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Temple Baptist Church - 9-20-20171 Peter 5:5-7Introduction: A. The interpretation of these verses is to the young pastor or preacher. His is to submit to the elder and, also, to be humble enough to submit to all others. 1. He cannot expect others to submit unto him if he is not submissive. 2. He cannot reprove until he can be reproved. 3. He will never be honored until he learns to honor. 4. He will never be exalted until he learns to be abased. 5. He will never lead until he learns to follow. 6. One of the qualifications of a bishop is that he I not to be a novice.B. The application of these verses is to all of God's flock.C. Under The Mighty Hand Of God. Why?1. It is omnipotence that cannot be stayed.2. It is madness to oppose His will.3. It is both safe and profitable.a) Hid as in the hollow of his hand.2) Safe in his pavilion.3) Comfortable under the shadow of his wings.D. The Definition Of Humility1. Humility In Relationship To Others – vs 5a. Realizing That Others Are Just As Important As We Are - 1 Corinthians 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:b. Realizing Just Hope Important Our Love One For Another Is - Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:c. Realizing That What We Want Really Does Not Matter In Light Of Eternity - 2 Corinthians 4:17-5:1 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.Peter 5:5b Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humilityEphesians 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.2. Humility In Relationship To God – vs 6a. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Eternally Lost - 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.b. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Nothing - 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.c. Realizing That Without Him We Would Have Nothing - Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.d. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Hopeless - Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;e. Realizing That He Knows Best - Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.3. Humility In Relationship To Circumstances – vs 7a. Realizing That God Is In Control Of Our Future, Not We Ourselves - Job 23:13-14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.b. Realizing That It Is God's Purpose That Is Important, Not Our Comfort - Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the campc. Realizing That This Life Is Short At Best And Eternity Is Really All That Matters - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-17-2017John 21:20-24Introduction:A. We have looked at 10 different men who walked with God in their lives. 1. The series has been a blessing to me as I studied these men. Each one had something that made him special in his personal walk with the LORD. There are more men in the Bible that I could have chosen but, alas, all good things normally come to an end. a) Enoch walked with God in Consistency.b) Noah walked with God in Spiritual Adversity.c) Moses walked with God in Impossibility.d) Joseph walked with God in Integrity.e) Job walked with God in Confusion.f) David walked with God in Worship.g) John the Baptist walked with God in Expectancy.h) Peter walked with God in Love.i) Paul walked with God in the Spirit.2. I want to look at one more man, John the Beloved, before I move on to another subject. I chose John the Beloved because every walk with God needs to have a destination in mind.3. Our destination is what lies beyond this life: an eternity of blessedness with Christ. Aging comes so quickly to all of us. Yesterday, we were carefree children who were raised in a better time. We live, we love, and we die.4. Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, and Christ the Cure. Paul said it all when writing the Epistle to the Philippians: “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:” (Philippians 1:20-23) B. The apostles misunderstood what our Lord said to Peter in our text for this morning.John 21:22-23 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. (23) Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?1. It was Prophetic of John receiving the Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.2. It was also Prophetic of a generation that would not see death but would walk with God.C. John the Beloved was special! In the Book of John, his name is never mentioned but he is call “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” John was in the spirit on the Lord's Day when the Lord appeared to him in His glorified body and gave him the Revelation of Jesus Christ and things to come.1. John the Beloved is a beautiful type of the Church.2. Nothing was said negative about John. Though he was not a perfect man, he was called “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” When God sees His child, He sees us as made worthy by the blood and not as we are.3. The Lord loved John with an overlooking, everlasting love. Our Lord Jesus loves the Church and gave Himself for it. He sees us seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus without spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.4. The Lord allowed John to see Him in the Second Coming in all His glory. We will one day see Him again.D. I want to take a short look at what John experienced that we who love the Lod will one-day experience.E. John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture. We will one day do the same, through the veil of death or in the Rapture of the church. Rapture: a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.1. John's rapture as he saw his beloved Lord. Revelation 1:10, 12-13 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet … (12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. (I can only imagine the thrill John felt when he saw Jesus again in all of His glory!)One day just today and it could be today, our rapture as we see our beloved Lord as He is. 1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: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.2. John's rapture as he was caught up to heaven, his ultimate home. Revelation 4:1-2 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (2) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (From exile on the Isle of Patmos, a barren rock of an island, to the glory of God's heaven is beyond imagination.)Our rapture when, in a twinkling of an eye, we are caught up to heaven, FINALLY HOME! 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (Through the rapture of through death, we will one-day step on shore and find it heaven, touch a hand and find it God's, breath new air and finding it celestial, waking up in glory, finally home!)3. John's rapture of seeing the saints of God along with his loved ones again. Revelation 5:8-9 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (John was the last of the apostles to die and was probably in his late 90's when it was his time to go. He had more on the other side than he did remaining in this life.)Our rapture when we see those whom we loved in both our physical families and our church family again. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (O that will be glory for me!)4. John's rapture of seeing a new heaven and a new earth with no curse or sin. Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (The seven “No Mores!”)Our rapture of experiencing the change from this sinful world and aging, corrupt body to eternity's perfection. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (What a day that will be! I loved to hear Gordon sing that song.)5. John's rapture of experiencing eternity while still in the flesh here. Revelation 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: (John knew that he was quickly approaching eternity and was thrilled to both see and experience it in advance.)Our rapture when we are forever with the Lord. 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.Conclusion: You know that this could have been a long message, don't you? As John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture, we too will one day do the same!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-13-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction: A. When writing to the dispersed Jewish believers, Peter used terms that they were familiar. The Israelites had been shepherds from the beginning and were well acquainted with shepherds and sheep.B. Through the Bible, Jehovah God—the Lord Jesus Christ, is presented as a Shepherd.1. He is our Personal Shepherd. Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.2. He is the Good Shepherd. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.3. He is the Great Shepherd. Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,4. He is the Chief Shepherd. 1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.C. As the Chief Shepherd:1. He is the Owner of the Church - Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.2. He is the Authority of the Church - Ephesians 5:23-24 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.3. He is the Beauty of the Church - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.D. As our Shepherd:1. Our Shepherd provides pasture for His sheep.Ezekiel 34:13-14 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.Isaiah 49:9-10 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.2. Our Shepherd provides a fold or His sheep.a. It is a place of Permanence - Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall fo llow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.b. It is a place of Desire - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.c. It is a place of Nourishment - Psalms 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.d. It is a place of Joy - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.e. It is a place of Blessing - Psalms 134:1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.3. Our Shepherd provides Protection for His sheep.a. Protection against the Enemy. Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?b. Protection when Troubles come. Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.c. Protection from Eternal loss. Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.4. Our Shepherd provides Restoration for His sheep.a. He searches for them - Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?b. He carries them home - Luke 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.c. He restores them - Luke 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.d. He loses none of them – 99+1 = 100 - John 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-10-2017Romans 8:1-17Introduction:A. As far as I am concerned, the Apostle Paul was possibly the greatest Christian in the early years of the church. As with the other men of God that we have looked at, there had to be one thing that made Paul a man who walked with God.B. Again, Paul was not a perfect Christian, just a good one! We often equate spirituality with perfection and failure with carnality.C. Though other epistles make mention of the blessed Holy Spirit, the Pauline Epistles introduce the believer to the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and His work. The Apostle Paul was truly a Spirit filled man!D. The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts are transitional in nature with both passing and permanent gifts given for the edification of the saints and the work of the ministry.E. The greatest of all gifts given is the blessed, precious Holy Ghost! Almighty God living in the believer!1. He teaches (John 14:26)2. He guides (Rom 8:14)3. He commissions (Acts 13:4)4. He commands men (Acts 8:29)5. He restrains (Cen6:3)6. He intercedes (Rom 8:26)7. He speaks (John 15:26; 2 Peter 1:21)F. There is a lot of mis-information in religious circles about the person and work of the Holy Ghost. Some religious denominations practice unscriptural works and blame the Holy Ghost for them. The scripture cannot be violated and the Spirit of God gave the scripture.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.G. To walk with God, one must walk in God or walk in the Spirit. Paul was such a man. The Bible does not specifically say that Paul walked in the Spirit but I believe that his epistles testify to it. What is walking in the Spirit?1. Walking with God in the Spirit requires a spiritual birth. John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and ofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.a. The New Birth and the Word of God. Romans 10:14-17 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.b. The New Birth and the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.2. Walking with God in the Spirit requires being conscious of His Presence. Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Realizing the constant battle that we have with our old sinful flesh and knowing the presence of the blessed Holy Spirit: our Comforter, Friend, and Guide.)a. Consciousness of God is not based upon Emotions. I do not necessarily feel God in me or with me. Emotions can leave one fearful and drained because we cannot see God's presence.b. Consciousness of God is not based upon Circumstances. There are times when I do not think that things are right nor do I like where I am in life. Circumstances can leave one confused and discouraged because we cannot see God working in the background.c. Consciousness of God relies completely upon His Promises. He said that He would be there with me and for me. Never doubt in the dark what God said in the light!d. Walking in the Spirit involves knowing that He is with me; He sees me; He protects me; and He cares for me. All the time!3. Walking with God in the Spirit requires being filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (The filling of the Holy Ghost is not evidenced by the modern day “tongues” but by a sweetness of singing and making melody in our hearts coupled with thankfulness.)a. Sensitive to the Spirit. Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is imperative. b. Obedient to the Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day.c. Not Grieving the Spirit. Heeding the reproof of the Holy Spirit when we commit sin.4. Walking with God in the Spirit is evidencing the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (True Biblical Christianity is always evidenced with the inward, outward, and upward fruit of the Spirit. You cannot be Spirit filled without all 9 aspects of the fruit.)5. Walking with God in the Spirit is evidenced by living for God instead of living for the world. 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. 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.a. Consecration for God is Realization that I belong to God. We have been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ. We are not our own but we are His.b. Consecration for God is Presentation of my body to God. Separation is simply giving to God what He has already paid for: our lives! We owe all that we have or ever will have to Him.c. Consecration for God is Glorification of God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which isin you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.d. Consecration is dying to self and living for the glory of God -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. Walking In The Spirit Involves Compliance To God - 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.a. Compliance to the Holy Spirit's Direction - John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.b. Compliance to the Holy Scripture's Doctrine - John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.Conclusion: Walk in the Spirit and deny the flesh. Walk in the flesh and deny the Spirit. Our Lord said that we are either for Him or against Him with no room for middle ground.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Psalm 33:12Introduction: A. Tuesday will be America's 241st Birthday. Our 200th Birthday, in 1976, seems like yesterday and it was a half of a lifetime ago. Compared to many other nations, America is very young. Yet, America is the Utopia of the world. America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth.B. Our nation's liberty was paid for at great price; our nation's constitution was written by some of the wisest men on earth. Our freedom is great, our natural resources are great, our bounty is great, our opportunities are great, our responsibilities are great.C. You and I have inherited a nation that was paid for by others. It is a privilege to be called an American and it is a joy to have been born and lived here.D. I fear for our nation this morning. In my lifetime, I have seen a dramatic shift in the direction that our nation has chosen. From the “happy days,” the safe days of my youth to a dangerous day, a day that is perilous. 