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Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20212 Peter 1:16-21 Introduction: A. The Importance of your Bible: 1. My Salvation depends upon it. My salvation cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 2. Sound Doctrine demands it. My doctrine cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 3. My Christian growth necessitates it. I cannot grow to spiritual maturity if my diet is flawed. 4. My Daily Walk counts on it. I cannot follow right if I am not sure of my path. B. There is much misinformation out there about who I am: Ignorant and Unlearned (I may give them the benefit of the doubt on this point); Cultic; Divisive; Following men instead of God. C. Why do I believe the Bible? Because what God says about the Bible in the Bible. THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT! 1. I am a Bible Believer! I am a Biblicist: one who completely relies upon the singular of Bible. What the Bible says is right and final. Plus nothing, minus nothing, and mixed with nothing. 2. What angered the “educated and wise crowd” of Jesus' day was that men who spoke the Word of God, for the most part, were ignorant and unlearned men who just believed God. Those who came to Christ, for the most part, were poor people who were rich in faith. D. This message is not about me, it is about you. I never want to cast a shadow of a doubt upon the Bible, this Authorized King James Bible. I want you to believe it, read it, live by it, and measure every man and his message by it. E. One of the most important parts of the pastor's work is to instill complete confidence in concerning your Bible. To do otherwise is both sinful and counterproductive to faith.F. Do not take my word alone for it, read what God said about the Word of God, your Bible. 1. God's' Word is Inspired by God! 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (Moved – to carry, to bring forth, to be driven. Verbal inspiration: every word; plenary inspiration: full from cover to cover.) 2. God's Word is Preserved by God! Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Preserve – to keep a monument, a watcher. This is a God Book, not a man book. The King James Bible is the Word of God.) 3. God's Word continues in its Preservation and Inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (Timothy had only 2 Original Manuscripts that I know of, 1 and 2 Timothy. All the Word of God that he had been brought up with—what he was taught, what he knew, what he believed, and what he personally taught were preserved copies, not original manuscripts. God called his copies “holy scriptures” and declared them to be “inspired.”) 4. God's Word is Necessary for our life. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (We cannot live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Why would Jesus make such a statement if we do not have it? “Proceedeth” because it was not completed at that time but today it is finished.) 5. God's Word is Unfailing. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here. Infallible! That is where I stand.) 6. God's Word is Very Pure. Psalms 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (No mixture of error. Inerrant! That is where I stand.) 7. God's Word is Protected. Three Sentinels in the Bible: Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (I fear that many preachers and teachers take these statements lightly. They add to and take away from the Word of God as their “bibles” change.) 8. God's Word is both Living and Abiding. 1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 9. God's Word is both Preserved and Sure for our generation.2 Peter 1:16-19 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Conclusion: I thank God for my Bible. It is one of a kind and there is not another for the English-speaking people. It will not confuse you and it will not fail you. You and I Must Have It! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-9-2021Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12 Introduction: The Fifth Commandment - Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. A. Today is Mother's Day! If your mother or mother-in-law is living, I pray that you will visit or call them on their special day. B. I want to begin this message by honoring and thanking our dear ladies. Your pastor loves and respect each of you because you are both special and important to the operation and well-being of this local church. I do not minimize your contributions and service for the Lord. C. Our verse for today is one of great importance because it is the first commandment given with a promise. Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the earth! D. The woman was the first gift that God gave to man is found in Genesis, chapter 2. Adam had a special need to diminish his loneliness and Eve was a special gift to meet that need. Adam lived in a perfect environment in an imperfect way and God saw his need of companionship. Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. E. Eve was Purposed. God made Eve in Adam on the day that Adam was created! I want to look at a couple of passages of interest. Genesis 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 1. I find this interesting because it would have been logical that, since God created Eve in Adam, that He would have made them come forth at the same time. Though Eve was created in Adam when Adam was formed, there was an expanse of time that lapsed before God took a rib from Adam and made Eve. 2. God knew that Adam would need Eve before Adam ever got lonesome! God knew that Adam could not function properly without Eve. 3. I thought this one over and came up with this: God wanted Adam to know that he needed Eve! I love Mother's Day, but every day should be “Mother's Day!” May the Lord help us men and children to know just how special mom is. F. There are three names found in Genesis that were given to Eve. Two were given by God and one was given by Adam: 1) help meet 2) mother 3) Eve. 1. Help meet – “to aid” and the “opposite part” or “counterpart.” The “mirror image” which is both the same and the exact opposite. Eve was man's “completer.” Without Eve, man was lonely. With Eve, man knew the fulness of life and companionship. 2. Mother – “bond.” The word “mother” is described as a “primitive word.” The word “mother” means “to bond.” Mother is as old as time. 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 bond. Cling, adhere, or to stick to.) 3. Eve – “life giver.” Because she was the “mother of all living.” Mother not only gives birth to the children but she is also the “bond” of all living. We know that she is the bond of the home but she is also the bond of every person who was ever born. Other than Adam and Eve, we have all had a mother! God chose for the mother to bond with her unborn child for 9 months: hearing her heart beat and listening to her voice! 4. What makes Eve and all other mothers so special is that they not only give us birth but are always there with us and for us the rest of our lives. I understand that there are some mothers who forsake their families, but the rule is that mom is always there for her family. The father is the head but the mother is the heart! The father is the head but the mother is the bond! Without mother, the home becomes a house. G. Eve was the Perfection of God's creation. The first woman was everything that God intended for woman to be. She was the pinnacle; she was the zenith; she was the apex; she was the benchmark; she was to be the role model for all womanhood to follow; she was made by God and she was perfect! H. Eve was the Priority of happiness! It was not good for the man to be alone so God made a helpmeet for him. Everything God made was perfect except for Adam. Adam had a need! She was what Adam needed first and foremost. Eve was so special! Made just for Adam. It was not Adam that sought a helpmeet; it was God who gave her. I want to say again this morning, “Ladies, God made you special!” I want to give you a few simple things about Adam and Eve: J. If you have a mother: 1. Love Her - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 5:18-19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Men, love your wife! Children, love your mother!) 2. Honor Her - 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (Honor means to place upon a pedestal. To worship and reverence her. Be careful how you treat your wife, husband! Be careful how you treat your mother, young person!) Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (Be careful how you talk to her! You disrespect mama and you get in trouble with God!) Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Place her on a pedestal in both the home and in public.) 3. Remember Her - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Sometimes her labor, love, and strength go unnoticed by her family. If you have a good, loving, faithful, conscientious wife—be grateful and thankful. Never take your wife or mother for granted because they will not always be here.) Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 4. Relish Her – Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. (Make every day with her a special day. One day, she will be here no longer! When she is gone, make sure that you have no regrets! I miss greatly mom and dad.) 5. Take Care of Her – John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (The last act of our Lord Jesus Christ was to make sure that mother was cared for in the best way possible. The disciple “whom he loved.”) Conclusion: Again, I want to wish each dear lady here this morning a very special Mother's Day. You deserve it!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-28-2021Hebrews 13:20 Introduction: A. The Book of Hebrews ends with a Benediction, in verse 20, and a Final Exhortation, in verse 21. B. I want to look at each of these separately. C. A Benediction is something that we are used to though we rarely use the word. When I was young, I have heard our pastor say, “Bro. So-in-so, please give the Benediction.” Benediction - the utterance or bestowing of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service. A closing prayer. D. Paul beings his closing prayer with “The God of peace.” This is not the peace of God and neither is it peace with God. It is an expression of an attribute of God. He is a God of peace who holds the availability and power of peace in His hand. Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Our Lord wanted His children to both have peace and live in peace in this world.) 1. Troubled hearts are an enemy to peace in our lives. In John 14:1, our Lord said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” This indicates that a troubled heart is something that we allow. 2. Fear is the other culprit that robs the child of God of peace. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. E. Peace is an important aspect of salvation, sanctification, and service. In our verse we find three things: 1. Positional Peace: an inward peace that comes through the faith and assurance of our salvation. 2. Provisional Peace: an outward peace through the faith and assurance of our possessions. 3. Prophetical Peace: an upward peace through the faith and assurance of our eternal security. F. Let us look at these three areas of peace. Turn to 1 John, chapter 5: I John was written to “my little children” – little children must be fed, protected, and taught. 1. Positional Peace: “that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus.” This is the knowledge that we have peace with God through the finished work of Gospel and a new birth. 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. (11) 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. a. My favorite song is “Blessed Assurance.” What a wonderful thing to know that you know that you are saved! b. Assurance of salvation is the most important aspect of the life of the believer. It brings peace! c. Assurance comes through faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. What He started, He finished: He died on an old, rugged cross for our sins according to the Scripture, He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the Scripture. d. Salvation is a finished work and it comes only through faith in the Gospel! 2. Provisional Peace: “that great shepherd of the sheep.” This is the faith that all things come from God and He provides for His children. 1 John 5:14-15 (14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. a. I learned early on in my salvation that I could trust God in my finances. I was saved in November and became a tither in late December or January. Barbara and I tithe together. Before our salary ever is put into our hands, Barbara writes down our tithes and missions down in the check book. b. God has never been late in His provision for my family. We have had much, and we have had little, but we have always had enough. c. I want everyone here tonight to understand that my God can and will supply all your need when you trust Him. 3. Prophetical Peace: “through the blood of the everlasting covenant.” This is the promise of eternal life through the precious blood of Christ. 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 … (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. a. I miss Bro. Alvin Wilson tonight. I am glad that Alvin Wilson knew the Lord and that I will see him again shortly. b. God wants us to not only know that we are saved but that we are secured for all eternity through His blood! What is better than being saved? Being saved and knowing that what you and I have is eternal. It could not be earned, and it cannot be lost. I am His and He is mine. c. Heaven is my home!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-18-2021Revelation 12:4-6 Revelation 12:4-6 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. (5) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. (6) And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. A. We have now discussed the three “players” found in heaven before the foundations of the world were laid. They were found in the mind of God's foreknowledge in eternity past. 1. The Woman is Israel, God's covenant people. Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 2. The Child is the Messiah, the Seed of the Woman. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 3. The Great Red Dragon, Lucifer AKA Satan. Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. B. God has a Purpose. It cannot be changed or thwarted. Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (11) Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. C. Satan has a Plan. 1. His Plan to destroy the Woman's Seed. Genesis 4:8-12 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. (9) And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? (10) And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. (11) And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; (12) When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 2. His Plan to destroy Israel. His Plan to Bypass The Promised Seed – Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. (2) And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. His Plan to Destroy A Father of Israel – Genesis 27:39-41 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; (40) And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. (41) And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. His Plan to Kill Israel's Deliverer – Exodus 1:15-17 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: (16) And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. (17) But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. His Plan to Stop Israel's Throne – 1 Samuel 19:2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: His Plan to Defile Israel's King – 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. His Plan to Withstand Israel's Priesthood – Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. The List could go on at this point. 3. His Plan to Destroy the Christ. At Christ's Birth – Matthew 2:16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. (17) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, (18) In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. During Christ's Life – Luke 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. Before Christ's Propitiation - Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: Matthew 27:26-27 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (27) Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. Through Christ's scourging and the beatings that He endured, a normal man would not have lived to be crucified. His crucifixion was essential to our propitiation and salvation! D. God Hides Israel – Verse 6. 1. God's Warning to Israel – Matthew 24:15-22 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 2. God's Hiding of Israel – “where she hath a place prepared of God.” There has been much speculation as to where God will hide Israel. Most theologians say that He will hide them at Petra, the Hidden City. This city carved into the face of cliffs is found in southern Jordan. It is a Cave City that covers over 30 square miles. The city of Petra was established as a trading post by the Nabateans, an Arab Bedouin tribe indigenous to the region in what is now southwestern Jordan. The Nabateans living and trading in Petra soon accumulated a significant amount of wealth, and an envious Greek Empire attacked the city in 312 B.C. I personally put no confidence in Petra because: a) Satan know where Petra is and b) God will hide Israel, an entire nation where no one can find her! Israel will be hidden for 3 ½ years or until the end of the Tribulation Period until she beholds the Deliverer, her Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-25-2021Lamentations 3:22-23 Introduction: A. In Exodus, chapters 33-34, Israel is at Mt. Sinai and Moses alone with God at the summit. Moses, like most of us, wanted to see God's glory because of the great task of leading a rebellious nation into the Promised Land of Canaan where there would be war! B. God concealed the Glory of His Person (Exodus 33:21-23) but revealed to Moses the Gloriousness of His Work: 34:5-8. Let me give you a little analogy to help understand this precept. 1. Our work for Christ on earth glorifies God in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 2. God's glorious work on earth also glorifies God in heaven. Exodus 33:22-23 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (23) And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. Exodus 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. C. In the Psalm of Psalms, the 23rd Psalm, verse 6 sums it up: Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Notice with me the word “surely.” Something that we can be assured of.) 1. The goodness and mercy of God are a surety in the life of the child of God! God has always been good and merciful to us and He, who cannot change, will always be the same. 2. When David wrote the 23rd Psalm, did not know the greatness of his future failures. He did not understand the greatness of God's tender mercies as the “sweet psalmist of Israel” sat on a hillside, watching over his flock, and wrote of the mercy ofGod. Jeremiah the Prophet said it all in Lamentations 3. God has been merciful to each of us. D. This morning, you are looking at a one hell deserving preacher! Without any false humility and certainly with no bragging on a past, sinful life, I often say that I have no idea why God would give me the “time of day.” I think of the verse that says, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” E. You should be able to praise Him for all eternity for just the little that I have already said! No wonder the psalmist said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” F. The word “mercy” is found 276x in 261 verses; the word “mercies” is found 44x in 44 verses, while the word “merciful” is found 40x in 36 verses but we will look at enough to cause us to praise the name of the Lord! We will find that: 1. The Lord Is Merciful In His Salvation - 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (He saw our sinfulness and still sent the Saviour! We deserved Hell and yet He send His only begotten Son that we might go to Heaven one day. He saved us from a life of sinfulness and a Devil's Hell! Do not tell me He is not worth to be praised this morning! Glory to His wonderful name!) 2. The Lord Is Merciful In His Provision - Psalms 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. (God has been good to me in times when I have not been so good to Him. He has never let me down in the 32+ years that I have been saved. I have lived well; I have eaten well; I have paid the bills! When I was laid off, He gave me a job. When I had a great need, He sent someone. That is mercy!) 3. The Lord Is Merciful In His Protection - Psalms 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 4. The Lord Is Merciful In His Forgiveness - 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (No matter how terribly that I fail Him, He forgives! No matter how often I fail Him, He forgives! No matter how many times I fail Him, He always forgives and—and thank God—He forgets!) G. God's Mercy on earth Glorifies Him in Heaven! 1. God's Mercy Is Everlasting - Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 2. God's Mercy Is Unchanging - Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3. God's Mercy Is Abundant - Numbers 14:18 The Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression... 4. God's Mercy Is Motivational - Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 5. God's Mercy Is Inexhaustible - Nehemiah 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies. 6. God's Mercy Is Renewable – Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-18-2021Exodus 33:18-23; 34:5-8 Introduction: A. In our text, Israel is at Mt. Sinai and Moses alone with God at the summit. Moses, like most of us, wanted to see God's glory because of the great task of leading a rebellious nation into the Promised Land of Canaan where there would be war! 1. An insurmountable task! a) God used Moses to bring them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea to this place where God gave him the Law. God “handpicked” this man for the task ahead. b) Now, Moses has been given a seemingly insurmountable task of taking the nation of Israel through the great wilderness and into Canaan's land. Moses is looking for assurance. 2. An awesome responsibility! a) Do not send me alone! In verse 12, God had promised grace to Moses for the task, but Moses is looking for someone to go with him. He understood the awesome responsibility because these were God's people and knew that the way would be hard. b) Show me thy way! In verse 13, Moses asked God to lead him. Moses was a ruler in Egypt and knew the “short way” to Canaan and, therefore, knew that the Sinai Peninsula was neither the easy way nor the shortest way to go. 3. A rebellious and stiff-necked people! a) They rebelled in Egypt! Exodus 5:21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us. b) They rebelled at the Red Sea. Exodus 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? c) They rebelled at the waters of Marah! Exodus 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? d) They rebelled by making the calf at Sinai! Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 4. A twofold promise! Jehovah God, in verse 14, made a twofold promise to Moses: a) The promise of God's presence in a hard place. “MY presence shall go with thee!” That alone should be enough. b) The promise of God's rest in a hard journey. “AND I will give thee rest! Resting in His presence in the hard places ahead. B. Moses' Request – Exodus 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. C. God's Answer – Exodus 33:20-23 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. (21) And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: (22) And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (23) And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. (God told Moses that he could not see God's face but he could see where God had been!) D. Though God did not allow Moses to see His glory, He pronounced His glory in numerating His works. This is how you and I perceive God's glory today. Exodus 34:5-8 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. (6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (8) And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. E. Though God could not be seen, His glory can be both perceived and seen! God led Israel through the Red Sea and destroyed Pharoah's entire army and ridded Israel of its power and continued threat. One fell sweep by God and their problem disappeared forever. Never again would Egypt bother God's people.F. By the same token, God's children can behold the glory of God in many ways and that glory gives us a proper perspective of who He is. Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him …” This morning, I want to tie two thoughts together: a) That I may know Him and b) Shew me thy glory. G. Often, we hear someone say that they have seen God or Jesus. These people are deceivers! I say that without apology because they are calling God a liar by doing so. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:14-16 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (15) Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (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. John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. H. I have read several verses that speak of the invisibility of God but, through your bible and Christian experience, you can know God and, to know God is to see His glory! 1. We see God in Creation. Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Colossians 1:15-16 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 2. We see God in His Word. Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 3. We see God in Faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. (3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 4. We see God in Deliverances. The First Mention of Glorious - Exodus 15:3-6 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. (4) Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. (5) The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. (6) Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. Genesis 18:14a Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 5. We see God in Trials and Tribulations. Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 1 Peter 1:5-7 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: (7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 6. And one day, we shall see Him as HE IS – 1 John 3:2 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 - 4-7-2021Hebrews 13:13-16Introduction: A. Tonight, my verse will be verse 16. This verse begins with the word “but.” 1. “But” is a primary particle in English. It is a word that has no definition unless tied to another word to give meaning. Let me explain. I walk up to you in Walmart and just say, “But.” I then walk off having not said another word to associate it with. “But” in that instance would have absolutely no meaning. 2. Now, did you enjoy a little English class tonight? 😊 Primary (main, key, core, basic) particles (element, fragment, part of a whole), though in themselves have no meaning, greatly change, or add to what is being said. 3. The word “but” can be either adversative (contrast or the opposite of) or continuative (to amplify the meaning of). In the adversative sense, “but” normally is used for contrast. As continuative, “but” is used to continue and add to a thought. B. Tonight, I believe that “but” needs to be used in both ways to convey a right spiritual application. In order to do so, I will need to break this verse down into its principal parts. Therefore, we will be here for a couple of weeks or more to do so. It is the ONLY way to “rightly divide the word of truth. 1. In the adversative sense, verse 16 means that it is possible to go without the camp (a repentance that works salvation) to Christ in salvation but then going back into the camp (the world) to live. Eph 2:10 2. In the continuative sense, verse 16 means that once we go without the camp, we are to accompany our salvation with a continuation in good works. C. Having established these principles, let us look at verse 16. 1. But To Do Good … forget not! a. The Adversative But. There is a possibility of a person who is truly saved not to live a life that is obedient to the Word of Christ and, therefore not obedient to Christ. 1) There are biblical examples of people who were saved and, for a while, were obedient to God's Word and their Lord. (I am still not sure what it is about Lord that people do not understand.) Demas would be an example of this backslidden believer. 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica … 2) There are those who were truly saved who had no desire to grow in the Lord. The “Dull of Hearing” crowd in Hebrews would be an example. Hebrews 5:11-13 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) 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. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. b. The Continuative But. Then there are those who love the Word of God and their Lord who choose to do right and live lives consistent with biblical Christianity. 1) Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul was our shining example. Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 2) We are to do good! Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 2. But … To Communicate Forget Not! a. The Adversative But. 1) Those who choose not to pray at all. James 4:2b … ye have not, because ye ask not. 2) Those who pray selfishly. James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 3) Those who pray in doubt. James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. b. The Continuative But. 1) There are those believers who are constantly praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 2) Those who pray in the realm of God's revealed will. 