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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Temple Baptist Church - 7-7-2019John 15:11Introduction:Philippians 4:4¬ Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.1 Thessalonians 5:16¬ Rejoice evermore.A.¬ Last week, we saw that abiding in Christ¬ brings about the joy of the Lord in the life of the Christian.¬ How can one walk in fellowship and harmony with Christ Jesus and not have that inner joy and peace that comes through being with Him?B.¬ Rejoicing is an outward expression of an inner joy!¬ ¬ When your joy becomes ‚Äúfull‚ÄĚ it overflows in tears and praise.¬ ¬ There is an old saying, ‚ÄúWhen your cup gets full, the saucer gets the blessing!‚ÄĚC.¬ The word ‚Äúrejoice‚ÄĚ¬ in its various forms is found¬ 258x¬ in your King James Bible. It is found only 212x in the now popular ESV.¬ Rejoicing is left out of the ESV46x!¬ Throw the new versions in the garbage can and¬ ¬ GET YOU AN OLD KING JAMES BIBLE!!!1.¬ The First Mention - Exodus 18:8-9¬ And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them. ¬ (9)¬ And Jethro¬ rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done¬ to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.2.¬ The Last Mention - Revelation 19:7¬ ¬ Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.D.¬ I want to look at the latter part of this verse again this morning.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúThat your joy might be full!‚ÄĚ¬ ‚ÄúFulness of joy.‚ÄĚ1.¬ Our Joy Comes Through Fellowship - Psalms 16:11¬ ¬ Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence¬ is¬ fulness of joy; at thy right hand¬ there arepleasures for evermore.2.¬ Our Joy Comes Through Faith - Philippians 1:25¬ ¬ And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;3.¬ Our Joy Comes Through Faithfulness¬ -¬ Psalms 84:4¬ ¬ Blessed¬ arethey that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.E.¬ One of our favorite revival verses is:¬ Psalms 85:6¬ ¬ Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may¬ rejoice in thee?1.¬ Some would say that we need revival in order¬ to have more zeal for the Lord,¬ but¬ the Holy Ghost said we need¬ rejoicing!2.¬ Some would say that we need revival in order¬ to initiate soul winning in the church,¬ but¬ the Holy Ghost said we need¬ rejoicing!3.¬ Some would say that we need revival in order¬ to increase the giving of God's people,¬ but¬ the Holy Ghost said we need¬ rejoicing!4.¬ Some would say that we need revival in order¬ to love one another more fervently,¬ but¬ the Holy Ghost said we need¬ rejoicing!5.¬ The Psalmist said that we need revival in order to ‚Äúrejoice in thee.‚ÄĚF.¬ Revival means to come alive.¬ Religion dampens and despises rejoicing by calling it emotionalism, but God promotes rejoicing and requires it!¬ A right relationship with the Lord encourages rejoicing and calls it ‚ÄúRevival!‚ÄĚG.¬ I want to look at rejoicing from a biblical perspective and then we will be able to see why the Lord placed so much emphasis on both joy and rejoicing.¬ H.¬ Philippians 4:4 says, ‚ÄúRejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ Notice with me that the verse says to ‚Äúrejoice in the Lord alway.‚ÄĚ1.¬ To rejoice in all times and all seasons.¬ ¬ In season and out of season!2.¬ To rejoice in all conditions and all circumstances.I.¬ It is easy to rejoice when you are up on the mountain but, how can we rejoice in the bad times?¬ By being full of the joy of the Lord.¬ Keeping our hearts and minds stayed up on Him and not our surroundings.J.¬ Rejoicing is an important part of our Christian experience¬ because of what it produces in us.THE RESULTS OF REJOICING1.¬ Rejoicing Invigorates Our Soul Winning - Psalms 51:12-13¬ Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me¬ with thy¬ free spirit. 13¬ ¬ Then¬ will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.a.¬ David was not a witness when his sinfulness took his joy!b.¬ When our witness fails, we need revival!2.¬ Rejoicing Improves Our Service - Acts 5:41-42¬ ¬ And they departed from the presence of the council,¬ rejoicing¬ that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42¬ And daily in the temple, and in every house,¬ they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.2 Corinthians 8:2¬ How that in a great trial of affliction¬ the abundance of their joy¬ and their deep poverty¬ abounded¬ unto the riches of their liberality.3.¬ Rejoicing Initiates Our Fellowship - 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.Proverbs 15:13¬ A merry heart¬ maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.¬ ¬ (Rejoicing is contagious.)Acts 2:46-47¬ ¬ And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47¬ ¬ Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.4.¬ Rejoicing Increases Our Strength - Nehemiah 8:10¬ Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for¬ this¬ day¬ is¬ holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry;¬ for the joy of the LORD¬ is your strength.Isaiah 61:10¬ ¬ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,¬ my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom deckethhimself¬ with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth¬ herself¬ with her jewels.5.¬ Rejoicing Introduces Our Testimony - Philippians 1:25-27¬ ¬ And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26¬ ¬ That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27¬ Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;¬ (The world watches us!)Acts 16:23-25¬ And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they castthem¬ into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24¬ Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25¬ And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,¬ and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.Conclusion:¬ ¬ We are all different in our makeup, but rejoicing is a command of God.¬ We can rejoice in different ways:¬ in tears, in testimonies, in singing, in vocal praise, but we are all to rejoice!¬ Don't let the devil or circumstances rob you of your rejoicing or joy!
