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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 ‚Äúto visit.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúvisited‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúgracious‚Ä̬ 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 ‚ÄúIS‚ÄĚ their home!E.¬ ‚ÄúTasted‚ÄĚ means to have personally experienced it.¬ Tasting something is not something that others do for you.¬ ‚ÄúLet me taste that for you?‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúup front‚ÄĚ because, after I am full, my billfold is a little harder to get out of my pocked.¬ The Holy Spirit used the word ‚Äútasted.‚Ä̬ 2.¬ When she is cooking, Barbara will come to me¬ with an ‚Äúarmy spoon‚ÄĚ (that is a big one) and allow me to taste what she is cooking.¬ Those little ‚Äútastes‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúentitlement‚ÄĚ mentality.¬ I peached on that last Sunday night.¬ These ‚Äústrangers scattered‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúowed‚ÄĚ these things and often complain when we do not get what we want.G.¬ Verse 3 says,¬ ‚ÄúIf so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious‚ÄĚ.Psalm 86:15¬ ‚ÄúBut thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.‚ÄĚPsalm 103:8¬ ‚ÄúThe LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.‚ÄĚPsalm 111:4¬ - ‚ÄúHe hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.‚ÄĚH.¬ 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¬ ‚Ķ3.¬ 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 ‚Äúfull mention principles‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äútell it like it is‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒyet‚ÄĒwhen 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 ‚Äúoff the table‚ÄĚ before continuing the subject.D.¬ Our heart is a¬ deceitful, deceptive, defiling little ‚Äúcritter.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúsin‚ÄĚ is ‚ÄúI.‚ÄĚ2)¬ We are personally responsible for our sin.¬ We have the privilege of personal choice.2.¬ The Course of Sin.a.¬ Enticement¬ ‚Äď ‚Äúevery man is tempted‚ÄĚ -¬ Matthew 15:19¬ For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:b.¬ Entrapment¬ ‚Äď ‚Äúdrawn away of his own lust‚ÄĚ -¬ 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¬ ‚Äď ‚Äúthe when lust hath conceived‚ÄĚ -¬ James 4:17¬ Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth¬ it¬ not, to him it is sin.d.¬ Enslavement¬ ‚Äď ‚Äúit bringeth for sin‚ÄĚ -¬ 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¬ ‚Äď ‚Äúbringeth forth death‚ÄĚ -¬ 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.¬ ‚ÄúDO NOT ERR, MY BELOVED BRETHREN!‚ÄĚ
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 ‚Äúsalutation:‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒdrinking coffee and reading my Bible.¬ When people came by, I would practice my limited Spanish.¬ 4.¬ When they came bye,¬ I would say, ‚ÄúBuenos Dias.‚Ä̬ ¬ (Good morning)¬ ¬ But, they would answer, ‚ÄúAdios.‚Ä̬ ¬ (Goodbye)¬ ¬ That struck me as odd until I asked Bro. Rey why they said ‚ÄúAdios‚ÄĚ instead of Buenos Dias.¬ He said, ‚ÄúBecause they are leaving!‚ÄĚ4.¬ 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 ‚Äúsigned it with his salutation!‚Ä̬ ¬ Secondly, because Paul referenced his imprisonment or ‚Äúbonds‚ÄĚ in Hebrews 10:34.¬ ¬ Thirdly, Peter referenced Paul's writing to the Jews in¬ Peter 3:15-16.‚ÄúAnd 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.‚ÄĚ3.¬ 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 ‚ÄúThe 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.‚Ä̬ (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: ‚ÄúYea, hath God said?‚ÄĚb.¬ 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 ‚Äúbibles‚ÄĚ to choose from.3.¬ It was and still is important because,¬ without the very Word of God, the ‚Äúword‚ÄĚ or message can become one of opinion instead of absolute truth.¬ When I read the Bible, I can rest assured that it is ‚ÄėTHUS SAITH THE LORD!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúanchor in the shifting sands of human theology!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúshepherds.‚ÄĚConclusion:¬ Paul spoke of his salutation because of the ‚Äúletters as from us‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äústrangers scattered‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúanother Jesus‚ÄĚ of our days is not the ‚ÄúJesus‚ÄĚ of the Bible.¬ ¬ (‚ÄúWhy me?‚ÄĚ 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.¬ ¬ (‚ÄúWoe is me!‚ÄĚ syndrome.¬ The ultimate ‚Äúpity party.‚Ä̬ 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‚ÄĒamong whom they were dispersed‚ÄĒhate 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‚ÄĒwho rejected Christ‚ÄĒwith 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 ‚Äúgeneration‚ÄĚ but God's people are a ‚Äúchosen generation.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äústrangers scattered‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúroyal priesthood.‚Ä̬ ¬ 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 ‚Äúholy nation.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúpeculiar people.‚Ä̬ ‚ÄúThat ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.‚Ä̬ 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.¬ ‚ÄúWhich in time past¬ were¬ not a people, but¬ arenow the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.‚Ä̬ ¬ 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‚ÄĒseated 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 - 6-28-20171 Peter 3:1-6Introduction:¬ A.¬ It needs to be noted¬ that the first word of chapter 3 ties it to its continuing context.¬ ¬ The context is suffering in righteousness!¬ 1.¬ One of the worst fears¬ of parenting is for their children to marry wrong.¬ We train them, pray for them, guide them, and are there for them but the final choice belongs to them.¬ Our text deals with the saved wife and unbelieving husband in the same home.¬ 2.¬ This works both ways:¬ either to marry wrong or to have either a husband or wife who is out of the will of God: either saved or lost.¬ There is virtually nothing worse than a spiritually divided home.¬ I have tried to help many ladies whose husband is not right with the Lord but have also had to try to help men whose wife isn't right.B.¬ God is interested¬ in the spiritual welfare of our homes.¬ God established marriage and marriage that follows the Word of God works.¬ But, often the spiritual condition of the home is divided becomes a two-way street: one going one direction while the other goes the opposite direction.¬ God sets forth a way to win your mate without spiritual warfare within the home.C.¬ The world has put forth¬ much ‚Äúhumor‚ÄĚ concerning the divided home and how to deal with it in a carnal sense: AND, yes, I copied some of it.1. Years ago,¬ while Mark Twain was speaking in Utah, he got into an argument with a fellow over the issue of polygamy. The fellow said to him, ‚ÄúCan you give me a single passage of Scripture which forbids a man to have more than one wife?‚ÄĚ Twain quickly responded, ‚ÄúYes, ‚ÄėNo man can serve two masters'.‚ÄĚ2. Someone has observed¬ that ‚Äúwhen a man and a woman are married, they become one. The trouble starts when they try to decide¬ which¬ one.‚ÄĚ Another individual once said, ‚ÄúMarriage is nature's way of keeping people from fighting with strangers.‚ÄĚD.¬ Enough of that.¬ God designed marriage to be unity, not division.¬ It takes cooperation not conflict.¬ It is to be friendship, not a fight.¬ Peter is now giving instruction to both wives and husbands on how to have peace within the home through Christian behavior.E.¬ Peter deals first¬ with the more common situation: a believing wife with an unbelieving husband, whether he is and unbeliever who is lost or a saved unbeliever who chooses to rebel against God's Word and ways.F.¬ How to win your husband without war.¬ The Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, wrote a book titled ‚ÄúWar and Peace.‚Ä̬ I should have titled this as ‚ÄúPeace without War.‚Ä̬ The biblical context is not demeaning to the wife but reveals the dignity, strength, and power of a godly one.G.¬ In our text, God is giving us guidelines¬ for both keeping peace in a divided home and possibility winning our spouses to the Lord.1.¬ Stay With Them ‚Äď vs 1 ‚Äúto your own husband‚Ä̬ ¬ That means you are there!¬ If you leave, you will probably never win your husband.Romans 12:18¬ ¬ If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.1 Corinthians 7:10-11¬ ¬ And unto the married I command,¬ yet¬ not I, but the Lord,¬ Let not the wife depart¬ from¬ herhusband: ¬ (11)¬ ¬ But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to¬ her¬ husband: and let not the husband put away¬ his¬ wife.2.¬ Be In Submission To The Husband's Authority ‚Äď vs 1 ‚Äúbe in subjection‚ÄĚEphesians 5:22-24¬ ¬ Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.¬ (23)¬ For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.¬ (24)¬ Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so¬ let¬ the wives¬ be¬ to their own husbands in every thing.3.¬ Do Not Preach To Your Husband ‚Äď 1 ‚Äúwithout the word‚Ä̬ ¬ Three times the Bible commands the woman to be quiet in the New Testament:a.¬ Concerning Tongues in the church ‚Äď 1 Corinthians 14:34-35¬ Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.¬ And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.¬ b.¬ Concerning preaching or teaching men in the church - 1 Timothy 2:12¬ But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.c.¬ Concerning the divided home - 1 Peter 3:1¬ Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;4.¬ Live A Separated, Holy Life-¬ vs 2-4 ‚Äúchaste conversation‚ÄĚa.¬ ¬ It Is An Inward Holiness ‚Äď vs 3-4 - 2 Peter 3:11¬ ¬ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,b.¬ ¬ It Manifests Itself In An Outward Holiness - vs 2 - 1 Timothy 2:8-10¬ I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.¬ In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;¬ But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.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.5.¬ Live In Fear Of The Lord ‚Äď vs 2 ‚Äúcoupled with fear‚ÄĚa.¬ Fear Of The Lord Brings Reward - Proverbs 22:4¬ By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.b.¬ Fear Of The Lord Brings Refuge - Proverbs 14:26¬ In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.6.