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 3) Those who pray in faith believing. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-2021John 19:38-20:18; 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 Introduction: A. Today, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is often called the “Capstone of Christianity,” because the eternal hope of the believer rests entirely on life with Christ after death. B. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the “bridge” between the of Christ's Propitiation and Expiation. 1. Propitiation – The Cross – 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. Propitiation – the appeasement of the wrath of God against sinners. 1 John 4:10 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. Expiation – The Resurrection – Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Expiation – the act of extinguishing the guilt incurred by something. a) The Ascension of our High Priest. Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. (Christ ascended to heaven twice, once to present His precious blood and place it on the mercy seat in heaven and then His visible ascension from the Mount of Olives in Acts, chapter one. b. The Act of our High Priest. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (The shed blood had to be applied by the purified High Priest, Jesus Christ.) C. Therefore, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ became the “bridge” that connected these two things. Without the resurrection, the blood would have been shed in vain and, without the resurrection, there would be no High Priest to offer that shed blood. 1. The Importance of the Resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 a. The Resurrection validates our preaching. If Christ be not risen, then our preaching is all in vain. Vs. 14 – “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain.” What I am doing this morning is not a waste of time. b. The Resurrection seals our salvation. If Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain. Vs. 14 – “and your faith is also vain.” I know whom I have believed this morning. c. The Resurrection is the foundation of truth. If Christ be not risen, then we are liars! Vs. 15 – “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.” Faith in Christ would be the greatest deception that the world has ever known had it not been for His resurrection. d. The Resurrection guarantees our forgiveness of sins. If Christ be not risen, then we are still in our sins. Vs. 17 – “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” There could be no peace because of the sins that we have committed if they remained. You ask me why I'm happy: because my sins are gone! e. The Resurrection gives us hope for those whom we love that are gone on. If Christ be not risen, then our loved ones who have died have perished with no hope. Vs. 18 – “Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” We would have no hope of ever seeing those whom we love again. f. The Resurrection is our peace and happiness. If Christ be not risen, then we are one miserable bunch this morning! Vs. 19 – “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” We have given up the things of the world when we should have eaten, drank, and spent our life in merriment. Living for Christ is the greatest life of all! 2. The Declaration of the Resurrection: Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (2) (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) (3) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (4) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: a. Jesus Christ declared to be God! Ephesians 1:17-20 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (Only God would have the power to both will His own death (Christ dismissed His spirit on the Cross) and gloriously raise the body from the tomb. There has never been a man of “god of this world” with that kind of power!) b. Jesus Christ declared to be Holy. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (The only acceptable sacrifice for the complete remission of the sins of the world would be on of impeccable holiness!) c. Jesus Christ declared to be Alive. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Our Lord Jesus Christ sits on the right hand of God and “ever liveth” to make intercession of the saints of God. Thank God for a resurrected, living Saviour!) 3. The Promise of the Resurrection: a. An Eternal Hope. John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (God has promised eternal life to those who come to Him by faith. God breath into the nostrils of Adam the “breath of life” and Adam became a “living soul.” All men will live forever in one place or the other: heaven or hell. Someone once said that life is full of choices, but eternity only has two! I am glad that my Saviour lives and, because He lives, I will live with Him forever!) b. An Eternal Body. Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (This corruption must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. A body fashioned like unto His glorious body that will be perfectly fit for eternity.) c. An Eternal Joy. Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (There are 7 “no mores” mentioned in Revelation 21. Heaven will be heaven for all of eternity and our joy surpassing our comprehension! Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, I live also!)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-2021Revelation 12:1-5 A. As we begin the second half, 3 ½ years, of the Jacob's Trouble or The Tribulation Period, we find three main “players:” a lady, a child, and a dragon. It is essential that we understand who these three are and what role's that they play in this prophetic story of rejection, reconciliation, and judgment. B. We have established that the “lady” is Israel, the “wife of Jehovah.” She began in heaven in the mind of God and, as a nation, will be God's Elect People throughout eternity. The “apple” of God's eye. I cannot over emphasize Israel's importance to both God and the world. Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. Genesis 18:17-18 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; (18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? C. Israel plays an important part in this time because Jacob's Trouble is about the birth, rejection, judgment, and reconciliation of Israel. From Israel's inception in the foreknowledge of God until the beginning of eternity future, we find God's mind about Israel; God's love of Israel; and God's eternal purpose for Israel. Romans 11:11-12 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (12) Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? D. The second and most important Person mentioned as we open the Second Half is Jesus Christ. The Bible is all about Christ Jesus. It is a “Him Book!” Tonight, I want to show some things found in these verses about our Lord Jesus Christ. E. Verse 2 – “And she being with child” while still being in heaven. Israel is found, in the foreknowledge of God, in heaven from the foundation of the world. Israel physically was founded on the earth as God's covenant nation but never physically in heaven. Here we find Jesus Christ seen as being in Israel before Israel became a nation on earth. The promised Messiah was predetermined to be born of the right people, in the right place, at the right time. F. Verse 2 – “travailing in birth and pained to be delivered” speaks of the trials and tribulations of Israel from Abraham's blessing of the promised seed throughout the Old Testament. The trials and tribulations of God's elect nation prior to the birth of Christ. What this does in verse 2 shows that Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period is not reactionary. God foresaw from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. G. Verse 5 – “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron” shows the birth and life of the Messiah along with the prophecy of the Millennial Reign of Christ at the end of the Tribulation Period at His Second Coming. H. Verse 5 – “and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” shows our Lord's ascension back to heaven after His death, burial, and bodily resurrection. J. Who is this Child? Almighty Jehovah God who became flesh and dwelt among us. He was born, lived, died, buried, resurrected, ascended, and is coming again one day. 1. His Preeminence – Jesus Christ is Almighty God; He is Lord. Though beyond our comprehension, God always was and always will be. He is an eternal Being. I believe that He is and is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) The greatest theological statement in the Bible lies in the first four words of Genesis 1:1. This is not a statement of argument. It is a statement of fact that can either be accepted or rejected. Either reaction to these words does not either change God in His essence or thwart His eternal plan for the earth and those whom He has made that live there! The word “God” is a plural word in the Hebrew: Elohim - in the beginning – creator of all 2. His Prophecy – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. He is the Virgin Born Son of God – Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.He is the Saviour of the World – Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 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. 3. His Person – Jesus Christ, all that we need. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 4. His Propitiation – Jesus Christ died in our place. 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. 5. His Pleasing – Jesus Christ, God's 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. 6. His Position – Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Mediator, and Advocate. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 7. His Palace – New Jerusalem, our eternal home. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Psalms 45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Conclusion: As we begin the Second Half or last 3 ½ year period, we now have seen the “lady,” the Nation of Israel, and the “child,” Jehovah God—Israel's Messiah, the Saviour of the World. Next week, we will look at the third character: the great red dragon.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-2021Revelation 12:1-6 Introduction: Here, in chapter 12, we find another parenthetical or digression from the sequential events or chronological order in the Book of Revelation. Parentheticals in prophecy give an overview of what is to take place before returning to the actual time of the events. A. Chapter 11 signaled the mid-period of the Tribulation Period, or the end of the first 3 ½ years of this 7-year period. B. We get the title “The Tribulation Period” from 2 New Testament verses: Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 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. Revelation 7:14 dispels the theory that the first 3 ½ years of this period will be light tribulation while the second 3 ½ years will be severe tribulation. These saints found in this verse were martyred and the Bible says (not a man says) that they came out of “great tribulation.” C. The Tribulation Period is also called: Jacob's Trouble - Jeremiah 30:4-7 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. (5) For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. (6) Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? (7) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. Daniel's Seventh Week - Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. (27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.D. Heretofore, nothing has been said about Israel, though they have suffered through the first 3 ½ years just as the rest of the world has. In the process of both the present and also the first half of Jacob's Trouble, Israel has been re-gathered to their homeland, the land of Promise. During this time, they have also re-built the “third temple” and re-established worship through sacrifice which was stopped in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the “second temple.” The Abomination of Desolate has occurred, the daily sacrifice stopped, and the outer court overrun by the Gentiles. E. The “great wonder in heaven” is that of a “woman.” This “woman” is not to be confused with the women mentioned in Revelation, chapters 2 and 17. I believe that these two “women” are the same: The Roman Catholic Church. Jezebel, in Revelation, chapter 2, who seduced the church at Thyatira (Historically 606-1320 A.D. – The Papal Age) – Revelation 2:20-22 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (21) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. The Great Whore, the end time religion of the spirit of antichrist, in Revelation, chapter 17 - Revelation 17:1-6 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: (2) With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. (3) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (4) And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (5) And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (6) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. F. This “woman” is Israel, also referred to as the wife of Jehovah in the Old Testament. As Jesus will be wedded to the Church of the New Testament, Jehovah was wedded to Israel in the Old Testament. Israel rejected Christ and is now blinded but will accept Christ and be eternally glorified. Jeremiah 3:12-14 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. (13) Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. (14) Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: Isaiah 54:1, 5-6 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD ... For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. (6) For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. G. “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet.” Israel's Preeminence with God. Clothed with the light of the Son of God. Israel, not as we see them now but as God sees them in eternity when they are restored; the natural branch once again grafted in to the Olive Tree. God's Election Of Israel – Israel's Election – Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.God's Blessing Upon Israel – Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.God's Protection Of Israel – I saiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.God's Perception Of Israel – Zechariah 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.God's Restoration Of Israel - Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: H. “the moon under her feet.” The moon shines only when it reflects the light of the Sun. Israel, God's Peculiar People. His Chosen People. In heaven because in God's predetermination, Israel as a nation, was always on His mind. Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. J. “and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” Representing the 12 tribes of Israel found in the Old Testament and also referenced in heaven along with the 12 apostles as the 24 elders around the throne. Genesis 37:9b … behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (The 12 Tribes of Israel of the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament.)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-2021Matthew 27:1-2; 11-26 Introduction: A. As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our thoughts need to go to the place called Calvary. Almighty Jehovah God became flesh and dwelt among us. There at Calvary, the Son of God suffered and died for the sins of the world. 1. The Purpose of the Cross – “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind! Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ chose to die for the sins of the world: every man or woman who ever lived. The Scripture is plain at this point. Calvinism or Reformed Theology is a damnable heresy and needs to be rejected entirely. 2. The Price of the Cross – Explained in one verse, Mark 15:34: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Though Jesus suffered as no man has ever suffered, the greatest suffering was that, for the first time in eternity past, we see the Godhead divided because He became sin for us. 3. The Pleasing of the Cross – The satisfaction of God the Father in sin's ultimate payment! Isaiah 53:10 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. Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 4. The Pardon of the Cross – Though we who have come to Christ through the Gospel, we are still just sinners saved by grace! Through the Cross of Christ, we are washed whiter than snow! When God the Father sees us, He sees us through the blood that was shed and applied! 5. The Praise of the Cross – The Apostle Paul said it all in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Hallelujah, What a Saviour! B. This morning, our text asks the question. Mankind's personal answer to this question settles his/her individual eternity! I would venture to say that this is the most important question ever asked. Matthew 27:22a: “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” 1. More Important Than “What will I do for a living?” 2. More Important Than “Who will I marry?” 3. More Important Than “Where will I live?” 4. This is the only question that deals with “HOW WILL I DIE?” C. It is a question that DEMANDS a response from all! Everyone who hears the gospel makes one of the three following responses. 1. The Damnable Response of Rejection. For the most part, the world wants nothing to do with Christ! I would like us to notice 3 groups of people who responded to this question by rejecting Christ. a. The Religious Crowd Rejected Christ – Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. (The priests were the instigators. They were the religious people of that day. They studied the Scriptures and yet rejected the One who died for them. Christ disrupted their religious system!) b. The Macho Crowd (Soldiers) Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. They simply did what the world told them to do! The Chief Priests were the instigators. The soldiers carried out their duties. John 19:2-3 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. c. The Wicked Crowd Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:22-25 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. If our response to Christ this morning is that of rejecting Christ, we are no better than the soldiers who drove the nails into His hands, or the crowd who cried out, "Crucify Him, Crucify Him!" 2. The Unacceptable Response of Neutrality Found In Pilate. Most people in the Bible Belt have heard the gospel and know who Christ is but make no decision at all concerning Christ! (Pilate illustrates this response.) We will discover that a response of neutrality is in essence a response of rejection. a. Pilate was a Coward – Mark 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (What will the people think of me?) b. Pilate was a Compromiser – John 19:12-13 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. c. Pilate was Condemned – Matthew 27:24 Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. I have often said that there is no benign state of neutrality with God! 3. The Wonderful Response of Acceptance. I am thankful that Scripture shows us some people who were courageous and accepted Christ. I thank God every day for my salvation! I not only have heard about Christ, know who Christ is, but have placed my faith in Christ! a. The Thief on the Cross – Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. b. Joseph of Arimathea – Matthew 27:57-60 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Though he was saved earlier, he made public his profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. c. The Roman Centurion – Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. He was the highest-ranking soldier at the crucifixion. It was a rejection of Caesar's divinity and could have cost him both his job and his life. Conclusion: Albert B. Simpson wrote a poem, which has been put to music about this question. Listen to the words:Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall,friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?What will you do with Jesus?Refrain:What will you do with Jesus?neutral you cannot be;some day your heart will be asking,"What will he do with me?"Jesus is standing on trial still,you can be false to him if you will,you can be faithful through good or ill:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you evade him as Pilate tried?Or will you choose him, whate'er betide?Vainly you struggle from him to hide:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you, like Peter, your Lord deny?Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,daring for Jesus to live or die?What will you do with Jesus? Refrain"Jesus, I give thee my heart today!Jesus, I'll follow thee all the way,gladly obeying thee!" will you say:"this I will do with Jesus!" Refrain a. What will you do with Jesus this morning? You must either crucify Him or crown Him. Ask Him to come into your life as Savior, your Lord and King. b. How do you respond to His call?
Temple Baptist Church - 1-27-2021Hebrews 13:7-8 Introduction: A. I know that I have spent several weeks preaching on these verses but they are so rich concerning the pastor/church relationship and desired biblical result of that relationship. B. Tonight, “considering” the desired result or “end of their conversation.” God has a plan for every child of God and every pastor needs to teach, preach, and lead accordingly. This is not about the pastor; this is not about the local church; this is about you individually. C. Let us have a little Bible Study tonight as God says this so much better than I could ever say it. I have been preaching this verse from left to right, the way that we both read it and see it but, tonight, I will look at the verse from right to left, the way that God sees it. Verse 8. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. The end of the pastor's conversation is: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. Jesus Christ the same. 3. Jesus Christ the same yesterday. The Past. 4. Jesus Christ the same to day. The Present. 5. Jesus Christ the same forever. The Future. He is in the past, yesterday, looking forward; He is in the present, to day, looking on; He is in the future, for ever, looking back! 1. The Lord's Predestination. “Jesus Christ the same” The Lord sees the end desired from before the beginning; He sees the journey that must be taken; He sees the “clay” in its initial form. Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. a. The Lord's Initial Predestination – Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. b. The Lord's Final Product - John 17:16-23 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (18) As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. (19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. (20) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (22) And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 2. The Pastor's Purpose. “rule … conversation” The pastor knows both the initial state and the end desired but leaves the path between the believer and the Lord. He is the go-between. a. The Pastor's Call - Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: b. The Pastor's Confidence - 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 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. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (46) Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. (47) The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (48) As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. (49) And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 3. The Believer's Progression. “Remember … considering” The believer sees his own lost condition, repents of sin, and places his faith in Christ. Then embarks on the journey of a life lived in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. a. The Believer Must Put Off - Ephesians 4:17, 22-24 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind … (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; b. The Believer Must Put On – Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 1 John 3:1-3 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. (3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-31-20211 Chronicles 29:10-13 Introduction: A. God is absolutely Sovereign. The words “absolutely” and “sovereign” are synonyms instead of our usual oxymorons that I use that are antonyms. My word processor tried to remove absolutely but I did not allow. God is ABSOLUTELY SOVEREIGN!! He does what He desires to do anytime He desires to do it! B. The word “sovereignty” or “sovereign” is not found in your Bible but neither are the words “trinity” or “rapture” found there either. Since the word “sovereignty” is not a bible word, let us look at its definition for clarification: Sovereignty – Free from all external control; reigning or royal authority; the dominion of a monarch, the complete authority to govern a state; exclusive in right to control one's thoughts and actions; autonomous; greatest in status, authority, and power; supreme; exceptional in quality. C. The doctrine of the “Sovereignty of God” is one of both the least understood and the most misunderstood. Many believe that things happen per chance instead of through divine providence. I do not believe in luck. I believe in the providence of an all-knowing, thrice holy God! D. Sovereignty is a doctrine that we have allowed the Calvinists to “hold hostage.” Every time we use the word, we feel that we must give a disclaimer concerning Calvinism. E. By the sovereignty of God, it is to be understood that—as Creator of all things both visible and invisible—God is both owner or and ruler over all things. There are many verses in the Bible that show God's absolute sovereignty and I have listed some for you if you receive or want to receive this sermon in print. Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Psalms 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. F. Because God is sovereign: 1. He Requires No Counsel - Romans 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 2. He Seeks No Advice - 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 3. He Lacks No Wisdom - James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 4. He Asks No Permission – Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. 5. He Answers To No Man - Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? G. In our text for this morning, we have another Full Mention Principle of Bible Interpretation. If there had been no other of the afore mentioned verses in the Bible, these verses have said it all. 1. Verses 10. God is Sovereign in His Person. “Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.” 1 Timothy 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (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. There was none before Him, there will be none after Him, and there is none like Him! You cannot do anything about Him. You cannot change Him. You cannot circumvent Him. You cannot ignore Him. And you had better not die without Him! 2. Verse 11. God is Sovereign in His Power. “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty” Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 3. Verse 11. God is Sovereign in His Possession. “for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;” Colossians 1:15-16 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 4. Verse 11. God is Sovereign in His Position. “thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all” 1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 5. Verse 12. God is Sovereign in His Performance. “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” Psalms 75:6-7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. (7) But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. 6. Verse 13. God is Sovereign in His Praise. “Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.” Revelation 4:9-11 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, (10) The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, (11) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-3-2021Hebrews 13:9 Introduction: A. God's plan in predestination is for ALL of us to turn out right spiritually: to be conformed to the image, an exact likeness, of Christ! That speaks of our responsibility in this life. After death or rapture, we WILL be like Him for we shall see Him as He is! Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 1 John 3:2 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. B. We often read or quote Jude 24, so let us take a short look at the verse: Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 1. God is able to present you Faultless. The is our Positional side of salvation in Christ. Thank God that our salvation cannot be lost! 2. God is able to keep you from Falling. This is the Practical side of salvation in Christ. God is able to keep us from falling but will not override our choices in life to either follow God's will for our lives or to walk in the flesh and pay the consequences. 3. God gave you a pastor who loves you, labors in the Word of God, preaches doctrinally correct, and will be there for you when you need him. I will do my work but you will have to do yours! Ephesians 4:13-15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: C. We have spent several weeks on verses 7-8. God's COMMANDMENT to: 1. Remember God's Man. God gave him to you. 2. Obey God's Man. God gave him authority over you. 3. Hear God's Man. God gave him the ability, knowledge, and wisdom to rightly divide the Word of Truth. 4. Follow God's Man. If he is right with the Lord, he will always point you to Christ. D. Now, let us observe our text: “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” E. Here, we find Possibility! With all that God has given to us to keep us from falling, there will always unfortunately be some who will “do their own thing” and pay the price for it. I heard a younger preacher make this statement: “Law without consequences is Advice!” With God, there will always be consequences for disobedience. 1. You can refuse to hear and dry up one the vine. Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) 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. Many of God's children never grow because they do not want to grow! 2. You can fall away because of a shaken mind or troubled. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Many of God's children are shaken because they pick and choose who or what to listen to. 3. You can be led away by following the error of wicked men. 2 Peter 3:17-18 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Many of God's children follow the easy path instead of the hard path. The broad way instead of the narrow way because it fits their lifestyle. 4. You can be blown about by listening to those who are not doctrinally correct. 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 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; Many of God's children listen to the voices of heresy. False doctrine and Bible correctors. 5. You can fall away by walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. Romans 8:1-6 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (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: (4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (5) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Many of God's children love this present evil world and conform to it instead of conforming to the Bible. Conclusion: Stay with your pastor; stay with your Bible; stay with your church!
