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Temple Baptist Church - 1-21-2018Hebrews 10:22-27Introduction:¬ A.¬ In the Lord's physical absence,¬ He gave the believers the local church.¬ 1.¬ I cannot over emphasize¬ the importance of Temple Baptist Church along with other local churches.¬ The Lord chose the local assemblies of God's people to do the work of evangelism, missions, teaching, and fellowship.2.¬ The reason for this message¬ is the de-emphasizing of the importance of what we are doing this morning, faithfully assembling in a local, autonomous, indigenous, Bible believing, New Testament local church!B.¬ Instead of following the clear command¬ of ‚Äúnot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,‚ÄĚ There has been a serious decline¬ in church attendance in the past few decades and this decline is simply a fulfillment of Scripture.¬ It has been prophesied that in the last days, there would be a falling away and we are certainly in the middle of it.¬ C.¬ The ‚Äúform of godliness‚Ä̬ has permeated the ranks of the professing believers with little or no conviction or desire for holiness of life. ¬ The local churches, for the most part, have left the godliness of the Old Paths for the worldliness of the New Paths.D.¬ Most churches have decent crowds on Sunday morning,¬ but the Sunday night and Wednesday night crowds have dwindled to the point of calling off services.¬ 1.¬ ‚ÄúAs the manner of some is‚Ä̬ has become the rule instead of the exception with more and more of the once faithful now either slack in their faithfulness or completely out of church.¬ 2.¬ My Bible still says,¬ ‚ÄúFor where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ‚Äú¬ (Matthew 18:20)E.¬ The Importance of God's House.¬ The phrase ‚ÄúThe house of the Lord‚ÄĚ is used 213 X¬ in the Bible.¬ The phrase ‚Äúhouse of God‚ÄĚ is used 87X in the Bible.¬ That is a total of 300 references.¬ This does not include other references such as ‚Äútemple‚ÄĚ and ‚Äútabernacle.‚Ä̬ God's house is a place of great importance.¬ Our Lord called it ‚ÄúMy house!‚ÄĚMatthew 21:13¬ And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.1.¬ The Emphasis of God's House - Hebrews 10:25¬ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more,¬ as ye see the day approaching.¬ ¬ Why the emphasis?¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ a)¬ It is a place of rallying when you are down.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b)¬ It is a place of relying when you are devastated.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ c)¬ It is a place of renewing when you are defiled.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ d)¬ It is a place of revival when you are defeated.2.¬ The Excitement of God's House - Psalms 122:1¬ I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.3.¬ The Encouragement of God's House - Psalms 27:4¬ One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.Psalms 55:14¬ We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.4.¬ The Enrichment of God's House -¬ Matthew 13:54¬ And when he was come into his own country,¬ he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?F.¬ Here are just a few thoughts¬ on why we need to be supporters of our local church.1.¬ The local church¬ assembly is a divine requirement which must not be forsaken:¬ Hebrews 10:25¬ ¬ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:¬ and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.‚Ä̬ ¬ ¬ (The exact opposite of this verse has become the norm, ‚Äúas the manner of some is,‚ÄĚ in these last days.)2.¬ The local church¬ is the divine institution of truth:¬ 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.¬ (The ‚Äúground of the truth‚ÄĚ is the foundation upon which all is built while the ‚Äúpillar of the truth‚ÄĚ is the strength that holds the building up.)3.¬ The local church¬ is the primary place to fellowship with God's people:¬ ¬ Acts 2:42¬ And¬ they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.‚Ä̬ ¬ (Fellowship and breaking of bread are anchored in ‚Äúthe apostles doctrine.‚ÄĚ)4.¬ The local church¬ is the place where believers are to meet corporately with the Lord and worship Him in the ordinances:¬ ¬ 1 Corinthians 11:20, 26¬ ¬ When ye come together therefore into one place‚ĶFor as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.‚Ä̬ ¬ (‚ÄúTogether ‚Ķ into one place.‚Ä̬ The local church is the ‚Äúhouse of prayer‚ÄĚ and place of worship in the beauty of HOLINESS!)5.¬ The local church¬ is the only institution that God gave the gifts of Evangelists and Pastor-Teachers:¬ ¬ Ephesians 4:11¬ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;¬ and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.¬ ¬ (In His absence, God gave men of God to oversee the work of the local church.)6.¬ The local church¬ is the place where saints can receive divinely authorized feeding and spiritual care:¬ ¬ Acts 20:28¬ Take heed therefore unto yourselves,¬ and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.¬ ¬ (The local church is a place of doctrinal instruction in rightly dividing the Word of Truth.)7.¬ The local church¬ is the only means by which one can biblically exercise financial stewardship:¬ ¬ 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.