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Temple Baptist Church - 3-12-2017Matthew 5:20; Romans 10:1-13Introduction:A. One of the age-old problems with people being saved is that of ignorance of what it takes to get to heaven. 1. Self-righteousness in Salvation. I know of no religion that teaches and preaches the grace of God alone for salvation other than true Christianity. Notice I said, “True Christianity!” Christianity has become a generic term for all religions who teach about Christ. There are many religions that USE His name but only one way to heaven and that is THROUGH his name.2. Acts 4:11-12 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. a) Self-righteousness manifests itself in relation to salvation by those who believe that they are good enough to go to heaven through personal merit.b) Self-righteousnes manifests itself in those who believe that they are good enough to maintain their salvation through personal merit. c) Both doctrines are heretical!B. This is not a new problem. Israel, who had the truth of God's Word and the Covenants, turned from the faith of their father, Abraham, to the wickedness of Phariseeism. 1. In the 400 hundred silent years that preceded the coming of Christ (around 100 B.C.) between Malachi and Matthew, two main branches of Judaism came into dominance: 1) The Sadducees 2) The Pharisees. 2. Galatians 6:12-14 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. (13) For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. (14) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (These have the unbiblical perspective that they have “arrived” spiritually through their outward appearance and separation from the world. This attitude results in exclusion!)C. The Pharisees were separatists and, unfortunately, they eventually began to rely upon their system of “do's and don'ts” for righteousness with God instead of becoming obedient to God's righteousness. The Lord rebuked them for making clean the outer appearance while the inner man was full of dead men's bones and rottenness. In Matthew 5:20, our Lord said, “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”D. The problem still exists today. Separatism and Phariseeism are not the same. God command us to be separate but, if not watchful, the same problem arises again. I once saw on a sign this quote, “People are like fish: you catch them but let God clean them.” E. In our text, we find the ignorance of Israel during the years after the resurrection of Christ. The problem was two-fold with one aspect, ignorance of God's righteousness, causing the second—going about to establish their own righteousness. The problem persists today.F. Paul's desire for Israel was that they would recognize who Jesus Christ was and turn to Him for salvation. Israel had “zeal” for God but not according to knowledge. Spirit is good but leaves one lost without truth. I want to look at a few things in this text.1. Ignorance of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “not according to knowledge…ignorant of God's righteousness” Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!Ignorance is not necessarily a bad word as it means that one has not learned. In Romans 10, I believe that the ignorance was willful. Israel was familiar with the Old Testament and especially the Pentateuch. One of the greatest of Old Testament truths found in these first 5 books was that of the holiness of God. Mt. Sinai should have left a lasting impression upon the nation of Israel as God thundered from a mountain that was on fire. Israel's ignorance was willful! The world of today tries to bring God down to man's level and man up to God's level.2. Impeccability of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “God's righteousness” The Bible declares that God dwells in a light that no man can approach unto. He is impeccably holy. He is immutably holy. He said, “I am the Lord, I change not.”1 Timothy 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (16) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.Salvation must always be by grace through faith because God demands absolute holiness and He alone is impeccably holy.3. Impossibility of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “going about to establish their own righteousness.” Ecclsiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.One fact that every saved person understands is that of personal sinfulness. There are those who believe that they are sinless but they are deceived and lost. No conviction of sinfulness means there is no Holy Spirit there to convict. Men everywhere are trying to be right with God with what they do instead of what He did.4. Insubordination to God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “have not submitted themselves” Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Along with recognition of God's righteousness must come obedience to the holiness of God's demand: obedience to the gospel. Vs. 16. Romans 1 shows the progression of the knowledge of God rejected: a) When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God - God gave them up) b) They changed the truth of God into a lie - God gave them up again c) They did not like to retain God in their minds - God gave them over to a reprobate mind.5. Imputation of God's Righteousness. Vs. 4. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Salvation is a result of God's righteousness being imputed to the believer through propitiation and faith. Jude 24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. “Dressed in His righteousness alone; faultless to stand before the throne.” “When He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb; He sees me as worthy and not as I AM!”6. Invitation of God's Righteousness. Vs. 13. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I think that “whosoever” covers it all! Come to Jesus Christ with your bankrupt life and He will give you His righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-12-20172 Thessalonians 2:13-17Introduction:A. Last week, we looked at some areas in which we must stand fast. 1. “In the shifting sands of human theology,” we must be firmly anchored in the Word of God: our Faith, our Freedom, our Fellowship, our Fight, and our Finishing. Spiritually in America—the Bible Belt—and the World are in serious decline. 2. The Old Paths of holiness and doctrinal purity have been forsaken for the New Paths of worldliness and ecumenism! I expect the world to be worldly but not the church. We do not bow our knees to the “god of this world.” We bow them to the God of this Bible!B. It is one thing to know where we need to stand but another to know what will help us to do so. 1. In our text, we find Paul's encouragement to the church at Thessalonica as they face spiritual change and adversity. The adversity that once came from without now was within. The enemy is among us! 2. Paul gives several things in these verses that I believe are important to our maintaining the Old Paths wherein is the good way.1. The Assurance of God's Abiding Love. Vs. 13-14, 16. “Brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ … which hath loved us.”Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Why doubt the love of Christ?)2. The Assurance of God's Men Who Taught Us Truth. Vs 15. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” 2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (He learned from his mother, grandmother, and the Apostle Paul. Why would he doubt their sincerity?)3. The Assurance of God's Consolation. Vs 16. “And hath given us everlasting consolation.”Hebrews 6:17-20 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; (20) Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Our Lord said to follow Him. He chose our path so why should we doubt Him?)4. The Assurance of God's Promises of Impending Victory. Vs 16. “And good hope.”Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (If the battle is the Lord's, why should the outcome be in doubt?)5. The Assurance of God's Amazing Grace in Suffering. Vs 16. “Through 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 me1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (If God is the God of all grace and that grace is sufficient, why should we think that God will place more on us than we can bear?)6. The Assurance of God's Comforting and Comforter. Vs. 17. “Comfort your hearts.”John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;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. (If God promised that He would walk with us, why should we doubt His presence?)7. The Assurance of God's Stablishing His Children. Vs 17. “And stablish you in every good word and work.Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (26) But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: (27) To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. (To strengthen and stabilize. The results of establishment in the Word of God is two-fold: 1) In every good word [their witnessing and preaching] 2) “in every good” … work [evangelization and missions]. If the Word of God is right, why should we doubt His promises?)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-19-20172 Thessalonians 3:1Introduction:A. Anytime you have a 2nd or 3rd of a book in the Bible, it prophesies of the end times and the rise of apostasy. The theme of 2 Thessalonians is the “falling away” and the revealing of “that Wicked” one: the Antichrist. We are there! Apostasy is everywhere and the spirit of antichrist permeates our society.B. As the Apostle Paul brings this little book to its conclusion, he uses the word “finally.” It is both the summation and conclusion of the epistle. “Finally, brethren, pray for us!” If you have ever prayed for God's men, you had better pray for them now.C. Two things are mentioned here: a) Pray for the preacher to preach the Word of God and b) that he will be delivered from “unreasonable and wicked men.” I will only deal with the former this evening. This prayer is for God's man, not for the preaching. When the Word of God is preached, it will flow unrestricted. It will have “free course” and stem the “tide of apostasy” of these last times. What restricts the “free course” of God's Word is when the men of God no longer preach its fullness with uncompromising power from the pulpits of our churches.D. I could spend the entire sermon on the purpose and importance of preaching but I believe that you and I already know these things. The most important aspect of a church service is the preached word.1. Many churches build their church upon singing programs. While singing is important in both worship and a prelude to the preaching, it is not to be the single most important aspect of a worship service.2. Many churches build their church upon youth programs. The number one question asked of this pastor by prospective “church members” is “What programs do you have for the youth. I am all for working with our youth and trying to do things with them but I do not find “youth programs” in the Bible.3. Many churches build their church upon entertainment and extra-curricular activities. I know churches that always have to have something going on. (Ladies Meetings, Youth Meetings, Camps, Seminars, Sweetheart Banquets, Plays, etc. I am not against these things but Biblical churches are built upon the preaching and teaching of God's Word.)E. While these are not entirely wrong, the main thrust of the church or the primary purpose of the church is preaching and teaching God's Word. The local church is called the “pillar and ground of the truth.”F. The list could go one but I think that you get the “gist” of what I am trying to preach. Let us look at these few simple things in order to get the reason for the Word of God having “free course.” When speaking of water, “free course” means allowing the water to flow unrestricted. It would mean to let the water seek its own level and run where it will. Power companies dam up rivers and creeks in order to harness the power of the water by changing its natural course. Grist mills often cut channels to redirect the natural flow of water to turn the wheels and grind the meal.G. The Word of God is not bound; therefore, when it is allow to flow unrestricted, it becomes effectual in the lives of God's people. The only way that Satan can “bind” the Word of God is to effectively stop its preaching. He is trying to do so today in society through such things as the “Hate Crime Bill.” In Canada, it is against the law to preach against sodomy. America is following suit. Same sex marriages, etc., are secretly directed at the Word of God. Someone told me yesterday that I would get in trouble because of our church sign which said that sodomy is not an alternate lifestyle. Sodomy is sin! Sodomites do not mind terms such as “gay” or “homosexual” but the Bible term “sodomite” has free course and exposes the very depravity of the act.H. The greatest tool that Satan has that effectively restricts the preached Word is the people of the church: the pew! Most of the denominations today are liberal and filled with apostasy for this reason. As the times of not enduring sound doctrine approached, the churches filled up more and more with lost people. These individuals soon became the majority in most churches and, therefore, had a majority vote in church decisions including the calling of a pastor.I. I do not want to deal with these liberal compromised churches for this reason: WHEN SOMETHING DIES IT NORMALLY REMAINS DEAD!Revelation 3:1-2 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. (2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. (I find it interesting that God did not say to resurrect the things which have died! I am not saying to stop trying to reverse the satanic trends in the churches but I am saying that once something is gone, church people will rarely let it be resurrected.)J. Satan has always deliberately attacked the Word of God from “Yea, hath God said?” in Genesis 3 to the “falling away” of the end-time church. He is trying to destroy the preached Word in our churches today!1. How Do Churches Restrict The Free Course Of God's Word?a. By Hearing And Not Obeying – I made the statement not long ago that most church members like “Buffet Preaching.” Many things are on a food bar but there are many that I never sample. I pick and choose what I like. I often do not eat some foods because I can eat them at home. Sometimes, I like the foods that I reject because I simply like others better. On occasion, I do not eat certain things because I do not like them! Most sermons are heard but unheeded! I guess “if they had been here, I would have got them!” Eventually, the preacher will quit preaching on certain subjects because no one wants to hear or obey them.b. By Bucking Every Standard Of The Church – I have found that most people will try to find out just where the line that marks the border of liberalism is and then put their toes to the line and lean over it as far as they can. Standards are an area of constant attack. Most churches of our day have absolutely no standards for dress. People come dressed like they are going to Six Flags. Worldly, immodest clothing permeate churches. You can seem more bosoms and legs in church than you can at Wal*Mart. There was a grand time when a woman's ankles were covered. Those were days of greater morality! Dress standards also need to apply for outings and youth meetings. Church outings are for our people and youth meetings are for our youth but others are welcome to come but are not welcome to “come as they are.” I know that lost people often attend church functions and they do not know better but many know what the church standards are and simply reject them. If they want to enjoy these things with the church, they should dress and act accordingly.c. By Unfaithfulness In Attendance – God's Word is ineffectual in the lives of those who are not there to hear! Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves has become more of “as the manner of some is!” Churches are closing their doors on Sunday night and Wednesday nights because of lack of attendance. I blame most of this on the pulpit because, if the pastor's family wanted to come to church, there would be the two or three where the Lord is in the midst. Apathy will cause a preacher to stop preaching and start entertaining in order to get the people to come more often.d. By Rejecting Doctrinal Truth – Doctrinal truth must be “endured!” Sound doctrine is a must in the local church but there is often a mixed multitude on the pews. 2 Timothy says that the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine. Therefore, the man of God is to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. You correct some people with either a reproof or a rebuke and they are gone. They are looking for churches and pastors who will allow them to remain in their sinfulness and rebellion by keeping his mouth shut. If a pastor “likes his job,” he must be careful not to offend these “goats.”e. By Running Off Preachers Who Preach God's Word – This is not a problem here but many preachers go through several churches before they find one where they can stay and minister in the Word. A good man of God will not be limited in what he can or cannot preach. Endure the preached word if it comes from God's Word and “Amen” the preacher even if it hurts! Then run off the crowd who wants to run the preacher off! Let godliness become the majority in the church and the preached word will take care of the rest.2. What Will Be The Effects Of Restricting The Free Course Of God's Word.a. Our Preachers Will Either Leave Or Quit Preaching The Whole Counsel Of God – God gives churches men that are “suited” to them. Men who love the Lord, love the Word, and will love and be a part of your family as well as the church. Good men of God are hard to find. You will never keep a good pastor and preacher by restricting what he can preach. God's man will preach or move on. Then, more often than not, God's man will become discouraged and just “slack off” a little. Then, our children will not hear the clear message from God's Word. Where we had a choice, their choices will be made by us.b. Our Pulpits Will Become Sounding Boards For The Will Of The People – Good preachers will leave and Pulpit Committees will find preachers of “like un-precious faith!” Good men of God have become a rarity in these last days. Hireling prophets abound along with many men in pulpits who have no divine call. These are men who go into the “ministry” for various reasons and look forward to the day when they can retire. They preach what the people want to hear and make sure that they step on no “toes” in the process. The pulpit then becomes a “mirror” for the will of the people and not the “mirror” of James chapter one that makes us behold our natural face.c. Our Principles Will Become Distorted And Eventually Die – Bible principles will diminish and God's Word will be compromised or changed. Look around you here in our county. How many good, Bible preaching, God loving churches do you know of? I personally know some families that know nothing about the Lord and act just like religious, lost people who are “pillars of the assembly” in their churches. (One of my deacons and her husband.)d. Our People Will Become Worldly And Rebellious And Good, God fearing Christians Will Leave – Christian Schools have suffered this problem for years. As the need for money grows, standards are let down and as standards are let down, good people move on. I know separation is a “bad subject” in these worldly times but the Bible still says to separate from the standards of this world. As the church gets more worldly, the world gets more religious because they can now fit comfortably on the pews with no conviction power because God's Word has been diverted or restricted.e. Our Purity Will Become Tainted And Sinful Living Will Permeate Our Pews – Instead of good, godly people who love the Lord and one another, there will be people who are ungodly, worldly, and care nothing about the things of the Lord. Now people can shack up and be good church members. Sodomites can now sit comfortably on the pews. Sinners will always be welcome here at Temple Baptist but they cannot join our fellowship without getting saved and, if they get saved, shacking up and sodomy, etc. will be history in their lives. f. Our Posterity Will Sniff Out Our Hypocrisy And Will Leave Never To Return – Churches are losing young people at a record pace because of the hypocrisy and double standards that they see. Kids are really smart! I look around and grin a little but, really, they are very intelligent. They may not always do right but, for the most part, they know right from wrong and look to God's men and God's people for examples. Unfortunately, to most of the young people in churches, their parent's lives, church standards, and preachers fail to give a proper example and—with their lives—say, “Don't do as I do, do as I say do!” We, as parents, are to set the godly examples for our children and allow the pulpit to reinforce what they are taught at home.g. Our Purpose Will Come To A Standstill And Our Churches Will Become Social Clubs – Sinners will neither be welcome nor saved. Missions will die and sinners will perish. Most churches have neither a visitation program nor a strong mission's outreach. Churches become hospitals for the sinfully sick; rest homes for those who have spiritually “retired;” safe havens for “goats” and “false prophets;” and generally despicably lukewarm and apathetic.h. Our Power Will Soon Be Gone And We Will Become The Spiritually Anemic – May God help us to remember that it is God's Word and allow God's men to faithfully instead of fearfully preach its “whole counsel!” We have a great church. We have a special church. Let's keep it that way.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-19-2017Habakkuk 3:17-19Introduction: A. Joy and happiness are two entirely different things. Happiness is based upon happenings while joy is often despite circumstances. Let me give you some Biblical examples.1. God the Father's joy was found in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son! Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (I am sure that God was not happy watching sinners beat and crucify His Son. The Father's joy was found in His love for sinners like you and me! I will never fully understand that joy but I take joy in it.)2. God the Son's joy was found in the shame and reproach of the cross! Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher ofour faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (I am sure that Jesus was not happy with the shame and reproach that He endured. I am sure that He was not happy that He became sin for us. His joy was found in His love for the Church that He purchased. I will never fully understand that joy but I do take joy in His Church.)3. The Sinner's joy is found in the finished work of Calvary! Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Because of the great load of sin that he bore. I do not relish the thought that my Lord had to suffer so because of my wickedness but I am sure glad that He did.)4. The Saint's joy is found in the soon appearing of the Lord, our Saviour! Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (It does not make me happy that sinners will perish but it is with Great joy that I will be with Him for all of eternity.)B. Too many Christians live lives or gloom and sorrow. They recite Murphy's Law more than they quote the Bible. When you ask, they can give you a list of everything bad that has ever happened to them. Many times, you do not even have to ask!C. Yes, sometimes the provision will be slim. The crops will fail and there will be no “herd I the stalls!” Joy should not depend upon what we have physically, but in what we have spiritually.D. I want to look at several things found in these verses that only the child of God can fully understand.1. THE PARADOX OF THE SAINT'S JOY – Habakkuk 3:17-18 “although…yet” a. A Joy that does not depend upon our circumstances. b. A Joy that does not depend upon our surroundings. c. A Joy that does not waver because He does not waver. d. A Joy that does not change because He does not change. e. A Joy despite life's ups and downs!f. A Joy the world does not understand and, unfortunately, many of God's children do not seem to understand.2. THE PROBLEM OF THE SAINT'S JOY – Habakkuk 38 “rejoice in the Lord”a. Too many time, God's children try to find their joy in the things of this world - Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the peopleunto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.b. We are in Jesus Christ, therefore, we should find our life in Him - Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.3. THE PERSON OF THE SAINT'S JOY - Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord”a. The Bible says, in 1 Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” 1) Joy in someone we have never seen. 2) Joy based on our faith in God's Word. b. The darling Son of God! c. Our wonderful Saviour! d. Our soon coming Lord and King! e. Our beloved Bridegroom! f. The Lover of my Soul!!! g. Life was miserable until I met Him and I am forever changed!4. THE PLACE OF THE SAINT'S JOY – “my SALVATION”a. The Joy of being saved and knowing it! - Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;b. The Joy of Christian fellowship! - 1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (What a thrill to know and love God's people!)c. The Joy of faith! - 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: (Believing that God can do the impossible!)d. The Joy of soul winning! - Psalms 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?e. The Joy of faithfulness! - Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 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. (Many never know this joy because of their unfaithfulness!)Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.f. The Joy of hearing His Voice! - Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,Revelation 1:12a And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. (He walks with me and talks with me. He tells me I am His own!)g. The Joy of His 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.Daniel 3:24-25 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and thatall the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,h. The Joy of His appearing! - Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.i. The Joy of seeing His face! - Job 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-26-20173 John 1-4Introduction:A. I have often said that pastoring a church is a Bitter - Sweet Experience. I love what I do. I always wanted to do something for a living that I enjoyed and now I have that blessed privilege. Pastoring is not always glory, but is always worthwhile. I have no horror stories to tell and have no complaints to offer. It has been like a good marriage: good times and hard times but that is what makes for a strong marriage, isn't it? You never learn how to love until your love is tested. I married Barbara for live and we came here to stay.B. I also want to say that the sweetness far outweighs the bitterness. I want to use the word bitterness in a right way though. I am not bitter at anyone or any situation but, sometimes, there are hard pills to swallow in the pastorate. C. Not everyone in the church will either do right or end up right and this brings sorrow to the heart of a true pastor. I want everyone to do well and live for God. I often think of these verses:1. Sometimes there is the sorrow of losing families to sin. 2 Sometimes there is the sorrow of losing families because of God's Word.3. Sometimes there is the sorrow of losing brethren through death.4. Sometimes there is the sorrow of seeing the church become apathetic.5. Sometimes there is the sorrow of trying to help and being rejected. 6. Sometimes there is the sorrow of having people falsely blame and avoid me. 7. Sometimes there is the sorrow of preaching falling on deaf ears.D. We have a great church! I love every one of you and apologize for none of you. You have made my pastorate worth every mile of the way. I am yours and you are mine. I want our church to remain a great one and that requires constant vigilance. Maintaining what we have requires a continuing continuance! These past 30 years have been a joy to this pastor!1. I want the Lord to always be welcome in our church. This may sound like an odd but the Lord is only welcome in churches who want Him to be their Lord. We are not here to soothe our consciences nor are we here to be seen. We are here to exalt Him and bow before Him in worship. We are not here to be seen but we are here to see Him. His presence is both welcome and wanted.2. I want us all to continue to experience a uniform Christian love in our church. No big “I's” or little “U's” here. From the pew to the pulpit and the pulpit to the pew, I want us to love one another with a whole heart fervently. Our love is an overlooking love. We are all imperfect; we all have both good and bad days; but we learn to look past the fault and see the need of each other. As a pastor's family, we need you as much as you need us.3. I want the Bible to continue to take precedent over all else in our services. For us to magnify the Bible as God magnifies it. To allow its free course and leaving it unbound. We are often belittled or mocked because we continue to hold to the Old Path of Biblical Authority. I will not spend any more time here as you know where I stand and I know where you stand. We stand unified.4. I want to be a constant encouragement to you and for you to be encouraging to me. We often take a beating in this world but the church is a place of refreshing and consolation. It is a “filling station” that gets us through the remainder of the week. That is what we worship on the first day of the week so that we get the week started off right. We have Wednesday service to get us over “hump day.” As the camel said on the commercial, “Hey, hey, Mike! Know what day it is?” With a scowl he replied, “Its hump day!” Our encouragement of each other is what gets us over the humps in life.5. I want to remain your pastor as long as the Lord gives me strength and my mind holds out. I have seen men of God who still had the mind but the strength was gone and I have seen pastors who had the strength and their mind was gone. I never want to be a burden on the church. I want to be a continual blessing! I am yours as long as you will have me.6. I want to one day give an account for each of you with joy when I stand before the Lord at the Judgement Seat of Christ. I want you to do well; I want you to be faithful; I want your soul to prosper and be in health; I want you to stay put and share with each other the love of Christ.Conclusion: Happy 30th Anniversary!