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Temple Baptist Church - 6-30-2019John 15:11; Nehemiah 8:10Introduction:¬ A.¬ What was the joy of Christ?¬ ¬ I want to look at the best definition that I have ever seen, and it comes from your Bible.Habakkuk 3:17-19¬ Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: ¬ (18)¬ Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. ¬ (19)¬ The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.1.¬ In these verses,¬ we find both the ‚ÄúCause‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúEffect‚ÄĚ of the Christian's Joy.2.¬ As is the case many times in the Bible, we find the order reversed.¬ Rejoicing, the Effect, before Joy, the Cause.3.¬ In Verses 18-19, we find the Cause of Joy:a)¬ The God of my Salvation.¬ True Christian Joy comes from God in the form of Eternal Salvation.b)¬ The LORD God, my Strength.¬ True Christian Joy is maintained in the spiritual Strength that comes from God, not circumstances.4.¬ In Verses 17-18, we find the Effect of Joy:a)¬ Though things go wrong,¬ and they do; though life is hard and it is:b)¬ Rejoicing comes from our inner fountain of Joy.5.¬ There was a day when praise and rejoicing were spontaneous, not ‚Äúworked up.‚Ä̬ ¬ ‚ÄúPopcorn Testimonies‚ÄĚ have become a thing of the past.¬ We need to get our Joy back and Rejoicing will follow without having to be stirred.6.¬ We live in days when pastors¬ feel the necessity to stir our emotions with fleshly music and preaching as to produce rejoicing.¬ Thus, they become Entertainers, not Preachers.¬ Rejoicing should be a spontaneous result of Joy, not the cause of Joy.7.¬ The hymns of the Faith no longer cause Rejoicing,¬ so the modern day ‚Äúchurch‚ÄĚ is now in the ‚ÄúEntertainment Business‚ÄĚ in stead of reproving, rebuking, and Exhorting with all longsuffering and doctrine.¬ Modern day preaching and music reflect the world because most professing ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ are more worldly than spiritual.B.¬ Both rejoicing and joy¬ are to be despite our circumstance, not because of them!¬ ¬ Most Christians live in discouragement with little joy.¬ ¬ Why?¬ The answer is simple.1.¬ Because Of Our Sinfulness - Matthew 24:12¬ And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.¬ ¬ (God's people are not drunks and harlots, but sin creeps in and we now walk at a guilty distance from God and the joy is gone.)2.¬ Because Of Our Situations - Matthew 14:30¬ But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.¬ ¬ (God's people have their eyes upon the ‚Äúwind and waves‚ÄĚ of circumstance and not upon Christ.¬ When Peter looked up instead of looking down, he saw the Lord of the ‚Äúwind and waves‚ÄĚ and once again walked on the water.)C.¬ Many Christians live in defeat with no joy at all.1.¬ For The World, Joy Is Found In Circumstances ‚Äď Luke 12:16-21¬ And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:¬ And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?¬ And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.¬ ¬ And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.¬ But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?¬ So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.2.¬ For The Christian, Joy Is Found Despite Circumstances - 2 Corinthians 7:4¬ Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.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.Colossians 1:11¬ Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,¬ unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;1 Thessalonians 1:6¬ And¬ ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,¬ having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:D.¬ Loss of joy comes through:1.¬ Losing the freshness of our salvation.2.¬ Losing the burning love for our Saviour.3.¬ Losing the excitement of our service.WHERE THE CHRISTIAN FINDS HIS JOY1.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In Salvation - Luke 10:20¬ Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.Psalms 35:9¬ ¬ And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall¬ rejoice in his salvation.Psalms 51:12¬ Restore unto me¬ the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.Psalms 132:16¬ I will also clothe her priests¬ with¬ salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.Isaiah 12:3¬ Therefore¬ with joy¬ shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.2.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In¬ The Holy Ghost - Romans 15:13¬ ¬ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,¬ that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.Joy Is Not Found In The Things Of The World - Romans 14:17¬ ¬ For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;¬ but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.3.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In God's Word - Nehemiah 8:9-12¬ ¬ And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God;mourn not, nor¬ weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.¬ 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.¬ So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.