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.E. Our nation was founded by men and their families who left England, Europe, as well as other nations in search of a utopia which was framed in their minds. They had little but expected much as they came to the “New World” in search of freedom and prosperity. They carved out for us the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Righteousness exalteth a nation! America was once known for its integrity.F. We are so blessed and should be so thankful for the sacrifices of these pilgrims! God bless the memories of those who made these blessings possible for us. As we honor our parents for bringing us with integrity, may we honor our nation for giving to us what the rest of the world can only long for.G. America needs to get back to the basics that made America a great nation!1. The Principles Upon Which America Was Founded – Liberty and justice for all. a. Men who could never be free left their homes and families that they might find freedom and liberty on foreign soil. They bought and paid for our liberty through their foresight and sacrifice. These are freedoms our Constitution upholds today for its citizens. Now, let me say that these liberties do not belong to illegal migrants who refuse to honor our laws and come to America in the right way.b. We have liberty to worship; liberty of speech; liberty to travel; liberty to personally excel in life; liberty to be all that we can be. We are free, praise the Lord, we are free! “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Never let anyone take our freedom from us or our children.2. The Values That Our Forefathers Bore – They were honest and principled. a. They were men of integrity and their word was their bond. Their values were Bible based, even those who were not saved. We call it “Old School” but its precepts are anchored deeply in biblical principles. Our people were honest and hard working with no time for deadbeats. Welfare, food stamps, etc. are for those who cannot word or have lost their jobs and was only intended to help while they were looking for another one! No work, no right to eat!b. They had character instead of being characters. They loved their families, their church, and their nation. They were Americans and they were proud of it. They stood, removed their hats, and placed their hands over their hearts when the National Anthem was played.3. The Courage Of Our Military To Die And Our People To Sacrifice – “Give me liberty or give me death” has been the motto of every American fighting man in all wars. a. Countless millions have served in our nation's military. They lay behind the bodies of their dead brothers while the bullets whizzed past their heads and returned fire. They still join up; they still fight; and they still die. Their crosses are around the world from Normandy to the South Pacific to North Africa to Arlington National Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) are engraved with these words: “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.” b. The willingness of our nation to sacrifice – families have sacrificed their sons and daughters; they have sacrificed their moneys and possessions; they have sacrificed their personal desires for the betterment of the nation. God bless and protect our military and law enforcement!4. The Diversity Of America's People – The greatness of America is in its diversity! a. We are not all the same but we all have the same rights. We are not all the same but we accept and love those who are not like us. Diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds and yet united. We are of every race and every creed; we are from every country on the face of the earth. We do not look the same or act the same, but we all love the same! We love America and are willing to both die and live for her.b. Immigrants who come to make something of their lives and better out nation are welcome. Unless you are a native American, your people migrated to America and made it a better place to live.5. The Natural Resources That God Gave – God has given to our nation the capability to both be and remain self-sufficient. a. From shore to shore and border to border, our nation is the most beautiful and blessed of all nations. We are indebted to others because of greed, ignorance, and socialism.b. America is truly a nation flowing with milk and honey. America has the capability to be self-sufficient. We have all and abound! We are blessed!6. The Benevolence Of America – In natural disasters as well as war and genocide, the United States of America is the first to respond. a. We get relief and medical aid to other countries while other governments are thinking about it. America gives many times what all the other nations give combined. God blesses benevolence! “It is more blessed to give than to receive” has always been America's motto.b. America has become the protector of the world. Our military has fought for the liberty of nations that could not protect themselves. 7. The System Of Government That We Have – America was founded as a republic, not a democracy! a. Three branches of government set up with checks and balances that keep us both safe and directed. Every two years we have elections to correct the mistakes that we made in the last elections. Both veto power and the power to overcome veto! b. A democracy is mob rule while a republic protects the rights of all people including minorities. The men who set up our government had divine foresight. What a magnificent piece of legislative work our Constitution is! Wise men made sure that we remain both free and prosperous.8. The Love Of America For Israel – “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.” a. God still blesses those who bless Israel and He still curses those who curse Israel. To this point, we have stood with God's covenant people and God has blessed us for it. b. There is a large anti-Semitic movement across this land. I love Irael and pray for God's covenant people. To America I say, “Hang on to Israel's coat tails, America, hang on!”9. The Possibility Of Impossibility – Young man, young lady, you can be anything that you want to be. a. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a business owner, or any other thing that you wish. You can excel both in school and the work place. You can go to college, work in the career of your choice, start your own business, and be the president of the United States of America. b. You are limited only by the limitations that you place on yourself! Have pride in a right way. Dream your dreams. America was built by dreamers. Dream your dreams, plan your dreams, they work out your dreams.10. The God Who Gave Her Birth – America is blessed because “In God We Trust” is still on our money and in the hearts of most. a. The blessed gospel is allowed to be preached and missionaries are being sent around the world. Psalms 33:12says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” b. May God bless our nation! May we bless God for His blessings upon us!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Romans 1:1Introduction:A. Paul's Attitude, A Servant of Jesus Christ (first and foremost). God's men will never rule until they first serve. God will not call men who are not busy in the work of the Lord. Paul got busy before God called him. 1. We saw that Paul began to serve the day he got saved. Acts 9:19-22 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. (20) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. (21) But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? (22) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.2. Because Paul was a servant, he met his divine appointments. 1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;B. Paul's Authority, Called To Be An Apostle. The Apostle Paul spent much time vindicating his apostleship. People were familiar with the original twelve because they had been with Jesus. There were the 12 original apostles but Judas, a lost man, lost his bishopric. God called Paul to take the place of Judas.1. In the time of this epistle's writing, though transitional and passing, the gift of apostles was still viable. Ephesians 4:11-12 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: (God, because “that which is perfect”—the completed canon of Scripture—had not come, gave prophets—to speak and write inspired Scripture from God and apostles to represent God to man. These were both passing gifts. In the New Testament and Church Age, God gave evangelists—missionaries, and the “pastor and teacher,” to the local church.)2. The apostles were to be 12 in number according to the Book of Revelation.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. (12 representing the tribes of Israel and 12 representing the Apostles.)Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.3. The failure of Judas Iscariot and the replacement of Paul by God.John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) (16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. (17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. (18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. (19) And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. (20) For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. (21) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, (22) Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. (23) And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. (24) And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, (25) That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (26) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Appointing apostles was to be a choice by God, not by man. Though this was well intended, it was not God's choice.)1 Corinthians 15:3-11 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (6) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (7) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. (8) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. (9) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowedupon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (11) Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. (Paul was God's choice. Paul vindicated his apostleship because he was not numbered with the original 12 but was chosen by God for replacement of Judas.)2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.C. They Had A Special Position.1. They Were Chosen Special - Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;2. They Were Chosen Specific – Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.3. Divinely Commissioned (with the Gospel) Mark 16:14-15 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.D. They Had A Special Privilege1. Their Communion With Christ - Luke 22:14-16 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.2. Their Comfort By Christ - Luke 24:30-36 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.E. They Had A Special Power1. Their Powerful Works - Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Luke 9:51-54 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?2. Their Powerful Witness - Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:Acts 4:5-8 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,F. They Had A Special Purpose 1. To Confirm The Promises To Israela) As A Witness To Israel - Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.b) As A Witness Against Israel - Luke 11:47-51 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.2. To Carry The Promise Of Salvation To The GentilesEphesians 3:1-9 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Temple Baptist Church - 9-3-2017Luke 22:54-62; John 21:15-19Introduction:A. How can we study walking with God and leave out Peter? I want to take a short look at an amazing man named Peter. Peter was one of the greatest men in the Bible. So many things stand out about the amazing example of biblical Christianity but I want to take a short look at what motivated this man to live and die for Christ. 1. Peter was a Bold Man – The only man who ever walked on water other than our Lord.2. Peter was a Brave Man – When the huge crowd came to the Garden of Gethsemane to take his Lord, he attacked with a sword.B. Peter is one of the most noted of the apostles and, along with James and John, comprised what is often referred to as the “inner three.” He is one of the greatest men of the New Testament but is most remembered for his denial of the Lord and his restoration in John, chapter 21. and is given a bad name by some for his denial of the Lord.1. Peter was just a common man, a simple fisherman. Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.2. Peter was an uneducated man, just a hardworking man. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.C. What makes Peter such an example to us is that he was one man that you and I can identify with. He was a man of many failures. He got ahead of God; he got behind God; he rebuked God; and he was greatly used of God.1. There were numerous times that Peter “stuck his foot in his mouth” and received a rebuke from the Lord and once from the Apostle Paul. Each time he failed, he received correction and continued to follow the Lord.2. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” Notice the song said, “The God I love.” Despite fault and failure, Peter loved the Lord. In John 21:15-16, Peter twice used the word “yea:” a strong affirmation.D. In John, chapter 21, we find the restoration of a fallen man who loved the Lord. So often, you and I get our priorities wrong or simply get “cross ways” with the Lord. It is not that we do not love Him for how can we not?E. It was neither necessity nor constraint that caused Peter to be great in the Lord, it was his great love for his Saviour, Jesus Christ. John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.1. Peter walked with God in love through conversion. John 1:40-44 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. a. The Bible does not say when these disciples were converted but most likely in Old Testament faith in the coming of the Messiah. When Andrew came to Peter and said that he had found the Messias, Peter immediately came to Christ.b. Our walk in love with God begins with our salvation. Peter never got over the great love of God that bought his salvation If one does not love God, they are under God's Anathema. We cannot walk with God in love and love the world.1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.2. Peter walked with God in love in commitment. Mark 1:16-17 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (17) And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.a. Peter was a hard-working fisherman in the family business. When our Lord said, “Come after me,” Peter immediately left all. That takes love.b. God does not require everyone to leave father, mother, brothers and sisters, houses and land but walking with God in love may require it!3. Peter walked with God in love in conflict. John 6:67-69 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (69) And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.a. As many turned their backs on Christ, Peter—along with others—continued to walk with God in love.b. There may come times of difficulty in our lives that will require a decision to be made concerning our love and walk with God. I believe that Paul said it all in 2 Corinthians 5:14: “For the love of Christ constraineth us!” To constrain means to compel.4. Peter walked with God in love through continuation. John 21:18-19 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. (19) This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.a. When the Lord prophesied Peter's martyrdom, he never flinched. Peter was willing to walk with Christ in life and death. Luke 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.b. Walking with God in love has no end. It is to live for Christ until our last breath is taken and, then, walking with Him in love for all of eternity.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-6-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we took a short look at the responsibility of the Elder or Pastor of the local church. The pastor is not a dictator but an overseer. The Shepherd is also one of the sheep because he is one.1. He feeds the flock.2. He protects the flock.3. He sets an example for the flock.B. Tonight, I want to look at the local church which is called the “flock of God” and “the Lord's heritage” in this passage.1. The “flock of God” speaks of their earthly existence.2. The “Lord's heritage” speaks of their future glorification.John 10:27-31 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. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.1. Sheep Are To Be Gathered Together.a. The Church Is A Place Of Commandment - Hebrews 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;b. The Church Is A Place Of Exhortation – Hebrews 10:25b But exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.c. The Church Is A Place Of Presence - Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.d. The Church Is A Place Of Peace - John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.e. The Church Is A Place Of Joy - John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.2. Sheep Are To Be Submissive To The Under Shepherd.a. Follow Him - Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;b. Obey Him - Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.c. Pray For Him - Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.d. Respect Him - Hebrews 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.e. Know Him - 1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;f. Honor Him - 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.3. Sheep Are To Feed Upon The Pastures That Are Provided.a. The Danger Of Hearing - Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.1) The Danger Of Letting God's Word Slip - Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.2) The Danger Of Not Growing Spiritually - Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 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.3) The Danger Of Self Deception - James 1:22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.4) The Danger Of Destruction - 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.b. The Duty Of Hearing - Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.1) Hold It Fast - 2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.2) Hold It Forth - 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.c. The Devotion Of Hearing - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.4. Sheep Are To Bear Wool. (Wool in the bible is a type of purity.)a. The Holiness Of Salvation - Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.b. The Holiness Of Sanctification - Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.5. Sheep Are To Beget Sheep.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.Romans 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-20-2017Romans 1:17-21Introduction:A. The Bible is a Book of Progressive Revelation. The Book of Genesis or Beginnings has been called the “Seed Bed of the Bible.” I love Genesis as it is full of First Mention Principles and, if you want to know what God thinks on something, go there and find the First Mention.B. The Person and truth of God are often referred to as light. As we begin one of the most important portions of the Book of Romans, Paul mentions those who hold the truth of God in unrighteousness. This tells us several things:1. Everyone holds the truth, in righteousness or unrighteousness! As I begin dealing with the truth, I will show three types of revelation that that are available: inherent truth, visible truth, and Biblical truth. To whom much is given, much is required so, two of these truths will be required by all mankind.2. All of mankind holds to two of these: inherent truth and visible truth. How we hold these two determines how we hold the third, therefore all three are essential to salvation and must be held in righteousness.3. The third, Biblical truth, becomes available as the first two are accepted and sought after. We all hold the first two truths in either in righteousness or unrighteousness! You may like the truth and hold it dearly or you may not like the truth and turn from it but everyone will be accountable to it.C. How we hold these three “truths” will determine our eternal destiny. The danger of rejecting any of these truths is doing so will cause one to reject them all. To believe one of them can lead to belief in all of them because they all point to one God.1. To reject inherent truth will cause one to reject visible truth and ultimately Biblical truth. 2. To reject visible truth will cause one to reject inherent truth and Biblical truth. 3. To reject Biblical truth will cause one to reject inherent and visible truth. 4. These three truths compose a trinity as God and man are trinities. To destroy one is to destroy all because they come together as one.D. I want to look at the three truths in natural order.1. Inherent Truth. Truth that we are born with. Truth that every man and woman has because it is given by God. I want to look at a few verses in John that explain “inherent light.” Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (God breathed life into man. Literally the life of God which is eternal. Man is an eternal being.)John 1:4-9 (a) In him was life; and (b) the life was the light of men. (5) And (c) the light shineth in darkness; and (d) the darkness comprehended it not. (6) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, (e) but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was (f) the true Light, (g) which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (The life of God is the light that lighteth every man.)a. “In him was life.” Life comes from God! 1) The evolutionist tries to teach otherwise to do away with a divine Creator but only life can beget life. Only God can give life! Inanimate objects cannot become animate nor can they create life. They are inanimate. 2) George Wald, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1967."There are only two possibilities as0 to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution." (Wald, George, "Innovation and Biology," Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100) (George Wald made a personal and unscientific choice to hold the truth of God in unrighteousness!)3) “Spontaneous generation” – Wikipedia - “Pasteur's experiment is generally agreed to have decisively refuted the theory of spontaneous generation in 1859. Disproof of the traditional ideas of spontaneous generation is no longer controversial among professional biologists. By the middle of the 19th century, the theory of biogenesis had accumulated so much evidential support, due to the work of Louis Pasteur and others, that the alternative theory of spontaneous generation had been effectively disproven. The historian of science John Desmond Bernal suggests that earlier theories such as spontaneous generation were based upon an explanation that life was continuously created as a result of chance events.”4) If life can only come from life, then our life had to begin somewhere with life. If life can only come from life, they there must have always been life and that life was God. There can be no other logical or scientific explanation.5) Since only life can beget life, then the Theory of Evolution cannot work. The Biblical answer is the only reasonable one.Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (The breath of God infused eternal life into mankind. Man is an eternal being living within a temporal body.)6) The life of God is also the light of the knowledge of God, or inherent light, because it is God's life.b) “The life was the light of men.” The life of man in inherent life that comes only from God and is called “light.” There are three kinds of light spoken of in the Bible: the light of God (the life of God), natural light (heavenly lights and natural lights such as fire, etc), and manmade light. I only want to look at the light of God or inherent light.1) The light of God. In the creation, the first thing that God did was give light. 2) The First Mention of light in the Bible.Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (This light that was first given was the eternal light of God's presence. There was neither natural nor artificial light. There was no sun, moon, or stars. There was no candle, camp fire, or electricity. It was the light of God.)3) The Last Mention of light in the Bible.Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (As with the First Mention, the Last Mention of light is light of God or the eternal light of God's presence.)4) The Bible declares that God is light. 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (God does not produce light: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all!)c) “The light shineth in darkness.”1) In the darkness of every individual shines the light of God or inherent light. It is the knowledge of God. Light and darkness cannot continually dwell together because light drives the darkness away.2) If there was no inherent light of God, then every man or woman would be, by nature, born an atheist. But the fact is that all mankind is born with a knowledge of God and worships. On every island, on every continent, men worship! Knowledge and worship of God are a part of our trinity: body, which is world conscious—soul, which is self-conscious—spirit, which is God conscious. That makes man a trinity or “in the image of God.3) With inherent light comes responsibility. As men accept the light of God or the knowledge of God, they can seek to know the true God or concoct a “god” of their own which serves their self-interest. Romans 2:12-16 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: (15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.4) The darkness comprehended it not.”a) For darkness to exist spiritually, one must turn down or turn off light. As I said before, they cannot co-exist because light drives darkness away. Darkness cannot drive light away so the light must cease to exist.b) As a rheostat turns down the power of a light or ceiling fan, one must turn down the spiritual light of God in their soul to create darkness. This comes by continually rejecting inherent truth.c) Ultimately, the sinner turns the light of God off and becomes reprobate.5) Two dangerous positions to avoid: Agnostic and Atheistic.a) The Agnostic. One who does not hold either position: God or no God. One who believes that God is not knowable. He is the “rheostat!” He turns down the light of God until it is extinguished. God is knowable! If He created the universe, and He did, then He must make Himself known. Let's use a little logic. Would you build a mission dollar home and then walk away and not live in it? Would you buy an expensive car and walk away leaving it on the car lot? Would you marry a wonderful woman or man and walk away, leaving them at the altar? God is knowable because He would be foolish to create all of this including man and then “walk away” and remain unknowable.b) The Atheist. One who has extinguished the light of God until it is gone. He is the Biblical fool found in Psalm 14:1. He must “do away” with God intentionally and is eternally lost in his condition. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament His handiwork.c) Atheism and agnosticism are learned behaviors and must be taught. Neither is inherent! 2. Visible Light. The second light that God gives, I call visible light. Truth that we are exposed to in nature. Let me call your attention to verse 20.Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the worldare clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: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 6:16 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.1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.a. Look closely at the wording of your Bible. Not visible things butinvisible things. Not by Him but of Him. Things that are clearly seen that areinvisible things? Makes no sense in the human realm but makes perfect Biblical sense. “The Elephant in the living room” is God! I do not say this disrespectfully but it is a phrase that we can all understand. Everyone knows that God is there but most choose to ignore the evident.b. Let's look at Psalm 19 to get a proper understand of clearly seeing the invisible things of God from the creation. “The Elephant in the living room” is intelligent design instead of randomness or a series of accidents. Evolution must be a series of accidents because it can neither think nor reason. The heavens declare the glory of God.1) God has set a “tabernacle” or “place of worship” for the sun. Not under the sun but for the sun. We had a total eclipse last Monday. Was that not spectacular? I understand why it got dark in the middle of the day because the moon came between us and the sun. Setting that aside, it was a wonderful—once in a lifetime experience. An experience that made my soul magnify almighty God for His wonderful earth and universe!2) Tabernacle” – tent, covering or canopy. The heavens comprise a “canopy of space.” An immense background of innumerable stars that surrounds our sun. Our sun is our world. Not the stars of the sky but a ball of fire and hot gases that keep us and our planet alive. A sun with a gravitational pull that keeps our planet perfectly aligned as to keep us safe and comfortable.3) The heavens “declare the glory of God!” Without speaking, the heavens speak. They speak of something unseen that is clearly seen and understood by we creatures. Declare means to speak or show forth. The universe shows the impossibility of spontaneous generation and demands creation and a Creator.a) The Known Universe. I will give these scientific statistics but there is no way that they can prove their accuracy because they cannot see that far, neither can they calculate such figures. But, I will give a few of their statistics to prove their foolishness. I say foolishness because they measure the immeasurable. They count the uncountable. They profess to know the unknowable. They say that they understand the un-understandable. The magnitude of God's creation is overwhelming.b) The Known Universe is:1a) 93 Billion Light Years in diameter. Go to the next site and it says 150 Billion Light Years. (1 Light Year is 5.87 Trillion miles.) How did they measure the diameter of the universe? Quite a discrepancy between the two numbers, don't you think?1b) Number of Galaxies: 100 Billion. How did they count them?1c) Number of stars in the Milky Way: 200-400 Billion. How did they count them?1d) Closest star to earth: Proxima Centauri 4.24 Light Years.c) The Big Bang Theory (emphasis on the word “Theory”) teaches that before the Universe existed there was no space, time or matter, then 13.7 billion years ago an incredibly hot single point smaller than a subatomic particle containing all the matter in the Universe (they say that, in the beginning, there was no matter then—in the same breath—say that all the matter of the universe was in a subatomic particle!) began expanding at an unimaginable rate creating space and time in a trillionth of a second. After this point the Universe continued to expand but at a much slower rate.d) In one trillionth of a second, 13.7 billion years ago, this immeasurably immense universe was in place and perfectly synchronized? So-called scientists (the word “science” means knowledge, not theory) throw out numbers that cannot be numbered as fact when there is no way that they can calculate these figures.c. 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.d. Our faith in God has substance (the universe) and evidence (intelligent design).e. The firmament sheweth His handywork. 1) Everything different, everything perfect, everything synchronized, everything in harmony, everything producing after its own kind, no intermediate species. What an amazing earth we live on! 2) The Theory of Evolution teaches that this wonderful earth is the result of random “accidents” that evolved without design. This is total foolishness. If someone can look at this world and the beauty and glory of the universe and say there is no God, they must ignore the “Elephant in the Living Room!” They must hold the truth of God in unrighteousness.3) The firmament declares, it screams “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth!” There is no other logical explanation. An explosion and evolution could never make this universe.f. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. As Inherent Light speaks from the inside, Visible Light speaks from the outside.3. Light of the Bible. For the sake of time, I want to look at a few references pertaining to light and the Bible or the Word of God. In the both the First and Last Mention Principles of Bible interpretation, we find the consistency of the mention of light.a. The first instance of light came through the spoken Word. Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (God will never either change His mind or vary about light.)1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.b. The Word of God opens the spiritual eyes to the light. Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. c. Psalms 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.d. The entrance of Word of God gives light. Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.(The sin darkened soul must allow the “entrance” of the light of the Word of God.)