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-2-20172 Thessalonians 3:6-7Introduction: A. Our verses for tonight are interesting and importance ones as they do with one of the aspects of church discipline. Church discipline is one of the hardest parts of the ministry of the local church.1. Church discipline is never the first step to reconciliation. Reconciliation is what is always to be desired.2. Church discipline is never pleasant. I have never taken pleasure in the loss of a church member in this manner.3. Church discipline is the only option when reconciliation becomes impossible.B. If reconciliation becomes impossible and church discipline is implemented, there is a church wide responsibility that comes with it: withdraw yourselves. This is often hard for the child of God to do for several reasons:1. We love them because it is our nature to do so.2. We forgive them because it is God's commandment to do so.3. We are patient with them because we know both who and what we are.4. We try to be at peace with them because of the importance of unity within the church.5. BUT, there comes a time when we must discipline themC. Our text refers to the sin of being disorderly. Disorderly-insubordinate or unruly. Disorderly conduct is a term used in law enforcement for someone who is disruptive and will not obey commands given by the officer.D. Church discipline is not something that the pastor does but it is done by the local church corporately. It is a natural part of the ministry, just as is child disciplining. It has become an unnatural thing because no one does it!E. I want each member of Temple Baptist Church to know the “why” of church discipline.1. Rightful Church Discipline Is An Act Of Love. Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.2. Rightful Church Discipline Is Necessary For The Health Of The Church.1 Corinthians 5:5-8 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (Sin, left unrebuked, will always affect others in the church and will eventually lead to others following the same sinful example.)3. Rightful Church Discipline Is Beneficial To The One Disciplined.James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (The Lord's chastening is not to simple inflict pain upon a believer, but to bring them to a place of repentance and restoration.)4. Rightful Church Discipline Causes Others To Fear.1 Timothy 5:19-20 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. (Others need to realize that continued sinfulness within the membership of a church is not acceptable and will be dealt with through church discipline.)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-26-20172 Thessalonians 3:1-2Introduction:A. As Paul finishes the second Thessalonian epistle, he encourages the saints to “hold the lines,” not to “lose their grip,” to adhere to the Old Paths while the world is spiritually shaking and the lost religionists “falling away” from where Biblical Christianity once stood.B. Last week, we took a short look at allowing the Word of God to have free course and to be glorified. Regardless of the liberals who say that we are “majoring on a minor,” you cannot make too much of the Bible. If God magnified (to make larger than life) the Word of God in Psalm 138:2, then we can do no less!C. The second part of this admonition deals with the deliverance of God's men from unreasonable and wicked men. Deliverance is something that must be done by a third party. There are times when God's men need both divine and human help. If they do not get both, they may fall from their steadfastness and—if they fall—you and the local church may spiritually fall also. We MUST both stand and stick together.D. We must understand that there are unreasonable and wicked men in many churches.1. Unreasonable—given to argument : tending to argue : having or showing a tendency to disagree or argue with other people in an angry way, disputatious. Men who will neither listen to the Bible or reason. These will withstand and try to upstage God's men.3 John 1:9-10 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. (10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.2. Wicked men—those who seek to harm God's men physically, spiritually, and family wise. Some churches have men who are wicked and hatful towards God's men. When they cannot get to God's men, they will try to hurt their families.2 Timothy 4:14-15 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: (15) Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.1. Your responsibility to deliver your pastor. Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. (The first part of this verse gives human responsibility. We cannot simply say that we trust God to protect God's men and then do nothing to help him. We cannot lie in the middle of the road and ask God to not let us get run over. God expects us do the best that we can and then trust Him with what we cannot do.)a. By standing faithfully with him.b. By not listening to slander.c. By putting down rumors.d. By informing him of problems or undercurrent.e. By standing with him and BY him when problems arise in the church.f. You need to deliver him when problems arise in the church.2. God's deliverance of His men is a reality that must not be overlooked. 2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. (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. (18) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.a. When men will not stand with God's man, I am thankful that the Lord will never leave nor forsake him!b. Let us do that which is our responsibility and not stand by and allow God's men to stand at the battle front alone.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-2-2017Romans 5:1-11Introduction: A. As Resurrection Sunday approaches this year, our hearts and minds naturally turn back Calvary. 1. Where the love of God met the need of sinful man. 2. Where the ultimate price was paid for our redemption. B. Romans 5:8 is one of the more notable and quotable verses expressing:1. The love of God the Father for sinful man. “But God commendeth his love toward us”2. The love that compelled our Saviour to go to the cross. “Christ died for us. 3. The love for sinners that goes beyond our comprehension. “While we were yet sinners!”4. The love of the saints for God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” C. One of the most blessed truths found in the Bible is that of the love of God for sinners. Romans 5:8 may well be one of the most noted and often quoted verses of scripture but is also one of the least comprehended. 1. When I see the world, I see the sin and sorrow that permeates it. My heart is saddened by what is taking place in the world and across this great nation this morning. With the reject of spiritual light comes great spiritual darkness.2. When God sees the world, He sees sinners in need of the Saviour! As we get closer to Christmas, our hearts should be joyful because of the gift of God given on that night some 2,000 years ago.D. Though we can never fully comprehend the love of Calvary, we experience it.Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (I have often referred to this words as knowing the unknowable! Comprehending the incomprehensible!)1. Calvary's Love is an All-Inclusive Love! 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. a. His love is from Pole to Pole. His love is from the East to the West. His love is from Wall to Wall. The Love of God covers every man, every woman, every child, everywhere. b. There are none exempt and there are none excluded! There is not a race, color, or creed rejected! His love is for the whole world! I cannot understand it, but I believe it!2. Calvary's Love is a Longsuffering Love! Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. a. God's love is not only universal in its scope; it is longsuffering in its forbearance. God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and merciful. I did not deserve to receive it nor do I deserve to keep it. b. The Lord has been far better to me than I deserve and I am eternally grateful for it. I cannot understand it, but I have seen it!3. Calvary's Love is a Personal Love – 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. a. The wickedest man in the world is a candidate for His great salvation. It matters not what you have done; it matters not what you have thought; it matters not where you came from! b. His love goes to the deepest in sin and despair. I cannot understand it, but I have received it!4. Calvary's Love is an All-Covering Love! Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: a. His wonderful love is far greater than all our sin put together. God's gracious love is always there and you cannot sin your salvation away. b. He will forgive 70 times 7 and never exhaust his love or forgiveness. He has loved us with an everlasting love. I cannot understand it, but I have experienced it!Conclusion: On the night of our Lord's birth, the angel said, “Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people!” It is the Lord's desire that all people know and experience the love of God which the angel spoke of on that night.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-16-20171 Corinthians 15:35-58Introduction: A. Today, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is often called the “Capstone of Christianity,” because the eternal hope of the believer rests entirely on life with Christ after death.B. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the “bridge” between the of Christ's Propitiation and eternal work of Christ's Priesthood.1. Propitiation - 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. a) Expiation – the payment or removal of sins.b) Propitiation – the appeasement of the wrath of God against sinners.2. Priesthood - Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;a) The ascension of our High Priest. Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. (Christ ascended to heaven twice, once to present His precious blood and place it on the mercy seat in heaven and then His visible ascension from the Mount of Olives in Acts, chapter one.b. The act of our High Priest. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (The shed blood had to be applied by the purified High Priest, Jesus Christ.)C. Therefore, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ became the “bridge” that connected these two things. Without the resurrection, the blood would have been shed in vain and, without the resurrection, there would be no High Priest to offer that shed blood.1. The Importance of the Resurrection: a. If Christ be not risen, then our preaching is all in vain. Vs. 14 – “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain.” What I am doing this morning is the greatest time waster in the world.b. If Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain. Vs. 14 – “and your faith is also vain.” You would be better off doing something better this morning.c. If Christ be not risen, then we are liars! Vs. 15 – “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.” Faith in Christ would be the greatest deception that the world has ever known.d. If Christ be not risen, then we are still in our sins. Vs. 17 – “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” There could be no peace because of the sins that we have committed if they remained.e. If Christ be not risen, then our loved ones who have died have perished with no hope. Vs. 18 – “Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” We would have no hope of ever seeing those whom we love again.f. If Christ be not risen, then we are one miserable bunch this morning! Vs. 19 – “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” We have given up the things of the world when we should have eaten, drank, and spent our life in merriment.2. The Declaration of the Resurrection: Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (2) (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) (3) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (4) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:a. Jesus Christ declared to be God! Ephesians 1:17-20 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (Only God would have the power to both will His own death (Christ dismissed His spirit on the Cross) and gloriously raise the body from the tomb. There has never been a man of “god of this world” with that kind of power!)b. Jesus Christ declared to be Holy. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (The only acceptable sacrifice for the complete remission of the sins of the world would be on of impeccable holiness!)c. Jesus Christ declared to be Alive. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Our Lord Jesus Christ sits on the right hand of God and “ever liveth” to make intercession of the saints of God. Thank God for a resurrected, living Saviour!)3. The Pr0mise of the Resurrection:a. An Eternal Hope. John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (God has promised eternal life to those who come to Him by faith. God breath into the nostrils of Adam the “breath of life” and Adam became a “living soul.” All men will live forever in one place or the other: heaven or hell. Someone once said that life is full of choices but eternity only has two! I am glad that my Saviour lives and, because He lives, I will live with Him forever!)b. An Eternal Body. Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (This corruption must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. A body fashioned like unto His glorious body that will be perfectly fit for eternity.)c. An Eternal Joy. Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (There are 7 “no mores” mentioned in Revelation 21. Heaven will be heaven for all of eternity and our joy surpassing our comprehension! Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, I live also!)