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This January marks Terrie's and my thirty-third New Year at Lancaster Baptist Church. A few weeks ago, we were able to host several families from our church who were here when we came or who we were able to lead to the Lord in those first couple years. Their faithfulness over the decades is such an encouragement to us.In this season of the year, when many of us are focused on our newly-set goals and investing our energy in developing new habits, it's easy to overlook the obvious—that there is great value in consistency and faithfulness over time.We all know that God blesses faithfulness, but sometimes we forget how significant those blessings are. Here are five blessings that come through faithfulness:1. Faithfulness Develops FaithWhen you think back to what challenged your faith in the earliest days of your walk with the Lord compared to what challenges it now, usually you can see growth.This is because faithfulness is an exercise of faith. And faith is a muscle that grows over time. Do you want more faith? Keep being faithful.As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.—Colossians 2:6–72. Faithfulness Proves the Reality of GodWhen a Christian continues forward despite opposition and setbacks, it sends a powerful message to others that God is trustworthy and able to sustain those who follow Him.Think of Paul and Silas and the Philippian jailer. The jailer didn't ask, “What must I do to be saved?” in Paul's first days of ministry at Philippi. It was after the jailer watched Paul and Silas' response to persecution and their steadfastness through it that he asked them for spiritual help.Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?—Acts 16:29–303. Faithfulness Builds Families and RelationshipsWhat a blessing it has been over the years to see families in our church who have remained faithful to the Lord and stayed in the church where God was working in their lives. I've watched God strengthen marriages and develop the spiritual roots of young people through parents who have remained faithful.Faithfulness also build relationships within the church. As you serve the Lord with the same people year after year, the depth of friendship and fellowship in that relationship grows.Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.—Hebrews 10:254. Faithfulness Gives a Clear ConscienceWhen you are faithful even if your service for the Lord doesn't have the visible results you desired, even if circumstances go differently than you hoped, you can have a clear conscience. And you can know God is working in ways you cannot see.And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,—Acts 20:205. Faithfulness Produces FruitNo farmer quits in disappointment at not seeing crops the day after he plants his fields. He knows it takes time. Similarly, fruit in the Christian life—both the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of souls—takes time to multiply. And those who are faithful reap the benefit of seeing it developed.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.—Galatians 6:9
Living in Spiritual Victory We find written in the Word of God the words, “He brought them out that He may bring them in.” This statement refers to the children of Israel. They were delivered from Egyptian bondage. The purpose for their deliverance was not that they might wander in the desert, but that they may enter into the promised land. The desert wandering was an unnecessary detour. God does not desire for us to wander in the desert but to have victory in the promised land.Victory for the child of God is accomplishing the will of God for his life. Jesus said in John 4:34, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Meat represents satisfaction and sustenance. Thus, Jesus was saying that the thing which will bring joy or a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is to do the will of God and to finish His work.Too often people are delivered from the power of sin (thank God for this!); however, they really never get involved in the work of God. Churches often come out of a liberal denomination (this is the right thing to do); however they never really go on to minister to the community where they are located nor to the world through a great missionary program.The purpose of God for Israel was not just to get them out of Egypt. His purpose was to get them into the promised land.Missionaries often leave America and go to another country but, regrettably, never really get into the country. Oh, geographically they are in another country; however, they really never enter into the life of the people of the country in which they are located. It is sad to say, but too many missionaries leave their hearts somewhere other than where they are ministering.Let's determine to go into the promised land this year. We have been saved, now let us go on to a victorious Christian life. By the way, the victorious Christian life is not success (whatever that may be) but obedience to God's command. Many of us independent Baptists have come out of liberal denominations. It does us no good to spend the rest of our days bragging about it. Let's go in! God has a great work for us to do. It is regrettable but true that many who come out, never really go in. This is sad and a disgrace. It is a sin!During the tenure of Oliver Cromwell the British government began to run low on the silver they used for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to investigate the local cathedral to see if any of the precious metal could be found there. After investigating they reported, “The only silver we could find was the statues of the saints standing in the corner.” To this the radical soldier and statesman of England replied, “Good! We will melt the saints and put them into circulation.”May the fervent heat of the Holy Spirit melt us and put us into circulation among the lost and dying multitude. God has brought us out. Let's not be satisfied with the desert. Let's go into the promised land. God desires to put you, your church, and your organization in a place of useful service which is the Christian's promised land.
6 Characteristics of a Disciple-Making Church—Part 2 In the previous blog, we noted that while it is easy to give lip service to the Great Commission as the mission of the local church, it is also easy to get distracted from it. We saw that a disciple-making church is actually a Christ-centered church. Our goal is not so much size as it is health, and a spiritually healthy church will be centered around Christ and His mission.In part 1, we looked at the following three characteristics. (If you have not had a chance to read the previous blog, I'd encourage you to read it quickly here before reading further.)A Christ-Centered Philosophy—Our goal to seek the lost and train disciples must be biblical and Christ-centered, not fleshly and ego-centered.A Christ-Centered Motivation—Any motive less than the love of Christ will be unsustainable. A Christ-Centered Approach—We must give consistent and thorough gospel presentations with purposeful and biblical follow up. But what then? What is it like for a new Christian just saved through the ministry of a Christ-centered, disciple-making church? This is where the following three characteristics come in: 4. A Christ-Centered EnvironmentBut we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.—1 Thessalonians 2:7–8A new Christian should be welcomed into a church that is intensely loving and fully Christ-centered. They need people who will come alongside them and point them to consistent growth in Jesus.This is why at Lancaster Baptist Church, we place a lot of emphasis on the Sunday morning adult connection groups or Sunday school classes. These provide great opportunities for acceptance and growth in a setting that easily lends itself to both Bible teaching and relationship building. It's so important that young Christians be pointed to Christ and to His Word, rather than being surrounded by contentious, frustrated, bitter Christians. A new Christian needs time to grow and encouragement in grace.5. A Christ-Centered DiscipleshipAnd when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22Discipleship is not a series of ten lessons. It is a life-long decision of daily following Christ. The very emphasis of the word disciple—follower—suggests that our focus is on Christ, not on ourselves or others.So at Lancaster Baptist Church, our goal in our discipleship curriculum is that we are pointing new Christians to Jesus through the series of one-on-one mentoring meetings. We want to help them establish a strong, daily walk with Christ and to become grounded in the foundational doctrines of His Word. In short, we want to point them to Christ—the living Word through the pages of His written Word.6. A Christ-Centered Pulpit MinistryFor the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.—1 Corinthians 1:18Biblical preaching is primary in discipleship. It is foundational for establishing doctrine, reinforcing doctrine, and encouraging the disciple's faith and continued growth.And this is not just true for new disciples of Christ. Preaching is vital for all Christians.For these reasons, a disciple-making church has Christ-centered preaching. There may be illustrations, and there should definitely be applications. But the core message should always be the Bible—not opinion or fluff. When God's Word is preached, Christ is exalted, for He is the living Word. In part 1, I mentioned that a disciple-making church is a Christ-centered church. But the reverse is also true. A Christ-centered church will be a disciple-making church. In fact, a church that is centered on anything or anyone other than Christ may produce converts, but it will not produce disciples. From gospel-driven philosophy and motives to an others-focused outreach and church environment, to a biblically-grounded discipleship and pulpit ministry, it must all be centered around Jesus.This is the kind of church that produces fully-committed followers of Christ.