Building Youth Workers Many youth leaders have a ‚Äúlone ranger ‚ÄĚ type of mentality when it comes to their student ministry. They think they can do it all by themselves. This type of thinking will frustrate you (and your family) and will cause you to be ineffective. As a youth leader, it is essential that you build an effective team no matter what size youth group you may have.There are many benefits to having a healthy youth team. When you develop the leaders around you, your quality of ministry goes up. Your capacity, efficiency, and longevity are increased when responsibilities are divided.Momentum Killer 1: Lack the Passion and Desire to LeadThe fix is to cultivate a genuine walk with God and ask Him to create the passion and desire within you.Momentum Killer 2: Think You Can Do It All YourselfThe fix is to invite the right people to serve alongside you. It's okay to be picky when choosing who will serve with you. They don't need to be perfect, but you want to make sure they've got the character, the walk with God, and the time.Momentum Killer 3: Don't Value Those Who Volunteer Their TimeThe fix is to intentionally express your gratefulness to them throughout the year. Make it known that everything they do is vital and important to the health of the student ministry. You truly do need them and you should value their time.Momentum Killer 4: Youth Workers Aren't Sure What Is Expected of ThemThe fix is to annually teach youth workers their roles and responsibilities. People want to know what is expected of them. You also need to model the lifestyle that you are asking them to follow. Explain to them ahead of time if you expect them to visit each visitor that was in their class each week. Let them know exactly what you would like them to do.Momentum Killer 5: The Resources Needed Are Not ProvidedThe fix is to learn to be a facilitator and meet the needs of your youth workers. Make sure they have the tools they need to effectively minister. Give them a weekly roster for their class and curriculum to teach. Load the bases for your workers and let them hit a grand slam!Momentum Killer 6: Fail to Effectively Plan in AdvanceThe fix is to regularly set aside time for big picture planning. Sit down and go through your calendar and plan activities, soulwinning, and Bible studies way in advance so you can give the parents and workers schedules so they can plan ahead.Momentum Killer 7: Fail to Communicate on a Regular BasisThe fix is to communicate weekly with your youth workers. Send them a weekly list of upcoming activities, meetings, and important dates. Give them a list of their absentees and visitors. Be sure they have the information they need to be better youth workers.Momentum Killer 8: Have a ‚ÄúTemplate‚ÄĚ MinistryThe fix is to discipline yourself to plan creatively. If you need to, enlist the help of others. Be sure that you are not just doing the exact same activity each year. Put some new activities on the calendar and take off some old ones. Don't fall into the rut of just doing the same things.Momentum Killer 9: Don't Take Time to Evaluate the Efficiency of Your TeamThe fix is to create a culture of evaluation. Frequently evaluate what needs to change in how things are being done. Get input from other workers and parents and make the appropriate changes. Make sure the curriculum that the teachers use is effective and that the teachers aren't struggling through it.Momentum Killer 10: Simply Just Don't Get along with Someone You Serve Alongside OfThe fix is to strive for biblical unity. You will from time to time serve with someone that you don't get along with as well as others. New youth leaders may inherit a youth worker that they don't particularly enjoy serving alongside. We must strive for biblical unity though. You may not enjoy the same hobbies, but look for the common ground of loving the Lord and wanting to see spiritual growth in the teens.As youth leaders, we must understand that volunteers and youth workers do not exist for our benefit‚ÄĒwe exist for their benefit! We ought to focus more on edifying the saints in the church than entertaining the teenagers. We are to edify the co-laborers that God has brought into the ministry.
