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Temple Baptist Church - 8-30-2020Ephesians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:13-24 Introduction: A. The Fruit Bearing of Salvation – John 15:1-2, 5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (Notice three phases that show fruit bearing is progressive and a result of growing spiritually.) Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 1. The fruit of holiness brings blessing - Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 2. The fruit of the flesh brings death - Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. B. The Fruit Bearing of The Spirit. Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. C. It is important to note the order of the nine aspects of spiritual fruit. The soul or heart comes first as it dictates the outcome of the other two parts. 1. Man is a trichotomy or three in one—soul which is self-conscious, body which is world conscious, and spirit which is God conscious. If the heart is not right, then our relationship with both man and God will not be right! 2. Three are inward which shows the condition of our soul: love, joy, peace. 3. Three are outward which is how we treat others: longsuffering, gentleness, goodness. 4. Three are upward which is how we approach God: faith, meekness, temperance. 5. If the soul, or heart of man, is not right—then our relationship with others and God will not be right. D. How we walk spiritually decides what fruit we bear inwardly, outwardly, and upwardly. Ephesians 5: 6-9 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 1. Goodness is inward as it dictates the condition of the heart of man. We often use the phrase “he is a good man” or “she is a good woman.” 2. Righteousness is outward and has to do with what we do works or righteousness. The inward dictates the outward. 3. Truth is upward as we are to worship God in spirit and truth. We cannot be right with God if we are not both inwardly right and outwardly right! E. There are nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit listed. To be filled with the Spirit is to possess all nine! F. The Bible deals with the inward first because it is the inward that dictates the outward and upward. G. The first aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is love. As the love of money is the root of all evil, the love that God instills within His children is the root of all righteousness. H. If we are filled with the Spirit, we will love. I want to open this morning with the importance of love. In 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, we find the word “charity” used. Charity is an aspect of love but love covers a lot of ground. Charity is brotherly love so I will be careful not to take a verse out of context. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (When dealing with spiritual gifts, both passing and permanent, the Bible gives the importance of charity, i.e. brotherly love. The greatest gift that we have withing the local church is charity or brotherly love. Charity covers a multitude of sins! If we love right, we will interact right!) J. When we are saved, at that moment, the Holy Ghost of God enters and indwells the believer and we become filled with love. Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (The world has love but it is often misdirected or misused. The child of God has “the love of God” and the Bible says that “God is love!”) 1. We Will Love The Lord – Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. a. It Is A Submissive Love - John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:23-24 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. b. It Is A Serving Love - 1 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again c. It Is A Sacrificial Love - 2 Corinthians 8:8-9 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 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. d. It Is A Surpassing Love - John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 2. We Will Love One Another - John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. a. It Is A Witnessing Love - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. b. It Is An Assuring Love - 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. c. It Is A Forgiving Love - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. d. It Is A Compassionate Love - John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? e. It Is A Sincere Love - Romans 12:9-10 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 3. We Will Love Sinners Romans 13:9-10 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 4. We Will Love God's Word a. We will highly esteem it - Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. b. We will meditate in it - Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. c. We will obey it - 1 John 5:1-3 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 5. We Will Love God's House a. Shown through faithfulness - If the everyone came as often as you, what kind of church would we have? b. Shown through willingness to help and work - If everyone did as much as you do, would the work of the Lord get done? c. Shown through participation - How often do you attend extra-curricular activities Conclusion: God's love is something that does something to us and then does something through us.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-30-2020Revelation 5:1-9 Introduction: A. Chapters 4-5 find the Church raptured out and gathered in heaven with all the saints of God from both Old and New Testaments. What a reunion day that will be. B. Chapter 6 shows the introduction of Anti-Christ at the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Chapter 6 begins with the word “and” to show that chapters 4-6 are simultaneous events. At the rapture of the Church, we are now in heaven while we find (2 Thessalonians 2) the introduction of “that wicked.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 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? (6) And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. C. As we worship God and revel is the glories of heaven, the world enters the judgement of God: Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period. Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. D. We saw the unity of God in the “one sat” upon the throne and God the Father sitting with the Seven Sealed Book in His hand. E. This is not the closed book that Daniel sealed as the Book of Revelation opened that one for us. Daniel 12:1-4 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (4) But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase: Here, Daniel is describing a characteristic of the time of the end. Many take this prediction as being fulfilled in both the ability to travel quickly and also the busyness of these last days (run to and fro) and information explosions of the past two centuries (knowledge shall increase) of our modern age. F. This Seven Sealed Book holds the Seven Seals of the Judgment of God to be opened by the Judge, Jesus Christ, at the beginning of the Tribulation Period of Jacob's Trouble. This a book that the Father holds in His hand is as old as time. Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. G. All Judgment is given to Christ. John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 2 Timothy 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; Two classes of people—quick are the saved, dead are the unsaved—two judgments—Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne—two appearances—his appearing, the rapture of the church and the Second Coming. Psalms 50:1-6 A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. (2) Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. (3) Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. (4) He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. (5) Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. (6) And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. Psalms 96:10-13 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. (11) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. (12) Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice (13) Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. 1. The Scroll. The Seven Sealed Book. The Seven Seals hold the Seven-Fold Judgment of God during the Tribulation Period. Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. With the opening of each of the seven seals, we find a different aspect of the judgment of God on Israel and the occupants of the earth. 2. The Subject of the Book. The judgment of Christ Jesus upon: a. Those who have rejected the gospel and person of Jesus Christ: His great salvation. John 3:18-21 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. b. The Nation of Israel who rejected the Messiah, God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Revelation 5:1-2 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (2) And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? (Revelation 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1) John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Isaiah 53:1-3 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (2) For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. (3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Romans 10:16-21 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (18) But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (19) But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. (20) But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. (21) But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, (42) Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. (43) For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, (44) And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Matthew 23:37-39 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! (38) Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. (39) For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. 3. The Search – From Adam of the Old Testament to John the Revelator of the New Testament, none was found worthy. Revelation 5: 3 fcAnd no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. a. No Person, no Prophet, no Powerful King, no Priest, no Apostle, no Martyr, no one was worthy to judge. b. Jesus Christ is the righteous judge and the only One who has the right to judge. His judgments will be perfect. 4. The Sadness – This same sadness at the seemingly lack of justice on earth exists today as God's people ask the question, “How long, O Lord?” Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. a. Dr. R. G. Lee preached the message, “Payday Some Day.” As the old preacher once said, “There is coming a great “recompencing day.” b. God is keeping score and, at the right time, will perfectly judge both the rejection of the Messiah by Israel along with the rejection of Christ by individuals. 5. The Sovereign – A Lion was expected but a slain Lamb came forth. Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Jeremiah 30:7-10 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. (8) For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: (9) But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. (10) Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-6-2020Galatians 5:22-23 Introduction: A. As we study the filling of the Spirit in the believer, we are looking closely at the “fruit of the Spirit.” Fruit on a tree of bush speaks of either good attachment and much fruit or poor attachment and little or no fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is singular but manifesting itself in nine different aspect. To be biblically filled with the Spirit is to have ALL nine. B. As a trichotomy, we are soul—self-conscious, body—world conscious, and spirit—God conscious. Three of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit are inward—the soul, three are outward—the body, and three are upward—the spirit. C. Last week, we saw the most important of the inward three, love. Without love, we are nothing! D. The second aspect of the inward is Joy. Without joy, you will never endure; you will just become another statistic; one who started but did not finish; one who became a burden instead of their intended blessing; one having to be visited instead of one who visits; one who must be earnestly prayed for instead of one who earnestly prays; one who must be helped instead of one who helps. There are too many of God's people who have fallen to the wayside and find in comfortable. E. Most Christians today live in discouragement with little or no real joy. This has been a year of change and the changes have not been good ones. People are learning to survive while living in fear and restrictions to liberty. God never intended for us to survive; He intends for us to flourish! F. I have not been a fan. I have tried to live in encouragement and refuse to live in fear. I have tried to maintain normalcy as much as possible but, at times, despite every effort, the “new normal” has adversely affected all of us. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. G. Yet, we have: 1. Fears about the Virus. 2. Fears about the Future. 3. Fears about our Families. 4. Fears about the direction of our Country. H. Joy defined: JOY, The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. J. For the Christian, true joy is found despite circumstances, not in circumstances. 1. Our Example - Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 2. Our Exhortation - 1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 1. The Joy Of Salvation - Psalms 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.Psalms 132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 2. The Joy Of Understanding God's Word - Nehemiah 8:9-12 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. 3. The Joy Of Worship - Nehemiah 12:43-46 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited. And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. 4. The Joy Of Going To Church - Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. a. The Joy Of Singing - Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. b. The Joy Of Praise - Psalms 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 5. The Joy Of Hope - Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 6. The Joy Of Eternity - Psalms 16:8-11 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 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, 7. The Joy Of Sinners Saved - Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 8. The Joy Of A Finished Course - Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 9. The Joy Of The Saviour - 1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-24-20201 Timothy 6:12Introduction: A. Tomorrow, May 25,2020, is Memorial Day. Recognize Veterans.1. The day in which we honor our war dead: men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom that we enjoy today. 2. “All gave some but some gave all.” Their lives were cut short; they died in their youth; their dreams were never realized; their dreams can only be realized through us!3. Would have been friends, neighbors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, mill workers, miners, store owners, moms, and dads—America's youth, America's strength, America's future!B. As we enjoy our freedom and blessings tomorrow, our day trips, picnics lunches, grilled favorites, do not fail to remember those who will not be there to enjoy them with us! 1. These statistics are several years old. In all the American wars, either by our country or within our country, over 45,000,000 men and women have served in wartime with app. 1,175,000 war dead and app. 1,500,000 wounded in action. 2. That is a tremendous number of young lives that have been given and families forever changed while affording us the freedom that we now enjoy. 3. I knew a soldier who, as an 18-year-old was carrying a machine gun, wading through the waters of the Pacific Islands under heavy fire, watching his buddies die before his eyes. He grew up that day. 4. I remember a man who, as young artillery man, coming on shore at Omaha Beach on D+2, watching them as they carried away the dead and wounded. 5. I have known men who fought through the harsh winters of Korea, walked through the jungles of Viet Nam, died in the middle east and continue to die until this day for our freedom. 