¬ Do Not Be Hypocritical - 3-4a2 Timothy 1:5¬ When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.7.¬ Have A Meek And Quiet Spirit - 4b1 Thessalonians 4:11a¬ ¬ And that ye study to be quiet ‚Ķ¬ 8.¬ Learn To Trust God With The Situation ‚Äď 5¬ ¬ You cannot work in his heart.¬ Don't try to do God's work.Isaiah 12:2¬ Behold, God¬ is¬ my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH¬ is¬ my strength and¬ mysong; he also is become my salvation.¬ 9.¬ Reverence Your Husband ‚Äď vs 6 ‚Äúcalling him lord‚Ä̬ ¬ Notice the little ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚEphesians 5:33¬ Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Psalm 33:12Introduction:¬ A.¬ Tuesday will be America's 241st¬ Birthday.¬ ¬ Our 200th¬ Birthday, in 1976, seems like yesterday and it was a half of a lifetime ago.¬ Compared to many other nations, America is very young.¬ Yet, America is the Utopia of the world.¬ America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth.B.¬ Our nation's liberty was paid for at great price;¬ our nation's constitution was written by some of the wisest men on earth.¬ Our freedom is great, our natural resources are great, our bounty is great, our opportunities are great, our responsibilities are great.C.¬ You and I have inherited a nation¬ that was paid for by others.¬ It is a privilege to be called an American and it is a joy to have been born and lived here.D.¬ I fear for our nation this morning.¬ In my lifetime, I have seen a dramatic shift in the direction that our nation has chosen.¬ From the ‚Äúhappy days,‚ÄĚ the safe days of my youth to a dangerous day, a day that is perilous.¬ 2 Timothy 3:1¬ This know also, that¬ in the last days perilous times shall come.E.¬ Our nation was founded¬ by men and their families who left England, Europe, as well as other nations in search of a utopia which was framed in their minds.¬ They had little but expected much as they came to the ‚ÄúNew World‚ÄĚ in search of freedom and prosperity.¬ They carved out for us the greatest nation on the face of the earth.¬ Righteousness exalteth a nation!¬ America was once known for its integrity.F.¬ We are so blessed and should be so thankful¬ for the sacrifices of these pilgrims!¬ God bless the memories of those who made these blessings possible for us.¬ As we honor our parents for bringing us with integrity, may we honor our nation for giving to us what the rest of the world can only long for.G.¬ America needs¬ to get back to the basics that made America a great nation!1.¬ The Principles Upon Which America Was Founded¬ ‚Äď Liberty and justice for all.¬ a.¬ Men who could never be free¬ left their homes and families that they might find freedom and liberty on foreign soil.¬ They bought and paid for our liberty through their foresight and sacrifice.¬ These are freedoms our Constitution upholds today for its citizens.¬ Now, let me say that these liberties do not belong to illegal migrants who refuse to honor our laws and come to America in the right way.b.¬ We have liberty to worship;¬ liberty of speech; liberty to travel; liberty to personally excel in life; liberty to be all that we can be.¬ We are free, praise the Lord, we are free!¬ ‚ÄúEternal vigilance is the price of liberty!‚Ä̬ Never let anyone take our freedom from us or our children.2.¬ The Values That Our Forefathers Bore¬ ‚Äď They were honest and principled.¬ a.¬ They were men of integrity¬ and their word was their bond.¬ Their values were Bible based, even those who were not saved.¬ We call it ‚ÄúOld School‚ÄĚ but its precepts are anchored deeply in biblical principles.¬ Our people were honest and hard working with no time for deadbeats.¬ Welfare, food stamps, etc. are for those who cannot word or have lost their jobs and was only intended to help while they were looking for another one!¬ No work, no right to eat!b.¬ They had character¬ instead of being characters.¬ They loved their families, their church, and their nation.¬ They were Americans and they were proud of it.¬ They stood, removed their hats, and placed their hands over their hearts when the National Anthem was played.3.¬ The Courage Of Our Military To Die¬ And Our People To Sacrifice¬ ‚Äď ‚ÄúGive me liberty or give me death‚ÄĚ has been the motto of every American fighting man in all wars.¬ a.¬ Countless millions have served¬ in our nation's military.¬ They lay behind the bodies of their dead brothers while the bullets whizzed past their heads and returned fire.¬ They still join up; they still fight; and they still die.¬ Their crosses are around the world from Normandy to the South Pacific to North Africa to Arlington National Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) are engraved with these words:¬ ‚ÄúHERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.‚Ä̬ b.¬ ¬ The willingness of our nation¬ to sacrifice ‚Äď families have sacrificed their sons and daughters; they have sacrificed their moneys and possessions; they have sacrificed their personal desires for the betterment of the nation.¬ God bless and protect our military and law enforcement!4.¬ The Diversity Of America's People¬ ‚Äď The greatness of America is in its diversity!¬ a.¬ We are not all the same¬ but we all have the same rights.¬ We are not all the same but we accept and love those who are not like us.¬ Diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds and yet united.¬ We are of every race and every creed; we are from every country on the face of the earth.¬ We do not look the same or act the same, but we all love the same!¬ We love America and are willing to both die and live for her.b.¬ Immigrants who come¬ to make something of their lives and better out nation are welcome.¬ Unless you are a native American, your people migrated to America and made it a better place to live.5.¬ The Natural Resources That God Gave¬ ‚Äď God has given to our nation the capability to both be and remain self-sufficient.¬ a.¬ From shore to shore¬ and border to border, our nation is the most beautiful and blessed of all nations.¬ We are indebted to others because of greed, ignorance, and socialism.b.¬ America is truly a nation¬ flowing with milk and honey.¬ America has the capability to be self-sufficient. ¬ We have all and abound!¬ We are blessed!6.¬ The Benevolence Of America¬ ‚Äď In natural disasters as well as war and genocide, the United States of America is the first to respond.¬ a.¬ We get relief and medical aid¬ to other countries while other governments are thinking about it.¬ America gives many times what all the other nations give combined.¬ God blesses benevolence!¬ ‚ÄúIt is more blessed to give than to receive‚ÄĚ has always been America's motto.b.¬ America has become the protector¬ of the world.¬ Our military has fought for the liberty of nations that could not protect themselves.¬ 7.¬ The System Of Government That We Have¬ ‚Äď America was founded as a republic, not a democracy!¬ a.¬ Three branches of government¬ set up with checks and balances that keep us both safe and directed.¬ Every two years we have elections to correct the mistakes that we made in the last elections.¬ Both veto power and the power to overcome veto!¬ b.¬ A democracy is mob rule¬ while a republic protects the rights of all people including minorities.¬ The men who set up our government had divine foresight.¬ What a magnificent piece of legislative work our Constitution is!¬ Wise men made sure that we remain both free and prosperous.8.¬ The Love Of America For Israel¬ ‚Äď ‚ÄúAnd I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.‚Ä̬ a.¬ ¬ God still blesses those¬ who bless Israel and He still curses those who curse Israel.¬ To this point, we have stood with God's covenant people and God has blessed us for it.¬ b.¬ There is a large anti-Semitic¬ movement across this land.¬ I love Irael and pray for God's covenant people.¬ To America I say, ‚ÄúHang on to Israel's coat tails, America, hang on!‚ÄĚ9.¬ The Possibility Of Impossibility¬ ‚Äď Young man, young lady, you can be anything that you want to be.¬ a.¬ You can be a doctor,¬ a lawyer, a business owner, or any other thing that you wish.¬ You can excel both in school and the work place.¬ You can go to college, work in the career of your choice, start your own business, and be the president of the United States of America.¬ b.¬ You are limited only¬ by the limitations that you place on yourself!¬ Have pride in a right way.¬ Dream your dreams.¬ America was built by dreamers.¬ Dream your dreams, plan your dreams, they work out your dreams.10.¬ The God Who Gave Her Birth¬ ‚Äď America is blessed because ‚ÄúIn God We Trust‚ÄĚ is still on our money and in the hearts of most.¬ a.¬ The blessed gospel is allowed¬ to be preached and missionaries are being sent around the world.¬ ¬ Psalms 33:12says,¬ ‚ÄúBlessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.‚Ä̬ b.¬ May God bless our nation!¬ May we bless God for His blessings upon us!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Romans 1:1Introduction:A.¬ Paul's Attitude, A Servant of Jesus Christ (first and foremost).¬ ¬ God's men will never rule until they first serve.¬ God will not call men who are not busy in the work of the Lord.¬ Paul got busy before God called him.¬ 1.¬ We saw that Paul¬ began to serve the day he got saved.¬ ¬ Acts 9:19-22¬ And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. ¬ (20)¬ ¬ And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. ¬ (21)¬ But all that heard¬ him¬ were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? ¬ (22)¬ But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.2.¬ Because Paul was a servant,¬ he met his divine appointments.¬ ¬ 1 Timothy 1:12¬ ¬ And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,¬ for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;B.¬ Paul's Authority, Called To Be An Apostle.¬ ¬ The Apostle Paul spent much time vindicating his apostleship.¬ People were familiar with the original twelve because they had been with Jesus.¬ ¬ There were the 12 original apostles but Judas, a lost man, lost his bishopric.¬ God called Paul to take the place of Judas.1.¬ In the time of this epistle's writing,¬ though transitional and passing, the gift of apostles was still viable.