¬ And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth,¬ because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.4.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In¬ Church - Psalms 42:4¬ When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God,¬ with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.a.¬ The Joy Of Singing - Psalms 95:1¬ O come,¬ let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise¬ to the rock of our salvation.Psalms 95:2¬ ¬ Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,¬ and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.Psalms 98:4¬ ¬ Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.b.¬ The Joy Of Praise - Psalms 27:6¬ And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:¬ therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.5.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In Worship - Nehemiah 12:43¬ ¬ Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.¬ 6.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In Hope - Psalms 30:5¬ For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night,¬ but joy cometh in the morning.7.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In Eternity - Jude 1:24¬ ¬ 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,8.¬ ¬ Christian Joy Is Found In¬ Sinners Saved - Luke 15:10¬ Likewise, I say unto you,¬ there is joy in the presence of the angels of God¬ over one sinner that repenteth.9.¬ Christian Joy Is Found In¬ A Finished Course - Acts 20:24¬ But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself,¬ so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.10.¬ ¬ Christian Joy Is Found In¬ The Saviour - 1 Peter 1:8¬ ¬ Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though¬ now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Psalms 16:11¬ Thou wilt shew me the path of life:¬ in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-29-2019Hebrews 9:11-14Introduction:A.¬ A Better Covenant;¬ A Better Tabernacle; A Better High Priest; and a Better Blood!¬ This is what chapter 9 is all about!¬ For thousands of years, an earthly high priest slew an earthly animal, took earthly blood and offered it upon the Mercy Seat for an atonement for sin.B.¬ As I preach this evening,¬ I just want you to know that the BLOOD IS STILL THERE!¬ The Blood of Jesus Christ; the Blood of God!¬ Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!¬ This is what Hebrews, chapter 9 is all about!C.¬ It is the Blood of Christ that redeems us;¬ it is the Blood of Christ that justifies us; it is the Blood of Christ that sanctifies us; it is the Blood of Christ that cleanses our heart, soul, and conscience; it is the Blood of Christ gives us peace; it is the Blood of Christ that allows us to have fellowship with our heavenly Father!¬ D.¬ Hebrews 9:11-26.¬ Concerning the shedding of blood¬ for both atonement and salvation, God established two covenants.¬ Hebrews 12:24¬ And to Jesus the mediator of the¬ new covenant, and to theblood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than¬ that of Abel.¬ ¬ (This verse contrasts the ‚Äúnew covenant of propitiation‚ÄĚ with ‚Äúthat of Abel‚ÄĚ or the ‚Äúold covenant of atonement.‚ÄĚ The blood of the first testament was of animal sacrifices which brought atonement or a covering of sin until the blood of the new covenant, which was the blood of Christ, brought about the remission of sin!)E.¬ ¬ I want to quote J. P. Morgan,¬ a noted financier and multi-millionaire of an earlier American generation.¬ Before his death, he composed a will consisting of 37 articles and 10,000 words.¬ While Mr. Morgan had been involved in transactions involving millions of dollars during his illustrious business career, he left no doubt as to what was the greatest transaction he had ever made. In his will he wrote:¬ ¬ "I commit my soul in the hands of my Savior, full of confidence that having redeemed me and washed me with His most precious blood, He will present me faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father. I entreat my children to maintain and defend at all hazards and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of complete atonement through the blood of Christ with regard to the believer's salvation."F.¬ J. P. Morgan recognized¬ the priceless value of the atoning sacrifice of Christ's blood that was shed in His death on the cross.The Blood of Christ1.¬ It is Personal Blood.¬ ¬ It is the blood of God,¬ though we do not fully understand this, which was different from our blood.¬ I can no more explain this statement than I can the conception and birth of Christ.¬ I just believe what the Bible says!¬ Matthew 26:28¬ ¬ For this is my blood¬ of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.¬ 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.¬ ¬ (Jesus Christ's conception, birth, body, life, death, resurrection, and blood were different from ours.)¬ 2.¬ It is Pure Blood.¬ The blood of Christ was not subject to Adamic sin!¬ ¬ ¬ The Bible declares that Christ's blood was not corruptible!¬ Blood corrupts with it dies.¬ The blood of Christ was incorruptible and could not die.