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-16-20172 Thessalonians 3:4-5Introduction:A. In these last days, everything is spiritually “upside down.” 1. Right has become wrong; wrong has become right; holiness has become old fashioned; sinfulness has become acceptable; God has been set on “the back burner;” and the world has plummeted into the depths of immorality and corruption. 2. These are the days which the Bible spoke of thousands of years ago and wrote the headlines of the news media. The days of Noah, the days of Lot, the days of Laodicea, and the days of apostasy! It has had an adverse effect upon the local church and God's people because our spiritual eyesight has become blurred. 3. Though we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit living inside, we often fail to see as God sees!B. 2,000 years ago, Paul admonished the church at Thessalonica to allow the Lord to “direct” their hearts. 1. He did not say to allow the Lord to direct their minds! Out of the heart (or soul of man) comes the issues of life. I have often heard the this: “Stealing does not make you a thief. You steal because you ARE a thief!” 2. In the Old Testament, the Lord said, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” (Proverbs 23:26) God tied the condition of the heart (give me thine heart) to spiritual eyesight (let thine eyes observe my ways.” We are not our own. We belong to God. C. Our text says that we need to allow God to direct our hearts! When our desire is right, God can direct our hearts. Direct means “to straighten fully.” Often, because of circumstances and the weakness of our flesh, our spiritual sight becomes blurred. 1. God is infinite in His wisdom – He who knows the end from the beginning guides and guards our steps! Safety is of the Lord.2. God's grace is all sufficient – He who knows the end from the beginning gives provision for our steps.3. God's divine leadership is unerring – He who knows the end from the beginning guides our steps.D. Three things are mentioned in these verses that we need to allow God to direct in our lives.1. We need to allow God to direct our hearts unto obedience to Biblical Authority.a. The authority of the Bible. 1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. (15) Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.b. The authority of the Pastor. 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.2. We need to allow God to direct our hearts unto the Love of God.a. The Love that we have for God. Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.b. The Love that we have for God's Children. 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. (2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.c. The Love that we have for Sinners. Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.3. We need to allow God to direct our hearts unto Patience in Waiting for God.a. Patience in Tribulation. Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.b. Patience in Faith. Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Fruit does not magically appear, it must be nurtured and waited for.)c. Patience in Faithfulness. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-23-2017Hebrews 11:32-40Introduction:A. Over the past few weeks, we have seen the Cross of Christ. A place called Calvary. A suffering Saviour. A wonderful redemption.B. We have been at the Garden Tomb very early in the morning on the first day of the following week. We have seen an empty tomb and a risen Saviour. C. We have seen the Priesthood of Christ as He applied the blood to the Mercy Seat and is now seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate, ever living to make intercession for the saints of God.D. This morning, I want to look at the result of the Gospel: Christ's death according to the Scriptures, His burial in a garden tomb, and His glorious bodily resurrection according to the Scriptures.E. Hebrews, chapter 11, has often been called the “Hall of Faith.” 1. The word “faith” is found 24 times in 40 verses in chapter 11. Most of these 24 uses are preceded by the words “through” or “by.” God's people have always lived through and by their faith. That is what makes them exceptional! 2. We do not have to see to believe. We do not have to have everything our way to believe. We endure, often not having seen the promise but persuaded of it and embrace it! Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, andconfessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.3. The faith life is one of tribulation, persecution, and perseverance! The end result of the faith life of God's people, from the blood of Abel (the first man to die did so because of persecution for his faith) to the un-named multitude of those who have accepted Christ and died for their faith, is a “better resurrection!”Hebrews 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 ofthe 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.F. One thing that the Bible constantly affirms is that eternity awaits each of us! God breathed into Adam the “breath of life.” He gave animals and plants life but the life that God gave Adam was eternal in nature. 1. The key word in the Book of Hebrews is “better,” which is used 13 times in 13 chapters. Paul is writing to the saved Jews and contrasts the Old Testament economy with the New Testament economy. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament and everything is better. 2. “A better resurrection” indicates more than one resurrection and draws a stark contrast between them.John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life (saved); and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (unsaved). 1. The Power of the two Resurrections is the same. “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.”a. The Resurrection of Life, which is better, is the resurrection of the children of God: it is to die in hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Job 14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.b. The Resurrection of Damnation, which is to be shunned, it the resurrection of the unsaved: it is to die without hope. Daniel 12:2 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.Revelation 20:11-12 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. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.2. The Period of the two Resurrections is different. In John 5:28-29, not only is the theology right concerning the two resurrections, the order is also right! a. The resurrection of life at the Rapture of the church and pre-tribulation. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are aliveand remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.b. The resurrection of damnation 1,000 years later at the end of the Millennium and the beginning of eternity. Revelation 20:12-13 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.2. The People of the two Resurrections are different. “life … damnation”a. The Resurrection of Life is for those who have placed their faith in the finished work of the gospel. John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?b. The Resurrection of Damnation is for those who have rejected Christ and the gospel. 2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.3. The Purpose of the two Resurrections is different. “life … damnation”a. The Resurrection of Life brings the blessedness of an eternity in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.b. The Resurrection of Damnation is for punishment of sin and an eternity in hell without Christ. Revelation 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.4. The Product of the two Resurrections is different.a. The Resurrection of Life brings joy and peace to the children of God. 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,5. The Resurrection of Damnation brings the horror and suffering of an eternal hell. Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.5. The Permanence of the two Resurrections are the same.a. The Resurrection of Life is eternal. Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.b. The Resurrection of Damnation is eternal. Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Conclusion: Our resurrection is eternally better!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-23-20172 Thessalonians 3:6-12Introduction:A. The Bible is always relevant and our text for tonight clarifies questions concerning welfare and entitlement. 1. We live in the day of “Entitlement.” Such is the cracked foundation of a socialistic governments. I called it “Robin Hood Economics.” The character, Robin Hood, robbed the rich and gave to the poor and became a hero to many people. I remember watching Robin Hood on the TV many years ago. 2. In our day, we could change the spelling just a little and call it “Robbing Hood” or “Trickle Down” economics. The act of taking away from those who have rightfully earned (it matters not what you think about rich people, if they earned it or inherited it, it belongs to them!) and give to those who refuse to earn! You have the “makers” and the “takers” in a perpetual war with one another. 3. At this point, I may catch a little “flack” from the entitlement people but I want to see what the Bible says about the subject. Why is it so important to us in our day? Because we have been given the same ideology through the years. B. Entitlement defined: the condition of having the right to have, to do, or to get something. The feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something. A type of financial help provided by the government for members of a particular group. (Merriam-Webster)C. Socialism is a slow, creeping plague that begins slowly but brings a nation down quickly in the end. 1. Why, because a “welfare state” cannot work. Fully socialistic nations have proven this beyond a doubt. We have a hybrid “capitalistic-socialistic” state or nation. While a little more stable for a while, it will eventually become unsustainable. I do not want this to become a political sermon but the subject matter is important enough that God dealt with it. 2. As the dependent population grows, the productive population begins to decline and you end up with more takers than makers. You must begin borrowing money to feed the poor who will not work and, at that time, you have crossed the line. Eventually, money must be borrowed to sustain the economy and the economy begins to collapse. America? You got it!D. Now, let us take the text to its context: Paul is writing to a local church.1. I watch a local church in our city who has a “food bank” giving out free groceries all the time. On a certain day of the week or month, they bag up free food for all who come. The church parking lot is full of people who will not attend that church. It is also full of people who live off welfare and food stamps!2. People call the church all the time asking for money for food, gas, utilities, etc. and I question them thoroughly. Very few ever get help because they have family or other sources from which to get help.E. What does the Bible say about entitlement? Nothing! 1. We have seen the bumper sticker that says that the Christian's “retirement is out of this world.” Heaven is not going to be saved people sitting on the bank of the River of Life with their feet dangling in the water while talking or just doing nothing. 2. I have often said that heaven will be a busy place and this eternal earth will be busy also. God did not make man to just do nothing but eat and sleep.F. What does God have for us?1. God established the principle of labor before the Fall. In Genesis, chapter 2, before the fall, God gave Adam a job! Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (In the perfection and innocence of the Garden of Eden, God established the principle of work. Adam did not get a “free ride.” I do not know exactly what needed to be done in the utopia called “The Garden of Eden,” but Adam had a specific work to do.)2. The Command of Labor. In Genesis, chapter 3, after the fall, God gave commandment that a man is to work for a living. This was not the establishment of a Biblical principle but a clear Biblical command to work. Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Not only was the man to work, he was to work hard [sweat] and long [till thou return unto the ground].)3. The Satisfaction of Labor. Psalms 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. (Someone said that if you work a job, in about two weeks, you will suddenly come into some money. I can honestly say that all that we have ever had came through hard and continual work.)4. The Sleep of Labor. Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. (You do not have to rock hard working men and women to sleep at night!)5. The Mindset of Laziness. Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. (14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. (15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. (16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. (A man who will not work has more excuses for not working that “Carter has little pills.” Constantly turning in one's bed is because he/she has slept enough and needs to get up and go to work.)6. The Curse of Laziness. Proverbs 24:30-31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; (31) And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. (A lazy person takes no pride in their home! The condition of what they have is a reflection of their character.)7. The Poverty of Laziness. Proverbs 24:32-34 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. (33) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: (34) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. (Poverty comes slowly but surely to those who are too lazy to work a job.)8. The Cure of Laziness. Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. (He may beg but deserves to go hungry!)1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.2 Thessalonians 3:10-11 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (11) For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-30-2017Nehemiah 8:10Introduction:A. I am contemplating making this verse my life verse! “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet!” This verse is a Baptist preacher's dream. We often quote the last part of the verse without taking it in its proper context. J Smile, God loves you!B. One thing that I find strangely missing among the people of God is that of joy! We are to be enjoying the things of God. Yes, I know that we have problems but thank God, one day, troubles and sorrows will all end and we have an eternity to enjoy the “riches of his grace!” Our sinfulness and, too often, our situations rob us of the joy of the Lord.C. Believers begin to endure church, the tithe, the brethren, and the Christian lifestyle! We should enjoy the Lord, the Book, the brethren, the church, the tithe, the preaching, and the life! Many lose the freshness of their salvation; the first love of the Saviour; and the excitement of their service.D. Joy is important to the child of God. Without the joy of the Lord, you will become unfaithful; without the joy of the Lord, you will fail of the grace of God; without the joy of the Lord, you will fall to the wayside! The joy of the Lord is your strength.1. Joy goes beyond our circumstances! In Nehemiah's day, these who went home to rebuild the walls ran into dire circumstances and strong resistance. The people came back to Jerusalem in the perfect will of God and found problems on almost every hand. 2. God gave deliverance through tribulation, not from it! God never promised His children a Rose Garden but He did promise them victory in this life. The key to victory is a faith that brings about the joy OF the Lord!3. 