6 Characteristics of a Disciple-Making Church—Part 1 The Great Commission of Christ is to share the gospel and make disciples.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20Sometimes I paraphrase it, “go, win, baptize, teach.”Yet, as clear as this commission—this mission statement of the local church—is, it is easy to become distracted.Sometimes if we honestly ask, “Are we really making disciples, or just superficial converts?” the answer may be uncomfortable.In a day of comfortable Christianity, testimonies like the Apostle Paul who was stoned and left for dead and then the very next day went on to preach in the next city (Acts 14:20–22) are unheard of. We need renewed tenacity in reaching and building people from the Word of God.Jesus spent approximately half of His three years of public ministry purposefully investing in training twelve leaders—making disciples.A disciple-making church, then, will be a Christ-centered church.What are the characteristics of a disciple-making church?1. A Christ-Centered PhilosophyFor the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.—Luke 19:10Jesus came to seek the lost. A Christ-centered church will actively, passionately, and purposefully seek to reach people with the gospel.This will not be a side goal; it will be a consuming mission from the pulpit to the pews.But it doesn't stop there. A Christ-centered church will put a priority on training disciples (2 Timothy 2:2) and teaching people to share their faith. The goal of the Great Commission has never been that the pastor and a few especially-committed Christians share the gospel. It is that every Christian would share the church's God-given mission to reach the world with the gospel.2. A Christ-Centered MotivationFor the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:—2 Corinthians 5:14If our motivations as spiritual leaders are fleshly, new disciples will not bear spiritual fruit.Motives make a difference, and ours must remain the grace of God (2 Timothy 2:1), the love of God (2 Corinthians 5:14), and the Word of God (Acts 20:32).3. A Christ-Centered ApproachMoreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand…For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:—1 Corinthians 15:1, 3–4Making disciples doesn't end with making converts, but it does begin there. To lead people to Christ—not just to ourselves or to repeating a prayer—we must be committed to consistent and thorough gospel presentations.When someone then makes a profession of faith, we must nurture their faith in the Lord and help them become grounded in biblical doctrine. This is why at Lancaster Baptist Church, we make consistent follow up after salvation a strong priority.From the time a person is saved until they are a faithful, growing member of our church, the soulwinner and adult Bible class leader work together to encourage steps of obedience and growth including baptism, enrollment in an adult Bible class, attending a new members class, and enrollment in our discipleship program. The goal of all of this is to help them become grounded in their personal relationship with the Lord.A Christ-centered, disciple-making church is the New Testament pattern. But it doesn't happen accidentally. It takes leaders and members who are individually Christ-centered and committed to His Great Commission, motivated by His love, and consistent in their biblical approach to leading people to Christ.In part 2, we will look at three more characteristics of the Christ-centered church that relate to the church's culture and environment for growth.
4 Truths I Have Embraced during My Transition into the Senior Pastorate On June 17, 2018, Harvest Baptist Temple of Medford, OR, celebrated forty-one years of ministry. It was also the day that the founding pastor, Dr. Bob Gass, entrusted the heritage and history of that ministry to me. For us, it was a historic event. By the grace of God this was the first senior pastor transition in a forty-one year history.Although it is my desire to wait another thirty years or so until the next transition, I learned that there are truths of preparation that I must embrace even now before the next transition. Preparing to transition is more about dependence than preparation. It begins and ends with a total dependence on God. There are four major areas of dependence I learned during the transition that I have immediately embraced.1. Dependence on PrayerI have four children and every day since we first found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child, I have prayed for their future spouse(s). Since June 17, 2018, I have faithfully prayed for the next senior pastor of Harvest Baptist Temple. Obviously, I don't know who that is, but the absence of a specific name from my prayer doesn't hinder me from praying for my children's future spouses. The same is true with my church; the absence of a specific name shouldn't hinder me from praying for Harvest's future pastor(s). You may be starting a pastoral ministry or in the twilight of a pastoral ministry. It's never too late to start and commit to praying for the next man.2. Dependence on PowerEvery day of my life I depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction. Why should a major transition be any different? Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”If I rely on God's power and guidance to live a life of sacrificial service everyday of my life… If I rely on God's power and guidance for unction for every message I preach… If I rely on God's power and guidance for every decision in the day to day operations of the ministry, then should I not rely on God's power and guidance for the next transition? God already has a man; I just have to get in the path of the will of God and get my pride and self out of the way of the will of God in order to be totally dependent on His power and guidance through the transition.3. Dependence on PromiseThere are no more sure words than these, “The promises of God are sure.” If God is limited by His Word, then every Word spoken by God is sure. God has promised by His own words to perpetuate His church. It was Jesus who said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If Jesus made that statement, then He alone is fully responsible for the perpetuation of His church.We can do all we want to prepare, plan, and prosper a transition, but it is the Lord's work. His blessing is absolutely essential. Even while understanding this truth, it is prudent for a pastor to always keep his eyes open for the next potential pastor. Maybe it is someone in the family, but don't put parameters on the Lord. It could be someone that you have followed through the years that you have seen grow in pastoral ministry. It may be that current “problem” child in children's church… you never know who the Lord will choose to use.4. Dependence on ProvisionGod always provides. Where there was Moses… there was Joshua. Where there was Elijah… there was Elisha. I'm reminded of the name Abraham called the place where he was called to sacrifice Isaac (Jehovah-Jireh “God, my Provider”). God provided a ram to take Isaac's place as a sacrifice. God provided the Lamb to take our place as a sacrifice. If God can provide the Lamb, then God can provide a man. Hudson Taylor said, “God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.”Since it is ultimately the Lord's work, then the Lord will supply. It's sad that while we are willing to trust the Lord with the future of our eternity, sometimes we struggle to trust the Lord with the future in our earthly ministry. If God can be trusted to secure our eternity, then God can be trusted to secure our today. This includes provision in transitions for the ministry and the future of the ministry that He has called us to.Transition is just another opportunity to depend on God. Dependence on God is faith in God and “...without faith it is impossible to please Him.” We must be diligent and keep our eyes open, but our sufficiency in transition is directly related to our dependence on God. 2 Corinthians 3:5 reminds us, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.”
On the last night of the 2018 annual missions conference, ABC, in cooperation with WWNTBM in Kings Mountain, NC, presented a commemorative coin in memory of missions professor Norman Johnston. This attractive coin is not only a reminder of Brother Johnston, but also the important work he was called to do. All proceeds will go…Continue reading "Norman Johnston Commemorative Coin"The post Norman Johnston Commemorative Coin appeared first on Ambassador Baptist College.
On February 2 at 6:30 PM, ABC graduates Daniel and Heidi Fox will be presenting the annual Valentine's Concert at ABC. This musically-gifted duo serves the Lord with their children at First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO, where Daniel is the assistant pastor. The students and staff will enjoy a banquet in the gymnasium at…Continue reading "Valentine's Concert"The post Valentine's Concert appeared first on Ambassador Baptist College.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-2019Romans 11:11-24Introduction: A. Verse 11 – The Nation of Israel rejected Christ and the Gospel was then preached to the Gentiles. As the Nation of Israel slumbers, the Church of the Living God grows.B. The diminishing of the Jews became the riches of the Gentiles. We are saved tonight because of the graciousness of God.C. Verse 11 – the rise of the Church stimulated jealousy in Israel. D. Verse 14 – “Emulation” – to excite or stimulate to rivalry. Through the mercy and wisdom of God, the diminishing spiritually of Israel has been a blessing to the world.1. The Establishment of the Church, the body of Christ. Verse 11 – “through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles.”2. The Enrichment of the world. Verse 12 – “the riches of the Gentiles.” We have prospered because of the dispersion of the Jew. Look at the science that they have brought to us; look at the riches they have brought to us.3. The Establishment of the Nation of Israel. Verse 11 – “for to provoke them to jealousy.” Jealousy will show someone where their true love lies and bring them back to where they belong. Jews are now returning to the Promised Land through the help of the Gentile nationsE. Verse 15 – National Regeneration of Israel. “what shall the receiving of them be.” Ezekiel, chapter 37, “The Valley of the Dry Bones.”F. Verse 16 – National Re-consecration. “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lumpis also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” Israel will once again turn to God in true holiness, not outward Phariseeism. G. Verses 16, 32 – National Reconstruction. “for God is able to graff them in again.” Israel is one of the most powerful nations on earth.1. Most people only see one side of God. a. Some only see His goodness. (normally these are liberal thinkers) 1) All will be in Heaven one day. 2) There is no literal burning Hell. b. Some only see His severity. (normally these are pharisaical thinkers)1) They do not understand God's love. 2) They do not understand God's grace. 