6. My thoughts go to Arlington National Cemetery and to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and read the inscription, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”C. Freedom in a privilege, not a right! Citizenship is a privilege, not a right! There are many living in this country that enjoy the freedoms while misusing them. 1. We do not have the freedom to do wrong in this land. 2. We do not have the freedom to live here and defame this land.3. We have not right to burn the American Flag.4. America has had some sordidness in its history and still is not a perfect land, but it is my country and I say, “Love it or leave it.”5. Come to America but come legal, learn the language (I do not speak Spanish), salute the flag, pay your taxes, be productive, get a job, and be a good citizen!6. You are not here because it is your right; you are here because you are privileged to live here. This is our country, one nation under GOD, paid for with the blood of our valiant youth!D. War is not something that any sane man or woman wants, but we find in our text that war is sometimes a necessity. 1. Men who will not fight will not remain free. 2. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” It is the cry of the patriot and is the prerequisite for freedom. To live free, some must sometimes die.E. God bless the memory of our war dead; God bless our troops; God bless America!F. This morning, for a few minutes, I want to look at a different type of war casualty. You and I are in a spiritual warfare today. It is a war just as real as physical wars are real. We have spiritually what we have this morning because someone paid a great price.1. From the blood of Abel to those who are martyred in other countries today, blood has been shed as men earnestly contended for the faith once delivered.2. Throughout history, men and women have been tortured and died because they were not willing to recant concerning their faith. We have the witness of the Scriptures; we have the witness of books such as “Fox's Book of Martyrs” and “Trail of Blood.” Over 50 million died for their faith in the Dark Ages alone.3. We have the witness of both church and secular historians who have brought to us the reality of these sacrifices. Millions upon millions have and will die for their faith. While we sit free in America, Christians still die in other lands and our nation is becoming less and less “Christian Friendly.”Hebrews 11:33-38 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: (36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: (37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.Revelation 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.G. Because of the sufferings and death of these and countless others like them, we are spiritually blessed!1. We have the blessing of a pure Bible! Without those who suffered and died for this old Book that I hold; we would not be so blessed. I know that preservation is an act of God—not an act of man—but God used men who were willing to suffer reproach and often die that we might have it. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for my Bible!”2. We have the blessing of our Faith once delivered! Without those who suffered and died, I would not know the way to heaven! They prayed and many “paid” that I might have the privilege of knowing how to be saved. So many denominations have departed from the faith into “Cain Worship.” They are now right with God because they are “right with God?” I am glad that my salvation is by grace through faith. Many have been persecuted for their unwillingness to capitulate on the doctrine of salvation. I am glad that I know that Jesus Christ is the only Way to heaven. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for my Salvation!”3. We have the blessing of Fathers to follow! Not only do we have the Bible and a wonderful Salvation, we have the “Old Paths” wherein is the right way and the good way. Our doctrine is pure, our separation is purposed, and our path is well trodden by those who went before. Many have suffered and died to make those paths well defined and easy to follow. Many are leaving the “Old Paths” for the “New Paths” in order to draw crowds and avoid persecution. In the “Old Paths,” we are different from this present evil world that the Lord died to deliver us from. We are not saved in our sin; we are not saved to sin; we are saved from our sin! I love the “Old Paths” that our fathers trod and will not forsake them for the “New Paths” that the world follows. The “Old Paths” are the right ways! They are the good ways! This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for leading me into the Old Paths!”4. We have the blessing of Truth to guard us! We live in days of spiritual deception. This past week, a spiritual “crackpot” denied clear Scripture concerning the time of our Lord's return. He brought reproach to the Second Coming of Christ by the news media. He gave the scoffers an occasion to blaspheme by saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” There are men and women on every hand who claim to be either the Messiah or claim to know Him and, at the same time, preach doctrines contrary to clear Scripture. They are being followed by those who will one day be sent “strong delusion” and be damned eternally. I am glad that I know the Truth of God's Word. I accept it as Truth. I follow it as Truth. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for teaching me the Truth!”Conclusion: Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Let us remember our war dead. Let us remember those who gave their lives for our Freedom! Let us also remember those who gave their lives for our Faith!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-27-2020Hebrews 11:32-40Hebrews 11:32-40 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: (33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: (36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: (37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (39) And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.Introduction:A. As we begin to “wrap up” chapter eleven of Hebrews, “The Hall of Faith,” we look at this statement by the great Apostle Paul. “And what shall I say more?' God has given us numerous examples of the faith of these Old Testament saints.1. Though they did not have the completion of the Word of God in their hands, they had great faith in their God! From the blood of Abel that continues to speak in our day to the faith of Rahab whose conversion brought her into the Messianic Line of Christ, we have seen examples of faith that should encourage us and inspire us to live for Christ.Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.2. The unfortunate thing is that when “that which is perfect” has come, the completion of the Word of God that we hold in our hands tonight, we see less and less of people with such faith! There is an anemia of faith in the children of God in these last days that should not be.1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.3. The Bible says, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required,” therefore, our responsibility and accountability are much greater.Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (48) But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.B. For Paul to either expound upon or just mention all the Old Testament “giants” of faith, would require many volumes of writing. He names six men in verse 32 along with “Prophets” of which there were many and then terms for faith that are ascribed to men in general.1. With some, their faith brought victory in this life.a. Subdued kingdoms.b. Wrought righteousness.c. Obtained promises.d. Stopped the mouths of lions.e. Quenched the violence of fire.g. Escaped the edge of the sword.h. Out of weakness were made strong.i. Waxed valiant in fight.j. Turned to flight the armies of the aliens.k. Women received their dead raised to life again.2. With others, their faith brought persecution and death in this live but victory in the life to come.a. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance.b. Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings.c. Bonds of imprisonment.d. Stoned.e. Sawn asunder.f. Tempted.g. Slain with the sword.h. Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.i. Destitute.j. Afflicted.k. Tormented.3. We find that there were an equal number of saints that saw victory here and who did not see victory in this life BUT, they ALL saw victory in the life to come.a. We have seen, through the annals of Church History, a myriad of brethren who have exercised such faith and the end of their faith was not found in victory in this world but rather victory in the world to come.b. There will be times:1) When your “Red Sea” will not open and you cannot see either the other side or the depths of the sea. Then you must stand on the shore and face the sea, not knowing the outcome in this life. It is THEN that you must sometimes just “stand still” and wait for the salvation of the Lord.2) When your “wall of Jericho” will not fall flat. Your problems will be humanly unsurmountable, with no visible way to breach the wall. You will have to trust the Lord for His time and His way. 3) When your “Goliath” will not die and nor will he go away. He will curse and mock you and your God without fear. Choose your “5 smooth stones” carefully and charge him in faith. while at other times you must “go forward” anyway. Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;c. There will be times when you must “run through a troop” or leap “over a wall.”Psalms 18:28-29 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (29) For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.d. “And these ALL, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing” for them!Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.e. God let some remain because the world needed them. The world needs to see people of faith to contrast their lack of thereof.f. God let some die because the world was not worthy of them. Oft times, God will remove His people and take them home because of the world's rejection of righteousness.4. We also find the reversal of chronological order in these names mentioned in verse 32. I have often wondered why because:a. Barak is found in Judges, chapter 4, while Gedeon is found in Judges, chapter 6.b. Jephthae is found in Judges, chapter 11, while Samson is found in Judges, chapters 13-16.c. Samuel is found in 1 Samuel, chapter 1, while David is found beginning in 1 Samuel, chapter 16.d. I believe that the reversal teaches us that things are not always as they seem to be.1. Some people that seem to be first in faith are last in faith.2. Some people that seem to be last in faith are first in faith.Conclusion: Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.1. “Some better thing for us” is not always found in physical comfort or blessing. Our greatest reward for righteousness and faith is “that where I am, ye may be also!”2. Chapter 12 begins with the word “Wherefore.” We are not complete with the Old Testament's examples of faith and neither are the Old Testament saints complete without us!3. The “better thing for us” is that we follow in the Old Paths of example, making their victories and sacrifices worth it all!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-31-2020Luke 23:33-43Introduction:A. Someone once said, “Life has many choices; eternity only has two.” We need to learn that choices have consequences: either good or bad!1. I am more than a little sure that these two thieves would rather be somewhere else on this day!2. Yet, for both thieves, it was the best place in the world to be on this day. 3. As they faced certain death and eternity, the Son of God—the Saviour of the World, hung dying between them and for them.B. Our lives are so full of decisions that could have been made, should have been made, must be made that we make many without much thought while others are thought provoking.1. Most of our choices are not as consequential. They involve little “brain matter” to make because, as the old saying goes, “Are six of one or half a dozen of the other.” We choose when to get up, what to wear, what to eat, etc. every day of our lives.2. Many of our choices are more important as they have to do with life changing things. Choices such as, “What do I want to do with my life?” What do I want to do for a living, who do I want to marry, are consequential and life changing ones?3. A few of our choices are monumental! In our verses for this morning, we find choices made that concerned eternal things.C. Many people on that day made choices concerning who Jesus Christ was. 1. Most rejected Christ and, after the crucifixion, went about their lives. They may have lived many or few more years with time to reflect on the Son of God and reverse or continue in their decision.2. Two men on that day made monumental decisions! These two men were going to die! They had entered “The Valley of Decision” for the final time. The ultimate decision making!D. The Lord sometimes uses valleys (hard places in life) to bring the lost to a place of decision. Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.E. These Valleys of Decision are brought about through His infinite mercy. When all continues to go well for the sinner, he fails to see his need of salvation.Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.F. These Valleys of Decision are brough about though the goodness of God. Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?.)1. God uses the Valley of Sickness to bring sinners to decisions. Our health is in God's hand, not the Doctor's hands.Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;2. God uses the Valley of Family Problems to bring sinners to decisions. Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.3. God uses the Valley of Bankruptcy to bring sinners to decisions. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Haggai 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.4. God uses the Valley of Funerals to bring sinners to decisions. Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.1) The Providence Of God In The Valleys – He is in total control of the lives of both saved and lost.a) These valleys cause the lost to lose faith in material things.1a) People have too many worldly goods to occupy their lives.2b) People have too little need for faith in this world of plenty.b) These valleys cause the lost to face their mortality and death. 1a) The valley of sickness. 2b) The valley of death. c) These valleys cause the lost to seek something better. 1a) They have financial ruin. 2b) They have family problems. 3c) They have personal problems (jail, etc.) d) These valleys are places of decision. e) These valleys are sometimes places of last resort.2) The Purpose Of God In The Valleys a) He allows valleys to accomplish His will. b) He allows valleys to teach His lessons. c) He allows valleys to maneuver the lives of men. d) He allows valleys to show His great power. e) He allows valleys to force man's decisions. f) He allows valleys as a means of persuasion.g) God uses valleys to bring the lost to a place of decision.Deuteronomy 30:15-20 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.3) The Power Of God In The Valleys – Job asked, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?”4) The promise is that the Lord is near in these Valleys of Decision.Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.G. This morning, I want to look at a classic example of a valley that brought a sinner face to face with his eternal destination. The thief was going to die today. THE DECISION TO BE SAVED WAS HIS TO MAKE AND HIS ALONE!1. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Realization – vs. 33, 39-41 a. That Death Was Near – He was faced with his mortality. b. That Judgment Was Impending – He was faced with accountable to God for his sin.c. That He Was Hopeless – He was faced with an eternity without God (without hope in this world).d. That He Was Helpless – He was faced with helplessness as he could do nothing in himself to change the situation.2. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Recognition – vs. 34, 38, 40-42 a. That Christ Was The Only Lord – He cried, “Lord!” b. That Christ Was The Only Way – He cried, “Remember me!”3. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Repentance – vs. 41-42 a. He Faced The Reality Of Who He Was. b. He Faced The Reality Of What He Deserved4. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Redemption – vs. 42-43 (He Was Gloriously Saved!)a. He Turned From Sin To The Saviourb. He Turned From Hopelessness To Hopec. He Turned From The End Of Life To The Beginning Of Eternal Life