Temple Baptist Church - 2-7-2021Hebrews 10:24-31 Introduction: A. Sanctuary – A sacred place. 1. Adam and Eve had a Sanctuary. An Altar of Sacrifice. As early as Genesis 4, we find that Cain and Abel “brought” their sacrifices. They did not offer just anywhere but there was a special place where they offered. 2. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had a Sanctuary. Bethel. Abraham built an altar at Bethel (The House of God) and later came back to that same altar, naming it El-Bethel (God-The House of God) and found God there. 3. Moses and Israel to David had a Sanctuary. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness. When God brought Israel out of Egypt (a beautiful type of salvation), He gave instructions to Moses for the building of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness; when Israel came into the land of Canaan—they brought the Tabernacle with them. 3. Solomon had a Sanctuary. Solomon's Temple. This beautiful temple was the center of Jerusalem. Ezra had a Sanctuary, Zerubbabel's Temple. When the Jews returned from their captivity in Babylon, the first order of business was the rebuild the walls and Temple. 4. We have a Sanctuary. The Local Church. When the New Testament Jews and Gentiles got saved, they had a local church to attend. The Bible says much about the local church and works only through it. It is around the local church that our lives are to be centered. B. Sometimes, when we go back to Hebrews 10:25, I wonder if I am not “beating a dead horse,” but the Holy Ghost used the words “and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” We preach these verses, we quote them, and yet—continually—we see a decrease in the faithfulness of God's people to the church. This is a total disobedience to God's Word and ignorance to its meaning and consequences. C. These verses are the most profound concerning faithfulness to church that you will find. In them we find: 1. Our responsibility to each other – vs. 242. The importance and purpose – vs. 253. The callousness of the sin – vs. 264. The promise of the judgment of God – vs. 27-295. The seriousness of unfaithfulness – vs. 296. The fearfulness of the Lord – vs. 30-31 D. If God said and meant all these things, you would think that His children would see the seriousness, repent of their sin, and get faithful but just the opposite is true. “As the manner of some is” has become the norm for most professing believers. E. In the last few years, we have seen a great “falling away” from the local church. With the rising number of “home churches,” “TV churches,” “Radio Churches,” “golf, fishing, motorcycle, cowboy, etc. churches,” there has been a great forsaking of the house of the Lord. F. How others have handled COVID is their business but, this past year, we have seen COVID take its toll on churches around the world. In today's world, we see the rise of Parking Lot Church, Internet Church, Virtual Church, and much of the time, No Church! G. I am not judging what other churches do or how they deal with COVID, but I will say that I find no substitute in the bible for the local church. We at Temple Baptist have chosen to assemble as always and God has blessed it! “Not forsaking” means just what it says. I am not trying to explain it away nor am I offering any excuses. It says what it means and means what it says. H. NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF ASSEMBLY IN THE LOCAL CHURCH! The local church is a landmark of the Lord's making and it needs not to be removed. 1. The Local Church Is A Place Of Assembly – 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. (The word “church” means a called-out assembly. We are called out of this world to assemble. If the Lord did not think that we needed a place of gathering, He would have just let us stay at home. “Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” describes the modern day “Christian.”) 2. The Local Church Is A Place Of Exhortation - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (We need each other's strength to continue on in this “present evil world.” Bearing one another's burdens can only come about when we are together to know what those burdens are.) 3. The Local Church Is A Place Of Fellowship - Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (We cannot love each other with a whole heart fervently if we are never together. I love my family and spend much time with them. I love my church family and spend much time with them! We laugh, cry, eat, and share together.) 4. The Local Church Is A Place Of Bible Teaching - 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (Most believers do not know how to behave in the house of God because they are not there often enough to be taught! Teaching is an important part of our spiritual welfare! The largest denomination in America is the “Church of the Ignorant Brethren!”) 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. 5. The Local Church Is A Place Of Powerful Preaching - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (The pastor is commanded to preach the Word but many are never there to receive it. So often I know that a particular message will be of help to someone and they do not show up. We need bible preaching and need it from the pastor!) 6. The Local Church Is A Place Of Prayer - Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (We come, take prayer requests and pray! We begin each service in prayer, we pray in the prayer rooms, we pray during the services, and we end each service in prayer. We pray for each other, we pray for our families, we pray for our needs, we pray for the needs of others, we pray for our nation, we pray for Israel, we pray for those in authority over us, we pray for souls, and we pray for the coming of the Lord. You have not because you ask not is an indictment against those who do not pray!) 7. The Local Church Is A Place Of Faithful Giving - Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Bring ye all the tithes, not send. I will also send my tithes if I am providentially hindered from coming but we had better watch carefully how we use the wording “providentially hindered” because providence is divine!) 1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (Some tithe and give regularly while some tithe and give irregularly. The local church pays its bills regularly and missions support should be paid the same. How would we like it if we got paid on an irregular basis? We would probably be a little upset. Missionaries do not get full support because of irregular giving!) 8. The Local Church Is A Place Of Divine Approval - Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. (It is a sanctifying place where we are cleansed through the water of the Word.)
Temple Baptist Church - 2-10-2021Hebrews 13:9-12 Introduction: A. To understand the last part of verse 9, we need once again to understand who the Book of Hebrews was written to and why it was written. Hebrews was written to the “strangers scattered,” dispersed Jews. Acts 8:1-4 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. (2) And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. (3) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. (4) Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. (In verse 4, we find that there is spiritual accountability with these saved Jews. They had heard the Word of God and put their faith in the Messiah, Christ Jesus.) 1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Peter 3:15-18 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. B. Since we are interpretating verse 9 within its context, I feel it necessary to break this verse down into its components. Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 1. A personal command: “Be not” a. Personal Responsibility - spiritual growth is a personal choice. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2 Peter 3:17-18 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. b. God gives you a Pastor! In verses 7-8, we have seen the tools that God gives to the believer to be used in this process. Hebrews 13:7-8 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. (8) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 2. A possibility: “carried” – to be carried, one needs a carrier. a. This is not the falling away of 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2. That is something that you personally do. “Carried” is something that you allow others to do to you and with you. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; b. “Carried” also implies a destination. They are carrying you somewhere! To allow another person to take you where they desire. When you are carried, you may protest but you are moving under the power of another person or thing. 2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 3. A perplexity: “about” – this speaks of an uncertain destination. a. Oft times, when asked where we are going, we will respond with “out and about.” This means that we are not sure where we will end up, we are just going out. So, you do not know where you will end up, you are just leaving where you are. b. The one who carries knows the destination of his desire. Where is that destination? Away from where the pastor has led you to where he/she wants to take you. John 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (Here is that phrase used in the context of spiritual growth that comes from following your pastor!) 4. A poisoning: “with divers and strange doctrines” – to be led astray by something different or foreign to what you learned from God's man. 2 Timothy 3:13-14 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (18) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 5. A problem: “which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” The Old Testament said, “Do and live.” The New Testament says, “DONE!” Conclusion: God's will for our lives is to have our hearts established in grace, not with meats. These Hebrew recipients understood what Paul was saying. 1. Established with Grace means that the Sacrifice, Jesus Christ—the Lamb of God (John 1:29), had already died for the sins of the world. Grace is unmerited; grace is done! 2. Not with Meats refers to the Old Covenant sacrifices of “bulls and goats” which could never take away sin. These offerings were atonements or coverings until Christ Jesus, the Seed of the Woman would come. Hebrews 9:10-12 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 3. Whereas the sacrifice of Christ was a finished work, the offering of meats was a continual one. Hebrews 9:7-10 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: (8) The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 4. There is a Danger; there is a Deception; there is a Defilement; there is a Destruction.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-14-2021Genesis 4:1-7 Introduction: A. I have been preaching on the subject “Remove Not The Ancient Landmark, Which Thy Fathers Have Set” over the past couple of weeks. 1. Spiritual “landmarks” define boundaries and are points of reference from which all our doctrines are measured with the Bible being our Benchmark. 2. We are not as many who corrupt the Word of God by making it conform to our doctrine, but we are those few who continually mold our doctrines to the Word of God. B. This morning, I want to look at the “Landmark of Salvation.” To get a proper perspective of what salvation is and is not, I want to look Geneses, chapters 2-4. First Mention is an invaluable tool in Bible interpretation. I cannot say this enough! 1. In Genesis 2-3, we find the fall of man and the initiation for God's eternal plan of salvation for him. a) Sin and its Result. Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. b) Sacrifice for Sin. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 2. In Genesis 4, we find the wrong way and the right way of salvation in the lives of Cain and Abel and God's judgment of Cain. a) The Wrong Response of Cain. Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. b) The Right Response of Abel. Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: C. Genesis 4 declares that salvation is through the coming of the “seed of the woman” and requires the shedding of blood. Genesis 4 shows both the acceptance and rejection of a blood bought salvation. The account of Cain and Abel is profound: 1. It Refutes Works for Salvation – God rejected Cain's offering! 2. It Refutes Ways for Salvation – God accepted only His Way! 3. It Refutes Self-Righteousness for Salvation – God required blood! 4. It Refutes Pre-destination for Salvation – God gave Cain a second chance and would have accepted him. Cain's problem was not election, it was rejection and, therefore, a sin problem! D. Though “Cain Worship” is almost as old as time, it has become much more prevalent in our day. The Bible says, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Our Lord said that the only way to heaven is through the new birth. In these last days, the New Birth is looked down upon and its recipients are maligned and mocked. The “Landmark of Salvation” is still Repentance and Faith! 