¬ Ephesians 4:11-12¬ ¬ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;¬ (12)¬ For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:¬ ¬ (God, because ‚Äúthat which is perfect‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthe completed canon of Scripture‚ÄĒhad not come, gave prophets‚ÄĒto speak and write inspired Scripture from God and apostles to represent God to man.¬ These were both passing gifts.¬ In the New Testament and Church Age, God gave evangelists‚ÄĒmissionaries, and the ‚Äúpastor and teacher,‚ÄĚ to the local church.)2.¬ The apostles were to be 12 in number according to the Book of Revelation.Revelation 4:4¬ ¬ And round about the throne¬ were¬ four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.¬ ¬ (12 representing the tribes of Israel and 12 representing the Apostles.)Revelation 21:14¬ ¬ And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.3.¬ The failure of Judas Iscariot and the replacement of Paul by God.John 6:70-71¬ Jesus answered them,¬ Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?¬ ¬ (71)¬ He spake of Judas Iscariot¬ the son¬ of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.Acts 1:15-26¬ ¬ And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) ¬ (16)¬ Men¬ and¬ brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. ¬ (17)¬ For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. ¬ (18)¬ Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. ¬ (19)¬ And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. ¬ (20)¬ For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. ¬ (21)¬ Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, ¬ (22)¬ Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. ¬ (23)¬ And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. ¬ (24)¬ And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all¬ men,¬ shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, ¬ (25)¬ That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. ¬ (26)¬ And they gave forth their lots;¬ and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.¬ ¬ (Appointing apostles was to be a choice by God, not by man.¬ Though this was well intended, it was not God's choice.)1 Corinthians 15:3-11¬ For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; ¬ (4)¬ And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: ¬ (5)¬ And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: ¬ (6)¬ After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. ¬ (7)¬ After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. ¬ (8)¬ ¬ And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ¬ (9)¬ For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. ¬ (10)¬ But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which¬ was bestowedupon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. ¬ (11)¬ Therefore whether¬ it were¬ I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.¬ ¬ (Paul was God's choice.¬ Paul vindicated his apostleship because he was not numbered with the original 12 but was chosen by God for replacement of Judas.)2 Timothy 1:1¬ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,2 Timothy 1:11¬ Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.C.¬ They Had A Special Position.1.¬ They Were Chosen Special - Luke 6:13¬ ¬ And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and¬ of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;2.¬ They Were Chosen Specific ‚Äď Matthew 10:2-4¬ ¬ Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;¬ Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.3.¬ Divinely Commissioned (with the Gospel)¬ Mark 16:14-15¬ ¬ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.¬ ¬ And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.D.¬ They Had A Special Privilege1.¬ Their Communion With Christ -¬ Luke 22:14-16¬ And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.¬ And he said unto them,¬ With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:¬ For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.2.¬ Their Comfort By Christ - Luke 24:30-36¬ And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.¬ And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.¬ And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?¬ And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,¬ Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.¬ And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.¬ And as they thus spake,¬ Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.E.¬ They Had A Special Power1.¬ Their Powerful Works - Mark 16:17-18¬ And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;¬ They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.2 Corinthians 12:12¬ ¬ Truly¬ the signs of an apostle¬ were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.Acts 2:43¬ And fear came upon every soul: and¬ many wonders and signs¬ were done by the apostles.Matthew 10:8¬ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Luke 9:51-54¬ ¬ And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,¬ And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.¬ And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.¬ And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?2.¬ Their Powerful Witness - Acts 4:33¬ And¬ with great power gave the apostles witness¬ of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.Acts 2:14¬ ¬ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:Acts 4:5-8¬ ¬ And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,¬ And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?¬ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,F.¬ They Had A Special Purpose¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 1.¬ To Confirm The Promises To Israela)¬ As A Witness To Israel - Matthew 10:5-7¬ ¬ These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:¬ But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.¬ And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.b)¬ As A Witness Against Israel - Luke 11:47-51¬ ¬ Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.¬ Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.¬ ¬ Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:¬ That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;¬ From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.2.¬ To Carry The Promise Of Salvation To The GentilesEphesians 3:1-9¬ ¬ For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,¬ If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:¬ How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,¬ Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)¬ Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;¬ That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:¬ Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.¬ Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;¬ And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Temple Baptist Church - 6-21-20171 Peter 2:24-25Introduction:A.¬ To understand the interpretation¬ of these two verses, we must once again remember to whom Peter was writing.¬ 1.¬ Displaced Jewish Christians¬ who came to Christ by faith and were persecuted to the degree that they fled from their national homeland of Israel and relocated to Asia Minor.¬ There are things that they do not understand:2.¬ What was their relationship¬ to Israel?¬ It was the religious Jews (i.e. Paul) who persecuted them and drove the out.¬ The answer: they were still Jews, God's chosen people.3.¬ If they were children of God, why were they suffering so greatly?¬ They were appointed to suffer as Christians because the world hated Christ and would also hate His children.B.¬ Peter is trying to encourage them¬ in the Lord because they were saved, belonged to the Lord, and were a heavenly people instead of an earthly one.1.¬ Peter reminds them of the Price¬ paid for their salvation in verse 24.¬ ‚Äúhis own self bare ‚Ķ in his body on the tree‚ÄĚ2.¬ Peter reminds them of their Previous¬ condition prior to salvation in verse 24.¬ ‚Äúour sins‚ÄĚ2.¬ Peter reminds them of their Position¬ in Christ in verse 24.¬ ‚Äúye were healed‚ÄĚ3.¬ Peter reminds them of their Purpose¬ of living for Christ in verse 24.¬ ‚Äúshould live unto righteousness‚ÄĚC.¬ With these things in mind, let us look at verse 25.1.¬ Israel's lost condition.¬ ‚Äúsheep going astray‚ÄĚa.¬ Somewhere between Israel's¬ return to rebuild the walls and the Temple in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra, things changed spiritually.¬ Israel quit looking for the Lamb of God and looked for a Messiah King.¬ They wanted physical deliverance instead of a spiritual one.¬ John 1:11¬ He came unto his own, and his own received him not.John 1:29¬ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.Matthew 23:37¬ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,¬ thou¬ that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under¬ her¬ wings, and ye would not!John 19:14-16¬ And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! ¬ (15)¬ But they cried out, Away with¬ him,¬ away with¬ him,¬ crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. ¬ (16)¬ Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led¬ him¬ away.b.¬ During the ‚Äú400 Silent Years‚Ä̬ between Malachi (the end of the Old Testament) and Matthew (the beginning of the New Testament), there arose the religious sects of the Sadducees and the Pharisees.¬ Though Israel continued to offer the blood sacrifices required by God, they thought that they were right with God through their separation from the world and good works.¬ Neither animal sacrifices nor good works could ever merit righteousness with God!Hebrews 9:12¬ ¬ Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption¬ for us.Ephesians 2:8-9¬ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:¬ it is¬ the gift of God: ¬ (9)¬ Not of works, lest any man should boast.c.¬ These two heresies still plague¬ the religious, self-righteous people of our day.¬ Salvation is always Christ plus something instead of Christ alone.¬ Baptism, good works, church membership, sacraments, Mary, the Pope, the preacher, etc. have all been added to the finished work of Christ called the Gospel.¬ Jesus summed salvation up in one verse:John 14:6¬ Jesus saith unto him,¬ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.2.¬ The saved Jews present condition.¬ ¬ These saved Jews had been a part of these ‚Äúsheep going astray‚ÄĚ but, through accepting the finished work (death, burial, and resurrection) of Christ the Messiah for their salvation, had ‚Äúreturned unto the Shepherd and Bishop‚ÄĚ of their souls.