¬ (Tithes and offerings belong to the local church as the means to maintain the church property, care for the man of God, and carry forth the Great Commission of missions.1 Corinthians 16:1-2¬ Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-19-2017Psalm 100Introduction:¬ A.¬ One of the signs of these last days is that of ingratitude.¬ ¬ 2 Timothy 3:2says, ‚ÄúFor men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,¬ unthankful, unholy.‚Ä̬ Unfortunately, it is a characteristic of the professing Christian as well as the religious lost person.¬ The word¬ thanks¬ is found in many places and in several forms in the Bible:¬ ¬ Thanks ‚Äď 71x¬ Thank ‚Äď 26x¬ Thankful ‚Äď 3x¬ Thanksgiving ‚Äď 27x.¬ ¬ B.¬ We live in the day of ‚Äúentitlements.‚Ä̬ People believe that they are entitled to things without working for them.¬ Instead of being thankful, people are expectant.¬ They have been taught that this world and this nation owes them something.¬ We areENTITLED TO GET A JOB, TO BE PRODUCTIVE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES!C.¬ Most people are not thankful¬ because they do not take the time to reflect upon just how good the Lord has been to them!¬ They take the blessings of God for granted.D.¬ Here is a short¬ breakdown of Psalm 100: a Psalm of praise.1.¬ The Purposing¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚ÄúMake‚ÄĚ2.¬ The Praise¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚Äúa joyful noise‚ÄĚ3.¬ The Person¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚Äúunto the Lord‚ÄĚ4.¬ The People¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚Äúall ye lands‚ÄĚ5.¬ The Presence¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚Äúcome before His presence‚ÄĚ6.¬ The Pondering¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚ÄúHe is God ‚Ķ He hath made us7.¬ The Place¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚ÄúHis gates ‚Ķ His courts‚ÄĚ8.¬ The Perpetuity¬ of Thanksgiving ‚Äď ‚ÄúFor the LORD¬ is¬ good; his mercy¬ iseverlasting; and his truth¬ endureth¬ to all generations.‚Ä̬ E.¬ Just a few things that I am thankful for:1.¬ I Thank God For My Salvation.a.¬ At age 28,¬ He came to me when I could not come to Him.b.¬ He gave¬ me the faith to be exercised.c.¬ He granted¬ me repentance.d.¬ His mercy¬ keeps me from hell.e.¬ His grace¬ gives me Heaven.f.¬ His power¬ to keep me saved.g.¬ His watch¬ care to keep me safe.h.¬ His chastening¬ to keep me straight.2.¬ I Thank God For His Grace.a.¬ Grace¬ to live.b.¬ Grace¬ to suffer.c.¬ Grace¬ to stand.d.¬ Grace¬ in sorrow.e.¬ Grace¬ when it is my time to die.3.¬ I Thank God For His Longsuffering And Mercy.a.¬ When¬ I am good He loves me.b.¬ When¬ I am not so good He loves me.c.¬ When¬ He chastens me it is with love and compassion.4.¬ I Thank God For My Family.a.¬ I thank¬ God¬ for my wife.1)¬ For her faithfulness.2) ¬ For her forbearance¬ (she has to put up with me 24/7 while you only put up with me forabout 5 hours/week!)b.¬ I thank God¬ for my family.¬ I am proud of them.c.¬ I thank God¬ for my family in Kentucky.¬ 5.¬ I Thank God For Mine And Barbara's Health.a.¬ I am getting older¬ and still feel good and am able to work.¬ As far as the doctors are concerned, I am cancer free.b.¬ Barbara has been¬ cancer free for 19+ years now thanks to the Lord.6.¬ I Thank God For My Nation.a.¬ I love¬ America!¬ I am an American by both birth and choice!b.¬ I love¬ her freedom.c.¬ I love¬ her prosperity.d.¬ I love her mountains, plains, deserts, farmlands, for the north to the south, and from the east to the west.¬ This is my country!7.¬ I Thank God For His Inerrant Word.a.¬ Its calm¬ assurance.b.¬ Its open¬ prophecy.c.¬ Its power¬ to save.¬ ¬ (It still works!)d.¬ Its comfort¬ in troublesome times.e.¬ It is inerrant, infallible, inspired, powerful, wonderful, and it is free!8.¬ I Thank God For Calling Me Into The Ministry.a.¬ That God could¬ use a sinner such as I.¬ Unworthy and unprofitable!b.¬ To let me preach¬ in a time such as this.¬ There are more sinners to preach to; more sin to preach against; more opportunity to shine for the Lord than at any other time since the beginning of time.¬ c.¬ The school¬ from which I graduated.¬ Tabernacle Baptist Bible College.¬ It was a good school: faithful to God's Word and the doctrines of the faith.¬ It was a place of old-fashioned worship where God was praised and pleased.d.¬ Godly pastors¬ and laymen who faithfully taught us the Word of God.9.¬ I Thank God For The Church That God Called Me To Pastor.¬ ¬ Temple Baptist Church of Laurens, SC.¬ The greatest church on the face of the earth!a.¬ For 7 people¬ to start with.¬ I couldn't have handled 8!b.¬ For godly deacons¬ and their familys who have never given me one ounce of trouble.¬ Who have stayed by the stuff and continue to faithfully serve their Lord.¬ ¬ (Deacon jokes are like mother-in-law jokes, but I have none to tell!)c.¬ For a church full of people¬ who are not only members of Temple Baptist Church, but are my friends.¬ They follow instead of fight!¬ I am theirs and they are mine.¬ I am proud of them.10.¬ I Thank God For His Many Blessings.a.¬ Food¬ on the table.b.¬ A good bed¬ to sleep in.c.¬ Two cars¬ and a truck to drive.d.¬ Shoes on¬ my feet and clothes on my back.e.¬ We could¬ camp here for a while!11.¬ I Thank God For A Heavenly Hope.a.¬ All of this¬ and Heaven too.¬ Glory!!b.¬ The blessed hope¬ of His soon appearing.c.¬ The blessed hope¬ of my disappearing.d.¬ Ruling and reigning¬ with Him.e.¬ Living in the¬ New Jerusalem in a mansion.f.¬ Spending an eternity¬ with my blessed Saviour and those who have been redeemed throughout all ages.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Conclusion:¬ This year, let us be thankful for God's many blessings!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬
It is timely then, to take a moment to learn about the last of the Jewish high holidays, called the ‚ÄúSeason of Our Joy,‚ÄĚ which begins at sundown, October 4th this year.
Image result for charles spurgeonYour weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe¬ PyroManiacs¬ devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. ¬ The following excerpt is from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 16, sermon number 931, "Three precious things.""His promises are precious because they tell of exceedingly great and precious things."We have promises in the Bible which time would fail us to repeat, which for breadth and length are immeasurable; they deal with every great thing which the soul can want: promises of pardoned sin, promises of sanctification, of teaching, of guidance, of upholding, of ennobling, of progress, of consolation, of perfection.In this blessed book you have promises of the daily bread of earth, and of the bread of life from heaven; promises for time, promises for eternity; promises for yourselves, and promises for your children; all these are like the leaves of the tree, and Jesus is the goodly cluster; or, if you will, the apple of gold hidden among the foliage of promises. You have so many promises that all the conditions and positions of the believer are met.I sometimes liken the promises to the smith's great bunch of keys which he brings when you have lost the key of your chest, and cannot unlock it. He feels pretty sure that out of all the keys upon the ring some one or other will fit, and he tries them with patient industry. At last‚ÄĒyes‚ÄĒthat is it, he has loosened the bolt, and you can get at your treasures. There is always a promise in the volume of inspiration suitable to your present case.Make the Lord's testimonies your delight and your counsellors, and they will befriend you at every turn. Search the Scriptures, and you shall meet with a passage which will be so applicable to you as to appear even to have been written after your trouble had occurred; so exactly will it apply that you will be compelled to marvel at the wonderful tenderness and suitableness of it. As if the armourer had measured you from head to foot, so exactly shall the armour of the promise befit you.The promises are precious in themselves, from their suitability to us, from their coming from God, from their being immutable, from their being sure of performance, and from their containing wrapped up within themselves all that the children of God can ever need.
Image result for charles spurgeonYour weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe¬ PyroManiacs¬ devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. ¬ The following excerpt is from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 51, sermon number 2,927, "Love at leisure.""Love your Lord now." Let such words as these be upon your lip, ‚ÄúLord, I am not worthy to be called by your grace. I am not worthy to be written in thy book of life. I am not worthy that thou shouldest waste a thought on me, much less that thou shouldest shed thy blood for me.I do remember now what I was when thou didst first deal with me. I was cold, careless and hard towards thee, but very wanton and eager towards the world, giving my heart away to a thousand lovers and seeking comfort anywhere except in thee. And when thou didst come to me, I did not receive thee.When thou didst knock at my door, I did not open to thee, though thy head was wet with dew and thy locks with the drops of the night. And, oh! since through thy grace I have admitted thee, and thou and I have been joined together in bonds of blessed union, yet how ill have I treated thee!O my Lord! How little have I done for thee! How little have I loved thee! I could faint in thy presence to think that if thou didst examine me and cross-question me, I could not answer thee one of a thousand questions thou mightest ask me.Thy book accuses me of negligence in reading it. Thy throne of grace accuses me of slackness in prayer. The assemblies of thy people accuse me that I have not been hearty in worshipping. There is nothing, either in providence or in nature, or in grace, but what might bring some accusation against me. The world itself might blame me that my example so little rebukes it; and my very family might charge that I do not bless my household as I should.‚ÄĚThat is right, dear brother, or sister. Sink; go on sinking; be little; be less; be less still; be still less; be least of all; be nothing.
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