1. It Is A Singular Salvation - Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Man's ways may seem to them as the right ways but they are “dead wrong.”) Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 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. John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 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. (Is salvation simple or not? Is salvation plain or not?) 2. It Is An Eternal Salvation - John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 3:14-16 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I want to say, “Blessed be God!” It is self-righteousness that keeps people from believing in the eternal security of the believer! Salvation belongs to the Lord!) 3. It Is A Life Changing Salvation - Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (It is both repentance and faith, not faith alone! Our Lord said to repent or perish!) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 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. (As one old fashioned preacher said, “If you ain't changed, you ain't saved!) 4. It Is A Universal Salvation - Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (I know that I have dealt with this in the beginning, but I want to say again that everyone of us has the same basic testimony of salvation. Your circumstances and mine may be somewhat different, but the salvation remains the same. We recognized our sinfulness and destination in hell, turned to Jesus Christ for salvation, and were gloriously saved! “In my hand no price a bring; simply to they cross I cling; O Lamb of God, I come!”) Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us–ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (Jesus Christ died for the sin of the whole world, not just the elect or the select. What pride! To thing that God chose me to salvation and rejected you!) 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. (If you can interpret “the whole world” as being only the elect, you are totally ignorant of truth!) 5. It Is A Gracious Salvation - Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Titus 3:5-7 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; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (We deserve nothing; we deserve Hell, but because of His great love wherein He loved us—Jesus Christ DIED IN OUR PLACE!) Conclusion: The Landmark of Salvation has been removed from many churches and the result is confusion. People rely upon almost everything else other than the finished work of Jesus Christ: His death according to the Scripture, burial, and resurrection according to the Scripture. There is no other way! Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-14-2021Revelation 11:3-14 A. We are now officially at the middle of the Tribulation Period of Jacob's Trouble in this chapter. The middle will be marked by the Abomination of Desolation mentioned in Daniel, chapter 12. B. A short breakdown of this chapter: 1. The first half of the Tribulation Period is now over. We have seen just how terrible that these years were for the people of earth. It was a wakeup call for those on earth. 2. An untold number of Gentiles and Jews have been saved and martyred and are now found under the altar in heaven. These are those who had never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel prior to the Rapture of the Church. 3. Most of the people of earth have rejected the Gospel and continued in unrepentance. 4. Verse 1-2. The Third Temple was built in “troublous times” (Daniel 9:25) and, evidently, the Abomination of Desolation committed as now the outer court is trampled under the feet of the unsaved for the rest of the 7-year period. 5. Verse 2. Now God turns to the Nation of Israel specifically. “Jacob's Trouble” is for the restoration of the Nation of Israel to God. 6. Verse 3. The Lord begins with His two witnesses preaching the Word of God in the streets of the “holy city,” which in verse 7 is called “Sodom and Egypt.” Totally apostate at this time as their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ in John 1:11 has led to national apostasy. Vs. 4 – their purposeVs 5 – their protectionVs. 6 – their powerVs 7. – their deathVs. 8-11 – their observationVs. 12 – their ascensionVs. 13 – the great earthquakeVs. 14 – The Second Woe is past and the Third Woe to come. 7. These protected witnesses will preach for 3 ½ years before the Lord allows their martyrdom to take place. They will lie in the streets for 3 days and a half and then be caught up to heaven in the sight of the people of earth. C. Verse 3. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses” 1. Throughout the Bible, both under the Law in the Old Testament and under Grace in the New Testament, God has established that truthfulness must be verified by 2 or three witnesses. What these “witnesses” prophesy or preach is absolute truth. Deuteronomy 17:6-7 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. (7) The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you. Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. D. “a thousand two hundred and three score days,” three-and-one-half years or “forty-two months” as spoken of in verse 2. In the second half of the Tribulation Period, the gentiles will trod under foot the outer court of the Temple. As they do so, there will be two witnesses send from God to prophesy against their sinfulness. E. “clothed in sackcloth.” Israelites, when in mourning, often sat in sackcloth and ashes. Sackcloth was a plain cloth used to make sacks to carry grain in. In America, poor people have used sackcloth to make clothes for their children because the parents were too poor to buy nice fabric. Ashes spoke of destruction and hopelessness as the mourner was in a state of utter destruction and helplessness. These two witnesses will prophesy with the spirit of mourning for those on earth. How much more should we mourn for those around us who are blinded by their sin. F. In these “two witnesses,” I see both the grace of God and the judgment of God pronounced. Throughout the Tribulation Period, we see the longsuffering of God to those who walk on this earth but also see the holiness and judgment of God upon the unrepentant. G. verse 4. “11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” They were prophesied in the Book of Zechariah: Zechariah 4:2-3 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: (3) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. Candlestick – the light of witness. The two olive trees are not found in either the Tabernacle of the Wilderness or the first 2 temples. There are found in the 3rd temple of the end-time. 1. “the two olive trees.” Jacob's Trouble is Daniel's 70th Week, a time of judgment and restoration of the Nation of Israel. In Romans 11:5-26, we see Israel's rejection of the Messiah and spiritual blindness until “the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” The age of the Church, a mixture of Jew and Gentile. God broke off the “natural branch” of Israel, the Good Olive Tree, and grafted in the unnatural branch” for the Wild Olive Tree. At the end of the Church Age, when the fullness of the Gentiles is come in, God will graft the “natural branch,” Israel back in when they look on Him whom they pierced and turn to Christ as their Messiah. Olive Trees were a source of both food and oil. Food is also a type of spiritual food while oil is a type of the Spirit in the bible. 2. “the two candlesticks.” The Candlestick gave light to the Jewish priests as they ministered before the Lord in the Holy Place. It was the “beaten oil” that gave the Candlestick its light. The Olive Oil, or the product of the Olive Tree, was to be both pure and beaten. The oil was to cause the lamp to burn always. Exodus 27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. The candlestick is also a New Testament type of the church, a continual source of light to the world, made up of individual lights of the believers who place their lights there. Matthew 5:15-16 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in myright hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. The light of the believers in the local church also give light to those without the local church. 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. 3. I believe these two witnesses to be a type of Old Testament Israel (The Olive Tree) and the New Testament Church (Candlestick). 4. “standing before the God of the earth.” These two messengers will stand before God in Jerusalem in the end-time as they prophesy. Prophesying can be either “forth telling” or “forth telling.” I believe that theirs will be both grace for saving faith to the unsaved and the impending judgment of God upon the unrepentant. H. Who are these two witnesses? There has been much speculation concerning their identification so I wand to look at them for a few minutes. 1. Enoch. Enoch is one of the two men in the Bible that went to heaven without dying. Genesis 5:22-24 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: (23) And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (24) And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Those who believe that Enoch was one of them reference this verse in the New Testament. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: I personally rule Enoch out because God can overrule in matters of life and death. Lazarus, a friend of Jesus in the New Testament, died and was brought back to life so he had to die twice! Enoch is a type of the Rapture of the Church and, therefore, will never die. If the Lord comes before our death, we will be “caught up” to heaven without death. Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 2. Elijah. Elijah is the other man who went to heaven without dying. 2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. I find this man more interesting because it was Elijah and Moses that met with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Elijah had power to call down fire from heaven and also to make the rain cease, making him a good candidate according to Revelation 11:5-6. 3. Moses. The only man buried by God in the wilderness. Satan disputed with Michael the Archangel over Moses' body in Jude 9. Moses also appeared in the transfiguration with Elijah in Matthew 17:4. God did not allow Moses to go into Canaan because he “spake unadvisedly with his lips” and smote the Rock instead of speaking to it as God had commanded. A type of re-crucifixion of Christ. Hebrews 6:6, “If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Moses was given power in the Book of Exodus to turn the water into blood as well as smite Egypt with a myriad of plagues. Jerusalem is referred to “Egypt” in verse 8. J. Verse 5. “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”
Temple Baptist Church - 2-17-2021Hebrews 13:10-13 Introduction: A. The First Mention of “Altar” in the Bible speaks God's mind on the subject. An altar is a specified place used for a specific reason. It is a place of sacrifice. Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. B. Our context in Hebrews 13:10-13 sets forth a contrast between 2 different altars. 1. The Altar of the Old Covenant. “Meats” – Plural or Many. In the beginning, a place of shame and reproach where the innocent had to die for the guilty. a) The first article found in the Tabernacle of the Wilderness was the brazen altar where the sacrifices were killed. This type of altar was used throughout the Old Testament for the atonement of the people. b) It had unfortunately become a “common” place by the time Isaiah wrote about it because the people offered with a sinful heart. Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. (12) When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (13) Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. (14) Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. (15) And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. c) By the time that Christ had come, their “altar” had become one of ritual: works and not grace: meats and not grace. Hebrews 13:9-10 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. (10) We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. d) Their “altar” had become one of pride instead of “shame and reproach.” The Jews gladly sacrificed their Atonement because they felt right with God without personally suffering for it. Animals suffered within the gate because there was no shame or reproach to those who offered it. They were not required to go outside the gate. 2. The Altar of the New Covenant. “Grace” – Singular or One. A place of shame and reproach where the innocent Lamb of God had to die for the guilty. a) A place called Calvary (Greek word used was “kranion” from which we get our word “cranium” or a skull. The brazen altar was for the sacrifice of animals, but the “place of the skull” was a place of human sacrifice. Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: b) Christ Jesus suffered outside the gate because He was a reproach to the people of Israel. They neither accepted His sacrifice in their place, nor did they accept those who went unto Him without the gate, bearing His reproach. Isaiah 53:1-3 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (2) For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. (3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. C. Paul, when ending his letter to the Hebrews, made mention of an altar. The Jewish believers were well acquainted with the concept of an altar as altars were used from Noah until that present day. D. To continue to “serve the tabernacle,” is to have no right to Calvary. Though we are not Jewish, the same principle still applies to day as many tend to place their religion and its ceremonies above or on an equal plane with Calvary and the finished work of Christ in the Gospel. 1. An Altar Is A Place Of Sacrifice. A place of the smell of blood and death! Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 2. An Altar Is A Place Of Privilege. A right granted by the grace of God. We do not have any right outside of Calvary. Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 3. An Altar Is A Place Of Propitiation. Jesus Christ bore our sin and our reproach. Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 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. 4. An Altar Is A Place Of Separation. Christ died without the camp. He was despised and rejected by the world. Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. (23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 5. An Altar Is A Place Of Identification. The child of God goes without the gate bearing His reproach. 