and everything will be alright!4. God gives fulness of joy to His children. 1 Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” A clear conscience still makes for a soft pillow!5. God has promised complete forgiveness of sin to those who confess their sinfulness. Jeremiah 31:34, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.6. God has promised a sufficient grace for every trial that we will face. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.7. God has promised to meet all our daily needs in this life. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-10-2017Romans 5:5Introduction:A. So many things happen when the believer comes to Christ by faith. Their life is never the same as they become new creatures in Christ Jesus. One of the greatest is the love of God, shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost.B. There are two meanings found in the phrase “the love of God.”1. The love of God is the love that we have FOR God! 1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (God's children love HIM!”)2. The love of God is what is loved BY God! C. Let us look at two words found in our text that show the love that God gives.1. “Shed.” To pour out or to gush out. This love is not a small love; it is a great love. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (God's love is a great love and a giving love.)2. “Abroad.” “Across the board.” It is a love instilled in EVERY child of God because the Holy Ghost lives within us. 1 John 3:16-19 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (17) But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (It is a consistent love found in all of God's childen.)D. God's love:1. Is a gift to His children. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.2. Is a gift given to God's children in the person of the Holy Ghost in salvation. Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.3. Is the greatest of the three remaining gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-13. 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way…And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”E. Though the world can have love, the love of God is what separates the believer from the world. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.1. We love of God. A love that is reciprocal with God. 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.2. We love of the brethren. A true birth into the family of God carries with it the love of the brethren. 1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (21) And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.3. We love of the church. Consistently throughout the New Testament, we find conversion and assembly with the church are inseparable truths. Acts 2:41-42 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.4. We love of the Word of God. God's Word is the rejoicing of our hearts. Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.5. It is the love of the sinner. God loves sinners and so should we. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?F. The love of God is a gift the Lord gives to His children and is the “glue” that holds the local church together. Few “church splits” are for doctrinal reasons. They are love problems.1. True Christian love glorifies God instead of self - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.2. True Christian love edifies the church - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.3. True Christian love evidences spiritual maturity - Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.4. True Christian love covers a multitude of sins - 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.5. True Christian love prefers one another. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.6. True Christian love is compassionate toward the unfortunate. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?7. True Christian love brings about the forgiveness of others - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.8. True Christian love will help to bear the burdens of others - Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.9. True Christian love maintains the unity of purpose - Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.10. True Christian love will keep your feelings from being hurt - Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.WHAT IS BROTHERLY LOVE?It's SILENCE when your words would hurt,It's PATIENCE when you brother is curt,It's DEAFNESS when some gossip flows,It's COMPASSION for a brother's woes,It's COURAGE when misfortune falls,It's FIRMNESS when one's duty calls,It's WILLINGNESS to help another,It's TRUSTING and especially a brother,It's RESTITUTION made when due,It's FORGIVING when asked of you.~Author unknown
Temple Baptist Church - 12-3-2017Galatians 4:4-7Introduction:A. I have often said that Thanksgiving through Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! B. Thanksgiving comes and goes so quickly. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for all that He has given to us takes a long time. Count your blessings and the list is long. C. Then, everyone is getting ready for Christmas. I thank God for the Trump Family as they have brought Christ back to the White House. Donald's lack of political correctness has allowed the Nativity Scene to be once more seen there. From “Happy Holidays” back to “Merry Christmas!”D. The world has forgotten the “Reason for the Season,” but I haven't! God send His only begotten Son to this earth to save sinners from their sin. Christmas should be all about Christ to the child of God.E. A little over two thousand years ago, God fulfilled His long-awaited promise of the birth of the “seed of the woman.” Our text says that God send His Son at the right time; that God send His Son the right way; That God sent His Son for the right reason.F. Bethlehem was just the beginning. 