We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life‚ÄĒand rightly so. Ephesians 2:2‚Äď3, 1 John 2:15‚Äď16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul.But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn't show up announcing his presence and his intent to destroy your life, nor do fleshly temptations present themselves as the destructive ‚Äúold man‚ÄĚ Romans 6 tells us has been crucified with Christ.In fact, there are three shapes these enemies can take in the heart of a Christian, and specifically a Christian actively serving the Lord.DiscouragementThe pull of discouragement can come from many sources‚ÄĒcomparison, a lack of fruit, spiritual setbacks in those you've discipled, backsliding in your own walk with the Lord, or simply a difficult season. But whatever the source, Satan can use discouragement to cloud our thinking and make us more vulnerable to temptation or defeat.The Apostle Paul endured many discouraging situations‚ÄĒphysical persecution, disappointments in ministry, and carrying ministry burdens. But he worked through those seasons by choosing to replenish his spirit in the Lord.We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed‚Ä¶but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day‚ÄĒ2 Corinthians 4:8‚Äď9, 16DoubtSatan's fiery darts of doubt are loaded with many types of poison. Sometimes it is doubt as to if you were called into ministry in the first place or if God is using you to make a difference. Sometimes it is doubting your salvation or if what you have believed is true. Other times it is doubt over the forward steps of faith you previously knew that God directed you to take.The answer to every form of doubt is the same: use the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit. God uses His Word in our lives to build faith. Romans 10:17 says, ‚ÄúSo then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.‚ÄĚ So use His Word to go to battle with the fiery darts of doubt.Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:‚ÄĒEphesians 6:16‚Äď17DivisionTo me, the enemy of division is one of the most grievous because we, in the flesh, do it to one another. No wonder God hates it.These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him‚Ä¶he that soweth discord among brethren.‚ÄĒProverbs 6:16, 19How sad that Christians who hold to the same doctrine and proclaim the same gospel take to their blogs and social media to write against one another. While God does command us to contend for the faith (Jude 3) and expose heresy (Titus 1:3), the devil must certainly delight when one soulwinning Baptist writes against another soulwinning Baptist. The division stirred hurts the people involved, the churches that become distracted by it, and young people who watch and are turned away from serving in ministry because of it.Division also comes within the local church itself. Here too, it is usually because of our fleshly pride. This is why God commands us to go to one another when something comes up between us (Matthew 18:15).While we cannot control the actions of those who stir division, we can control our response to them. Colossians 3 tells us to respond in humility, grace, and love.Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.‚ÄĒColossians 3:12‚Äď14If you are finding yourself assaulted by any of these enemies today, don't give up. It may be that the very reason you are encountering opposition is because you are effectively serving the Lord.Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.‚ÄĒEphesians 6:10
Temple Baptist Church - 5-26-2019Romans 15:14-21Introduction:¬ A.¬ Paul, the apostle to the gentiles,¬ recognized his responsibility to the nation from which he came.¬ He is now ready to take the contribution mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16 to the poor saints at Jerusalem.¬ B.¬ He could have simply said¬ that God had called him to the gentiles and that the Jews were the responsibility of Peter and the other apostles.¬ With salvation comes responsibility!¬ C.¬ Some think that going to Heaven¬ is all that salvation is about, but there is much more to it than that.¬ Salvation is not only an eternal hope, but a temporal life lived for Christ.¬ With divine privilege goes divine responsibility.¬ D.¬ I want to look at some areas¬ of responsibility for the children of God.¬ E.¬ Our first responsibility is to God!¬ That should be the priority that compels us to live for God and others instead of for self.¬ ¬ John 20:19-21¬ Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. ¬ (20)¬ And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. ¬ (21)¬ Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:¬ as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.F.¬ To be used of God, we must:1.¬ To Be Holy ‚Äď Holiness is a subject no longer preached and, when preached, no longer heeded!¬ 1 Peter 1:15¬ But as he which hath called you is holy,¬ so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;a.¬ By Putting On The New Man - Ephesians 2:15¬ Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,¬ even¬ the law of commandments¬ contained¬ in ordinances;for to make in himself of twain one new man,¬ so¬ making peace;Romans 12:1¬ ¬ 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.1 Corinthians 6:20¬ For ye are bought with a price: therefore¬ glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.1 Corinthians 10:31¬ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,¬ do all to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 5:17¬ Therefore if any man¬ be¬ in Christ,¬ he is¬ a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Ephesians 4:24¬ And that ye put on the new man,¬ which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.Philippians 1:20¬ According to my earnest expectation and¬ my¬ hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but¬ that¬ with all boldness, as always,so¬ now also¬ Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether¬ it be¬ by life, or by death.Colossians 3:10¬ And have¬ put on the new¬ man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:b.¬ By Putting Off The Old Man -¬ 2 Corinthians 5:17¬ Therefore if any man¬ be¬ in Christ,¬ he is¬ a new creature:¬ old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Romans 6:6¬ Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with¬ him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,¬ that henceforth we should not serve sin.Ephesians 4:22¬ That ye¬ put off concerning the former conversation the old man,¬ which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;2.