1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-21-20211 Peter 1:13-16 Introduction: 1 Peter 1:13-16 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: (15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. A. There is another “landmark” of the faith that I want to deal with this morning. We have dealt with the landmarks of the Sovereignty, Scripture, Sanctuary, and Salvation but one of the most important and neglected of all doctrines is that of biblical Sanctification. B. Sanctification defined: the action of making or declaring something holy. Leviticus 20:7-8 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. (8) And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you. C. In our text, I want to look at the wording as it is important to have a proper understanding of what the Holy Ghost is referring to: 1. The Holy Ghost uses the word “Wherefore” to tie these verses with the context. a) Verses 3-6 – Our Great Salvationb) Verses 7-9 – Our Great Tribulationc) Verses 10-12 – Our Great Exhortationd) Verses 13-16 – Our Great Obligation 2. The Holy Ghost uses the words “gird up” – to tie up tightly with a belt. 3. The Holy Ghost uses the words “the loins” – the hip or procreative part (having the power to produce or reproduce. 4. The Holy Ghose uses the words “of your mind” – the “battlefield:” this is where the battle ensues. Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he … Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. D. “It's a battlefield, Brother, not a recreation room; it's a fight and not a game.” As God's children, we have a right desire but live in a wicked flesh in a wicked world. Sometimes we win a battle and sometimes we lose one. 1. This message needs to be a positive one, not a negative one. The Holy Ghost also gives us a look into the inward man of the Apostle Paul. I believe that he was one of the greatest Christians who ever lived and God gave him as our example. Romans 7:14-25 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (15) For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (16) If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. (17) Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (19) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (21) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. 2. I struggle with sin and failure; you struggle with sin and failure. Though we fail at times, we need to realize that living for Christ is all that matters and everything that will last. E. There are three distinct areas of sanctification in the life of every believer: 1. There is Positional Sanctification - 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (Removal from the Penalty of Sin. At the moment of salvation, the believer is set apart from the world positionally through Jesus Christ. He is the believer's sanctification. We are baptized into Christ and remain secure!) 2. There is Practical Sanctification - 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. (Removed from the Power of Sin. When we are saved, we remain just a sinner saved by the grace of God. As we mature in the Lord and grow in our faith, we are being constantly changed by both the Spirit of God who indwells us and the Word of God that teaches and guides us.) 3. There is Perpetual Sanctification - 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (Removed from the Presence of Sin. We will be forever delivered from the presence of sin at either death or the rapture of the church.) F. Positional and Perpetual Sanctification are things that God does for us while Practical Sanctification is something that we do for God! G. Holiness and sanctification are results of conforming our thinking to the Bible, not allowing the world to form it. John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. H. Positional and Permanent Sanctification are distinct works of the Lord as He becomes the propitiation for the sinner and ultimately comes to take him or her home. Practical Sanctification is a work of the saint! It is the act of separating from the world and unto the Lord; therefore, it is a positive thing, not a negative one. J. There are three areas of Sanctification that I need to look at here that are Practical and we are all responsible for. K. There are three areas of Practical Sanctification that I want to briefly look at with each being contingent upon our obedience to the Bible. 1. Personal Sanctification - Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Each of us has an obligation to be personally separated from the world and unto the Lord Jesus Christ. We are special and we are different! We are saved and we are His!) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 2. Ecclesiastical Sanctification – This is without the Local Church. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (Our church is not to be yoked in any manner with other churches that are liberal or apostate.) 3. Doctrinal Sanctification – This is within the Local Church. Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (We are to remain doctrinally separated, maintaining doctrinal purity.) Conclusion: We are not our own for we have been bought with a terrible price. Our responsibility is to be separated unto the Lord and from this present evil world. In all that we do, we are to glorify God. Biblical Sanctification is a positive thing, not a negative one. We are not only separated from something, we are separated unto Someone: our Lord Jesus Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-24-2021Hebrews 13:10-15 Introduction: A. Under the Old Covenant, animals suffered within the gate because there was no reproach. The Jews gladly sacrificed their Atonement because they felt right with God without personally suffering for it. They were not required to go outside the gate. B. Under the New Covenant, Christ Jesus suffered outside the gate because He was a reproach to the people of Israel. They neither accepted His sacrifice in their place, nor did they accept those who went without the gate, bearing His reproach. C. Paul, when ending his letter to the Hebrews, made mention of an altar. The Jewish believers were well acquainted with the concept of an altar as altars were used from Abraham until that present day. 1. Verse 10. An Altar Is A Place Of Privilege. A right granted by the grace of God. We do not have any right outside of Calvary. Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 2. Verse 12. An Altar Is A Place Of Protection. Christ is our Sanctity, and we are sanctified in Him. A place of protection. Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Psalms 91:1-2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3. Verse 12. An Altar Is A Place Of Propitiation. Jesus Christ bore our sin and our reproach. Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 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. 4. Verse 12 – “He suffered” – An Altar Is A Place Of Suffering. A place of the smell of blood and death! Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Isaiah 53:3-4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 5. Verse 12. An Altar Is A Place Of Separation. Christ died without the camp. He was despised and rejected by the world. Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 6. Verse 13. An Altar Is A Place Of Seeking. Calvary was a fixed place. Our Lord said, “Come unto me!” Our Lord said to the Pharisees, “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 7. Verse 13. An Altar Is A Place Of Identification. The child of God goes without the gate bearing His reproach. Our Altar is a place of identification! When we go out, we stand out because we are out! Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. Hebrews 11:25-26 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 1 Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. D. Paul was speaking of a different altar than the one that they were well acquainted with. He was speaking of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross at Calvary. vs. 10-12. 1. The cross of Christ was a willing sacrifice. It was an act of love.2. The cross of Christ was an awful sacrifice. It was terrible in its price. 3. The cross of Christ was a beneficial sacrifice. It opened Heaven for those who believe. E. Paul declared that those who continued to serve the tabernacle (a reference to the Old Testament priesthood) had no right to the altar at Calvary. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law (moral, civil, and ceremonial) and the continual sacrifices were a rejection of His sacrifice. F. Paul then sets forth the obligation of the Christian. Vs. 13-16 1. Let us go forth without the camp. Losing our identity with the world. 2. Bearing His reproach. Identifying with our Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Seeking a city to come. Keeping our eyes on eternal things. 4. Offer praise continually. This is open praise or the fruit of our lips. 5. Let us do good and communicate. To live right and to witness of God's grace. G. I want to key on the phrase “let us offer the sacrifice of praises to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” A liturgical deadness has entered our churches. Worship services (I use that term loosely) have become more ritualistic. There certainly is more form than fire. Our Lord's commentary on the church of Sardis was that they had a name that they were alive and yet were dead. H. The cause of this deadness and lack of praise is obvious. 1. There is the lukewarmness of Laodicea. 2. There is the materialistic society of our day. 3. There is the lack of persecution that keeps the church pure and hot. 4. There is the bombardment of worldly religion and a lack of godly, straight, sin killing preaching. 5. There is the growing carnality of God's people. 6. There is the lack of prayer and Bible study that develop closeness to God. J. The list could go on but this is not my subject. I want to look at praise for a few minutes. I will only use a few verses for time's sake. 1. When Should We Praise The Lord? a. All the day long - Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Psalms 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. Psalms 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised. Psalms 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. b. Praise Him continually - Psalms 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints. (The praise of some is sporadic at best and those who run on emotions normally run out. We are not to praise God on emotions alone, but praise Him in both good and bad times.) Psalms 104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. c. Before church ever begins - Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 2. How Should We Praise The Lord? a. Through Singing - Judges 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel. (When God's people really “get into” the singing, the worship service is greatly enhanced.) b. Through remembrance and public thanksgiving - 1 Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel. (How sweet the service when God's people begin to stand, weep, and praise His name in testimony.) Psalms 66:8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard. Psalms 67:3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. (Praise is to b e done by all.) c. With loudness, not just quietness - Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. d. Through musical instruments - 1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith e. With our whole heart - Psalms 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. f. Increasingly instead of decreasingly - Psalms 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 3. Where Should We Praise The Lord? a. Praise Him in your private devotions - 1 Chronicles 23:30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even. b. Praise Him in the Church - Psalms 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Psalms 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. Psalms 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. c. Praise Him in public - 2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4. Why Should We Praise The Lord? a. Because of the glories and excellencies of His person - Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 2 Samuel 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 1 Chronicles 16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. b. Because of the blessings received from him, and through him, both temporal and spiritual - Deuteronomy 10:21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. c. Because of the grace, and all the blessings of it now communicated to us - 1 Chronicles 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. d. Because He loves you! - Psalms 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. e. Because it fills the house of God with His glory - 2 Chronicles 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD. f. Because He has given us His Word - Psalms 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 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. g. Because our children need to see it! - Psalms 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalms 79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations. Psalms 145:4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. h. BECAUSE IT IS GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! - Psalms 135:3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. Psalms 150:1-6 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-28-2021Philippians 1:1;1 Timothy 3:8-13 Introduction: I want my eldest deacon and friend Bro. Harold Smith to come sit with these three men who are to be ordained this morning. A. This morning, we will give our time over to the ordination of three men as deacons of Temple Baptist Church. Bro. Robert A. H********* IIIBro. Chris H*****Bro. Bret Clinton G***** II B. There are two “offices” found in the local church: The Office of the Bishop and the Office of the Deacon. Both offices are found mentioned in 1 Timothy, chapter 3. C. I chose my text for this morning because both the Bishop and the Deacons are first mentioned here. Paul, while writing to the Church at Philippi, mentioned three types of members of that church. I believe that the order is important: 1. First - “To all the saints in Christ” – every member of the local church is equally important to the Lord and to the fellowship and welfare of the body. God is no respecter of persons and neither should we be such. There would be no local church without a corporate body of believers. The local church is ALL about the welfare of the saints. What we are doing this morning is for the benefit of all! 2. Second - The deacons of the Church at Philippi were placed on an equal plane with the bishops in this verse. a) The reason being that both offices are for ministering to and serving the saints of God! Many pastors become dictators who feel that they are superior and need to be served. Also, there are many instances of deacons who feel that they are spiritually superior to the people of the churches and also feel that they are in authority instead of servants. b) Deacons are only mentioned in the two passages of Scripture that I read this morning. Though placed on an equal plane in Philippians and given their qualifications in 1 Timothy, deacons are no longer mentioned throughout the Bible because they are servants. Romans 12:3-5 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (4) For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. D. There is little said concerning either the deacons or their work within the body of the local church. 