Temple Baptist Church - 5-31-2020Rev 3:14-22Introduction:A. Laodicea, “The Rights of the People.” Here we are in 2020. Historically, how did we get here?1. Ephesus left her First Love. A cooling off period.2. Smyrna allowed a mixed multitude to join the local church.3. Pergamos began to compromise doctrinally by allowing false teachers.4. Thyatira began to be tied with the upcoming Roman Catholic Heresy.5. Sardis became more dead than alive through ritualism.6. Philadelphia was a “break” from the norm by getting the gospel out to a lost world.7. Laodicea, here we are:a) Laodicean people became more Materialistic. After WW II, industry remained in “full swing” as factories changed over from production of war materials to keeping people employed by making things available to them that they could have only dreamed of in years gone by. People have access to so many things that are not all bad but things that have become distractions. Automobiles in every driveway, cheap and plentiful fuel for them, places to go and things to do. SUNDAY began to change from the Lord's Day to Play Day.b) Laodicean people became more Humanistic. People are all about self instead of others. The invention of the television set brought people in from sitting on the porch with neighbors to closing the windows and curtains so as not interrupt their favorite TV programs.c) Laodicean people became more Socialistic. Big government equals little rights and dependence. The government ran the nation during the war effort and, as the fire desires more wood, government desired and got more power.d) Laodicean people became more Globalistic. Alliances began to form after WW II such as NATO that were to stop any country from trying to take over the world again. The world became the betterment of the whole over the sovereignty of it parts. “We are world and we are one” is the slogan of the Globalist. We are not one!2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.B. Temple Baptist Church can be like any of the above mentioned, the choice is ours.C. We live in days of rebellion against authority.1. Rebellion in the home. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.2. Rebellion in the nation. Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.3. Rebellion in the work place. Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:4. Rebellion in the church. 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.D. The Description of Christ – Verse 14 1. "The Amen" - let it be so, truly. As God has spoken in His Word, so it will be!2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2. "Faithful and True Witness" - faithful to His word. The Bible is right in all its parts. Last word in the Bible - Amen 3. "Beginning of The Creation of God" - pre-eminence in all things. God is still God.E. The Observation of The Church – Verses 16-17 1. The Spirituality of The Church - lukewarm 2. The Boast of The Church - need of nothing (Notice it is "thou sayest" not "I say") 3. The Condition of The Church – “I will spue thee out of my mouth” a. Ignorant of their condition - "knowest not" b. Wretched - something to be pittied c. Miserable - never knowing the true joy of the Lord d. Poor - never knowing the true riches Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) e. Blind - Religion without salvation f. Naked - having no divine righteousnessF. The Counsel To The Church – Verses 18-19 1. "Gold tried in the fire" - buy true riches that are eternal 2. "white raiment" - true righteousness 3. "anoint thine eyes" - spiritual discernment 4. "repent" – spiritual perceptionG. The Position of Christ – Verse 20 Outside of the door (Christ could not join most churches in our day.)H. The Invitation To The Individual – Verse 20 Notice it is to the individual, not to the church1. This is not the Door of Salvation as that Door is Christ and is never closed.John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.2. This is the Door of Communion. The sinfulness of man stands between himself and Christ in Communion. Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.I. The Promise To The Overcomer – Verse 211. Fellowship With ChristLuke 12:35-37 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; (36) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. (37) Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.2. Reigning With Christ1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.VS 17 - KNOWEST NOT - WHAT A DANGER – Laodicea is:1. Characterized by un-realization.Psalms 78:35-37 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honourethme with their lips; but their heart is far from me.2. Characterized by unholiness.Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.3. Characterized by un-lovingness. Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.4. Characterized by un-faithfulness.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.5. Characterized by un-thankfulness.Numbers 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.6. Characterized by un-carefulness. a. Towards God's Word b. Towards God's Work c. Towards God's House
Temple Baptist Church - 6-3-2020Hebrews 11:39-12:1Introduction:A. As we finish God's “Hall of Faith” in chapter 11, I want to tie that chapter into chapter 12. The last verse of chapter 11 speaks of the generations that would follow. This includes us!B. Chapter 11 is our Example. Chapter 12 is our Exhortation.1. Our forefathers who obtained victory in this life through faith.2. Our forefathers who did not obtain victory in this life but continued in faith.C. Chapter 12 begins with our “great cloud of witnesses.”1. This does not mean that these afore mentioned individuals are looking over the bannisters of heaven and watching how we do.2. It means that their sterling examples of faith witness to us that, if they could endure in faith, so can we.D. What I want to look at the phrase “that they without us should not be made perfect.”E. What good was their example if those who follow them do not continue in faith?1. If you and I will not continue in faith, then who will?2. If our posterity sees nothing in us, to who shall they look?F. Three things I want to look at in chapter 12, verse 1.1. Remembrance “Witnesses”. Let Us Observe. a. “we also” – Inclusive. As we sit here tonight, God's people are still suffering around us. This is a universal problem with both the normal trials of life and the persecution of our faith.b. “compassed about” – Universal. To be encircled. We are in good company! Though often we feel alone in our spiritual battles, everyone that is saved has struggles.c. “with so great a cloud” – Visible. This root word for cloud is found only once in the Bible. It does not mean to look at the sky and see a cloud or many clouds. It is the “cloud” of an overcast day where all that we see is cloud. The masses of people who have and are struggling is innumerable! Someone once said that men “live lives of quiet desperation.” We are not desperate, but we are all suffering to some degree daily with self, sin, or sorrows of this life.d. “Witnesses” – Accountable. Someone who has seen or experienced something. If these can endure, we can endure! We have the same grace, strength, and guidance that they had or are having. We are better equipped than most because we have “that which is perfect,” the completed Bible.2. Removal. “every weight, and the sin” Let Us Lay Aside. a. The Removal of Weights. Weights are not necessarily sinful but things that hinder us in our service to the Lord. There are so many things clamoring for out attention; so many “voices” that we hear; so many things that we enjoy that become distractions in our lives. I John ends with the admonition of having idols, both mental and metal, that take precedent over spiritual things.Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;b. The Removal of “The Sin” – each of us struggle with our flesh, our thought life, etc. Paul said, “In me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing … when I would do good, evil is present with me.”Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.c. Realization. “which doeth so easily beset us” Let Us Be Vigilant. Everyone has certain weaknesses of the flesh: some visible and some not visible. We tend to look down on or preach against that which can be readily seen but the most dangerous and wicked sins are often hidden to the public eye.2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;3. Resolve. “with patience the race that is set before us” Let Us Run. a. It is a Personal Race. Everyone of us has a specific work to do; a place to be. I did not know 44 years ago, when I was saved, that I would spend most of my life in another state and town. I am glad that I am here tonight.b. It is a Perilous Race. Every individual race has its ups and downs, mountains, and valleys. There are both physical and spiritual dangers to be dealt with. When you know that life is hard, you can make it!c. It is a Patient Race. As tribulation worketh patience, hard times and places cause us to never give up the battle. By God's grace, I intend to finish that which I was apprehended for.d. It is a Persuasive Race. We become a part of the “cloud of witnesses.” People, family—friends—acquaintances—strangers, watch us now and remember us later. Our “dying in faith” will either help them or one day haunt them.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-7-2020Job 23:1-17Introduction: A. Job is said to be the oldest book in the Bible. 1. I will take their word for that as I do know the antiquity of the story. Thus, what I am going to preach about this morning is as old as time itself.2. The Valley of Faith. There will be times in our lives when we do not understand (Job did not) and or when we cannot do anything to alleviate our circumstances. These times will try our faith!B. It is in these times that you had better know some things.James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which (1) endure. Ye have heard of the (2) patience of Job, and have seen (3) the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.1. Job's Predicament. Life will be tough at times!Job 23:1-9 Then Job answered and said, (2) Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. (3) Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! (4) I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. (5) I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. (6) Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. (7) There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. (8) Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: (9) On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:1a) Job's Complaint – Verse 2 Job's Complaint was legitimate!2a) Job's Confusion – Verses 3-7 Murphy's Law applied to Job.3a) Job's Consternation – Verses 8-9 God was nowhere to be found.2. Job's Patience. Job 23:10-12 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (11) My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. (12) Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.4a) Job's Consideration – Verses 10 God was still in control!5a) Job's Continuation – Verses 11 And having done all to stand! Do Right!6a) Job's Comfort – Verse 12 God's comforting Word, the Bible.3. Job's Perception. Job 23:13-15 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. (14) For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (15) Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.7a) Job's Conclusion – Verse 12-17 Trust in the wisdom of God!C. In this part of Job's life, we find: 1. God's Purpose – vs. 10 “I shall come forth as gold” 2. God's Plan – vs. 11 – “his steps” 3. God's Persistence – vs. 13 – “who can turn him?” 4. God's Performance – vs. 14 – “he performeth” 5. God's Presence – vs. 15 – “his presence”Our Faith in our Confusion – vs. 111 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:1. His Steps Are Sure StepsPsalms 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.Psalms 18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.Psalms 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.2. His Steps Are Ordered StepsPsalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.3. His Steps Are Protected StepsPsalms 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.Psalms 139:3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.4. His Steps Are Righteous StepsPsalms 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.Psalms 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.Psalms 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.5. His Steps Are Joyous StepsPsalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.6. His Steps Are Good StepsPsalms 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.Psalms 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.Psalms 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.7. His Steps Are Plain StepsPsalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.8. His Steps Are Growing StepsProverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.9. His Steps Are Living StepsProverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-29-2020Hebrews 12:14 Introduction: A. Holiness is a subject that is not often preached in our day. We have come to accept worldliness and casualness with God as the “new normal.” The government has introduced us to several oxymorons because of the COVID-19 scare. New is not normal and normal is not new! B. “Without which no man shall see the Lord.” The Book of Hebrews re-introduces the believer to holiness, which is necessary for seeing the Lord. C. “See the Lord” does not mean our perception of Him, it means to see Him as He is. 1. The worldly have a warped perception of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2. The holy have a right perception of the Lord. Purity is the key to a right perception. Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1. The Path of Holiness. Our Approach to God. We are exhorted to “follow” holiness. Therefore, there must be both a clear path to holiness as well as examples of holiness. The First Mention of the word “holy” is the context of man's approach unto God. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. 2. The Person of Holiness. Our Perception of God. The First Mention of the word “holiness” gives us an attribute of God. Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (A thrice holy God. Found only once in both the Old and New Testaments.) Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 3. The Purpose of Holiness. Our Seeing of God. As our sin separates us from God, our holiness brings us near to God. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) 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. Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 4. The People of Holiness. Our Sanctification to God. Too many have preached sanctification from a negative point of view. Our sanctification is to God which is our reasonable service. It is both physical, our bodies, and mental, the renewing of our minds. a. A Physical Holiness. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. b. A Mental Holiness. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (16) Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. (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 Peter 3:11-12 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, (12) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 5. The Pattern of Holiness. Our Example from God. The believer has the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the Old Paths to follow. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 6. The Power of Holiness. Our Witness for God. As we become salt and light, people see Christ in us and desire what we have. 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. 7. The Pleasure of Holiness. Our Joy with God. Oh, what joy! To walk with God each day! Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Conclusion: 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-2-2020Joshua 10:12-14 Introduction: A. Over the past months, we have studied many valleys in the Bible that are pertinent to the Christian experience. Valleys are a type of hard places or times of trouble, pain, suffering, persecution, sickness, and death. B. No one likes the valleys as they travel through them, but we have learned that they are essential for our spiritual growth and faith. 1. This morning, we will study another great valley in which we find a man of God—a spiritual and physical giant—who needed both acts of human strength and divine miracles. 2. Joshua was a Worshipper. Exodus 33:10-11 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. (11) And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. 3. Joshua was a Minister. Exodus 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. 