3) They do not understand God's longsuffering.2. An individual needs a proper perspective of God.a. God is good - 1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.1) God Is Good Because Of His Mercy (Mercy is not getting what you deserve) - Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.2) God Is Good Because Of His Love - Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.3) God Is Good Because Of His Grace (Grace is getting what you do not deserve) - Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:4) God Is Good Because Of His Longsuffering - Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;b. God is severe - Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.1) The Flood - Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.2) Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;3) Nadab and Abihu - Leviticus 10:1-2 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.4) Korah - Numbers 16:31-34 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.5) Mt. Ebal and Mr. Gerizim - Deuteronomy 11:26-27 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:6) Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:5, 10 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.7) The list could go on – 1 Corinthians 10:6-12 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.1. God Is Good To The Nation That Fears Him.Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.Psalms 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. God Is Severe To The Nation That Rejects Him.Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.Deuteronomy 29:28 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.2. God Is Good To The Saint That Fears Him.Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.Psalms 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.Psalms 147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. God Is Severe To The Saint That Refuses To Serve Him.Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.3. God Is Good To The Sinner That Accepts His Salvation.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.Psalms 40:2-3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. God Is Severe To The Sinner That Rejects His Salvation.Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Proverbs 1:24-29 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-20192 Timothy 3:1-5Introduction:A. As Paul writes to Timothy in this second epistle, he describes the characteristics of religion 2,000 years ago. Religion, not salvation!B. Paul's admonition is “from such turn away.” We live in days of “universal acceptance” and “political correctness.”1. Religion says, “It does not matter what you believe as long as you go to church.”2. Religion says, “It does not matter where you go to church as long as you go to church.”3. Religion says, “It does not matter what you believe as long as you believe in something.” Religion says, “Doctrine divides but love unifies.”C. Morals are gone, national pride is gone, common sense is dead, and religion is hodge-podge and an old-fashioned conversion is a rarity. D. I believe that it all “boils down to this:” Religion without the Power of Change. 1. The Holy Spirit used the word “denying,” which means to refuse, reject, or to contradict. This world has heard and known the Truth but is in a constant state of denying it. 2. THE WORLD DOES NOT WANT WHAT WE HAVE, therefore, they refuse it and contradict it. Romans 1:25 says, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie.” E. The word “thereof” is an interesting word. It comes from a root word meaning “to breathe unconsciously.” Breathing has two essential parts: inspiration or to breathe air in and expiration or to breathe air out. F. Breathing is one of the body's Autonomic Responses of the nervous system: heart beat and breathing are two of the most significant of these responses. 1. These are things that we do without thinking. The beat of the heart is the more regulated of the two as, when, you think about it, you can hold your breath or change the way that you breathe. 2. Thus it is with the life of the child of God. We are new creatures by birth and have a new nature that is an Autonomic Response to the work of the New Birth. G. Thus the word “thereof.” As a legal term, one of its meanings si “from that” or “because of that.” H. In contrast to those in the previous verses who profess Christ but their lives deny the influence of biblical salvation, we see these two words, “power thereof” that salvation:I. Salvation is a Powerful experience. A “change of life” is ALWAYS there when one gets saved because it is “breathed out unconsciously.” We do not necessarily feel a change but, suddenly, things take on a different perspective. Change in the life of the believer is a natural part of our salvation.J. I want to look at the “power thereof” for a few minutes. Things in our lives that automatically take place.1. The Power of Conversion. The world wants “A Salvation without a Conversion.” True biblical salvation ALWAYS makes a change in your life! 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. (Raised to walk in newness of life.)a. A changed life. (Conversion is an automatic response that is done spiritually without thinking. When I was saved, something forever changed in my life.)b. A changed mind. After our conversion, we think differently. We see things through spiritual eyes.c. A changed desire. “For to me to live is Christ.”2. The Power of Conviction. The world wants “A Spirit without Conviction.” When we are saved, the Holy Ghost of God begins to dwell within us. John 16:13-14 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. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.a. A sensitivity to sin. When we sin, we know it because we become sensitive to it.b. A conviction about sin. Sinfulness becomes wrong to the child of God.c. A desire to change from sin. A turning away from sin to Christ.3. The Power of Conformity. The world wants “A Scripture without Commandment.” If the Bible is the pure Word of God, and it is, then it demands obedience.Philippians 3:8-11 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.a. Conformity to the Son of God.b. Conformity to the Word of God.4. The Power of Continuance. The world wants “A Security without Cost.” Biblical salvation is eternal and free, BUT it will cost you the world!John 6:67-68 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.a. Where will we go? We cannot, by the grace of God, we will not go back to where God found us!b. To follow Christ has a cost but the price must be willingly paid!
Dear Friends,Today is Religious Freedom Day in America (see FRC’s resources below). In our great country, religious freedom has held a special place in our civic life ever since the days of Thomas Jefferson. But this freedom is increasingly coming under assault by activists on the Left here at home and by authoritarian regimes abroad. This is why we must never take the freedoms we have in this country for granted.So what do we mean by “religious freedom”? In this day and age, it’s vitally important to define our terms in order to counter those who have a far too narrow view of this first freedom. FRC’s David Closson has written an excellent summation of the proper understanding of religious freedom:“Simply put, religious liberty is the freedom to live out one’s faith according to his or her deepest convictions. This means people have the right to believe what they want in terms of theology and doctrine and can live in a way that brings their life into conformity with these beliefs. Obviously, this does not mean people can do whatever they want under the guise of ‘religious liberty,’ but it does mean that as much latitude as possible should be extended to those with sincere religious convictions about how to order their lives.”Our Founding Fathers understood that man’s deepest desire is to live out his most deeply held convictions, which most often come from religious foundations. The freedom of religion was therefore included in the First Amendment to the Constitution—our “first freedom.” May we never take this freedom for granted and always use it for the greater glory of God.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC “Religious Freedom Day” Resources“Washington Watch” Special Report: Religious Freedom Day – 5-6 p.m. ET on Facebook LiveOn Religious Freedom Day, consider life in countries without it – Travis WeberReligious Freedom Day – David ClossonWhen Free Exercise Comes at a Price – Alexandra McPhee FRC ArticlesNEW Policy Publication: Top 10 Myths About Abortion – Ingrid Skop, M.D.NEW Policy Publication: Why “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” Should Never Be Specially Protected Categories Under the Law – Peter SpriggAll I want for Christmas is a Supreme Court victory for public Christmas displays, crosses – Alexandra McPheeE-Verify — The Immigration Solution Congress is Looking For – Ken BlackwellSeventeen Years Later, Controversy Emerges Over Painting of “Ground Zero Cross” – Alexandra McPheeThe APA is Crazy: “Traditional Masculinity is Psychologically Harmful” – Cathy RuseFamily Research Council Opposes the “Equal Rights Amendment”The ERA: A Bad, Old Idea – Cathy RuseThe Postal Service Stamps Out the Christmas Spirit – Alexandra McPheeIs Anyone Surprised that Planned Parenthood Treats its Pregnant Employees Terribly? – Patrina MosleyIs Chai Feldblum Reconsidering Religious Freedom? – Peter SpriggCompassion Is Needed for Parents and Professors Dealing with “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria,” Too – Peter SpriggParents Beware of Puberty-Blocker Propaganda – Cathy Ruse Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareDemocrats Question Judicial Nominee About Membership in Catholic Association – Kevin Daley, The Daily SignalApple removes Christian ministry app following complaints by LGBT activists – Teri Webster, The BlazeColorado loses bid to dismiss cake artist’s lawsuit – Alliance Defending FreedomWashington state senior center bans religious Christmas expression – Alliance Defending FreedomEarly Christmas gift: City ends discrimination, Maryland church resumes worship – Alliance Defending FreedomHouse Passes Bill to Free Pastors from IRS Muzzle and Shield Churches from Accidental New Tax – Benjamin Gill, CBN NewsFamily’s Christmas Stamps Rejected Because of “Religious” Content – ToddStarnes.comTexas Lawmaker Wants to Put The Ten Commandments Back in Public Schools – Jeremiah Poff, ToddStarnes.comIndiana school district bars coaches from participating in team prayers after atheist complaint – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostOxford students demand university fire famed philosophy prof for ‘homophobia’ – Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNewsInternational Religious FreedomWise Men Still Bring Gifts: Our Extraordinary Christmas in Egypt – Rick Segal, Desiring GodThe Coming 'Turkish Jihadist Invasion' Against Christians: A Christmas Plea from Syrians to US Christians – Chris Mitchell, CBN NewsAs China Cracks Down on Churches, Christians Declare ‘We Will Not Forfeit Our Faith’ – Javier C. 