¬ ‚ÄúShepherd,‚ÄĚ though used in both Old and New Testaments, was a familiar term to these dispersed Jews.¬ ‚ÄúBishop‚ÄĚ is a New Testament term that they were getting acquainted with.¬ I want to look at both considering these verses.¬ a.¬ Definition of the terms:1)¬ Shepherd ‚Äď¬ to tend, to pasture, to allow to graze.¬ The word ‚Äúshepherd‚ÄĚ shows a distinction between the shepherd and the sheep.¬ The Shepherd of the 23rd¬ Psalm was not a sheep.a)¬ The Good Shepherd - John 10:11, 27¬ ¬ I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.¬ ¬ (27)¬ My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:¬ ¬ (The Lord is good to us.)b)¬ The Great Shepherd -¬ Hebrews 13:20¬ ¬ Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,¬ ¬ (The Lord is One of a kind.)c)¬ The Chief Shepherd -¬ 1 Peter 5:4¬ ¬ And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.¬ ¬ (In all things, the Lord is preeminent.)2)¬ Pastor ‚Äď to tend, to pasture, to allow to grace, to be a part of.¬ ¬ As the Old Testament shepherd was not a sheep, the New Testament pastor does the same work as the shepherd but is one of the sheep.¬ Jesus Christ was not our ‚ÄúPastor‚ÄĚ because He is not like us, He is God!¬ He is called our Shepherd.Ephesians 4:11-16¬ ¬ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ¬ (12)¬ For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: ¬ (13)¬ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ¬ (14)¬ That we¬ henceforth¬ be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,¬ andcunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; ¬ (15)¬ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head,¬ even¬ Christ: ¬ (16)¬ From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.3)¬ Bishop ‚Äď¬ superintendent, to be over, to be above, to be among.¬ As the Bishop of our souls, Christ is the Head‚ÄĒHe is the authority‚ÄĒHe is the overseer.¬ The office of a Bishop gives his place in the local church and its authority over the corporate body of the local church.1 Timothy 3:1¬ ¬ This¬ is¬ a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.b.¬ They had returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of the souls!1)¬ Israel did not have¬ the New Testament when 1 Peter was written but were thoroughly familiar with the Old Testament.¬ The best known of all mentions of a shepherd was the 23rd¬ Psalm.¬ The Psalms were hymns of the Old Testament saints.¬ 2)¬ When David penned¬ this immortal Psalm, he was not speaking of a normal shepherd of sheep but a Spiritual Shepherd!¬ David did not need a human shepherd.¬ ‚ÄúThe Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want‚ÄĚ says it all.¬ David wrote of the ‚ÄúShepherd of his soul!‚Ä̬ 3)¬ This is the Shepherd¬ that Peter wrote about; this was the Shepherd that these saved Jews had returned to!¬ a)¬ The Shepherd¬ that feeds and leads the soul.¬ b)¬ The Shepherd¬ that gives peace and restores the soul to righteousness when we fail.¬ c)¬ The Shepherd¬ that protects and accompanies us through the veil of death.¬ d)¬ The Shepherd¬ that makes our soul a table in the presence of our enemies.¬ e)¬ The Shepherd¬ that anoints our soul with the oil of the Spirit and fills our saucer when our cut overflows with joy.¬ f)¬ The Shepherd¬ who gives goodness and mercy in this life and takes to His home for ever.¬ c.¬ That was their Shepherd and Bishop of their souls.¬ ¬ That is our Shepherd and Bishop of our souls!¬ The Israel who sung about Him had left Him for the self-righteousness of Phariseeism.¬ In our day, we see this Psalm on Funeral Obituaries of people who know nothing about Him.¬ They memorize it and quote it but do not know the Shepherd of the soul.¬ d.¬ These precious¬ Jewish believers had returned to Him.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-18-2017Romans 1:1-16Introduction:A.¬ I started to preach on Paul's Apostleship¬ tonight but decided to take a Romans, chapter 1 look at what the Holy Spirit said about him.¬ As far as this preacher is concerned, Paul was the greatest Christian in the New Testament.¬ I could spend a lot take giving him the accolades that, in my mind, he deserves but God says it all in one short chapter.B.¬ Let us take a Biblical look¬ at this great man of God: a servant of Jesus Christ ‚Ķ an apostle ‚Ķ separated unto the gospel of God.C.¬ Paul was:1.¬ A Purchased Man.¬ Vs. 1.¬ ‚Äúa servant‚Ä̬ ¬ Paul realized and never got over the price that the Lord Jesus Christ paid for his redemption.2.¬ A Possessed Man.¬ Vs. 1.¬ ‚Äúseparated‚Ä̬ ¬ Paul not only possess salvation, his salvation possessed him.3.¬ A Precious Man.¬ Vs. 7.¬ ‚Äúbeloved of God‚Ä̬ ¬ Paul used this term to describe the Roman believers because he realized just how precious that he was to God.4.¬ A Priestly Man.¬ Vs. 9.¬ ‚Äúwithout ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers‚Ä̬ As a priest represented man to God, the apostle represented God to man.¬ Paul understood both aspects and, as a man given to prayer, made intercession for others.5.¬ A Purposed Man.¬ Vs 11.¬ ‚ÄúI long to see you ‚Ķ if by any means‚Ä̬ Paul answered the call of God and was purposed to fulfill that call.6.¬ A Paying Man.¬ ¬ ¬ Vs.¬ 14.¬ ‚ÄúI am debtor‚Ä̬ ¬ Paul realized the responsibility of the gospel: freely received and freely give.¬ He owed a debt that he could not pay and owed a debt that he could pay.7.¬ A Preaching Man.¬ Vs. 15.¬ ‚Äúready to preach‚Ä̬ Instant in season and out of season.¬ Always prepared and standing ready for the opportunity to arise.8.¬ A Pleased Man.¬ Vs. 16.¬ ‚ÄúI am not ashamed‚Ä̬ ¬ Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and never wanted Jesus Christ to be ashamed of him.9.¬ A Powerful Man.¬ Vs. 16.¬ ¬ ‚Äúthe power of God unto salvation‚Ä̬ His preaching was the gospel; his preaching was with boldness; his preaching was affective.10.¬ A Perceptive Man.¬ Vs. 17.¬ ¬ ‚Äúfor therein is the righteousness of God revealed‚Ä̬ It was not with words of man's wisdom that the work would get done but with the gospel of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-18-2017Isaiah 4:1IntroductionA.¬ Every Family Needs Three Homes.1.¬ They Need A Heavenly Home - Acts 16:31¬ ¬ And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.2.¬ They Need A Church Home - 1 Timothy 3:15¬ But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.3.¬ They Need A Christian Home - Ephesians 6:4¬ And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.B.¬ The Importance of the godly Men.¬ ¬ Our text is prophetic of the end times when the ‚ÄúBranch‚ÄĚ will come.¬ This will not be a message on the Second Advent but verse 1 is certainly relevant to the days in which we live.¬ 1.¬ We live in days of few good men or good ladies.¬ a)¬ Everything is so mixed up¬ and out of order.¬ The unisex movement of the late 60's and 70's when the Women's Liberation Movement was at its height has taken a toll on society.¬ Even earlier than that, during WWII, the men went to war and the women went to work.¬ b)¬ Thank God for both because¬ the war was necessary and the women had to step up and fill the factories with workers. But society was forever changed! The men came home from the war but the women never came home from the work place.¬ c)¬ Today, the men are weaker¬ and no long leaders while the women are stronger and no longer followers.¬ I have never seen so many soft men as there are today.¬ 2.¬ Soft and effeminate.¬ When I was growing up, there was an occasional little boy who acted like a little girl but not many.¬ Our text says that there will be 7 women looking for one man!¬ Why?¬ Because of the scarcity of good men!¬ Look in the work places.¬ I am not advocating the movie but the work places are now ‚ÄúPeyton Place.‚Ä̬ Ladies, there 7 women looking for your man!C.¬ This is a Father's Day message¬ to all our men because you will either be a father or a father figure to our people.¬ Good husbands and good fathers.1.¬ I love and appreciate¬ the men of this church!¬ We have good men here: godly and responsible men.¬ I am not ashamed to be counted among you.2.¬ Someone once said,¬ ‚ÄúA child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.‚ÄĚ3.¬ In our churches,¬ we need good men who are godly fathers or father figures.D.¬ What kind of men do we need?¬ ¬ 1 Corinthians 16:13¬ ¬ Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.¬ (Paul's admonition was ‚ÄúQuit you like men‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Act like a man!)1.¬ We Need Men Who Fear God ‚Äď Ecclesiastes 12:13¬ ¬ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.a.¬ Clean Men (Free from bad habits) - Psalms 19:9¬ ¬ The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.b.¬ Moral Men (Men of character) - Proverbs 8:13¬ The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.Proverbs 16:6¬ ¬ By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and¬ by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.c.¬ Wise Men - Proverbs 9:10¬ ¬ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:¬ and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.2.¬ We Need Men Who Are Faithful To God ‚Äď Psalm 22:4¬ Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.a.¬ Faithful To The Lord - Psalms 100:2¬ ¬ Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.¬ (We need some men who are willing to serve the Lord.)¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b.¬ Faithful To Fill The Gap ‚Äď Ezekiel¬ 22:30¬ ¬ And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.¬ (We need some men who stand for something.)c.¬ Faithful To The Church ‚Äď 1 John 2:13¬ I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.¬ (We need some men who can be counted on.)d.¬ ¬ Faithful To Follow Christ And Lead The Family ‚Äď In¬ In the plan and purpose of God, the father is the head of the household. The order of the authority is the¬ ‚Äúhead of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.‚Ä̬ Far too many men fail to take charge of their homes.¬ Dr. B. R. Lakin used to say, ‚ÄúSome husbands are so henpecked that they roost on the foot of the bed at night.‚Ä̬ d.¬ ¬ Faithful To Teach The Children ‚Äď Ephesians 6:4¬ And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.1)¬ To Teach Them About The Lord.2)¬ To Teach Them How To Be Men And Ladies.3)¬ To Teach Them God's Word.Conclusion:¬ Happy Father's Day!