4. Joshua was a Warrior. Exodus 17:8-10 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. (9) And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. (10) So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 5. Joshua was a Leader. Deuteronomy 1:37-38 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. (38) But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. C. In this valley, we find that all things are possible with God and He can make a miracle happen just when you need them most. D. A miracle can be defined as: a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. I want to look at two classes of miracles that we find in these verses: 1. There is the manifestation of supernatural judgment of God upon the wicked. I will not go through the Bible and list every example but here are a few. a) Noah's flood that destroyed the world. b) Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction by fire. c) Nadab and Abihu destroyed by the fire of the Lord. d) Korah and his followers swallowed up by the earth. e) Herod's death with worms eating his flesh. f) Ananias and Sapphira dying before the Lord. 2. There are the gracious and mighty intercessions of God on behalf of His people. a) The Ark that bore Noah and his family. b) The angels who removed Lot and his family. c) The plagues of Egypt. d) The parting of the Red Sea. e) The manna from heaven and water from the Rock. f) The New Testament is full of them. E. Gibeon's deception of Israel. When Joshua's army crossed the Jordan River, great fear fell upon the inhabitants of Canaan. Gibeon heard of the destruction of Jericho and Ai so they sent men dressed in worn out clothes and carrying aged water bottles, etc. to deceive Israel about who they were. Gibeon was near Ai and was possibly the next target of Israel's military campaign. F. Israel made peace with Gibeon and, therefore, came under their protection. The other nations of Canaan feared that Gibeon, a highly respected nation with a large army, would help Israel, so they came to destroy Gibeon. Gibeon sought the help of Israel. G. In our story, we find that Joshua brings Israel's mighty army—which is at Gilgal—to aid Gibeon. Joshua's army destroys the armies of this great nations with the help of God through various miracles. H. There are times in life's valleys when we need a miracle from God! THE FOUR MIRACLES OF JOSHUA'S VALLEY 1. The Miracle of Strength. Verses 7-10, 13. Joshua's army had been up all day, marched all night, fought all day, and then fought another night and day. a. The Strength of the March. 1) Gilgal was in the Jordan Valley while Gibeon was in the Central Highlands, and elevation difference of app. 3,300 feet or like climbing a mountain. 2) The march from Gilgal to Gibeon was app. 20-22 miles, close to the length of today's Marathon of 26.2 miles. Our best conditioned Marathon runners train all year, rest for days prior to a race, practice carbohydrate loading, and are completely exhausted at the end of the race. 3) Marathon runners wear little and carry nothing in their hands. Joshua's army was armed for war: shields, swords, spears, bow and arrows, probably water and a certain amount of food 4) Joshua's army covered 20+ miles through rough terrain (app. 3,300 foot climb to get to Gibeon), an 8-10 hour forced march that took all night to accomplish. b. The Strength for the Battle. 1) Verse 10 - Israel began the battle at daybreak with no time to eat and rest after the horrific forced march through the night. 2) Israel fought in hand-to-hand combat all day and then chased the opposing army for about 2 miles (distance from Gibeon to Bethhoron). 3) Israel then re-engaged the enemy and fought again from Azekah to Makkedah. 4) Verse 13 – Israel had force marched all night up a mountain, engaged the enemy at daybreak, fought all day, then fought through the next night and another day. 5) A miracle of strength and endurance for mortal man.2. The Miracle of the Great Hail Stones. Verse 11 – There are two striking things about these hail stones. a. One – Their Size – occasionally, a person will be killed by a hail stone, but the death was wholesale upon the enemy. We find another example of “great hail” in the New Testament that will shed some light on the possible size of these hailstones. Revelation 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. (a talent of silver was app. 100 lb while a talent of gold was app. 200 lb.) b. Two – Their Aim – the enemy was destroyed and not one of Israel's men died. Exodus 11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. (God protected His people.) 3. The Miracle of Joshua's Faith. Verses 12-13 a. Joshua's Confidence in the Lord. “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel” b. Joshua's Command to the Sun and Moon. “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” c. God's Obedience to Joshua's Command. Verse 13. Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. d. Man may tamper with you clock (Daylight Saving Time), but no power on earth can stop the sun and the moon in their courses! 4. The Miracle of the Sun and Moon Standing Still. Verses 13-14 a. “And the sun stood still … So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day” b. “and the moon stayed” – God used this to keep the moon's orbit around the earth synced with the stopping of the earth's orbit around the sun. c. “So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. (14) And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.” Conclusion: Sometimes, even the strongest of God's children need divine intervention! 1) Israel found out who God was in the Valley of Miracles - Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (A God of help when you need Him most, He is always there.) 2) Israel found out what God was in the Valley of Miracles - Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (A God can be confidently counted upon in times of trouble.) 3) Israel found out what God could do in the Valley of Miracles - Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. (He can turn impossibility into possibility.)
Temple Baptist Church - 8-2-2020Revelation 4:1-2 Introduction: A. In chapter 4, the Rapture has taken place and we have been changed. 1. We are in our new body, one that is perfectly designed for eternity. Our sinful body has been changed, our sinful nature eradicated, and our spiritual eyes open to behold the scene set before us. 2. The reality of what we shall behold can only be seen in its perfection and beauty when we are finally home, but the Bible gives us some details that excite us. B. Our first glimpse of heaven is that of the Throne of God. The picture that the Holy Ghost inspires is incomprehensible to the human mind! John, a type of the assembled Church of the God, is now standing in the very presence of the Sovereign of the Universe, the Ancient of Days, the Jehovah God of Israel, the thrice holy Elohim of Genesis 1:1, the Creator, Sustainer, and Owner of all things in heaven and earth. C. We live in a world that, from our earthly perspective, has the appearance of being out of control but our vision of God on His Throne shows the heavenly perspective. God is still sovereign and in complete control of heaven and earth! D. The world, like a rug, when viewed from underneath is often a jumbled mess of interwoven string but, when viewed from the top, the pattern of the rug is seen. E. The Throne Room of God. 1. The Place of the Throne. A Heavenly Place. Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (5) Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Ephesians 1:19-23 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (21) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (22) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, (23) Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 2. The Position of the Throne. A Prominent Place. The Throne of God is the first thing that we will see. 1 Kings 10:18-19a Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. (19) The throne had six steps … Psalms 108:3-5 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. (4) For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. (5) Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; Psalms 113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Isaiah 6:1a In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up … Isaiah 57:15a For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place … Ephesians 1:20-21 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (21) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 3. The Power of the Throne. A Powerful Place. Genesis 41:39-44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: (40) Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. (41) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. (42) And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; (43) And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. (44) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. Psalms 2:4-6 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (6) Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 4. The Description of a Throne. A place of great Beauty. Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (The Rainbow: the unchanging mercy and grace of God. The Emerald Stone: The Wedding Stone of Israel: the promise of God's grace and mercy.) Genesis 9:12-16 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: (13) I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (14) And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: (15) And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. (16) And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 1 Kings 10:18-20 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. (19) The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. (20) And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom. Revelation 22:1-5 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (3) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. 5. The Character of the Throne. A place of great Glory. Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 6. The Judgment of the Throne. A place of Reward or Retribution. Psalms 9:7-8 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. (8) And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (The rewards of the saved.) Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (The retribution of the unsaved.) Psalms 89:13-14 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. (14) Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. 7. The Perpetuality of the Throne. God's Throne is Eternal. Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Psalms 93:1-2 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. (2) Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. Psalms 47:8-9 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. (9) The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted. Revelation 21:5-6 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-9-2020Revelation 4:1-5 Introduction: A. Our first glimpse of heaven will also be our God! Many have interpreted these verses as seeing Christ Jesus alone sitting upon His throne, but I believe that the context of chapters 4 and 5 give us a complete look at who is involved with the throne. B. The throne in heaven is where God sits. God is one God, manifesting Himself in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. These three are co-equal in all power and attributes. C. A verse that many of the perverted “bibles” leave out or, as in the Scofield Bible, discount as being inserted, is an important verse. 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (This one of the greatest verses in the Bible concerning the Trinity of the Godhead.) D. I have no doubt that the first One that we see is Jesus, because of the description given in verse 3, but I also believe that we see the Trinity at the same time. His description is that of a “jasper and a sardine stone.” 1. Jesus Christ on the Throne - Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. a) The jasper stone was one of a brilliant, transparent light, speaking of the purity and beauty of our glorified Christ. Comparable to a diamond which emanates different colors when reflection the light around it. b) The sardine stone is a red or blood colored stone, speaking of the sacrifice at Calvary where Christ shed His own blood. c) In the Old Testament, the order is reversed with the sardius or sardine stone being mentioned first and the jasper stone last on the breastplate of the High Priest. Exodus 28:17-20 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. (18) And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. (19) And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. (20) And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. d) In the New Testament, prophetically, the Bible looks from Christ in His glory (Jasper) back to Christ in His sacrifice (Sardine). e) In the Old Testament, the Bible prophetically looks forward to the sacrifice of Christ (Sardius) and then His glorification (Jasper). f. The Bible is perfectly right in its order. 2. God the Father on the Throne - Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (“Him that sat on the throne had a book in His hand. This is God the Father.) Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Luke 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (56) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. John 14:6-9 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (7) If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. (8) Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. (9) Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 3. God the Holy Spirit on the Throne - Revelation 5:6-7 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (In these verses, we find the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and the seven Spirits of God: The Holy Spirit.) E. God has always been united. In the Old Testament, we find the Trinity. We understand form John, chapter one, that Jesus Christ—the Word of God—is the Creator of all things but we also find the unity of the Trinity there with Him. 1. In the Beginning: Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. “God,” in verse one is in the plural form. Eloheem, used here is the plural form of Eloah, which means God singular. I do not use much Hebrew or Greek because the context normally explains the usage of the word. It does all through the Creation as the Bible clearly speaks of the plurality of God. Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Here, we find the plurality of God as well as the plurality of man, made in the image of God. God made Adam both male and female (X and Y chromosomes which determine the sex of their children), and a trichotomy—a trinity (body-world conscious, soul-self-conscious, spirit-God conscious). Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 2. On Mount Sinai: Exodus 24:9-11 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: (10) And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. (11) And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink. (“God” – Eloheem: once again, the plural form used.) 3. In Isaiah's Vision: Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (5) Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. (6) Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: (7) And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. (8) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. a) Verse 1 - Isaiah saw the Lord – “Adonoy” – sovereign, Lord, Controller, or Master. b. Verse 5 – Isaiah saw the LORD – “yeh-ho-vaw” or Jehovah, the Jewish national name of God. Jehovah God is the Word, Jesus Christ before His incarnation. Jehovah is a contraction: Jeh-ho-vaw– the self-existing One; the eternal One; to breathe; the Lord, most vehement One. 4. In Eternity: Revelation 22:1-5 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (3) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. f. The Trinity can be explained to some extend with an illustration of an egg. If I hold up an uncracked egg, you only see ONE egg. If I crack and divide that egg, you see the shell—white of the egg—and the yoke. Three separate and distinct parts that make up ONE egg. 1. There were times in the Old Testament when the Trinity was briefly separated in person but remained unified in Spirit: Theophanies-a representation of God, Christophanies-a visual representation of Christ, and Anthropomorphisms-a visual representation of Christ in an inanimate form. The Angel of the Lord, Jacob wrestled with God, the Burning Bush, the Rock of Horeb, etc. 2. There was a time in the New Testament when Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, walked this earth until He ascended back to the Father and His heavenly throne. John 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. f. Though God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost may be found individually, they are always found in complete agreement with one exception, the cross where our LORD cried: 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? 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. Habakkuk 1:12-13 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. (13) Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
