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Temple Baptist Church - 2-11-2018Galatians 6:1-10Introduction:A. I want to get our text from verse 9 but, as the first word of the verse is “and,” we will interpret our text within its context.1. Verse 1 shows the possibility of a child of God being “overtaken” in a fault. When we see the word “fault,” we naturally thing of something going wrong that is our fault. Something that we knew better than to do but, thinking that we would not have to pay a price, that we intentionally did. 2. The admonition is that a) it could be one of us that is overtaken b) we have a responsibility to restore the fallen.B. We live in the days of departing. The laborers get fewer and the harvest greater. Not all that depart are unsaved so I want to look at some of the reasons for this falling into sin and out of church.C. Preceding the phrase “let us not be weary in well doing,” we find the principle of sowing and reaping. Either sowing to the flesh and reaping corruption or sowing to the Spirit and reaping everlasting life.1. The text portrays three types of believers: carnal, spiritual and weary in well doing.2. The sinful, the spiritual, and the middle of the road or neutrality which is sinful. There is no benign state of neutrality with God! You are for Him or you are against Him.D. Sowing right is imperative to living right!E. First, sowing to the flesh.1. The Deception of Sina. Deceived By Satan2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.b. Deceived By SinJob 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.c. Deceived By Self (the worst of all deceptions)1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.2. The Workings of SinJames 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.a. Sin's Character – “own lust”b. Sin's Conception – “lust hath conceived”c. Sin's Culmination – “death”3. The Reaping of Sin – Galatians 6:7-8 “Be Not Deceived; God Is Not Mocked”5 Laws of Sowing and Reaping or “Laws Of The Harvest”a. The Principle of Sowing - “lust hath conceived” - You always sow before you reap.b. The Product of Sowing - “bringeth forth sin” - You always reap what you sow.c. The Payoff of Sowing - “tempted - lust - sin - death” - You always reap more than you sow.d. The Period of Sowing - “when it is finished” - You always reap later than you sow.e. The Perplexity of Sowing - “Do not err” - You are always shocked at the harvestGalatians 6:7-10A. The Sorrow Of Sowing - 7-81. The Deception Of Sowing To Corruption – 7 “Be not deceived”Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 2. The Discovery Of Sowing To Corruption – 7 “God is not mocked”Romans 2:6-10 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:3. The Deciding Of Sowing To Corruption - 7-8 “Whatsoever a man soweth ... soweth to his flesh” - our decisionRomans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.4. The Destruction Of Sowing To Corruption – 8 “Shall of his flesh reap corruption”Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-21-20182 Peter 2:4Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the “many” who choose to follow these false teachers. The god of this world, Satan, has been deceiving from the very beginning. He led a rebellion against God in heaven before he beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has blinded the minds of angels and men over the millenniums and continues to do so in our day.B. Our text gives three specific examples of deception in those who follow error: the angels, those in Noah's day, and those in Lot's day. When prophesying about the end-time and its conditions, our Lord also spoke of these three examples. They lead us to 3 reasons that people reject the God, the Bible, and sound doctrine.1. Because people do not like Authority. If He is God, and He is, then He is to be loved and followed. Thus, the mention of Angels. People do not like a Final Authority found in the Bible. 2. Because people do not like Godliness that genders Loneliness. If they follow God, they may have to follow God alone. Thus, Noah's Day.3. Because people do not like Distinction. If it is God's Word, it is to be believed—not debated. True Christianity demands Separation and Distinction. Thus, Lot's Day. Lot called the Sodomites brethren.C. Speaking in context of a judgment that lingered not, the Holy Ghost takes us back now to the beginning and shows God's dealings with sin. 1. This is both an interesting verse of Scripture and a controversial one. Speaking of the judgment of false teachers, the Holy Ghost gave reference to the fall of angels in the dateless past. These angels committed a particular sin. When Satan sinned, he took a vast number of angels with him in his rebellion. 2. These fallen angels or devils are found throughout the Bible and are found to cause the people of earth great grief. Many in the days of Christ were filled with devils that afflicted the people that they inhabited. One had such a multitude of devils that they went into 2000 swine. The Apostle Paul was buffeted with a messenger of Satan in 2 Corinthians 12:7. 3. The angels found in 2 Peter 2:4 are again mentioned in Jude 6. These angels “kept not their first estate but left their own habitation.” The words first estate refers to their origin and purpose. The angels are beings created for the worship of God in heaven and for the ice of doing His will. The words their habitation refers to the place of their dwelling, which was heaven. 4. As to precisely what their sin was is not given though there is much unbiblical speculation of fallen angels cohabiting with women in Genesis 6. This erroneous assumption has absolutely no basis in Scripture. The sons of God in Genesis 6 referred to the godly line of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly line of Cain. We do not know for sure what the sin of these angels was, but there are several things that can be learned from this verse. D. There are several things that I want to look at:1. There Is A Warning Involved a. The Warning Of The Destructiveness Of Sin 1) There Is The Wonder Of Wickedness – angels sin.2 There Is The Wonder Of Justice – God spared them not.3) There Is The Wonder Of Containment – He cast them down to hell.4) There Is The Wonder Of Judgment – they are reserved. b. The Warning Of The Deceivableness Of Sin1) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Position - Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.2) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Possessions - Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, eventhousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. (You would think that they were satisfied.)3) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Power - Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.4) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Purpose - Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.5) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Place - Ezekiel 28:13-14 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.a) They Were Around The Right Crowd – (A perfect peer pressure)b) They Were Around The Right Circumstances – (A perfect place)c) They Purposefully Chose To Sin c. The Warning Of The Destruction Of Sin1) Lucifer (Light Bearer or Shining One) became Satan (Adversary or one who withstands)2) The Son of the Morning (Son Of The Early Light) became Apollyon (Destroyer)3) Their Blessing became Mischief.4) Their Wisdom became Cunning.5) Their Strength became Viciousness.2. There Is A Wrath Incurreda. The Judgment Of God Is Without Respect – “spared not the angels that sinned”Romans 2:1-11 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.b. The Judgment Of God Is Without Relief - “cast them down to hell”Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.c. The Judgment Of God Is Without Reprieve – “reserved unto judgment”Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-11-2018Romans 6:1-14Introduction.A. Last week, we saw the baptism of the Holy Ghost that places us into the body of Christ. Baptized into Jesus. I am His and He is mine.B. Tonight, I want to take a short look at the change of our relationship with sin. The entire 6th chapter of Romans is about our relationship to sin after we are saved. 1. There is a great difference between possession and profession when it comes to salvation. We need to be very careful at this point because God is the only one who can judge a man's heart. 2. As we look across America, we find that God and Jesus Christ are mentioned but those speaking do not have a testimony of a changed life. Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (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.James 2:17-18 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. C. When we are saved, our relationship with sin is forever changed. This is an important doctrine.1. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Penalty of Sin. Verse 2 – “dead to sin.” 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.2. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Practice of Sin. Verse 4 – “newness of life.” Ephesians 2:2-3 Whereinin time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.3. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Power of Sin. Verse 9 – “no more dominion.” Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.4. In Salvation, we will one day be removed from the Presence of Sin. Verse 6 – “that the body of sin might be destroyed.” Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.D. The “New Life” in Christ.1. It should be a life that is different. 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.2. It should be a life that glorifies God and not self. 1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.3. It should be a life that is both vibrant and godly. 2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,4. It should be a life that portrays an inward fullness of Joy. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.5. It should be a life that is victorious life of temperance. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6. It should be a life that is faithful to the things of God. Acts 2:41-42, 46-47 Then they that gladly received his wordwere baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers ... (46) And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-14-20182 Peter 1:16-21Introduction:A. While writing to these displaced but saved Jews, Peter directs their hearts toward the Word of God. If we are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts when we do not understand, we must learn to trust in His Word.B. Peter will go back to the past to establish a present truth as he establishes the importance of faith in the Word of God.1. First, in verses 16-17, Peter established their faith in God's Word that was spoken in an audible voice. Everyone here tonight, if you heard the voice of God and knew that it was He that spoke, would believe EVERY WORD spoken. Not one of you would have thought that God was too wordy or did not speak as many words as He need to speak. Not one of you would have said, “God could have said it better this way,” and then re-phrase what He said. You would take God at His Word and honor every single word spoken.2. Second, in verses 20-21, Peter established their faith in God's inspiration of the Scriptures through holy men of old. Everyone here tonight believes that the initial inspiration of the Word of God was verbal, plenary, inerrant, and infallible. Every single word of God!C. In verse 16, Peter uses the phrase “cunningly devised fables.” The word “fables” is used 5 times in the New Testament.1. Fable – a tale or fiction. Also, to teach or instruct a tale or fiction. Cunningly devised is a tale that has been crafted. We get a lot of that in politics these days. You craft a story that presents a deception to the hearer.2. The most quoted use of the word “fables” is in 2 Timothy.2 Timothy 4:1-4 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. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.D. The fables referred to in 2 Timothy had to do with turning those deceived away from the preaching of sound doctrine and the Word of God. That is where we are today.E. For tonight, I want to break down verse 19 to get a good grasp upon what Peter is speaking about when he references a more sure Word.1. “we have” – to hold or to have in possession2. “a more sure” - A stable or firm base3. “word” – Logos, the same as John 1:1, in the beginning was the Word. An utterance or something said.4. “prophecy” – to foretell whereas we “forthtell.” It is a word that knows the future.5. “take heed” – not only to have in possession but to adhere to or to apply to oneself.6. “light” – a portable lamp, white in lamination. Psalm 119:105.7. “that shineth” – luminous, to lighten or to show, to allow to see.8. “dark” – to blow dust or to be dirty. The meaning is not just an absence of light but something dirty that obscures the light. Dust storm.9. “place” – a condition, not a room. As Israel sat in spiritual darkness when the First Advent took place, so we also sit in a time of spiritual darkness just prior to His Coming again.10. “until” – continuance of time and place.11. “day” - ffiguratively a period instead of a 24 hour day. The Millennium or 1000 year reign; a thousand years is as a “day” with God.12. “dawn” – to beam or break through. To appear.13. “The Day Star arise in your hearts” – to bear light. 14. Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Many commentaries along with the Strong's Concordance made a mistake in Isaiah 14:12 when they refer to Lucifer (brightness, often called the Light Bearer) as the morning star. Jesus Christ is the Morning Star!Conclusion: If the emphasis of inerrancy and infallibility is place upon the original manuscripts, then why is the Bible called a “more sure” word of prophecy in the end time?1. Because we do have the original manuscripts, so they are no longer of value.2. because God no longer speaks from heaven or gives extra-biblical revelation.3. Because we must therefore rely upon the Bible that we hold in our hands.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-21-20182 Peter 2:1-3Introduction: A. Satan hates the Word of God above all things because it is the basis for both salvation and spiritual growth. 1. God called the Word of God that is in hand a “more sure word.” There has been a concerted effort over the past 120 years to destroy the faith of God's children in His Word. 2. The Bible is the foundation for all that we believe about God, Jesus Christ, salvation, heaven, and doctrine—therefore, Satan has concentrated his attack upon it.B. Cunningly Devised is one word in the Greek and means: 1) to make wise, teach2) to become wise, to have understanding2a) to invent, play the sophist2b) to devise cleverly or cunninglyC. A man is only as good as his word and the same can be said about the Lord. To destroy one's confidence in the Bible is to destroy one's confidence in God.D. The attack upon the Bible is blatantly wicked!1. The Attack Is Devilish In Nature - Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?2. The Attack Is Diverse In Nature – there are many way in which Satan attacks the Bible:3. The Attack Is Deceptive In Nature – It preys upon biblical ignorance.4. The Attack Is Divisive In Nature – It divides the body of Christ.5. The Attack Is Destructive In Nature – It thwarts the work of the church and damns sinners.E. Let us look, at some of the tools used in attacking the Bible. 1. The Tool Of Intellectualism - 2 Peter 1:16-17 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 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.1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.2. The Tool Of Dishonesty - 2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3. The Tool Of Textual Criticism - 2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Jeremiah 36:22-24 Now the king (Jehoiakim) sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.4. The Tool Of Deception - Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.5. The Tool Of Confusion - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, andby our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-28-20182 Peter 2:1-3Introduction:A. No one likes where we are, but we are here! The enemies of God are in the churches because God's people have allowed them in. God said that they are identifiable. Two thousand years ago, our Lord said that they were active but identifiable. Matthew 7:15-20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.B. They are identifiable because of what they produce. I will deal with that subject next time. But, God's people have been given a spiritual “yardstick” with which to measure them: The Bible! Let us look at a few verses tonight.C. The False Prophets of old have become the False Teachers of the present.2 Timothy 4:1-4 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. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.1. These Are Ungodly Men - Jude 3-4 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Because they deceive the people and destroy the “faith once delivered!” Do not feel sorry for them. Do not protect them. They are enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel!)2. These Are Satanic Men - 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.Acts 13:8-10 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? (They work for the wrong “god!” They are not only lost but also belong to Satan! Once again, they are enemies of both God and the Truth!)3. These Are Ordained Men - Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ordained – designated! This has nothing to do with Calvinism. As God chose Pharaoh because he was reprobate, He also has chosen these men who made their choices.)4. These Are Deceived Men - 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.5. These Are Charismatic Men - Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (They are articulate! They have charisma! They are good dressers!)6. These Are Powerful Men - Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Satan has great power and has given his power to these deceivers.)7. These Are Deceiving Men - 2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.8. These Are Damned Men – “swift destruction” - 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-4-2018Galatians 6:1-10Introduction:A. Last week, we looked at the first of the three types of believers mentioned, the carnal man overtaken in a fault. He sowed to the flesh and is reaping corruption. His spiritual condition is so dire that he cannot easily help himself and must be restored by another.B. This morning, I want to look at the spiritual man who sows to the Spirit and reaps eternal things. He is the one who needs to be able to restore the overtaken. 1. We lose so many people by allowing them to “fall between the cracks.” They get out of the will of God and have a hard time finding their way back spiritually. We have a responsibility to each other in burden bearing.2. I am not excusing the overtaken but rather explaining. God gives to every believer the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the local church but some still like the integrity or spiritual character to confess, forsake, and get things right with God. They are the ones who have been taken captive by Satan at his will.2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.C. As we get into the message, it is pertinent that I take a short look at the dangers of restoration. There are a couple of things listed that the spiritual man who tries to restore the overtaken must realize.1. He is to restore in “the spirit of meekness.” Realizing that we are but flesh also. But for the grace of God go I! I have often said that I have never met a spiritual man who considered himself spiritual. At the same time, we can know that we are living a victorious Christian life and desire the same for the fallen.1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.2. He is to restore in consideration, ‘lest thou also be tempted.” Men are overtaken in different sins and, therefore, the restore must refrain from areas where he has the same weakness. The one who is restoring also must maintain a proper spiritual distance from the appearance of evil. He cannot go where the sin is taking place lest he also be tempted by the same wicked flesh.1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.D. Sowing right is imperative to standing right! Not to sow right is to end up in one of the other two spiritual conditions found in our text: overtaken in a fault or weary in well doing. E. Sowing to the Spirit or the Satisfaction of Sowing.1. The Direction Of Sowing – 8 “To the Spirit” Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (The inward fruit of the Spirit is a result to sowing to the Spirit. Hearing him speak in a “small still voice” that only the child of God can recognize.John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:2. The Desire Of Sowing – 8 “Shall of the Spirit reap” Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Sowing to the Spirit is a desire live for Christ and not the world. Being heavenly minded and of much earthly good.)John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.3. The Dividends Of Sowing - 8 “Life everlasting” Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Sowing to the Spirit is trading the temporal for the eternal, the corruptible for the incorruptible.)2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:4. The Discipline Of Sowing - 9 “Let us not be weary ... faint not” 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (Sowing to the Spirit takes spiritual discipline which brings about spiritual integrity which brings about spiritual character. Living for Christ is a hard road and one less often traveled.)5. The Dereliction Of Sowing - 9 “Weary in well doing” James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. (Sowing to the Spirit is often hard and lonesome. Many get tired along the way.)Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.6. The Duty Of Sowing – 10 “Good unto all men ... especially ... household of faith”1 John 3:13-19 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-20182 Peter 2:1-9Introduction:A. Though all of this has been prophesized for thousands of years, it still amazes this preacher that America has gone so spiritually “south.” In my lifetime, I have witnessed the decline in every major denomination.1. Older people, who have seen this change come, have evidently gotten used to the dark because they refuse to “come out from among them.” Just because Granny is buried in the church cemeteries, they remain faithful to these liberal churches and will be buried there too.2. Younger people, who have never known the old paths of their fathers, now run after these false prophets who are leading contrary to the Word of God.B. We know what time it is and, yet, lose so many to follow their pernicious (wicked) ways. They speak evil of those who hold to the truth of God's Word and the multitudes are in agreemet with them.2 Timothy 3:13-17; 4:1-4 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works … (4:1) 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. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?1. Lucifer beguiled the angels in heaven to rebel against God.2. The satanic serpent beguiled Eve in the beginning.3. False Prophets in the Old Testament led the people astray.4. Pharisees of the times of Christ found fault and led to the crucifixion of Christ.5. Judaizing teachers followed the Apostle Paul and led the people away from his teachings.5. False teachers in churches and seminaries have challenged the Word of God in our day and turned the multitudes from the Bible by undercutting its purity and authority.C. Why do so many reject the Truth? You would think that everyone would follow truth, but this is not the case. They follow those who speak evil of truth instead. Why does the world choose to reject the truth of God's Word. And follow these false teachers?1. They do not want an authoritative Bible. If the Bible is God's Word, and it is, then they would have to submit to that authority. The world rejects the Bible without ever reading it. They have no personal knowledge of truth and follow those who pervert the truth.2. They do not want a salvation that changes the heart and desires. The world loves their sin and is not willing to give it up for a holy life. The world rejects righteousness and chooses to follow those who promote unrighteousness.3. The god of this world has done a good job of blinding their minds to the gospel. The gospel gives salvation to all who come to Christ by faith. The world rejects the concept that few are going to heaven and the many are on the broad way to hell. The gospel is exclusive!4. The false religions appeal to the flesh. The world loves worldliness and false teachers who make their message appealing to the sinful. Sinners are sinners by birth and sinners by choice. The world wants a religion that requires nothing and judges nothing. The Word of God condemns sin and judges it.5. The minds of the multitudes has been programed to think according to the philosophy of the world. This world has gone mad. Our children are being raised up in an ungodly world where common sense and right is labeled as the enemy of society. Their thinking is perverted and that is the reason that our minds must be renewed through God's Word.D. Why do so many professing Christians reject the truth? People who have known truth, people who were raised in truth, follow those who attack and speak evil of the truth. They leave good churches for ones that do not preach on sin, practical sanctification, and service.1. Because they reject God's command of distinction! We that are saved are not of this world! We are new creatures, we are different, and we are the enemy.