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Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Romans 1:1Introduction:A. Paul's Attitude, A Servant of Jesus Christ (first and foremost). God's men will never rule until they first serve. God will not call men who are not busy in the work of the Lord. Paul got busy before God called him. 1. We saw that Paul began to serve the day he got saved. Acts 9:19-22 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. (20) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. (21) But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? (22) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.2. Because Paul was a servant, he met his divine appointments. 1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;B. Paul's Authority, Called To Be An Apostle. The Apostle Paul spent much time vindicating his apostleship. People were familiar with the original twelve because they had been with Jesus. There were the 12 original apostles but Judas, a lost man, lost his bishopric. God called Paul to take the place of Judas.1. In the time of this epistle's writing, though transitional and passing, the gift of apostles was still viable. Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (God, because “that which is perfect”—the completed canon of Scripture—had not come, gave prophets—to speak and write inspired Scripture from God and apostles to represent God to man. These were both passing gifts. In the New Testament and Church Age, God gave evangelists—missionaries, and the “pastor and teacher,” to the local church.)2. The apostles were to be 12 in number according to the Book of Revelation.Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (12 representing the tribes of Israel and 12 representing the Apostles.)Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.3. The failure of Judas Iscariot and the replacement of Paul by God.John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) (16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. (17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. (18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. (19) And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. (20) For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. (21) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, (22) Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. (23) And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. (24) And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, (25) That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (26) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Appointing apostles was to be a choice by God, not by man. Though this was well intended, it was not God's choice.)1 Corinthians 15:3-11 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (6) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (7) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. (8) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. (9) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowedupon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (11) Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. (Paul was God's choice. Paul vindicated his apostleship because he was not numbered with the original 12 but was chosen by God for replacement of Judas.)2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.C. They Had A Special Position.1. They Were Chosen Special - Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;2. They Were Chosen Specific – Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.3. Divinely Commissioned (with the Gospel) Mark 16:14-15 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.D. They Had A Special Privilege1. Their Communion With Christ - Luke 22:14-16 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.2. Their Comfort By Christ - Luke 24:30-36 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.E. They Had A Special Power1. Their Powerful Works - Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Luke 9:51-54 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?2. Their Powerful Witness - Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:Acts 4:5-8 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,F. They Had A Special Purpose 1. To Confirm The Promises To Israela) As A Witness To Israel - Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.b) As A Witness Against Israel - Luke 11:47-51 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.2. To Carry The Promise Of Salvation To The GentilesEphesians 3:1-9 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Temple Baptist Church - 8-23-20171 Peter 4:1-2Introduction:A. As Peter writes to the “strangers scattered,” the dispersed Jews—he spends much of this first epistle showing them how to get along in this world and with each other. The reason being, outside and inside of the body of Christ, you will suffer if you try to live a godly, separated life for Christ.1. The Fact of Suffering. vs 1, 12 Suffering is a way of live in this old sinful world. It rains on the just and the unjust. But, in our text, Peter is looking at suffering for well doing. God's children have and always will pay the consequences for living godly in an ungodly world.2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. a) The Example – “Christ hath suffered”b) The Exhortation – “arm yourselves”c) The Encouragement – “likewise with the same mind”2. The Fellowship of Suffering.John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.a) We Share Christ's Sufferings – vs 1, 13b) We Share Fellow Believers' Suffering – vs 16-173. The Failure of Suffering.a) To Realize That God Has Something For Us In Suffering – 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:b) To Realize That God Controls Our Suffering – He Will Never Place More On Us Than We Can BearB. The Preparation of Suffering. “arm yourselves” 1. The Realization - vs 12; 1 Pet 1:7 Suffering Is A Part of Life. 2. The Resolve of Suffering – vs 1 “arm yourselves likewise with the same mind”(a) The Resolve To Continue To Suffer - James 5:10-11 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.