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Lester Roloff - A Pattern For Children (Pt. 2 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastured two part-time churches. He then pastured four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.

Lester Roloff - A Pattern For Children (Pt. 1 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastored two part-time churches. He then pastored four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.

Lester Roloff - Be Content

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

Lester Roloff - Are You A Good Brother? (Pt. 1 of 2)

Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended

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Temple Baptist Church - 3-18-2018Psalm 27:1-5Introduction: A. I want to preach for a few weeks on the importance of the local church in the lives of God's children. When our Lord ascended back to heaven, He left several things to the believers in His impending absence:1. The Holy Spirit. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.2. The Word of God. 1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.3. The Local Church. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.B. These three are equally essential to the well being of the believer. I may do a series on all three before I am finished because of the apparent ignorance of most professing believers of their value.C. David was both a man of war and a man of worship. In these verses, we find his heart's desire to assemble with the people of God in worship. David loved the house of the Lord. Your local church is important in your life as a believer!Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.Hebrews 10:22-25 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (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.D. Hebrews 10:25 is possibly the most quoted verse concerning church attendance and has been normally been preached as a negative. 1. Hebrews 10:25 says, “As the manner of some is.” The word manner means a custom or habitual practice. There are so many people who professed to be saved that have no desire to be faithful to the local church. 2. We have a good nucleus here at Temple. I want to encourage the “as the manner of some is” this morning to get in. I also want to encourage the faithful to stay in. Many of the unfaithful were once faithful. E. There has been a great forsaking of the assembling in the past few decades with many in America unchurched. 1. Our nation if following the same path as England and Europe: the path of godlessness which always leads to ungodliness. 2. The faithful few that make up the nucleus of the local church have become fewer in number, especially Sunday and Wednesday night crowds. Few want any time of “extra” services such as revival meetings or mission conferences.F. With many, it is a leaving your “first love” problem. This morning, I want to encourage you to love your church! Make it a major part of your life. What a privilege it is to come to church! What a blessing to be able to come to church! What a benefit to be able to come to church!What makes the local church so special:1. It Is The Place That God Loves - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Jesus Christ died for the Church! He gave His life for that which He loves. Truly, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” When you get saved, you should love what God loves!)2. It Is The Place Of Worship - Psalms 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. (You can and should worship anywhere but the church house is a special place. It was a place built to worship in. You can come here and sing as loud as you please; you can say “Amen” or shout “Glory to God;” you can give your tithe and offerings scripturally in God's house. What a blessing!)3. It Is The Place Of Preaching And Teach God's Word - 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (You probably know it by now, but I love this blessed old King James Bible that I hold in my hand. We can read it at home; We can study it at home; but here in the house of the Lord, men of God preach like they know what they are preaching about! I rejoice with the Apostle Paul when the Bible is heralded and the preacher lifts up his voice like a trumpet!)4. It Is The Place Where God's People Gather - Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.(The greatest people on earth are there! When I got saved I fell in love with a lot of things that please God but one of the greatest of all was the people of God. No, they are not perfect, but they are my brothers and sisters in Christ! We are all in the Body of Christ which is the Family of God and we love you!)5. It Is The Place Where Sinners Are Both Sought And Loved - Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. (I love to see sinners come to the church house and be privileged to sit under the power of the Word of God and have an opportunity to hear the gospel and give their hearts and lives to Christ. The to watch the Lord gloriously change their lives for His glory.)6. It Is The Place Where I Pay My Tithes And Give My Offerings - Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (So many professing believers never get this! The tithe belong to the Lord and giving begins only above the tithe. What a blessing; what a thrill to be able to give to the work of the Lord. I saw this sermon title on the sign in front of Mount Zion Baptist Church one Sunday morning: “There's going to be a hold up Sunday morning.”)7. It Is God's Instrument For World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 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. (I love to give an offering to missions! We can help support precious families as they cover the globe preaching the same gospel that we preach. Missionaries are the greatest people in the world! There is no greater calling than