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. (Transformation to Christ comes through the renewing of our minds and the renewing of our mind comes through the Word of God. We are to love God, not the world. People follow their pernicious ways because of their affinity with the world.)2. Because of their love for sinfulness! God's people love God! But, as sinfulness comes, that first love begins to cool.Matthew 24:11-12 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (The preaching of our day is mostly exhortational and positive were as Biblical preaching is mostly reproving and rebuking.)2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (Notice the Biblical order of preaching. This does not mean that the pastor is hateful or always negative. The key to reproving and rebuking is longsuffering and doctrine. Longsuffering shows compassion while doctrine does the rest. People do not want a church whose doctrine is right.)3. Because the world has changed their thinking! We that are saved are being constantly bombarded with the philosophy of the world. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (We have the mind of Christ but have to allow that spiritual mind to operate within the realm of our thinking.)2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (I do not like to take a text our of its context but do want to make a spiritual application from this verse. Satan is busily seeking whom he may devour. He uses philosophy to get his work done.)4. Because of spiritual loneliness! If you live for Christ in these last days, you will have to travel the road less traveled. “Though none go with me, still I will follow” is easily sung but takes spiritual resolve to accomplish. The sword of division brought by Christ is a reality.2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-18-2018Psalm 27:1-5Introduction: A. I want to preach for a few weeks on the importance of the local church in the lives of God's children. When our Lord ascended back to heaven, He left several things to the believers in His impending absence:1. The Holy Spirit. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.2. The Word of God. 1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.3. The Local Church. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.B. These three are equally essential to the well being of the believer. I may do a series on all three before I am finished because of the apparent ignorance of most professing believers of their value.C. David was both a man of war and a man of worship. In these verses, we find his heart's desire to assemble with the people of God in worship. David loved the house of the Lord. Your local church is important in your life as a believer!Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.Hebrews 10:22-25 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.D. Hebrews 10:25 is possibly the most quoted verse concerning church attendance and has been normally been preached as a negative. 1. Hebrews 10:25 says, “As the manner of some is.” The word manner means a custom or habitual practice. There are so many people who professed to be saved that have no desire to be faithful to the local church. 2. We have a good nucleus here at Temple. I want to encourage the “as the manner of some is” this morning to get in. I also want to encourage the faithful to stay in. Many of the unfaithful were once faithful. E. There has been a great forsaking of the assembling in the past few decades with many in America unchurched. 1. Our nation if following the same path as England and Europe: the path of godlessness which always leads to ungodliness. 2. The faithful few that make up the nucleus of the local church have become fewer in number, especially Sunday and Wednesday night crowds. Few want any time of “extra” services such as revival meetings or mission conferences.F. With many, it is a leaving your “first love” problem. This morning, I want to encourage you to love your church! Make it a major part of your life. What a privilege it is to come to church! What a blessing to be able to come to church! What a benefit to be able to come to church!What makes the local church so special:1. It Is The Place That God Loves - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Jesus Christ died for the Church! He gave His life for that which He loves. Truly, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” When you get saved, you should love what God loves!)2. It Is The Place Of Worship - Psalms 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. (You can and should worship anywhere but the church house is a special place. It was a place built to worship in. You can come here and sing as loud as you please; you can say “Amen” or shout “Glory to God;” you can give your tithe and offerings scripturally in God's house. What a blessing!)3. It Is The Place Of Preaching And Teach God's Word - 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (You probably know it by now, but I love this blessed old King James Bible that I hold in my hand. We can read it at home; We can study it at home; but here in the house of the Lord, men of God preach like they know what they are preaching about! I rejoice with the Apostle Paul when the Bible is heralded and the preacher lifts up his voice like a trumpet!)4. It Is The Place Where God's People Gather - Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.(The greatest people on earth are there! When I got saved I fell in love with a lot of things that please God but one of the greatest of all was the people of God. No, they are not perfect, but they are my brothers and sisters in Christ! We are all in the Body of Christ which is the Family of God and we love you!)5. It Is The Place Where Sinners Are Both Sought And Loved - Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. (I love to see sinners come to the church house and be privileged to sit under the power of the Word of God and have an opportunity to hear the gospel and give their hearts and lives to Christ. The to watch the Lord gloriously change their lives for His glory.)6. It Is The Place Where I Pay My Tithes And Give My Offerings - Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (So many professing believers never get this! The tithe belong to the Lord and giving begins only above the tithe. What a blessing; what a thrill to be able to give to the work of the Lord. I saw this sermon title on the sign in front of Mount Zion Baptist Church one Sunday morning: “There's going to be a hold up Sunday morning.”)7. It Is God's Instrument For World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God–ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. (I love to give an offering to missions! We can help support precious families as they cover the globe preaching the same gospel that we preach. Missionaries are the greatest people in the world! There is no greater calling than that. Carrying the Word of God to a world that needs Jesus Christ and we can help go by giving! We can go on organized visitation where we can personally witness to the Lost and occasionally see one get saved!)8. It Was There That I Heard The True Gospel Preached And Was Gloriously and Eternally Saved – Luke 18:10, 13-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican … And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (If it weren't for the local church, this pastor would still be lost in my sin. I got saved on a Sunday night in an independent Baptist Church. Thank God for Bob Lamb! God laid it upon his heart to come to Madisonville, Ky and start a church under an old gospel tent! Barbara and I were saved because of it! Ask me why I love the local church!!)9. It Is A Place Of Comfort And Spiritual Joy - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (The church is a refuge; a stronghold; a place of peace and tranquility; a place where we come and enjoy the things of God. It is a place of comfort to the troubled and a source of joy to those who are hurting. It is in the church that you will find encouragement and help. It is in the church that you will find that you never walk alone.)10. It Is An Encouragement Filling Station - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (We can get filled up at church. We can go to put something into the service and also to get something out of it. If you do not get a blessing, then it was because you were not blessable! I know blessable is not a word but I can make one up if I wanna! If you want a blessing, you will get one. If you do not want a blessing, don't blame it on anyone or anything but yourself. You get out of a church service what you put into it.)Conclusion: The Local Church Is Just A Little Bit Of Heaven On Earth - Psalms 84:1-12 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. (If you don't like church, don't go to heaven! A lot of people have imagined a heaven that is not the heaven of this Bible. There will be praising and singing; there will be worship like we have never experienced; it is a prepared place for a prepared people! You won't like it there because church is a little bit of heaven on earth!)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-18-2018Romans 6:23Introduction:A. Romans 6:23 is one of the most quoted verses dealing with the penalty of sin. It is directly tied to the First Mention of sin's disobedience to God's command and its ultimate penalty.Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (This verse is plain and simple. Adam sinned, and Adam died. A friend of mine preached a two-point sermon about Achan: Achan sinned and God killed Achan!!)B. It can also be coupled with Satan's first lie concerning sin's disobedience and penalty.Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (Satan, through the serpent, lied to Eve. He only added “not” to God's command to negate it.)C. Satan continues to this day telling the same lie. 1. People who live in gross sinfulness hasten their death despite the warning labels that the government applies to the product. Sodomy and aids, alcohol and cirrhosis of the liver, drugs and death, tobacco and cancer, etc. are all well known penalties to mankind and, yet, these sins continue to be practiced. 2. Why? Because sin's penalty is always something that happens to others. Satan continue to lie to mankind and mankind continues to ignore the evidence placed before them.D. In its context, this verse is speaking to the children of God. Sin has its penalty. Sin still kills! The wage of sin was shown at Calvary when Jesus Christ, our Propitiation, became obedient unto death. Death of the sinner was God's righteous demand and was fulfilled in Christ.1. Many of God's people have shortened their lives through willful disobedience to God's Word. Each of us live a sinful body that we battle every day. The world entices us all through lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.2. Paul spoke of this battle with the flesh in Romans, chapter 7, which we will deal with later.Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?3. What deceives the believer is that sin never looks so sinful in its beginning. The end is never in sight and sin has definite pleasure.Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;4. Sin will always destroy. Sin will always leave a path of destruction in its wake. God made it that way. We sow to the flesh, we reap corruption. Plain and simple!a. There are Physiological Consequences of Sin. The loss of the peace of God.Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.b. There are Legal Consequences of Sin. The Penalty of Law.Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.c. There are Social Consequences of Sin. Breaks the fellowship of the saints.1 John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.d. There are Physical Consequences of Sin. Sickness and Death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Psalms 55:22-23 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (23) But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.e. There are Disciplinary Consequences of Sin. Church Discipline.1 Corinthians 5:1-5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. (3) For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, (4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-28-2018Mark 3:22-27; Psalms 133Introduction: A. As I continue to preach on the New Year, I want to look at one of the most important aspects of the New Testament local church, unity.B. Our Lord spoke of the “house divided against itself” in Matthew, chapter 25.Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: (Jesus said that it “shall not stand!” Division not only can but will bring down a local church. The opposite of that is that a house united, “the strong man,” will stand! The strength of the local church or “strong man” is its unity.)C. Against itself? This is not because of doctrinal division, it division caused by carnality and sinfulness within the body. Paul elaborated on the subject because of the divisions within the carnal Corinthian church.1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (No divisions among you! Perfectly joined together! Same mind and in the same judgement!)D. I have often said that the greatest enemy of the local church sits upon its pews and stands in its pulpit. Persecution from without the local church always brings the church together and strengthens its fellowship. Carnality and sinfulness divide the church and weakens its unity.E. As I thought about what to preach for homecoming, I thought of this passage of scripture because it is a pleasure to come to Temple! It is joy to come to Temple because of the sweetness of the spirit here.F. People come to stay. I often leave before many of you when the service is over. It is good to see the smile, hear the laughter, and experience the love found here as our people stay after church both in the sanctuary and the parking lot and talk.G. Psalm 133. In the these verses, we see the results of unity:1. The Benefit - "good" - 1 - Of great benefit, valuable, prosperity.2. The Bliss - "pleasant" – 1 - Sweet, agreeable, delightful, musical.3. The Binding - "together in unity" - 1-2 - Alike, in one accord, harmony.4. The Blessing - "life forever more" – 3H. I want to look at the last result for a few minutes: “The Blessing.”1. The Blessing of Fellowship with God's People - Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.2. The Blessing of Encouraging God's People - 2 Corinthians 2:1-4 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.3. The Blessing of Bearing The Burdens of God's People - 2 Corinthians 7:1-4 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 4. The Blessing of Hearing That God's People Are Steadfastly Serving - 2 Corinthians 7:12-16 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you. Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live,if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?5. The Blessing of Sharing The Ministry With God's People - Philippians 1:3-11 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Workers, visitation, teachers, choir - get involved!!)6. The Blessing of Seeing God's People Unified - Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Greatest heartache - bickering children!)7. The Blessing of A Godly Testimony of God's People - Philippians 2:14-18 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 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. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. (So much said about hypocrites – it is refreshing to hear good about God's people!)8. The Blessing of An Inner Witness With God's People - Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.=9. The Blessing of Leading Others To Christ - 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy. (Some of you were came to Christ under my ministry. Not that I am anything, but what a joy. Just think of Tracy Patterson!)10. The Blessing of Giving Account For God's Faithful People - 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.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-28-2018Romans 5:12-21Introduction:A. The biblical doctrine of Hamartiology is the study of sin and its consequences. Verse 12 is a much-quoted verse when explaining how sin came about, how we are born sinners—yet innocent, personal sinfulness, and consequences.B. In its context, we find the justification by faith of the believer. Verse 12 explains to the justified why salvation is required. There are several words or phrases that explain our salvation: born again, saved, justified, redeemed, etc. that set forth different aspects of our salvation. When Peter wrote to the “strangers scattered,” he used the word “redeemed.” It means to be bought back.C. The Origin of Sin. “Sin entered” We often fail to realize the deceitfulness and deception of sin. Sin began in two perfect environments and was precipitated by the same personality.1. Sin was found in God's heaven and in the heart of one of God's most trusted servants, Lucifer.Ezekiel 28:14-15 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (15) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Along with the fall of the “anointed cherub that covereth,” sin brought down a multitude of God's angels.)2. Sin was found in God's Garden and in the heart of the first man, Adam.Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.D. The Definition of Sin. 1. Sin epitomizes the eternal principle of Dualism: 1) To stand outside of God 2) To be independent of God. These two principles can be perfectly defined as Humanism. Humanism wants nothing to do with God and operates independently from God. That is where most of the world now stands. If man can “DO AWAY” with God, then there is no accountability to God. Therefore, man becomes his own “god.”Romans 1:21 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.2. Sin is a Violation of God's Law. To trespass or overstep a boundary. The sin nature is the capacity and inclination to do those things that can in no way commend us to God. Sin can be willful or found in ignorance. Sin can be commission or omission.Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.E. The Penalty of Sin. “Death by sin” Sin's wage has never changed.1. Physical Death. Though we are saved, death is sure unless the rapture takes place soon.1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:2. Spiritual Death. To the unbeliever, both physical death and spiritual death in the Lake of Fire.Revelation 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.F. The Endurance of Sin. “Death reigned!” Every man, everywhere, in every dispensation.a. All are born sinners though born in innocence.b. All are sinners by choice and therefore guilty before God.G. Adam, A Beautiful Type of Christ and His Substitution For Our Sin. Romans 5:14 1. Adam Understood God's Commandment – Genesis 2:15-17a1 Timothy 2:11-15 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.2. Jesus Understood God's CommandmentEzekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.3. Adam Understood God's Judgment For Sin – Genesis 2:17bRomans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.4. Jesus Understood God's Judgment For SinMatthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?5. Adam Loved His Bride – Genesis 2:21-25Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make[one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.6. Jesus Loved His BrideEphesians 5:25-29 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 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. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 7. Adam Gave Up His Glorious Residence For His Bride – Genesis 2:7-8Genesis 3:17-19 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.8. Jesus Gave Up His Glorious Residence For His BrideJohn 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.9. Adam Tasted Death Willingly For His Bride – Genesis 3:6 10. Jesus Tasted Death Willingly For His BrideHebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:11. Adam's Sacrifice Brought Eternal Life To His Bride – Genesis 3:1512. Jesus' Sacrifice Brought Eternal Life To His BrideJohn 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.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.Conclusion: Adam chose to die for his bride, Eve, and Christ chose to die for His bride, the church. In Adam, all tasted death; in Christ, all live.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-31-20182 Peter 1:5-13Introduction:A. Last week, we studied “The Results of Not Growing Spiritually,” or the negative side of spiritual growth: the lack thereof. Now, let us take a short look at the results of spiritual growth. A lack of spiritual growth is not the will of God for the believer as the Lord wants us to advance in our maturity level as “adults” in the faith.B. Continued spiritual growth requires several things: Verse 5.1. It takes Desire – “add” (Individual responsibility)2. It takes Discipline – “all” (Not just those things that are convenient.)3. It takes Diligence – “diligence” (It is hard work.)4. It takes Discernment – “add to your faith” (Saving faith is not enough)C. Signs of Spiritual Growth”1. Virtue – Character that leads to good behavior.2. Knowledge – Understanding of spiritual things. “gnosis” or to know.3. Temperance – Self-control or continence.4. Patience – Cheerful endurance or constancy; to remain.5. Godliness – devout, pious, holy.6. Brotherly Kindness – Fraternal or love of the brethren.7. Charity – Benevolence; to love in a social or moral sense. How we treat one another.D. I want to look at the positive things that accompany spiritual growth. The positive things are just the opposite of the negative ones.1. You Will Be Fruitful – vs. 8 - “unfruitful”a. Inward Fruit. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.b. Outward Fruit. Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.2. You Will Be Spiritually Knowledgeable – vs. 9 – “blind . . . cannot see afar off.”a. Doctrinally Pure - 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.b. Spiritually Pure - Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 3. You Will Have Blessed Assurance – vs. 9 – “hath forgotten that he was purged.”a. The Witness of the Spirit - 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.b. The Witness of the Word - 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.4. You Will Be Spiritually Stable – vs. 10 – “fall.”a. Stable in Circumstances - Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.b. Stable in Failures - Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.5. You Will Have A Reward – vs. 11 – “so an entrance.”a. A Full Reward - 2 John 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.b. An Eternal Reward - Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Temple Baptist Church - 2-4-2018Joshua 24:15Introduction: A. Every Family Needs Three Homes:1. They Need A Christian Home – Not a religious home but a Christian home. A home that provides a spiritual sanctuary for the protection of the family.2. They Need A Church Home – Not just any church but a biblical one. One that follows the old paths; one that has the right Bible; one that is doctrinally correct; one that has separation from worldliness.3. They Need A Heavenly Home - Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.B. As Joshua was getting ready to die, he left this final admonition of making a right choice for the family. 1. Having a good, godly home is a choice that we make. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” 2. We cannot serve both God and mammon: a type of the world. We will hold to one and despise the other; we will love one and hate the other.C. I cannot over stress the importance of the biblical home. 1. America is failing because the home is failing. So many children are being born in single parent homes. So many children are living “pillar to post” because they are being “farmed out” to daycare and baby sitters. 2. The affect upon our nation is perilous! Children are being raised without respect for parents or authority.D. What kind of homes do we need?1. We Need Homes That Fear God – Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.a. Clean Homes - Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.b. Moral Homes - Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.c. Wise Homes - Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.2. We Need Homes That Are Faithful To God - Psalms 22:4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.a. Faithful To Serve The Lord - Psalms 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.b. Faithful To The Church - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(1) We Need Families who will be faithful To Attend Church.(2) We Need Families who will be faithful to follow the Lord.(3) We Need Families who will be faithful to tithe their income.(4) We Need Families who will be faithful to teach the Word.