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Temple Baptist Church - 4-14-2019Luke 23:32-43Introduction:A. As we approach Resurrection Sunday, I want to take one more look at the Cross of Christ. How important is the preaching of the Cross? Eternity demands it!B. The account that we just read focuses upon three individuals. Two thieves who had been tried and sentenced to death—and the Son of God, dying for the sin of the world. The Innocent dying for the sinful with salvation within their grasp.C. The thieves were guilty as charged and that day was their last in this life with eternity looming. Thus it is with all sinners. No one knows the hour of death and there is no escape.Ecclesiastes 8:6-8 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. (7) For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? (8) There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.D. One sinner mocked the Son of God:Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. (The world today mocks the Son of God and will die in their sin.)E. One sinner recognized the Son of God: Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (He was gloriously saved)F. The grace extended was both personal and singular! Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (You do not get to heaven because of who you are or what you have done.)G. Why save a dying thief?1. Because Christ loved him! That makes it personal.1 John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.2. Because Christ was dying for him! That makes it personal.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.3. To show the way of salvation! Christ, the only Way.John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.4. To describe the act of salvation! By grace, not personal merit.Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;5. That men might not despair! Christ died for sinners.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.6. That men might not presume! Christ only saved one thief.John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
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 “Prophet” 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 – which we will look at here in Hebrews.3. King – 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 “better.” 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—were 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. “Who met Abraham … and blessed him.” 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: “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.” (Hebrews 7:3)a. Melchisedec had no recorded genealogy, birth, or death—though 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—Christ 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;
Temple Baptist Church - 4-7-2019Romans 14:1-12; 1 Corinthians 8:12-13Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the danger of Phariseeism. The message was not meant to demean the importance of personal conviction that leads to a personal relationship with God. I believe that convictions are important in the life of the believer.B. We saw the problem with judging based upon argument over convictions or the lack thereof. I find no where in the Bible where we go around telling people what our convictions are. We are to LIVE our convictions and others will know without us having to tell them what they are.C. I see the problem expressed in chapter 14 that is prophetic of these last days of Laodicea: The Rights of the People. We need to know that what we do or do not influences everyone around us. “No man is an island unto himself” is an old saying that is biblically based.D. In a day when the world has had a marked affect upon the believer and the local church, we need to know how to decide questionable things. These things are such as stand between us and our Lord that we have been convicted about and demand either obedience or lack of obedience.E. There are many things that are questionable things. No questionable between me and you, but questionable things in my life that I am not sure of but want God's answer, not mine or the world's. F. A good “Rule of Thumb” is this: always err on the side of right. I have often said that, as God's children, we need to give God the benefit of doubt, not the world. If unsure about something, stay away from it until you are assured one way or the other. Philippians 1:9-10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; (Excellent – a superlative: in good, better, or best—always choose the best.)1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (22) Abstain from all appearance of evil.G. How am I to know what is right and what is wrong?1. Not everything is spelled out in the Bible so there are decisions that need to be made.2. Is it right to do anything not spelled out in the Bible? The answer is an obvious “NO.”3. Do not follow what man says as he may be wrong.4. Do not follow your conscience as conscience is decided by individual beliefs and you may believe wrong.5. Follow God's Word. It may not give specific details concerning every area of question, but it does give specific guidelines. FOLLOW THEM!HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS TO ANSWER THAT WILL HELP IN DECIDING QUESTIONABLE THINGS.1. Have I earnestly prayed about it? a. Many times we do not want to know what the truth is.John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.b. Many times, we pray like this: Lord, let me know whether this is right or wrong, and I will decide if I will do right.”c. We should pray like this: “Lord, I don't know whether this is right or wrong, so I'll not do it until you let me know for sure. Then I will do right regardless of my preferences.”2. Do I have the leading of the Holy Spirit?John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.3. Can I do it in the name of the Lord Jesus?Colossians 3:17a And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,4. Can you thank God for it? Colossians 17b “giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” 5. Does what I do please God the Father?2 Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. (Never do anything unless thoroughly convinced that it will please God.)6. Does what I do bring glory to God?1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.7. Does what I do edify the brethren?Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.8. Will what I do offend other brethren?1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.9. Will what I do possibly keep a sinner from coming to Christ?Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:12a That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without,10. Am I fully persuaded that what I am doing is right?Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-3-2019Hebrews 6:13-20Introduction:A. When assuring these “scattered Jews,” of God's promises, Paul goes back to father Abraham—a figure that all Jews were familiar with. Abraham, the Hebrew, was the father of Isaac and the grandfather of Jacob—the first Jew. From Jacob the fathers of the twelve tribes of the Nation of Israel were born.B. God confirmed his promise to Abraham by swearing on His name. We are familiar with placing the hand on the Bible and swearing or affirming to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, “So help me God.”C. I will not swear on the bible but will affirm that I will tell the truth based upon my personal testimony of salvation and faith in God. Normally, people swear by the greater as mentioned in the text. God could swear by no greater than His person.Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.D. Two things are found in Genesis 15:1:1. The Lord was the Protector of Abraham's Faith – His Shield.2. The Lord was the Rewarder of Abraham's Faith. His Exceeding Great Reward.E. That is the interpretation but now we see the application to both these Jewish believers and those of our day.Galatians 3:6-7 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.Romans 4:13-25 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (14) For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: (15) Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (16) Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (17) (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (18) Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.1. The Promise—Verse 13. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.2. The Performance—Verse 14. 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.3. The Patience—Verse 15.2 Timothy 1:12-13 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.4. The Peace—Verses 16-17.1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.5. The Person—Verse 18.Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.6. The Possession—Verses 19-20.1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-7-20191 Corinthians 1:18; Galatians 6:14Introduction: A. In this verse, which is my Life Verse, we find the importance of the Cross of Christ. The Cross of Christ is the Focal Point of the Bible. It is here that “eternity hinges.” It is the bridge between Adam's Fall and eternity.1. For four thousand years, from the fall of Adam along with the first Messianic Promise in Genesis 3:15, the world awaited the coming of the “Seed of the Woman,” God's Messiah.2. For the past two thousand years, God's people have looked back to the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”3. Looking both forward in the Old Testament and back in the New Testament are acts of saving faith. B. “God forbid that I should glory” covers it all. Our glory is to be found in what Christ did and now in what we have done. It makes salvation an act of grace and not of works.C. The preaching of the cross has a two-fold purpose found in this verse concerning the cross of Christ. The song Rock Of Ages said it all: “be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.”1. The first purpose is salvation: “by whom the world is crucified unto me.” 2. The second purpose of the cross is sanctification: “and I unto the world.” 1. The Realization of The Cross - God Sacrificed His Own Son - “Truly, this man was the Son of God” - Mark 15:33-39 - At The Cross Was Manifested The Holiness Of God.1. God's Holiness Separated Him From Sinful Man - Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. Psalms 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.2. God's Holiness Demanded Sacrifice And Full Payment For Sin - Nahum 1:3a The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked:2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.3. God's Holiness Demanded A Perfect Sacrifice For Sin - His Perfect Son - 1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:2. The Forgiveness of The Cross - “Father, Forgive Them” - Luke 23:27-34 - At The Cross Was Manifested The Sinfulness Of Man And God's Love For Sinners.1. God's Hatred For Sin - The Sentence of Death - Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. 2. God's Love For Sinners - A Spotless Lamb Dying On An Old Rugged Cross For Sinful Man - 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 3. The Salvation of The Cross - “Lord, Remember Me” - Luke 22:39-43 -At The Cross Was Manifested The Remedy Of God.1. The Willingness Of God To Send His Only Begotten Son - John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:2. The Willingness Of Jesus Christ To Suffer For Our Sin - Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 3. The Acceptance Of The Cross As Final Payment For Sin - Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 4. The Preaching of The Cross - “That ye might believe” - John 19:32-35 -At The Cross Was Manifested The Love Of God And His Willingness To Sacrifice His Own Son.1. The Contradiction Of The Cross - An Infinite God Smitten At The Hands Of Finite Man - Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 2. The Compassion Of The Cross - A Sovereign God Caring For Rebellious Man - Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.Psalms 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalms 111:4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. Psalms 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-20-2019Hebrews 6:1-9Introduction: A. We have spent the last couple of weeks looking at this warning section of Hebrews. Chapter 6 is simply a continuation of chapter 5 making the proper interpretation simple. Any time you see a “wherefore” of a “therefore,” see what they are there for!B. These Jewish converts were characterized by a lack of spiritual growth and maturity. Babes who should be teachers!C. This same problem is prevalent in our churches today. It is evidenced by doctrinal ignorance - Ephesians 4:14 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;D. Chapter 6, the so-called Great Controversy, teaches us that—as children of God—we are responsible for our actions! Who the Lord loveth, He chasteneth! Unrepentant sin has unerring consequences. James 1:16 says, “Do not err, my beloved brethren.”E. Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.F. Now, let us go back to the beginning of these verses as see the reverse side of salvation: things that should accompany salvation.1. A Listing Ear – 5:11 “seeing ye are dull of hearing.”2. A Teachable Spirit – 5:12a “ye ought to be teachers.”3. A Healthy Appetite – 5:12 “such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. .”4. A Working Knowledge – 5:13 “unskilful in the word of righteousness.”5. A Sense of Discernment – 5:14 “discern both good and evil.”6. An Unshakable Faith – 6:1 “not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.”7. A Doctrinal Grounding – 6:2 “Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”8. A Desire for Spiritual Growth – 6:3 “And this will we do.”