¬ The blood of Christ is as much alive today as it was the day on which it was shed.1 Peter 1:18-19¬ ¬ Forasmuch as ye know that ye were¬ not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;¬ (19)¬ ¬ But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:¬ ¬ (Two things in these verses stick out to me: a)¬ It is not corruptible in nature, it is incorruptible¬ ¬ b)¬ It is precious¬ in the sight of God.)1 John 1:7¬ 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.¬ ¬ (According to the Bible, that same blood that Christ shed is still alive and available for the cleansing of the sinful.¬ That means it remains, not perished.)3.¬ It is Precious Blood.¬ ¬ I hear a lot of so-called men of God say that this blood was not all gathered and applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven.¬ 1 Peter 2:6-7¬ Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious¬ (precious to God): and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. ¬ (7)¬ Unto you therefore which believe¬ he is¬ precious¬ (precious to the child of God): but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,¬ ¬ (To deny the precious blood of Christ tells us something about the spiritual nature of the one who denies it!)4.¬ It is Presented Blood.¬ The blood of Christ did not run into the ground and perish but was purposefully placed on the mercy seat in heaven but our High Priest.¬ I believe that the Bible teaches two ascensions.John 20:14-17¬ ¬ And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. ¬ (15)¬ Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. ¬ (16)¬ Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. ¬ (17)¬ Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and¬ to¬ my God, and your God.¬ ¬ (Mary was not allowed to touch Him because the resurrected Lord was now our purified High Priest.)Matthew 28:6-9¬ ¬ He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. ¬ (7)¬ And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. ¬ (8)¬ And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. ¬ (9)¬ And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.¬ ¬ (Now they could touch the Lord. ¬ Something had changed from the account given in John.)Luke 24:39¬ Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:¬ handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.¬ ¬ (Again, in Luke, the Lord gave permission for the disciples to ‚Äúhandle‚ÄĚ Him.)Hebrews 9:11-12¬ But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;¬ (12)¬ Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but¬ by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.¬ ¬ (As the blood of bulls and goats were applied to the mercy seat under the old covenant, the blood of Christ was applied to the mercy seat in heaven under the new covenant.)5.¬ It is Powerful Blood.¬ ¬ The blood of Christ can make the vilest sinner clean!¬ His blood can purge every sin ever committed and save every sinner who will accept it.Romans 5:9¬ ¬ Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.6.¬ It is Permanent Eternal Blood.¬ Animal blood had to be applied often but the blood of Christ only once forever.¬ If it is incorruptible and precious (and it is), then it must be therefore eternal (which it is).¬ Hebrews 9:12¬ Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.7.¬ It is Propitiatory Saving Blood.¬ Our salvation is not through the death of Christ but through the blood of Christ!¬ Ephesians 1:7¬ In whom we have redemption¬ through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;¬ ¬ (It is of no wonder that the blood of Christ is under the same attack as the Word of God.¬ Salvation comes through faith hearing the Word of God and personal application of the blood of God.¬ There can be salvation without either!)8.¬ It is Penalizing Blood!¬ ¬ To reject the propitiation of Christ is to damn oneself and possibly your children.¬ Matthew 27:24-25¬ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but¬ thatrather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed¬ his¬ hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye¬ to it.¬ (25)¬ Then answered all the people, and said, His blood¬ be¬ on us, and on our children.¬ ¬ (Pilate washed his hands of Christ and placed the decision to crucify our Lord into the hands of the people He came to save.¬ From the hands of one to the heads of others.¬ That precious blood has been on the heads of their children for 2,000 years.)¬ ¬