Temple Baptist Church - 8-16-2020Ephesians 6:10-13 Introduction: A. Paul's final exhortation to the believers at Ephesus was to stand fast. Ephesus was a thriving city in Asia Minor with wealth and idolatry on every hand. The Ephesian believers had been saved from a life of plenty and sinfulness. In the city of Ephesus stood the Temple of Diana (her Greek name was Artemis), which was one of the most revered of Roman goddesses. The Temple of Diana was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. B. Christianity was openly rejected, and believers persecuted in the city (Acts 19). Here in our text, the Apostle Paul encourages these precious people to: 1. Be strong in the Lord. Vs. 10. Our need for spiritual strength, found only in the Lord. The battlefield is no place for sissies or cowards. 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 2. Stand against the wiles of the devil. Vs. 11. Our need to know our enemy and his tactics. 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 3. Withstand in the evil day. Vs. 13. 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 4. Having done all, to stand. Vs. 13. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (Falling away – to be removed from a former position.) C. We must: 1. Fight the Good Fight - 1 Timothy 6:11-14 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (13) I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; (14) That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (We are to fight those things that attack what we believe.) 2. Fight the Right Fight - Timothy 4:6-7 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. (7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (The weapons of our warfare are spiritual, not carnal. Our fight must follow the parameters set forth in the Bible. We do not operate outside of our Christian testimony.) D. We are in a War! 1. Spiritual war is Inevitable. The battle for spiritual things has always been, from Genesis, chapter 3, to the present. The world hates God, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, the local church, and us! Many professing Christians never noticed. That should tell them something. 2. Spiritual war is Unending. Unending so long as time endures, there will be a battle between good and evil, God and Satan, the world and us. Many professing Christians fight for the right for a while but eventually give up and quit. E. We are in a War! 1. It Is An Intense War - 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. (It is life of death!) 2. It Is An Intentional War - 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (Fight the enemy, not everything that moves!) 3. It Is An Involved War - 2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. (You are in it, like it or not!) Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions. 4. It Is An Important War - 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (Our faith, family, and friends are at stake!) 5. It Is An Intrepid War - Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight. Turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (It takes boldness, resolve, and intestinal fortitude to win!) 1. We are in a War for our Nation. a. America has moved away from God causing God to move away from America. The question must be asked, “Why should God bless America if America refuses to bless God?” b. The so-called “silent majority” had better become vocal because there is a time when silence becomes both condonement and enablement! c. We also live in a land of plenty as well as an idolatrous nation. By idolatry, I mean both idols made of metal and idols that are mental. 1) America, despite our financial woes of this day, is still the Utopia of the world! The people of every nation look at America as being the epitome of wealth and luxury: Utopia! 2) Along with the blessing of plenty goes the curse of idolatry! An “idol” is anything or anyone that comes between us and the Lord. What we love and live for is the “god” of our lives. 3) If you have not noticed, this year thus far has been devastating to our nation. Two things that you DO NOT DO: give the government either money or power as it will abuse both! d. We are losing the War for America! While the majority remain in silence, the far left socialistic anarchists are both visible and vocal. 2. We are in a War for our Church. a. Fundamental, Bible believing churches have become the enemy of the state. The state does not like us for the same reason that they do not like President Donald Trump; they cannot control either us or our thinking! Religion will bow to government where sound, fundamental, Bible believing churches bow only to Christ and His Word. b. So-called fundamental, Bible believing churches all around have capitulated concerning their music or any type of biblical separation from the world. c. Preachers and preaching have and is changing to all exhortation instead of godliness. Old fashioned, Old Paths churches are now silently scoffed at and forsaken. d. We will not lose the War for our church! As long as this pastor is in this pulpit and our people back the pastor, we will not fail nor fall. 3. We are in a War for our Faith. a. There has been infiltration by false teachers for many years now. Through institutions of higher learning (that is a joke) and many false shepherds who now fill the pulpits. b. Biblical inerrancy has been under attack for the past 140 years by the introduction of the Minority Text that is now accepted by the Majority of the people. c. Either the Bible is right or these false teachers, who say that the Bible (it declares from Genesis to Revelation to be inerrant, infallible, inspired, and preserved) is wrong are right. We will remain with the King James Bible without apology! d. Our children need to know the truth and to see the truth in action. You and I have the biblical responsibility to hold to and maintain the Old Paths. These are the right way and the good way. Conclusion: I know that I am preaching to the choir this morning, but I want the world and the church to know that we are NOT FOR SALE!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-5-2020Hebrews 12:14-15 Introduction: A. Verse 15 is an interesting verse when it is interpreted within its context. 1. Verses 1-3 – Our Witnesses, those who have maintained their Christian character in adverse circumstances; Our Race, particular to each individual; Our example, the Lord Jesus Christ's suffering. 2. Verses 4-14 – Our Chastening when we fail; Our Restoration when we repent; Our Shame when we become castaway. 3. Our context is about Faith and Following! Hebrews, chapter 11, is about Faith while chapter 12 is about Following that same Faith. B. Verse 15 looks at our Potential Failure and gives an Old Testament example: Esau. C. I want to look at the phrase “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.” D. First, I want to look at this phrase in the reverse, then we will look at it the way that it is written. “God of grace … fail man” 1. Can the God of grace fail man? The biblical answer is “no.” Did God fail Esau? No, God did not fail Esau, Esau failed God! a. He has never failed an individual. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. b. He has never lost a battle. Psalms 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. c. He has never forsaken His own. Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 2. Can the grace of God fail man? Again, the biblical answer is “no.” Did the grace of God fail Esau? No! Esau failed the grace of God. a. God's grace is always available. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (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. b. God's grace is always sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. (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. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. c. God's grace is always abounding. Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: d. God's grace is always manifold. 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.” 1. Can man fail of the grace of God? The biblical answer is “yes.” Thus, Esau! I do not want to deal with Esau tonight, but he is the “sterling” example used by God. a. Men can fail of the grace of God through Discouragement. Numbers 21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. (Doubting what God can do.) b. Men can fail of the grace of God through Deception. Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; (Deceived about who God is.) c. Men can fail of the grace of God through Doubt. Hebrews 3:17-19 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (18) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Doubting what God promised.) d. Men can fail of the grace of God through Disobedience. 1 Samuel 12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers. (Disobedient to what God said. Men are so quick to blame God for their personal failures and quit.) Now, how not to fail of the grace of God. 1. Be Watchful – “Looking diligently” Keep a spiritual temperature check on self. 2. Be Careful – “lest any man fail” Yes, it could happen to you or me. 3. Be Content – “the grace of God” God's grace is available and sufficient for every trial.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-9-2020Luke 16:10-13; Matthew 6:19-24 Introduction: A. This morning, I want to introduce each of us to a valley of our making: The Valley of the Unrighteous Mammon. Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 1. The word “mammon” is only found in two portions of Scripture: Matthew, chapter 6, and Luke, chapter 16. 2. “Mammon” is a Chaldean word which means to have confidence in wealth or greed. 3. In Luke 16:10-13, mammon is coupled with the word unrighteousness: unjust or wrongfulness of character. Luke 16:10-13 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (11) If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (12) And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? (13) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 4. In Matthew 6:19-24, we find listed a series of contrasts. a) Treasure on earth vs. treasure in heaven. Verses 19-20 b) Temporal loss vs. heavenly gain. Verses 19-20 c) Darkness vs. light. Verses 22-23 d) Two masters: mammon vs. God. Verse 24 e) Two conditions: hate and despise vs. love and hold. B. This is the most giving church that I have ever been in so, for the most part, I will be “preaching to the choir” this morning. Then, the question may be asked, “Why preach on finances to such a church?” C. Because we have young families and teenagers sitting here who need to learn the commandment, responsibility, testing, and blessing of giving. Often, we fail to remember that our youth will never know the blessings of what we have learned if we fail to pass them one to the next generation. D. One of the most devastating valleys that the child of God will ever enter is the Valley of the Unrighteous Mammon! It is a valley of our own making, from the pulpit to the pew, we will own it. E. Our nation, to this point, has been one of capitalism, not socialism. 1. Socialism destroys one's opportunity to succeed in life as the majority become dependent upon the minority for handouts instead of giving the poor the opportunity to achieve personally. Nothing is free! I do not know of one socialistic nation that I would want to live in. 2. Capitalism allows anyone to become someone as you are limited only by your desire to achieve. You can be what you want to be, and small business is big business in America. BUT capitalism has its price also. It generates greed which changes money from a tool to be used to a “god” to be served! ONE CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD AND MAMMON! Matthew 6:21-24 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (22) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (23) But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 1. You will hate one and love the other. You do not want to hate God and love money. 2. You will hold one and despise the other. You do not want to hold money and despise God. 3. There can be no MIDDLE GROUND! When you serve money, God cannot be served. It is as simple as that. THE UNRIGHTEOUS MAMMON 1. The Love of Money. 1 Timothy 6:6-11 But godliness with contentment is great gain. (7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. (9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (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. (11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 2. The Uncertainty of Money. 1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 3. The Corruption of Money. James 5:1-3 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. (2) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. (3) Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4. The Deception of Money. 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. 5. The Destruction of Money. Luke 12:16-21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: (17) And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? (18) And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (21) So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. THE TRUE RICHES 1. The Honor of Tithing. Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: (10) So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (It honors the Lord!) 2. The Promise of Tithing. Malachi 3:10-12 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. (11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. (12) And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. 2. The Blessing of Tithing. a. The Blessing of an Inward Joy. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. b. The Blessing of an Outward Reaping. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. c. The Blessing of an Eternal Reward. Philippians 4:15-19 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-26-2020Philippians 4:4-19 Introduction: A. We have spent much time dealing with the valleys of life because each of us will face many of them before we get home. B. In our text for this morning, we find one of the more notable valleys that we will face. I call this the Valley Of Grace or The Valley of Contentment. C. Paul sets forth the key to this valley in verse 11 when he said, “for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” The Bible teaches the child of God about the grace that brings contentment: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. D. Contentment is a satisfaction and trust in what the Lord is doing in your life at any particular time. Why contentment in problems? Because of: 1. The promise of God's commitment to the believer - 1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 2 Peter 1:3 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. 2. The promise of God's companionship with the believer - Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. 2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. E. Valleys in life re-introduce us to God's amazing, all sufficient, always abounding grace! Grace for every trial and grace for every mile! 1. Promised grace in forgiveness - Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 2. Promised grace in temptation - 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. 3. Promised grace in endurance - 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. 1. There Is Grace For Salvation. a. Grace's Position - Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. b. Grace's Price - Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: c. Grace's Purity - Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. d. Grace's Product - 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 2. There Is Grace For Living. a. Grace's Obligation - Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? b. Grace's Abounding - 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: c. Grace's Teaching - Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 3. There Is Grace For Suffering. a. Physical Suffering - 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. 1) Grace's Sufficiency - 2 Corinthians 12:9a And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2) Grace's Strengthening - 2 Corinthians 12:9b for my strength is made perfect in weakness 3) Grace's Satisfaction - 2 Corinthians 12:9c . Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. b. Financial Suffering - Philippians 4:12-13 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. c. Persecution's Suffering - John 15:18-20 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 4. There Is Grace For Service. a. God's Grace Administered - 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. b. God's Grace Abounding - 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 5. There Is Grace For Sacrifice. a. Giving Grace's Example - 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. 