Temple Baptist Church - 3-24-2019Psalm 23Introduction:A. 32 years ago, I stepped into this pulpit for the first time and taught Sunday School and preached the morning service. I remember it like it was yesterday and still remember what I taught and preached. Both Sunday School and Sunday morning preaching were out of the 23rd Psalm.B. I thought it fitting this morning to use that same text. I thank God that, though the message may vary, the text has not! It is still King James Bible.C. Psalms 22-24 all show a different picture of salvation that make us a perfect one. Three different works of Christ that take us from the moment of salvation to the moment that we are eternally home with Christ. A Trilogy is a finished product in three parts while a sequel is a story that continues to expand. Psalm 22-24 is a finished product!D. I thank God that, thought the message may vary, both the Bible and our great Salvation do not.E. Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted, memorized, and preached from of all Psalms. King David, a man after God's own heart, wrote these under the inspiration of these Holy Ghost while still just a young man. It never fails to thrill the heart of this preacher.F. Psalm 23 is “nestled” between Psalm 22 and Psalm 24. Their order is perfect.1. Psalm 22 is The Cross of the Saviour. Psalm 22 portrays Christ on the cross and then gloriously resurrected. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone! I am glad that I am saved; I am glad that I am secure; I am glad that I am sanctified; I am glad that I am His and He is mine!2. Psalm 23 is The Care of the Shepherd. Psalm 23 (between our salvation and heaven) portrays Christ as our Shepherd. It is in this little Psalm that we find His watching over us and caring for us! Only eternity will reveal to us all that Christ does for us and is for us in this life. Christ, who is our life!3. Psalm 24 is the Coming of the King. Psalm 24 portrays Christ as our soon coming King. Our blessed hope is the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ! When He comes, all trials and troubles will be over.G. Psalm 23 is a wonderful Psalm because it portrays:1. A Perfect Shepherd – vs. 1 “my shepherd.” I neither want nor need another! I would not trade the Lord for anything in this world. A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord! I became a sheep over 32 years ago and He has been a great Shepherd to me.2. A Perfect Satisfaction – vs. 1 “I shall not want.” All I have needed Thy hand hath provided! He has truly supplied “all your need.”3. A Perfect Rest – vs. 2 “Maketh me to lie down.” Notice He does not “allow” or “let” us lie down. He “maketh me!” God can make you rest. He can put you in a position where you have not choice.4. A Perfect Nourishment – vs. 2 “in green pastures.” Proverbs 30:8 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” I have not had too little nor have I had too much. I can honestly say that I have had enough!5. A Perfect Guidance – vs. 2 “He leadeth me.” “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me!” The Lord saved me in 1976 by leading me to the right church to hear the right message at the right time! He saved my wife in 1982. He called me to preach in 1983. He sent me to the right school and to the right church! All the way my Saviour leads me!6. A Perfect Peace – vs. 2 “still waters.” Sheep do not like to drink from rippling water. God has given to me songs in the night when my heart was so burdened that I could no longer carry the load. The peace of John 14:27 that He does not take back. The perfect peace of Isaiah 26:3 when my mind was stayed upon Him.7. A Perfect Restoration – vs. 3 “He restoreth my soul.” There have been so many times when my soul was sinful, disquieted, or distressed and He restored it. Peter, “when thou are converted, strengthen the brethren.” We may get out of God's will but He will not leave us there!8. A Perfect Walk – vs. vs. 3 “the paths of righteousness.” The Lord has never led me into a wrong path of sinfulness. His Word and His Spirit have kept me from all evil. When I strayed, it was because I got off of His path, not that He led me wrong.9. A Perfect Confidence – vs. 4 “fear no evil.” We sing the song that says, “If Jesus goes with I'll go, anywhere. It is Heaven to me, where ere I may be, if He is there.” I have and am finding out that He can be trusted. I know whom I have believed!10. A Perfect Companionship – vs. 4 “thou are with me.” It doesn't get any better than that! He will never leave nor forsake the child of God! When you go through the rivers or the fires of this life, He is there!11. A Perfect Discipline – vs. 4 “thy rod.” One of the greatest and sweetest parts of being a son of God is the loving chastisement that God exercises. It is always done right and for my good. It brings about Glory to God.12. A Perfect Support – vs. 4 “thy staff.” A walking stick. I have found Christ one on which I can lean when my feet get weary and my burden heavy. Song of Solomon 8:5a “Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?”13. A Perfect Consolation – vs. 4 “they comfort me.” How wonderful is the comfort of God that is there when all others fail. “Nevertheless, the Lord stood with me!” When your heart breaks, He is there. When everything goes “south,” He is there. He is truly a friend that is closer than a brother.14. A Perfect Fellowship – vs. 5 “Thou prepares a table before me.” What can I say? Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer! He walks with me and talks with me! What a sweetness to know that you are right with the Lord and walk with Him. That is where He wants us.15. A Perfect Triumph – vs. 5 “in the presence of mine enemies.” Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” The Lord and I make a majority! Greater is He that is in you! If God be for us, who can be against us!16. A Perfect Strength – vs. 5 “anointest my head with oil.” The oil of gladness and the Spirit of grace. I have made it and will make it. He approves of me because I am His, bought and paid for. One day, I will have finished my course! May the Lord help me to keep the faith! I can do all things through Christ which strengetheneth me!17. A Perfect Joy – vs. 6 “my cup runneth over.” When your cup runs over, the saucer gets the blessing! The Lord has been so good to me that I must praise Him. Weeping may endure for a night but keep your eyes upon Him for joy cometh in the morning.18. A Perfect Promise – vs. 6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” What a promise. All this and Heaven too! When it is all over, we will all say, “The Lord has been so good to me!” Life has been rough in some places, but it has been good.19. A Perfect Habitation – vs. 6 “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” This life is so short and is as nothing compared to the life to come. What a wonderful prospect!20. Thus we find A Perfect Care – vs, 1 – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT!”