Temple Baptist Church - 5-1-2019Hebrews 8:1-6Introduction:¬ A.¬ The Book of Hebrews,¬ written to the strangers scattered referenced by Peter in 2 Peter 3:15, was written to encourage the saved Jews of the dispersion.¬ They were familiar with the Old Testament economy of Law but not yet familiar with the New Testament economy of Grace and Truth.John 1:15-17¬ John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. ¬ (16)¬ And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. ¬ (17)¬ For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.B.¬ ‚ÄúNow of the things which we have spoken¬ this is¬ the sum.‚Ä̬ ¬ Sum¬ ‚Äď the combination or culmination of different things that go together to make one.¬ A summary.¬ C.¬ The Holy Spirit¬ uses these verses to show the ultimate priesthood of Christ, which was far better than the Levitical priesthood.D.¬ These Jewish believers¬ were familiar with the work of the priesthood.¬ The Levitical Priesthood began with Aaron, whom God personally appointed.¬ The priesthood of Christ came after the Order (character) OF Melchisedec.E.¬ Melchisedec was¬ an Old Testament type and our Lord Jesus Christ was the anti-type or fulfillment of that type.Hebrews 7:2-3¬ To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; ¬ (3)¬ Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.F.¬ Why a High Priest?¬ 1.¬ In the Old Testament,¬ the High Priest represented man to God.¬ Individuals could not come directly to God, therefore the priesthood.¬ Priests offered up the sacrifices brought to the Tabernacle (and later the Temple).¬ The High Priest represented man to God when, once a year, he entered the Holy of Holies with the blood of atonement.2.¬ In the New Testament economy,¬ God gave passing gifts of apostles and prophets during the ‚ÄúTransitional Period‚ÄĚ because the Word of God had not yet been completed. (1 Corinthians 13).¬ The apostles represented God to man whereas the priests represented man to God.3.¬ God also gave evangelists and the pastor/teacher to the local church.¬ ¬ The evangelist is the missionary and the pastor/teacher the Bishop or ‚Äúunder-shepherd.‚ÄĚ4.¬ The apostles and prophets are now gone¬ as the Word of God came in its completion and purity.¬ Pastors take the oversight of the flock of God and each individual is his own ‚Äúpriest.‚Ä̬ We can go directly to God through the precious blood of Christ instead of through a priest.5.¬ But, there was and is still a need for a High Priest.¬ ¬ In chapter 9, we will see much about the blood of Christ once offered for the sins of the people and applied to the Mercy Seat in heaven.¬ The blood is still there and the censor remains in the HOLY OF HOLIES in the heavenly Temple.Ephesians 4:11-16¬ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ¬ (12)¬ For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: ¬ (13)¬ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ¬ (14)¬ That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; ¬ (15)¬ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ¬ (16)¬ From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.G.¬ Here is the Sum:¬ through our Better High Priest:1.¬ We have a Better Purity.¬ ‚Äúsuch an high priest‚Ä̬ Before Christ, men could not enter the Holy Place.¬ They brought their sacrifices to the priests who offered those sacrifices upon the Brazen Altar.a.¬ The Old Testament¬ high priest had to wash at the Laver before entering the Holy Place.¬ The Laver was made of the brazen mirrors of the women to make the high priest see and recognize his need of personal cleansing.b.¬ The Old Testament¬ high priest had to first offer for his personal sins before offering for the sins of the people.c.¬ Jesus Christ¬ was the sinless Son of God who knew no sin, did not sin, thought no sin, and spoke no sin.¬ He had no need of sacrifice for purification.¬ Through His sacrifice, we become pure as He is pure.2.¬ We Have A Better Position.¬ ‚Äúwho is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens‚ÄĚa.¬ The Old Testament¬ priest was an earthly man.¬ Though the work of the priesthood was 24 hours a day, the High Priest could only approach God at the Mercy Seat once a year.b.¬ His work¬ was to offer incense daily but, as an earthly man, he had to sleep.c.¬ Jesus Christ¬ is a heavenly man who is seated with God with intercession being made throughout the day.¬ We are eternally positioned, hid with Christ in God.d.¬ While we sleep, He is our safeguard, our mediator, our intercessor.¬ Jesus Christ neither slumbers nor sleeps.3.¬ We Have A Better Performance.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúA minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.‚Ä̬ a.¬ The Old Testament Priest¬ ministered in the Tabernacle made by man.¬ A shadow of the true Tabernacle in heaven.¬ The Old Testament priest offered daily for sin.b.¬ Jesus Christ¬ entered the True Tabernacle in heaven for us. ¬ Our High Priest offered once for sin, never to be offered again.¬ Christ died once for all.4.¬ We Have a Better Propitiation.¬ ‚ÄúFor every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.‚ÄĚa.¬ The Old Testament¬ high priest offered the blood of bulls and goats as an atonement for sin.b.¬ Jesus Christ¬ offered¬ His precious, incorruptible blood as the final payment for sin.5.¬ We Have a Better Promise.¬ ‚ÄúBut now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.‚ÄĚa.¬ The Old Testament¬ high priest's work was Prophetic.b.¬ Jesus Christ's¬ priestly work is fulfillment of Prophecy.Conclusion:¬ The sum is the culmination of who Christ is and what Christ has done.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-28-20191 Chronicles 29:1-9Introduction:A.¬ In our text this morning,¬ we find Israel preparing to build Solomon's Temple.