(5) We Need Families who will be faithful to lead right.(6) We Need Families who will be faithful to win souls.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-4-2018Romans 6:1-10Introduction: A. There is so much in these verses that I will take my time with them. Tonight, I want to look at the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.B. There is a lot of unnecessary confusion on this subject because of lack of study and rightly dividing the Word of Truth, our Bible. Even among the independent Baptist, there are those who deny this precious doctrine. C. There is the presence of false doctrine on the subject. Most comes from the Pentecostal Movement. The modern day Tongues Movement began in 1906 at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, California. Born in that “revival” were heresies concerning the baptism of the Holy Ghost and, therefore, spiritual confusion.a. The heresy that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a second working of grace.b. The heresy that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for the “spiritual elite.”c. The heresy that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by speaking in tongues.D. Let us make this simple. The word “baptize” means to immerse or submerge. It does not mean to sprinkle of to pour. Baptism is placing something into something!1. At the moment of salvation, the believer is baptized into the body of Christ: also called the “family” and the “church.” Verse 3.Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Water baptism is a type of what was done at the moment of salvation and does not baptize us “into His death!”)1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (Water baptism is done by man. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is done by the [capital “S”] Holy Spirit.)Galatians 3:26-28 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have beenbaptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (This baptism cannot be water baptism because, in the local church, we are Jew and Greek—Gentile—bond and free—male and female. In the church or body of Christ, all are equal because all are the same.) Ephesians 5:28-30 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 2. At the moment of salvation, the Holy Ghost indwells the believer.Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; (5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism, (6) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Four things are tied together in these verses: a) one body b) one Spirit c) one baptism d) in you all. Again, not water baptism. These verse speak of salvation, not church membership. That is the reason that “baptism” is singular, water baptism has nothing to do with salvation, thus, the baptism of the Holy Ghost is referred to here.)Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. (When speaking of doctrine in Hebrews 6, “baptisms” is plural. This does not mean “washings” as some would interpret it because there were no “washings” in the New Testament church as the Law was fulfilled in Christ. “baptisms” plural speaks of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and water baptism because both are New Testament doctrines.) 1. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost takes place at the moment of Salvation. 2. Water Baptism is an act of obedience taken after Salvation.3. At the moment of salvation, the believer is sealed by the Holy Ghost: eternal life.1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-7-20182 Peter 1:12-15Introduction: A. One of the best ways to teach is through repetition and re-enforcement. 1. If you want to memorize a verse of Scripture, write it 25 times and you will be able to see it in your mind from that point on. 2. Teaching is putting forth building blocks but, as we build, we must rehearse the ones that we have already learned. If you don't use it you lose it.B. One of the great problems of the end-time church is the negligence of the pulpits. There is certainly a famine of hearing in the land, both of pulpits that will not preach and pews that will not listen.1. Lately, many of us have become knowledgeable of the term “gross negligence.” It is the standard for criminal prosecution in the mis-handling of classified information.2. Negligence – impersonal or careless (Cares nothing about the people of the church - could care less)C. One of these days, I will be gone. My earthly ministry will be over. If I can leave you spiritually grown up, doctrinally sound, and faithful to the work—I will have been a success.D. When God places men in the pulpit, there comes a responsibility to that pulpit.1. Not to be negligent in setting a proper example before the people. “not be negligent” 2. Not to be negligent in faithfully proclaiming the Word of God. “to put you always”3. Not to be negligent in preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God - “in remembrance of these things” (The wordmeet in verse 13 means to be approved unto God.)E. There are many things that could be mentioned that need to be remembered:1. You are temporal in this life and will not be here long.2. Everything you have on earth will one day burn up.3. A life lived for Christ is the greatest life of all.4. Only these things done for the Lord are of lasting value.5. Without Christ you can do nothing.6. With Christ you can do all things.7. One day it will be worth it all. 8. The listing could be endless, but Paul just mentioned these in the context.1. Not be negligent to remind you of the grace and graciousness of God – vs. 1-4 a. The Grace Of God In Our Salvation – vs. 1 1) Salvation – A Present Possession – “obtained” 2) Salvation – A Precious Possession – “precious faith”3) Salvation – A Perfect Possession – “righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”4) Salvation – A Peaceful Possession – “Grace and peace be multiplied” b. The Graciousness Of God In Our Sanctification – vs. 2-4 1) Sanctification Is A Willful Gift – vs. 3-4 a) Powerfully Given – “According as his divine power” b) Purposefully Given – given unto us” c) Perfectly Given – “all things that pertain” 2) Sanctification Is A Wonderful Gift – vs. 3-4a) Partakers Of The Divine Nature – “that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature”b. Escapers Of The Corruption Of The World – “corruption that is in the world through lust”2. Not be negligent to remind you of the responsibility and benefits of Spiritual Growth – vs. 5-11 a. The Responsibility Of Spiritual Growth – vs. 5-7 1) There Is A Determination – “giving all diligence” 2) There Is A Direction – “add to your faith virtue . . . charity” 3) There Is A Desire – “that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful” b. The Results Of Spiritual Growth – vs. 8-11 1) Assurance Of Production – vs. 8 “neither . . . nor” 2) Assurance Of Peace – vs. 9-10 “your calling and election sure” 3) Assurance Of Payment – vs. 11 “entrance . . . abundantly”
Temple Baptist Church - 1-7-2018Genesis 1:1Introduction:A. As I was contemplating the New Year, Genesis 1:1 turned on like a light bulb. 1. I love the Book of Genesis because it answers the questions plaguing the scientists of our day. All that they teach seems to gender more questions that give answers as their theories are constantly changing because true science does not bear them up. 2. Genesis is so rich because it is the Seedbed of the Bible, therefore, it is full of First Mentions.B. Last week, I preached on “This Is The Beginning.” 1. The Bible begins with the words “In the beginning.” There are so many applications that can be made but, first, there needs to be interpretation. This phrase describes what is called a “True Beginning,” or a beginning from which something was created from nothing. 2. Nothing cannot create anything so, if there was nothing and then there was the universe, then something miraculous had to have taken place.3. Stephen Hawking, one of the most followed physicists, tries to circumvent God by his theory of the beginning:"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," he writes. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.” (That is one foolish statement! Nothing cannot create something. If I hold nothing in my hand forever, there will still be nothing in my hand! It is of no wonder that God said that the fool hath said in his heart there is no God. Interesting that he uses the word “create.” To bring something into existence that would not naturally evolve. Matter cannot be created nor destroyed. Only God could begin the universe from nothing!)1. God. 1:1 In the beginning, there was God. As we begin 2018, He will still be God! As Dr. S. M. Lockridge so eloquently put it: “You can't get Him out of your mind. You can't get Him off of your hands. You can't outlive Him, and you can't live without Him.” I see the “fingerprint” of God in all nature. He will be there. This is my Father's world.Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.2. Sovereignty. 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. He sought no advice because He needed no advice, neither was there anyone to advise Him. As we begin 2018, it would do us well to remember that God is a sovereign God who will do as He wills. Nothing can exist nor can anything act without His permission.Romans 11:33-34 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (34) For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?3. Power. 1:3 “And God said.” In the beginning, we find the unlimited power of God. Power belongs to God and, in 2018, there will be nothing impossible for Him to do. What will you face? What will you need?Psalms 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.4. Order. 1:4 “It was good.” In the beginning, God designed everything and said that it was very good. There are no hybrids, n0 intermediate species, no cross pollination. In the beginning, everything brought forth after its own kind. God said that this was so and it continues until this day. All of our variety of plants and trees live together but remain different. Animals live together but remain different. Birds live together but remain different. Fish live together but remain different. God is a God of order. He will order our steps and our lives. The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord. All things were done well and with purpose. 2018 will be a year of God's design as He will fulfill His purpose.1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.5. Perpetuality. 1:14 “Signs … seasons … days … years.” In the beginning, what God set forth continues to this day. As we begin this year with God, we will end it with Him. By the grace of God, we will neither fail nor fall. The sun will come up each morning in the east and go down that night in the west. We will have winter, spring, summer and fall! We do not have to move to another planet as some foolish men believe. See how Climate Change and Global Warming are working out and how little that we now hear about it. We can and will live here until God determines otherwise.Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.6. Failure. 3:6 “And he did eat” “ In the beginning, there was failure. In 2018, there will be times when we fail God. As much as we desire to be like Him, there will be failures and disappointments. These are a part of life and, as long as we live in this old sinful flesh, sin will dwell with us. Failure is a part of our humanity. Never give up! When you fall, JUST GET UP!Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.7. Forgiveness. 3:21 “Coats of skins” In the beginning, God made an atonement for the sin of Adam and, in 2018, we have the precious blood of Christ applied! When, not if, we fail—there will be the forgiveness of God!1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Conclusion: I look forward to a great year in 2018! Romans 8:31-32 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Temple Baptist Church - 1-7-2018Romans 5:9-11Introduction:A. “Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” What a promise! Just as if we had never sinned! I know that some do not like to use this definition but it is a biblical one.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, (The word is faultless, not forgiven.)B. The Acknowledgment of Justification – “being now justified”1. Justification is a Present Possession. We are justified, not going to be justified. “When He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb; He sees me as worthy and not as I am.”2. Justification is a Powerful Force. The blood of Christ cleanses all sin! There is no sinner that God cannot save because there is no sin that Christ did not die for.C. The Agent of Justification – “by his blood”1. It Cleanses us White. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”2. It Cleanses us Wholly. “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.”D. The Availability of Justification – “we”1. An Abundant Opportunity. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You come, He gives rest!2. An All-inclusive Offer. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”E. The Accomplishment of Justification – “shall be saved”1. Justification Produces a Living Hope. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”2. Justification Produces a Longing for Home. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”F. The Author of Justification – “through him”1. His Blood Purchased It! “the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”2. His Bible Proclaims It! “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.”3. His Blessings Prove It! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”Now, Let Us Look At The Impact Of The Blood:1. The Blood Of Christ Brought Redemption. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Redeemed – To be bought back. The freedom of a former slave purchased off the slave block. The believer has been bought off the slave block of Satan. Purchased and “made free” by the blood of Christ. Loosed and set at liberty: free praise the Lord, free at last!2. The Blood Of Christ Brought Righteousness. Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;The believer is judiciously declared righteous solely upon the merit of the blood of Christ. He is justified—just as if I had never sinned! Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne! (Jude 24) “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.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Made Him what He was not that we might be made what we are not!3. The Blood Of Christ Brought Remission. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.The complete, eternal purging of all sin! Once for ever is our purchase in Christ Jesus. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:3) Our slate has been wiped clear, never to be remembered again.4. The Blood Of Christ Brought Reconciliation. 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:Man's relationship with God was severed by sin in the Garden of Eden. The Lord made an immediate effort to reconcile Adam and Eve. The Lord went to them when they would not come to Him. They chose to hide while He chose to reconcile. “ And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20) By faith, regeneration , and adoption—man is back in fellowship with God.5. The Blood Of Christ Brought Reception. Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.The believer is not only forgiven, he or she belongs! Welcomed into the greatest family on the face of the earth. The Body of Christ. “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” ( Romans 5:2)6. The Blood Of Christ Brought Rejoicing. Romans 5:10-11 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.Oh what joy the cross of Christ brings to the believer! Though nothing, we have been made nigh by the blood of Christ. Our life is saved, our soul is saved, eternity is secured, and joy floods our souls!7. The Blood Of Christ Brought Responsibility. Matthew 27:25 - Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (It is both foolish and fatal to reject the precious blood of Christ. That blood that brings about eternal life also brings about eternal damnation.)
Temple Baptist Church - 1-14-2018Psalms 119:129-136Introduction: A. First, I want to give a special thank you to Dr. Tom Wallace as much of this message came from one that he preached titled “Why Read The Bible Through This Year?”B. As the New Year begins, I want to look at the key role that God's Word will have in your life this year. As most churches, we encourage our people to read through the Bible at least once a year. This is not an insurmountable task, as some would suppose. C. For the average reader, it will take seventy-two hours to read the Old Testament and eighteen for the New Testament. Ninety hours out of 8,760 hours that the Lord has given us in a year doesn't seem like too much. A tithe of our time would be 876 hours.D. The Bible is filled with history, geography, science, engineering, music, philosophy, poetry, religion, drama, politics, struggle, suffering, prophesy, advice, warnings, direction, helps, encouragement, examples, and covers every conceivable area of human knowledge and experience.E. The Bible is a masterpiece on social problems, on economic issues, domestic settings, foreign relations, emotional disorder, mental disturbance, physical health, fiscal management, and spiritual victory.F. The Bible has the answer to the crime problem the divorce tragedy, the moral slide, the evolution debate, the liberal drift, the pornography blight, the aids epidemic, the abortion question, the teen delinquent problem, the illegitimate birth situation, the world energy problem, the world hunger problem, the birth defect burden, the pollution fear, the alcohol plague, the drug disaster, and the terror threat.G. The Bible also answers questions such as: Where do I find out about heaven, and about hell? Where can I learn how to be saved? What will the millennium be like? How will the world come to an end? The Bible is a reliable source of insight on these and many other subjects.H. One man wrote a song about the Bible and one of the verses goes like this: How do we find out what is right from wrong? How get the power to make us strong? How grows our faith from a tiny seed? Open the Bible and read. I. The Bible is our instruction book for living. The prophet Amos wrote, “For they know not to do right sayeth the Lord.” (Amos 3:10a) He did not say they did not want to do right, or that they did not intend to do right. He said they did not know what was right, and because of it, it cost them dearly. Their houses were spoiled. An adversary stole all the integrity, character, decency, and morals. They were like a lamb that had been mangled by a lion. All that was left was two legs, and a piece of an ear.J. The Bible tells us what is right and what is wrong. It is not what I think is right, or the way I feel about it, or what some learned theologian says is right, but what the Bible says about it. The Bible tells us that God is right, and the Bible is right. I must get into the Bible and find out what is right, so I too will be right. If I do this I will be able to think right, then I will do right, do right in a right way, and do right at the right time, do right for the right reason, and do right with enthusiasm. I must do right in a right way lest I make right wrong. What will it do for me if I read my Bible through this year?1. IT WILL RESULT IN PROSPERITY. Prosperity is promised repeatedly in the Bible to those who understand and obey the teachings set forth therein. However, the promised prosperity covers a lot more ground than money and finances. Success and prosperity will come in the spiritual, the physical, the social, emotional, the mental, domestic, as well as the financial area of life.3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (There is a hint of at least three areas of prosperity in this one verse. He touches on the financial, the physical, and the spiritual. The Lord wants His children to prosper.)Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.Deuteronomy 29:9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. 1 Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.Psalms 1:2, 3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:James 1:25 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. 2. IT WILL DEVELOP AND BUILD FAITH. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. D. L. Moody said, “For years I prayed for faith and thought that someday faith would come down and strike me like lightening, but faith did not seem to come, then one day I read Romans 10:17.” (Many in this day are basing their faith on experience. It is not safe to build one's faith on feeling or something that happened to us. The devil is very subtle and deceptive, and has led away a multitude in this way.)a. First, it is through the Bible that we are saved. Ephesians 2:8, 9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.b. Second, the Bible develops a faith that will please 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.c. Third, the Bible will quench the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.d. Fourth, it is through the Bible that we find the secret to answered prayer. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 3. BIBLE READING WILL GIVE VICTORY OVER SIN. David said, in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.” (Someone once wrote, “This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.”)a. Reading the account of Achan will help one to think about the seriousness of stealing and deception.b. Reading the account of David's act of adultery and murder with the awful fourfold judgment of God upon him and his family will help one to think about the consequences of such sin.c. Reading the account of Ananias and Sapphira will help one see the seriousness of lying about the things of God. d. Reading the account of Absalom and the resulting heartache and tragic end surely will keep a person from rebelling against authority.e. The terrible outcome of Lot's turn toward Sodom resulting in the awful exposure to wickedness, the loss of his wife, and the resulting incest with his own daughters, should keep anyone from turning away to the world.f. We are told that the things that happened to the people in the Old Testament times were recorded and shared with us for our examples. 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition. 4. IT WILL GIVE PEACE. Peace comes in three stages.a. First, there is peace with God. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.b. Second, there in peace of God. Philippians 4:6, Paul said, “ and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”c. And third, there is peace with others. Psalms119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (The word “nothing” covers a lot of area.)5. IT WILL ASSIST YOU IN GETTING PRAYERS ANSWERED.a. Jesus taught in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”b. John wrote in 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.c. Doubt is the major enemy of answered prayer and reading the word of God expels doubt. Romans 10:17“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 6. IT WILL BRING IMMENSE JOY.a. Jeremiah the prophet of old cried out, in Jeremiah 15:16, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” b. Jesus Himself said, in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”c. We read in 1 John 1:4, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”d. In these verses it is clear that joy comes from hearing the word of the Lord.7. IT WILL MOTIVATE US TO SERVICE.a. The Spirit of the Lord uses the word of the Lord to build a fire in our heart. Jeremiah 20:9 But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-17-20182 Peter 1:1-4Introduction: A. We have spent a lot of time in the first 4 verses of this vital little book of the Bible, so I want to do a little summation tonight before we move on to the next verses.B. If the world only knew! When we try to win them to Christ, they act as if we are trying to give them a dose of castor oil. If the world only knew the blessings and joy of being saved! In our world, the lost have equated salvation with religion and religion is enough to turn anyone away from Christ. If they would only be saved, then they would know the truth about salvation.1. In Christ they will have the forgiveness of sins.2. In Christ they will have the gift of the Holy Ghost.3. In Christ they will have the peace of God that passeth all understanding.4. In Christ they will have a life that satisfies.5. In Christ they will have a conscience that Is pure.6. In Christ they will have joy unspeakable and full of glory.C. You can tell them that Jesus loves and died for them; you can tell them that hell is a fearful reality; you can beg and plead and they continue to walk the same road. It is the “broad road” and the “wide gate” where the many of Matthew 7:13-14 walk. It is heart breaking to see so many people that we know reject our wonderful Saviour.D. Sometimes, we that are saved forget what we have in Christ and take for granted His great salvation. In Hebrews, Paul said, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” It is truly a “great salvation” and should be cherished by those redeemed from:1. A Life Of Despair2. A Life Of Defilement2. A Life Of Destruction3. A Life Of DamnationE. We have so much in