Temple Baptist Church - 3-24-2019Romans 13:11-14Introduction: A. I fear that the church is sleeping in perilous times! This is not a new phenomenon. Paul had to deal with this problem 2,000 years ago. It is easy for us to be charmed to sleep with so many good things to occupy our free time. B. We have so much in these last days of Laodicea. Things that people have never experienced in the history of man. A “rocket paced,” automated society where our “poor” are the envy of the world and it has caused the prophecy of the Church at Laodicea come true in our lifetime.Revelation 3:15-17 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. (16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:C. To quote an old saying, “We are about as snug as a bug in a rug.”D. These are perilous times physically. 2 Timothy 3:1-5Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. (No fear of God-no reverence to parents-disobedient)Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. (Self righteous, yet blinded by the god of this world)Proverbs 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. (Full of pride-not recognizing their weakness and God's graciousness)Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. (Not caring – cruel and inhuman)E. These are perilous times spiritually. Revelation 3:14-22 (This is not the dead sleep of sin, but rather the apathy of the redeemed.)1. It is the carnal security of the believer – we have need of nothing!2. It is the slothfulness of the duty of the believer – the harvest is perishing!3. It is the unconcern about personal sins of both omission and commission – Laodicea: the rights of the people!4. It is the weariness of lack of spiritual exercise – fat bodies and lean souls!5. It is a willingness to continue in such a state of unconcern – my four and no more!Isaiah 10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.F. These are perilous times doctrinally. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-31. Doctrinal impurity is widely accepted because of both carnal believers.2. Doctrinal impurity is widely accepted because of subtle wolves.3. Doctrinal impurity is widely accepted because of shallow pulpits.1. Time To Wake Up! a. “knowing the time” (The times are certainly knowable)Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. b. “high time” – a definite time or appointmentJob 14:13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! c. “salvation nearer” – the very threshold of His appearing2 Peter 3:13-14 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.d. “night is far spent, the day is at hand” – the night of sin will soon be the light of the Son of God2. Take Off The Night Clothes!Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,Ephesians 4:21-22 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;3. Put On The Light Clothes!Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.Colossians 3:12-17 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. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-27-2019Hebrews 6:10Introduction:A. What a tremendous verse of Scripture! So often, we feel that no one cares about the our labor in the work of the Lord. I know of pastors in small churches who, when looking at the “big churches,” feel that they are accomplishing nothing for the Lord. B. There are no “big churches.” A church is a church and equally appreciated by the Lord. Some people do much in places of little resistance while others seemingly do little but in places of great resistance. God sees Quality, not Quantity.Matthew 20:9-10 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. (10) But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. C. God's work is rewarding! Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in (1) due season (2) we shall reap, if we faint not. (10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Mark 12:41-44 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. (42) And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. (43) And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: (44) For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (She probably thought that what she put in the treasury was of little value but she did not see as God sees. She did not know what Jesus said but she certainly found out when she got to heaven!)D. Our labor “in the Lord” is:1. A labor of love. “your work and labour of love”2. A labor in His name. “which ye have shewed toward his name”3. A labor of for others. “ye have ministered to the saints”4. A labor of continuation. “and do minister”E. Our labor “in the Lord” can be either:1. Physical - Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.2. Spiritual - Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.F. Our labor “in the Lord” does not go unnoticed.1. By God. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.a. God is not unrighteous! 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (Already waiting.)b. God is not forgetful! Nehemiah 5:19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people. (Though we may not be rewarded for our labor in this life, God will not forget us in eternity.) Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.1 Corinthians 3:11-14 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.2. You Labor of Love is not forgotten by your pastor.a. We are not ungrateful. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; (3) Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;b. We are not forgetful. Romans 16:6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.3. Your Labor of Love is not forgotten by those you bestow labor upon.Matthew 25:35-45 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (42) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: (43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. (44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? (45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.Conclusion: 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.John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-31-2019John 1:11-14, 3:16-17; 1 John 1:1-4Introduction: A. As Easter approaches this year, our hearts and minds naturally turn to the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.1. We read a story that never grows old. 2. We read a story that has thrilled our hearts from our youth. 3. We read a story shrouded with the mystery of the ages, the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of God's only begotten Son! A story that will never be fully understood because it is beyond the realm of human experience, but a story believed and beloved.B. This morning, I want to look at the love of God that compelled Him to give His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of mankind. John 3:16 is often called “The Gospel in a Nutshell.” It can be preached word by word and give a complete understanding of the salvation found in the new birth. Nicodemus heard and believed on Christ through this one verse.C. One of the most blessed truths found in the Bible is that of the love of God for sinners. John 3:16 is possibly the most noted and quoted of all verses of scripture and the least comprehended. 1. When I see the world, I see the sin and sorrow that permeates it. My heart is saddened by what is taking place in the world and across this great nation this morning. With the reject of spiritual light comes great spiritual darkness.2. When God sees the world, He sees sinners in need of the Saviour! What love!D. We can never fathom the love of God that was displayed in John 3:16 where God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son! Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (I have often referred to this words as knowing the unknowable!)1. The Breadth Of God's Love – 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (His love is from Pole to Pole. His love is from the East to the West. His love is from Wall to Wall. The Love of God covers every man, woman, and child. There are none exempt and there are none excluded! There is not a race, color, or creed rejected! His love is for the whole world! I cannot understand it, but I believe it!)2. The Length Of God's Love – Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. (God's love is not only universal in its scope; it is longsuffering in its forbearance. God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and merciful. I did not deserve to receive it nor do I deserve to keep it. The Lord has been far better to me than I deserve and I am eternally grateful for it. I cannot understand it, but I have seen it!)3. The Depth Of God's Love – 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (The wickedest man in the world is a candidate for His great salvation. It matters not what you have done; it matters not what you have thought; it matters not where you came from! His love goes to the deepest in sin and despair. I cannot understand it, but I have received it!)4. The Height Of God's Love – Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: (His wonderful love is far greater than all of our sin put together. God's gracious love is always there and you cannot sin your salvation away. He will forgive 70 times 7 and never exhaust his love or forgiveness. I cannot understand it, but I have experienced it!)E. In the Book of Luke, the angel proclaimed, “Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people!” It is the Lord's desire that all people know and experience the love of God which the angel spoke of on that night. F. I want to look at some aspects of that love this morning:1. In Bethlehem We Find God's Love Manifested In The Gift Of Christ - 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.2. At Calvary We Find God's Love Commended At The Cross - Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.3. In Salvation We Find God's Love Bestowed In Our Sonship - 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.4. In Choice We Find God's Love Believed By The Sinner - 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.5. In Relationship We Find God's Love Perceived By The Saint - 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.6. In Witness We Find God's Love Shed Abroad In The Spirit - Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.7. In Fellowship We Find God's Love Dwelling In The Heart - 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?Conclusion: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. His love was manifested in the giving of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. “Oh, how He loves you and me! Oh, how He loves you and me!” “Jesus to Calvary did go. His precious blood to bestow. He gave His life; what more could He do! Oh, how he loves you! Oh, how He loves me! Oh, how He loves you and me!”