1. God gave His Son in what is called the Gospel: the Good News. Bethlehem was the beginning and an Empty Tomb was the finishing. 2. We who are saved do not worship a child in a manger but the Lord Jesus Christ who now sits that the right hand of the Father to make intercession for the saints and will one day come for us that, where He is, we may be also.1. In Bethlehem We Find God's Love Manifested In The Gift Of Christ - 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.2. At Calvary We Find God's Love Commended At The Cross - Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.3. In Salvation We Find God's Love Bestowed In Our Sonship - 1 John 3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.4. In Choice We Find God's Love Believed By The Sinner - 1 John 4:16 Andwe have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.5. In Relationship We Find God's Love Perceived By The Saint - 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.6. In Witness We Find God's Love Shed Abroad In The Spirit - Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.Conclusion: You see, Bethlehem was just the beginning. Christmas is the last week of the old year so that we begin the first of the New Year with Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-29-20172 Peter 1:1-2Introduction:A. The key word to this second epistle, written by Peter to the dispersed Jews, is “knowledge.” 1. In verse 2, we find that the grace of God to live in this present evil world and the peace to live in this present evil body come through the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Knowledge belongs to God as one of His attributes is that of omniscience, or all knowledge. 2. Science without the knowledge of God becomes “science falsely so-called.” Thus, we understand the importance of knowing God through the natural world and knowing Him personally through the Lord Jesus Christ.3. The biblical definition of the word “knowledge” is found its first mention. I continue to express the importance of the First Mention Principle of Bible interpretation. a) The first mention of knowledge was not found in the fruit of the tree but in the command of God. Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. b) I do not know what that fruit was, and it really makes no difference. It was probably a tree that no longer exists as it was there for a divine purpose and that purpose is finished. The purpose of the tree was to obey or nor to obey. c) The word “knowledge” goes with both words: good and evil. The knowledge of good was to obey God and not to eat; the knowledge of evil was to disobey God and to eat. The possibility of knowing is found here.Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,knowing good and evil. (The actual knowledge or being fully aware of is found here.)4. Through disobedience to God's clear command, Adam and Eve's spiritual eyes were opened. Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.a) The fruit was good for food. There was nothing wrong with the fruit! b) The fruit was pleasant to look upon. It was a beautiful creation of God!c) The fruit was desired to make one wise. It was there to give wisdom to the obedient!d) The fruit did not cause their eyes to be open nor did it remove their innocence. Their disobedience did that! Disobedience to God brought about the knowledge of good and evil!5. In the First Mention of the word ‘knowledge,” it is the knowledge of both good and evil. This principle remains consistent throughout the Bible. 6. The responsibility of knowledge is found in Genesis 2:9 and is also explained in the first four verse of the Book of Proverbs:Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; (2) To know (to be subjected to knowledge) wisdom and instruction; to perceive (to understand knowledge) the words of understanding; (3) To receive (to personally implement knowledge) the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; (4) To give (to pass knowledge along to the next generation) subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.B. Here in Genesis, we find both the positive and negative aspects of knowledge:1. The positive side of knowledge.a) Knowledge informs the believer of the ways of God -Psalms 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: (The knowledge to Adam and Eve was to not eat of the tree. We do not have to taste of sin to know it is sin. If God said to leave something alone, He means it for our good.)b) Knowledge informs the believer of the will of God -Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (The will of God is purposed in God! Christ Jesus made this perfectly clear in the Garden when He said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39) 2. The negative side of knowledge.a) A lack of knowledge destroys the believer - Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Adam and Eve transgressed the command of God and knew that they were naked of innocence and in a sinful state. The verse keeps coming back to me: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” The transgression of the knowledge that God gives to us becomes the knowledge of nakedness or the loss of innocence which is sin.)b) A wrong use of knowledge puffs up the believer - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. (To inflate by blowing; to make haughty; to make proud.)C. God wants His children to be knowledgeable concerning the Word of God and His will for our lives. The word knowledge is used 41 times in Proverbs alone. 1. God wants us to know His Word for our profit. 