Temple Baptist Church - 8-30-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction: A. As Peter begins this last portion of his epistle to the Jewish believers, he instructs the elders or pastors of the local churches.B. First, we see the importance and establishment of the local church. Verse 2 says, “Feed the flock of God which is among you.”1. The word “flock” speaks of gathering. God has always intended for His sheep to assemble.2. The phrase “which is among you” tells me that this flock is one of many and is local to your home. I know that in some areas you cannot find a good, Bible believing church to attend and must drive great distances to find one, but I am always suspicious of those who pass many good churches to come to yours because “it is the only one that does not compromise.” I am against compromise and will not attend a liberal church, but many times, it is the problem of the traveler and not the churches.3. In Hebrews 10, Paul exhorted these dispersed Jewish believers to be faith to their local church.C. Pastors are God called men who are giving the responsibility of caring for the local church. When our Lord resurrected, He gave gifts to the local church to serve in His absence.a. He gave the gift of the Evangelist. This is the missionary. The word “evangelist” means to bring good news or glad tidings. He is to preach the gospel to every creature. These missionaries are sent out of local churches (Acts 13) and are responsible to their sending church.b. He gave the gift of the Pastor-Teacher. These are God called men (not women) who are biblically qualified to oversee the local church. These men are also qualified to teach or feed the local church. D. The pastor is God's under shepherd who comforts and cares for His sheep. Ephesians 4:12-14 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;E. The pastor is not a dictator! It is God's house, God's flock and God's sheep, not the pastor's. F. Now let us look at the work of the pastor.1. He is to feed the flock.a. Study. This takes hard, diligent work – 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.b. Approved unto God. Preaching what God wants preached - Acts 20:26-27 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.c. Not ashamed of what he believes. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.d. Rightly dividing the word of truth. Isaiah 28:10, 13 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little … (13) But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.2. He is to take the oversight of the flock.a. He is to willingly watch. 1) Not by constraint. Though he is a God called man, pastoring a local church should be the love of his life.2) Not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Though he lives by the gospel, money should not be his purpose.b. He is to diligently watch. 1) Watch for false prophets - Acts 20:29-31 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.2) Watch for false doctrine - 1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.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.3. He is to be an example to the flock - 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.a. In word – his message - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.b. In conversation – his life - 2 Corinthians 6:3-4 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,c. In charity – his love - 2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.d. In spirit – his fervency - Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;e. In faith – his confidence - Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.f. In purity – his holiness - 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
Temple Baptist Church - 8-20-2017Psalm 23Introduction: Psalm 23 was probably written in David's youth but it was representative of his life's desire.A. As it was with Joseph, it would take a series to deal with the David. I did a series a few years ago on King David because of his godly influence on the nation of Israel plus the vast amount of Scripture about him and written by him. B. This morning, I want to key in on one thought: what made David a man after God's own heart. To be a man or woman after God's own heart, it would require that you walk with Him!C. David was the only man in the Bible who was called a man after God's own heart. Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (23) Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:1. Out of the heart are the issues of life. Our heart is who and what we are. When the Bible mentions the heart, it exposes the inward man. We will look at what made David such a man and how David walked with God.2. Can you imagine what God's heart is like? a) Our heart is who and what we are. God's heart is who and what he is! David's heart was “in tune” with the heart of God. In tune means to be harmonious. b) “A man after God's own heart” is an amazing statement. David must have walked with God though the Bible does not use that terminology but, neither did it say that about Job, Abraham, Moses, and Joseph. D. David was a great man and possibly one of the most renown in Israel. But he was a man of both success and failure. Great were his conquests and great were his failures. He succeeded big and he fell hard.E. Again, I want to say that God uses flawed men because there is no other kind. God's people are saved, not perfect. They are positionally pure but, practically, they are just sinners saved by grace. Thank God for His loving kindness, compassion, mercy, and grace. Speaking of David, “God didn't throw away the clay!”F. I have thought on this for a while and I believe that I have the answer. What made David a man after God's own heart was his worship. 1. David loved the Lord.2. David honored the Lord.3. David feared the Lord.4. David reverenced the Lord.5. David, as the sweet psalmist of Israel, worshipped the Lord.G. David wrote 78 of the 150 Psalms! He was given the title “The Sweet Psalmist of Israel!” Too bloody to build the temple but pure enough to worship God.H. In the New Testament, our Lord said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) 1. Worship in spirit and truth. There must be worship in truth or there can be no worship. There must be worship in spirit or there can be no worship. Our spirit is God conscious. Being “God conscious” and worshipping in a Biblical, holy manner. 2. For the most part, modern day worship is self-conscious: all about feelings and emotions. It is worldly with no respect for God's house or God's way. Worship and worldliness cannot co-exist as one must destroy the other. To worship is to be holy and to be worldly is to be unholy.3. To worship in spirit and truth is to do so with respect, holiness, and truth.I. David walked with God in worship. He was God conscious! From the first mention of David's life, we find that he had a heart that panted after God. From a child watching over his father's sheep to a King, David knew what it was to worship God.1. David worshipped the Lord in his personal devotion. Psalms 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;2. David worshipped the Lord in his private life. Though David did not write this Psalm, it is consistent with his life. Psalms 42:1-4 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. (2) My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (3) My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? (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.3. David worshipped the Lord in his public life. 2 Samuel 6:13-15 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. (14) And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (15) So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.4. David worshipped the Lord when he faced danger. Psalms 27:1-6 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (2) When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. (3) Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. (4) One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (5) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. (6) And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.5. David worshipped God when he was disappointed. Psalms 42:3-5 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? (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. (5) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.6. David worshipped the Lord in his faithful dedication. Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.7. David worshipped God when he faced death. 2 Samuel 23:1-7 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, (2) The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. (3) The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (4) And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. (5) Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow. (6) But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: (7) But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.Psalms 72:18-20 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. (19) And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. (20) The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-23-20171 Peter 4:1-2Introduction:A. As Peter writes to the “strangers scattered,” the dispersed Jews—he spends much of this first epistle showing them how to get along in this world and with each other. The reason being, outside and inside of the body of Christ, you will suffer if you try to live a godly, separated life for Christ.1. The Fact of Suffering. vs 1, 12 Suffering is a way of live in this old sinful world. It rains on the just and the unjust. But, in our text, Peter is looking at suffering for well doing. God's children have and always will pay the consequences for living godly in an ungodly world.2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. a) The Example – “Christ hath suffered”b) The Exhortation – “arm yourselves”c) The Encouragement – “likewise with the same mind”2. The Fellowship of Suffering.John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.a) We Share Christ's Sufferings – vs 1, 13b) We Share Fellow Believers' Suffering – vs 16-173. The Failure of Suffering.a) To Realize That God Has Something For Us In Suffering – 1 Peter 1:7 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:b) To Realize That God Controls Our Suffering – He Will Never Place More On Us Than We Can BearB. The Preparation of Suffering. “arm yourselves” 1. The Realization - vs 12; 1 Pet 1:7 Suffering Is A Part of Life. 2. The Resolve of Suffering – vs 1 “arm yourselves likewise with the same mind”(a) The Resolve To Continue To Suffer - James 5:10-11 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.(b) The Resolve To ContinueTo Serve – vs 19 - Joshua 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 3. The Repose of Suffering - vs 19 – Trust in the Lord at all times.C. The Period In Suffering.1. 1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. 2. Gives encouragement and hope.D. The Results of Suffering. 1. Vs 1 – Suffering Will Cause You To Cease From Sin.James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 2. Vs 2 - Suffering Will Cause You To Become Submissive To God's Will.Hebrews 5:6-9 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 3. Vs 3-6 - Suffering Will Cause You To Become Separate From The World.1 Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.Luke 6:22 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. 4. Vs 7 - Suffering Will Cause You To Spend More Time In Prayer.2 Corinthians 12:7-8 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.2 Samuel 12:15-20 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed [himself], and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 5. Vs 8-9 - Suffering Will Cause You To Draw Closer To The Brethren.1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 6. Vs 10-11 - Suffering Will Cause You To Be Able To Minister To Others.2 Corinthians 1:4-6 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7. Vs 12-13 - Suffering Will Cause You To Rejoice In Tribulation.2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 8. Vs 14-16 - Suffering Will Cause You To Worship.2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed [himself], and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. 9. Vs 17-19 - Suffering Will Cause You To Commit Your Life To The Lord.1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-27-2017Luke 1:39-45Introduction:A. This morning, I want to look in the New Testament at the last of the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist. First, let me set the background for the message.B. For 4,000 years, since the first Messianic Promise in Genesis 3:15 until the birth of Christ, the world waited for the promised “Seed of the Woman.” C. For 400 years between Malachi's prophecy and the beginning of the New Testament, God spoke not one word! These have been called the “400 Silent years.” 1. As the Old Testament prophecy came to an end, hope declined and religion took its place. Now they had both the temple and synagogues. 2. They had priests as well as Pharisees and Sadducees. Israel went from the purity of an inward righteousness to the impurity of an outward righteousness. D. At the time of our Lord's birth, Israel and the world sat in spiritual darkness and bondage to Rome. Few looked for the long-promised Messiah and his birth was shrouded in obscurity.Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.E. In fulfillment Isaiah 40:3, Zacharias and Elisabeth begat a son whom God named John. Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.F. John the Baptist was a second cousin to our Lord Jesus Christ and six months older. John and the Lord Jesus grew up together. He grew up with the Lord and knew not that it was Him that was promised.G. There are many similarities between the first and second comings of our Lord. There are also many similarities between the forerunner, John the Baptist, and the church.1. John Was Great Because He Was A Chosen Man - John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (To be commissioned for a special task or mission. We are a chosen generation.)2. John Was Great Because He Was A Godly Man - Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. (John lived a clean life for the Lord. We are to live a clean life for the Lord.)3. John Was Great Because He Was A Burning Man - John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. (Before John could shine for God, first, he had to burn for God. He was willing to put all his energy into the work of God. We are to shine for God as the light of the world.)4. John Was Great Because He Was A Preaching Man - Matthew 3:1-2 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (John preached the way of salvation and the coming of the Messiah. We preach the way of salvation and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.)5. John Was Great Because He Was A Humble Man - John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (John knew that he was not there to place himself on a pedestal but to glorify and point people to Christ. We that are saved are to glorify Christ and point sinners to Him.)6. John Was Great Because He Was Just A Man - Luke 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?1. As John the Baptist walked with God in expectancy, he was “the voice of one.”a. Not “a” voice but “the” voice. There were many voices of religion in John's day but only one voice of salvation. Thus, it is with our day. b. Many religions and denominations clamor for the attention of the world, causing much spiritual confusion. Their “voice” is always the Bible plus or minus something. These make the Bible adapt to their doctrines instead of adapting their doctrines to the Bible. God has always had one voice and one way of righteousness, God's Word.c. Today's religion attacks the Word of God by reducing it to a manmade version instead of a God made Bible!2. As John the Baptist walked with God in expectancy, he cried aloud in a world that was a spiritual “wilderness.”a. Crying means to proclaim loudly. John the Baptist was a prophet and a preacher. Until the day of our Lord's public appearance, John continue to be the voice of righteousness crying in the spiritual wilderness of this world.b. We who are expecting the soon return of our Lord are to be crying aloud in the sinful wilderness that we live in. How shall they hear without a preacher and that preacher is you; that preacher is me.c. As in Noah's day, they may not listen but they will know who we are and what we preach.3. As John the Baptist walked with God in expectancy, he “prepared the way of the Lord.”a. John the Baptist was the plowman. He prepared the ground for the seed to be planted. That preparation is repentance of sin. First, it takes a recognition of what sin is and a godly sorrow for that sin.b. John the Baptist was the sower as he prophesied of the Lord's coming and point the people to “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”c. We who expect the Lord to come need to continue to preach and stand against sinfulness, preach and teach repentance, and point the world to Christ. We must decrease while our Lord Jesus Christ increases.Conclusion: We are to occupy until He comes. We look for Him expectantly as His coming is imminent. Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (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.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-6-2017Hebrews 11:8-10; James 2:21-23Introduction: A. The Book of James sets forth a faith that works! In chapter 2, James—through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—called Abraham “the friend of God.” Not “a friend of God,” but the Scripture used the definite article “the.”James 2:21-23 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? (22) Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? (23) And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.B. This tells me a couple of things about Abraham:1. Abraham loved the Lord. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.2. Abraham stuck close to the Lord. Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.C. Abraham was not a perfect man. God wants us to be perfect but that perfection is personal merit man. God honors a faith that glorifies Him and not the man! It was Abraham's faith, not his works, that made him the friend of God.Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.D. This morning, we are going back to about 2000 BC. Over 4000 years ago, God brought a man out of a heathen land and, by faith, made him the father of many nations.E. This is worthy of being quoted: “A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.” I may be wrong, but I believe that a friend of mine, Pastor James Bowman, either quoted that or had it written in his bible. I now have it written in mine.F. Abraham showed his faith in God in many ways, but I want to zero in on three instances:1. Abraham walked with God in Faith when he left the Ur of the Chaldees. He did not know where he was goingbut he knew that God did!Genesis 12:1-5 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: (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: (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. (4) So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. (5) And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. (Would you walk with God by faith if He called you to leave home, family, friends, and serve Him in another land?)2. Abraham walked with God in Faith when he believed God for the Promised Seed. He knew that he and Sarah could not physically have a child but he knew that God could do the impossible! “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”Genesis 15:1-6 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (2) And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? (3) And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. (4) And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. (5) And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (6) And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.Romans 4:17-22 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (18) Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Would you walk with God in faith if He promised you the impossible?)3. Abraham walked with God in Faith when he offered up Isaac as God commanded. He knew that death was normally final but he also knew that God would resurrect Isaac from the dead because he was the promised seed and was childless! We also must have faith in the resurrection of the Promised Seed.Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. (2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, (18) Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: (19) Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. (Would you walk with God in faith if He asked you to give Him the most important thing in your life?)Conclusion: Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-5-20171 Peter 3:7Introduction:A. Last week, we looked at the word “Likewise” as be began chapter 3. That word shows that the context is tied with the preceding chapters. The context of 1 Peter is how to maintain a Christian testimony while suffering as a child of God. B. We looked at the Christian woman whose husband was either unsaved or saved and unfaithful to God. A place of quiet, godly submission.C. Tonight, I want to call you attention to the work “likewise” in verse 7. Nothing has changed in the context. One of the problems of these last days is that of men who profess to be saved not living a faithful, Christian life! For whatever reason, many men have taken a spiritual “back seat” in both the home and the local church. My prayer is: “Dear Lord, give us some men with a spiritual backbone who are willing to serve and lead in our homes an churches.D. Verse 7 is a clear command to us men who are married and have families. God has placed us men in a place of authority and leadership in the marriage! It is the man who will give an account for the home.E. Let us break this verse down almost word by word.1. “Likewise!” a. As men, our responsibility is linked to that of our wives. As they are to be submissive to authority, we are to be submissive to authority. We cannot expect our wives to submit to an authority that does not submit to God's authority. b. Though the ladies are mentioned first and command to be submissive to their head, in 1 Corinthians, the Bible reverses the order. Why? Because in 1 Corinthians, God is giving the proper Chain of Command and, in 1 Peter, Peter is dealing with an improper one: men who are not right with God.1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.2. “Husbands.” The first mention of the word “husband” is found in Genesis 3. It spoke of “her husband.” a. A man who belongs to one woman.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 husbandwith her; and he did eat.b. A man who “rules” over a wife.Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.c. A man who is worthy of the wife's submission. Husband defined: A good man, a great man, a champion. It also means a kind man and a worthy man.3. “Dwell with them according to knowledge … as unto the weaker vessel” A residence of continuance.a. Understanding his position of power and authority with love. He is to be a loving husband, not a tyrant.Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;b. Understanding her needs as the weaker vessel.1) Understanding her need of Security.2) Understanding her need of Strength.3) Understanding her need of Shelter.4) Understanding her need of Stability.5) Understanding her need of Spiritual Leadership.4. “Giving honour unto the wife.” a. “Giving” means to bestow. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.b. “Honour” means dignity, esteem, great value. Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.5. “As being heirs together of the grace of life”a. One with each other. “Cleave” is to be joined or to adhere. 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.b. One in this life. All that I have belongs to Barbara and all that Barbara has belongs to me. Our hopes and our dreams are the same. “Heirs together” reminds me of Harold and Carroll Smith. When the Smith children became heirs to their father's estate, each of the children got a tract of land but Bro. Harold and Bro. Carroll got 85 acres together!6. “That your prayers be not hindered.” Men, if you are not right with your wives, you are not right with God and prayers go unanswered!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-6-2017Romans 1:16-17Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to look at the Gospel for a few minutes. Paul declared that he was not ashamed of the gospel. This tells me that there are some who are! 1. I have heard biblical salvation called “slaughterhouse religion.” 2. Over the years, there have been those who have minimized the importance of the blood of Christ in salvation. 3. There have been those who have taken the songs about the blood of Christ out of their songbooks. 4. There are so-called “bibles” that have removed some references to the blood. 5. My advice is to leave the gospel alone!B. As Paul begins this doctrinal book to the Romans, he begins with the gospel. The gospel is the foundation of salvation and, if you do not get the foundation right, all else is religious vanity. Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation and to try to go to heaven any other way is to be eternally lost. C. Paul declares his undying allegiance to the gospel in verse 16-17. I want to declare my undying allegiance to that same gospel tonight. This may sound like “preaching to the choir,” but we need to remember what God did for each of us. Salvation is personal and I take it personally!D. In relation to the gospel, there some things that Paul was not ashamed of:1. Paul was not ashamed of the Person of the Gospel! If you are ashamed of the gospel, you are ashamed of the Person of the gospel. Jesus Christ, God's only Son loved us enough to become man and die in our place.Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.2. Paul was not ashamed of the Price of the Gospel! If you are ashamed of the gospel, you are ashamed of the blood that was shed. Jesus Christ shed His own blood for our redemption.Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.3. Paul was not ashamed of the Perfection of the Gospel! It was a finished work. Nothing to be added and nothing can be taken away. So many religions teach personal merit for salvation. I am glad mine is anchored in what Jesus Christ did! 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:4. Paul was not ashamed of the Preaching of the Gospel! It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, Jew or Gentile. It still works! We do not need programs or entertainment; we do not need the wisdom of words or great oration; we need the preaching of the gospel. 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.5. Paul was not ashamed of the People of the Gospel! They are the greatest people on planet earth. We are family. Revelation 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.6. Paul was not ashamed of the Purchase of the Gospel! I love the church! I fell in love with God's people when I got saved. So many sing “O How I Love Jesus” but are not faithful to His church. They are not faithful in their tithe. They are not faithful to witness. They are not faithful to live for Christ.Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.7. Paul was not ashamed of the Pardon of the Gospel! I stand before you tonight forgiven. My sins are gone! I have been bought with a price and am thankful. Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.8. Paul was not ashamed of the Prize of the Gospel! One day just like today and it could be today, I will step on shore and find it heaven, touch a hand and find it God's, breathe new air and find it celestial, wake up in glory, finally home! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (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. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.Conclusion: I too am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-13-2017Genesis 50:15-21Introduction:A. A true love story gone wrong! 1. Isaac was going to bless Esau, the first born, but Jacob stole the blessing from Esau. 2. Esau said that when Isaac died and the days of mourning were over, that he would slay Jacob. Rebecca overheard him, told Isaac.3. Isaac sent Jacob to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother to find a wife. 4. Jacob fell in love with Rachel, served for her, but got Leah instead. He later married Rachel and the “baby derby” began to give Jacob sons. Rachel could not conceive so she gave her handmaid, Bilhah to be his wife and Leah gave him her handmaid, Zilpah.5. Eventually, Rachel—the favorite wife—bore Jacob two sons: Joseph and Benjamin. These two children of his old age completed the 12 tribes of Israel. Jacob favored Joseph and Benjamin over the other 10, causing a problem. B. Jacob sent Joseph to check on his brethren and, when they saw him coming, they plotted against him. They saw Ishmaelites coming and sold him to them. They went down to Egypt and sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guardC. It is here that we will pick up the story of Joseph.D. Joseph is probably the most perfect type of Christ found in the Old Testament. I could preach a long series on the life of Joseph but I want to include him in this series on “Walking With God.” 1. If a man ever had a human reason to be bitter in life, it was Joseph. 2. If a man ever had a human reason for “throwing in the towel” and quitting, it was Joseph. 3. If a man ever had a human reason for vengeance, it was Joseph.E. Yet, throughout his life, we find that Joseph maintained his integrity in the midst of injustice and hardwhis while maintaining a walk with God.F. Integrity is an important part of basis Christianity. We live in a world that has turned its back on God and integrity has become, for the most part, a thing of the past. Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., said to do right if the stars fall out of the sky. That is integrity.G. I want to look at several times in the life of Joseph when, instead of giving up and becoming bitter, he excelled through integrity.1. Joseph walked with God in integrity when he was sold into bondage at age 17. a. Hated by his brothers through no fault of his own. Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.b. Sold into slavery by those same brothers. Genesis 37:24, 28, 36 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it ... (28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt ... (36) And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.c. Because of his integrity, he became great in his master's house. Genesis 39:1-6 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. (2) And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. (3) And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. (4) And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. (5) And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. (6) And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.2. Joseph walked with God in integrity when he was enticed by Potiphar's wife. a. Potiphar's wife constantly tempted him. Genesis 39:7-9 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. (8) But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; (9) There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?b. Potiphar's wife falsely accused him and he was cast into prison. Genesis 39:10-20 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. (11) And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. (12) And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. (13) And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, (14) That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: (15) And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. (16) And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. (17) And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: (18) And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. (19) And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. (20) And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.c. Because of his integrity, he became great in prison. Genesis 39:21-23 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (22) And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. (23) The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.3. Joseph walked with God in integrity when he was forgotten.a. The butler and baker forgot him and he spent 2 more years in prison. Genesis 41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.b. He was remembered by the butler and faithfully interpreted the Pharaoh's dream. Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.c. Because of his integrity, he was elevated to second in command in all of Egypt. Genesis 41:39-41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: (40) Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. (41) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.4. Joseph walked with God in integrity when his brothers came to buy corn. a. Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. Genesis 45:1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.b. Joseph forgave his brothers. Genesis 50:15-18 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. (16) And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, (17) So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. (18) And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.c. Joseph glorified God in the paths in which he had walked. Genesis 45:7; 50:19-21 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance ... (19) And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? (20) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (21) Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.d. Joseph made commandment concerning his bones. He wanted to be buried in the land of his people.Genesis 50:25-26 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. (26) So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.Conclusion: Joseph walked with God throughout his life amid his integrity! At the end of the day or our life, we must be willing to like the Christian life that we have lived. Not a life of perfection but one of faithfulness and integrity!