(b) The Resolve To ContinueTo Serve – vs 19 - Joshua 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 3. The Repose of Suffering - vs 19 – Trust in the Lord at all times.C. The Period In Suffering.1. 1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. 2. Gives encouragement and hope.D. The Results of Suffering. 1. Vs 1 – Suffering Will Cause You To Cease From Sin.James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 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. 2. Vs 2 - Suffering Will Cause You To Become Submissive To God's Will.Hebrews 5:6-9 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 3. Vs 3-6 - Suffering Will Cause You To Become Separate From The World.1 Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 4. Vs 7 - Suffering Will Cause You To Spend More Time In Prayer.2 Corinthians 12:7-8 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.2 Samuel 12:15-20 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed [himself], and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 5. Vs 8-9 - Suffering Will Cause You To Draw Closer To The Brethren.1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 6. Vs 10-11 - Suffering Will Cause You To Be Able To Minister To Others.2 Corinthians 1:4-6 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7. Vs 12-13 - Suffering Will Cause You To Rejoice In Tribulation.2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 8. Vs 14-16 - Suffering Will Cause You To Worship.2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed [himself], and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. 9. Vs 17-19 - Suffering Will Cause You To Commit Your Life To The Lord.1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-16-2017Genesis 6:1-9Introduction:A. Several weeks ago, I preached on Enoch, a man who walked with God in Consistency. 1. The phrase “walked with God” is found twice in Genesis 5:22, 24. Those were hard spiritual times that rival the days in which we live. For 300 years, this man walked in agreement with his Lord. There can be no walking with God without such agreement. 2. In our day, so many professing “Christians” walk (as Bro. Richard Rawls would have said) at a “guilty distance” from God. I believe that the crux of the problem is that they are attempting to make God agree with their sinful lifestyle instead of agreeing with His life of holiness. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked.”B. This morning, I want to look at the third instance where the actual phrase “walked with God” is found. 1. In the 700 years between the time of Enoch's “going home” and the Flood, things spiritually continued in decline. The ungodly line of Cain became the “rule” while the Godly line of Seth “became the “exception.” Notice verse 4.Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (The offspring of the ungodly union of the sons of God with the daughters of men produced men who were mighty men and men of renown. This verse amplifies the thought that as God's people became weaker—less known—and less followed, the children of the world became—mighty—better known—and the role models of the world. Notice their offspring were not giants as some would suggest as the giants were before these children were born.)2. Holiness became unpopular among the people of God and they now walked in the ways of the world in spiritual comfort. In our day, holiness is no longer preached to the modern churches because of its unpopularity with the masses of Christendom so-called. The sinful now sit in churches with no conviction and impunity! 3. We see the disapproval of God shown with the spiritual condition and sinfulness of the masses of people. God had been striving with man but His efforts were being rejected.Genesis 6:3-6 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (4) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.C. Walking with God was not easy in Noah's day and is not easy in our day as the world tries its best to entice the child of God to comply with its standards. Noah walked with God in spiritual adversity. Let's look at just a few of the things that surrounded Noah's walk with God and make some spiritual applications to our day.1. Noah walked with God in days of spiritual decline. The advancement of the ungodly “sons of God!” “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.” a. This statement constitutes an oxymoron: a rhetorical statement. A combination of words that have the opposite or very different meanings. “Ungodly” and “sons of God” are “mirror images” or exact opposites.b. From Adam and Eve, which I believe to be possibly the godliest couple in the world. 1) NOT because they started as the only couple in the world, but because—after the fall—there is no further mention of sinfulness.2) In the process of time, they had two sons—one lost and one saved with the elder son, Cain, killing the younger son, Abel.3) In chapter 4 of Genesis, we find the genealogy of the wicked line of Cain followed by the godly line of Seth. These two lines of people were contemporary with each other. 