that. Carrying the Word of God to a world that needs Jesus Christ and we can help go by giving! We can go on organized visitation where we can personally witness to the Lost and occasionally see one get saved!)8. It Was There That I Heard The True Gospel Preached And Was Gloriously and Eternally Saved – Luke 18:10, 13-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican … And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (If it weren't for the local church, this pastor would still be lost in my sin. I got saved on a Sunday night in an independent Baptist Church. Thank God for Bob Lamb! God laid it upon his heart to come to Madisonville, Ky and start a church under an old gospel tent! Barbara and I were saved because of it! Ask me why I love the local church!!)9. It Is A Place Of Comfort And Spiritual Joy - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (The church is a refuge; a stronghold; a place of peace and tranquility; a place where we come and enjoy the things of God. It is a place of comfort to the troubled and a source of joy to those who are hurting. It is in the church that you will find encouragement and help. It is in the church that you will find that you never walk alone.)10. It Is An Encouragement Filling Station - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (We can get filled up at church. We can go to put something into the service and also to get something out of it. If you do not get a blessing, then it was because you were not blessable! I know blessable is not a word but I can make one up if I wanna! If you want a blessing, you will get one. If you do not want a blessing, don't blame it on anyone or anything but yourself. You get out of a church service what you put into it.)Conclusion: The Local Church Is Just A Little Bit Of Heaven On Earth - Psalms 84:1-12 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. (If you don't like church, don't go to heaven! A lot of people have imagined a heaven that is not the heaven of this Bible. There will be praising and singing; there will be worship like we have never experienced; it is a prepared place for a prepared people! You won't like it there because church is a little bit of heaven on earth!)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-20182 Peter 2:1-9Introduction:A. Though all of this has been prophesized for thousands of years, it still amazes this preacher that America has gone so spiritually “south.” In my lifetime, I have witnessed the decline in every major denomination.1. Older people, who have seen this change come, have evidently gotten used to the dark because they refuse to “come out from among them.” Just because Granny is buried in the church cemeteries, they remain faithful to these liberal churches and will be buried there too.2. Younger people, who have never known the old paths of their fathers, now run after these false prophets who are leading contrary to the Word of God.B. We know what time it is and, yet, lose so many to follow their pernicious (wicked) ways. They speak evil of those who hold to the truth of God's Word and the multitudes are in agreemet with them.2 Timothy 3:13-17; 4:1-4 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works … (4:1) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?1. Lucifer beguiled the angels in heaven to rebel against God.2. The satanic serpent beguiled Eve in the beginning.3. False Prophets in the Old Testament led the people astray.4. Pharisees of the times of Christ found fault and led to the crucifixion of Christ.5. Judaizing teachers followed the Apostle Paul and led the people away from his teachings.5. False teachers in churches and seminaries have challenged the Word of God in our day and turned the multitudes from the Bible by undercutting its purity and authority.C. Why do so many reject the Truth? You would think that everyone would follow truth, but this is not the case. They follow those who speak evil of truth instead. Why does the world choose to reject the truth of God's Word. And follow these false teachers?1. They do not want an authoritative Bible. If the Bible is God's Word, and it is, then they would have to submit to that authority. The world rejects the Bible without ever reading it. They have no personal knowledge of truth and follow those who pervert the truth.2. They do not want a salvation that changes the heart and desires. The world loves their sin and is not willing to give it up for a holy life. The world rejects righteousness and chooses to follow those who promote unrighteousness.3. The god of this world has done a good job of blinding their minds to the gospel. The gospel gives salvation to all who come to Christ by faith. The world rejects the concept that few are going to heaven and the many are on the broad way to hell. The gospel is exclusive!4. The false religions appeal to the flesh. The world loves worldliness and false teachers who make their message appealing to the sinful. Sinners are sinners by birth and sinners by choice. The world wants a religion that requires nothing and judges nothing. The Word of God condemns sin and judges it.5. The minds of the multitudes has been programed to think according to the philosophy of the world. This world has gone mad. Our children are being raised up in an ungodly world where common sense and right is labeled as the enemy of society. Their thinking is perverted and that is the reason that our minds must be renewed through God's Word.D. Why do so many professing Christians reject the truth? People who have known truth, people who were raised in truth, follow those who attack and speak evil of the truth. They leave good churches for ones that do not preach on sin, practical sanctification, and service.1. Because they reject God's command of distinction! We that are saved are not of this world! We are new creatures, we are different, and we are the enemy.Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Transformation to Christ comes through the renewing of our minds and the renewing of our mind comes through the Word of God. We are to love God, not the world. People follow their pernicious ways because of their affinity with the world.)2. Because of their love for sinfulness! God's people love God! But, as sinfulness comes, that first love begins to cool.Matthew 24:11-12 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (The preaching of our day is mostly exhortational and positive were as Biblical preaching is mostly reproving and rebuking.)2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (Notice the Biblical order of preaching. This does not mean that the pastor is hateful or always negative. The key to reproving and rebuking is longsuffering and doctrine. Longsuffering shows compassion while doctrine does the rest. People do not want a church whose doctrine is right.)3. Because the world has changed their thinking! We that are saved are being constantly bombarded with the philosophy of the world. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 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. (15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (We have the mind of Christ but have to allow that spiritual mind to operate within the realm of our thinking.)2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (I do not like to take a text our of its context but do want to make a spiritual application from this verse. Satan is busily seeking whom he may devour. He uses philosophy to get his work done.)4. Because of spiritual loneliness! If you live for Christ in these last days, you will have to travel the road less traveled. “Though none go with me, still I will follow” is easily sung but takes spiritual resolve to accomplish. The sword of division brought by Christ is a reality.2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-29-20181 Samuel 17:1-11A. We all know well the story of David and Goliath. I want to make a practical application from these few verses this morning as I continue to preach on the subject of “The Local Church.”B. We know the story of David killing the Goliath after exclaiming, “Is there not a cause.” Many sermons have been preached on that subject, but I want to give an application to an important strategy of war. C. The armies of both the Philistines and Israel were afraid of coming down into the Valley of Elah and, for 40 days, had maintained the high ground that was found on either side.1 Samuel 17:3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.1 Samuel 17:16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.D. Let me give you some quick typology before I get into the message too deeply.1. The army of the Philistines is a type of the world. They hold their ground but challenge us to come down to the valley and fight their giant.2. The army of Israel a type of the people of God. As long as they hold the high ground, the enemy cannot defeat them.3. The valley is a type of Compromise. Notice that they are not challenged to come down for they will never give up their high ground.4. The giant a type of Satan. He is not of the children of God, he is the giant of this world!5. The 40 days is a type of testing. The giant of the valley of compromise never gives up!6. The challenging is a type of war. Give me a man to fight! If one of us goes down to fight the giant and loses the battle (and he will), then we all become servants of the world.E. Now for an example of what I am preaching about. July 1-3, 1863 was the Battle of Gettysburg. 1. The battle took place in Pennsylvania as the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, let the Army of Northern Virginia against the Union Army of the Potomac, led by General George G. Meade. This battle was the turning point of the Civil War as both sides had fought to a virtual stalemate. 2. General Robert E. Lee led his army into the heart of the Union north in an attempt to break the Union's back and bring the Civil War to an end. The result of the battle was app. 46,000-51,000 dead and the Civil War lost. 3. The key to the battle was that the Union army held the high ground and General Lee chose to fight there instead of retreat until another day. Though the Civil War would go on for another 2 years, the war was lost at Gettysburg.4. General Robert E. Lee was a brilliant general and well versed in the art of war but, for what ever reason, chose to violate an imperative strategy of war: always hold the high ground.F. In our story, we find both opposing armies holding their “high ground,” while a giant walked in the valley that lay between. In verse 10, the giant cried, “Give me a man!” Goliath was prepared to both fight and die in the valley. G. We, as independent Bible believing Baptists, have been often maligned as being legalistic and cultic because we have tried to maintain the “high ground” through the years. This is rapidly changing as many independent Baptist churches have given in to the pressure of compromise. They have chosen numbers and worldliness over worship in the beauty of holiness.H. I have been referred to by some as being to “straight laced,” too “old fashioned!” One man, as he was leaving our church for the last time said that he was “tired of the Independent Baptist mentality.” I am not mad at these people. I feel sorry for them because they have missed the point and do not understand why your pastor holds the church and pulpit to such high standards.I. Last week, we established that Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church belongs to Him. 2 Timothy 3:15 refers to the local church as the “House of God, which is the church of the living God.”J. The greatest danger of the church is not that we will suddenly leave our “high ground” for the “high ground” of the world. The greatest danger is that our