1) Christ Went From Riches To Rags 2) the Believer Went From Rags To Riches 6. There Is Grace For Dying. a. Manifested In The Lord Jesus - Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. b. Manifested In The Apostle Paul - Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Temple Baptist Church - 7-19-2020Revelation 4:1-3 Introduction: A. I spent several weeks dealing with the Rapture of the Church and Eschatology (the study of Things of Come or Prophecy). There is much confusion concerning the Church, the Body of Christ. I will not take the time to reiterate it but will say that we are Pre-Millennial, Pre-Rapture in our doctrinal position because that is God's position! B. Tonight, we find the Rapture has taken place in verse one and the Church is in heaven. C. There are things that the Bible either says little or nothing about, so we do not want to get into speculation in our study of Revelation. I want to look at two verses for a few minutes to Biblically explain some things. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. D. People normally quote verse 9 but leave out verse 10. Though there are some things that we will not know until we get to heaven, there are some things that God has shed light upon through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in our Bible. E. I want to look at two such things tonight as they pertain to our verses in Revelation 4:1-3. 1. We are now in our glorified body. a. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. b. But what about those who are with the Lord before we receive our eternal body? 1) Pre-Rapture, both saved and lost have an “intermediate” body of some kind. Luke 16:23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (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. 2) Samuel when he appeared to Saul - 1 Samuel 28:14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. 3) The Old Testament Saints at the death of Christ - Matthew 27:50-53 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. (51) And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (52) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, (53) And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 4) The “rich man” who died without Christ had eyes and a tongue. The “beggar,” Lazarus, was visible to the rich man and had a finger to dip into water. Luke 16:23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (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. 5) As to what that intermediate body is, the Bible is silent but dead saints are not just spirit. 2. We are now in heaven. I want to differentiate between Abraham's Bosom, Paradise, Heaven, and the New Jerusalem. a) The Pre-Resurrection saints that have died – Abraham's Bosom is a pre-resurrection place of containment. 1) Abraham's Bosom is mentioned only 1x and that is found in the New Testament. Jesus gave an Old Testament example of where the redeemed were kept until the resurrection. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 2) Though in is called Abraham's Bosom, Abraham was evidently not the first to go there. The first man who died as a saved man was Abel, so he was the first there. 3) In the Old Testament, 9x the wording “gathered unto his people” is used when speaking of the death of the saints. The First Mention is found in Genesis, chapter 25. Genesis 25:7-8 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. (8) Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 3. Post-Resurrection - Paradise – mentioned only 3x and all in the New Testament. Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. a) Paradise is a post-resurrection place of containment. When the Lord resurrected, He brought those from Abraham's Bosom to Paradise. b) Paradise – definition: possible from a foreign origin (possible Persian) meaning an enclosed garden or Eden. As man began in the Garden of God, the saved man returns to such. Ezekiel 28:13 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. c) The Tree of Life is found in three different places in the Scripture and is always found where there is no sin. 1) In the Garden of Eden - Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 2) In the Paradise of God - Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 3) In the New Jerusalem - Revelation 22:1-2 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. d) The uses of the word “Paradise.” 1) The Thief on the cross - Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 2) The Apostle Paul in his revelation - 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. (3) And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) (4) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 3) The Overcomer in the Church Age - Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 4. Post Rapture – Heaven – to rise or be elevated as on a mountain above a plain. A happy place and an eternal place. Revelation 4:1-3 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (2) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (3) And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-19-2020Luke 8:4-15 Introduction: A. Here in the Book of Luke, we find the second account of the Parable of the Sower. As I was reading here the other morning, I began to ponder upon why many people hear the “Good Seed” of the gospel, pray a prayer, and yet few are saved or live like they are saved B. Two different types of people are found here: 1. The Faithless. We look around us at Christendom and see multitudes who have no desire to assemble, no desire to serve, no desire for the things of God. It causes us to ask the question, “What happened?” Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 2. The Fruitless. I tell people who dislike being continually asked if they are saved to remedy the problem. LIVE LIKE YOU ARE SAVED! John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. C. I want to look at the four different soils upon which the seed of the gospel fell and why the reaction to the Word of God as so different. 1. The Wayside Ground Heart. The unconcerned hearer. Those who hear with not only a lack of faith but a lack of concern. To put it simply, they just do not care! People of our day in general have no fear of God nor do they have a desire for God! They are damned by their choice to not “hear” with their hearts. 2. The Stoney Ground Heart. The calloused or hard-hearted hearer. Those who hear but have chosen to harden their hearts to the gospel. They do not want to go to hell but neither do they want to go to heaven. They are shopping for “fire insurance” instead of “blessed assurance.” The stony ground does not absorb water, it sheds it. No topsoil, no water absorbed, no fruit! 3. The Thorny Ground Heart. The worldly-minded hearer. Those who are more concerned with living than dying. Idolatry can be both or either “metal” or “mental.” Your “god” is what you place above the true and living God. Family, finances, family, and fun always take precedent over God. 4. The Good Ground Heart. The hearer who hears. Those who desire the heavenly over the earthly. Those who choose dying over living. Those who choose the eternal over the temporal. D. People who plant to bring increase always “till” the ground. They prepare the ground to bear the seed. Genesis 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: (23) Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. 1. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve simply put forth their hands and took of the fruit of theGarden. 2. After the Fall, Adam was required to “till” the ground to partake of its fruit. The First Mention of “till” is found here and it means “to enslave” the ground. To force its compliance to his will. E. As I pondered verse 15, I found 6 characteristics of the “Good Ground” hearers. 1. They have an Honest Heart. “honest … heart” They are honest with self and therefore, honest with God. A right perspective that sees self as God sees us. One of the hardest things to do in the Bible Belt is get people lost. Until one is lost, one cannot be found because their will be so true searching. I never search for my billfold until I place my hand upon my hip and find it missing. People of our day are self-centered and self-righteous. Luke 18:13-14 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. (14) 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. 2. They have a Good Heart. “good heart” America was once full of good-hearted people. Neighborly, compassionate, caring people. Today, it is “Me and my four and no more.” I still remember my Dad calling our neighbors Mr. Fugate, Mr. Fox, etc. People opened doors for others, put others first, because they cared! Matthew 12:33-35 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 3. They have a Hearing Heart. “having heard the word” In Romans, chapter 10, verse 17, we find two hearings. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Our Lord Jesus often rebuked those who came to hear Him by using the words “ears to hear, let him hear.” These words are found 8x in the four Gospels. People come and hear but they will not listen! Hearing Heart people hear with both the physical ears and the ears of their hearts! Zechariah 7:11-12 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. (12) Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. 4. They have an Obedient Heart. “keep it” People who not only hear but also obey the Word of God. Our world is filled with people who profess salvation but have no outward show of true Christianity. Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. 5. They have a Teachable Heart. “bring forth fruit” These learn God's Word, perceive God's Word, and follow God's Word. In our day, those who have a desire to follow Christ and the Bible have become labeled cultic. What a joy to follow Christ and the Bible! 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Psalms 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (11) Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 6. They have an Enduring Heart. “patience” These often falter and sometimes fail but they get back on track and continue. I look over our congregation at the older people who have been saved for years and are still the most faithful to the things of God. Every service, they come. Their hearts have been changed; their lives have been changed; and their condition remains unchanged. Psalms 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; (15) To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-5-2020Zephaniah 3:1-8 Introduction: The 4th of July; the Declaration of Independence; Freedom! Free-dom – a contraction for “free” and “dom” or “doom.” To have the freedom to choose one's death or one's doom. Freedom to choose your doom or death but not freedom to control it. America's freedom is one of choice and I fear that, in many cases the freedom to choose will bring either doom or death to our nation. In Zephaniah, we have a classic example of choosing and choosing wrong. A. This year has been one of great change and those changes have not been good ones. 1. Our economy was running on “High Test.” 2. People had money in their pockets and home in the future. 3. Then, in a couple of months, the COVID-19 Hoax. Now, before you get mad at me for making that statement, let me explain. a. Our nation has been faced with war, depression, sickness, etc. many times in my lifetime and survived each one because of our great American spirit. b. COVID-19 should have been no different! Wash your hands, quarantine the Nursing Homes and Retirement Centers, stay at home if you get sick, and do not cough on me! c. CDC decided to scare the nation and, with the help of our 24 hour “no news media,” did a great job and the people panicked. B. The Stock Market began to tumble, people began to get laid off as businesses were forced to close, schools closed, unemployment—which had been at a historic low—rose to historic highs, Government overreach caused people to hide in their homes and criticize those who did not, “Rat Phone Lines” came into existence, all categorized as non-essential services were closed (churches were the first on the list and readily complied), and now the far left is trying to keep America in distress until the November elections are over with. C. A man was killed. It was a shame and justice needed to be done. Justice was in the process of being done, but protests turned to riots and riots to burning and looting causing heightened racial division. The police became the enemy, and many were killed and many more injured. What is said to be protest, which is an American right, turned into anarchy and lawlessness. D. Anarchy is now ruling in many of these Democratic run cities with a “Neo-Nazi” like youth corps taking over parts of cities with no fear of reprisal. Monuments defaced and destroyed. A nation that has no history has no future because history will then repeat itself and become the face of the future. E. We are watching as our Country is going from: 1. God to Atheism2. Pride to Shame3. Morality to Perversion4. Prayer to Apostasy5. Strength to Apologies6. Humility to Arrogancy7. Structure to Anarchy8. Law to Lawlessness9. Capitalism to Socialism10. Prosperous to Bankruptcy F. The Interpretation of our Scriptures this morning are to the nation of Israel. Zephaniah deals with the coming of the Day of the Lord and the end time. G. Application is to any nation. There have been many great nations that have come to power and then, through moral decay have declined to annihilation. 1. Egypt (rose to its zenith of power under Joseph)2. Israel (the greatest nation and most feared upon the face of the earth to dispersion)3. Babylon (from Nebuchadnezzar to Belshazzar)4. Medio Persia (From Cyrus the anointed to oblivion)5. Greece (Alexander the Great and no more worlds to conquer at age 30)6. Rome (the great Caesars, armies, and roads to internal decay)7. Spain (the great explorers and Spanish Armada to mediocrity)8. England (great military and missions' outreach to total apostasy)9. America (In God We Trust to In Government We Mistrust) 1. Our Nation Is Sinful - vs 1 “filthy and polluted” a. Lack of integrity among the peopleb. Immorality and Sexual Perversionc. God haters and Baby killers 2. Our Nation Is Disobedient - vs 2a “obeyed not the voice” a. She Both Had and Knew God's Wordb. She Willfully Rejected God's Word 3. Our Nation Is Stiff-Necked - vs 2 “received not correction” a. She Rejected the Message From God's Menb. She Rejected the signs of Impending Destruction 4. Our Nation Has Become Self-Reliant - vs 2 “she trusted not the Lord” a. She Forgot From Whence Her Blessings Cameb. She Became Proud In Her Accomplishments 5. Our Nation Has Willfully Rejected God - vs 2 “she drew not near to her God” a. In our Governmentb. In Our Schoolsc. In Our Homes 6. Our Nation Has Become Politically Corrupt - vs 3 “roaring lions...evening wolves” a. From Government by the people and for the people to Anarchyb. From Statesmen to Politiciansc. From Trust to Distrust 7. Our Nation Has Become Religiously Apostate - vs 4 “prophets...light and treacherous...priests...polluted the sanctuary...done violence to the law” a. Our Pulpits are Shallowb. Our Pews are Sinful (we embrace sin and compromise) 8. Our Nation Is Shameless - vs 5 “knoweth no shame” a. Sinners are Justifiedb. Sin Is Acceptable 9. Our Nation And Her End - vs 8 “mine indignation...my fierce anger” 10. Our Nation and Her Salvation - vs 2:1-3 a. Seek The Lord - vs 3a Seek ye the LORDb. Seek Righteousness - vs 3b all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment;c. Seek Meekness - vs 3c seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-28-2020Mark 9:14-29 Introduction: A. Here, we find our Lord and 3 of His disciples coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration and finding confusion. The scribes, enemies of Christ, were questioning the other 9 disciples. Within the context, they were probably asking the 9 disciples, “If you are followers of Christ, why can you not help the child?” B. The eyes of the world and especially those who are God haters are always on God's people to see how they both act and react. C. While they were on the mount, a man with a dumb child had come to the other 9 of His disciples for his healing and they were not able to help the child. D. The child's father has come to the Lord and He was able to heal the child. When the 9 disciples ask the Lord why they were not able to cast the “dumb spirit” out, He said that this healing required prayer and fasting. E. What I want to look at this morning is the mixture of faith and unbelief found in the father in verse 24 and the reaction of our Lord Jesus in verse 25. F. We live in a day of the Oxymoron. 