Temple Baptist Church - 3-31-2019Acts 15:1-5; Romans 14:1-23Introduction:A. I have been preaching lately about sin. Sin can manifest itself in a myriad of ways within the local church. When we think of sinfulness within the body of Christ, we normally think about such sins as adultery, fornication, drunkenness, drug abuse, etc. These sins are certainly “No-no's” in the church, but one of the most prevalent sins of the believer is often either over looked or justified.B. The sin of Phariseeism! On occasion, I preach on the subject that I will preach on today because it is an area of sin that remains problematic in our fundamental churches. Phariseeism! You will not find that word in your dictionary because it is one that is used within fundamental churches. Liberal churches have little or no problem with it because there is no strict adherence to the Scripture and every one does that which is “right in his own eyes.” Though it does show occasionally in other churches, Phariseeism—as a rule—is a fundamentalism problem!C. I have said often and will reiterate again that knowledge without compassion is a dangerous thing! With great knowledge come great responsibility and that responsibility encompasses our relationship with not only the world but with each other. D. The key verse of Romans 14 is verse 12. God requires a personal accounting at the Judgment Seat of Christ and that should be our concern. I am all for standards and holy living. I believe that it is the obligation of the believer to be non-conformist when it comes to the standards set by the world. We will give an account for the knowledge that we have and our testimony of the grace of God in this world, butTHIS WILL BE A PERSONAL ACCOUNTING TO GOD—NOT TO MAN!E. I want to call your attention to verse 10. The verse actually speaks of judgments being made by both the pharisaical brother and the brother that claims liberty in grace. The more “liberal” brother can look down on the pharisaical brother and be just as wrong in his judgments. Such words as “legalists, etc., become “straw men” that the liberal uses to vindicate his loose standard of living. Chapter 15:1 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” This verse speaks of the “brother at liberty” as the strong.F. When studying chapter 14, it immediately becomes obvious that the “weak” brother is the one who “eateth herbs.” I am not against a vegetarian who does so simply by personal preference. In the American Indian vocabulary, a vegetarian is one who does not know how to hunt! By “eateth herbs,” the Holy Ghost is speaking of one who abstains from meats because of “religious conviction.” You can live on a “Hallelujah Diet” as far as I am concerned and be right with God. You can live on a “Hog Diet” as far as I am concerned and still be right with God. You may see God a little sooner though!Colossians 2:20-23 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.G. The “Eye of the Pharisee” is found in verse 10. He is characterized by the judgment of others. The Bible teaches self-judgment! I can preach on not judging one another until I am blue in the face and the problem continues to persist because the Pharisee can only see through the “eye of the Pharisee!”1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. John 9:39 -41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.H. Our Lord condemned Phariseeism! 1. Phariseeism Violates The Fellowship Of Believers – vs. 3-4 – When believers stand argue their “convictions” and “preferences,” it is just that: an argument! What I stand for is between the Lord and me! What you stand for is between the Lord and you! When what we stand for becomes an issue between you and me, it divides the fellowship of the church. Despise - to look down on with contempt or aversion.2. Phariseeism Withstands The Man Of God - Acts 15:1-2, 5 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question… 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses. (The enemy of Christ was the Pharisee! Even God's man cannot withstand the scrutiny of the “letter of the law,” as can no one else. They will hold him to a holy standard that no man can attain to or they will hold him to “their” standard that even cannot live up to. Pharisees are not “followers,” they are “leaders.” They must have “followers” in order to lead! Pharisees are not “students,” they are “teachers.” They must have “students” in order to teach! Pharisees are not “edifiers,” they are “destroyers!”)3. Phariseeism Is Detrimental To Evangelism - Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (The Lord called the Pharisees “hypocrites.” Have you ever heard the lost say that they would not come to church and sit on the pews with all of those hypocrites? Most of the time, their claims are unjust but, on occasion, they are right! The lost hear what the Pharisee says and then see how the Pharisee both acts and reacts! How many times have I heard of people who have said, “I will never come to your church as long as “so-in-so” is there!” Or, “If he (or she) is a Christian, I do not want to be one!” Or, “If they are going to Heaven, I do not want to go there!” Or, “If that is the way their God is, then I do not want their God!”)4. Phariseeism Drives Away The New Families And New Believers – Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Pharisees automatically “migrate” to new “blood.” They are proselyters! Grace teaches the new converts while Phariseeism chastises them! It is not that they do not want to get right with God. God is merciful, compassionate, longsuffering, and gentle with the new believer. They leave because they cannot live up to the standards and expectations of the Pharisee. I am still glad that, when I was newly saved, people let God work in my heart as I heard the Word of God preached. God “grew” me at His pace and His way was perfect!)2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.5. Phariseeism Eventually Destroys the Pharisee! - Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (A key is made to unlock a door. Grace is the key that unlocks the door to the believer. Grace brings both love and liberty to the believer and is the key to holy living.)Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (I am so glad that I was saved by GRACE! I am so glad that I have been taught by GRACE!)Conclusion: Beware of becoming pharisaical! All of us have that potential! Pharisees not only destroy those around them, but eventually destroy themselves because—even they cannot live up to the letter of the law! We want to have a good, separated church. We want to have a loving, kind church. I believe that God can reconcile these two positions. The key to holy living is not standards set but seeing God's people fall in love with Him!
Temple Baptist Church - 3-17-2019Romans 13:8-10Introduction: A. Churches are known for several things:1. There are great soul winning churches. (I want this church to be one for the souls of men!)2. There are great mission's hearted churches. (I want this church to be one for God's glory!)3. There are great preaching churches. (I want to be a great preacher for my people!)4. There are great loving churches. (I want this church to be one!)1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.B. According to our verse for tonight, there is only one debt that you will never get paid. The debt of love. The fulness of the Spirit is show in its fruit. One fruit, manifesting itself in 9 aspects.1. Three inward – love, joy, and peace2. Three outward – longsuffering, gentleness, goodness3. Three upward – faith, meekness, temperanceC. The first aspect of being Spirit filled is love. D. Of all the gifts given to the church, the greatest is that of brotherly love. No bickering, no fighting, no hurt feelings, no clicks, no murmuring and complaining, no gossiping, no backbiting, just loving one another in the Lord and getting the job done for the Lord.1. Christian Love Is Given At The Moment Of Salvation - Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.2. Christian Love Is One Of The Most Visual Signs Of Salvation - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.3. Christian Love Is A Sign Of Knowing God (many saved do not know God!) - 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.Philippians 3:9-10 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know (present tense—at the end of Paul's life) whom I have believed (Past tense—on the Damascus Road), and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.E. Christian Live Is A Sign Of Abiding In Christ – 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.1. We Are To Love Our Neighbor As Ourselves (The Bible calls this the Royal Law) - James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:your Neighbor Can Be Either Saved Or Lost!Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.Luke 10:29, 33, 36 But he, willing to justify himself (Jewish Lawyer),said unto Jesus, And (shows an attitude) who is my neighbour? . . . But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him . . . Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?a. Your Neighbor Is A Person Of Any Religionb. Your Neighbor Is A Person Of Any Racec. Your Neighbor Is A Person Of Any Region2. We Are To Love One Another As Ourselvesa. This Love Is Expressed In Unity –2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.1 Timothy 5:1-2 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.John 13:33-35 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.b. This Love Is An Expression Of Service - Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.c. This Love Is An Expression Of Purity – 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:1 John 3:11-19 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.d. This Love Is Expressed In Forgiveness – 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-17-2019Luke 4:16-19Introduction: A. It has been the best 32 years of my life at Temple Baptist! This is the best church that I have ever been affiliated with. Barbara and I are completely satisfied with God's calling and direction over these past years.We have laughed and we have cried.We have married and we have buried.We have gained some and we have lost some.We have won some here and many on the field to the Lord.We have not dipped our colors nor compromised our standards.We have stayed in the old paths with the old black Book.We are getting a little older and a lot closer to Heaven.We are continuing in those things that are right and holy.We are excited about serving the Lord and the prospect of His coming.We are, by God's grace, expecting to serve the Lord until He calls us home.We will continue to love one another and keep unity in the church.We are committed to the fight for right and the souls of men.B. Our Lord preached many sermons in His short ministry, but—in His hometown—He chose to read from Isaiah 61.Luke 4:16-17 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (17) And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,C. We Live In A Hard Time. The last days of peril, apostasy, and apathy.1. A Time Of Great Adversity – Satan2. A Time Of Great Temptation – SinD. We Live In A Hard Place. The unbuckled Bible Belt where religion has replaced salvation.1. Everyone Is Religious2. Everyone Is SatisfiedE. We Great Responsibility. Carrying the gospel to a people who seemingly no longer want it.1. We Are Responsible For The Upholding The Truth2. We Are Responsible For Dispensing The TruthWhat we need, Jesus preached!1. A Spirit Filling – Verse 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”a. Spiritual Worship - Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;b. Spiritual Walk - Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.2. An Anointed Preaching – Verse 18 “he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor”a. Straight Preaching - Acts 20:26-28 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 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.b. Bold Preaching - Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.c. Compassionate Preaching - 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; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3. A Compassionate Heart – Verse 18 “to heal the broken hearted”a. Compassionate Towards Sinners - Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.b. Compassionate Towards Saints - 1 John 3:17-19 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.4. A Powerful Deliverance – Verse 18 “to preach deliverance to the captives”a. There Is Power In The Blood - Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.b. There Is Power In The Bible - Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.5. An Illuminating Message – Verse 18 “recovering of sight to the blind”a. An Illuminated Walk –.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.b. An Illuminated Witness – Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.6. A Glorious Hope – Verse 18 “to set at liberty them that are bruised”a. We Need To Comfort The Sorrowful - 2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.b. We Need To Encourage The Discouraged - 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.c. We Need to Glorify The Lord - Isaiah 42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.7. An Urgent Message – Isaiah 61:2 “to proclaim the acceptable year or the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God”a. The Reality Of A Harvest Perishing - John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.b. The Reality Of A Harvest Past - Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-13-2019Hebrews 5:11-6:20Introduction: A. Almost every article or sermon written on this passage begins with a statement of its difficulty to interpret. When preaching on these verses within their context, they are perfectly clear.B. There has been much unnecessary confusion with these verses and it all stems from a lack of studying and interpreting them within their context. Why the controversy when the Bible is clear on these verses? A failure to rightly divide the Word of Truth by ignoring the context!C. There are three views commonly heard about Hebrews, chapter 6, but only one that is right.1. Some preach that these were never saved.2. Others preach that these were saved but lost their salvation.3. The right interpretation is that once saved, always saved and accountable for their actions.D. The first word of chapter 6 is “THEREFORE.” The lack of rightly dividing the Word of Truth amazes me! Simple biblical hermeneutics establishes the context of God's children being dull of hearing and, when they ought to be teachers, remain spiritual babes.E. In the Book of Amos, God prophesied our day. There is a Famine of Hearing across our land. Amos 8:11-12 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: (12) And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.F. There in is a two-fold problem.1. There is a Pew Failure, a famine of hearing - Carnal Living that causes Pew Pressure to let up on the reproving and rebuking aspects of preaching. 2. There is a Pulpit Failure, a famine of preaching - Compromised Preaching by hireling prophets because of pew pressure or personal gain.G. Chapter 6 is just the result of dullness of hearing! It produces worldliness, carnality, and ultimately the judgment of God.H. We find several characterizations of this famine in our day.1. Characterized by Lack of Spiritual Growth - 5:12-13 a. A Learning Problem – 12. Need Repetitious Teaching. b. A Living Problem – 13 Need Repetitious Correcting.2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.2. Characterized by Lack of Spiritual Discernment - 5:14a. Submission Problemb. Sin Problem3. Characterized by Lack of Spiritual Assurance - 6:1-3a. Leaving Problem - always concerned with their salvation1) Get your salvation settled.a) Repentance from “dead” works - over and gone!b) Believe what God said.2) Leave it there.b. Laying Problem - constantly crucifying Christ afresh.4. Characterized by Lack of Spiritual Steadfastness - 6:4-6a. Once enlightened - Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;b. Made partakers - Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;c. Tasted the good word of God - Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.5. Characterized by Lack of Spiritual Blessing and Judgment - 5:6-8 a. Verse 6. We Cannot get saved again! Once saved, we are accountable for our actions. It is impossible for the child of God to go back, get saved again, and erase the judgment of God for sinfulness.b. Verse 7. The analogy: rain, earth, and produce. Water (God's Word), believers, and produce.c. The earth is accountable for the rain that it receives and can either produce good fruit or thorns and briars.d. The believer is accountable for the truth he has received and can either produce good fruit or thorns and briars.e. Destruction coming – 81) Loss of temporal blessings – 72) Loss of physical life – 8 Thank God for “nigh unto cursing.”6. God's Desire - 9-12
Temple Baptist Church - 3-10-2019Romans 13:1-7Introduction: A. Many of God's people have been falsely led into civil disobedience. There are preachers that have taught God's people that they do not have to obey the laws of the land and have led saints of God into rebellion against authority. B. I had one brother in Christ tell me that he did not have to obey the laws of the land and could break certain laws with not only God's permission but also with His blessing.C. Man's laws are based upon God's laws. We will look tonight at what the Bible says about civil obedience and the price of civil disobedience.1. Civil Obedience And Duty - Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:2. Civil Obedience And Condition - Acts 5:26-29 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.3. Civil Obedience And Submission - 1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit yourselves toevery ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,Magistrate - A public civil officer, invested with the executive government of some branch of it. In this sense, a king is the highest or first magistrate, as is the President of the United States. But the word is more particularly applied to subordinate officers, as governors, intendants, prefects, mayors, justices of the peace, and the like.4. Civil Obedience And Taxes - Matthew 22:17-22 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.TRIB'UTE, n. 1. An annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one prince or nation to another, either as an acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace and protection, or by virtue of some treaty. The Romans made all their conquered countries pay tribute5. Civil Obedience And Respect - Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.Jude 8-10 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities (An elevated office, civil or ecclesiastical, giving a high rank in society; advancement; preferment, or the rank attached to it.). Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation (to speak evil against or to condemn), but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.6. Civil Obedience And Supplication - 1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-10-20192 Timothy 4:1-10Introduction:A. Last week, I preached a message on the “Pulpit.” I cannot emphasize enough its importance. If the pulpit becomes compromised or intimidated, the local church is in trouble.B. 2 Timothy, chapter 4, is a continuation of chapter 3. The word “therefore,” in verse one ties the chapters together in one context.C. Chapter 3 shows us the times that we live in.1. Perilous Times – so-called “Christians” have no resemblance to Christ! They are worldly and wicked while naming Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.2. Persecuting Times – as those who endeavor to live for Christ are persecuted. The world hated Christ and they will also hate those who faithfully follow Him.3. Peaceful Times – as we continue to hold the inspired Word of God in our hands and follow our forefathers in the Old Paths.4. Perfecting Times – as our King James Bible thoroughly furnishes the saints of God. As God's children, we have all that we need to grow and prosper in Christ.D. Five things about standing for Christ in these last days.1. A Preaching to be done – Vs 1-2 – reproving, rebuking, exhorting, compassion, doctrinal. These 5 things cover what preaching should be about. We will keep preaching!2. A Prophecy to be heeded – Vs 3-4 – this crowd in chapter 3 will not come to our church! I thank God that there are still a few looking for something, but the majority are looking for nothing and finding it.3. A Price to be paid – Vs 5-6 – watch, endure, work, serve, and give your life. Christ gave His life for you.4. A Pleasing to be had – Vs 7-8 – fighting, finishing, and faithful. God is not unrighteous to forget your labor of love. There is a rewarding that awaits.5. A Possibility to be shunned – Vs 9-10 – Forsaken me.Conclusion: Simple enough? Things are not going to get any better. We all know what time it is spiritually and, I don't know about you, but I am ready to go home!