2. God wants us to know His Will for our lives. 3. God wants us to know His Work for soul's sake. 4. God wants us to know His Wherewithal to get the work done.D. Here is my definition of Wisdom: Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. Knowledge is the foundation for wisdom, thus, the two are intricately tied together.a. The Wisdom Of Testimony - 2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me nowwisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? (Knowledge can only be properly used with wisdom.)b. The Wisdom Of Silence - Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. (Prudence means shrewdness or craftiness. There is a time to be quiet. As wise as serpents-harmless as doves. Just because something is right does not mean that you need to say it!!!!)c. The Wisdom Of Discernment - Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. (Knowing when and where to use the knowledge that God has given to you. You can do the right thing in the wrong place or time and still be wrong.)d. The Wisdom Of Meekness – James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Most correction is done in a harsh manner!)E. Six reasons why it is important to pursue knowledge of the Scriptures:1. Knowledge gives substance to faith.2. Knowledge stabilizes us during times of testing.3. Knowledge enables us to handle the Word of God accurately.4. Knowledge equips us to detect and confront error.5. Knowledge makes us confident and consistent in our walk with God.6. Knowledge filters out our fears and superstitions.F. As a lack of knowledge destroys, the wrong use of knowledge also destroys: Knowledge must be accompanied with charity in order to be used properly. It is interesting that charity is a New Testament Word. In the Old Testament, under the law, it was do or die.1. Knowledge Without Charity Becomes An Instrument Of Criticism! Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Some people are simply critical. They know that they are critical and continue to use their tongue in an unloving manner.) 2. Knowledge Without Love Becomes An Instrument Of Condemnation! Romans 14:1-5 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: nother esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. (Some people are simply hard and harsh. They know that they are hard and harsh and yet continue to be so. To harshly judge or to tell someone off.)3. Knowledge Without Love Becomes An Instrument Of Cruelty! Luke 9:51-56 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. (The lost are lost! Every harlot, drunk, drug abuser, shacked up person, etc. are more than welcome on the pews of Temple Baptist Church. We have biblical standards for the lifestyles of our people and expect them to abide by those standards and, yet, even babes in Christ who come to Temple and must be taught. Let your pastor decide who needs to come and when to correct!)
Temple Baptist Church - 11-26-2017Romans 5:1-11Introduction: A. In these verses, there are two things found in which we are to glory: our salvation and our tribulation. Most would totally agree with the first but have some difficulty with the second. We will look at them in the biblical order to get the mind of God on both subjects. B. Last week, we looked at glorying in our salvation which glorifies God.C. The second thing that we are to glory in are our tribulations. Verse 3. We who are older understand the hardness and brevity of life.Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.D. At this point, I doubt if any of us would raise our hands when asked, “Do you really like to suffer?” God answers that question for us in 1 Peter:1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be,ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: E. I would say that the Apostle Paul was a spiritual man who loved God. Paul asked God thrice to remove the thorn in his flesh.F. Going back to 1 Peter, the next verse shows the importance of trials in the life of God's people.1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:G. Our text shows the reason for our glorying in tribulation. There is a progression that follows tribulation.Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.1. Tribulation – this comes from a root word that means to “crowd or pressure.” This shows that tribulations are troubles which are both hard and lengthy in nature. Though we do not enjoy troubles, especially lengthy ones, they are the basis for our spiritual growth. Children grow into adults through hardship, not easy times.2. Patience – to stay under or to persevere, to have fortitude or to bear with continuance, hopeful waiting. Patience is, though we want our troubles to come to an end, spiritual endurance or not quitting when things do not go our way.3. Experience – to be properly approved or trustworthy. Experience cause one to know how to get something done. There is an old saying that “experience is the best teacher.” As we learn how to handle life, we can teach others who follow us.4. Hope – expectation or confidence. As we learn to patiently endure our problems, we find the faithfulness of God which instills more confidence. Before our next trial begins, we know that everything will be alright. Proverbs 3:5-6 becomes a reality instead of just a memory verse.5. Not ashamed – the word “not” is an absolute negative. It means never for any reason. “Ashamed” means to be disgraced. The ultimate sign of spirituality is to never be ashamed of our heavenly Father, our wonderful Saviour, or the precious Holy Spirit who indwells us. I had still rather be an old time Christian than anything that I know.Conclusion: Life is as hard as it is short! Though our troubles may vary, it through