1. Oxy-moron - (oxús, “sharp, keen, pointed”)[2] (English oxy-, as in oxygen) + μωρός (mōrós, “dull, stupid, foolish”)[3] (English moron (“stupid person”)). Literally "sharp-dull", "keen-stupid", or "pointed-foolish"[4] – itself an oxymoron, hence autological; compare sophomore ((sophós, “wise”) + μωρός (mōrós, “fool”) literally “wise fool”) 2. Social Distancing. Social – collective, gathering and Distancing – Space between two points, Gap. 3. New Normal – New, not existing before and Normal, usual, average, or typical state of condition. 4. Believe and unbelief makeup another oxymoron as believe destroys unbelief and unbelief destroys belief. Believe-to accept as true or to be sure of something and Unbelief-skepticism or absence of faith. G. Unbelief is a New Testament word is only found 16x. It is found 2x in Matthew, 3x in Mark, and 6x in Romans. 1x in 1 Timothy, and 4x in Hebrews. 1. Unbelief is sin - Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. 2. Unbelief is displeasing to 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. 3. Unbelief limits God – Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. 4. Unbelief makes the possible impossible – Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 5. Unbelief can bring failure – Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 6. Unbelief can cause one to quit on God – Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. H. A man of unbelief who got what he asked of the Lord Jesus? 1. The Man's Devastation. Verses 18, 20, 22 a. I think that we all understand the love of this father for his afflicted son. 1) Many families have children (I call them special children born to special parents-gifts from God) born that have either mental issues or physical ones. Asperger's Syndrome is one that we see often in our day. Down's Syndrome is another of the challenges that some families face. Then there are children born with special physical needs such as Muscular Dystrophy. 2) I will not even try to name everything that special needs children can have but I believe that the key word is “special!” I have no doubt that this father loved his son and had done everything that he could to give him as good quality of life as possible. b. The son had a dumb spirit or indwelling devil that “taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away.” This had evidently been going on for years. 2. The Man's Faith in the Lord. Verses 17, 20, 22 a. His disappointment in the Disciples. Verse 18-19. He brought his son to them and, in his disappointment, they were helpless. Though they could have healed the son, they were not is a spiritual condition to do so. b. His faith in Jesus. Verses 17, 22, 23-24a This man, like us, knew and believed that with God all things were possible. I do not know how far he had traveled to get to Jesus but his faith brought him to the Lord. 3. The Man's Honesty in Unbelief. Verses 22-24. a. “but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us ... And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (If you can, if you have compassion, if you want to help is what the man was saying.) b. Unbelief to some extent is found in all of us at times. How many times have all of us said in our hearts and often in our words, “I know God can, but I do not know if God will?” c. In Psalms, we find a pattern of faith, hope, discouragement, and help. I did not search the entire Bible but in the Book of Psalms (Israel's Book of Worship) and tried to take these words in Psalms in context: “How long” is found 15x in Psalms“Why” is found 24x in Psalms“Help” is found 22x in Psalms“Forsake” is found 8x in Psalms d. There are times when we “come to the end of our rope.” When this man brought his son to the disciples, I believe that he came hoping, praying, asking, but in unbelief. e. When he saw the Lord, he came the same way: hoping, praying, asking, but in unbelief! “and said with tears, Lord!” An oxymoron: “with tears … Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” Now I want to get to the moral of the story. This is not a story of the UNBELIEF of a man. We all come to this place. It is a story of the FAITHFULNESS of his Lord! 4. The Lord's Compassion. Verses 25-27 a. First, let me say that I found no rebuke from the Lord. Psalms 78:38-39 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. (39) For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. Psalms 103:13-14 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. b. The Lord gave them man the desire of his heart. He cast out the dumb spirit and healed the man's son. c. The Lord remains faithful in our unbelief! 2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 1) The Lord will be faithful when we are tempted - 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. 2) The Lord will be faithful when we serve - 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 3) The Lord will be faithful when we are in trouble - 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4) The Lord will be faithful when we witness - 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 5) The Lord will be faithful when we are doctrinally attacked - Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 6) The Lord will be faithful when we stray - 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. 7) The Lord will be faithful when we fail - Hebrews 3:1-2 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (2) Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 8) The Lord will be faithful when we sin - 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. 9) The Lord will be faithful when we die - 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Conclusion: 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (God is a faithful Creator!)
Temple Baptist Church - 6-24-2020Proverbs 22:28 Introduction: A. Happy Father's Day! We sometimes make less of Father's Day than we do of Mother's Day, but both are equally important. How many times have you heard someone say, “If it had not been for Mother, I would not be here!” B. I have got good news for you. “If it had not been for Father, you still would not be here!” I heard a woman once say, “If we women could have children without you men, YOU WOULDN'T BE HERE!” Enough of the foolishness! C. I want you men to know just how important that you are this morning to the home, the church, the work force, and this great nation. 1. The home would be weakened without the father. The home needs the father's steadfastness, wisdom, and strength to operate properly. 2. The church would be handicapped without the father. The church cannot be run by women, regardless of what the “new fangled religionists” say. 3. The workplace would be is crippled without the father. There are jobs that women just simply cannot do due to lack of physical strength and male drive. 4. The nation would be extinct without the father. I know that we have women in the military this day, but an army entirely made up of women would not go far in battle. Women are no physical match for men. 5. We, as fathers have a moral obligation to our wives and children that the Lord has given to us. Teaching them God's holy Word. 6. I want to look at this verse this morning to get the meaning of it and then try to glean some truths from it. I will also make application to the Word of God, which is the landmark that our fathers have set. The Bible sets the boundaries within which we are to remain and distinctly marks the difference in things right and things wrong. 7. Fathers, our children need the Word of God more than anything else that we can give them! It is of the utmost importance that they not only know which Bible is God's Word but also are taught the Scriptures that they might not “sin against God.” 8. Let us look at God's Command to the fathers: HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD'S WORD TO OUR HOMES? THIS ONE VERSE EXPLAINS IT. 1. “Remove not” – This is something that we refuse to do or this is something that we do. a. The ONLY reason that we move the “landmarks” of our property which have been set by surveyors is when we either sell or give the land away. Then we have the land re-surveyed. b. Too many in our day are willing to either sell our cheaply or just give our spiritual “land” away! c. If the Word of God is removed from our homes, it will be the fault of us fathers. d. If the Word of God is removed from our churches, it will be our fault, the fault of its pastor and its people. e. “Remove not” is a commandment! “Remove not” is an “absolute negative,” meaning never for any reason! The Holy Spirit did not put this verse here just to take up space and, the verse stands alone which makes it self-explanatory. f. Landmarks were anciently set to distinguish one man's land from another, to secure property, and preserve from encroachments; but some were so wicked as either secretly in the night to remove them, or openly to do it, having power on their side, pretending they were wrongly located. g. To remove a landmark was not only prohibited by the law of God, but also pronounced an accursed thing. Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. Deuteronomy 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. 2. “The” – the word the is a definite article! a. Words are important in Scripture and need to be taken as such. To the new preachers, churches, and colleges of our day, the importance of singular words makes little or no difference. A definite article is used before either singular or plural nouns referring to a member of a group. 1) The word “the … landmark” refers to something singular in nature. We endure a war of attrition spiritually. The world and the liberal theologians do not try to remove every Old Path or Landmark of biblical Christianity at once as the God's people would not stand for that. Over the years, they keep chiseling away at the Landmarks of Christianity a little at a time so as to get God's people accustomed to the dark. 2) The Sanctity of the Scriptures. The verbal, plenary inspiration, and preservation of the Scriptures. To believe that God only gave perfection to the original manuscripts is to BELIEVE NOTHING! That means that in the beginning man had God's Word but now only has a manmade replica of it. a) Many replicas have been made of the Mona Lisa painting but are worthless compared to the original. We have THE “Mona Lisa” in our King James Bible! Bible believers are called cultic by the liberals. Book worshippers, worshippers of paper and ink. The liberal left is good at labeling the conservative right in everything from politics to the Bible! b) The Word of God is not to be “tampered with” in any sense of the word. It is to remain in its position of final authority, otherwise, we have no authority and every man can do that which is right in his own eyes. We fathers have the responsibility of keeping God's Word in our homes. The welfare of the home hinges upon God's Word. c) The King James Bible is not a bible. The King James Bible is the Bible! Liberals have tried to discount and defame this blessed Bible, but it still stands as the “benchmark” of all so-called bibles. We fathers have the responsibility of making sure that our children know which Bible is the right one. The King James Bible! The very Word of God! 3) The Sanctity of Marriage. Marriage is honorable in all according to the Bible. It was the first institution that God created and the most important as it typifies our relationship with Christ, which cannot be broken. 4) The Sanctity of the Believer. God's people have slowly conformed to the image of the world instead of to the image of Christ. Without holiness, no man will see the Lord! 5) The Sanctity of the Local Church. What does “not forsaking” mean? There has been a movement away from the local church in our nation. God said “not,” an absolute negative. Only being providentially hindered (God allowed something to stop you from attending) is permitted by the Lord. 6) The Sanctity of Life. Our nation is a Baby Killer! God gives life at conception and pro-choice is before conception, not afterwards. 7) The list could go on and one! b. One Landmark at a time eventually leads to the destruction of all Landmarks. 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. (God is not going to deliver the embodiment of Truth again!) 3. “Ancient” – refers to something of antiquity or of ancient history. a. This is something that is known and has been known for a long period of time. This does not refer to anything new or recent. 2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. b. The Word of God has been preserved by God from the original autographs to the Bible that we now hold in our hand. The right Bible off of the right line of text! c. I have a Bible as old as eternity past because “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.” The Word is still God! That statement will make the liberal cringe! d. This old King James Bible was good enough for our fathers, it is good enough for you and me, and it is good for our children. It was before all things and will continue to be when time is no more. 4. “Landmark” – landmark is singular in number. a. LAND'MARK, n. [land and mark.] 1828 Webster's DictionaryA mark to designate the boundary of land; any mark or fixed object; as a marked tree, a stone, a ditch, or a heap of stones, by which the limits of a farm, a town or other portion of territory may be known and preserved. b. An indelible Mark by which something may be known. We have surveyors place stakes and ribbons in strategic places for reference. By this, we know the boundaries of our land. By the Word of God, we know our spiritual boundaries. It is of no wonder that this new generation do not want the standards set by our Bible. c. By which something may be preserved. Surveyor's stakes are left there to preserve the boundaries and they are to be left alone. This speaks of a specific boundary, not just any boundary. d. As a norm, we at least mark the four corners of our land, but this refers to only one landmark. Surveyors place their secondary markers about one specific marker from which they take measurement. e. Our children deserve a benchmark that is both settled and unmovable. Everything is shifting today: morals, mentors, as well as “churches” and “Christians.” They need the stability of God's Word! They need an unmovable anchor! 5. “Which our fathers” – this lets us know who set the landmark. a. This is just not any landmark that we come upon, but it is one set by those who we know, love, and respect. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. b. “Fathers” – this is a plural word! Not a landmark set by one father, for this may or may not be a right one, but a landmark set by our fathers who agreed with one another! Separated by thousands of years, they were in perfect agreement. c. “Our fathers” – this is in reference to specific fathers. Not just fathers in general. There have possibly been billions of fathers since the beginning of time with not all fathers either spiritual or ours. This blessed Book was written to Israel and by application to the child of God. These are our fathers! 2 Timothy 3:13-15 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. d. As Isaac re-dug the wells that Abraham dug previously, we are also “digging where our fathers dug!” These are our Christian forefathers who stood for these precious truths and passed them down to us. By “digging where our fathers dug” and calling these “wells of truth” by the same names, we can give them to the generations to follow. The Bible worked for them, it works for us, and it will work for them. 6. “Set” – to place in a permanent position. SET, v.t. pret. pp. set. 1828 Webster's Dictionary to compose, as a book, to dispose or put in order, to establish, found or institute, to possess, to cease; To put or place; to fix or cause to rest in a standing posture. We set a house on a wass of stone; we set a book on a shelf. In this use, set differs from lay; we set a thing on its end or basis; we lay it on its side. To put or place in its proper or natural posture. We set a chest or trunk on its bottom, not its end; we set a bedstead or a table on its feet or legs. To put, place or fix in any situation. God set the sun, moon, and stars in the firmament. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Hebrews 6:17-19 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; (The Word of God still has the power to convert the sinner, comfort the saint, and convey our children in the right way.) Conclusion: Fathers, let us stand in such a way in front of our wives and children as to lead them in the way of righteousness. If they wander, we must give to them a place to return to that has not moved! A place where they can find the Lord and the help that they need. God bless each of you this Father's Day!