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.E. Now, let us look at some things found in our text that will give us the faith and desire to finish our course with joy.1. The Place of Joy – Vs. 1 “the water gate” The place of assembly! The place of preaching and teaching! What a wonderful Bible we have and what a marvelous privilege to be able to hear its preaching.2. The People of Joy – Vs. 1-7 “all the people…as one man” Unity in fellowship. How sweet to gather with the people of God. You are my family; you are my friends!3. The Preaching of Joy – Vs. 8 “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading” It was read distinctly! It was explained explicitly! It was understood universally!4. The Purpose of Joy – Vs. 9-14 holiness…strength” A holy, happy people is the result of Christian joy.5. The Publishing of Joy – Vs. 15 “publish…proclaim” Joy causes the world to both see and seek what the child of God has. Yes, we have problems and sorrows but we also have hope.F. What joy does:1. Joy changes Duty into Delight! 1 Thessalonians 2:18-20 (18) Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (19) For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (20) For ye are our glory and joy. (Is it drudgery or a delight to live for God? Is it a duty or is it a desire to live for God?) 2. Joy changes Persecution into Privilege! Acts 5:40-42 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. (41) And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (42) And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.3. Joy changes Burdens into Blessings! Philippians 1:12-14 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; (13) So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; (14) And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.4. Joy changes Trials into Triumphs! James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.WHERE THE CHRISTIAN FINDS HIS JOY1. Christian Joy Is Found In Salvation - Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.2. Christian Joy Is Found In Hope - Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.3. Christian Joy Is Found In God's Word - Nehemiah 8:12 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.4. Christian Joy Is Found In 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.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. Christian Joy Is Found In 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.6. Christian Joy Is Found In 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.7. Christian Joy Is Found In Eternal Things - 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 1:24 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,
Temple Baptist Church - 4-30-20172 Thessalonians 3:13Introduction:A. By way of introduction, I want to take a short look at another verse of Scripture. Paul, when writing to a young pastor—Timothy—said, “This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.” (2 Timothy 1:15) B. Asia Minor was originally called Asia. As the great Apostle Paul planted churches in this area, they soon began to apostatize. Churches like Thessalonica, who continued to “hold the lines,” no doubt felt the pressure to let up also. Paul understood the possibility of this great church getting spiritually weary in the work of the Lord. C. We, in the Bible Belt, also feel the same pressure. Whereas good churches were the norm in the South, today they are an anomaly. Good churches have become like “hen's teeth,” scarce. The clear majority of Protestant churches in our area are long gone along with most of the SBC ones. Independent Baptist churches are also giving in to the peer pressure of worldliness and the push for “numbers.”D. Though I hate this for our families, community, and nation—there is nothing that I can do to change them. Paul's concern was more for the church at Thessalonica than for the churches of Asia that were already gone. My concern is more for Temple Baptist Church!E. We often sing the little chorus “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” One of the verses says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” To stand fast in these last perilous times, we must be willing to stand alone if necessary. Discouragement and peer pressure are the enemies of well doing. Years ago, at a preacher's fellowship, a friend of mine preached on the subject of “Nobody Gives A Rip!” He has been out of the ministry for years! I have news for him and you: there are still good churches and good people that care. You and I are not alone in this thing.F. Our verse uses the phrase “be not be weary in well doing.”1. “Well doing” indicates a desire. I believe that the church at Thessalonica had a burning desire to do well. True Christians and good churches have a desire to be obedient to the Word of God as the love of Christ constrains them.2. “In well doing” indicates more than just an acknowledgement of what “well doing” consists of. The church at Thessalonica was certainly doing well. Well doing is well doing! (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)3. “Weary in well doing” shows the spiritual attrition that takes place over a long period of time. When writing to the church at Ephesus, John indicted them with having “left their first love.” This is not something that takes place in an instance of time but over an extended period.4. “Brethren, be not” brings the plea down to an individual church over which the pastor and flock have control. Thessalonica could not control the churches of Asia but could control their own church.G. The phrase “well doing” is found six times and these references in the New Testament.1. Well doing takes patient continuance. Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (Patient continuance! Stay with the Bible; stay with the stuff; stay with patience. Our reward is eternal, not temporal.)2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.2. Well doing silences the critical tongues of the unsaved. 1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (Do not quit doing well because of what people say about you. I have found that most people know what right is and know that you are doing right. This makes them uncomfortable when around you. The world must see Christ in us as were are epistles, written of God and read of men.)1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.3. Well doing can bring about persecution in the will of God. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (Though none of us like persecution, it is a reality in the life of all of God's children.)Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecuteyou, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.4. Well doing has a reward. Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Temple, you are doing a great work. You love God; you love the Bible; your love your pastor; you love each other; you love and support missionaries; you have been a lighthouse on the side of the road for the past 30 years. You have not wavered; you have not faltered; you have not quit!)Isaiah 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: (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.5. Well doing places the child of God in the protective realm of God's faithfulness. 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. (I had rather be in the will of God in the jungles of Africa than out of the will of God in Laurens, SC!)Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-3-20171 Peter 2:1-3Introduction: A. One of the most amazing of all doctrines is the doctrine of the Grace of God! Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Mindful-means to be consumed by a thought. Visitest-a continuing form of “to visit.” To come to where one is.)Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.Psalms 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.B. The First Mention of someone being “visited” by God is found in Genesis: Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.C. God was certainly “gracious” to Adam and Eve in their sinfulness as He provided a sacrifice as an atonement for that sin! God loved Adam and Eve, even when they were sinful and tried to hide from His presence.D. God's graciousness was and is based upon His great love for mankind. 1. God made man for Himself and loves everyone on the planet. His love and graciousness is equal and available to all. 2. I try to be gracious to everyone who comes to our home but there are certain restrictions that go along with it. People do not just come to our home and walk in. They are invited into our home. Children and grandchildren are different! Our home “IS” their home!E. “Tasted” means to have personally experienced it. Tasting something is not something that others do for you. “Let me taste that for you?” That may work with beets and turnips but, for the most part, I will taste something for myself. 1. Have you ever eaten too much of a good thing and wished that you had not eaten at all? I would rather pay for my lunch “up front” because, after I am full, my billfold is a little harder to get out of my pocked. The Holy Spirit used the word “tasted.” 2. When she is cooking, Barbara will come to me with an “army spoon” (that is a big one) and allow me to taste what she is cooking. Those little “tastes” are better tasting than the meal itself. I am glad that we have hard times as well as good times for just that reason. When you have hard times, it makes the good times even better.F. Many never realize just how much God does for us because of our “entitlement” mentality. I peached on that last Sunday night. These “strangers scattered” were living in hard times as they, through great persecution, had to leave their beloved Israel. They were hated of the Jews because they were Christians and now lived in a gentile land where they were hated because they were Jews as well as Christians. Peter did with them what God must do with all of us: remind them of the love and graciousness of our loving God! He is good all the time! All of us have that mentality to some degree as we take for granted the companionship, communion, and blessings of God. We feel that we are “owed” these things and often complain when we do not get what we want.G. Verse 3 says, “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious”.Psalm 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”Psalm 103:8 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”Psalm 111:4 - “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”H. Thank God I have tasted Him as gracious many times. I thank God that along the way, He has been gracious to this preacher!1. He was gracious to me when I was lost! 1 Timothy 1:12-14 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; (13) Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (14) And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.2. He was gracious to allow me to be born in America to a solid, loving family! 1 Corinthians 15:10a But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me …3. He was gracious when He saved me! Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:4. He has been gracious to me in His longsuffering! Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?5. He has been gracious to me in His provision! Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.6. He has been gracious to me in tribulation and trials! 2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.7. He will be gracious to me in death! Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-7-2017James 1:13-16Introduction:A. James, chapter 1, is one of the “full mention principles” of the Bible. If nothing else was ever said about sin and its consequences, verses 13-16 says enough! The Book of James is one tough little book of the Bible. God used James to “tell it like it is” on many subjects that preachers of our day will not touch. The it was almost not canonized because many thought it taught a salvation by works. James spoke of a salvation that does work! Not a very interesting subject in this day of worldly church members.B. In these verses, we find the cause of sin, the course of sin, and the consequence of sin. The cause of sin is always the same, the course of sin never changes, and the consequence of sin is devastating.C. One thing mentioned in verse 13 stands out that is a perpetual problem where the consequences of sinful is concerned. Blaming God for the consequences of personal sinfulness. When we sin, we certainly do not ask God permission and—yet—when the consequences of our sin show up, He gets the blame for things not turning out right for us. That is the self-justification aspect of human nature. Always be a victim instead of a perpetrator and blame someone or something else for our problems. James takes that “off the table” before continuing the subject.D. Our heart is a deceitful, deceptive, defiling little “critter.” Let us look at these verses as to get a biblical view of how sin works.1. Sin's Cause.a. We are born in sin; therefore, sin is natural.Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.b. We are tempted to sin by personal lust of the flesh.Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.James 4:1-2 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? (2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.c. We sin willfully.Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,1) It is human nature to blame others for our sin. The middle letter of the word “sin” is “I.”2) We are personally responsible for our sin. We have the privilege of personal choice.2. The Course of Sin.a. Enticement – “every man is tempted” - Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:b. Entrapment – “drawn away of his own lust” - Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,f.c. Endorsement – “the when lust hath conceived” - James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.d. Enslavement – “it bringeth for sin” - Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?e. Expense – “bringeth forth death” - Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.3. The Cure of Sin.a. Saved - Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.b. Sinner - 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.4. The Caution of Sin. “DO NOT ERR, MY BELOVED BRETHREN!”