the corporate trials of the members of the local church that we God in all our tribulations and can be an encouragement to others. If we suffer for Christ, we will reign with Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-26-2017Philippians 1:1-7Introduction: A. Thanksgiving Day is over and gone but we have so many things to be thankful for that is hard to name all of them. The song, “Count Your Blessings,” should be a reminder to us to give God the thanksgiving that is due Him. Even during problems we have much to be thankful for.1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.1. We can thank God for the precious gift of His only begotten Son.2. We can thank God for hearing the gospel and being gloriously saved.3. We can thank God that salvation is eternal and depends upon Him and not us.4. We can thank God that His mercies and grace are far greater than all our sin.5. We can thank God that Heaven is our home and not this world.6. We can thank God that we were born in America and had opportunity to hear and believe.7. We can thank God for all His marvelous provision: food, shelter, conveniences, automobiles, etc.8. We can thank God for our health and strength to be here this morning.9. We can thank God for our families and friends.10. We can thank God for ample opportunity and freedom to serve the Lord.B. We can thank God for so many things, but as a pastor, I am thankful for Temple Baptist Church! 1. The Philippian Church was a special church – Philippians 4:15-19 2. There are a lot of churches, but few special ones! 3. Temple Baptist is one of the special ones!“I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU.”1. I Thank God For a saved congregation. So many churches are full of lost people but I have confidence in your profession of faith. Our pews are filled with sheep who follow and not goats that butt!2. I Thank God for Your Faith In Missions. Our church is missions hearted instead of just missions minded. Missionaries are both welcome and wanted here. They can come and stay with us!3. I Thank God For Your Testimony In The Community. Our church is respected in this county. Many may not agree with us and many are a little scared of us but they know who and what we are.4. I Thank God for Your Friendship With This Pastor . I am a part of you and you are a part of me. We are family; we are friends; we are one.5. I Thank God for Your Following Your Pastor. You do not follow me blindly but you follow me as I follow Christ. Pastoral authority is a biblical gift that the people give to their pastor and you have given it to me. I do not take that lightly.1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord …6. I Thank God For Your Faithfulness To God's House. We have good crowds at all three weekly services. I know that some are hindered by work schedules at times but, as a rule, you are faithful.7. I Thank God For Your Love For the King James Bible. Notice that I never call it a version because, if it is a version, then there are other versions. It is the Bible, God's Holy Word, and this is not debated in this church.8. I Thank God For Your Love One For Another. We do not have a lot of fussing or fighting here. We love, we laugh, we labor as one.Conclusion: I will say again that I have never had a desire to leave this church. Barbara and I plan to spend the rest of our lives here with you. We have so much to be thankful for and you are a major part of our thankfulness.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-22-20192 Peter 1:1-2Introduction:A. Any time that you have a 2nd or 3rd epistle with the same name, the first is normally doctrinal in nature while the others are prophetic of the times preceding the Second Coming of Christ.1. The key word in 2 Peter is “knowledge.” God's people, in light of knowledge, are destroyed in two ways.2. God's children are destroyed by a lack of knowledge. Not giving God's children the truth of Scripture. Knowledge is what the Bible is all about. Knowledge of God, knowledge of sin, knowledge of Christ, knowledge of propitiation, knowledge of salvation, and knowledge of doctrine. God's people have a right to be taught the Word of God.3. God's children are destroyed by a false knowledge or teaching. On one side of the “coin,” we see Biblical knowledge withheld; on the other side, we find Biblical knowledge perverted or rejected.4. 2 Peter is all about false teaching or heresy. In 1 Peter, Satan is a “roaring lion” seeking whom he may devour. In 2 Peter, Satan is a “serpent,” subtly deceiving God's people through heresy.5. False teaching within the local church is far more dangerous than persecution from without as persecution from without strengthens while false teaching from within destroys.B. Chapter 3:1 tells us that Peter is writing to the same “strangers scattered.” First, I want to call our attention to Peter's opening statement and compare it to that in 1 Peter.C. In 1 Peter, he described himself only as an Apostle: one with a divine commission—one with authority. It is because God entrusted him with sound doctrine and 1 Peter is doctrinal in nature.D. In 2 Peter, he describes himself as one “with them” instead of one “over them.”1. “Simon.” Peter's humanity. Simon, in the New Testament, was a common name. It comes from the Hebrew word of Simeon, one of Jacob's sons. Because of the commonness of the name, it identifies Peter with the common people. Our Lord called Peter “Simon” when he was in trouble. (John Milton!) This was the fleshly side of the great Apostle that identified him with us common people.Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (Was he ever in trouble.)2. “Peter.” Peter's strength. Our Lord called Simon “Peter,” (Petros): a rock, larger that a small stone but smaller that Petra—a mass or massive Rock which is Christ. Though a “rock” of a man, not the Rock of God!Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Petros), and upon this rock (Petra) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Petra, or rock, was the statement “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”)3. “Servant … of God.” Peter's humility. A servant was one of low class in Biblical times. One who waited upon others. A servant of God! One who waited upon the Lord and ministered, not only for Him, but to Him. Stewards were required to be faithful. Peter was faithful to Christ!1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,4. “An apostle.” Peter's purpose. He has declared himself a common man and yet a rock. Now he has declared himself a servant and yet an apostle: a man sent with a mission, a man with apostolic power. Though he is a servant of Christ and the people, he is also one commissioned by God with authority. Apostles were chosen, empowered, and sent with a commission.Luke 6:13-14 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (14) Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,5. “Of Jesus Christ.” Peter's obedience. Jesus Chris was Peter's Master! Though Peter was a servant of man, he was obedient to Christ. A beautiful picture of the New Testament pastor and evangelist: though they are servants to the people (ministers), they are to be obedient only to Christ.John 21:20-22 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? (21) Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? (22) Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.E. Those to whom Peter was writing: “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Let us look at these words:1. The Preciousness of our salvation – “obtained” Our salvation is personal and it is finished. We are not obtaining our salvation but eternally saved by God's amazing grace. It belongs to us. What a gift.2. The Performance of our salvation – “like” Everyone has the same saving faith in the finished work of Christ. He is our salvation and He is our life. 3. The Preciousness of our salvation – “precious” “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee!” The most important, the most wonderful, the most thrilling thing in this world is our salvation.Acres of Diamonds, mountains of gold, Rivers of silver, jewels untold; All these together, wouldn't buy you or me Peace when we're sleeping or a conscience that's free. A heart that's contented, a satisfied mind, These are the treasures, money can't buy; If you have Jesus, there's more wealth in your soul, Than Acres of Diamonds, mountains of gold. 4. The Purity of our salvation – “righteousness of God” Faultless we shall one day stand before the throne of His glory. “Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”5. The Person of our salvation – “our Saviour Jesus Christ.” What makes Christianity different from every other religion in the world. Our salvation is in a Person! It is not about us, it is all about Him.Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-19-2017Psalm 100Introduction: A. One of the signs of these last days is that of ingratitude. 2 Timothy 3:2says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” Unfortunately, it is a characteristic of the professing Christian as well as the religious lost person. The word thanks is found in many places and in several forms in the Bible: Thanks – 71x Thank – 26x Thankful – 3x Thanksgiving – 27x. B. We live in the day of “entitlements.” People believe that they are entitled to things without working for them. Instead of being thankful, people are expectant. They have been taught that this world and this nation owes them something. We areENTITLED TO GET A JOB, TO BE PRODUCTIVE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES!C. Most people are not thankful because they do not take the time to reflect upon just how good the Lord has been to them! They take the blessings of God for granted.D. Here is a short breakdown of Psalm 100: a Psalm of praise.1. The Purposing of Thanksgiving – “Make”2. The Praise of Thanksgiving – “a joyful noise”3. The Person of Thanksgiving – “unto the Lord”4. The People of Thanksgiving – “all ye lands”5. The Presence of Thanksgiving – “come before His presence”6. The Pondering of Thanksgiving – “He is God … He hath made us7. The Place of Thanksgiving – “His gates … His courts”8. The Perpetuity of Thanksgiving – “For the LORD is good; his mercy iseverlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” E. Just a few things that I am thankful for:1. I Thank God For My Salvation.a. At age 28, He came to me when I could not come to Him.b. He gave me the faith to be exercised.c. He granted me repentance.d. His mercy keeps me from hell.e. His grace gives me Heaven.f. His power to keep me saved.g. His watch care to keep me safe.h. His chastening to keep me straight.2. I Thank God For His Grace.a. Grace to live.b. Grace to suffer.c. Grace to stand.d. Grace in sorrow.e. Grace when it is my time to die.3. I Thank God For His Longsuffering And Mercy.a. When I am good He loves me.b. When I am not so good He loves me.c. When He chastens me it is with love and compassion.4. I Thank God For My Family.a. I thank God for my wife.1) For her faithfulness.2) For her forbearance (she has to put up with me 24/7 while you only put up with me forabout 5 hours/week!)b. I thank God for my family. I am proud of them.c. I thank God for my family in Kentucky. 