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This January marks Terrie's and my thirty-third New Year at Lancaster Baptist Church. A few weeks ago, we were able to host several families from our church who were here when we came or who we were able to lead to the Lord in those first couple years. Their faithfulness over the decades is such an encouragement to us.In this season of the year, when many of us are focused on our newly-set goals and investing our energy in developing new habits, it's easy to overlook the obvious—that there is great value in consistency and faithfulness over time.We all know that God blesses faithfulness, but sometimes we forget how significant those blessings are. Here are five blessings that come through faithfulness:1. Faithfulness Develops FaithWhen you think back to what challenged your faith in the earliest days of your walk with the Lord compared to what challenges it now, usually you can see growth.This is because faithfulness is an exercise of faith. And faith is a muscle that grows over time. Do you want more faith? Keep being faithful.As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.—Colossians 2:6–72. Faithfulness Proves the Reality of GodWhen a Christian continues forward despite opposition and setbacks, it sends a powerful message to others that God is trustworthy and able to sustain those who follow Him.Think of Paul and Silas and the Philippian jailer. The jailer didn't ask, “What must I do to be saved?” in Paul's first days of ministry at Philippi. It was after the jailer watched Paul and Silas' response to persecution and their steadfastness through it that he asked them for spiritual help.Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?—Acts 16:29–303. Faithfulness Builds Families and RelationshipsWhat a blessing it has been over the years to see families in our church who have remained faithful to the Lord and stayed in the church where God was working in their lives. I've watched God strengthen marriages and develop the spiritual roots of young people through parents who have remained faithful.Faithfulness also build relationships within the church. As you serve the Lord with the same people year after year, the depth of friendship and fellowship in that relationship grows.Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.—Hebrews 10:254. Faithfulness Gives a Clear ConscienceWhen you are faithful even if your service for the Lord doesn't have the visible results you desired, even if circumstances go differently than you hoped, you can have a clear conscience. And you can know God is working in ways you cannot see.And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,—Acts 20:205. Faithfulness Produces FruitNo farmer quits in disappointment at not seeing crops the day after he plants his fields. He knows it takes time. Similarly, fruit in the Christian life—both the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of souls—takes time to multiply. And those who are faithful reap the benefit of seeing it developed.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.—Galatians 6:9
Temple Baptist Church - 11-4-2018Psalm 103:1-5Introduction:A. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I thought it good to reflect upon the goodness of God to His children. 1. Psalm 103 is one of the more notable Psalms dealing with thanksgiving. It begins with the blessed blessing God. Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2. Verse 1 is a reflection upon what the Lord has done for those who know Him.B. We live in an ever-changing world. 1. As Barbara and I were walking into Walmart Thursday, the morning after Halloween, the first thing that we noticed was that a Christmas Tree had been set up in front of the doors. 2. The last time that I thought about it, Thanksgiving Day was next. On Walmart's agenda but, this year, the change was evident. 3. Christmas, the commercial one, was next. Thanksgiving Day is now just a family day with little profit for Walmart.4. I understand that Walmart is a commercial store, not a spiritual one and their main goal is profit so I am not being hard on the Walmart stores.5. But their openness with the “beginning of the holiday season” reflects the heart of the nation. Instead of Merry Christmas, it will be Happy Holidays.C. I know that this may seem trivial to many, but Thanksgiving Day, in the traditional sense, had its beginning as a day of thanksgiving to our wonderful Creator for His many blessing upon us.D. But the world in general no longer wants God. E. Across our country there is a spirit of ingratitude. 1. Today, we hear the word “entitlement” instead of the words “Thank you.” 2. So many people believe that the government, society, or someone else owes them a living and what they receive is never enough. Their only concern is for self! 3. This attitude breeds a lack of thankfulness. Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.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.F. As we approach everyday (not just Thanksgiving Day), as the children of God, let each of us remember to give thanks. The Bible says much about thanksgiving: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 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.Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalms 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.G. We need to thank God publicly. We are here to do so this morning. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.H. But, more importantly, we need to thank god privately. Our personal devotion is who and what we are! Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.I. David is the author of the Psalm through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. David's life was characterized by ups and downs. His life was full to good times and bad times. His life was noted for its successes and failures.J. Some of things that can certainly be noted concerning David's relationship with the Lord were:1. David loved the Lord! The 23rd Psalm is a reflection of David's love for and trust in the Lord. “The Lord is my Shepherd!”2. David desired to live his best for the Lord! He is the only man in the Bible described as a man after God's own heart.a) Abraham was called the “Friend Of God”b) Moses was called the “Servant Of The Lord!”c) John The Baptist was called the “Greatest Prophet Born Of Woman!”d) David was called a “Man After Gods Own Heart!” K. Here, we find the “blessed” blessing the One who blesses! Through all of the trials and tribulations that David experienced in his life, he knew that he was blessed and thanked the Lord for it. Several things stick out to me in the first two verses.1. The Resolve of Thanksgiving. “Bless the LORD” is a command given to self. Gratitude is not a natural thing in the flesh. a. Sometimes we take the blessings of the LORD for granted. b. Sometimes we believe that we deserve the blessings of the LORD. c. Sometimes we credit fate or luck for the things that the LORD has provided for us.2. The Desire of Thanksgiving. “O my soul” a. When in the hard times of life, it is easy to fail to see the good things of life because we are shrouded with the evil things. All of us have had or are having hard times and, though it is in the valleys that we grow, it is easy allow our disappointments, discouragements, etc. to take our eyes off of the LORD. b. God was good to David in his youth. David spent his youth in obscurity watching over his father's sheep. b. God was good to David in his manhood. In his young manhood, he was anointed King of Israel but never got to sit on a throne. In the meantime, he spent most of his time hiding from King Saul. His life was one of battles and, yet, he knew that he was blessed of God. c. God was good to David in his failures as well as his victories.3. The Depth of Thanksgiving. “all that is within me” a. What a blessing it is to praise the LORD with all our hearts for His goodness and mercy. So many times we say thanks without actually being thankful. A good example of this is blessing our food. We go through the right ritual and say the right words but often pay little attention to the wonderful food that God has provided for us while multitudes are starving. b. We mention being blessed of God but move through life in a thankless manner without taking time to look around and “smell the roses.” In the midst of problems, we have so much to be thankful for.4. The Reminder of Thanksgiving. “bless his holy name” a. Our thanksgiving is to the Giver of life. The Bible says that He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. He is our Creator who loves us and thinks upon us. b. We live in the greatest nation on earth; we eat more than we need; we share the comforts of good homes, the conveniences of transportation, and the ease of royalty. I love to hear the song “God bless America!”5. The Possibility of Thanksgiving. “forget not all his benefits” a. Being saved is so much more than just going to heaven. It is a blessing filled life here on earth and then heaven. It is easy in this rat-race world to get caught up in the busyness of things and not taking time to simply say, “Thank you, LORD, for your blessings upon one as underserving as me.” b. We have good health in the midst of so much sickness and suffering around us.c. We have our church family! What a blessing and privilege it is to come and just see our brothers and sisters in Christ. To come out of the world for a few minutes and experience the peace that only God can give.d. We have the Holy Spirit living within; we have the Word of God in our hand; we have the church when we are down and out. We are blessed! Let us bless the LORD for He has certainly blessed us.