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-16-20171 Peter 3:13-22Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to re-emphasize the imperative of interpreting Scripture within its context. Over the next few weeks, I want to look at 3 things that can be so easily misinterpreted by taking them out of their context. The context begins with the word “Finally” in verse 8. B. The Holy Spirit, through the Epistle of First Peter, ties several things together showing both a New Testament example and an Old Testament example of obedient children of God persecuted by the disobedient children of God. If taught separately, they can lead to confusion.1. How to get along with others in the body of Christ. Verses 8-12.2. Spiritual persecution by those within the body of Christ. Verses 13-18.3. An Old Testament example of the disobedience of the spirits in prison. Verses 19-20.4. The ordinance of Baptism explained by the example of the ark in Noah's day. Verses 20-21.C. The Last two weeks, we looked at how to get along in the body of Christ. By loving right and living right. Tonight, I want to look at persecution within the body of Christ. Suffering is a normal part of our lives. Peter will deal with suffering more than once in the epistle because it is a sorrow that affects us all in one of four ways.1. There is natural suffering. All of mankind has sorrow and all die. From the womb to the grave, we find this truth to be evident. Job probably said it best. Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.Job 14:1-2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (2) He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (This is the result of the fall, not one of personal sinfulness.)2. There is the suffering of chastening. Every born-again believer experiences this as we continue to live in a corrupt body. Hebrews 12:6-8 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (This a result of personal sinfulness.)3. There is the suffering of the Christian which we will deal with in chapter 4. Those who choose to live a godly, separated life bear the reproach of Christ.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.2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.4. There is the suffering of the believer within the body of Christ. This may sound wrong to some but I want to take our verses for tonight and interpret them within the context. Again, the context begins with the word “Finally” in verse 8.D. The context has been how to behave toward others within the church! 1. We are to be united. We are to be of the same mind within the body. We certainly cannot unite with or be of the same mind as the world.2. We are to love right. We are to have compassion on each other within the body.3. We are to speak right. We are to speak lovingly and truthfully with those within the body.4. We are to live right. We are to hate evil and live a consistent, godly life within the body.5. We are to react right. When others do or say things that hurt or harm us, we are not to get even or speak evil.E. These things speak of our relationship with each other, not with the world. Now, let us look at these verses considering our context. F. First, let us look at the New Testament example.The New Testament Example.1. You would not expect to suffer at the hands of God's people! Look at verse 13. We fully expect to suffer at the hands of the world. They hated Christ and they will hate us but, when we do good, we expect God's people to be glad.2. Look at verse 14. “But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake.” The words “but and if” tell us that this is not always the case and should not be the norm but there is always the possibility. The reason for suffering is living righteously. We are positionally righteous but this refers to practical righteousness.3. This shows us that some believers will not live righteous lives and will mistreat those who do. The reason for this is that we unbiblically compare ourselves with our peers. If I know that I am not right with the Lord, I naturally do not want to be around those who are because of natural comparison. I had rather run with the crowd who live as I live. I am not talking about living in gross sinfulness. I am talking about not living a life of biblical separation. 4. Those who live righteously are often called legalistic by others who are saved. Separation is not legalism. Legalism is following the law for righteousness. We are not legalists, we are separatists. 5. “Happy are ye” does not mean that we relish persecution for righteousness. It means to have a godly satisfaction. We are not to be conformed to this world because we have been transformed by Christ but the phrase “be not conformed to this world” shows us the possibility of doing so.6. We are not to be intimidated by them or fear them. They are the ones not right and their behavior unrighteous. We are to sanctify the Lord in our hearts: to put Him above everything and everybody! We are also to be able to tell them why we try to live a separate life for Christ. We are to be able to give them a scriptural basis for our separatism. There are somethings that people do which have no biblical basis. Where we stand must be in line with the Bible.7. Their accusation must be found unjust and out conscience clear. We must live with the person that we face in the mirror each morning. We do not want to be pharisaical in our deportment. We want to live as close to Christ as we can because He paid for our redemption with a great price and our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.8. It is far better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong. Make sure you stand on biblical ground and be loving to those who do not.The Old Testament Example. Verses 17-22 are important verses and must be interpreted within their context. The Bible is not really that hard to understand if you take the time to rightly divide it instead of looking for the effortless way out and grab a book or commentary. Most good men get into trouble when they quit studying and start copying or reading men's work. Otherwise, you might just be biblically ignorant enough to believe:a. The Angel Theory of Genesis 6.b. Believe that the ark is a figure of salvation. c. And think that water Baptist is essential to salvation. 1. The context has not changed! Peter is telling the believers scattered how to interact with each other. (verses 8-16) Peter is also assuring those who are obedient believers that they will suffer peer pressure and persecution from the carnal or worldly believers.2. These saved Jews were very familiar with the Book of Genesis so these verses that follow were well understood.3. The context is obedience verses disobedience. The few verses the many. In our day, the few are saved and most are lost. Also, the few are obedient to God and most have become disobedient. I love to quote Richard Rawles: “Walking at a guilty distance from God.” As it was in the days of Noe, so it is today.4. Here are the verses that we quote every week during Prayer Meeting. Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.a. Teaching them to observe what? “ALL THINGS … COMMANDED YOU!” If we teach that, we become “legalists” to the carnal or worldly crowd because they do not want to “observe all things.” This is a command of our Lord to those who are saved.b. “Observe” – to guard, to keep, to hold fast, to preserve. Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (Things are slipping quickly away as traditional churches have gone contemporary and sound doctrine is no longer taught.)c. Back to our context. The obedient are those who observe all things in the Bible and endeavor to live clean, godly lives for the Lord. Separated unto Him and separated from the world.d. The disobedient are those who refuse to observe all things and have conformed to the world instead of being transformed by the renewing of their minds through the Bible.4. Noah was obedient, a preacher of righteousness and suffered for well doing. (verse 17) A man who chose to be upright in his generation: or to marry within the godly line of Seth called the “sons of God.” He suffered at the hands of the sons of God who followed the ways of the world.5. There is a lot of confusion as to who these “spirits in prison” are. The “spirits in prison” were the disobedient “when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing.” These disobedient, worldly sons of God suffered for evil doing and died in the flood. (verse 17) For 120 years, they heard the preaching and saw the godly example of Noah yet failed to obey and get on the ark. They no doubt used peer pressure and persecution to change Noah to no avail.a. Prison, i.e. captivity. I have no problem with the term. Jesus did not preach to angels nor did He descend into the fires of hell and preach to lost souls. He went to Abraham's Bosom! b. To explain those prisoners or captives, I want to refer to 2 verses—one in the New Testament and one in the New Testament.Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (In the New Testament, the Bible refers to Abraham's Bosom as “captivity” and kept the saints “captive” when He resurrected with them.)Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea,for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. (In the Old Testament, the Bible added a phrase to the above verse. This verse ties with 1 Peter 3:19-20.)c. What was their disobedience? Be obedient and get on the ark or be disobedient and remain with the rest of the world. Get in or get out?d. What was their punishment: death by drowning.1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (Chastening that brought death.)1 Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. (Chastening that brought death. Moses also died without crossing Jordon.)6. Baptism and Noah's ark are tied together in our text. 1 Peter 3:21 The like figure (an analogy or resemblance) whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: (Any student of the Bible understands that baptism has nothing to do with salvation. The Bible clarifies that in these verses when it goes back to the Biblical type of the ark and Noah.)a. What is water baptism? It is obedience to God's command. Baptism is the first step of obedience to the Lord.Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.b. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousnesswhich is by faith. (Two things here need to be looked at.)1) “Saving of his house.” Noah did not spiritually save anyone. He saved his family physically from death through obedience to God. There are no verses of Scripture that say Noah's family was just or saved. There are no verses that say that all who died in the flood were lost. Noah's family was safe. The ark is not a type of salvation, it is a type of safety through obedience.2) “Became heir of the righteousness.” Noah was rewarded for his obedience to God while the disobedient were chastened.Conclusion: Here is the “bottom line” of our context of suffering within the body of Christ. God commands all His children to be obedient to the Word of God and to love one another. a. Today, there are more disobedient children of God than obedient ones and that is the analogy that Peter is giving. Noah's day was characterized by the messianic line of Seth joining the worldliness of the ungodly line of Cain. b. The word “Christianity” has become an oxymoron. To be Christian is to be like Christ, not like the world. If you live godly in our day, you are out of step with the mainline churches and they will make you the bad guy and punish you to some degree for it. c. But, God will protect and reward the righteous and the disobedient will eventually pay the price.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-16-2017Genesis 6:1-9Introduction:A. Several weeks ago, I preached on Enoch, a man who walked with God in Consistency. 1. The phrase “walked with God” is found twice in Genesis 5:22, 24. Those were hard spiritual times that rival the days in which we live. For 300 years, this man walked in agreement with his Lord. There can be no walking with God without such agreement. 2. In our day, so many professing “Christians” walk (as Bro. Richard Rawls would have said) at a “guilty distance” from God. I believe that the crux of the problem is that they are attempting to make God agree with their sinful lifestyle instead of agreeing with His life of holiness. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked.”B. This morning, I want to look at the third instance where the actual phrase “walked with God” is found. 1. In the 700 years between the time of Enoch's “going home” and the Flood, things spiritually continued in decline. The ungodly line of Cain became the “rule” while the Godly line of Seth “became the “exception.” Notice verse 4.Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (The offspring of the ungodly union of the sons of God with the daughters of men produced men who were mighty men and men of renown. This verse amplifies the thought that as God's people became weaker—less known—and less followed, the children of the world became—mighty—better known—and the role models of the world. Notice their offspring were not giants as some would suggest as the giants were before these children were born.)2. Holiness became unpopular among the people of God and they now walked in the ways of the world in spiritual comfort. In our day, holiness is no longer preached to the modern churches because of its unpopularity with the masses of Christendom so-called. The sinful now sit in churches with no conviction and impunity! 3. We see the disapproval of God shown with the spiritual condition and sinfulness of the masses of people. God had been striving with man but His efforts were being rejected.Genesis 6:3-6 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (4) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.C. Walking with God was not easy in Noah's day and is not easy in our day as the world tries its best to entice the child of God to comply with its standards. Noah walked with God in spiritual adversity. Let's look at just a few of the things that surrounded Noah's walk with God and make some spiritual applications to our day.1. Noah walked with God in days of spiritual decline. The advancement of the ungodly “sons of God!” “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.” a. This statement constitutes an oxymoron: a rhetorical statement. A combination of words that have the opposite or very different meanings. “Ungodly” and “sons of God” are “mirror images” or exact opposites.b. From Adam and Eve, which I believe to be possibly the godliest couple in the world. 1) NOT because they started as the only couple in the world, but because—after the fall—there is no further mention of sinfulness.2) In the process of time, they had two sons—one lost and one saved with the elder son, Cain, killing the younger son, Abel.3) In chapter 4 of Genesis, we find the genealogy of the wicked line of Cain followed by the godly line of Seth. These two lines of people were contemporary with each other. 4) In chapter 5, we found Enoch walked with God. I believe this statement carries two thoughts, one spoken and one unspoken. There is nothing said about walking with God until Noah's day which implies spiritual decline that made Enoch stand out.5) In chapter 6, we see the wickedness of the spiritually destitute sons of God!c. The ungodly line of Cain was greatly multiplied as they introduced polygamy in Genesis 4:19. In Genesis 6:1, the Bible says that men (the ungodly line of Cain) multiplied. More children were born to lost families than to saved ones. Noah's family was greatly outnumbered and the godly line of Seth was becoming a minority.Genesis 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.d. In our day, we have adopted the worldly philosophy that we can no longer afford to have more than one or two children while the world is having multitudes of children out of wedlock. The unsaved population is growing at an astronomical rate while the children born to godly parents is in decline. e. Because our quiver has become smaller and the world's larger, sin has escalated.2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many (the unsaved) there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few (the saved) there be that find it.2. Noah walked amid a sin filled world. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” a. Noah walked in days of great temptation. Sin had become so common place that God's people no longer saw its sinfulness until they suffered its result. Sin had escalated to the point that it sickened God to the point of destroying mankind. Genesis 6:6-7 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.b. In our day, we are surrounded by sinfulness as fornication, drinking, nudity, sodomy, etc. and “Christianity” no longer sees sin as God sees sin. Sin is no longer preached against because the churches are filled with it. People who profess Christ as Lord and Savior seemingly live very comfortably in such a wicked world.1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.3. Noah walked with God under great peer pressure. “ That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” a. These “sons of God” were of the godly line of Seth (not some Angel Theory). Noah watched as the people of God drifted from their spiritual moorings and became more like the world. No doubt there was great pressure from his peers to “let his hair down” and join the crowd. b. I am relatively sure that the sons of God let Noah, also one of the sons of God, know that he was the “odd ball out!” I can hear them now: “We are the sons of God and find nothing wrong with worldliness. You must be a fanatic or something.” When people get out of the will of God, they want others to do the same so they won't look bad spiritually. No doubt the peer pressure was there.b. In our day, people, who claim to be saved, live in worldliness and sin instead of purity and godliness. The peer pressure is: we are save and see nothing wrong with being more like the world than like Christ so what is wrong with you? I guess you are “holier than thou” or a member of some old fashioned cult.1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:4. Therefore, Noah walked with God in loneliness. “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” a. Noah chose a path that led him away from the world but toward God. No one got on the Ark but Noah and his family. Though there were multitudes of people on earth, there was no spiritual agreement or fellowship for Noah's family. The “sons of God” thought Noah's way was too straight and Noah thought their way was too sinful. John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.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.b. Today, God's people are maligned by the very people who claim to know God. We have become cultic, legalistic, and too straight laced for this world. We sing the little chorus “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” One verse says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.”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. Noah walked with God in ridicule. “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” a. Never had it rained and yet Noah was building an Ark. Not a little pontoon boat but a boat of great dimensions. For 120 years, he and his family labored. For 120 years, Noah preached the judgment of God. Possibly this became known as Noah's Folly in those days as men walked past and, more than likely, ridiculed his family. The world does not like people who are different!2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;b. God's men still preach the Second Advent! That our Lord is coming to take His people home and the judgment of God will begin. The world ridicules such preaching as the predictions of men have failed. We know not the day nor the hour of His coming but we do know that He is coming again.John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.6. Noah walked with God in safety. “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. (6) And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. (7) And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.” (Genesis 7:5-7) a. The flood came! The prophesied judgement of God became a fearful reality. Noah's family was safe while the world perished.Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.b. Thank God that we will one day be forever with the Lord. We walk safely in this world and will one day walk eternally safely in heaven.Conclusion: Noah walked with God in Spiritual Adversity and so will we IF we also walk with God.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-16-2017Romans 1:3-4Introduction:A. There are many religions in the world so what makes one or ours the right one? I have been asked that question on more than one occasion and am glad that my salvation has a firm foundation.B. Let me answer the question of what makes a religion the right one.1. Logical Consistency. The claims of a belief system must logically cohere to each other and not contradict in any way. Let me give you an example: Buddhism's end is to rid oneself of all desires and, yet, one must have a desire to rid oneself of all desires, which is contradictory to their own belief.2. Empirical Adequacy. There must be external evidence to support a belief system. The Bible is historically correct, medically correct, and scientifically correct on things that were not discovered or did not happen until thousands of years later.3. Existential Relevancy. The belief system must be relevant to the times in which the reader lives. It must set forth good answers for the questions of life and living along with an example or clear path to follow.C. What makes ours the right one? There are many things that make Christianity different from all other religions but I will name only a few. 1. God created the heaven and the earth! The Theory of Evolution raises more questions than it gives answers. It also “flies in the face” of the proven Laws of Thermodynamics by defying them. Their theories are constantly evolving whereas Biblical Creation is a constant. No other religion gives such a profound statement of the true beginning.Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.2. God loved man before man loved God. Most religions portray their “god” in a very negative light.John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.3. Sinful man could not merit his salvation. All other religions are based upon “do” instead of “done.” with God through works or personal righteousness. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;4. God died for man instead of man dying for God. The most blaring such religion is that of Islam.Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.5. God seeks sinners instead of sinners seeking God. God has made Himself available through His creationLuke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.Romans 1:20-21 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: (21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. People reject the light of creation because they do not want there to be a God. I often quote George Wald, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1967. "There are only two possibilities as0 to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution." (Wald, George, "Innovation and Biology," Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100)6. Salvation is through faith in Christ Jesus alone. Jesus Christ, plus nothing—minus nothing—mixed with nothing.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 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.7. Salvation is a personal relationship with God. That is about as good as it gets! I am His and He is mine.2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.8. The Christian's beliefs are found only in the Bible. Most religions it is a book coupled with ritual, other means of revelation, or other persons. Everything that we believe is found in this blessed old King James Bible.Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.9. The Declaration that Jesus is God by His resurrection from the dead. The only “spiritual leader” that died and rose from the dead by His own power.John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Temple Baptist Church - 7-23-2017Numbers 12:3Introduction:A. Over the past few weeks, I have been preaching about “Walking with God.” We need people who are willing to pay the price required to walk with God. The price begins with going to Him “without the camp.” My introduction to this message will be short because most of us are familiar with the life of Moses.B. Moses was one of the greatest men, spiritually, who ever lived. Moses would not have been a man of our choosing if we were to pick out a deliverer from the children of Israel. What makes Moses such a notable example of “walking with God” was the impossibility of his circumstances. C. I want to look at 4 instances of such impossibility found in this man's life that made his faithfulness in walking with God such a great measure of faith and resolve. What will stand out in this message is that the impossible places in the life of Moses set an example for us to follow in the impossible places of our lives.1. The impossibility of God's Choice. Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) (Humble, lowly, poor in spirit. I have known some extremely shy, what we would call backward people, but not the meekest man in the earth!)a. God chose Moses. Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. (If God choses you to serve Him, it is He that will equip you.)b. God sent Moses. Exodus 3:10-12 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (11) And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (12) And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. (If God sends you, He will go with you.)c. God used Moses. Deuteronomy 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, (IF God uses you, He will be glorified through you.)d. Who am I? Moses felt inadequate to deliver the people of God but he was the man of God's choosing. God would give him the ability that he lacked. The meekest man in all the earth would lead the millions of Jews out of bondage and to the Promised Land. When it is impossible with us, it is possible with God.e. What you are not, God is!2. The Impossibility of Moses Choice. Hebrews 11:24-27 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; (25) 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. (27) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (It is unimaginable to us! He left the riches, comfort, and power of Egypt—the most powerful nation on earth to suffer the reproach of Christ with a nation of slaves. We give up so little to gain so much and this man gave up to, in the eyes of the world, to gain so little.)a. The meekest man in the earth had the spiritual fortitude to turn his back on all that the world had to offer while suffering the wrath of the most powerful man in the world to bear the reproach of Christ.b. If there was ever a good example of going without the camp, it was a man named Moses. c. Saved from death by his parents when he was born, he became the son of Pharaoh's daughter and heir to the throne of Egypt. d. Nursed and raised by his mother, he put his faith in the coming of the Messiah. He gave up all that a man could ever dream of for the love of Christ and the privilege to bear His shame and reproach. It is impossible to walk with God while holding hands with the world! e. On the backside of Sinai, he met Jehovah God in the Person of a Burning Bush that was not consumed. There, God showed Moses the purpose for which he was born.3. The impossibility of Moses' Foe. Exodus 3:10-11 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (11) And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (God sent a man who could and would get the job done! The task was already done in God's eyes before He ever sent Moses.) a. God raised Pharaoh up. Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh (Exodus 9:16), Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. (God placed him upon the throne of Egypt because he was a God hater and a cruel taskmaster.)b. God hardened his heart. Exodus 10:27-28 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. (28) And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. (Pharaoh had already hardened his own heart and God finished the job!)c. What you can't do, God can!4. The impossibility of Moses' Journey. Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. (God had already promised complete deliverance before He ever sent Moses!)a. The impossibility of the Red Sea! The Gulf of Aqaba. With mountains on either side, Pharaoh's army bearing down upon them, and the Red Sea before the—God said, “Go forward?” The impossibility of impossibilities! (The mountains on either side of the Gulf of Aqaba are up to 2,000 feet high. The Gulf of Aqaba varies from 12-17 miles wide with depths up to 1,850 meters or app. 6,000 feet. A man standing on the shore can only see app. 3 miles because of the curvature of the earth so all that Israel saw was water. They may as well have been standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean as far as their view was concerned.)b. The impossibility of the Command! “Go forward.” Exodus 14:14-16 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (15) And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: (16) But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. (Can you imagine? Nothing but water ahead with no visible path to cross and God commanded Moses to tell Israel to “go forward.” There will be times in your life that you will see only the impossible lying before you but God gives you no option but to move ahead.)c. The impossibility of the Crossing! “Dry ground!” Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. (If you have ever stood on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, you understand what 6,000 feet looks like! It is 6,000 feet straight down to the bottom of the canyon. God divided that great body of water with the blast of His nostrils. They went through a path of dry ground with over a mile of water standing on either side.)Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.5. Moses was a chosen man for a chosen purpose and, where God guides, God always provides. God chose an impossible man for an impossible task to glorify a God of Impossibility!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-23-2017Romans 1:5-7Introduction: A. This one of the instances when the italicized words supplied by the translators of clarification cause some confusion. The phrase “called to be saints” is found only 2 times in the bible, in out text and in Colossians 1:2.1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to besaints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:1. In both instances, the words “to be” are italicized. It pays to read verses with and without the italicized words. The italicized words in your bible were not in the original manuscripts but were supplied by the translators for clarification but often cause some confusion.2. Another instance of confusion caused by italicized words is found in 1 Corinthians, chapter 14, where the word “unknown” is used to describe biblical tongues. The modern day Tongues Movement has used this italicized word to build a false doctrine of present day tongues as unknown. Biblical tongues were always languages that could be understood by the hearers.B. We are not called “to be” saints, we are saints! The Catholic Church venerates certain people by raising them to the status of saints. This has nothing to do with the Scripture! Only God can make a saint and every one of His children ARE saints!C. What a blessing to be in such a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as to be called saints. I fear that, all to often, we fail realize just who and what we are in Christ. As God's children:1. We Are Sons – In Relationship2. We Are Students – In Education3. We Are Soldiers – In Battle4. We Are Servants – In Obedience5. We Are Saints – In StandingD. If you look up the word “saint” in a dictionary, you will get a varied definition which has nothing to do with the biblical definition of the word.SAINT, n. [L. sanctus.] A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue. (This definition has more to do with piety than standing.)E. Sainthood is not related to spirituality - Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. (Therefore, we should live a life becoming to our standing, but the standing is secured through the new birth and not works of righteousness!)F. I want to look at the sainthood of the believer tonight.1. POSITIONAL SAINTHOOD - We Are Saints In Imputation - 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.a. In Sainthood, We See Substitution – “sin for us” - 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.b. In Sainthood, We See Sinlessness – “knew no sin” - 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.John 17:23 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 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:c. In Sainthood, We See Sanctification – “in him” - Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.2. PRACTICAL SAINTHOOD - We Are Saints In Character Integrity - 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. a. In Sainthood, We See Condition – “if” b. In Sainthood, We See Change – “a new creature” c. In Sainthood, We See Character – “old things … become new”3. PRESENTED SAINTHOOD – We Are Saints In Infinity - 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,a. In Sainthood, We Find Power – “able … keep you from falling” - 1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.b. In Sainthood, We Find Presentation – “present you faultless” - 2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.c. In Sainthood, We find Promise – “presence … exceeding joy” - John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.1 John 5:13 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.