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Temple Baptist Church - 6-17-20181 Kings 21:1-16Introduction:A. We have just read an old familiar story about a man of integrity. A man who thought that his heritage was of far greater worth than money. Naboth died for his decision to not “sell the farm.”B. First, I want to give a little typology found in this story.1. Ahab, a wicked king, is a type of Satan and the world.2. Naboth is a type of the people of God.3. The vineyard is a type of church.4. The “inheritance of my fathers” is the antiquity of his forefather's vineyard.5. Naboth's death is a type of the price paid for the inheritance of the vineyard.C. A wicked King desired to buy an old vineyard that was adjacent to the palace. 1. I wonder how many times Ahab looked out at this beautiful vineyard and desired it. Ahab was not a vine dresser! There came a day when Ahab decided to make Naboth an “offer that he could not refuse.” I do not think that Ahab offered him less than it was worth because money was no object to the king. He thought that Naboth would certainly sell to him because he was the king and the offer seemed fair. Naboth refused! He refused because it was his inheritance of his family's heritage. 2. Naboth's refusal was a “slap in the face” Ahab. Ahab was sad in spirit because of Naboth's refusal. Jezebel devised a plan to end Naboth's life and take the vineyard.D. I want to give an analogy of our day that represents this story well.1. Harrison Bridge Road intersects with Fairview Road in Simpsonville. Fairview Road has been one of the fastest growing in the upstate as businesses have jumped up everywhere. There are quite a few new housing developments along the road: homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes. High dollar property!2. In close proximity to the intersection that I referred to, there was a huge farm. Beautiful rolling hills, a pond, a home, completely fenced in with plenty of cattle. For a number of years, I watched that farm with interest because of the rising price of acreage and the dwindling amount of open property for builders to buy and sell.3. I was thrilled every time that I took the back way home and passed that old farm! I knew that numerous offers had probably been made and the price, no doubt, in the millions. I knew that some older people probably lived there, and it was the homeplace that children were raised in and not grown children and grandchildren still visited.4. Every time I saw it, I thought, hold out!! I made mention of it to Barbara more than once and I did not want the owners to “sell the farm.” It was a constant reminder of a time now gone and a family home place that could be visited.5. Now, the farm is gone, and condos, apartments, and housing are on the land. Home gone, pond gone, cattle gone, fences gone, and family gone. Someone “sold the farm.”E. Just bear with me for a few minutes. 1. I was raised at 710 Railroad Street in Earlington, KY. I little coal mining town nestled in the “heart of the coal fields.” Our home was rundown when Dad bought it. I remember Dad sitting on the floor joists working as he leveled the floors (as much as could be leveled) and put down beautiful hardwood floors. 2. In size, it was a modest home with just four rooms and a bath. Dad took a walk-through closet and made a small bedroom. It was home to Mom and Dad along with three boys and one special little girl. The year that Barbara and I married, Dad sold the house and bought one in Morton's Gap, KY but—to me—it was never home. I never lived there. 3. I still go by the old house on Railroad Street that needs to be bulldozed, stop and try to look in the windows. The memories of my childhood flood back but it is now just an old empty shell of a house that has become an eyesore. To the world, it is just an old house that is no longer inhabitable because dad “sold the farm!” But, while it stands, it will always be home.4. Around 1990, mom sold our little farm. I now go back, and the old cabin is gone and all is in ruins. The memories flood back with a bitter-sweet feeling of the glory of its past and the ruins of its present. Mom “sold the farm!”F. Throughout the Bible, we find people who “sold the farm.”1. Adam and Eve sold out for the knowledge of good and evil.2. Esau sold out for a bowl of pottage.3. Achan sold out for a wedge of gold, a bag of silver, and a Babylonish garment.4. Samson sold out for a loose living woman.5. Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver.6. Demas sold out for the love of this present world.G. Why can we not “sell the farm” at Temple Baptist Church. Satan wants to destroy it and the world would love to have it!1 Because of the Change. Verse 2. “that I may have it for a garden of herbs” a “Herb Garden” instead of a fruitful vineyard. I am not against herbs, but I believe that the change from a well dressed vineyard to a garden of herbs was a serious downgrade. If Temple Baptist Church ever decides to accept the price offered by the world (more people, more money), there will be a swift—radical change. a. The music will change. There will be a “praise leader” and “praise band” to disgrace our pulpit.b. The Old Paths of our fathers will give way to the New Paths of this modern age. c. Casualness will replace respectfulness and the sanctuary will become a place of multi-tasking. The hallowedness of the church grounds will be gone.d. The “must” of worship in