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-31-2018Hebrews 2:9Introduction:A. No one has physically seen our Lord Jesus Christ since the days of the apostles. Our Lord's last appearances were post-resurrection, and with the completion of the Cannon of Scripture, He has never left the right hand of the Father in heaven.B. “But we see Jesus!” We do see Jesus through the Scriptures and our spiritual eyes of faith! And we have believed and been blessed.John 20:27-29 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (28) And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.C. Unfortunately, in the good times, we do not see Jesus spiritually in our lives as we bask in the glory of peaceful lives of fulness. It is easy to become apathetic and lukewarm in these days of fulness of bread. These are “fat days,” but spiritually dangerous ones.Psalms 106:12-15 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. (13) They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: (14) But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. (15) And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (Fat bodies make for lean souls!)D. Fulness of bread and idleness of the hands also leads to sinfulness of the soul! These last days are characterized by being like the days of Noe and Lot!Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (These conditions led up to the society of Sodom in Genesis 19 that caused our Lord to destroy the cities of the plains.E. It is the valleys that we grow and in the times of testing that we “see Jesus!” We do not see Him physically, but we do see Him.1 Peter 1:7-8 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: (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:F. We see Jesus despite our circumstances. We see Jesus in our circumstances!Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: (18) Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (19) The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.1. We See Jesus In Salvation – 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.2. We See Jesus When We Are Fearful – Mark 6:47-51 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. (48) And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. (49) But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: (50) For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. (51) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.2. We See Jesus When We Are In Need Of Grace – 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.3. We See Jesus When We Are Troubled – Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:4. We See Jesus When We Lack Assurance – Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.5. We See Jesus When We Need Guidance – James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.6. We See Jesus When We Lose Our Song – Psalms 42:7-8 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. (8) Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.7. We See Jesus When We Are Ready To Die – Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (56) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-7-2018Hebrews 2:7-11Introduction:A. In verse 11, Jesus is called the “Captain of our salvation.” “Captain in only one descriptive term or name given to our Lord Jesus Christ. The word “captain” comes from a Latin word meaning “chief.” We use the word “Captain” in many ways in the English language.1. A Captain is one who oversees a sea going vessel.2. A Captain is one who is a rank given to one in charge of a company in the military.3. A Captain is the title given to certain civil servants such police or fire departments.4. A Captain is a pilot in command of a large commercial aircraft.5. A Captain, in sports, is one designated as the head of the team.6. A Captain, in the church, is a title given to its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.7. A Captain, in our text, is one who is responsible for our salvation.B. In Joshua, chapter 5, we see our Lord appear to Joshua in a Theophany or Christophany.Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? (14) And he said, Nay; but ascaptain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? (15) And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. (A position of authority, power, and worship.)C. Our verses for tonight show us what our Captain did for us in His incarnation. His authority, power, and glory revealed in Jesus Christ.1. We see Jesus in His humanity. Verse 7 – “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels.” Almighty Jehovah God, conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary, chose to dwell upon this earth—robed in flesh. 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.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, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (Made – to bring to pass something that would not naturally occur. The eternal Son of God born in the flesh.)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.2. We see Jesus in His Father's glory. Verse 7 – “thou crownedst him with glory and honour.” John 1:14 (And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.Colossians 1:15-19 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;Hebrews 1:2-3 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;3. We see Jesus in His sovereign authority. Verses 7-8 – “didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” Jesus made it all, Jesus runs it all, Jesus owns it all!Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.4. We see Jesus in His vicarious atonement. Verse 9 – “ who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (Jesus did two things for us concerning our sins: expiation – the removal of sins; and propitiation – the appeasement of a thrice holy God. Both were necessary to restore fellowship and favor.)6. We see Jesus in His example. Verse 10 – “to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” 1 Peter 2:21-25 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.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:1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (Our suffering in a righteous manner will help others to see Christ in us.)7. We see Jesus in His purpose. Verse 11 – “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”Ephesians 1:6-7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hathtranslated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-11-2018Psalm 103:1-14Introduction:A. As we continue to look forward to Thanksgiving Day, it does us well to remember that our thankfulness should be a present continuing one. Every day of the year, we need to be aware of God's continual blessings upon us.B. One of the aggravating things about our modern word processors is their modern dictionary. 1. As our English language continues to evolve, and some precious truths of the Bible are being changed and are lost when we use these dictionaries to underline and suggest changes in the wording. C. What makes the King James Bible so different from the modern-day translations is found in both the texts from which they are translated and the differences between the old English and the new. D. Our Bible is “frozen in time” as it has not changed over the years and the words are the same as they were in the 1600's. I do understand that we have the 1769 version of the King James Bible, with spelling standardization, but it is still consistent with the 1611.E. One of the important older spelling of the words in the Authorized (that means there may be unauthorized) King James Version are the “eth” endings on many of the words. These words come from the Elizabethan Period that our Bible was translated in when the English language was at the pinnacle of its purity.F. When we read this chapter, we find God's benefits (beneficial things) given to His children. In today's world, we understand the importance of benefits that go along with our jobs.G. “eth” is present perfect in tense which always means always and at all times. These verses show the goodness of God all the time: when we realize His goodness and when we do not.H. I thank God for my old “archaic” Bible because it expresses a truth in our text that we so often overlook! 1. Verse 3 – “He Forgiveth” – all day, every time, in every way that we fail. 70x70x70x70 to the “nth” degree! All sin! Thank God for this every day of our lives. We are still just sinners saved by grace and if God should mark iniquity, who could stand? Thank you Lord for you forgiveness, mercy, and grace.2. Verse 3 – “He Healeth” – all our diseases! God has given us a body that can heal itself; doctors and medicines that can heal us. Our bodies are not just evolution and a series of accidents, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. One of my surgeons once told me that he would do the best that he could but healing comes from God! Thank God for this every day of your life.3. Verse 4 – “He Redeemeth” – God protects us from both self and circumstances continually. I thank God every day for being a lot better to me than I deserve. God goes a long way to protect the testimonies of sinners saved by grace. God protects us from those who would do us harm. Thank God every for the “hedge” that He has placed around us!4. Verse 4 – “He Crowneth” – God is loving, kind, and merciful to us every day. His mercies are new every morning. Loving us, being kind to us, being merciful to us. I love the word “crowneth.” On top of all our other blessings, God showers us with love, kindness, and tenderness. Thank God every day for your relationship with the Saviour.5. Verse 5 – “He Satisfieth” – God gives us enough; all that we need; the desires of our hearts. God blesses His children all day, every day! I am satisfied! Learn to be satisfied with what God gives you. Thank God continually for His goodness.6. Verse 6-12 - “He Executeth” – In everything give thanks! For the bad as well as the good for it is in the valleys that we grow in faith. We do not get everything that we want and thank God we do not get everything that we deserve. The wheels of God's judgment upon those who hurt us may be slow at times, but they are sure. God is the executor of vengeance. God is better to us than we deserve and has placed our eternal judgment upon Christ. Thank you, Lord, every day!7. Verse 13- “He Pitieth” - “To fondle, to be compassionate. Does Jesus care? Oh yes He cares! God cares every day. Casting all you care! He knows how we feel and makes a way for us in every trial and every mile.8. Verse 14 – “He Knoweth” – God knows our feelings, our frame, our failures, our fights, because He made us. God formed us upon the Potter's Wheel with His hands, the Water of His Word, and the motion of our lives. 9. Verse 14 – “He knoweth … He Remembereth” – We are finite, but He is infinite! He knows that we are but dust. God never forgets what we are made of and who we are but continually, every day, all day long loves us anyway. I am glad that God never gave up on this sinner! I thank God constantly for loving a sinner such as I am!Conclusion: Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time of the year but, as God's work and the overseeing of our lives is one of continuity, so should our Thanksgiving be a continual one! A time of remembering, a time of giving thanks to God for all His blessings, seen and unseen, known and unknown!