Temple Baptist Church - 3-3-2019Nehemiah 8:1-10Introduction:A. I have been preaching on the local church off and on for the past couple of months. I cannot omit the most important aspect of the local church, the pulpit.B. If Temple Baptist Church ever allows or causes the pulpit to compromise, our church will begin a decline that none of us will be proud of. So many churches have lost the pulpit and now puppets perform instead of preachers preach.C. Let me give you an illustration that we all can relate to. Ladies, allow your husbands to be the man of the family. He may not always be right, but he is still “the man.” 1. I often tell ladies not to disrespect or destroy what God called the head of the woman. If you ever do that, you will not like what you will have. No disrespect meant to the Walmart Store intended, but I call these “Walmart Men.” The lady walks through the store and, about 3 steps behind her, is the “Walmart Man.” 2. Real men browse the tool and outdoor sections of the store while she shops but “Walmart Men” docilly follow her around. I call them “ATM Machines.” She shops and he spits out the cash. Real men are not always right but they are strong.D. The pulpit is a special place where God's men preach God's Word to God's church.E. In Nehemiah 8:4, we have not only the First Mention Principle of the word pulpit but also, a Full Mention Principle along with an Only Mention Principle. God said all that needs to be said on the subject in one short context. I would behoove us to look at this important piece of furniture that is found in a prominent place in the local church and check out its purpose. F. The pulpit was once a place of reverence by the man of God. It is often called the “sacred desk.” Men climb into pulpits that have no love for the Word of God or the people of God. They are hireling prophets who are more interested in their own personal agendas than they are standing true to the Bible. These are men with no call of God on their lives.G. Protect the pulpit. In so many churches, there is a disconnect between the pulpit and the Bible; in others, there is a disconnect between the pulpit and the pew. WE HAVE NEITHER HERE. I preach along these lines every few years as preventive maintenance.1. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Desire – 1 “gathered themselves” The people initiated the Service.1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (Three Results of Loving God's Word.)Psalms 119:113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: andnothing shall offend them. a. Hate vain thoughts (wicked thinking)b. Hate lyingc. Not easily offended2. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Unity – 1 “all...as one man” The people were in One Accord.Ephesians 4:11-15 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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: 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; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:Acts:, 41-42 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place....Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 3. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Purpose - 1-2 “bring the book” The people wanted to hear God's Word.2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.a. Purpose of Salvation - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. b. Purpose of Edification - 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: c. Purpose of Exhortation - Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 4. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Attentiveness – 3 “the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.” When God's man speaks, God's people should heed.a. Heeding God's Word Brings Salvation To Others - 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.b. Heeding God's Word Brings Cleansing - Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 5. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Elevation – 4 The people elevated it, not the preacher. Place of Authority.Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 6. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Reverence – 5 Reverenced God's Word.Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalms 119:117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. 7. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Blessing and Praise – 6 Place of Elevation of Christ.Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.8. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Agreement – 6 “Amen”Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 9. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Worship and Humility – 6 Psalms 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 10. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Attendance - 7a. The Importance of the People.b. The Implication of their Place (cannot be filled by another)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. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 11. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Teaching and Understanding – 8 Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:Hebrews 5:12, 14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat...But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.12. The Pulpit Should Be A Place of Joy and Gladness – 101 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-24-2019Romans 12:19-21Introduction:A. I guess the 12th chapter of Romans could be called a college course on Christian ethics. 1. Before we get started, I want to say that there has only been one perfect man in this world, and they crucified Him. If you ever get perfect, and you won't, they would crucify you also! 2. Though perfection is not possible in this life, I do believe that we should earnestly strive to be so. We often us human frailty as an excuse for sinfulness.B. I have often said that life is hard and often unjust. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people but, thank the LORD, neither normally stay that way.Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.C. And, if you live a consistent life for the Lord, the world will not be your friend. The world hated and continues to hate Christ and those who live for Christ.John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.D. Therefore, though you try to live for Christ, people will try to hurt you or your family. I do not like it when people try to hurt but it causes a different reaction from me when they try to hurt my family.E. Vengeance defined: infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person. The human reaction is to get back at or get even with those who hurt you. Those who desire vengeance try to justify it with scripture.Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (This verse is found in the realm of Civil Law, not vengeance.)F. In verse 19, the Bible expressly states in our text that vengeance belongs to God and He will repay. It may not be on my time or in your time, but He will not forget and, in His time, will judge all sinfulness.G. Look at Verse 21 with me.1. There is a Perilous Possibility. “Be not overcome with evil.” Verse 19 – “Avenge not yourselves.” Hurt turns into anger and anger into wrath and the wrath of man worketh not the rightness of God!Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;2. There is a Positive Proceeding. “But overcome evil with good.” Verse 20 – “But overcome evil with good.”Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. (44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.3. There is a Plain Purpose. “With good.” Verse 20 says, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Conclusion:1. God does not want His children to be overcome with evil. This is evil from within, not without. Not overcome by evil but with evil.2. God does not want His children to react wrong. Vengeance belongs to God and make no mistake, He will avenge all wrong. God wants us to overcome the potential evil of our flesh. React right!3. God wants us to do good and do good to our enemies. The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others to do unto you.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-24-2019Song of Solomon 1:1Introduction: A. Much has been said in the Bible concerning the “kiss.” The word “Kiss” in one form or another is found - 46x in the Bible.1. These instances portray both the proper and improper use of the kiss. 2. In some of the instances of a Bible “kiss,” our hug or handshake becomes the equivalent. It is still a custom in the middle east for men to either touch cheek to cheek or to even give a brief kiss to the cheek of another.B. The kiss is a very important element of the love relationship! It is not only a wonderful experience for the young married couple, but it is also something for the old as well.C. Often, Israel will meet with one of the Palestinian groups and exchange handshakes and I normally wonder what is behind the greeting. D. I want to look at the “kiss” for a few minutes this morning.1. The Kiss of Deceit - Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.Luke 22:47-48 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?2. The Kiss of Forgiveness - Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.3. The Kiss of Separation - Genesis 48:10, 50:1 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them…And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.Acts 20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, 4. The Kiss of Reuniting - Exodus 4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. (Family reunions were times of great kissing in the days of my youth. You had to “run the gauntlet” when you arrived.)5. The Kiss of Respect - 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? (The recognition and respect of a person of position. We are to respect those in authority, not speak evil of them. 6. The Kiss of Friendship - 1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. 