Temple Baptist Church - 6-17-2020Hebrews 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Introduction: A. Verse three – Our Consideration. As Christ endured, we must also endure. Endure or Faint, the choice is ours. We can endure. B. Verse four – Our Courage. No matter how much we endure, we are still blessed of God in the meantime. We have not paid the high price for service that many of our forefathers have paid. C. Verse 5 – Our Chastisement. There will be a payday for weariness that causes fainting. So many of God's people serve for a while and then just quit! D. I will be preaching on chastisement in two parts because of the amount of time it would take to preach it thoroughly. E. Looking back to verse one, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses” is still the beginning of the context of this chapter. 1. There were “witnesses of faith.” Those who were victorious in this life and those who prevailed in disappointment here but confidence in the life to come. 2. Now, we find “witnesses of failure.” Those who chose to become weary in their minds and faint. F. There is an Old Testament Example and a New Testament Exhortation. I will deal with the Old Testament Example tonight. G. 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 speaks of the weariness and fainting of the Nation of Israel. 1 Corinthians 10:11-13 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (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. h. Israel Came Out But They Would Not Go In Exodus 3:8 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. (The Lord brought them out to take them in. Many Christians are brought out of their sins through salvation, but through rebellion and unbelief, they never enter Canaan's land.) a. Canaan - A Type of Victorious Christian Living b. Canaan - A Type of Spiritual Maturity c. Canaan - A Type of God's Perfect Will I. IN THESE VERSES WE FIND A PICTURE OF PRIVILEGE - VS 1-4 A. They Were All Under The Cloud - Divine Presence and Guidance - vs 1 B. They All Passed Through The Sea - Divine Protection and Deliverance - vs 2 Exodus 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. C. They Were All Baptized Unto Moses - Divine Pastor - vs 3 (Baptism – identification and association. Israel believed in Moses, #Ex 14:31 and gave up themselves to Moses as their leader and commander through the wilderness) Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. D. They Did All Eat And Drink - Divine Provision - vs 3-4 Psalms 78:23-25 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, (24) And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. (25) Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. Psalms 78:15-16 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. (16) He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. II. IN THESE VERSES WE FIND A PICTURE OF TRANSGRESSION - VS 5-10 A. They Lusted After Evil Things - vs 6 (they lusted after things that God did not want them to have) Numbers 11:4-6 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. B. They Became Idolaters - vs 7 (they put worldly things ahead of God) Exodus 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. C. They Fell Into Immorality - vs 8 (they gave themselves over to sexual sin) Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. D. They Tempted God - vs 9 (they questioned God's provision and care) Exodus 17:1, 6 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 1. They Doubted God's Word 2. They Doubted God's Man 3. They Doubted God's Message E. They Murmured - vs 10 (God hates complaining and murmuring) Numbers 14:1-5 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 1. They Found Fault 2. They Sowed Discord 3. They Spoke Evil of God's Care III. A PICTURE OF CHASTISEMENT - VS 5, 12 A. They Displeased God B. They Missed Canaan C. They Were Overthrown In The Wilderness (GREAT PRIVILEGE - GREAT SIN - GREAT CHASTISEMENT) 1. They Lost Their Service - Loss of Reward 2. They Lost Their Hedge - Loss of Hedge 3. They Lost Their Blessing - Loss of Joy 4. They Lost Their Fellowship - Loss of Peace
Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2020Hebrews 11:27Introduction:A. Last week, we took a biblical look at the first 40 years of the life of Moses, one of the greatest men in the Bible.Acts 7:20-23 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: (21) And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. (22) And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in words and in deeds. (23) And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.B. 1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:C. Moses was all three of the above:1. Moses was a wise man. “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians”2. Moses was a mighty man. “and was mighty in words and in deeds”3. Moses was a noble man. “Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son”D. Now we come to the middle 40 years of the life of Moses. A period of testing his faith. I knew who he was; he was no doubt a man of faith; he knew what the Lord wanted him to accomplish; But he was rejected and fled from the face of Pharaoh.Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.E. It was not God's way (killing the Egyptian-Moses was a man of renown and could have stopped the smiting without killing him) nor God's time. What did Moses learn in his time of testing?F. Moses endured 40 years of God's silence because he “saw” Him who was invisible! My thoughts ran to these verses in the New Testament:John 20:28-29 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (There are times when we do not “hear from God,” and we certainly do not see God but know who He is, what He can do, and that He is always there with and for us!)G. God's “Bible College” is often found in difficulties or on the “backside of the desert!” Here is what Moses' “education taught him.”1. Moses learned Affiliation – Exodus 2:11a And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens:Moses gave up his position and possessions for his people. From wise, mighty, noble, and rich beyond our imagination to affiliate with God's people who were slaves.2. Moses learned Persecution – Exodus 2:11b-15 And he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. (12) And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. (13) And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? (14) And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. (15) Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.Moses learned that he would be persecuted by both his own people as well as the world.3. Moses learned Waiting – Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.Moses knew that God would use him to deliver Israel from Egypt but would now spend the next 40 years waiting. He learned that God would do these things in His time, not when Moses though it was right.4. Moses learned Subjection – Exodus 2:21a And Moses was content to dwell with the man:Moses became subject to the priest of Midian for period of 40 years. Before Moses could lead, he had to learn to follow.5. Moses learned Family – Exodus 2:21b And he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.Moses married the daughter of the priest of Midian and she bore 2 children for him. The New Testament “shepherd,” the Bishop or Pastor, had to be married and had to have his children in subjection.6. Moses learned Shepherding – Exodus 3:1a Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian.Moses was placed in a position of care for Jethro's flock of sheep, a menial task but a very important one. Shepherding sheep prepared Moses for shepherding God's “sheep,” Israel! Those who are faithful over small things can generally be trusted with large things.7. Moses learned Communion – Exodus 3:1-5 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. (2) And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. (4) And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. (5) And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.I believe that it would be safe to say that Moses spent time communing with God in the solitude of the “backside of the desert,” much after the manner of David's writing the 23rd Psalm while tending his father's sheep. Moses knew God before he came to Midian and there was nothing to entertain one's thoughts on the “backside of the desert.” No TV, no radio, no cell phones, just solitude where a man had time to think and ponder the things of God. It was there that God appeared to Moses and we find the first recorded time that God actually spoke to him.8. Moses learned Obedience – Exodus 3:10, 4:20 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt ... And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.When God met with Moses, Moses became obedient to God's command to face Pharaoh, possibly the same Pharaoh that he fled from 40 years previously, and deliver the people of Israel.9. Moses learned Trust – Exodus 3:11-12 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (12) And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.Moses offered up excuses to God but learned to trust God and follow the command given to him. This man, Moses, was the one to deliver Israel out of the hand of Pharaoh and Egypt!10. The first 40 year period of the life of Moses was one of Testimony while the second 40 year period of his life was one of Testing.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-26-2020Psalms 84Introduction: A. The word Baca means weeping. Life is full of heartaches and disappointments. Life is full of tears. The Valley of Baca is a Valley of Desolation, Despair, Disappointment, Discouragement!B. A common text for funerals is Job 14:1-2 which says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” C. Life begins with weeping (a baby is born crying). Life ends with weeping (We mourn for those who die). D. Psalm 84, where we find the Valley of Baca or Weeping, begins by detailing the importance of the house of the Lord to the Christian. In a day of the de-emphasizing of God's house (it has become non-essential to the world), the Bible clearly emphasizes God's house. 1. Vs. 1 – It is a place of great beauty and is well beloved. The devil hates it and the Christian loves it.2. Vs. 2 – It is a place of desire and worship. Oh, what vehement desire is portrayed here!3. Vs. 3 – It is a place of nesting and sacrifice. I wonderful place to raise your children and to give to the Lord His due!4. Vs. 4 – It is a place of continuance and glory. Those who are faithful to God's house continue to praise His wonderful name!5. Vs. 5 – It is a place of blessing and strength. It is in the house of the Lord that we find strength to endure in the hard times!E. It is of no small wonder that God introduces the Valley of Weeping with the importance of steadfastness in the house of the Lord.F. I want to look at two things about this valley:1. The Valley of Weeping Is Temporary – vs. 6 - “passing through” (With all of life's tears, there is still much joy!)a. Tears Are Temporal - John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.b. Joy Is Eternal - Isaiah 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.2. The Valley of Weeping Can Become A Blessing – vs. 6 – “make it a well” (Not make a well in the Valley of Weeping, but make the Valley of Weeping a well!)a. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And Come Out Empty (Most people never see what the Lord is doing for them in this valley.)b. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And “Make It A Well.” (A well in the middle east was a precious commodity, a place of refreshment and strength.)1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;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. 1) You can make it a well by being faithful to God's house – vs 4, 10 2) You can make it a well by exercising faith in God – vs 12 3) You can make it a well by continuing in God's service – vs 5c. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And Come Out An Example. (Others will one day pass where you have passed, and your testimony can be a comfort and encouragement to them.)An old man travelled a lone highwayWho came to the evening at the end of day,To a chasm vast and deep and wideThrough which was flowing a sullen tide.The old man crossed in the twilight dimFor that sullen stream had no fear for him,But he paused as he reached the other sideAnd built a bridge to span the tide."Good Friend!" said a fellow traveller near,"You are wasting your time in building here,Your journey will end with the passing of day,And you must never again come pass this way.Why cause you build a bridge vast and wide?""Good Friend" said the old man lifting his head,There cometh after me, he said,"A youth who also must pass this wayHe too must pass in the ending of dayHe too must cross in the twilight dimGood Friend, I'm building this bridge for him."WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THE VALLEY OF WEEPING1. You Can Find The Presence Of The Lord – vs 9 “Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.” (Without loneliness there would be no realization of God's Presence.)Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.2. You Can Find The Strength Of The Lord – vs 5, 7 – “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them…They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Without weakness there would be no need of God's strength.)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.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.3. You Can Find The Guidance Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a sun” (Without loss of direction there would be no need of God's guidance.)Psalms 23:2-3 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4. You Can Find The Protection Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a…shield” (Without danger there would be no need of God's protection.)Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.5. You Can Find The Grace Of The Lord – vs 11 “the LORD will give grace” (Without trials thee would be no need of God's grace.)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.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.6. You Can Find The Glory Of The Lord – vs 11 “the LORD will give…glory” (Without accomplishment there would be no need of God's glory.)Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.7. You Can Find The Comfort Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield” (Without heartbreak there would be no need of God's comfort.)2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.8. You Can Find The Answer To Your Prayers – vs 8 “O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob” (Without prayer there would be no need of God's answers.)Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.9. You Can Find The Reward Of The Lord – vs 11 “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Without suffering, there would be no reigning with God.)Psalms 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?10. You Can Always Rejoice In The Lord! Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Rejoicing in the Lord who never changes! Rejoicing “always” is a personal choice to be made in both good and bad times.)

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