spirit and truth will become the worship of “another” spirit with little or no truth.e. The “Gold Standard” of the King James Bible will give way to the corruption of the new versions that add to, take away, and diminish the Word of God.2. Because of the Cost. Verses 2, 6. “Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.” Money cannot buy what we have: the best church that I have ever been a member of. a. A unity that have not found in any other. The peace of God here that passeth all understanding. A fellowship so sweet that we consider each other family with a bond that cannot be broken. A love and fellowship that cannot be bought at any price. If we ever “sell the farm,” what we now enjoy and take for granted will change.1 John 1:3-7 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (4) And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.b. A pulpit that will not be compromised. Men who ascend into this pulpit are clean men, King James Bible men, God's men! I thank God for a people who will allow God's man to preach the unsearchable, unchanging truth of an old King James Bible. If we ever “sell the farm,” the pulpit will be gone!c. Missionaries that know, love, and pray for us will be gone. We have supported many of these missionaries for over 30 years, many over 20 years. We know them, and they know us! Good missionaries will drop Temple Baptist Church if we ever “sell the farm.”d. If we “sell the farm,” the cost will be greater than we could ever imagine.3. Because of the Children. Verse 3. “The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” a. As the vineyard once belonged to the fathers, now belonged to Naboth, it also belonged to Naboth's posterity! “Fathers” is plural and is to be understood that the vineyard had been in the family for many generations. b. Though they are young and have little or no say, Naboth would be selling “the children's farm!” The place of their childhood; the stability of their spiritual well-being; their roots. Though some move off, some stay and will raise their children here.c. Thus it is with the church if we “sell the farm.” When our children and grandchildren decide to visit, the church that they were brought up in will only be a memory. I wonder what the little farm family's children and grandchildren think when they drive by the old homeplace on Fairview Road? d. Our church is not the most beautiful or the most expensive, but it is ours! It is not only ours but also belongs to our children and grandchildren.Conclusion: The farm on Fairview Road is but a fading memory; our family home in Kentucky along with the little farm are but a fading memory. Let us keep our church for ourselves, our children, and for a light along the highway.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-3-2018Romans 8:18-21Introduction:A. Last week, we took a short look at the suffering of this present time. Life is hard; life is unfair; life can both physically and spiritually crush you if you allow it to do so. There are times when I am disappointed, hurt, angry, confused, and just plain tired of life. In these verses, Paul gets the spiritual eyes of the Roman believers on the future instead of this present, evil world.B. One of my favorite songs says, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus; life's trials will seem so small, when we see Christ. One look at His dear face, all sorrows will erase; so bravely run the race, ‘til we see Christ.”1. Verse 18, we see the comparison. “Not worthy to be compared.”2. Verse 19, we see the expectation. “The manifestation of the sons of God.”3. Verses 20-21, we see the deliverance from corruption. “From the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” C. The song writer got a spiritual glimpse of the glory to come: “Oh, that will be glory for me, glory for me. When by His grace I shall look on His face, that will be glory, be glory for me!”D. The glory which shall be revealed. It will be revealed “in” us as well as to us. Let me clarify the use of the preposition “in.” Many years ago, when we went to the Grand Canyon, I looked at it through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. Being raised in Kentucky, I had seen strip pits all my life. We swam in these abandoned surface coal mines. My thought was that the Grand Canyon was the biggest gully that I had ever see. My day said that if he had been there when that thing started and had a couple of bales of hay, he could have stopped it. Most see it in wonder and awe. Everyone sees the same thing with their eyes but their perspective is different. When we get to heaven, we will all see the same thing, but our inward perspective will be the same.1. The Glory of Seeing Christ! For the first time, we will see Christ—not as we imagine Him to be—but as He is.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.John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.Jude 24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.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.2. The Glory of Experiencing A New Body!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.1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (21) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.3. The Glory of Our Eternal Home! Heaven and earth will exceed all our expectations! 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.John 14:1-2 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.4. The Glory of Former Things Passed Away! One of the greatest things about heaven is what will not be there!2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.Revelation 21:4-5 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