1. Many people apply Acts, chapter 6, to the election and work of the deacons but they are not called such by the Scriptures. 2. Also some of them (Phillip and Stephen especially) were evangelists and preached elsewhere (Samaria and Gaza are specifically mentioned) instead of serving in the church at Jerusalem. 3. If these men were elected to the Office of a Deacon, I believe that they would have served in that capacity instead of preaching elsewhere. I also believe that the Bible would have been consistent and called them deacons. E. Our word “deacon” comes from the word “diakonos” which has several meanings: 1. To attend2. To wait upon3. To minister4. To serve F. The word “diakonos” is normally translated “servant.” In its general use, all of us are servants. In 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. G. Most of the time, the word “diakonos” is translated as “servant,” which is appropriate because we are all called to serve. 1. In Romans, chapter 16, Phebe is called a servant of the church in Cenchrea. The word “servant” in verse 1. While the underlying Greek word is “diakonos,” your King James Bible is rightly translated. She is called a servant instead of a deacon as she was neither qualified for nor elected to the Office of a Deacon. Romans 16:1-2 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: (2) That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. 2. The word “deacon” is used 5 times in Your King James Bible. Each of the 5 times, the word “diakonos” is transliterated as “deacon,” with each instance referring of the Office of the Deacon. You can trust your King James Bible as it is verbally, plenarily, as well as doctrinally correct. Deacons play an important part in the work and welfare of the local church. H. The qualifications of the deacon: 1 Timothy 3:8-13 1. Verse 8 – Their Integrity2. Verse 9 – Their Maturity3. Verse 10 – Their Proving4. Verse 11 – Their Wives5. Verse 12 – Their Ruling6. Verse 13 – Their Reward J. The work of the deacon: 1. Deacons are to be servants, not masters – nowhere in the Bible do we find deacons having authority in the local church. In many churches, Deacon Boards and Trustee Boards oversee the local churches and problems abound. The Bible first and then the pastor second is to have the authority. 2. Deacons are to be a blessing to the Local Church, not a burden. Being a deacon is not a thing of pride but one of humility, serving the pastor and local church in love. This takes a special grace because their existence is that of service to others. 3. Deacons are to be able to lead as well as to follower. Though servants, because of their work they are conspicuous. The time may come when this pastor is no longer to lead the church. These are men who can lead the church in search of a new pastor while holding the church together in the absence of one. 4. Deacons are to be faithful to their local church as well as to the Office of a Deacon that they hold. Paul said that the Lord counted him faithful putting him into the ministry. Thus it is with a deacon. He cannot be a servant to others if he is not a faithful man. Conclusion: I hold these three Deacons in high esteem and believe that they will discharge their duties with love and integrity in the days to come.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-7-2021Revelation 11:1-14 A. Verses 1-2 – During the first half of the Tribulation Period, the Third Temple will be rebuilt, and the daily sacrifice reinstituted. 1. Solomon's Temple (Also called The First Temple) was the first one built. It was completed in 957 BC. It took 7 years to build. It was destroyed when Israel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar during the Babylonish Captivity in app. 586 B.C. 2. Zerubbabel's Temple (Also called The Second Temple) was which was built at the end of the Babylonish Captivity. Its foundation was laid in 536 BC, but the work was halted 2 years later in 534 BC because of opposition from Sanballat the Horonite and Tobias the Ammonite in Nehemiah, chapter 6. Work was resumed in 520 BC. It took 46 years to build according to John 2:20 and was destroyed by Titus of Rome in 70 A.D. Some interesting facts about The Second Temple. a. It was larger in dimensions compared to Solomon's Temple. b. It was not nearly as beautiful as Solomon's Temple. Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? c. It did not contain the original Ark of the Covenant which was taken to heaven when Solomon's Temple was destroyed. Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? Daniel 12:11 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (10) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (11) And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Notice in verse 11 of Daniel, chapter 12, that the time from the Abomination of Desolation until the end of the Tribulation Period will be 1, 290 days instead of 1,260 days or 3 ½ years by the Jewish Calendar which uses a 30-day month. 30 days prior to the exact middle of the Tribulation Period, the newly started daily sacrifice will forcibly be stopped, and the Abomination of Desolation will take place. 30 days or one month later, the Gentiles will trod underfoot the outer court of that temple for 3 ½ years: “forty and two months” or the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period. B. Verses 3-11 – Here we see God's two witnesses, the two olive trees or candlesticks, begin to preach when Jerusalem was overrun by the Gentiles. Though the Bible does not name these two men, it is generally accepted that they will be Moses and Elijah. 1. These were the two who were seen with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-3 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, (2) And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (3) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 2. Verse 6 also gives a vivid description of their powers which, though not conclusive, would lend themselves to Moses and Elijah. Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. Exodus 9:13-14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. (14) For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. James 5:17-18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. C. These 2 “witnesses” will preach “a thousand two hundred and three score days” beginning from the middle of the Tribulation Period until the end thereof. During these 3 ½ years, they will be protected from all those who hate them and would put them to death. Their death marks the end of the 70th week called Jacob's Trouble. D. Verses 7-10 – They are overcome by the beast who ascended from the bottomless pit and the world is rejoicing while watching as their bodies lie in the street of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days, a number that represents one day for each of the 3 ½ years that they preached. E. Verses 11-12, the two witnesses come back to life and are caught up to heaven by the Lord in the sight of all the people. F. Verse 13 – Then there will be another great earthquake to pronounce the judgment of God to come. One tenth of Jerusalem will be destroyed along with 7,000 people. There will be a remnant among the survivors of the earthquake that will recognize the righteous judgment of God upon the people of earth and give glory to God. Romans 9:27-29 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: (28) For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (29) And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. G. Verse 13 – The pronouncement of the end of the second woe and the impending third woe. I believe that this second woe is pronounced upon these who heard the preaching of the two witnesses and repented not. This falls in line with the “woes” pronounced upon the cities that heard the preaching of God's Word in Matthew, chapter 11. Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: (21) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (22) But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. (23) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (24) But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. These “woes” will be followed by the righteous judgment of God upon these cities that rejected the preaching of God's Word during the times of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ. H. The Second Woe is now ended by the death, resurrection, and ascension of the two witnesses and the pronouncement of Third Woe that is quickly to follow.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-7-2021Philippians 3:7-11 Introduction: A. As the great Apostle Paul writes to the believers at Philippi, he is imprisoned. The Book of Philippians is often called “Jailhouse Joy.” B. The key verse of the book is “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) Circumstances are not to dictate our joy or rejoicing; our joy and rejoicing are despite our trials of life. C. God wants His children to be happy people. So often, when witnessing to a lost person, they give the impression of experiencing that of a mother giving their children a dose of Castor Oil! D. Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice.” The second “Rejoice” is also capitalized because it is an exclamatory one-word sentence. REJOICE! E. Paul exhorts God's children he encourages them to love life; to love living for Christ; to look forward to being with Christ! Our greatest joy in life will be found in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:20-23 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (22) But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. (23) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 1. To know for sure that you are in Christ: Verse 9 – “be found in Him” Faith and not of works. Our spiritual life will be based upon our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. John 1:1-5 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. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 1 Corinthians 3:10-12 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (11) 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; 2. To grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ: Verse 10 – “That I may know Him” Do not stay a babe in Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 3. To have experienced the change that comes through Christ: Verse 10 – “the power of His resurrection” I know that we hear this verse often but what a blessing to have3 experienced it. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 4. To suffer with Christ and for Christ: Verse 10 – “the fellowship of His sufferings” 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 5. To daily die for Christ: Verse 10 – “being made conformable unto His death” As He gave all for us, may our lives reflect Him. To be like Him. 1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 6. To ultimately be with Him: Verse 11 – “the resurrection of the dead” Then we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is! Finally, home! Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-2021Exodus 17:9-16 Introduction: A. The Amalekites were the perpetual enemies of Israel. They ALWAYS fought them. The Amalekites are a type of both the devil, the world, and our flesh in this regard. B. This passage is an excellent example of the church/pastor relationship. Just as Israel needed Moses, the church needs a pastor. But just as Moses needed Aaron and Hur, the pastor needs men to hold up his hands. C. This is a message of how much we need one another at Temple Baptist Church. The pastor needs the people as much, if not more, than they need him. Our is a reciprocal relationship. I want to look at the story for a minute and then draw some biblical conclusions that we help our church. 1. The War a) Against The Flesh - Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. b) Against The Devil - Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 2. The Weariness a) God's People Get Weary - 2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. b) God's Preachers Get Weary - Jeremiah 20:7-9 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 3. The Warning a) The People Could Not Prevail Without God's Preacher - Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. B) The Preacher Could Not Persevere Without God's People - Romans 16:1-6 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. 4. The Winning – Together they overcame Amalek! a) Israel Needed Moses During The Battle b) Moses Needed Israel During The Battle 5. The Witness – vs. 14-15 a) God's Men Need To Realize It – “Rehearse it in the ears of Joshua!” b) God's People Need To Realize It – “And Moses built an altar” D. It is important that the pastor realize his importance to the spiritual well being of his people. 1. Moses Guided Them – vs. 9 2. Moses Watched Over Them – vs. 10 3. Moses Prayed For Them – vs. 11E. It is important that God's people realize their importance to the spiritual well being of their pastor. 1. Aaron And Hur Accompanied Him – vs. 10 2. Aaron And Hur Comforted Him – vs. 12 3. Aaron And Hur Steadied Him – vs. 12 4. Aaron And Hur Stayed With Him – vs. 12 Ecclesiastes 4:7 –12 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 1. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Prayer – You pray for me as I pray for you! a. I pray for you and your individual needs. b. You pray for me and my individual needs. 2. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Encouragement – Do not always have to be encouraged, but be an encouragement! a. We find our encouragement in the Lord. b. We also find our encouragement in each other. 3. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Faithfulness – You be as faithful to me as I am to you! a. You do not have to come find me at services times. b. You be as faithful as you can be to attend. 4. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Service – Help with both the physical and spiritual work of the ministry! a. There are things that need to be done at the church. b. There are people to be called and visited. c. There is a gospel to be shared. 5. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Battle – Be there for me when trouble comes. I will be there for you! a. There will be times when you are in trouble. b. There will be times when I am in trouble.

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