¬ To Be Faithful ‚Äď Because of the lack of holiness, faithfulness is in great decline.¬ Colossians 1:2¬ ¬ To the saints¬ and¬ faithful brethren in Christ¬ which are at Colosse: Grace¬ be¬ unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.¬ ¬ (Paul put the words ‚Äúsaints‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúfaithful brethren‚ÄĚ joined by ‚Äúand‚ÄĚ which makes them equal.¬ Proverbs 20:6¬ ¬ Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?)a.¬ Faithful In Stewardship - 1 Corinthians 4:2¬ Moreover¬ it is required¬ in stewards, that a man be found faithful.¬ ¬ (‚ÄúStewards‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a distributor, a manager, and overseer.¬ God's blessing upon us physically, financially, spiritually are to be managed and distributed, not hoarded!)b.¬ Faithful In Service - 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;¬ ¬ (God calls only faithful people.¬ I learned long ago, if you want something done, give the job to someone who is already busy.¬ They will find time to get it done whereas people who are not busy generally are not busy for a reason.¬ There is so much to be done.¬ Get involved!)1 Corinthians 4:17¬ ¬ For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus,who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.3.¬ To Be Fruitful - John 15:8¬ Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.a.¬ Fruitful In Soul-Winning - Romans 1:13¬ Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I¬ might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.b.¬ Fruitful In Righteousness - 2 Corinthians 9:10¬ Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for¬ your¬ food,¬ and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)Philippians 1:11¬ ¬ Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.c.¬ Fruitful In The Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23¬ ¬ But the fruit of the Spirit¬ is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,¬ Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Ephesians 5:9¬ (For the fruit of the Spirit¬ is¬ in all¬ goodness and righteousness and truth;)James 3:18¬ And¬ the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace¬ of them that make peace.d.¬ Fruitful In Service - Colossians 1:10¬ That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,¬ being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;e.¬ Fruitful In Worship - Hebrews 13:15¬ By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is,¬ the fruit of¬ our¬ lips giving thanks to his name.4.¬ To Be Obedient - 1 Peter 1:14¬ ¬ As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:Romans 16:19¬ ¬ For your obedience is come abroad unto all¬ men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.2 Corinthians 10:5¬ Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and¬ bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The great thing about the Internet is that everything is just a click away. If you√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘre interested in finding information, all you have to do is key a few words into the address bar of your browser and within seconds you will have all the facts, statistics, articles, and reviews that you might need. If you√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘre interested in purchasing something, you have only to reach as far as your back pocket to find what you want. Grab your credit card and browse an online marketplace to make instant purchases. You can even order home-delivery pizza from several major franchises directly through their websites.This kind of convenience seems to be the end-goal of every major industry. Fast food restaurants attempt to fill your drive-thru order in as little time as possible. Television networks try to provide you with your favorite TV shows according to your busy schedule through Tivo or On-Demand Pay-Per-View programming. Some stores even allow you to have your groceries delivered directly to your home. By now, your probably beginning to get the idea. Convenience vs. Character Most people have been conditioned by these luxuries into what I like to call an √Ę‚ā¨ňúinstant gratification mindset.√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ People with this mindset always seem to be in a hurry. They want things now, and I mean right now! They are in a hurry to get things they want, in a hurry to make a lot of money through get-rich-quick schemes, in a hurry to see something finished that normally requires a lot of time and hard work and, last but not least, in a hurry to see results.Years ago there was a maxim: Patience is a virtue. A few generations ago, Americans believed that the key to being wealthy was through years of hard work and a solid buy-and-hold investing strategy. Former generations of Americans avoided debt like the plague. They would never have imagined putting a new pair of shoes on a credit card since they wouldn√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt have enough money to pay for them for a few more months. They saved and spent only the money they had. Theirs was a generation, not of instant gratification, but of patience. The truth in this principle has nearly been forgotten to today√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs modern society. The World's Influence On Christianity As America continues this downward spiral toward impatience and instant gratification, she seems to be dragging Christianity along for the ride. American Christians seem to typify these same negative character traits leading to a drastic decline in their spirituality and in their ability to positively influence the world.Christians seem to be living their lives in such a hurry that they neglect the very activities that they were commanded to be doing. Many Christians have stopped praying because they didn√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt see instant answers. Many Christians have quit soul-winning because they didn√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt claim instant conversions. Many churches have compromised on music, dress, and doctrine because standing for truth didn√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt bring instant crowds.What are your thoughts? Are you one who patiently obeys and serves God or are you neglecting your responsibilities and your stand for truth because you didn√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt see instant results?In Christ,Nicholas Z. Cardot
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