The Rev. John Alderson, Jr., founder of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, was born in New Jersey on March 5, 1738.Â His father, the Rev. John Alderson, Sr., who came New Jersey in 1719, and his grandfather, the Rev. John Alderson of Yorkshire, England, were distinguished ministers of the gospel, the latter of the Established church.Â the former, born in England in 1699, came to America in 1719, settled in New Jersey, married Jane Curtis, became a Baptist minister, served Bethlehem Church, New Jersey, and later located in Germantown, PA.In 1755, he moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, where he had the pastoral care of Lynville's Creek Church.Â While there, the call came to his son, John Jr., to enter the ministry.Â In 1775 John took charge of the Lynville Creek Baptist Church upon the removal of his father to Botetourt County.However, in 1774 and again in 1776 Rev. John Alderson, Jr. made two missionary tours across the Alleghenies into the Valley of Greenbrier.Impressed by the need for a constant missionary effort on behalf of the settlers there, he determined to make that region his home, and in 1774 he went with his family to live and teach the gospel of Christ west of the mountains.Â It is said he was eighteen months making the journey across themountains, coming in the first wagon to make such a journey.On reaching Jackson's River, he learned that the Indians had attacked the home of Col. James Graham in Greenbrier, killing one member of his family and taking another prisoner.Â Consequently, he delayed there several months, reaching his destination in October.The Indian depredations continues for a number of years.Â The inhabitants, for their mutual protection, mostly resided in forts.Â So, protected by an armed escort through the woods, from one fort to another, this zealous minister traveled in pursuit of his dangerous vocation.M. Alderson organized the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, North Alderson, on November 24, 1787, with twelve members, including himself, his wife, and his brother, Thomas, a Revolutionary soldier who had just returned from his battle of Yorktown which had occurred thirty-six days earlier.In 1784, the congregation built a log church on a lot given by William Morris, a brother in law of Rev. John Alderson, Jr.Â they having married the Carroll sisters, Nancy and Mary.Â These sisters were distant relatives of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.The twelve members organized into the Greenbrier Church petitioned the Ketochton Association, from which Mr. Alderson had come, to receive them into its membership.Â This was done.Â But in 1796 they united with the New River Association, which had recently been formed with ten churches.Â In 1800, Rev. John Alderson, Jr., with the aid of Rev. James Johnston and Rev.Josiah Osborne, the latter two having recently come into this section, petitioned and obtained leave to form a separate Greenbrier Association. The first meeting was held in Big Levels (Lewisburg) Church in 1801.Mr. Alderson founded nine churches, from Greenbrier to the Kentucky line, in about forty years.Â He closed a long life, in the full confidence of his brethren, on March 5, 1821.Â He was buried just a few feet back of the church.His contemporaries speak of him as "A man of much more than ordinary ability" and as "one of the leading men of his day."Â Besides the trials incident to work upon the frontier, he had, like his father, the distinguished privilege of suffering in behalf of Christ for the promotion of religious liberty, having been imprisoned for preaching and performing marriages contrary to the laws of the Established Church of England.Â Paul's list of perils might well be applicable to this "Apostle to the Greenbrier."He established a numerous family.Â A number of his descendants have been zealous heralds of the cross in this and other states.Â One or more members have gone into nearly every state in the union from this church.From the Greenbrier Church have come at least a score of churches, while through the instrumentality of agencies which he set in motion thousands of men and women have been led into the Kingdom of God.Â Â The twelve original members of the Greenbrier Church have grown to 685, and the four original churches, in the Greenbrier Association, to fifty, with 6,354 members.Â The fourth church building of handsome stone stands on the same spot where the first log building and the two successive frame buildings stood.Â Many of his descendants are members of the church he founded even to the eighth generation.The twelve original members of the Greenbrier Church have grown to 685, and the four original churches to fifty with over 6,354 members.Â The fourth church building is on the same spot where the first log building and its successors stood.In connection with the life of the Rev. John Alderson, Jr. some one has said the beautiful words inscribed upon Moody's tomb are strikingly appropriate: "The world passeth away, and the dust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."Dale R. Hart D.D.Pastor, Author, conference speaker, camp meeting preacher.
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