7. The Kiss of Reconciliation - Psalms 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (I call this one the “makeup kiss.” The best part of arguing is making up!)Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.8. The Kiss of Gratitude - Luke 7:38, 45 And stood at his feet behind himweeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.9. The Kiss of Brotherly Love - 1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. 10. The Lover's Kiss, found in verse 1. The kiss of love; the kiss of intimacy; the kiss of onenessa. The world has perverted the kiss. The kiss has become something to be given casually or carelessly.b. Someone once said, “A kiss is the baby's right, the lover's privilege, and the hypocrite's mask.” Thus we find both the proper use of the kiss as well as the worldly perversion of the same.c. Another said it this way: “A kiss is two divided by none!”d. A beautiful type here in the Song of Solomon of the love shared between Christ and His Church.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-20-2019Hebrews 5:11-14Introduction:A. Tonight, we come to the third of five Warning Section of Hebrews. We have seen:1. The Danger of Drifting – 2:1-4 2. The Danger of Doubting – 3:7-133. The Danger of Dullness of Hearing – 5:11-14 B. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. I fear that we all use our mouth more than our ears at times.C. There is an old saying, “You hear but you don't listen.” Unfortunately, we find this principle throughout the Bible. I will just give a few examples.1. Speaking of Israel - Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.2. Speaking of God haters - Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,3. Speaking of mankind in general - Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.4. Speaking of those who hear the gospel - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.5. Speaking of those who do not want salvation - Acts 28:26-27 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: (27) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.D. Tonight, we will look at the latter of these groups: saved people who, for whatever reason, do not want to hear the Word of God.E. These are believers who “cherry pick” what they want to hear instead of hearing “all the counsel of God” that Paul spoke of.1. Verse 11. Dullness of hearing tends to silence the pulpit. The Bible has much to say, so much to hear, so much to learn. a. It is hard for a preacher to preach when he knows that there are some who will not receive it. I call it “when the icicles start coming down the walls.”b. Preachers are like anyone else, they want what they have to say to be received. So many pulpits across America have been silenced by dull hearers.2. Verse 12. Dullness of hearing causes stunted spiritual growth.a. The spiritual growth of the child of God should be a steady growth. As we check the height and weight of our children to make sure that the are growing properly, so should we check ourselves.b. Churches become spiritual daycare centers instead of spiritual outreach centers.3. Verse 12. Dullness of hearing causes a serious lack of church workers. a. A healthy church needs each member to carry his or her weight in the work. There was once the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of the people did the work of the church. I am sure that rule still holds true unless the twenty percent has dropped.b. There is a serious lack of spiritually qualified teachers in churches. Notice that I did not say a lack of teachers, just qualified ones. People who have a good handle on the Word of God and can relay its message to others.4. Verse 12. Dullness of hearing causes the preachers to feed with more milk than meat. a. There needs to be a biblical mixture of both milk—the first principles of the oracles of God—and meat—going on to perfection or spiritual maturity.b. The word “again” means again and again. Most spiritual children who are not growing properly are so because they do not want to grow up. Spiritual “Peter Pans.”5. Verse 13. Dullness of hearing creates an adverse atmosphere for the church.a. These believers “use” milk, not drink milk. They want the preaching to be light and shallow spiritually because they are satisfied to remain babes in Christ.b. This is one of the greatest reasons for people to bounce from one church to another. They are “Buffet Believers” who pick and choose what they enjoy hearing. Messages geared to salvation instead of sanctification.6. Verse 14. Dullness of hearing cause a lack of discernment.a. Mature believers enjoy drinking a little milk every now and then but also love to be fed a “STEAK DINNER” also. The word “belongeth” shows us that meat is not only important but wanted.b. Mature believers have their senses exercises to discern both good and evil.c. Weaker believers who use milk and do not desire strong meat, continue to live more in the realm of worldliness than godliness.Conclusion: These verses lead into the so-called controversial portion of scripture in chapter 6, which we will look at next week. Desire meat and gratefully drink the milk and our spiritually perception will be right.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-17-2019Romans 12:9-18Introduction:A. Tonight, we will have to look at these verses as parts of a whole. What is “true Christianity?” It is when this world looks at us and, as they did in Antioch, calls us Christians. Those who are like Christ.B. Within the context, we find three attributes of the mature believer: Verses 1-2, Personal Sanctification; Verse 3, Spiritual Humility; Verses 4-8, Unwavering Faithfulness. These three things are what the world sees in us.C. Verses 89-18 show us the marks of spiritual maturity. The acrostic of the word “JOY” says it all.1. J – Jesus first.2. O – Others second.3. Y – You last.D. Marks of Spiritual Maturity:1. Verse 9 – Let love be without dissimulation. 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (Dissimulation – to pretend, hypocrisy, insincere. Don't tell me that you love me, show me that you love me.)2. Verse 9 – Abhor that which is evil. Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. (Abhor – utterly detest. I fear that we do not hate evil as much as we want to think.)3. Verse 9 – Cleave to that which is good. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Cleave – to join, to become one. L Depart from evil and stay with good.)4. Verse 10 – Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Affectioned – cherishing one's kindred.) 5. Verse 10 – In honour preferring one another. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Having a right perception of self and kindness to others.)6. Verse 11 - Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; (Hard working, dependable people.)7. Verse 11 - Serving the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (Time for family, time for work, time for faithfulness to the Lord.)8. Verse 12 – Rejoicing in hope. 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. (Facing adversity with the joy of the Lord and the peace of God. People watch us when we suffer adversity.)10. Verse 12 – Patient in tribulation. Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Someone once said that the measure of a man is not what he accomplishes in life but what it takes to stop him.)11. Verse 12 – Continuing instant in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. (Instant is an attitude of prayer whereby we always commune with the Lord, in every situation.)12. Verse 13 – Distributing to the necessity of saints. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (The key is need, not want. The Bible teaches contentment with food and raiment. If a brother is hungry, naked, out in the cold, and willing to work—it it is our responsibility to help.)13. Verse 13 – Given to hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (You all are always welcome at our home!)14. Verse 14 – Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Love, bless, do good to them, and pray for them.)15. Verse 15 – Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. (Put yourself in their place: be happy for them when they are happy and suffer with them when they suffer.)16. Verse 16 – Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (Condescend-to yield or to come down to. Unity is the key to a successful Christian life. Learn to get along and, if you do not get your way, smile!)17. Verse 17 – Recompense to no man evil for evil. Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (The Golden Rule. Treat others the way that you would like to be treated. Be kind one to another.)18. Verse 17 - Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (Honesty is not the best policy, it is the only policy.)19. Verse 18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (If … as much. Sometimes peace is not an option. Ecclesiastes – time to kill, time to hate and a time of war.)