Temple Baptist Church - 11-11-2018Romans 10:4-8, 13-17Introduction:A. Last week, we looked at the personal responsibility of the individual. Salvation is:1. Whosoever Will: a salvation that is free and universal to all who believe on Christ, or2. Whosoever Won't!: a hell that is waiting and universal to all who choose not to believe on Christ.B. Look at verse 8:1. “But, what saith it?” The antecedent of “it” is “the righteousness which is of faith.” This is a conclusion that has been reached. It is the end result of what is expressed in verse 8. It is the desired end result of a proper spiritual beginning.2. “Which we preach.” Not just that we preach but which we preach. There are so many “preachers” out there that are preaching mixed messages concerning salvation. The message must be a right one.3. “The word of faith.” There is only one true message concerning salvation. If whatsoever is not of faith is sin, then any mixture of human merit destroys that message.4. “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” It is a message heard and believed!C. As with verse 8, verses 14-15 look at the result first and then the progression that led to it. Therefore, I want to look at these verses in reverse.1. The Dispensing of the Gospel. Salvation comes only through the Gospel and the Gospel comes only through the Scriptures.a. Salvation comes only through the Gospel.1) The Dispensing of the Gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation (stewardship) is committed unto me. a) The Gospel Dispensed to the Jew. - Romans 1:15-16 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.b) The Gospel Dispensed to the Gentile. - Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.2) The Description of the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:3) The Duty of the Gospel. - Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. b. The Gospel Comes Only Through The Scriptures.1) It's Integrity is Impeccable - Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye alsotrusted, 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,2) It's Importance is Immeasurable - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.2. The Duty of the Gospel. Human responsibility. Verse 16 declares that “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” Human responsibility is two-fold. Mark 1:14-15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.a. Man must Repent of Sin. (There is no room for argument because the words of the Lord are precise.)b. Man must Believe the Gospel. (Simply death, burial, and resurrection as the only way of salvation. This constitutes a trust!)3. The Desire of the Gospel. As human responsibility is two-fold, so the heavenly responsibility is two-fold also. Ephesians 1:13-14 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, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.a. The Witness of the Word of God. 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.b. The Witness of the Holy Spirit of God. 1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.Romans 8:9-10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-18-2018Philippians 1:1-7Introduction: Thanksgiving is almost upon us again. 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 amid 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.A. We can thank God for the precious gift of His only begotten Son.B. We can thank God for hearing the gospel and being gloriously saved.C. We can thank God that salvation is eternal and depends upon Him and not us.D. We can thank God that His mercies and grace are far greater than all our sin.E. We can thank God that Heaven is our home and not this world.F. We can thank God that we were born in America and had opportunity to hear and believe.G. We can thank God for all His marvelous provision: food, shelter, conveniences, automobiles, etc.H. We can thank God for our health and strength to be here this morning.I. We can thank God for our families and friends.J. We can thank God for ample opportunity and freedom to serve the Lord.K. We can thank God for so many things, but as a pastor, I am thankful for some things also: 1. The Philippian Church was a special church – Philippians 4:15-19 2. There are a lot of churches, but few special ones! 3. They were a mission-hearted church who loved God's special people.“I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU.”1. I Thank God For Your SalvationRomans 1:1-71 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.2. I Thank God for Your Faith In MissionsRomans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.Philippians 4:15-18 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.3. I Thank God For Your Testimony In The Community1 Corinthians 1:4-6 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:4. I Thank God for Your Friendship With This PastorPhilippians 1:3-6 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:5. I Thank God for Your Following Your Pastor1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.6. I Thank God For Your Faithfulness To God's HouseColossians 1:1-4 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:7. I Thank God For Your Love One For Another2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;Conclusion - 1 Corinthians 16:23-24a The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-2-2019Hebrews 3:16-4:11Introduction:A. Over the past couple of weeks, we have look at the possibility of hard heartedness (Reality) and the productivity of exhorting one another daily(Responsibility). Tonight, I want to look at the word “rest.” B. In chapters 3-4, the word “rest” is found 11 times. In the Bible, the word “rest” does not necessarily mean to come to a complete halt or to stop doing the things that need to be done. There is the rest of sleep for which I am grateful. I have very little problem falling asleep. Someone once said, “A clear conscience makes for a soft pillow.”C. I want to look at the First Mention of the word “REST” found in the Bible as it contains a great spiritual truth. Genesis 8:6-9 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: (7) And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. (8) Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; (9) But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. (The raven, a type of the worldly, finds its life in the sinfulness of this world, but the dove—a type of God's children—finds NO rest and must return to Ark of God's safety. The raven rests upon the carcasses of the death but the dove will not light there.)D. There is more than just one type of rest found in the Bible but I want to take a short look at the soul's rest tonight.E. There is the possibility of believers not learning to rest in the Lord. Through our circumstances, trials, disappointments, discouragements, personal failures, or sometimes no evident reason at all—we have a “disquieted” soul.Psalms 42:9-11 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (10) As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? (11) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.F. Our text reminds us that a state of spiritual unrest is a state of spiritual unbelief. (3:18-19)G. I want to look at four areas of Rest that unbelief will keep us from entering:1. Rest In Your Battles - Joshua 1:13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. a. Rest in war. Though Canaan is a type of the victorious Christian life, there are giants to be faced, walls to tear down, enemies to conquer, death to be faced. Life is hard and so often unfair, but God will give you rest!2 Timothy 4:17-18 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (18) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.b. God promised Joshua rest. “Hath given,” not will give. It was already available.2. Rest In Your Service - Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. a. Rest in labor? I found out years ago that you can work equipment of equipment can work you. Though God wants us to serve, He does not want us to burn out or rust out. Too often, we get so busy that we suffer spiritual burn-out. A man once said that he would rather burn out than rust out but you are OUT either way. b. We are to rest in the Lord in our labor knowing that the work is His.3. Rest In Your Soul - Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. a. Soul's rest is found in patience. We always tend to get ahead of the Lord and thus suffer disappointment and discouragement. Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed. b. God's yoke is to be easy and its burden light as we trust God to do His work through us.Hebrews 4:9-11 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.4. Rest In Your Sorrow - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.a. When we lose a loved one in the Lord, we have the confidence that they are where God intended for them and us to be. With Him!b. We certainly sorrow, but not as the sorrow of eternal loss such as the world endures. We cannot lose that which is not lost. We know where to find them!4. Rest In Your Hope - Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. a. Resting death. in death. Eternal rest will be found in eternity. b. What a blessing to know that “the former things are passed away” will one day become an eternal reality to the child of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-6-2019Philippians 3:13Introduction: A. As we now come to the 1st Sunday in 2019, I want to focus for a little while on strengthening our resolve to continue following Christ this year. I am not big on New Year's Resolutions, but I do believe that we need to see where we have been (2018), where we are (1-6-2019), and where we want to be on December 31st of 2019 if the Lord has not returned by then.B. I want to preach this message in two parts because the verse is in two parts: past and present.C. Paul said, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind ...” We cannot forget everything that happened last year because we can draw wisdom from what we did right and what we did wrong. We want to build on the good things and correct the wrong ones this year.D. I did not get everything that I wanted last year and probably will not get all that I want this year, but I will face this new year with the hope of God in my heart and my eyes upon Him. Aren't you glad that you do not know what you will face in 2019? E. The past can do one of two things: it can either haunt you or it can help you! Which one applies to you is your personal choice. We need to make right choices this coming year in order to maintain both our Christian testimony and influence.F. This morning, we need to put last year in its proper perspective. That perspective is this: last year is history and we cannot change it. I want to give you two things that will help you to face the New Year in a right way. I will try to keep this as simple as possible.1. Put The Past In The Past!2. Put The Future In The Present!G. Things that we can correct from last year.1. Past failures not to be repeated. You blew it at times. I blew it at times. I was not always a good Christian this past year. May the Lord help me to be a better Christian in 2009.2. Past victories not to be forgotten but placed in a proper perspective. There were times when you were a good Christian last year. You grew in the Lord and were blessed and rewarded for it.3. Forget your disappointments! NO ONE gets everything that they want! There were times when the enemy got the upper hand. There were times when you had to do without some things. There were times when you did not understand and probably still do not understand. God never said to understand; He said to trust.4. Forget your hurts and forgive those who hurt you. Hurt always turns to anger and anger to bitterness if not dealt with properly. Forgiveness of our enemies is as much for our sake as it is for their sake.H. God was God last year and He will be the same this year.1. God was good to us this past year! He will be good to us in the coming year.Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.2. God's grace was sufficient this past year! His grace will be sufficient in the coming year.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 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.3. God's strength was made perfect in our weakness last year! His strength will be there in the coming year.Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.4. God's presence was with us last year! He will be there this next year.Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and becontent with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Isaiah 49:15 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.5. God's promises were made sure to us when we needed them last year! We can rely upon them in the coming year.2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 6. Last year is history and next year will be history soon! “And it came to pass!”Next year is just “future history.” Psalms 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (Face the New Year with hope and trust instead of doubt and fear. The Lord will be the same tomorrow as He was yesterday and today!)
Temple Baptist Church - 12-30-2018Romans 11:7-12Introduction:A. Last week, we biblically answered the question, “Hath God cast away his people?” “God forbid” was the biblical answer. God loves Israel just as He love them in Jacob's day. He loves them with an everlasting love.B. The purpose of God concerning Israel has never changed and—one day— “Israel, my glory”—will once again be gloriously restored. God's purpose always has and always will stand.C. Though a remnant is being saved, Israel—as a nation—is blind to the New Testament and the Gospel. Missionaries cannot come to Israel as church planters. They must come as students, teachers, business people, or visitor visas. Church planting missionaries have their visas rejected.D. Their eyes saw but they did not see. Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (They saw Christ but did not see who He was. They tempted Him, they taunted Him, the tested Him, and crucified Him.)E. Their ears heard but they did not hear. Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?F. Israel:1. Verse 3. Killed God's Prophets. “they have killed thy prophets” Time and time again, God sent men of God to Israel and they systematically refused to hear God's voice.Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.Jeremiah 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.Zechariah 7:11-12 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. (12) Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.2. Verse 3. Destroyed God's Altars. “and digged down thine altars” Romans 11:9-10 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: (10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. (Their sacrifices became ritual, not faith.) Hebrews 13:9-13 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. (10) We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. (11) For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. (12) Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (13) Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.G. Israel continually rejected the longsuffering and grace of God.H. “Unto this day” speaks of the continuance of Israel's blindness. They remained blinded to the Gospel in our day. Benjamin Netanyahu wishes us a Merry Christmas but, like the world, does not recognizes the Saviour as the Messiah.1. Israel was blinded because of National Pride. Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (To the Jew, Gentiles were sub-human and often called Gentile dogs. Jews do not listen to the witness of Gentile dogs. They though that they had to be right with God because they were of His people, Israel. Many people of our day believe that they are going to heaven based upon their parent's faith.)John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.2. Israel was blinded because of their rejection of God's Messiah, their Propitiation. John 19:14-15 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! (15) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. (Jesus Christ is LORD of all and there is no salvation without acknowledgement and acceptance of His Person. You cannot be saved and reject the Saviour!)Isaiah 8:13-15 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.3. Israel was blinded because of their Self-Righteousness. Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Salvation is to everyone that believeth, not everyone that worketh! Repentance from dead works and faith toward God is the only way of salvation.)