Temple Baptist Church - 6-14-20171 Peter 2:19-24Introduction:A.¬ In important part¬ of spiritual growth is understanding that life is hard and those who live godly will suffer wrongfully at times.¬ In the realm of nature, life is hard; life is often unfair!¬ Life is hard enough in the natural realm but, because of the new birth, there comes spiritual persecution.¬ B.¬ These ‚Äústrangers scattered‚Ä̬ did not understand their plight and neither do most of us.¬ We have the idea that, after we are saved, everything will work out fine for us.¬ Peter is trying to help them in their spiritual growth.C.¬ There are two words¬ that I want to look at that give spiritual light on both the reality of suffering and our attitude during suffering.1.¬ Thankworthy¬ ‚Äď worthy of being thankful for.¬ 2.¬ Conscience¬ ‚Äď conscious of, consider, perception, or informed.¬ To understand what has happened.1.¬ We are to be mindful in suffering.¬ ¬ (Thank the Lord every day for what He suffered for us!)1 Peter 2:24¬ Who¬ his own¬ self bare our sins in¬ his own¬ body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:¬ by whose stripes¬ ye were healed.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.a.¬ Christ suffered wrongfully for us.¬ 2 Corinthians 5:21¬ For he hath made him¬ to be¬ sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.¬ 1 Peter 3:18¬ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:b.¬ Christ suffered willingly for us.¬ ¬ Hebrews 12:1-3¬ 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, ¬ (2)¬ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of¬ our¬ 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. ¬ (3)¬ ¬ For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.Philippians 2:7-8¬ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: ¬ (8)¬ And being found in fashion as a man,¬ he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.c.¬ Christ suffered woefully for us.¬ ¬ Isaiah 52:14¬ As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:¬ ¬ (Our Lord ‚Äúset the bar‚ÄĚ for suffering as He suffered for us.2.¬ We are to be patient in suffering.¬ a.¬ We suffer wrongfully for Him.¬ ¬ 1 Peter 2:19¬ For this¬ is¬ thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.b.¬ We suffer willingly for Him.¬ ¬ Hebrews 13:12-14¬ Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. ¬ (13)¬ ¬ Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. ¬ (14)¬ For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.c.¬ We suffer woefully for Him.¬ ¬ 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 persecute¬ you,¬ 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.3.¬ We are to be thankful in suffering.¬ ¬ 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.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-11-20171 Peter 2:11-20Introduction:A.¬ In these verses,¬ which I have preached on for two weeks previously, we find the commandment of testimony before the lost.¬ I once read where someone said that ‚ÄúA life lived is worth a thousand sermons preached.‚ÄĚ2 Corinthians 3:2-3¬ Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,¬ known and read of all men:¬ ¬ (3)¬ ¬ Forasmuch as ye aremanifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.B.¬ In verse 11,¬ Peter addresses the situation of the readers: ‚ÄúI beseech¬ you¬ as strangers and pilgrims.‚Ä̬ 1.¬ Strangers¬ ‚Äď to not belong, foreigners or aliens.2.¬ Pilgrims¬ ‚Äď a foreigner who resides in a strange place but whose citizenship is in another country.C.¬ These were actual foreigners¬ residing in a land in which they did not belong.¬ We are spiritual foreigners who were born here but have our citizenship in heaven.D.¬ Peter speaks of our living¬ honestly before the lost.¬ Honesty is much more than just being good citizens.¬ By application and context, it is our Christianity lived before the world.E.¬ We are to abstain¬ from fleshly lust that war against the soul and to be law abiding citizens.F.¬ I want to look at the rest¬ of the context tonight.¬ Living a good testimony before the lost speaks of:1.¬ Honoring all men.¬ ¬ Verse 17.¬ To treat with respect.¬ To do unto others as you would have others do unto you.¬ Regardless of social status, race, religion, or any other difference.¬ God made all men; God loves all men; Jesus died for all men and would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.¬ Be respectful and kind to others.2.¬ Love the brotherhood.¬ Verse 17.¬ ¬ This should come natural to God's children as the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost BUT, too often, we get out of sorts with others.¬ What a terrible testimony before the lost!¬ They hear of the church fights, church splits, and running the preacher off.¬ Charity covers a multitude of sin!3.¬ Fear God.¬ Verse 17.¬ ¬ Self-explanatory!¬ If we fear God, everything else falls into place spiritually.¬ Just a reminder that God knows our thoughts afar off.¬ Light and darkness are the same with Him.4.¬ Honour the king.¬ Verse 17.¬ Honor him by praying for him!¬ If you want your country to change, do something about it.¬ Prayer does change things.5.¬ Be a good servant.¬ Verse 18.¬ Be a good servant to good bosses and bad ones.¬ You get paid for working so do the best that you can to be a good worker.Conclusion:¬ It is easy to have a great testimony when things go well and you are around likeable people.¬ The lost watch us when troubles and tough times come because it is then that our light can shine the brightest.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-11-2017John 20:19-29Introduction:A.¬ This past week,¬ I went to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Ora.¬ I greatly enjoyed the messages preached and will ‚ÄúJohnstonize‚ÄĚ some of them.¬ This morning, I want to preach along the same lines that Dr. Melvin Aiken preached along.B.¬ We find the familiar story¬ of one of the post resurrection appearances of our Lord to His disciples.¬ Gotta love this!¬ ¬ The Lord showed up for the evening service!¬ ¬ ‚ÄúThen the same day at evening, being the first¬ day¬ of the week.‚Ä̬ That will preach.C.¬ Thomas decided,¬ for whatever reason, to miss the evening service and missed seeing his Lord.¬ The disciples were heartbroken over the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus and His visit was no doubt a great encouragement.D.¬ The Lord repeated¬ this same phrase 3 times in our text.¬ This is important and needs to be looked at closely.¬ Each time, He extended His peace to them.¬ Peace is an important part of the well-being of the child of God.E.¬ Twice in a brief period¬ just prior to His crucifixion, our Lord spoke of peace to the disciples.¬ By way of introduction, I want to look at these two coupled with two more.1.¬ The Promise of Peace -¬ John 14:27¬ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.¬ ¬ (The promise of peace is given to each child of God as our Lord will never leave nor forsake us.)2.¬ The Responsibility of Peace -¬ John 14:1-4¬ ¬ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ¬ (2)¬ In my Father's house are many mansions: if¬ it were¬ not¬ so,¬ I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ¬ (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. ¬ (4)¬ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.¬ ¬ (Peace is available and, therefore, up to us to maintain.)3.¬ The Foundation of Peace -¬ Isaiah 26:3-4¬ Thou wilt keep¬ him¬ in perfect peace,¬ whose¬ mind¬ is¬ stayed¬ on thee:because he trusteth in thee. ¬ (4)¬ Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH¬ is¬ everlasting strength:¬ ¬ (The foundation of peace is a settled trust in the Lord.¬ Proverbs 3:5-6.)4.¬ The Ruling of Peace -¬ Colossians 3:15¬ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.¬ ¬ (To rule means to have complete control.)F.¬ Let us look at these three times¬ our Lord spoke peace to the disciples. To show the availability of God's Perfect Peace in every area of our lives.¬ God promises peace, God dispenses peace, but we choose peace.1.¬ He spoke peace to them in their Fears.¬ Verse 19.¬ ‚ÄúWhen the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews.‚ÄĚa.¬ This was a fearful time¬ for the disciples and the early church.¬ Their ‚ÄúRock,‚ÄĚ the Lord Jesus Christ was taken away from them and crucified.¬ b.¬ They feared that the Jews¬ would come for them next.c.¬ As God's children,¬ we have times when we are afraid.¬ In times of sickness, financial dilemmas, family problems, and as we look at the world in which we live and our children‚ÄĒgrandchildren must remain live in.d.¬ There are times when we are fearful.¬ ¬ God wants us to have His Peace in times of troubles.2.¬ He spoke peace to them in their¬ Frustrations.¬ Verse¬ 21.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúAs¬ my¬ Father hath sent me, even so send I you.‚ÄĚa.¬ They still did not completely¬ understand all that had transpired.¬ As with most of the Jews, their thought was that the Lord would always remain with them physically.b.¬ The Lord had given to them¬ the Great Commission but now they had to do it, as far as they knew, by themselves.¬ Everything was ‚Äúturned upside down.‚ÄĚc.¬ There are times in the Christian's life¬ when things go wrong.¬ Times when evil seemingly prevails.¬ Times when we are not sure of either the path before us or even the next step.d.¬ There are times when we become frustrated.¬ ¬ The Lord wants us to have His Peace in those times when we do not understand.¬ ¬ (Proverbs 3:5-6)3.¬ He spoke peace to them in their¬ Faithlessness.¬ Verse 26.¬ ‚ÄúAnd after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them.‚ÄĚa.¬ Thomas had been hurt spiritually.¬ The Bible is not clear as to why he waited 8 more days before coming but I am relatively sure that he was discouraged over the events that had taken place.¬ b.¬ When the other disciples¬ told what had happened the last Lord's Day, he said that he would not believe.John 20:25¬ The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.c.¬ There are times¬ when our faith begins to waver.¬ ‚ÄúWhen ahead I see a chasm wide,‚ÄĚ the song writer said.¬ We cry, ‚ÄúLord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.‚ÄĚ