Temple Baptist Church - 5-7-20172 Thessalonians 3:16-18Introduction:A. As we try to finish this wonderful epistle to the Thessalonicians, I want to look at Paul's salutation. 1. Paul introduced every epistle by stating his name and, in most of them, his positions as both apostle and servant. There were 12 of these epistles with his name in the first verse. Paul wanted the churches and individuals he was writing to know who the letter or epistle was from. As a pastor, I have gotten several letters over the years that were anonymous. I did not like reading any of them because the very nature of the letter told me more than I wanted to know.2. Paul, in three of his epistles, also used the word “salutation:” 1 Corinthians 16:21, Colossians 4:18, and 2 Thessalonians 3:17. Salutation: A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgement of person's arrival or departure. A salutation can come either at the first or last part of a letter. 3. When Barbara and I were in LaChona, Mexico visiting with Rey and Julie Villarreal, I would sit in their courtyard early in the morning—drinking coffee and reading my Bible. When people came by, I would practice my limited Spanish. 4. When they came bye, I would say, “Buenos Dias.” (Good morning) But, they would answer, “Adios.” (Goodbye) That struck me as odd until I asked Bro. Rey why they said “Adios” instead of Buenos Dias. He said, “Because they are leaving!”4. A salutation can come in the open part of a letter because it tells you who is coming and the end of the letter because it tells you they are leaving. It is both a greeting and a farewell! This is important because of its context of the Book of 2 Thessalonians.B. Our text tells us that, though the Apostle Paul signed most of his epistles with his name at the beginning, he always signed his epistles with a proclamation of grace at the end. Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,Romans 16:24 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. (23) Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. (24) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,1 Corinthians 16:21-24 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. (22) If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (23) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (24) My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:2 Corinthians 13:11-14 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. (12) Greet one another with an holy kiss. (13) All the saints salute you. (14) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)Galatians 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:Ephesians 6:23-24 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:Philippians 4:21-23 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. (22) All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. (23) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thessalonians 5:27-28 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. (28) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. (17) The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. (18) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: (21) Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;Titus 3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,Philemon 1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.Hebrews 13:24-25 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. (25) Grace be with you all. Amen. (No greeting, only a farewell!)1. I believe that Paul wrote 13 books of the New Testament and not just 112. There is the controversy over who wrote the Book of Hebrews. Though there are some who would disagree, I believe that there is both internal and external evidence that Paul also wrote the Hebrew epistle. The first 12 of his epistles were written to the Gentiles while Hebrews was written to the saved Jews.2. First, because he “signed it with his salutation!” Secondly, because Paul referenced his imprisonment or “bonds” in Hebrews 10:34. Thirdly, Peter referenced Paul's writing to the Jews in Peter 3:15-16.“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, asthey do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”3. Paul did not sign the Book of Hebrews in the greeting as he did the other 12 Pauline Epistles because he was distrusted by most Jews and hated by many because he persecuted them! But, he did sign Hebrews in his farewell to them!Acts 9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.Acts 21:26-28 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. (27) And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, (28) Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.C. Now, why the importance of the mention of “The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. (18) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christbe with you all. Amen.” (2 Thessalonians 3:17-18)1. It was and still is important because of the setting in which it was written:a. False manuscripts were being circulated! Satan has always been a counterfeit and his attack upon the veracity of God's Word is well documented: “Yea, hath God said?”b. Because it prophesied of the times preceding the Second Coming! We have the same problems today. If the Textus Receptus is an inferior text, and the liberals say that it is, then God did not preserve His Word to every generation. From 1611-1870 or so, the period of some of the greatest revivals and mission outreach that the world has ever known had an inferior text and, therefore, an inferior Bible! I sure wish the liberals had been around to help the Lord out in those 200+ years!2. It was and still is important because, without the very Word of God, the people have another spirit which is not obedient to the Word of God. People in both their day and our day do not want an authoritative Bible. Without a final authority, people can do what they want to do and be justified by a myriad of different “bibles” to choose from.3. It was and still is important because, without the very Word of God, the “word” or message can become one of opinion instead of absolute truth. When I read the Bible, I can rest assured that it is ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD!” It is not up for either opinion or argument!4. It was and still is important because, without the very Word of God, God's people have no “anchor in the shifting sands of human theology!” We have a foundation that is neither moving nor cracked.5. It was and still is important because, without the very Word of God, God's people will be troubled and shaking! Paul referenced two things in the last three verses of 2 Thessalonians:a. Peace. Without the assurance of God's Word, there can be no real or lasting peace. My peace with God and of God is anchored in the Bible. Leave my peace alone!b. Grace. Without the assurance of God's Word, there can be no grace to endure. People are doing two things in our day: 1) Falling to the wayside and 2) Following the wrong “shepherds.”Conclusion: Paul spoke of his salutation because of the “letters as from us” that were being circulated 2,000 years ago! He assured the church at Thessalonica that this epistle was genuine!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-10-20171 Peter 2:9-10Introduction:A. Let me once again lay the background for this little epistle. 1. Peter is writing to the “strangers scattered” throughout t Asia Minor. Displaced Jews! Saved by God's amazing grace and persecuted by their own people. I believe that Peter, under the inspiration of God, wrote these two epistles because of the suffering and effect that suffering has upon God's children. 2. In times of trouble, it is easy to forget that our Lord came unto His own and was rejected. Those Jews who placed their faith in the Messiah were also rejected. I repeat often that Jesus Christ was the most hated man who ever lived! The “another Jesus” of our days is not the “Jesus” of the Bible. (“Why me?” syndrome. Why not me? The servant is not greater than his Master! If we are not persecuted, we probably are not Christ-like.)John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.3. Our Lord was crucified. The innocent died for the guilty! His people were put in prison and put to death. We who are saved are hated by this world because the world hated Christ. (“Woe is me!” syndrome. The ultimate “pity party.” If we are not persecuted, we probably are living a godly life.)2 Timothy 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, (11) Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. (12) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:B. Now, the Jews hate them because they are Christian and the gentile nations—among whom they were dispersed—hate them because they are both Jews and saved. They are now questioning their relationship to Israel since they are no longer accepted there. This is the reason for the epistle was to contrast Israel—who rejected Christ—with the children of God who accepted Christ.C. Peter, in verses 9-10, is showing these dispersed Jews that what and who they are is far superior to what and who the lost Jews were. As saved, we may not have the riches of this world but we are God's children through a birth and are blessed beyond our comprehension.1. Israel was a “generation” but God's people are a “chosen generation.” A generation is a people of a certain age who existed at a particular time. The Jews who lived in Palestine were a generation of people who stumbled at Christ, but these “strangers scattered” was special generation who chose Christ. Chosen of God through faith in the finished work of Christ. They could thank God that they were saved.1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:2. Israel had a priesthood but God's people are a “royal priesthood.” Israel's priesthood came through the tribe of Levi but our priesthood is a royal one because it comes through Christ. The Jews continued to be represented to God by earthly priests but we who are saved are priests and need no man to represent us. I am glad that I do not have to confess my sin to some sinner through a little hole but can take my sin directly to my Hight Priest, Jesus Christ. They could thank God that they could go directly to God instead of through an earthly priest.Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.3. Israel is a blessed nation whom God loves with an everlasting love, but God's people are a “holy nation.” Israel, as a nation, is God's elect but they certainly are not holy. We that are saved are holy because of the imputed righteousness of God. They could thank God for imputed righteousness. When God sees us, He sees us through the applied blood of Christ. He sees us as worthy and not as we are. He sees us holy!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.4. Israel is a people but God's children are a “peculiar people.” “That ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” As Israel continues to walk in spiritual darkness today, God's people walk in His marvelous light! They could thank God for the spiritual light that comes through the Word of God. God has delivered us from the darkness of this world and caused us to walk in His marvelous light. We are different because we are born of God.2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.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.5. Israel remains lost and blinded to the gospel while God's children are saved through mercy from the wrath to come. “Which in time past were not a people, but arenow the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” They could thank God, that God's wrath would never abide upon them. God, Who sees the end from the beginning, sees us beyond the judgement of hell—seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus!John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:Conclusion: These precious believers were heavily persecuted and hated for Christ's sake but, spiritually and eternally, they were blessed beyond measure.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-9-2017Luke 23:26-49Introduction: A. Today we come to CALVARY: This is the only instance where the word “Calvary” is used. It is of Latin derivative from the word “calvarium” or a cranium or skull. In Matthew 27:33, it is called Golgotha (Aramaic-The Place of the Skull). CALVARY - The place of curse and the place of blessing. CALVARY - The place of curse for Jesus and the place of blessing for us.CALVARY - Where we see man at his worst and God at his best.CALVARY - Where we see the awful depths of human sin and the tremendous heights of divine love.CALVARY - Where every man must come if he expects to be saved.CALVARY - Where all of our hopes are centered, both for this world and the world to come.CALVARY - The most sacred place in all the world.CALVARY - Where the Son of God died that the sons of men might live.CALVARY - Where the rich, red, royal blood of the King was shed for sinful humanity.CALVARY - Where all the sin of the world was laid on the One who had no sin.CALVARY - Where men can come and bathe their troubled souls and find the peace that passeth all understanding.CALVARY - Where all the rivers of prophecy come together in a sea of fulfillment.CALVARY - Where the blood for our cleansing was drawn from Immanuel's royal veins.CALVARY - Where sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.CALVARY - Where all the Church of the living God is saved to sin no more.CALVARY - About which in a nobler sweeter song we sing through the endless ages.CALVARY - Where a dying Saviour invites all men to come and find the life that never ends.CALVARY - Where a Saviour died and salvation was born.CALVARY - Where deep darkness enveloped the earth that a divine light might fill it.CALVARY - Where the Son of God was forsaken that we might never be forsaken.CALVARY - Where by faith we received our sight and the burden of our heart rolled away.CALVARY - Where we come with our sin and receive a Saviour's righteousness.CALVARY - Where we come with our ruin and receive His perfection.CALVARY - Where we come with our bitterness and receive his sweetness.CALVARY - Where we come with our despair and receive His assurance.CALVARY - Where we come with our darkness and receive His light.CALVARY - Where we come with our sorrows and receive His joy.CALVARY - Where we come with our hell and receive His heaven.CALVARY - Where God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.CALVARY - Where God commended His love toward us.CALVARY - Where Christ Himself bore our sins in His own body.CALVARY - Where He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, where the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and where by His stripes we are healed.CALVARY - Where we hear the sweetest story ever told.CALVARY - Where the gulf between God and man was bridged forever.CALVARY - Where God loved as no one has ever loved.CALVARY - Where Christ gave all that He had that we might have all of heaven.CALVARY - Where Christ finished the redemptive work God sent Him to do.CALVARY - Where our poor souls find salvation and satisfaction, happiness and heaven.CALVARY – A place of difference.CALVARY - It reaches from the deepest hell to the highest heaven.CALVARY - The heart, the nucleus, and the core of our faith.CALVARY - A signpost to every man. It points the way for man on the road of life and it spans the gulf when death comes and gives him a safe crossing.CALVARY - Where there is no place for my leftovers. Christ must come first. God must have my full-time service. I must give my best to Him.CALVARY - A place of suffering, of shame, of rejection, and death. But now, it's a symbol of God's hatred of sin and His love for man.CALVARY - Where echoes the cry, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!"B. No wonder the songwriter said "Now my ransomed soul can only sing of CALVARY.C. It is the cross makes the difference between:1. light and darkness2. good and evil3. victory and defeat4. success and failure5. Christlikeness and self-centeredness6. life and death7. heaven and hell.D. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."1. There at the cross Jesus took my sin and my guilt and gave me forgiveness, cleansing, and justification. The burden and penalty of my sin rolled away.2. There at the cross He clarified my purpose in life: My life belongs to Him. My time, my strength, my energy, my money, my all is His. Every area of my life is branded by His mark of ownership—The Cross of Christ.3. There at the cross, my eternity was secured, my fears relieved, and my heart forever His. My Lord, my life, my glory.4. There at the cross, the object of our salvation's glory is to be found. Salvation and victory over sin, death, and the devil.5. There at the cross, we find the symbol of God's amazing grace and His great love wherewith He loved us.6. There at the cross, we find the place where Jesus shed His precious blood that we might be redeemed.7. There at the cross, our justification was effected. It was that in which Paul would glory.8. There at the cross, we find the world crucified unto the child of God.9. There at the cross, we find the child of God crucified unto the world.1. We Should Never Forget Where We Came From. (While we were yet sinners!)1 Timothy 1:12-17 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 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. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.2. We Should Never Forget What We Are. (We are still nothing apart from the grace of God!)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.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receiveit, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.John 15:5 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.Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as3. We Should Never Forget Who He Is. (He is God! He is sovereign!)Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (“I am what I am” vs. “I AM THAT I AM”)John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (Said by the greatest man born of woman.)Psalms 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.Jude 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.4. We Should Never Forget What He has done. (Were it not for the love of God, we would all be eternally lost without hope!)Ephesians 2:1-6 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.Psalms 72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-5-20171 Peter 2:1-8Introduction: A. Jesus Christ Is Hated By The World1. They Hate His Position - Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.2. They Hate His Person (The Gospel of John = Deity) - Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.Matthew 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.3. They Hate His Purity - John 15:23-24 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.4. They Hate His People - John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.B. Jesus Christ Is Loved By The Saint1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.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.JESUS IS PRECIOUS!1. He Is Precious To The Father – 2:4a. He Is Precious Because He Is An Only Begotten Son - 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.b. He Is Precious Because He Is An Obedient Son - John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.c. He Is Precious Because He Is A Loving Son - John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.John 17: 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.2. He is Precious To The Sinner – 2:6a. Because Of His Love For Them – John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.b. Because Of His Sacrifice For Them – 1 Peter 1:18-20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.c. Because Of His Promise To Them – Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.3. He Is Precious To The Saint – 2:6b-7a. He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Lives Are Built - Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.Luke 6:46-48 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.b. He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Future Is Secured – vs 9-10 - 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.c. He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Faith Is Established – vs 6b - Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.d. He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which We Can Rely When All Others Fail – vs 10 - Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.Conclusion: The most precious thing in this world to us should be that which is most precious to God! His Son! If you are lost this morning, the most precious think in this would to you should be Jesus Christ! Because of His great love, He died for you!