Temple Baptist Church - 12-30-2018Luke 9:57-62Introduction:A. In our text, we find three men who had a desire to follow Christ. I believe that every born-again believer has a desire to come to Christ and be where He is but, to be His follower, one must count the cost.who said, B. The first said, ““Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” 1. He was a man with a right desire. I have no doubt that he was serious when he made that statement. 2. Many people, when asked if they are willing to follow Christ, will say the same thing but stop when it cost them something. They intend to follow Christ as long as it costs them nothing. Great intentions do not get the work done!C. But, when our Lord said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,” we hear no more from this man. You see, it will cost you something to follow Christ. That is why so many begin with a right intention but never really follow Christ.D. Then, our Lord said to another man, “Follow me.” 1. Then, this individual said, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.” He had something that he wanted to do first. I do not think that his father had died yet because he was here listening to Jesus instead of at the “funeral home” with family. 2. I believe that what he was saying was this: allow me to stay at home until my father dies and I bury him, then I will follow you. (A.M.)E. Now, a third man says, “Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.” 1. This man makes sure that he gives his excuse for not following immediately before the Lord could say anything to him. 2. There are many people who want to follow Christ as long as they can do it on their time or stay at home to follow Him.F. Our Lord answered him with my text for this morning: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”G. You see, following Christ requires cost, obedience, and continuance. Many start well, but because of the cost, quit. Their intentions were good, but somewhere along the way, their heart began to turn back to the place and people that they had to leave behind.Hebrews 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.H. God does not call everyone to leave home and family though, but I believe that every child of God should be willing to do so if the Lord called! 1. The servant is not greater than his Master so, as He left all for us, we should be willing to leave all for Him. 2. When God called me into the ministry, I and my family had to be willing to leave home, family, friends, job, and everything else to follow Christ. Could we have done less?I. You see, all three of these men came to where Christ was but were not willing to follow Him where ever He wanted them to go. 1. Last year is almost gone. It will be history in a couple of days and a New Year lies before us. the new Year is “history that has not yet been written.” A “tale that has not been told.” We cannot change history but we can re-write it well.a. There is nothing wrong with remembering last year. It was a good year. Some things could have been better but we are here this morning and not sitting at home.b. There is value in reflecting upon last year and changing what needs to be changed.c. There is need for repentance. Sorrow for our failures last year.d. There is need for resolve. A determination to not make the save mistakes.2. This year, we need to keep our hand on the plough! Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (We cannot follow Christ until we put our hand to the plough! Following Christ is a life of self-denial and cross bearing.)1 John 2:12-14 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. (13) I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. (14) I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.a. You young families need to “step up to the plate.” As the older generation goes on to be with the Lord, this is, for the younger generation, becoming more “your church.” Get involved! What you leave behind will be all that your children will have.b. You middle aged families need to bear the burden of the work of Christ in spiritual maturity. c. Some of us are getting older but that is not a time for quitting. We need to make some adjustments because of age but each of us are still needed to get the job done. We cannot look back! We cannot quit, we cannot retire.3. This year, we need to keep our eyes on the Point, Jesus Christ. a. Keep our eyes on Christ and “plow to the Point!” When you plow a field, looking to the side or looking back causes you to become distracted and plow a crooked furrow. b. Keep our eyes on the Bible. May it ever be our guide! The Truth shall make you free and, if you be free, you will be free indeed.c. Keep our eyes on the Old Paths wherein is the good way. If we ever let up, then the Old Paths will be gone. Just look around at the direction and condition of churches in our day. They are not even a shadow of what they used to be.Conclusion: I preach this often and I always will because following Christ is of the utmost importance. We cannot follow Christ:a. If we lose sight of Him.b. If we forget the Word of God.c. If we leave the Old Paths.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-26-2018John 3:16Introduction:A. Christmas is a very special time of the year. It follows my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I try to be thankful each day for the blessings that God has bestowed upon me but this time of the year makes thanksgiving special.B. I still remember the awe and wonder that I had as a little boy when the story of Jesus Christ was read.C. Christmas has been so commercialized that, to many, how they view it is so different from how it should be viewed.1. Christmas: The Carnal Viewa. Christmas Is A Holiday – I have no problem with that. I want people to have time off for Christmas.b. Christmas Is Family Time – I have no problem with that. I want people to have time to spend with family.c. Christmas Is Tinsel And Glitter – I have no problem with that. I love the way that our home looks for Christmas.d. Christmas Is Buying Gifts – I have no problem with that. We live at 2311 Rabon Road if you are interested in sending or bringing us one.e. Christmas Is Eating – I have no problem with that. I love the smell of baked cookies and candy along with a good Christmas meal. You know that I love eating.f. Christmas Is Santa Claus And Magic – I don't do Santa and am not a fan of magic as you well know.g. Christmas Is Letdown and Debt – Christmas to the world is all about things and things cannot satisfy for long.h. Christmas Is A Time Of High Suicide – People feel so much pressure around Christmas.2. Christmas: The Religious Man's Viewa. A Quick Drop-in For A Special Service.b. Poinsettias Instead Of Easter Lilies.c. A Soothed Conscience For Another Year or So.3. Christmas: The Christians' Viewa. Christmas Is About Remembering.1) Who Christ was. Almighty Jehovah God in the flesh.2) Why Christ Came. He came to die.3) How much Christ loves sinners.4) Without Bethlehem, there would have been no Calvary.5) Without Calvary, there would be no resurrection, and there would be no salvation.b. Christmas Is About Joy And Peace.1) The joy of knowing that we are saved and safe in Christ alone.2) The joy of knowing that Christ lives within us. He abides with us and have given to us His Holy Spirit.3) The joy of knowing that heaven is our home and death holds no fear.c. Christmas Is About Love And Sharing.1) Spending time with our families.2) Spending time with our church family.3) Sharing Christ with a lost world.d. Christmas Is About Worship And Praise.1) What a beautiful thing to be in church during the Christmas Season. The flowers and decorations are a thing of beauty.2) What a beautiful thing to hear the old Christmas Carols that we have loved so long.3) What a beautiful thing to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ together.Conclusion: Christmas is special to the child of God because it is all about Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-19-2018Hebrews 3-7-13Introduction:A. In my 42+ years of being saved, I have never seen such malicious attacks being made against God's people. 1. If God's people ever needed each other and the fellowship of the church, it is today. It is of no wonder that the Holy Spirit said, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching!” 2. Satan hates you; Satan hates the family; Satan hates this church! He does not worry about the liberal churches or the apostate churches. He controls those. He hates conservative, fundamental, Bible believing, sin hating, soul winning, straight preaching churches because, if he can destroy the church, he can destroy you. If he destroys you, he can destroy your family.B. A man once used the phrase “men of quiet desperation.” We will never know the extent of another's burden. 1. I need you, you need me, and we all need each other! I do not have the power, in most instances, to take a burden away from you but I can help, to some extent, to bear a part of your burden. 2. I heard this somewhere: “A burden shared is half a burden.” There are times though when I cannot help you, either because of the magnitude of the burden or because of the privacy of the burden but I can pray for you.a) People Carry Burdens Of Sinb) People Carry Burdens Of Sicknessc) People Carry Burdens Of Sorrowd) People Carry Burdens Of Povertye) People Carry Burdens Of Disappointmentf) People Carry Burdens Of DiscouragementC. How can we exhort the brethren daily? 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded,support the weak, be patient toward all men.1. Someone who is weak in the faith. Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. (I find it interesting that the “weak” one in Romans 14 is the individual that says, “You can't do this” or “you can't do that!” We are certainly not at liberty to commit sin, but we are at liberty instead of under law. Though we are to receive such a weak one, I do not believe that this is what the verse refers to.)2. Or it can mean someone who is going through a trial that has “taken the wind out of their sails!” 2 Corinthians 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: (Though God gives both grace and strength in trials, we are still human and often have a disquieted soul in the midst of troubles.)Psalms 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Three times in Psalms 42 and 43, we find this verse. The Psalmist wasn't too spiritual either, was he?)D. How to exhort one another daily.1. By having compassion on each other. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (Just a shoulder to lean on.)2. By praying for each other. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (It is the best thing that I can do for you.)3. By just being there with each other and for each other. 2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (Often, during a great trial, one has a tendency to feel alone.)4. By being a “listening ear” for each other. Galatians 6:1-2 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. (2) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (A listening ear, not a telling tongue! Learn to listen and then to keep what you hear in confidence. Sometimes, people just need to “unload” a little and get something off their chest.)5. By doing what we can to strengthen each other's faith. Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief. (Letting them know that they are not alone in their trial: God loves them and will not forsake them, neither will their brother or sister in the LORD. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.)6. By exhorting each other to continue in the faith. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Your being faithful to church exhorts the weak. What a blessing it is when, during a great trial, you can come to church and see God's people! My family has been there and want you to know what a blessing it is to just come apart [church means a called our assembly] from the world for a little while and worship the Lord together.)7. By weeping with each other. Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Sometimes, you just cry with them. I have been with families that are hurting and, when I tried to pray for them, I just cried with them. Let me give you an Old Testament example of something to do and something not to do.)Job 2:11-13 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. (12) And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. (13) So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, (Job's three friends were just that, his friends. They hurt for him and with him but would have been much better off to listen and not say a word! When you do not know what to say, just be there and say nothing.)