Temple Baptist Church - 6-4-2017Romans 1:1Introduction:A.¬ Paul beings his salutation¬ with a couple of titles: one given to him by God, and apostle, and the other given by himself, a servant of Jesus Christ.¬ I want to deal with the latter for a few minutes.B.¬ Being an apostle¬ was of the utmost importance but Paul's apostleship was based upon his willingness to be a servant of Jesus Christ.¬ Paul knew that Biblical Salvation brought about obligation in service.¬ ‚ÄúLord, what wilt thou have me to do?‚ÄĚ1.¬ Paul was a true servant in his salvation.¬ ¬ Acts 9:6¬ And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord¬ said¬ unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.2.¬ Paul did not miss his appointments.¬ ¬ Acts 22:10¬ And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.¬ ¬ (Interesting verse!¬ If Paul had gotten saved and did not serve, he would have miss the work that God had for him and it may not have gotten done.)3.¬ Paul remained a true servant in his life.¬ ¬ Philippians 1:20-23¬ According to my earnest expectation and¬ my¬ hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but¬ that¬ with all boldness, as always,¬ so¬ now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether¬ it be¬ by life, or by death. ¬ (21)¬ For to me to live¬ is¬ Christ, and to die¬ is¬ gain. ¬ (22)¬ But if I live in the flesh, this¬ is¬ the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. ¬ (23)¬ For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:4.¬ Paul both kept and accomplished what God had for him.¬ ¬ 2 Timothy 4:6-7¬ For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. ¬ (7)¬ I have fought a good fight, I have finished¬ my¬ course, I have kept the faith:C.¬ Our understanding of servant¬ is nothing like the word in the time of this writing.¬ ¬ When we think of a servant, we think of someone we hire to keep house, mow the lawn, etc.¬ A servant, in the biblical sense, is a bond slave.¬ To fully understand what Paul was saying, we need to go to Exodus, chapter 21.D.¬ Let us read verses 1-6.¬ ¬ Exodus 21:1-6¬ Now these¬ are¬ the judgments which thou shalt set before them. ¬ (2)¬ If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. ¬ (3)¬ If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. ¬ (4)¬ If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. ¬ (5)¬ And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: ¬ (6)¬ Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.1.¬ Servanthood is a Purchased Destiny.¬ vs. 2 ‚ÄúIf thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve‚ÄĚ1 Corinthians 6:20¬ For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.1 Corinthians 7:21-23¬ Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. ¬ (22)¬ For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. ¬ (23)¬ Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.¬ ¬ (Paul never got over what the Lord did for him on the Damascus Road.)2.¬ Servanthood is a Personal Decision.¬ vs. 2b ‚Äúand in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing‚ÄĚRomans 12:1¬ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.¬ (Nobody can make you serve him; you can go out free if you want to.¬ You are free.)3. Servanthood is a Plain Declaration¬ ‚Äď vs. 5 ‚ÄúAnd if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free‚ÄĚJohn 15:9-10¬ As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ¬ (10)¬ If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.¬ ¬ (Being a bond servant is based upon one's love for the Master!)4. Servanthood is a Public Display¬ ‚Äď vs. 6a ‚ÄúThen his master shall bring him unto the judges‚ÄĚ1 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.¬ ¬ (Bond servants are not ashamed of their Masters!)5. Servanthood is a Permanent Distinction¬ ‚Äď vs. 6b ‚ÄúThen he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.‚ÄĚGalatians 6:15-17¬ For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. ¬ (16)¬ And as many as walk according to this rule, peace¬ beon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. ¬ (17)¬ From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.¬ ¬ (There will be the personal of a mark on the ear and a permanent mark on the door, the place of surrender.)
Temple Baptist Church - 6-4-2017Ephesians 5:25-33Introduction:¬ A.¬ ¬ Hebrews 10:25-27 are possibly the most quoted verses concerning church attendance¬ and has been normally been preached as a negative.¬ 1.¬ Hebrews 10:25 says,¬ ‚ÄúAs the manner of some is.‚Ä̬ The word¬ manner¬ means a custom or habitual practice.¬ There are so many people who professed to be saved that have no desire to be faithful to the local church.¬ 2.¬ We have a good nucleus¬ here at Temple.¬ I want to encourage the ‚Äúas the manner of some is‚ÄĚ this morning to get in.¬ I also want to encourage the faithful to stay in. Many of the unfaithful were once faithful.¬ ¬ ¬ B.¬ There has been a great forsaking¬ of the assembling in the past few decades¬ with many in America unchurched.¬ 1.¬ Our nation if following the same path¬ as England and Europe: the path of godlessness which always leads to ungodliness.¬ 2.¬ The faithful few that make up¬ the nucleus of the local church have become fewer in number, especially Sunday and Wednesday night crowds.¬ Few want any time of ‚Äúextra‚ÄĚ services such as revival meetings or mission conferences.C.¬ Psalms 84:10 is in direct contrast¬ to the end time professing Christian.¬ Psalms 84:1-10¬ How¬ amiable¬ (no love of church)¬ are¬ thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! ¬ (2)¬ My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD¬ (no longing for church): my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God¬ (no desire for God). ¬ (3)¬ Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,¬ even¬ thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. ¬ (4)¬ Blessed¬ are¬ they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee¬ (no blessing or praising the Lord). Selah. ¬ (5)¬ Blessed¬ is¬ the man whose strength¬ is¬ in thee; in whose heart¬ are¬ the ways¬ of them.¬ ¬ (6)¬ ¬ Who¬ passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. ¬ (7)¬ They go from strength to strength,¬ every one of them¬ in Zion appeareth before God. ¬ (8)¬ O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. ¬ (9)¬ Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. ¬ (10)¬ For a day in thy courts¬ is¬ better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God¬ (no love of service in the church), than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.D.¬ With some, it is a salvation problem.¬ 1.¬ In the Bible,¬ when people got saved, they assembled!¬ I thank God that, when we got saved, Barbara and I ‚Äúgot in!‚Ä̬ We have been faithful to church for over 40 years!¬ 2.¬ With others,¬ it is the problem of worldliness.¬ These have the love of Ephesus, the deadness of Sardis, and the apathy of Laodicea.¬ As Demas forsook Paul, having loved this present world, people of our day forsake the church.E.¬ With many, it is a leaving your ‚Äúfirst love‚ÄĚ problem.¬ This morning,¬ I want to encourage you to love your church!¬ ¬ Make it a major part of your life.¬ What a privilege it is to come to church!¬ What a blessing to be able to come to church!¬ What a benefit to be able to come to church!Why should you love the Church:1.¬ It Is The Place That God Loves - Ephesians 5:25¬ ¬ Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.¬ ¬ (Jesus Christ died for the Church!¬ He gave His life for that which He loves.¬ Truly, ‚ÄúGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.‚Ä̬ When you get saved, you should love what God loves!)2.¬ It Is The Place Of Worship - Psalms 5:7¬ ¬ ¬ But as for me, I will come¬ into¬ thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:¬ and¬ in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.¬ ¬ (You can and should worship anywhere but the church house is a special place.¬ It was a place built to worship in.¬ You can come here and sing as loud as you please; you can say ‚ÄúAmen‚ÄĚ or shout ‚ÄúGlory to God;‚ÄĚ you can give your tithe and offerings scripturally in God's house.¬ What a blessing!)3.¬ It Is The Place Of Preaching And Teach God's Word - 1 Timothy 3:15 ¬ But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.¬ ¬ (You probably know it by now but I love this blessed old King James Bible that I hold in my hand.¬ We can read it at home; We can study it at home; but here in the house of the Lord, men of God preach like they know what they are preaching about!¬ I rejoice with the Apostle Paul when the Bible is heralded and the preacher lifts up his voice like a trumpet!)4.¬ It Is The Place Where God's People Gather - Psalms 55:14¬ ¬ We took sweet counsel together,¬ and¬ walked unto the house of God in company.(The greatest people on earth are there!¬ When I got saved I fell in love with a lot of things that please God but one of the greatest of all was the people of God.¬ No, they are not perfect but they are my brothers and sisters in Christ!¬ We are all in the Body of Christ which is the Family of God and we love you!)5 It Is The Place Where Sinners Are Both Sought And Loved - Luke 14:23¬ ¬ And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel¬ them¬ to come in, that my house may be filled.Matthew 9:10¬ ¬ And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.¬ ¬ (I love to see sinners come to the church house and be privileged to sit under the power of the Word of God and have an opportunity to hear the gospel and give their hearts and lives to Christ.¬ The to watch the Lord gloriously change their lives for His glory.)6.¬ It Is God's Instrument For World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8¬ ¬ And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:¬ So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.¬ For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God‚Äďward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.¬ ¬ (I love to give an offering to missions!¬ We can help support precious families as they cover the globe preaching the same gospel that we preach.¬ Missionaries are the greatest people in the world!¬ There is no greater calling than that.¬ Carrying the Word of God to a world that needs Jesus Christ and we can help go by giving!¬ We can go on organized visitation where we can personally witness to the Lost and occasionally see one get saved!)7.¬ It Was There That I Heard The True Gospel Preached And Was Gloriously and Eternally Saved ‚Äď Luke 18:10, 13-14¬ ¬ Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican ‚Ķ¬ And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as¬ his¬ eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.¬ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified¬ rather¬ than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.¬ ¬ (If it weren't for the local church, this pastor would still be lost in my sin.