4) In chapter 5, we found Enoch walked with God. I believe this statement carries two thoughts, one spoken and one unspoken. There is nothing said about walking with God until Noah's day which implies spiritual decline that made Enoch stand out.5) In chapter 6, we see the wickedness of the spiritually destitute sons of God!c. The ungodly line of Cain was greatly multiplied as they introduced polygamy in Genesis 4:19. In Genesis 6:1, the Bible says that men (the ungodly line of Cain) multiplied. More children were born to lost families than to saved ones. Noah's family was greatly outnumbered and the godly line of Seth was becoming a minority.Genesis 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.d. In our day, we have adopted the worldly philosophy that we can no longer afford to have more than one or two children while the world is having multitudes of children out of wedlock. The unsaved population is growing at an astronomical rate while the children born to godly parents is in decline. e. Because our quiver has become smaller and the world's larger, sin has escalated.2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many (the unsaved) there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few (the saved) there be that find it.2. Noah walked amid a sin filled world. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” a. Noah walked in days of great temptation. Sin had become so common place that God's people no longer saw its sinfulness until they suffered its result. Sin had escalated to the point that it sickened God to the point of destroying mankind. Genesis 6:6-7 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (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.b. In our day, we are surrounded by sinfulness as fornication, drinking, nudity, sodomy, etc. and “Christianity” no longer sees sin as God sees sin. Sin is no longer preached against because the churches are filled with it. People who profess Christ as Lord and Savior seemingly live very comfortably in such a wicked world.1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.3. Noah walked with God under great peer pressure. “ That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” a. These “sons of God” were of the godly line of Seth (not some Angel Theory). Noah watched as the people of God drifted from their spiritual moorings and became more like the world. No doubt there was great pressure from his peers to “let his hair down” and join the crowd. b. I am relatively sure that the sons of God let Noah, also one of the sons of God, know that he was the “odd ball out!” I can hear them now: “We are the sons of God and find nothing wrong with worldliness. You must be a fanatic or something.” When people get out of the will of God, they want others to do the same so they won't look bad spiritually. No doubt the peer pressure was there.b. In our day, people, who claim to be saved, live in worldliness and sin instead of purity and godliness. The peer pressure is: we are save and see nothing wrong with being more like the world than like Christ so what is wrong with you? I guess you are “holier than thou” or a member of some old fashioned cult.1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:4. Therefore, Noah walked with God in loneliness. “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” a. Noah chose a path that led him away from the world but toward God. No one got on the Ark but Noah and his family. Though there were multitudes of people on earth, there was no spiritual agreement or fellowship for Noah's family. The “sons of God” thought Noah's way was too straight and Noah thought their way was too sinful. John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.b. Today, God's people are maligned by the very people who claim to know God. We have become cultic, legalistic, and too straight laced for this world. We sing the little chorus “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” One verse says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.”Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. (23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.5. Noah walked with God in ridicule. “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” a. Never had it rained and yet Noah was building an Ark. Not a little pontoon boat but a boat of great dimensions. For 120 years, he and his family labored. For 120 years, Noah preached the judgment of God. Possibly this became known as Noah's Folly in those days as men walked past and, more than likely, ridiculed his family. The world does not like people who are different!2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;b. God's men still preach the Second Advent! That our Lord is coming to take His people home and the judgment of God will begin. The world ridicules such preaching as the predictions of men have failed. We know not the day nor the hour of His coming but we do know that He is coming again.John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.6. Noah walked with God in safety. “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. (6) And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. (7) And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.” (Genesis 7:5-7) a. The flood came! The prophesied judgement of God became a fearful reality. Noah's family was safe while the world perished.Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.b. Thank God that we will one day be forever with the Lord. We walk safely in this world and will one day walk eternally safely in heaven.Conclusion: Noah walked with God in Spiritual Adversity and so will we IF we also walk with God.
After the August meeting of the Atheist Christian Book Club I interviewed our co-founder, Bill Kluck, about what we have been able to accomplish over our first five months and what we can expect to learn from from the book we will discuss on September 1, 2017, Nailed.The post Atheist Christian Book Club Interview with Bill Kluck appeared first on Watchman Fellowship.