Temple Baptist Church - 2-5-20172 Chronicles 21:1-20Introduction:A. I was reading in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles) Tuesday morning and a phrase that I had read many times “stuck out” to me. I have always known exactly what that phrase meant but, this time—as I am getting older—it became more personal to me.B. Though Jehoshaphat was not a perfect king, he was one of the better ones. The Lord gave 4 chapters in 2 Chronicles that showed the life of this man. He began well but did not end as well as he should have and his latter days “set the table” for failure in his son, Jehoram, who became king when Jehoshaphat died.1. Jehoshaphat's beginning. 2 Chronicles 17:3-4 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; (4) But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.2. Jehoshaphat's ending.2 Chronicles 20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:C. Jehoshaphat left his children great riches monetarily but destitute spiritually. 2 Chronicles 21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.D. Jehoshaphat gave the kingdom to his firstborn, Jehoram.1. Jehoram slew his brothers. 2 Chronicles 21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.2. Jehoram married the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, followed Ahab, with whom Jehoshaphat had affinity. 2 Chronicles 21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which wasevil in the eyes of the LORD.E. At age 40, Jehoram died. The Bible says that he “departed without being desired.” 1. No one missed him when he was gone! It does not mean that no one loved him for I am sure that some people did but no one missed his wisdom, the path that he left, or the legacy of his life. 2. A wasted life that his son followed! Be careful, moms and dads, where you lead your children!!! Will your life lead your family to godliness and heaven, ungodliness and hell, or simply LEAD THEM NOWHERE!2 Chronicles 22:1-4 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. (2) Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri. (3) He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. (4) Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.F. Will our lives be “desired” by those who follow us.1. I have often thought about my life and wondered how my life will end. My desire is to leave a legacy of godliness and faithfulness for my family to see and follow. This is not a thing of pride but one of desire. 2. I started right when the Lord saved me and I want to finish right. I do not want to die “without being desired.” I do not want to die in failure or with a life that brings reproach to the Lord and my family.G. How do we depart “being desired” instead of “without being desired?”1. By having a visible conversion to Christ. I want my wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends to know that what I have is real! God wrought a wonderful change in my life when I came to Christ and I want the world to know it.2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Acts 4:12-13 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.2. By having an unshakable allegiance to Christ. I want the Lord to be first! Not what I want but what He wants in my life. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.3. By living a consistent life for Christ. People may not agree with who and what I am but I want them to see consistency in my life. It they see me, then I have failed, but, if the see Christ in me, I have succeeded!Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:4. By having a blessed assurance of being with Christ. As most of you know, my favorite song is “Blessed Assurance.” I certainly know what I believe but I am so glad that I know Who I have believed and that He knows me.Song of Solomon 6:3 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.Acts 7:56, 59 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God ... Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.Conclusion: I want to depart with others having a desire to follow me as I have followed Christ. I do not want to die “without being desired.”
Temple Baptist Church - 2-12-2017Psalms 1Introduction:A. This great Psalm may take more than one service because of both its importance as a preface to 150 chapters, which makes it the longest of all books of the Bible. 1. It is a Psalm of great content as it sets forth the beginning and end of both godliness and sinfulness. 2. This little Psalm is one of great encouragement as living for Christ is rewarded in this life as well as the life to come. The blessedness of living for Christ is often shrouded by a worldly view of “much is good and little is not.” Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Life does not consist of the possessions that we have but the peace that we have with God and the peace that we find as we live a life with little regret. Godliness great gain – It will be worth it all when we see Christ!)3. It is a Psalm of dire warning as it also shows the beginning and end of the wicked, both in this life and the life to come. As the “god of this world” has blinded the minds of the lost to the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, he has also blinded their minds to the result of sinfulness. 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.B. Several things stand out in this first Psalm that I think are important to look at.1. The Psalm has no title. Other than the 1st and 2nd Psalm, the rest of the Psalms have titles that give either a general or specific backdrop. Because of the structure and contend of the 1st Psalm, it has been called by some “The Preface of the Holy Ghost” or “The Psalm of the Holy Ghost.” 2. The Book of Psalms has also been called “The Hymn Book of Israel.” Think of our hymn book for a moment. It is a book filled with songs of Worship! The songs that we sing are meant to glorify our wonderful Lord in both the good and the bad times of our lives. I love to sing! What a blessing to come to church and have the blessed opportunity to worship the Lord with a grateful heart. Come before His presence with singing. These Psalms were meant to glorify Jehovah God!3. Our hymnal is not a Book of Complaints or Disappointments. The hymns are to elevate the Lord and to encourage the child of God. There is much in the Psalms where God's people did not understand their suffering, the seemingly elevation and blessedness of the wicked, the silences of God through many of the hard times of their lives. The Psalms elevated God above the strife of this present world.C. What makes the Bible a “God Book” instead of the writings of man is the absolute honesty that it shows. 1. The Psalms show man what he is as well as tell man who and what God is. This “preface” to the Psalms divides naturally into two nearly equal portions.a) In Psalm 1:1-3 the essence of the righteous is described, and his reward is promised.b) In Psalm 1:4-6 the condition of the wicked is considered, and his ultimate destruction predicted.D. The first Psalm is an expanded version of a proverb as it contrasts wisdom and foolishness. E. The Book of Psalms is the “Hymn Book” of the Jewish nation. It is a “Prayer Book” and a “Worship Hymnal” combined. I have gotten more help from the Psalms over the past few years than from any other place in the Bible. It encourages us to remain faithful and trust; it illuminates us to God's ways; it glorifies His holiness and impending judgment on the wicked; it is the resting place of the soul that is endangered or discouraged.F. It begins with the word “blessed.” Many will substitute the word “happy” in the place of “blessed” but I believe that it is a cardinal mistake. Though both “blessed” and “happy” come from the same root word (which means to be straight, to be level, to go forward, to be honest, to prosper, happy), the words are a little different in their meanings.1. To be happy is a manner of disposition. It always means happiness or to be extremely glad in your circumstances. Everyone wants to be happy but we are not always so for life is hard at times and we wish things to be different.2. To be blessed is a word that pertains to our personal welfare. You can be unhappy and still be blessed. Do you see what I mean? In the worst of circumstances, you can be unhappy but still be blessed. That is what 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Not to be thankful for cancer, death, or sinfulness but to be thankful that you are saved, God is meeting your needs, etc. during these hard times.G. Psalm 1 tells us how to be “blessed,” not “happy.” I am glad that the things in this Psalm will ultimately (and sometimes instantly) make you happy but they will ALWAYSmake you blessed.1. The Conditions Of God's Blessingsa. The Blessed Man Finds His Counsel In God's Word – “walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly” This means to both listen and agree with the counsel of the world. Their counsel is anti-god. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”b. The Blessed Man Finds His Pleasure In The Things Of God – “standeth in the way of sinners.” The wages of sin is still death! “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”c. The Blessed Man Finds His Fellowship With The People Of God – “nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. The world scorns (to have in derision) the things of God. They mock you if you serve God and will make you mock those who serve the Lord if you run with them. “Evil communications corrupt good manners!”d. The Blessed Man Finds His Delight In The Law Of The Lord – “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” We will have problems but God will deliver us out of them all!2. The Characteristics Of God's Blesseda. God's Blessed Are Prominent - “he shall be like a tree.” God's people will “stand out” and “stand above” the world! “They took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” The world may not like you but they will recognize you and most of the world will respect you.b. God's Blessed Are Planted – “planted by the rivers of water.” The child of God will be vibrant, lively, and lovely during the most horrible spiritual droughts! They will have a constant, unending source of both life and strength.c. God's Blessed Are Productive – “that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.” The child of God will produce godly fruit that will be both observed and beneficial to others. You never know who is watching your life but you do know who you want to follow in your footsteps! “If my kids follow me they will be drug free” is a familiar bumper sticker. If my kids follow me, they will follow the Lord!d. God's Blessed Are Perpetual – “is leaf also shall not wither.” One of the greatest of spiritual assets is that of predictability! When the world not only recognizes a life of godliness in the believer but expects to see it every time they come around. Not shocked that our lives have changed but expectant of our spiritual consistency.e. God's Blessed Are Prosperous – “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” The believer will be successful in both his public and personal life. That does not mean that we will have no problems but it does mean that we shall come through them victoriously! We can overcome hardship with the help of an ever present, all powerful, and graciously loving God at our side.Conclusion: The ungodly are not so!!!