Temple Baptist Church - 2-17-20191 Peter 4:7-8Introduction: A. Considering “the end of all things,” the Apostle Paul is giving admonition to the Hebrew believers concerning their relationship to one another. 1. The Holy Ghost uses the word “charity” when speaking of the loving relationship of the believers towards each other. 2. Love, in this sense, is an unlimited loving-kindness towards others and is held to be the ultimate perfection of the Christian relationship. Charity both glorifies and reflects the nature of God. B. I spend much time at Temple admonishing our people to love one another. To get along with one another. Why? Because the greatest enemy of the local church is the enemy from within: those who sit upon the pews and stand in the pulpits. C. I want to look at this Christian virtue for a few minutes this morning. Paul said to have fervent charity! Fervent charity is to put your heart and soul into your love one for another.D. The best definition of charity is found in 1 Corinthians 13 with the Word of God giving it these characteristics:Charity Suffers Long – “Charity suffereth long” Charity Is Kind – “and is kind”Charity Is Happiness For Others - “charity envieth not”Charity Puts Others First – “charity vaunteth not itself”Charity Has A Proper Opinion Of Self – “is not puffed up”Charity Behaves – “Doth not behave itself unseemly”Charity Does Not Get Mad – “is not easily provoked”Charity Gives The Benefit Of The Doubt – “thinketh no evil”Charity Is Broken Hearted Over Sin – “Rejoiceth not in iniquity”Charity Loves Right – “but rejoiceth in the truth”Charity Is Forbearing – “Beareth all things”Charity Hopes For The Best – “hopeth all things”Charity Remains Constant – “endureth all things”Charity Never Fails – “Charity never faileth”1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (11) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (13) And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.E. Charity Is The Greatest Of Christian Virtues – “the greatest of these is charity.” 1. We can have a faith that moves mountains, a hope that causes us to endure all that life throws at us, but the greatest of all gifts is the charity that binds us together. 2. If we have not charity, then we are “nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.F. Some things that charity does:1. Charity Glorifies God - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.2. Charity Edifies The Church - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.3. Charity Shows Our Spiritual Maturity - Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.4. Charity Covers A Multitude Of Sins - 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.G. Five “MUSTS” of Charity:1. Fervent Charity Must Be Carefully Cultivated - 2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (Even though it should come naturally.)1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.2. Fervent Charity Must Have A Fertile Growing Place - 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.3. Fervent Charity Must Be constantly Maintained - 1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.4. Fervent Charity Must Be Our Motivation For Fellowship - 1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.5. Fervent Charity Must Be Consistent Among The Members - 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
Temple Baptist Church - 2-13-2019Hebrews 4:14-5:10Introduction:A. The conjunction “For” keeps the following verses in the previous context. Chapter and verse divisions are not inspired! We often stop our train of thought in the middle of God's and miss the interpretation.B. Verse 1, 4 – The Call of the High Priest – “For every high priest … And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” This was an appointment, not a popular vote. God calls His men, they do not just volunteer.C. Verse 1 - The Separation of the High Priest - “Taken from among men.” The separation of the high priest. Though he was still an Israelite, he was called to a dedicated position.D. Verse 1 – The Ministry of the High Priest – “That he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.” His work was to offer the gifts of the people to God in thanksgiving. He also offered sacrifice for the sins of the people.E. Verse 2 - The Compassion of the High Priest – “Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.”F. Verses 2-3 - The Infirmity of the High Priest – “for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity … And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.”G. Verses 5-10 - Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.1. Verse 5 - Our Great High Priest's Divine Appointment – “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.” (Our heavenly Father understood our need of One who would represent us to Him. Jesus Christ, called of God.)1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.2. Verse 6 - Our Great High Priest's Continuance – “As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Earthly priests lived and died but our great High Priest continues forever because He is alive evermore.)3. Verse 7 – Our Great High Priest's Earthly Work – “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” (So many times, we find our Lord in fervent prayer. Most notable was His priestly prayer in John 17 as He prayed for His children.)4. Verse 8 – Our Great High Priest's Obedience – “ Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” (His sinless life opened the door for we who are sinners to have His righteousness. He became sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God.)5. Verse 9 – Our Great High Priest's Accomplishment – “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” (Acomplete Saviour--a Saviour fitted in all respects to redeem sinful man. His Sufficient Sacrifice, Sovereign Resurrection, brought about our Satisfying Salvation!)6. Verse 9 – Our Great High Priest's Guarantee – “the author of eternal salvation” (Because Christ has an unchangeable priesthood, we have: Eternal Life, Eternal Forgiveness, Eternal Peace, Eternal Help in time of need.)
Temple Baptist Church - 2-10-2019Romans 12:3-8Introduction:A. In our context, Paul moves from personal sanctification to unity of purpose. Here we find the importance of each member of the local church. When our Lord went back to heaven, He gave the church gifts (the evangelist and pastor-teacher), and individual gifts. B. It amazes me when I see the talent level of the people in the church. Personal gifts of the Spirit to be used for the edification of the body and the ministry of the local church. C. In our verses for tonight, Paul describes some of the work-related gifts found in the church. I am not going to do an in-depth study of the gifts of the Spirit but want to emphasize the importance of each member of the body.D. The Bible gives an analogy between the human body and the church body. Our physical body is a work of divine genius that only a divine Creator could create. David said that he was fearfully and wonderfully made.Psalms 139:14-16 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.E. Every part of our human body has purpose and is essential to our well-being. Every member of the local church has purpose and is essential to its well-being.F. As every individual part of our human body belongs to the whole, every member of the local church belongs to the whole and is essential to its edification and work. NEVER THINK THAT THE CHURCH CAN DO WITHOUT YOU!1. We share the same Salvation.2. We share the same Lord.3. We share the same Church.4. We share the same Bible.5. We share the same Love.6. We share the same Blessed Hope.G. Paul mentions seven specific parts of the internal ministry of the local church in these verses.1. Prophecy. Verse 6. Prophecy here means to forth-tell, not fore-tell. In 1 Corinthians, we find its meaning:1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (Preaching that edifies, exhorts, and comforts the body of Christ. (I once heard a man say that two things made him want to preach: good preaching and bad preaching. Good preaching builds up, presses the believer to continue, and comforts the troubled.)2. Ministry. Verse 7. This word comes from the same root word as the word “deacon,” which means servant or to serve. Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.3. Teaching. Verse 7. Sunday School teachers are very important in the local church. They have the awesome responsibility of breaking down God's Word to the level of their students. The future of our children lies in their hands.2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.4. Exhorting. Verse 8. This word comes from a root word that is used for the Holy Spirit. It means to come along side of or to implore someone who is faltering.Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.5. Giving. Verse 8. Thank God for tithers and givers. Without you, the church could not function, and missionaries would NEVER get to the field of their calling. Let it be done with simplicity. Simplicity – folded together. I always place our tithing envelope face down. God knows and a few people are privy to that information, but it is NEVER discussed among those who do know.6. Ruling. Verse 8. Ruling with diligence and compassion. Not as lords over God's heritage but as shepherds over God's sheep.1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.7. Mercy. Verse 8. Sharing with those in need. Not just monetary but giving one's time and efforts to those who have need of it. A burden shared is half a burden!Conclusion: The work of the local church is diverse in nature. It takes all of us to make the local church what it should and needs to be.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-10-20191 Peter 1:18-2:7Introduction:A. Many sermons have been preached on chapter 2:7: “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.”B. Jesus Christ is indeed precious!1. He Is Precious To The Father – 2:4a) He Is Precious Because He Is An Only Begotten Son - 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.b) He Is Precious Because He Is An Obedient Son - John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.c) He Is Precious Because He Is A Loving Son - John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.2. He is Precious To The Sinner – 2:6a) Because Of His Love For Them – John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.b) Because Of His Sacrifice For Them – Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.c) Because Of His Promise To Them – Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.3. He Is Precious To The Saint – 2:6b-7a) He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Lives Are Built - Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.b) He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Future Is Secured – vs 9-10 - John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.c) He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Faith Is Established – vs 6b - Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.d) He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which We Can Rely When All Others Fail – vs 10 - Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.C. I believe that the context in which chapter 2:7 is found is the key to His preciousness to the child of God.1. Verse 18 – We know that our salvation is not of works, but through God's amazing grace.2. Verse 19 – We know that our Lord Jesus Christ shed His precious blood for our sins.3. Verse 20 – We know that Christ was manifested FOR us and not just to us.4. Verse 21 – We know that our faith is in God alone.5. Verse 22 – We know that our souls have been made pure through imputation.6. Verse 23 – We know that our salvation is anchored in what God says, not what we feel.7. Verse 24-25 – We know that the Bible that we hold in our hand is the Word of God and, therefore, dependable.Conclusion: The most precious thing in this world to us should be that which is most precious to God! His Son! If you are lost this morning, the most precious think in this would to you should be Jesus Christ! Because of His great love, He died for you!

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