church will slowly descend into the valley of compromise where we will find a “giant” who is willing to fight and die. That our church will take that first step towards compromise.K. When a local church begins down the road of compromise, it enters the valley where there is a “worldly giant” who is willing to fight and die for what he believes. The question must be asked, “Are we?” How do we maintain the “high ground?”L. Though there are many, I want to look at four “giants” that we will face if we begin our descent into the “valley of compromise.”1. There is a “giant of confusion” that awaits us in the “valley of compromise.” We MUST continue to honor the Word of God as the Final Authority for both faith and practice. The high ground” of the Biblical Singularity. We are all together on this subject but to slip is to eventually face a giant that we cannot defeat! Look at all the churches and schools who “gave an inch” to the new satanic versions. Once in the valley, there is no turning back. Biblical incorrectness is virtually uncorrectable.2. There is a “giant of ecumenism” that awaits us in the valley of compromise. We MUST continue to walk in the “good way” of the Old Paths of purity and surety. We must “hold the high ground” of doctrinal purity. We are who we are, Biblicists! We are independent Baptist in name, but the Bible is our standard. Just this week I was invited to a revival in town at another “Baptist” church. The person who invited me said that they missed the old days when Baptist, Methodists, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Catholic and other denominations came together for worship. Ecumenism is virtually uncorrectable.3. There is a “giant of liberalism” that awaits us in the “valley of compromise.” We MUST suffer the Word of Exhortation. Allowing the preaching to have free course. I try to come to this pulpit with something that will help you and me. I do my best to protect this pulpit by preemptively question each preacher that stands here. Men who stand here must be men of God and God never called a man to preach doctrinal error! Men who help me to live a more consistent life for Christ. As goes the pulpit, so goes the church.2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:4. There is a “giant of worldliness” that awaits us in the valley of compromise.” We MUST give God the benefit of every doubt. Abstaining from all appearance of evil in every aspect of our worship. Maintaining holiness in our worship; maintaining integrity in our music; maintaining purity in our membership; maintaining love and forgiveness in our fellowship. Twice in the Book of Judges the Scripture says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Everyone's standards of music and dress are a little different so there must be a common standard that protects the convictions of everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (All and always!)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-15-2018Mark 11:15-19Introduction:A. Lately, I have been preaching on the local church. As I was reading my Bible on the deck Saturday morning, these familiar verses stood out.B. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke we find the story of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem and His cleansing of the Temple.C. In the Wilderness, there was the Tabernacle; in Jerusalem, there was the Temple; in the New Testament, we find the local church.D. All three of these had a common purpose: a place where men met with God in worship and a place where God met with men in fellowship. 1 Kings 8:48-49 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: (49) Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,2 Chronicles 7:14-16 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. (16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.E. Here, we find God's love for the place of worship. What was to be known in all nations as the house of prayer had become common and a house of thieves.Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.1. The Anger of the Lord! This account is one few times that we see Jesus Christ angered. John 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;a. He found a change in the people's attitude toward the temple.b. He found a change in God's intended purpose of the temple.2. The Den of Thieves! The House of the Lord had become Commercial! Mark 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;a. Churches that have become commercial. John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (Some raffle off things, have even have coffee shops in them, support their projects by selling donuts, having bake sales, etc. God's church business is to be funded by the tithes and offerings. Religion is big business and you can get rich if you find out what the people want and adhere to it.)b. There are churches that are all about the money. 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (We are not to worry about the finances of the local church. The offerings are God's, not ours and we operated within the finances that come in. Since when has God been broke? Televangelists have done much harm to the world's perception of religion.)c. Often, preachers speak of families that will not trust God with the tithe and then the same preachers worry over the offerings. I often say, when we receive the Lord's tithes and offerings, “You give as unto the Lord and it will be just right.” That is why I do not normally take up special offerings.2. The House of the Lord had become Common! Mark 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.a. A vessel was something for common use. Sanctuaries have become auditoriums. A “sanctuary” is something reserved or set aside. To carry a common vessel “through” was to make the sanctuary a thoroughfare or common use. The new trend is to have a multi-purpose place of worship. I have seen a church