¬ From the time of Israel's departure from Egypt to King David's day, God's presence was found in the Tabernacle, a special tent where God met with man.B.¬ David's desire was to build God a house¬ but was not allowed to do so because he was a man of war so David and Israel prepared by storing up the materials necessary to build the Temple in Solomon's day.1.¬ Verse 1.¬ ¬ The Work was Great.¬ ¬ ‚Äúthe work is great.‚Ä̬ ¬ It was to be the greatest building project the world had ever known: a house built for the glory and worship of God.¬ 2.¬ Verse 1.¬ The Temple was Great.¬ ¬ ‚Äúthe palace ‚Ķ for the Lord.‚Ä̬ Heretofore, God's presence had resided in and met with the people of God in a tent, the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.¬ Israel would now begin building Solomon's Temple.3.¬ Verse 2.¬ The Effort was Great.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúI have prepared with all my might.‚Ä̬ ¬ David prepared with all his might as there was so much to accomplish in such a short time.4.¬ Verse 2.¬ The Cost was Great.¬ ¬ ‚Äúgold ‚Ķ silver ‚Ķ brass ‚Ķ iron ‚Ķ wood ‚Ķ stones ‚Ķ marble ‚Ķ in abundance.‚Ä̬ ¬ Solomon's Temple was the most expensive building in the world.¬ 5.¬ Verse 3.¬ The Affection was Great.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúI have set my affection to the house of my God.‚Ä̬ The people of Israel were thrilled by the prospect.6.¬ Verse 3-5.¬ The Sacrifice was Great.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúI have of mine own proper good ‚Ķ over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.‚Ä̬ David and the people gave of their ‚Äúproper good.‚Ä̬ Something put up or a peculiar treasure.7.¬ Verses 5-8.¬ Their Willingness was Great.¬ ¬ ‚Äú(5) who then is willing to consecrate ‚Ķ (6) offered willingly ‚Ķ (7) gave for the service of the house of God ‚Ķ (8) gave for the service of the house of God.‚Ä̬ ¬ ¬ They gave above and beyond expectation.¬ They did not give the minimum required by law, but gave freely of a willing heart.8.¬ Verse 9.¬ Their Rejoicing was Great.¬ ¬ ‚Äúrejoiced with great joy.‚Ä̬ What a privilege and blessing it was to them to give to the work of the Lord.¬ Their sacrifice was a thing of rejoicing and joy, not sorrow and hardship.C.¬ I just wanted to take a few minutes¬ this morning to commend Temple Baptist Church for your willingness to give.¬ I do not spend a lot of time preaching on tithing and giving because most of you understand both the command to give and the blessing of giving.¬ 2 Corinthians 9:7¬ Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.D.¬ This is the greatest giving church¬ that I have ever been associated with!¬ I do not know who gives what but I do know what is given and stand amazed.E.¬ The local church¬ is the place of God's choosing¬ to edify the saints, teach the Word of God, prepare for the ministry, and carry the gospel to a lost and dying world.1.¬ The Purpose of Giving.¬ It is two-fold.a.¬ The Commission is great.¬ ¬ Matthew 28:19-20¬ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: ¬ (20)¬ Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.¬ ¬ (To go into all the world while remaining at home.¬ The only way to do that is to give to missions.)b.¬ The Church is great.¬ ¬ Ephesians 5:25-27¬ Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; ¬ (26)¬ That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, ¬ (27)¬ That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.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.2.¬ The Proving of Giving.¬ a.¬ Our Attitude towards God's House - Malachi 3:10a-12¬ Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house ‚Ķ¬ b.¬ Our Attitude towards the souls of men -¬ Acts 1:8¬ But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me¬ both¬ in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.¬ (To evangelize at home and abroad at the same time.)c.¬ Our Attitude towards our finances -¬ 2 Corinthians 8:1-5¬ Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; ¬ (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)¬ For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; ¬ (4)¬ Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. ¬ (5)¬ And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.¬ ¬ (The local church is a non-profit organization by design.¬ God's money is to be spent wisely.)¬ 3.¬ The Pleasure of Giving.a.¬ Giving with cheerfulness.¬ 2 Corinthians 9:7-11¬ Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ¬ (8)¬ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ¬ (9)¬ (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. ¬ (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;) ¬ (11)¬ Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.b.¬ Giving with confidence.¬ ¬ Malachi 3:10b-12 ‚Ķ¬ 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. ¬ (11)¬ And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. ¬ (12)¬ And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.2 Corinthians 9:6¬ But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.Luke 6:38¬ Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.¬