Temple Baptist Church - 12-9-2018Romans 11:1-6; 1 Kings 19Introduction:A. Paul begins this chapter with a question that he immediately answers for the believers in Rome. “Hath God cast away His people?” “God forbid!”B. We need to remember that chapters 9-11 deal with the Nation of Israel.1. Chapter 9 – The Election of the Nation of Israel.2. Chapter 10 – The Rejection of the Nation of Israel.3. Chapter 11 – The Restoration of the Nation of Israel.C. Though the Nation of Israel became “marred” in the hands of the Potter, the Potter did not throw the clay away. Jeremiah 18:1-6 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, (2) Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. (3) Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. (4) And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. (5) Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (6) O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.D. Last week, we saw that God has saved a remnant in Israel and is saving a remnant in our day. GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD HIS REMNANT!E. I want to leave Israel for a few minutes tonight to look at what I call “The Elijah Syndrome.” Something that none of us are exempt from. Paul takes us back in time to the condition of the Nation of Israel in the days of Elijah, the prophet. (1 Kings, chapter 19)James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are …F. Often, in this time of apostasy, when most churches and preachers are “falling away” from the Old Paths, we find out selves seemingly alone in the fight.G. I use the word “seemingly” because of God's promise in Hebrews 13:5 to NEVER leave us nor forsake us. Never is often referred to as an absolute negative. It means never for any reason or at any time.H. We often forget this in these last perilous days. Bible believing, Bible following people are once again a remnant in our day. Little hands full of people gather around America and the world worshipping God in the old ways of the fathers.I. I want to look at Elijah for a few minutes because we now sit where this great prophet of God once sat.1. In 1 Kings, chapter 18, Elijah stood alone on Mount Carmel against the 450 prophets of Baal and God stood with him. a. God wrought a great victory that day through a solitary prophet. God still controls and victory in our day is assured.b. You would have thought that Elijah would now be bold enough “to go bear hunting with a switch!” Instead of defeat,2. In 1 Kings, chapter 19, Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah telling him that on the morrow, he would be as dead as the 450 prophets of Baal.1 Kings 19:1-2 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. (2) Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.3. Elijah fled from the face of Jezebel though God was still with him. “He requested for himself” implies that he was speaking to God.1 Kings 19:3-4 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. (4) But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: (Elijah left his servant and went alone. No one is invited to a “Pity Party” because they may tell you their problems instead of listening to yours. This messes up the party!)4. Elijah says that “It is enough.” Spiritually, Elijah was done. He had had enough and wanted to die.1 Kings 19:4 and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. (Both religious people and the world have always “killed the prophets … tore down the altars” of God. Sometimes, people of God and men of God come to the point of quitting because their eyes are upon their surroundings instead of upon God.)5. God's patience with Elijah. God sent an angel, ministers to the heirs of salvation, to attend to feed Elijah.1 Kings 19:5-7 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. (6) And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. (7) And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. (God understands what it is to feel lonely at times. Just look at our Lord Jesus' life. You can be alone in a crowd! God knows our frame and is very gentle with us.)6. Elijah's journey to come. “The journey is too great for thee.” We often sing the little song “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” One verse says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” Are we willing to live for the Lord if we must do it alone?7. God gave Elijah all that he needed to carry on. 1 Kings 19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.8. God's question for Elijah. 1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? (The will of God for us in these days is not hiding in a cave but standing openly for the LORD.)9. God's reminder to us that we are not alone in the battle.Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. (As in Nehemiah's day, we may be scattered upon the wall, but we are not alone. Live each day for Christ as if it is you last day on earth.)Where to find encouragement:1. You Will Find Encouragement In The Lord - 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.a. There Is Encouragement In His Person - Habakkuk 3:17-18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.b. There Is Encouragement In His Presence - Hebrews 13:5 Let yourconversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.c. There Is Encouragement In His Power - Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.d. There Is Encouragement In His Purpose - Philippians 4:12-13 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.2 Corinthians 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:e. There Is Encouragement In His Protection - 2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;2. You Will Find Encouragement In the Word - Psalms 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. a. There Is Encouragement In Its Promises - Deuteronomy 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.b. There Is Encouragement In Its Preaching - Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3. You Will Find Encouragement In The Church - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. a. There Is Encouragement In Your Pastor1) To Continue - Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.2) To Contend - Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.3) To Conform - Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.b. There Is Encouragement In Your People1) There Is Visual Encouragement - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (It encourages me just to see them!)2) There Is Vocal Encouragement - Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (It encourages me just to hear them!)
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 1:29-31Introduction: A. As we begin the Christmas Season, I want our hearts and minds to turn towards Christ. Christ and sinners are the reason for the season.B. Salvation was made in such a way that no man could ever glory in self. So many people and denominations of our day believe that they are either good enough to be saved or good enough to stay saved.1. They have a wrong perception of self. 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. (These people or denominations believe that they are much more spiritual than the Apostle Paul. I call that pride.)2. They have a wrong perception of sin. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (They may admit that they are sinners, but they classify sin by saying that they are not that bad of a sinner.)3. They have a wrong perception of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (These people and denominations have no concept of the righteousness that is required for salvation. It is the imputed righteousness of the sinless Son of God!)C. The key word in our text is “made.” God had to do something special, something extraordinary for mankind as man could not save or keep himself.D. The word “made” means to make something that would not be naturally found. A lady makes a cake from ingredients that would have never come together would be a good illustration. This morning, our bed was made.E. I want to look at what our Lord Jesus Christ, in His incarnation, was made.1. What Christ Was Made For The World - 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. a. He was made flesh - John 1:14 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.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. He was made of a woman - Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. 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.c. He was made of seed of David - Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:d. He was made of no reputation - Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.e. He was made in likeness of man - Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:f. He was made lower than angels - Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.g. He was made under the law - Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.Colossians 2:13-14 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having orgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;h. He was made a curse - Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.i. He was made 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 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.2. What Christ Is Made Unto Us – vs. 30. (These are by His grace, mercy, power, and for His glory. “Of him are ye in Christ.”) a. Christ Is Made Unto Us Wisdom.1) By The Spirit - 1 Corinthians 2:11-15 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,2) By The Scriptures - Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. b. Christ Is Made Unto Us Righteousness. 1) Our Guilt – We Are Deserve Retribution - 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:Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Godis eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.2) His Grace – We Are Declared Righteous - James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.Romans 4:9-13 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. c. Christ Is Made Unto Us Sanctification.1) Set Apart From The World - John 17:14-16 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 2) Set Apart For Heaven1 Corinthians 15:47-48 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, suchare they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such arethey also that are heavenly.1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.2 Corinthians 5:1-2 For we know that if our earthly house ofthis tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:d. Christ Is Made Unto Us Redemption.Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.1) From The Body Of Sin - Romans 6:9-18 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.2) From The Bondage Of Death - Hebrews 2:14-15 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; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.Romans 8:22-23 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not onlythey, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.1. The power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)Conclusion: Simple? If it had not been for the love of God and the gift of His Son, there would have been no redemption!“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!”

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