5. I Thank God For Mine And Barbara's Health.a. I am getting older and still feel good and am able to work. As far as the doctors are concerned, I am cancer free.b. Barbara has been cancer free for 19+ years now thanks to the Lord.6. I Thank God For My Nation.a. I love America! I am an American by both birth and choice!b. I love her freedom.c. I love her prosperity.d. I love her mountains, plains, deserts, farmlands, for the north to the south, and from the east to the west. This is my country!7. I Thank God For His Inerrant Word.a. Its calm assurance.b. Its open prophecy.c. Its power to save. (It still works!)d. Its comfort in troublesome times.e. It is inerrant, infallible, inspired, powerful, wonderful, and it is free!8. I Thank God For Calling Me Into The Ministry.a. That God could use a sinner such as I. Unworthy and unprofitable!b. To let me preach in a time such as this. There are more sinners to preach to; more sin to preach against; more opportunity to shine for the Lord than at any other time since the beginning of time. c. The school from which I graduated. Tabernacle Baptist Bible College. It was a good school: faithful to God's Word and the doctrines of the faith. It was a place of old-fashioned worship where God was praised and pleased.d. Godly pastors and laymen who faithfully taught us the Word of God.9. I Thank God For The Church That God Called Me To Pastor. Temple Baptist Church of Laurens, SC. The greatest church on the face of the earth!a. For 7 people to start with. I couldn't have handled 8!b. For godly deacons and their familys who have never given me one ounce of trouble. Who have stayed by the stuff and continue to faithfully serve their Lord. (Deacon jokes are like mother-in-law jokes, but I have none to tell!)c. For a church full of people who are not only members of Temple Baptist Church, but are my friends. They follow instead of fight! I am theirs and they are mine. I am proud of them.10. I Thank God For His Many Blessings.a. Food on the table.b. A good bed to sleep in.c. Two cars and a truck to drive.d. Shoes on my feet and clothes on my back.e. We could camp here for a while!11. I Thank God For A Heavenly Hope.a. All of this and Heaven too. Glory!!b. The blessed hope of His soon appearing.c. The blessed hope of my disappearing.d. Ruling and reigning with Him.e. Living in the New Jerusalem in a mansion.f. Spending an eternity with my blessed Saviour and those who have been redeemed throughout all ages. Conclusion: This year, let us be thankful for God's many blessings!
Temple Baptist Church - 11-12-2017Romans 5:1-11Introduction:A. In these verses, there are two things found in which we are to glory: our salvation and our tribulation. Most would totally agree with the first but have some difficulty with the second. We will look at them in the biblical order to get the mind of God on both subjects. B. Tonight, I want to discover the context on rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God.C. There are two passages of scripture that set up this first command of rejoicing:1. Jesus command to the seventy disciples. Luke 10:17-20 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (18) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (20) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.2. Paul's command to the carnal Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.D. The context speaks of our justification. Our justification speaks of God's love for sinners. The love of God is incomprehensible as it goes beyond our ability of even imagine. There are so many verses that could be quoted at this point. Here are just a few.John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.1 John 4:9-11 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.E. I want to look at verses 6-11 as they show the love of God for sinners.1. The Evidence Of God's Love – vs 6 - Christ died for the ungodlya. He Died For The Weak – yet without strength (a thing which continues)1) We Were Helpless2) We Were Hopelessb. He Died For The Wicked – ungodly (we were unlovable!)1) We Were Against God2) We Were Alienated From GodEcclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.2. The Extent Of God's Love – vs 8 – sinners - the world – all mankind – sinners1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation (to appease one who is offended)for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (Whole = All; total; containing the total amount or number, or the entire thing)John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (the sin – entirety)John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (The world – entirety)2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.3. The Example Of God's Love – vs 7-8 – “But God”a. The Sinner's Love – 7 (some would die for certain men and have done so!)b. The Savior's Love – 8 (who would die for the drunk, harlot, drug addict, sodomite, murderer, etc?)4. The Extension Of God's Love – vs 8 – “commendeth his love toward us”a. Commenced By God – “in that, while”b. Completed By God – “Christ died for us”5. The Endurance Of God's Love – vs 9 – “shall be saved from wrath through him”a. The Surety Of God's Love – “shall be”b. The Safety Of God's Love – “saved from wrath”6. The Ecstasy Of God's Love – vs 11 – “we also joy in God”a. In Christ We Find Reconciliation – “being reconciled”Brought into friendship from a state of disagreement or enmity; made consistent; adjusted.b. In Christ We Find Resurrection – “by his life”c. In Christ We Find Rejoicing – “we also joy”