Temple Baptist Church - 4-10-2019Hebrews 6:19-7:3Introduction:A.¬ Over the next few weeks, we will look at the Priesthood of Christ.¬ Jesus Christ had a three-fold office:1.¬ Prophet -¬ Deuteronomy 18:15¬ The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;¬ ¬ (The work ‚ÄúProphet‚ÄĚ is capitalized in Scripture, a direct reference to the coming of Christ.)Matthew 13:57-58¬ And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. ¬ (58)¬ And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.¬ ¬ (When in the Synagogue in Nazareth, where He was raised, Jesus referred to Himself as a Prophet.)2.¬ Priest¬ ‚Äď¬ which we will look at here in Hebrews.3.¬ King¬ ‚Äď Revelation¬ 19:16¬ And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.Zechariah 9:9¬ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.B.¬ The key word of the Book of Hebrews¬ is ‚Äúbetter.‚Ä̬ Jesus Christ is the ultimate and last High Priest.¬ Chapters 6-7 of Hebrews gives an analogy between the Priesthood of Christ and that of the Order of Melchisedec.C.¬ This portion of Scripture¬ begins with the surety of our anchor of hope.¬ Our Anchor is Christ!¬ The Bible declares our blessed hope to be both sure and steadfast as we have fled to Him for refuge.¬ ¬ (Hebrews 6:17-18)D.¬ Our hope is in Christ's¬ vicarious atonement, resurrection from the dead, and eternal priesthood.¬ If it is in anything else, it is a false hope.E.¬ I want to take a short look¬ at Melchisedec and Christ's comparison.¬ Melchisedec is a beautiful type of Christ our High Priest.¬ He is not a Christophany.¬ The bible describes him in such a way as to portray Christ; he was not Christ.1.¬ His name: Melchisedec.¬ This name, in verse 2, means King of Righteousness.Proverbs 29:2¬ ¬ When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.Isaiah 32:1¬ ¬ Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.2 Samuel 23:3¬ The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.Jesus Christ is the Righteous King of all.¬ Acts 10:36¬ The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)2.¬ His Office:¬ King of Salem.a.¬ Melchisedec was evidently¬ a well know King-Priest as Abraham recognized him immediately.¬ b.¬ Salem, according to verse 2,¬ means Peace.¬ One of the Old Testament words for Jerusalem is Salem.¬ Psalms 76:1-2¬ In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. ¬ (2)¬ In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.c.¬ Christ is our Peace.¬ ¬ Ephesians 2:13-14¬ But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. ¬ (14)¬ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;3.¬ His Appointment: Priest of the most high God.a.¬ Earthly high priests under the law,¬ except for Aaron‚ÄĒwere appointed by men.¬ Melchisedec, before the Law, shows no such appointment. was appointed by God.Hebrews 5:1-5¬ For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: ¬ (2)¬ Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. ¬ (3)¬ And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. ¬ (4)¬ ¬ And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.¬ ¬ (5)¬ ¬ So also¬ Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.b.¬ Christ's appointment came by God.¬ Luke 9:35¬ And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.4.¬ Melchisedec's Position.¬ a.¬ ‚ÄúWho met Abraham ‚Ķ and blessed him.‚Ä̬ Hebrews 7:7¬ And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.b.¬ Christ is blessed above all.¬ ¬ Ephesians 1:3¬ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:Philippians 2:9-11¬ Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: ¬ (10)¬ That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; ¬ (11)¬ And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.5.¬ His Descent:¬ ‚ÄúWithout father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.‚Ä̬ ¬ (Hebrews 7:3)a.¬ Melchisedec had no recorded¬ genealogy, birth, or death‚ÄĒthough he was a man.¬ ¬ Hebrews 7:4¬ Now consider how great¬ this man¬ was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.b.¬ As God‚ÄĒChrist¬ had no recorded genealogy, birth, of death.¬ John 1:1-2¬ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ¬ (2)¬ The same was in the beginning with God.1 John 1:1¬ That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;6.¬ His Eternality:¬ a.¬ The bible does not say¬ that Melchisedec was eternal, as he was a man.¬ He had no recorded birth of death.b.¬ The bible does say¬ that Christ is an eternal High Priest after the Order of Melchisedec.¬ ¬ Hebrews 6:19-20¬ Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; ¬ (20)¬ Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.7.¬ Melchisedec was a Universal High Priest:a.¬ Melchisedec was a King-Priest¬ to the Gentiles in Canaan.¬ He was also a King-Priest to Abraham, the beginning of the Jewish people.b. ¬ Christ is a Universal High Priest.¬ ¬ He died for both Jew and Gentile.¬ He is both the Saviour of the world and the High Priest of the redeemed of all nations.Revelation 5:9¬ And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
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