¬ I got saved on a Sunday night in an independent Baptist Church.¬ Thank God for Bob Lamb!¬ God laid it upon his heart to come to Madisonville, Ky and start a church under an old gospel tent!¬ Barbara and I were saved because of it!¬ Ask me why I love the local church!!)8.¬ It Is A Place Of Comfort And Spiritual Joy - Psalms 122:1¬ I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.¬ ¬ (The church is a refuge; a stronghold; a place of peace and tranquility; a place where we come and enjoy the things of God.¬ It is a place of comfort to the troubled and a source of joy to those who are hurting.¬ It is in the church that you will find encouragement and help.¬ It is in the church that you will find that you never walk alone.)9.¬ It Is An Encouragement Filling Station - 2 Timothy 4:2¬ ¬ Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.¬ ¬ (We can get filled up at church.¬ We can go to put something into the service and also to get something out of it.¬ If you do not get a blessing, then it was because you were not blessable!¬ I know blessable is not a word but I can make one up if I wanna!¬ If you want a blessing, you will get one.¬ If you do not want a blessing, don't blame it on anyone or anything but yourself.¬ You get out of a church service what you put into it.)10.¬ It Is Just A Little Bit Of Heaven On Earth - Psalms 84:1-12¬ ¬ How amiable¬ are¬ thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!¬ My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.¬ Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.¬ Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.¬ Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.¬ Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.¬ They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.¬ O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.¬ Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.¬ For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.¬ For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.¬ O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.¬ ¬ (If you don't like church, don't go to heaven!¬ A lot of people have imagined a heaven that is not the heaven of this Bible.¬ There will be praising and singing; there will be worship like we have never experienced; it is a prepared place for a prepared people!¬ You won't like it there because church is a little bit of heaven on earth!)
Temple Baptist Church - 5-31-20171 Peter 2:13-16Introduction:A.¬ As we read these verses tonight,¬ we need to once again consider them within the context in which they are written.1.¬ We live in days of civil disobedience.¬ ¬ People in our day have a real problem with authority of any kind: in the home, in the schools, and to the governmental laws.2.¬ These dispersed Jews (strangers-scattered)¬ were being heavily persecuted the civil government.¬ Paul is writing to them to, despite the persecution, submit to the government they lived under.B.¬ To many of these Jews,¬ this must have seemed a ‚Äúbitter pill‚ÄĚ to swallow.¬ Romans 13:1¬ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ¬ (Paul said to fear, obey, and honor those in authority.)Titus 3:1¬ Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,¬ ¬ (Paul said here to be good citizens and not speak against or resist the powers that be.)C.¬ God gave these persecuted Jews¬ neither excuse or exemption in the realm or submission to the ‚Äúpowers that be.‚Ä̬ I have known preachers who gave excuses for disobedience to law.Romans 13:1-2¬ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ¬ (2)¬ Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.1.¬ Submission To Government is our Duty - Romans 13:1¬ ¬ Let every soul be subject¬ unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.Titus 3:1¬ Put them in mind¬ to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,Proverbs 24:21¬ My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:2.¬ Submission To Government does have a Condition - Acts 5:26-29¬ Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.¬ And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,¬ Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.¬ Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,¬ We ought to obey God rather than men.3.¬ ¬ Submission To Government demands Submission¬ -¬ 1 Peter 2:13-17¬ Submit yourselves to¬ every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the¬ king, as supreme;¬ Or unto¬ governors, as unto¬ them that are sent by him¬ for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.¬ For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:¬ As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.¬ As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.¬ Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.¬ Honour the king.Titus 3:1¬ Put them in mind¬ to be subject¬ to principalities and powers,¬ to obey magistrates,¬ to be ready to every good work,¬ (Magistrate¬ - A public civil officer, invested with the executive government of some branch of it. In this sense, a king is the highest or first magistrate, as is the President of the United States.¬ But the word is more particularly applied to subordinate officers, as governors, intendants, prefects, mayors, justices of the peace, and the like.)4.¬ Submission To Government pays Taxes - Matthew 22:17-22¬ ¬ Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou?¬ Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?¬ But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?¬ Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.¬ And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?¬ They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them,¬ Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.¬ When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.TRIB'UTE, n. 1.¬ An annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one prince or nation to another, either as an acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace and protection, or by virtue of some treaty.¬ The Romans made all their conquered countries pay tribute5.¬ Submission To Government commands Respect¬ - Exodus 22:28¬ Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.Acts 23:5¬ Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written,¬ Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.Ecclesiastes 10:20¬ Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.Jude 8-10¬ Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of¬ dignity.es¬ (An elevated office, civil or ecclesiastical, giving a high rank in society; advancement; preferment, or the rank attached to it)¬ Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a¬ railing accusation¬ (to speak evil against or to condemn), but said, The Lord rebuke thee.¬ But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 6.¬ ¬ Submission To Government requires Supplication - 1 Timothy 2:1-2¬ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;¬ For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.7.¬ ¬ Submission To Government brings Results -¬ 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:
Temple Baptist Church - 5-28-2017Romans 1:1-5Introduction:A.¬ As we finished 2 Thessalonians,¬ I tried to get the mind of the Lord as to what Pauline Epistle that I needed to begin.¬ The Book of Romans kept coming to mind so we will begin a long series of preaching through this delightful book of the Bible.¬ 1.¬ This epistle to the Roman¬ believers¬ is said to be the ‚Äúgreatest letter every written.‚Ä̬ Though several of Paul's epistles were written at an earlier date, the Holy Spirit saw fit to place it as the first or prelude to all other epistles.¬ It possibly set forth first because it gives a comprehensive overview of the salvation, justification, sanctification and responsibility of the child of God.¬ 2.¬ I have spent years preaching¬ through the Pauline or Church Epistles.¬ If I had it to do over with, I would have preached them in the order in which they are placed in the Bible.¬ At least, in the beginning of my ministry here at Temple Baptist, I taught through Romans in Sunday School.B.¬ The Book of Romans is a doctrinal book.¬ 1.¬ I read that it has been¬ called¬ ‚ÄúAn anchor in the shifting sands of human theology.‚Ä̬ I can find no better title to give to this epistle.¬ Rome was the center of Satanic suppression.¬ As Caesar was Rome's ‚Äúgod,‚ÄĚ Satan used Rome as his stronghold to hinder and stop the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.¬ 2.¬ Notice that Paul was writing¬ to individual and not to a local church or churches.¬ Rome would have been a hard and dangerous place for Christians to assemble!¬ That further amplifies the importance of the Roman Epistle.¬ 3.¬ The time of Paul's writing¬ this epistle is also important.¬ It was written somewhere between 60-62 AD.¬ a.¬ Nero Claudius Caesar¬ (58-64 AD), called the most despicable manifestation of human flesh every born, was the Emperor of Rome.¬ He was the Caesar that Paul appealed to and apparently won his appeal because his deliverance was noted in the Book of 2 Timothy, chapter 4.b.¬ ¬ 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.4.¬ Nero later put Paul to death.C.¬ Nero hated Christianity¬ and destroyed many of the Christians living there.¬ ¬ The Neronian persecution was vicious indeed.1.¬ Tacitus (c. A.D. 60-120), a Roman historian,¬ has preserved a record of this situation. We quote the following from his¬ Annals¬ (XV.44).‚ÄúAnd so, to get rid of this rumor, Nero set up [i.e., falsely accused] as the culprits and punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty a class hated for their abominations, who are commonly called Christians. Christus, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius. Checked for a moment, this pernicious superstition again broke out, not only in Judea, the source of the evil, but even in Rome.... Accordingly, arrest was first made of those who confessed [to being Christians]; then, on their evidence, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much on the charge of arson as because of [their] hatred for the human race. Besides being put to death they were made to serve as objects of amusement; they were clothed in the hides of beasts and torn to death by dogs; others were crucified, others set on fire to serve to illuminate the night when daylight failed. Nero had thrown open his grounds for the display, and was putting on a show in the circus, where he mingled with the people in the dress of charioteer or drove about in his chariot. All this gave rise to a feeling of pity, even towards men whose guilt merited the most exemplary punishment; for it was felt that they were being destroyed not for the public good but to gratify the cruelty of an individual.