Recently, a large amount of evidence was uncovered revealing that Backpage.com has been facilitating prostitution and child sex trafficking through the promotion of ads posted on its website. For years, Backpage has absorbed and dissolved accusations of these crimes by various non-profits and congressmen. They have dodged several lawsuits, many involving murders of young women who were victimized and trafficked through ads placed on their website. Similar to Craigslist, Backpage allows its users to post ads and sell various items, including sex ads.Backpage hosts ads through its “Dating” section showing scantily clad women and underage teenagers in explicit images, offering, for example, to “Let a young babe show you the way” or “Little angel seeks daddy.” This has been a huge source of controversy. In years past, Backpage has cited the Communications Decency Act in its defense, which protects websites that display ads posted by a third-party, whether by another website or person.Backpage hired an ad agency from the Philippines that specifically searches for advertisements concerning sex. This website looks for these ads on various websites and offers advertisers the opportunity to re-post on Backpage for free.However, recent evidence suggests that Backpage has edited these advertisements to use less-suggestive or explicit words. Since Backpage has interfered with the advertisement process, the immunity previously provided by the Communications Decency Act could be null.A mother whose daughter was trafficked on Backpage at the age of 15 was among some of the women who have lost lawsuits against Backpage for trafficking and prostitution charges. Her daughter was trafficked on Backpage for nearly 3 months. “I find it morally disgusting,” she said. “Not only are they exploiting young women that are clearly vulnerable, but they’re furthering their exploitation by putting them on another website. It just shows the lack of morality of this company, how little they care about the victims. Which child is going to be enough to make this end?”In recent years the subject of human trafficking has gained more traction. Yet, many Americans have little understanding of where and how trafficking begins. The stereotype is that trafficking is mainly a problem in third-world countries, yet many do not consider how American people are involved in and even continue the cycle of trafficking.Last summer, I spent some time working with a small ministry that cares for victims of sex trafficking in the heart of inner-city Akron, a city in Ohio of less than 200,000 people but with one of the highest drug overdose rates in the country and a hub for human trafficking. When I heard these statistics, I was shocked. I grew up near Akron and had no idea that human trafficking was happening anywhere close to where I grew up or was even an issue in America at all.The ministry is stashed away in the same area where women are picked up off the streets, prostituted, and trafficked. This involves a deep, dark cycle between the victim and a pimp, who oftentimes forces drug-use and uses fear-tactics to falsely create an attachment in the relationship. The victim submits to the control of the pimp again and again, until it is all she knows and the only way she understands how to survive.The women involved in this ministry harbored horror stories. Some women come to the ministry simply for free health and hygienic supplies. Some women would return simply for a gentle hug and smiling face.Written on their faces is the pain of violence and shame of what they have had to suffer. One woman returned again and again to a Bible study we hosted, sometimes with black eyes which were often bloodshot and glazed over. Some women suffered broken ribs.Not only does forced prostitution take an obvious toll on the body physically, but the emotional, mental, and spiritual effects are widespread. Victims of trafficking often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by harrowing experiences that often include violence, forced captivity, control, and fear. Mental symptoms of PTSD are manifestations of deep emotional wounds that are difficult to heal. How does a woman who has been victimized by sex trafficking learn how to view herself as a free and independent woman after such a traumatizing experience? It is not simply knowing she is free, but changing thought patterns which have been embedded in her mind, telling her that her worst fears are true: she is insignificant, she is invaluable, she is unforgivable, she is unchangeable, she is unlovable.Many ministries which try to help solve issues with trafficking focus on the mental and emotional healing process, helping women recover from trauma and PTSD. However, a woman is not only defined by her physical or even emotional or mental health.Jesus teaches us that the root of a person lies on a spiritual level. When asked how to inherit eternal life, Jesus answered, saying “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…” (Luke 10:27). Jesus desires that we love Him with our whole person: with our heart’s desires, our soul’s reliance, our physical strength, and our mental capacity. All of these components are involved in the development of our relationship, commitment, and fellowship with Jesus. It is where our love for Him blossoms and strengthens. Commitment to Him is not simply spiritual, it is holistic: divine intervention within our humanness. God created us with a beautiful multiplicity and a unique capacity for love. The multiple facets of our human condition are unified in our worship and submission to His will.The trafficking of children and adults is a direct attack on this holistic concept of personhood that is rooted in Jesus’ love. The victim’s personhood is undermined at every level—physically, mentally, emotionally, and, ultimately, spiritually. Therefore, the battle against human trafficking is ultimately a spiritual one. In Luke, right after Jesus commands us to love Him with our whole person, He commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves.Unfortunately, human trafficking is not only present in third world countries—it is right at our doorsteps here in America. Loving our neighbors means establishing, renewing, and refreshing their concept of personhood—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—in the love exhibited by Jesus’ teachings and, ultimately, His work on the cross. The controversy involved with Backpage is not simply a matter of the law, it is a matter of people’s personhoods being taken advantage of and being broken down and dehumanized into a purely sexualized image, exacerbated by a culture immersed in pornography.Regardless of what Backpage did or did not do, they’re dabbling in a dark field through the dissemination of sex ads. These ads perpetuate the cycle of prostitution and trafficking. It is our responsibility as Christians to respond and to battle back against this scourge. The cycle of trafficking can be broken. These victims can be reached, healed, and reestablished as whole people through a holistic and complete concept of personhood through Jesus Christ.Mary Beasley is an intern at Family Research Council.
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