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-30-2017Job 1:20-2:10; 23:10-12Introduction:A. What a great series of messages to preach. The key to walking with God is agreement with God coupled with a wholehearted trust of His will and way. This morning, I am going to preach one of the toughest messages that I will ever preach but also one of the most important ones.B. The Book of Job is said to be the oldest book in the Bible. Eusebius gave the date of 1800 B.C. as the time of its writing because of the customs or lack of customs mentioned in the book. Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible, around 1500 B.C. I will take their word for that. The antiquity of the Book of Job shows that suffering has always been present with God's people. From the death of Abel coupled with the exile of Cain, in Geneses 4, to the present—life has been hard and sufferings great.C. Job is an honest book of the Bible that spells out the often-underserved trials that we face. Not trials and troubles of our making but sufferings that greatly affect our lives. Trials that we cannot control or understand. D. Job was a godly man who loved God and eschewed evil! Job was a godly family man who loved his children! Job was a priestly man as he faithfully sacrificed and prayed for his children. Job was a wealthy man in a right way as God blessed his faithfulness! E. Job was a wealthy man who lost all his possession, servants, and children. The Sabeans came and stole Job's the oxen and asses while killing his servants with the sword. Fire fell from heaven and devoured Job's sheep along with those servants who kept them. A great east wind smote the oldest son's house in which Job's 10 children were eating and drinking. His worst fears realized in a moment of time. F. Job maintained his integrity. He sat down in sackcloth and ashes and said: “And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (22) In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22)G. Satan struck Job from head to toe with boils. Job's wife told him to curse God and die! Job again maintains his integrity! Job 2:7-10 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (8) And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. (9) Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. (10) But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.H. Job's three friends came to mourn with him and for seven days sat quiet. Then, these three friends attacked his integrity and accused him of sinfulness. Job tried to defend himself and then begins to curse the day of his birth. I. In chapter 13, Job stated his condition of peace of God: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Sound familiar?Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.Luke 22:31-34 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (33) And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. (34) And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.J. Peter said almost the same thing that Job said 1800 or more years before. Both Peter and Job set the conditions of peace: both were ready and willing to die for the Lord! BUT God chose a different path for both. There are some things worse than dying. Remember the saying, “I was so sick that I was afraid that I was going to die. Later, I was so sick that I was afraid that I wouldn't die!”K. When we get to chapter 23, we find Job confused, helpless and begins to be hopeless! L. As I begin this message, I want everyone to know that memorized verses of the Bible (I am not belittling these verses because they are both important and right) often sound hollow to the child of God when they are in midst of trials and troubles that they do not understand. Again, I am in no way speaking evil against the precious truths of the Bible but know what I am talking about because I have personally stood with God in confusion.Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Philippians 4:12-13 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (13) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Need I t go on? Every one of us know these verses and I could quote more. Yes, every one of them is a promise and is true but, when we allow our circumstance to shroud these precious promises, we begin to walk in confusion!)M. As a pastor, I discovered long ago that God must use those verses to speak to hurting hearts. When someone who is not in trouble quotes them to someone who is in the depths of despair and sorrow, they do not have the same “ring” as when God speaks them to their heart.N. Job 23! What a chapter! Job has had enough! He has searched for God and failed to find Him. God does not speak, neither does He seemingly hear. Job 23 is an answer to Job 22:25-30. Eliphaz the Temanite said in so many words, “God will defend you; God will hear you; God will deliver you IF you are righteous and innocent.”O. In verses 1-9, Job said that his complaint was bitter. If he could find God, he would order his cause and argue with the Almighty. But, everywhere Job looked, he found only silence and emptiness. God was nowhere to be found in his life and there was no relief for his grief. P. Job 23:10-12 shows a man who was still willing to walk with God in confusion.Q. Three times we find the phrase “There was a day!” (1:6, 13; 2:1) R. As believers, we often set the guidelines of our peace of God. This message could get extremely long so I will get to the gist of it. Peace with God is something God does but the peace of God is something that each of us control. If we suffer in a certain manner or for a certain period, we will trust the Lord. BUT:1. There may come a day in your life when you have no answers. Nothing makes sense as you search for verse after verse in the Bible but things are all going “south” in your life. Will you walk with God in your confusion?2. There may come a day in your life when you are confused with your circumstances. Right goes down hard while wrong prevails! The righter that you try to do the more wrong that happens to you. Will you walk with God in your confusion?3. There may come a day in your life when your friends sit with you while forsaking you at the same time. They will remind you that God blesses faithfulness and rewards judgment to the sinful. They may say that your circumstances were created by sin or disbelief in your life. Will you walk with God in your confusion?4. There may be a day in your life when God seemingly does not hear and relief is nowhere in sight. You pray and seek God but He is silent. You search your heart but find no cause for such pain and suffering. Will you walk with God in your confusion?5. There may be a day in your life when you just must continue with God despite everything going wrong. At this point, so many fail of the sufficient grace of God and fall to the wayside. Will you walk with God in your confusion?Conclusion: a. Walking with God and circumstances need have nothing to do with each other. I have heard preachers say that Job was blessed double in the end of his life. Yes, God did bless Job and he lived a long life with much happiness, BUT, he and his wife suffered the loss of their first 10 children all their life! Job never understood why he and his wife suffered so but they stayed with God in their confusion. b. There may well come a day in your Christian experience when things happen that can make you bitter. There may come a time when you will even complain to and argue with God. There may be a time when the heavens seem to be made of bass, your prayers go unanswered, and God is silent. These are times when many of God's people fail of the grace of God and choose not to walk with Him.c. As I get toward the end of life, I have found that I have many unanswered questions. To the unsaved, this would make my serving the Lord a matter of foolishness. Why serve a God who allows sad things to happen to His children? At this point, I have no problem saying that serving God is not an option to me, it is a continual way of life.Job 23:11-12 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. (12) Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-30-2017Romans 1:8-15Introduction:A. In these verses, we find the heart of the great apostle laid bare before us. Paul was possibly the greatest missionary to ever live. He had a passion for God, though in ignorance, before his salvation. When he was saved in Acts, chapter 9, that passion did not cool down. His love for a people whom he had never met shows up in these verses. I want to take a short look at them tonight.B. Paul's heart:1. Paul had a Thankful Heart – verse 8. We live in days of jealous hearts of men who preach the gospel. I am all for separation when the Bible commands it, but we often spend our time “wrestling” with flesh and blood instead of principalities, powers, and wickedness in high places. We need to thank God for every man of God, every Bible preaching church, every soul winner, and every soul won to Christ. Many forget who the enemy is, that sinners are dying without Christ, and we are on the same side!Philippians 1:15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: (16) The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: (17) But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. (18) What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.2. Paul had a Prayerful Heart – verse 9. If we cannot personally reach souls in other lands, we can pray for them. Our Lord's prayer request should be ours. We have a prayer list here at church where we share our prayer time with people on the list that we do not know. We need to pray for Christ's request.Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.3. Paul had a Willing Heart – verse 10. Paul did not ask or send others of go, he was more than willing. Isaiah was willing after his eyes beheld the Lord, high and lifted up. Paul was willing to go. Do we have that willingness to just go across town or to the store or in the neighborhood to share the gospel. If thee is a willingness, then that willingness will find a way.Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.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.4. Paul had a Sharing Heart – verse 11. Paul's desire was to establish the Roman believers with sound doctrine. It is sound, biblical doctrine that will hold both the believer and the local church when the storms come. So many churches in the south have no doctrinal grounding. Paul continued to use the phrase “but I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren.”Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.5. Paul had a Caring Heart – verse 12. Paul understood that we must stand together with out churches of like precious faith. Though we are an independent Baptist Church, I do care about the spiritual and physical condition of others. As in Nehemiah's day, we are spread thinly about the wall with a construction tool in one hand and a sword in the other. When needed, one can call and others respond.2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.3 John 3-4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. (4) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.6. Paul had a Purposed Heart – verse 13. The clearest verses concerning Paul's love for the Lord and the ministry is found in the Book of Philippians. His earnest expectation and hope was to magnify Christ either by life or death.Philippians 1:20-21 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.7. Paul had a Debtor's Heart – verse 14. Though the Lord appeared to Paul individually on the Damascus Road, the “pricks” that our Lord spoke of were varied. Paul had a knowledge of the Lord's life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection because he was “in the know.” He also had the privilege to watch the martyrdom of some of God's choice servants such as John the Baptist. Those who died left a witness that brought Paul to Christ and he now owed that same witness to the rest of this lost world.Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.8. Paul had a Ready Heart – verse 15. Paul was ready to try the doors of opportunity and walk through them as they opened. Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-3-20171 Peter 2:1-3Introduction: A. One of the most amazing of all doctrines is the doctrine of the Grace of God! Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Mindful-means to be consumed by a thought. Visitest-a continuing form of “to visit.” To come to where one is.)Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.Psalms 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.B. The First Mention of someone being “visited” by God is found in Genesis: Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.C. God was certainly “gracious” to Adam and Eve in their sinfulness as He provided a sacrifice as an atonement for that sin! God loved Adam and Eve, even when they were sinful and tried to hide from His presence.D. God's graciousness was and is based upon His great love for mankind. 1. God made man for Himself and loves everyone on the planet. His love and graciousness is equal and available to all. 2. I try to be gracious to everyone who comes to our home but there are certain restrictions that go along with it. People do not just come to our home and walk in. They are invited into our home. Children and grandchildren are different! Our home “IS” their home!E. “Tasted” means to have personally experienced it. Tasting something is not something that others do for you. “Let me taste that for you?” That may work with beets and turnips but, for the most part, I will taste something for myself. 1. Have you ever eaten too much of a good thing and wished that you had not eaten at all? I would rather pay for my lunch “up front” because, after I am full, my billfold is a little harder to get out of my pocked. The Holy Spirit used the word “tasted.” 2. When she is cooking, Barbara will come to me with an “army spoon” (that is a big one) and allow me to taste what she is cooking. Those little “tastes” are better tasting than the meal itself. I am glad that we have hard times as well as good times for just that reason. When you have hard times, it makes the good times even better.F. Many never realize just how much God does for us because of our “entitlement” mentality. I peached on that last Sunday night. These “strangers scattered” were living in hard times as they, through great persecution, had to leave their beloved Israel. They were hated of the Jews because they were Christians and now lived in a gentile land where they were hated because they were Jews as well as Christians. Peter did with them what God must do with all of us: remind them of the love and graciousness of our loving God! He is good all the time! All of us have that mentality to some degree as we take for granted the companionship, communion, and blessings of God. We feel that we are “owed” these things and often complain when we do not get what we want.G. Verse 3 says, “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious”.Psalm 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”Psalm 103:8 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”Psalm 111:4 - “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”H. Thank God I have tasted Him as gracious many times. I thank God that along the way, He has been gracious to this preacher!1. He was gracious to me when I was lost! 1 Timothy 1:12-14 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; (13) Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (14) And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.2. He was gracious to allow me to be born in America to a solid, loving family! 1 Corinthians 15:10a But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me …3. He was gracious when He saved me! Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:4. He has been gracious to me in His longsuffering! Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?5. He has been gracious to me in His provision! Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.6. He has been gracious to me in tribulation and trials! 2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.7. He will be gracious to me in death! Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

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