Temple Baptist Church - 11-12-2017Genesis 3, Luke 15:17-24Introduction: A. I have spent several months preaching on both “Walking With God” and “Walking Away From God.” 1. At this point, let me say one more time that “there is no benign state of neutrality with God!” We either walk with God or we walk away from God; we are either for Him or we are against Him; we either gather or we scatter.2. While we can walk away from God, we can never walk away from the Voice of God: the inward voices of the Holy Spirit and the engrafted Word of God.B. I used both stories to show attributes of God from two sides. There are both similarities and contrasts in these two stories.1. One walked away in Shame. Adam and Eve tried to cover their shamefulness and hid from God. God came to them and called. 2. One walked away in Shamelessness. The Prodigal Son went to a “far country” and ultimately ended up in the hog pen. The Prodigal's father did not come to where he was but waited for him to come to himself and come home.3. Adam and Eve answered the Voice of God when He called and got right with the Lord. 4. The Prodigal Son came to himself but had a long walk home. 5. With both, there was still a price to be paid.C. The moral of these two stories is:1. We cannot hide from the Voice of God if we are saved! There is an old saying: “You can run but you can't hide!”2. We do not have to go to the hog pen before we get right but God will let us if that is what we desire.3. One of the great dangers of walking away from God is not returning. Not every child of God gets right and even a hog pen will not change their direction. They get an early departure from this life if they are truly saved.D. Now, let us take a short look at two things: 1) How the Prodigal got right 2) what he found when he got home.1. How the Prodigal Son got right.a. He Realized His Mistake – vs. 17 “when he came to himself” (He came to himself – means he wasn't thinking! It is a shame that the word “when” must be there.)b. He Resolved – vs. 18 “I will arise and go to my father” (He knew who his real friend was. His Father would never forsake him.)c. He Repented – vs. 18-19 “sinned against heaven and before thee” (He realized that his sin was against God as well as his earthly father. When we sin against God, we also hurt our families.)d. He Returned – vs. 20 “he arose, and came to his father” (He swallowed his pride and admitted his wrong. It was a long way back. A far country is often a long journey. When we get right with the Lord, there are often things that follow us the rest of the days of our lives.)e. He Was Restored – vs. 22 “robe…ring…shoes” (The father was more than gracious, he was forgiving.)2. What the prodigal found when he came home.a. A waiting Father. Listen to His Voice or a Long Walk Home, God is always graciously waiting. Luke 15:20a And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him …Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Never means never! Some people just don't get it, but I am glad that I do!!)Isaiah 49:15-16 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. (16) Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.b. A loving Father: Hide from God or a Hog Pen, God still loves His children. Luke 15:20b … and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (God's love neither changes nor diminishes.)c. A forgiving Father: the Prodigal was completely restored to his original position. Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (We are to forgive as God forgives: immediately and completely. What a forgiving Father we have. 70x7 each day is more than enough and if we go beyond that, He still forgives.)d. A gracious Father: A Joyful Life or a Life of Misery, a joyful life awaited the returning son. Luke 15:23-24 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: (24) For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (We confess and forsake, He is faithful and just to forgive, cleanse, and fully restore)
Temple Baptist Church - 11-8-20171 Peter 5:14Introduction: We live in a world that is troubled. There is very little peace of heart and mind, but God has promised peace to His children.A. We Find The Promise Of Peace – “Peace be with you” - John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.B. We Find The People Of Peace – “you” - Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.C. We Find The Place Of Peace – “In Christ Jesus” - Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.D. We Find The Person Of Peace – “Christ Jesus” - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.E. Peace With God Depends Upon Him - Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. F. Peace Of God Depends Upon You - Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (Ensue - to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away)G. Since The Peace Of God Depends Upon You, Let Us See How To Have It.1. The Peace Of God Comes Through Believing What God Has Said - Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. a. Believing His Promise Of Salvation - Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.b. Believing His Promise Of Provision - Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.c. Believing His Promise Of Protection - Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.2. The Peace Of God Comes Through A Realization That He Is In Control - John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (the winds and waves still know)3. The Peace Of God Comes Through Keeping Your Mind Stayed Upon Him - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Stayed – to lean upon or to rest in - not in self; not in circumstances)4. The Peace Of God Comes Through Spiritual Mindness - Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if[there be any praise, think on these things.5. The Peace Of God Comes Through Making Peace - 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.6. The Peace Of God Comes Through Being Filled With The Holy Ghost - Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,7. The