Temple Baptist Church - 2-19-2017Psalms 2Introduction: A. Psalm 2 is an interesting Psalm. The opening verse describes the mentality of two different types of people.1. The “heathen.” A word used to describe a pagan, an infidel, an idolatrous person, or an unbeliever.2. The “people.” I believe that “the people” reference the nation of Israel and can be rightly applied to the children of God.B. Therefore, this verse shows the mentality of both the world and God's people concerning the sovereignty and ability of God! 1. The “heathen rage!” Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. (I think a raging river: one that is out of control. The world has no respect for nor a fear of God and this is evidenced by the tumultuous lifestyles of the sinful!)2. The “people imagine a vain thing!” The “people” is a reference to God's nation of Israel: God's people! Imagine? That means to ponder or to murmur about something blown up in one's mind. We often “imagine” the very worst when in trouble. A “vain thing” means something of no avail: empty or worthless.C. As the world has no fear of God, God's people often have no confidence in Him. 1. The heathen rage and God seemingly allows them to get away with it. 2. God's people then began to imagine: God does not care; God cannot do anything about it; God can but will not respond!D. We live in a world gone mad. A world that has adopted an amoral philosophy: both ungodly and godless. 1. This world hates the Person of God – they have developed their own “god.” One who accepts the person of the wicked!2. This world hates the Word of God – they have rejected both its veracity and its authority. Even among so called fundamental Baptists.3. This World hates the People of God – a generic “Christianity” and a “social gospel” is the rage of the day while the “Old Paths” are despised and rejected. Even among so called fundamental Baptist who have accepted the methods and philosophy of the liberals.E. The actions of the world occasionally induce the Christian to react as the Psalmist and say, “Why, Lord!” This is a problem that God's people have faced through the ages and this generation is possibly the worst of all. Why does God allow certain things to happen?1. Because He is longsuffering. The Lord is not willing that any should perish and takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.2. Because sin must run its course. James 1 says that there is a finishing to sin. God does not always judge at the moment one begins to sin. Sin has a course and God lets it run.3. Because God's ways are not our ways. Just leave “God's Toys” to God. He knows what He is doing.F. It is easy for the believer to get his or her eyes on the circumstances and fall from their own steadfastness. This Psalm should be an encouragement to God's people. G. The Lord answers the Psalmist's question in these few verses by summing up man's rebellion and God's righteous judgment. 1. The Attitude Of The Ungodly – vs. 1-3a. The Fact Of Their Rebellion – “Why do the heathen rage” - Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (They are not atheistic, but rather anti-God! These are both haters of God and haters of good. It is one thing to use the name of the Lord as a byword in ignorance and entirely another to curse His person!)b. The Fierceness Of Their Rebellion – “rage” - Zechariah 7 says, “But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 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.” (The world has gone “wild!” There is nothing sacred; there is nothing “black or white” morally; the conscience of many people has been seared! “If it feels good, do it” is the theme of our day.)c. The Focus Of Their Rebellion – “against the Lord” - Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (This world system is anti-God. Anything and everything that God says or stands for is under attack. It will climax in the battles of “Armageddon” and “Gog and Magog.” Just how foolish can man get? Fight against the God of heaven who can create or destroy with the Word of His mouth? This world has no concept of just who God is.)2. The Answer From The Lord – vs. 4-9a. God's Derision – vs. 4 “shall laugh…derision” - Proverbs 1:26-30 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (God laughs at man's foolishness; God will mock them in the day of calamity.)b. God's Displeasure – vs. 5 “He shall speak unto them in his wrath” Psalms 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. (Don't think that God is going to take what man does to Him! He is still angry with the wicked every day. God hates sin and loves sinners but there will one day be an end to His graciousness and mercy.)c. God's Destruction – vs. 5 “and vex them in his sore displeasure” Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.d. God's Declaration – vs. 7 “I will declare”1) A Declaration Of Kingship – vs. 6 (The world rejected the King!)2) A Declaration Of Kinship – vs. 7a) Jesus was eternally the Son of God - 1 John 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;b) Jesus was incarnately the Son of God - Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.c) Jesus was manifestly the Son of God - 1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)d) Jesus was gloriously the Son of God - 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.e. God's Desire – vs. 8 “Ask of me, and I shall give thee” - Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.f. God's Determination – vs. 9 “Thou shalt break them...dash them” - Psalms 21:8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.3. The Advice To The Wicked – vs. 8-12a. They Need To Hear Him – vs. 10 “be instructed” - Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.b. They Need To Fear Him – vs. 11 “with fear…with trembling” - Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.c. They Need To Be Near Him – vs. 12 “Kiss the Son” - 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-19-20172 Thessalonians 2:7Introduction: A. The Book of 2 Thessalonians prophesies the end-time and eminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. “Our gathering together unto him” is a direct reference to the Rapture of the Church.B. We find many signs of the end-time in the New Testament and one of the more descriptive is found in this passage where we find the words “falling away.”C. We are certainly amid the apostasy with things very quickly changing in the past few years. 1. Apathy has settled within the walls of the church house.2. Sinfulness and immorality has escalated.3. Acceptance of such atrocities as sodomy, fornication, adultery, drinking, drugs, abortion, etc. is in full swing, even among God's people. Nothing shocks or horrifies the believer anymore.D. Things are changing at a horrific rate, but—in these verses-- we find something that has been consistent throughout the centuries: the Mystery of Iniquity.E. The word mystery is derived from a Greek verb meaning “to close.” This is about either or both the lips and the eyes. In common usage, a mystery is a description for something which is inconceivable, unknown or unexplainable.F. The word iniquity is derived from a Latin word meaning “uneven.” It speaks biblically of a gross injustice or a wicked act.G. The phrase “mystery of iniquity” gives this meaning: a wickedness that may be observed but not fully understood outside of the realm of God's Word and illumination of the Holy Spirit. In other words, something seen and understood by God's people but not by the world.H. Paul states in verse 7 that the Mystery of Iniquity “doth already work.” The Mystery of Iniquity was alive and doing well in Paul's day and long before, therefore, these verses do not so much refer to the Mystery of Iniquity working as much as it does to the Mystery of Iniquity's culmination! It will culminate in the manifestation of the Antichrist after the Rapture of the Church.I. I want to spend a few minutes this morning looking at what the Mystery of Iniquity does and how it deceives. Then I want to look at its manifestation spiritually in these last days.THE MYSTERY – The natural man does not understand.1. The Conception Of Iniquity – Satanic - Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (All sin springs from one source: Satan!)2. The Commencement Of Iniquity – Sensual - Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? (If sin were not pleasurable it would not be as seductive.)3. The Continuance Of Iniquity – Seasonal – Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. Hebrews 11:25 says, “for a season” while James 1:15 says, “And sin, when it is finished.” (The master always becomes the slave and the slave always becomes the master!)4. The Consequences Of Iniquity – Sorrow – James 1:15-16 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. (Sin always ends in sorrow because we reap what we sow.) THE MANIFESTATION – To make manifest means to make plain or to understand.1. The Mystery Of Iniquity Is Manifest In “All Deceivableness of Unrighteousness.”Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,should shine unto them. 1 John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (Sin so deceives in its character and manifestation that the sinner has no concept of what is taking place. American and the world are so blinded that they think that they are doing right in their rejection of God and all that is good. Even some churches and so-called believers are blinded as such.)THEY ARE DECEIVED BY UNRIGHTEOUSNESS2. The Mystery Of Iniquity Is Manifest In “A Rejection Of The Truth.” Vs. 10Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (They KNEW God and willfully rejected Him; therefore, rejecting Truth.)Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (To have come face to face with truth and turn away: an intentional act.)2 Timothy 3:7-8 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (They never learn truth because they resist it. Each time God tries to speak they pull away the shoulder and stop their spiritual ears.)2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (They speak evil of truth and, therefore, of God Himself.)THEY REJECT PLAIN TRUTH3. The Mystery Of Iniquity Is Manifest In “A Pleasure In Wickedness.” Vs. 12Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Sinners enjoy both the fellowship and fruit of sin. Sinners are certainly “Birds of a feather!) They would have it no other way!)THEY LOVE THEIR SINConclusion: We live in perilous days. Days of wickedness like no other generation has been faced with and the culmination of that wickedness will be Antichrist, whom the world will accept and love! For a while!
Temple Baptist Church - 2-22-20171 Peter 1:18-22Introduction:A. In these verses, we find the importance of biblical faith. God ties two things together: both the blood and the Bible.1. We have looked at the importance of the blood of Christ. “The precious blood of Christ”a) Not just any blood but the blood of the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. It was referred to as “His own blood” or “the blood of God” in Acts 20:28. b) It was perfectly pure blood; it was the innocent blood of Christ without any tint of Adamic sin.2. We now look at the importance of the Bible. “By the word of God” a) Not just any book, but the Word of God! As the blood of Christ was perfectly pure and free of Adamic sin, the Bible must also be perfectly pure and free of Adamic “tampering!” b) How can we have a perfect Bible? Only if God inspired it and God also preserves it. The Bible declares both inspiration and preservation in what we have today. 2 Timothy 3:16 does not reference the original manuscripts but the Word of God that Timothy had in his possession which was the preserved Word of God. God said it was inspired and profitable. The originals are not profitable because we do not have them!c) In the Bible, we find the foundation of our salvation and doctrine. Jude spoke of the “faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” If the Word of God was only pure in the original transcripts, then we have inherited a “Bible” that is the work of man and not a work of God. d) You can believe what you want about the Bible but this pastor believes that the King James Bible is the inerrant, infallible, inspired, perfectly preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people! If I am ignorant, please do not try to educate me. If I am unlearned, please leave me in my state of innocence. Stay away from me and leave me alone because I am perfectly satisfied with the Bible that I hold in my hands.B. Faith in both the blood and the Bible are essential for salvation. 1. In Psalms 11:3, the Word of God says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The word “foundation” is plural. 2. Destroy the foundation of the blood of Christ and there is not salvation. Destroy the foundation of the Bible and there is no salvation. No wonder Satan hates the Blood and the Book!C. Now, let us look at what the Bible says about the Bible! Isn't that better than to look at what man says about the Bible? Let God be true!1. The Bible is the Agent of the New Birth. “Being born again.” Salvation requires a new birth. As our natural birth was sinful, our new birth is sinless. By the natural birth, we were birth into the family of mankind, by the new birth, we are birthed into the family of God. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.2. The Bible is Incorruptible. “Not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.” The Bible declares itself to be not corrupt nor corruptible! That means that it is pure and will remain pure. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (The last time I checked, the heaven and earth were still here and intact.)3. The Bible is the Word of God. “By the word of God.” The Bible declares itself to be the Word of God, not the word of man.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men,but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.4. The Bible is the Living Word of God. “Which liveth.” Notice again the present continuing tense of the word “liveth.” If you use a word processor such as Word, you have a red line under the word “liveth” because we no longer use that word but it is a good Bible word. It is living; therefore it is life giving! John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.5. The Bible is the Abiding Word of God. “And abideth for ever.” Once again, the “eth” ending shows a present continueing tense. The Word of God will always be with us as is clarified in verse 25 which says, “The word of the Lord endureth for ever.”Conclusion: Both the blood of Christ and the Word of the Lord are eternal because both are essential to the new birth.

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