Christ but, in our verses for this morning, Peter set forth some wonderful truths concerning our COMMON salvation.1. We Have A Like Precious Faith – vs. 1aa. Faith Brings A Relationship With Christ That Is Precious – “precious faith”1 Peter 2:4-7 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.b. Faith Brings A Fellowship With Saints That Is Common – “like precious faith”Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.2. We Have An Unquestionable Standing – vs. 1ba. You May Question My Personal Righteousness - Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.b. You Cannot Question His - 1 Timothy 6:14-16 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 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.3. We Have The Grace To Endure – vs. 2aa. Grace That Is Abundant – 1 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.b. Grace That Is Available - 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.c. Grace That Is Multiplied - 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,d. Grace That Is Sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9 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.4. We Have The Peace To Trust – vs. 2ba. Peace In The Midst Of The Storm - Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.b. Peace In The Midst Of Sorrow - John 11:21-23 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.c. Peace In The Midst Of Confusion - Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.5. We Have The Power To Overcome – vs. 3a. Power To Overcome The World - 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.b. Power To Overcome Evil - Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.c. Power To Overcome Satan - 1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.6. We Have The Reality Of A Changed Life – vs. 4aa. A New Life Of Faith - Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.b A New Life Of Holiness - 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.7. We Have The Hope Of Eternal Life – vs. 4ba. Hell Is Gone – Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.b. Heaven Is A Reality - John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 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.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-21-2018Hebrews 10:22-27Introduction: A. In the Lord's physical absence, He gave the believers the local church. 1. I cannot over emphasize the importance of Temple Baptist Church along with other local churches. The Lord chose the local assemblies of God's people to do the work of evangelism, missions, teaching, and fellowship.2. The reason for this message is the de-emphasizing of the importance of what we are doing this morning, faithfully assembling in a local, autonomous, indigenous, Bible believing, New Testament local church!B. Instead of following the clear command of “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,” There has been a serious decline in church attendance in the past few decades and this decline is simply a fulfillment of Scripture. It has been prophesied that in the last days, there would be a falling away and we are certainly in the middle of it. C. The “form of godliness” has permeated the ranks of the professing believers with little or no conviction or desire for holiness of life. The local churches, for the most part, have left the godliness of the Old Paths for the worldliness of the New Paths.D. Most churches have decent crowds on Sunday morning, but the Sunday night and Wednesday night crowds have dwindled to the point of calling off services. 1. “As the manner of some is” has become the rule instead of the exception with more and more of the once faithful now either slack in their faithfulness or completely out of church. 2. My Bible still says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. “ (Matthew 18:20)E. The Importance of God's House. The phrase “The house of the Lord” is used 213 X in the Bible. The phrase “house of God” is used 87X in the Bible. That is a total of 300 references. This does not include other references such as “temple” and “tabernacle.” God's house is a place of great importance. Our Lord called it “My house!”Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.1. The Emphasis of God's House - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Why the emphasis? a) It is a place of rallying when you are down. b) It is a place of relying when you are devastated. c) It is a place of renewing when you are defiled. d) It is a place of revival when you are defeated.2. The Excitement of God's House - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.3. The Encouragement of God's House - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.4. The Enrichment of God's House - Matthew 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?F. Here are just a few thoughts on why we need to be supporters of our local church.1. The local church assembly is a divine requirement which must not be forsaken: Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (The exact opposite of this verse has become the norm, “as the manner of some is,” in these last days.)2. The local church is the divine institution of truth: 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (The “ground of the truth” is the foundation upon which all is built while the “pillar of the truth” is the strength that holds the building up.)3. The local church is the primary place to fellowship with God's people: Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Fellowship and breaking of bread are anchored in “the apostles doctrine.”)4. The local church is the place where believers are to meet corporately with the Lord and worship Him in the ordinances: 1 Corinthians 11:20, 26 When ye come together therefore into one place…For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.” (“Together … into one place.” The local church is the “house of prayer” and place of worship in the beauty of HOLINESS!)5. The local church is the only institution that God gave the gifts of Evangelists and Pastor-Teachers: Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. (In His absence, God gave men of God to oversee the work of the local church.)6. The local church is the place where saints can receive divinely authorized feeding and spiritual care: Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (The local church is a place of doctrinal instruction in rightly dividing the Word of Truth.)7. The local church is the only means by which one can biblically exercise financial stewardship: Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Tithes and offerings belong to the local church as the means to maintain the church property, care for the man of God, and carry forth the Great Commission of missions.1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-20-20172 Peter 1:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we saw God's promise to meet our needs in this life as He has given to us all things to be richly enjoyed. God, contrary to most preaching that you hear, wants you to “love life” and enjoy the fruit of your labors. “Eat, drink, and be merry” are not necessarily states of sinfulness.B. The other thing that that God promises is that our spiritual needs in this life have been preemptively taken care of. God knows what spiritual battles that we will fight before we are confronted with them.C. There are several things that we need to notice pertaining to godliness:1. We have obtained righteousness through our Lord Jesus Christ – vs. 1 2. God wants us to have peace of mind in this ungodly world – vs. 23. God has given us all things pertaining unto life – vs. 34. God has given us all things pertaining unto godliness vs. 35. We are to be partakers of the Lord's divine nature – vs. 4D. Ungodliness Has Permeated Our Nation - Genesis 6:5 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.1. The sinful condition of professing Christians. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.2. God has given to us ALL things pertaining to godliness so why have these prophetic verses come true?a) Because of the Compromise of the pulpits. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.b) Because of the worldliness of the people. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.c) Because these things have led to the decline of godly churches! Jeremiah 6:16-19 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (17) Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (18) Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. (19) Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.E. Ungodliness Has Permeated Many Churches - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. Godliness Is Commanded - 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;G. Godliness Is Possible - 2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.1. God Has Given To Us A New Nature - 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. (Biblical salvation always brings about a new nature with a godly direction implemented in our lives.)2. God Has Given To Us His Precious Holy Spirit - 1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (Our faithful Companion and Comforter leads us into righteousness as He reproves us of our sin. He is our “Stop Sign.” I do not mean this in a disrespectful way. He wants us to live a life of godliness and always leads in that direction. Do live a selfish, carnal life and blame the Holy Ghost for it!)Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,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.3. God Has Given To Us His Infallible Word In The English King James Bible - Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (You do not need to study the Greek and Hebrew! You need to study English and spend your time in the Bible.)Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,4. God Has Given To Us Godly Examples To Follow - 1 Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. (The Old Paths of godliness are well worn and plain to follow. Our spiritual forefathers had it right! The new “do as you please” religion of our day has it wrong.)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.Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.h. WHAT IS TODAY'S PROBLEM? Why do professing Christians not live lives of godliness when all that they need has already been provided? Because their ‘LOVE FOR THE WORLD” IS GREATER THAN OUR LOVE OF GOD!1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.1. They love what they want. “lust of the flesh”2. They love what they see. “lust of the eyes”3. They love who they are. “pride of life”HOW TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE1. Godliness Is The Result Of A Repentant Heart - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.2. Godliness Is A Result Of Denying Worldly Lusts - Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.3. Godliness Is A Result Of A Heavenly Hope - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.4. Godliness Is A Result Of Hard Work - 1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;5. Godliness Is A Result Of Contentment - 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.6. Godliness Is A Result Of The Fear Of The Lord - Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-24-2017Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18-25Introduction: A. It is the Christmas season, in which we normally deal with the incarnation of the Son of God. 1. One of the most precious of all doctrines is that of the Virgin Birth of Christ. How important it is to the salvation of the child of God! The Virgin Birth of Christ is often referred to as “The Doctrine of Holy Ground!” 2. The wording in Matthew 1:18 differentiate the birth of Christ from the series of “begats” found in the preceding verses. “Espoused wife” and “before they came together” declares a birth like none other that preceded it. 3. No man since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, came into the world through a virgin birth or without the seed of man involved. As God created the world to bring forth after its own kind, so man brings forth after his own kind. Adam and Eve had no predecessors and the Father of Jesus Christ was God.B. The world celebrates Christmas without God and while others make Christmas about Mary as much as about the birth of Christ.C. Christmas is not Christmas without Christ and Christmas is not about Mary! IT IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOUR. There are many heresies being taught concerning Mary. I do not want to preach on that subject this morning but will give a few quick references on the subject for your own personal study. D. The key to who Mary was and what happened at the conception of Christ is found in Genesis 3:15, the first Messianic Promise. When referencing the method of the birth of Christ, the Bible speaks of the seed of a “woman.” “Woman” always means woman, a female human being. Mary was no exception as Christ referred to her as so. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (The spiritual emphasis is upon the “seed” of the woman, not upon the woman. It was the seed of the woman, Christ, who would bruise the head of the serpent.)1. Was Mary divine? John 2:3-4 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. (4) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. (Woman always means woman and is never referred to as divine. Mary was blessed to be chosen to bear the Lord and that birth certainly has blessed many, but Mary was a woman. The Lord never referred to her in any other way.)2. Was Mary “The Mother of God?” Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (God has no mother. Mary was the mother of the physical body in which Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, was born.)Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. John 1:1-3, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.3. Was Mary was a perpetual virgin. Matthew 1:18, 25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost … Andknew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (“Before” and “till” show that Mary and Joseph had a normal husband/wife relationship after the birth of Christ. This is shown clearly in the Book of Mark.)Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.4. Mary was immaculately conceived? Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (The Bible is clear and consistent at this point. Only Christ had a sinless birth and had to be made sin.)5. Was Mary sinless? Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (47) And my spirit hath rejoiced inGod my Saviour. (Only sinners need a saviour!) Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;6. Did Mary ascend into heaven as Christ ascended? John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (Women were to always be under the authority of a man in biblical times. When the father, “supposed father in this case as the Father of Jesus was God the Father, died—it was the responsibility of the eldest son to care for the mother. Jesus did so until His death on the cross. Where Jesus went, Mary went. Before His death, Jesus placed Mary under the authority of John for as long as she lived.)7. Was Mary to be worshipped? Exodus 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Both the worship of Mary and idolatrous images are dealt with in the first Commandment.)8. Was or is Mary as “Co-Redemptrix ?” John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.9. Is Mary a “Mediatrix.” 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:10. Was Mary to be prayed to? Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.E. The virgin birth of Christ was the pivotal point between Promise or Prophecy and Performance. 1. It is a doctrine both Sweetly Adored and Severely Attacked. It the mystery of mysteries, the jewel of all ages, the hope of mankind, and the love of God manifested. 2. It was a miraculous event. A miracle is a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. No other child born of man has been born without the seed of the man. The “seed of the woman” combined with the seed of the Holy Ghost to bring forth the God-Man!3. The immortal became mortal that the mortal may become immortal - 1 Timothy 6:16a Who only hath immortality1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.4. The untouchable became touchable that mortal may touch Him - 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.Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;.F. The Miracle of the Virgin Birth is beyond human comprehension!1. The Virgin Birth Was Prophesied - Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.2. The Virgin Birth Was Performed - Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (“On this wise” sets the birth of Christ apart from the “begats” of the first 17 verses!)G. Dr. Herbert Lockyer said it this way, “The incarnation is the most stupendous miracle comprehending and involving all other miracles, and because it is a theme both deep and delicate, infinite and incomprehensible, how about “finding out acceptable words”. The ground we approach is holy calling for the putting off of our shoes.”The Importance Of The Virgin Birth:1. Scriptural Credibility Depends Upon It - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (If the Scripture errs on this point, how can we trust any other supernatural event such as the death, burial, and resurrection?)2. The Deity Of Christ Depends Upon It - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then anyone could have been His father and He would not be the only begotten Son of God!)Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.3. The Sinless Humanity Of Christ Depends Upon It - John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ was tainted with the sin of Adam and Christ would have had an Adamic nature!)1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.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.1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.4. The Vicarious Atonement Of Christ Depends Upon It - Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ could not save!)1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.5. The Ultimate Defeat Of Evil Depends Upon It - Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then evil would ultimately win and Satan would reign!)1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.6. The Security Of The Believer Depends Upon It - Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ would ultimately corrupt and we would perish!)1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-31-2017Exodus 12:1-2Introduction:A. Whew, glad that one is behind me! 1. In so many ways, this past year has been a wonderful one and it was also a trying one. It started our rough but has ended up great. 2. From the diagnosis of cancer to surgery to 6 weeks of that wonderful draining tube to 4 more weeks of drainage without the tube to 30 weeks of radiation to working on the Mission house days seemingly without end to rebuilding my deck to cutting and splitting a mountain of firewood. 3. As the year progressed, things got progressively better and I thank God for being cancer free and feeling good again.B. Tomorrow will be the “beginning of months … the first month of the year.” 1. As I thought about the New Year, I though of Israel. Israel's first month is Abib, or our month of April. God declared the beginning of a new era in Israel's history.2. 430 years have now passed since Israel went down to Egypt to live. No one ever expected to remain that long. They went down in days of famine and fully expected to return to Canaan when it was over. 3. In that period of 430 years, Israel went from freedom and fulness to poverty and slavery. God heard their cry and brought about delivery through Moses.Exodus 3:7-8 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; (8) And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.C. Tomorrow, as we begin 2018, 2017 will be history and what we have written, we have written. 1. We have had successes and we have hopefully learned from our mistakes. 2. For dinner tomorrow, there will be cornbread, ham, black eyed peas, collards, mashed potatoes, and pie. 3. In 8 days, Barbara and I will head to Pigeon Forge for a few days of R&R. Not that we need to get away from our church but just need a little Rest & Relaxation. Pray that it snows. When we get back, we will be “into this new year.”D. 2017 is gone and there is nothing that we can do about it. 2018 is ahead and it is limitless in its possibilities. What we do this next year if the Lord has not come is entirely up to us. The world makes New Years Resolutions that do not last because they are made one day a year. With any New Year, there needs to be a Reflection on the last year and resolve the New Year.1. Reflection. A great way to measure the greatness of last year:a. Is God pleased with my life? God's children should have a daily determination to do those things that are right and to abstain from those things that are wrong. b. Am I saved and serving or saved and slack? It is so easy to get comfortable sitting and let everyone else do the work. We are neither to rust out or to burn out as we are out either way but to have a balanced life. Time for the Lord's work, time for family, and time for self.c. Am I trusting and hopeful or doubtful and fearful? Each of us knows that God holds our lives in His hand. That does not mean that all will go well in life, but that God will guide us and take care of us.d. Am I obedient and peaceful or disobedient and distressed? God wants our lives to be both happy and productive this New Year.2. Resolve. A great way to plan for a better New Year:a. Learn from both the successes and failures of the last year and resolve to make this year more productive.b. Make every day the “first day of the rest of your life.” Barbara's mom sent me this and I have reflected upon it over the years gone bye.EVERY MORNING YOU ARE HANDED TWENTY-FOUR GOLDEN HOURSTHEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW THINGS IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU GET FREE OF CHARGEIF YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD YOU COULD NOT BUY AN EXTRA HOURWHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THIS PRICELESS TREASURE ?REMEMBER; YOU MUST USE IT, AS IT IS GIVEN ONLY ONCEONCE WASTED YOU CANNOT GET IT BACKc. Resolving, despite your circumstances this year, to finish it with victory and joy. You cannot always change your circumstances, but you can keep your circumstances from changing you!d. Face the unknown of the new year with faith that God will be with you and for you. Resolving to be found in Him without spot of blemish.1) Correct the things that you can.2) Forget the things that you cannot.3) Rest in the Lord!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-17-2017Matthew 1:18-25 (vs. 22-23)Introduction: A. What about the coming of the Messiah? The most prophesied event in the Bible is that of the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. The first man was given this blessed hope in Genesis 3:15, four thousand years before His birth. 1. He was and is the Hope of mankind. The promised Savior!2. He was and is the Hope of Israel. The promised King!3. He was and is the Hope of the Church. The Promised Eternal Bridegroom!B. This year, I chose to let the entire congregation participate in our Christmas Cantata. What a wonderful choir you all make. I love to hear our congregation sing together, not in parts but in heart. Together we worship the Lord in song. Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.C. I want to look at three aspects of the prophecy of Christ tonight. 1. The Person Of Christmas – Who came.2. The Performance Of Christmas – How He Came.3. The Praise Of Christmas – Why He came.1. The Person Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN THE RIGHT PERSON!a. God In Flesh - Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.b. The Sacrificial Lamb Of God - Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.c. The King of Israel - John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.Songs:#422 – Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne#423 – Joy To The World#432 – Angels From the Realms of Glory2. The Performance Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN IN THE RIGHT WAY!a. He was Born The Right Time - Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.b. He Was Born The Right Way - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.c. He Was Born At The Right Place - Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.Songs:#434 – O Little Town Of Bethlehem#433 – Away In A Manger#431 – Silent Night3. The Praise Of Christmas – HE WAS BORN FOR THE RIGHT REASON! a. To Provide a Savior - Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.b. To Fulfill Scripture - Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,c. To Give Hope - Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.Songs:#429 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing#420 – There's A Song In The Air#426 – I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayConclusion: Thank you, God our Father, for the great love that offered your Son.Thank you, God the Son, for dying for our sin, Faithful Lord and Saviour.Thank you, God the Spirit, for indwelling us, Faithful Companion and Comforter.

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