Peace Of God Comes Through Prayer - Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8. The Peace Of God Comes Through Obedience To Scripture - Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-5-2017Romans 5:1-5Introduction: A. Justification is the change in the sinner's state, from guilt and separation from God to salvation and peace with God! No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, salvation is available through Christ's sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection.B. Justification should also bring the peace of God. Get your salvation settled! You must place your trust in the finished work of the gospel.1. Man is condemned by his sin. Chapters 1-3 “for all have sinned”Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.2. Man is saved by grace through faith alone. Romans 4:3-5 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.3. Man is justified by imputation. Chapter 4:22-25 “imputed” Romans 4:22-25 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.4. Salvation and Imputation bring about Justification!C. Why keep repeating these things? Because we often tend to believe that we are saved if we feel that we are being good and fail to realize that we are saved by what God did and not what we are doing.D. Justification Defined – to declare righteous (just as if I had never sinned)Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,E. The Results of Justification – 5:1-51. Justification Brings Peace – vs 1 There was a time when we were enemies; but now in Christ we have peace with God. Peace with God means that our problem with sin has been settled by the blood of Christ.2. Justification Brings Access – vs 2 Before our salvation, we stood "in Adam" and were condemned; but now in Christ, we have a perfect standing before God and can enter into His presence.3. Justification Brings Rejoicing – vs 2 The unsaved person is "without hope." We cannot boast in good works that could never bring salvation, but we can boast in the wonderful salvation God has given us freely in Christ.4. Justification Brings Hope – vs 2 Not a false or baseless “I hope so.” But a blessed hope.5. Justification Brings Growth – vs 3-4 Growth through studying the Bible and victory over the tribulation.6. Justification Brings Love – vs 5 One of the outward signs of salvation is love. The fruit of the Spirit begins with love, joy, then peace. a. A Love For The Saviour b. A Love For The Sinner c. A Love For The Saint d. A Love For The Scripture e. A Love For The Sanctuary
Temple Baptist Church - 11-5-2017Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-10Introduction:A. I will not be-labor the series on “Walking Away From God” because there are so many things that keep God's children from walking with Him. I do want to reiterate that, if you are not walking toward God, you are walking away from God. “There is no benign state of neutrality with God.” But I do want to touch on two more important subjects.B. To set up this message, I need to go back to the First Mention Principle of Bible interpretation so, you guessed it, the Book of Genesis. This Book of Beginnings is so rich that we could preach here for years. It is in the Garden of Eden that we find the first man and woman who walked away from God in shame.C. Adam and Eve lived in an almost perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. 1. I use the word “almost” because there was: 1) A commandant to be broken 2) A devil to tempt. I leave “God's toys” to God. 2. The question is often asked, “Why did God allow these two things to enter the Garden?” I believe that the answer is simple: 1) because God wanted to do so 2) because God wanted man to want and to love Him; not to be “robots” with no will.D. In our text, we find:1. The First Man. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Man was created in innocence and purity. How long that state lasted, we do not know. Knowing mankind, not for long.)2. The First Command. The command was both direct and simple. Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Adam and Eve could enjoy everything in the Garden except for the fruit of one tree.1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (Sound simple enough?)3. The First Temptation. The first temptation was both fleshly and satanic. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Why and how often did Eve stand and look at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.) James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.4. The First Lie. Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.5. The First Sin. Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Innocence lost! Now they knew both good and evil for the first time.)Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.6. The First Shame. To the child of God, sinfulness brings shame. Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.Romans 6:21-23 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.7. The First Restoration. Genesis 3:9-12 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (God initiated it when He called Adam and Adam was restored when he answered the call.)8. When we sin, we often hide in sin instead of running to God for forgiveness. a. God wants us reconciled and calls but we MUST answer that call. Too many have a tough time forgiving themselves and remain hidden in their shame never to be used again when reconciliation is available. b. Yes, there is often a recompense for sin but restoration, peace, and usefulness will follow.Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.c. We must learn to confess and forsake our sin and put it behind us.

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