on Hwy. 25 North that was such. It could be used for worship or play as it was a glorified gymnasium with chairs set out for services. The sanctuary is not a place for play or food and drink. It is a place of worship.b. Churches in our day, for the most part, have become common through becoming casual. The church is a holy place where God's people come to worship Him. It is a special place. It is a sanctuary that is set aside.c. The modern-day churches uses three things to attract the worldly.1) Their Music that appeals to the flesh.2) Their Message that offends no one.3) Their Methods that are unbiblical.d. Here at Temple, we will respect God's house—both the pulpit and the pew. It may seem a little old fashioned, but our forefathers had it right and we will keep it right.3. The end result: The House of the Lord was no longer the House of Prayer! Psalms 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (19) But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. (20) Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.Conclusion: Every generation will have to make a choice concerning what they want in a church. As each generation passes through the “valley of the shadow of death,” a new generation will choose either the Old Paths of the fathers or the New Paths of the world.Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-1-2018Mark 15:12-15, 33-47; 16:1-8Introduction: A. This morning is Resurrection Sunday. A day much revered among God's people. Our celebration of the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Capstone of Christianity; the completion of the glorious gospel of Christ, the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:B. The Gospel defined: The word gospel means “good news” or “good tidings.” 1. The good news for a world dying in sin! 2. The good news that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!” 3. The good news that the sinful does not have to spend eternity in a devil's hell! 4. The good news that all has been done that is necessary for a sinner to be saved! 5. The good news that every sinner who ever lived could be saved!6. The good news that God's prepared heaven is now freely accessible to the both the greatest and the least of mankind!C. We just read very familiar verses of Scripture that define the gospel. Paul defined it in a shorter version in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15:1 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; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins (death) according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried (burial), and that he rose again(resurrection) the third day according to the scriptures: D. In both the Books of 2 Corinthians and Galatians, we find the perverting of the gospel. In the First Century, as false teachers infiltrated the local churches and found willing followers, the gospel fell under attack. Satan hates the gospel! The gospel is God's power unto salvation to those who believe on Christ. E. This morning, I want to look at some aspects of the Gospel found in these verses of Scripture. 1. The Purity Of The Gospel - The Gospel Defined – vs. 3-4 Many do not understand the gospel and refer to themselves as “full gospel” by adding other things to Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Galatians calls this is “another gospel which is not another!”a. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. (Involves the prophecies [such as not having a bone broken, etc.] doctrines of sin, Christ, and salvation.)b. Christ was buried. (Involves prophecies fulfilled such as that He made His grave with the rich.)c. Christ rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (A glorious bodily resurrection.)2. The Preaching Of The Gospel - The Gospel Delivered – vs. 1, 3 The gospel must be preached in all of its purity in order to be effective.a. The Gospel Daringly Declared – vs. 1 “declared” (Unashamedly and boldly preached.)b. The Gospel Dutifully Delivered – vs. 3 “delivered” (In fulfillment of the Great Commission, preached to every creature both at home and abroad.)3. The People Of The Gospel – The Gospel Desired – vs. 1 A realization that salvation is through Christ alone brings about two things.a. The Gospel Brings Conversion – vs. 1 “received” (A realization that works cannot obtain salvation.)b. The Gospel Brings Confidence – vs. 1 “stand” (A realization that works cannot maintain salvation.)4. The Power Of The Gospel – The Gospel Demonstrated - vs. 3-4 The Gospel message works as well today as it did two thousand years ago. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. Romans 1:16 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.a. The Power Of Propitiation – vs. 3 “Christ died” (For every man, woman, and child who ever has or ever will live.)b. The Power Of Salvation – vs. 3 “our sins” (For all of our sins, past, present, and future.)c. The Power Of Resurrection – vs. 4 “rose again” (Brings resurrection presently in holiness of life and then resurrection future into His eternal presence.)5. The Protection Of The Gospel – The Gospel Defended - vs. 2 The Gospel has always been under attack because it alone brings salvation. The Gospel was attacked through the denial of the resurrection of the Sadducees, those who religious zealots who crucified Christ, the soldiers who were to keep the tomb.a. Against Apostasy's Deviation – vs. 2 “keep in memory” (We live in days where the virgin birth, blood atonement, and other major gospel doctrines are under attack.)b. Against Apathy's Dereliction - vs. 2, 10 “believed in vain…I laboured” (If the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation [and it is] then we must be busy telling others the glorious news that Christ died for them and they can be eternally saved through trusting His finished work at Calvary.)
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