‚ÄĚ2.¬ Because of the time frame¬ in which Romans was written, these were relatively new believers and, were possibly without a pastor or local church; therefore, they had possibly had little or no doctrinal grounding.¬ 3.¬ Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost,¬ knew that the only thing that would protect and stabilize these new believers was sound, biblical doctrine.¬ The Word of God was to be their ‚Äúanchor‚ÄĚ in a turbulent sea of wickedness and persecution.D.¬ ‚ÄúThe shifting sands of human theology‚Ä̬ is befitting of the times in which we also live.¬ 1.¬ Virtually every major denomination¬ has left the ‚Äúold paths‚ÄĚ of the inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures, the practical sanctification of the believers, and doctrines of the faith once delivered that were so precious to Christians in years gone past.¬ 2.¬ Paul, when writing his second epistle to Timothy¬ (a young pastor in Ephesus), prophesied of the turning away of the churches from hearing the Truth.¬ It was also prophetic of the days in which we live.3.¬ Doctrinal preaching will do one of two things:¬ ground the recipients in the Truth of the Bible or run the rejecters off.¬ In both the Old and New Testament,¬ people in general refuse to hear the Word of God, especially when sound doctrinal preaching and teaching go forth.Zechariah 7:8-14¬ And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, ¬ (9)¬ ¬ Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: ¬ (10)¬ And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. ¬ (11)¬ ¬ But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. ¬ (12)¬ Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets:¬ therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. ¬ (13)¬ Therefore it is come to pass,¬ that¬ as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: ¬ (14)¬ But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.2 Timothy 4:1-5¬ I charge¬ thee¬ therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; ¬ (2)¬ Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. ¬ (3)¬ ¬ For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; ¬ (4)¬ And they shall turn away¬ their¬ ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ¬ (5)¬ ¬ But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.4.¬ The result will always be the same:¬ churches permeated with worldly, lost people.¬ 2 Timothy 3:1-5¬ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. ¬ (2)¬ For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, ¬ (3)¬ Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, ¬ (4)¬ Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; ¬ (5)¬ ¬ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.E.¬ Sound Biblical Doctrine is the foundation of the church.¬ ¬ Psalms 11:3¬ If the foundations be destroyed,¬ what can the righteous do?¬ 1.¬ The question was asked¬ and the answer was evident:¬ NOTHING!¬ ¬ Without sound doctrine, the church will drift and the people will be destroyed.2. Therefore, Satan has ‚Äúchipped away‚Ä̬ at the foundation as a termite undermines the foundation of a home: subtle and unnoticed to the casual observer.)F.¬ God's house is a house of doctrine.¬ Satan hates God, hates the child of God, hates the local church, and is actively working to destroy all.1.¬ De-emphasizing of Sound Doctrine¬ - A tactic of the devil to bring about the ecumenical movement which teaches that where you go to church is not important.¬ This form of doctrinal ignorance is leading to the rise of the modern day ecumenical movement.¬ It does matter where you go to church and it does matter what that church teaches doctrinally.2.¬ Demonizing of Sound Doctrine¬ ‚Äď A tactic of the devil that portrays God's men in a pharisaical light and the Bible believing local church as cultic.¬ This form of doctrinal ignorance drives away those who listen to such tactics and opens wide the door for false teachers and preachers.3.¬ Dividing of Sound Doctrine¬ ‚Äď A tactic of the devil to bring about division within the fundamental churches. Fundamental churches once had basically the same doctrine. Today, the word ‚Äúfundamental‚ÄĚ has become an irrelevant term.¬ G.¬ ¬ There is a decline in the teaching¬ of Bible doctrine in the churches today as many churches, pastors, and teachers shy away from it and go from ‚Äúheart pricking‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúear tickling.‚Ä̬ To these, doctrine is neither important nor is it relevant to our day.¬ I want to reiterate that sound doctrine is imperative!¬ Sound doctrine is imperative to:1.¬ The stability of the local church -¬ 1 Timothy 3:15¬ But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.¬ ¬ (If the church is not doctrinally correct, then it cannot be trusted.¬ The Head of the church is Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ is the Word of God; therefore, if the Head and the Word are right, the local church can be trusted to be right also.)2.¬ The detection and rejection of the infiltration of false teachers -¬ Ephesians 4:14¬ That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;¬ ¬ (God gives to the local church pastors who rightly divide the word of truth, feed the flock of God, and equip the saints to be able to discern false teaching.¬ Theological ‚Äúfood poisoning‚ÄĚ is a good term describing false doctrinal teaching.¬ It brings joy to the pastor's heart when his people can detect false statements.)3.¬ The spiritual well being of the believer - Colossians 2:6-8¬ As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:¬ (7)¬ Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.¬ (8)¬ Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.¬ ¬ (One of the greatest accolades that can be given to the local church is that of a people who know what and why they believe.¬ A knowledgeable people are both productive and protected.¬ Too many churches are characterized by biblical ignorance.¬ Paul often addressed the believers with the statement, ‚ÄúI would not have you to be ignorant, brethren.‚ÄĚ)4.¬ The biblical training of our children - Ephesians 6:4¬ And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.¬ ¬ (The Bible and doctrinal truth are essential to the spiritual upbringing of our children.¬ Our children need to be taught the Word of God, not just entertained and the Bible taught must be right and the doctrine correct.¬ I have seen people purposely confuse their children in order to show rebellion toward the preaching and teaching from the pulpit.)
Temple Baptist Church - 5-28-2017Genesis 14:1-16; Revelation 19:19-21Introduction:A.¬ Tomorrow is Memorial Day.¬ A day in which we remember our war dead.Memorial Day was officially proclaimed¬ on May 5th,¬ 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand¬ Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971. On this day we need to pause and thank God for the men and the women who served our Armed Forces to bring Liberty and Justice for all to our country. May we truly pause and remember their sacrifice, their service, and their blood.B.¬ War is a terrible thing!¬ Through the annals of history, if all were known, there have probably been billions who have died (both soldiers and collateral damage-civilians) in all wars.¬ In all the American wars, either by our country or within our country, over 45,000,000 men and women have served in wartime with app. 1,175,000 war dead and app. 1,500,000 wounded in action.¬ That is a tremendous number of young lives that have been given and forever changed while affording us the freedom that we now enjoy.C.¬ War is not something that any sane man or woman wants, but we find in our text that war is sometimes a necessity.¬ Men who will not fight will not remain free.¬ D.¬ Henry¬ Patrick Henry, the fiery politician from Virginia, gave his famous speech before the Virginia Provincial Convention...Here is how he concluded it:"3 million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the Destiny of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. Battle sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.‚Ķ. it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. There clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come. I repeat it, sir let it come!‚Ķ..Gentleman may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war has actually begun! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?‚Ķ..Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."E.¬ ¬ It is the cry of the patriot¬ and is the prerequisite for freedom.¬ To live free, men must sometimes die.¬ ¬ Freedom in a privilege, not a right!¬ ¬ There are many in this country who enjoy the freedoms while misusing them.¬ We do not have the freedom to do wrong in this land.¬ We do not have the freedom to live here and defame this land.¬ America has had some sordidness in its history and still is not a perfect land, but it is my country and I continue to say, ‚ÄúLove it or leave it.‚ÄĚF.¬ Many people protest war¬ while many others are pacifists and will not fight in war.¬ Many of these are professing ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ who are completely ignorant of what the Bible says about war.¬ God is an Advocate of wars fought for the right principles.¬ These objectors or pacifists are the ungrateful who fail to realize that their freedom was purchased with the blood of others.¬ They are free to protest; they are free to speak; they are free to live and work; they are free this morning because men and women were will to go, fight, and die!G.¬ On this day,¬ a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns or Unknown Soldier as well as other dedicated places across our land.¬ ¬ On its western panel are inscribed the words:HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GODH.¬ Interesting facts¬ about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels of the Third United States Infantry Regiment "Old Guard."Q: How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?A: 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.Q: How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?A: 21 seconds, for the same reason as answer number 1.Q: Why are his gloves wet?A: His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.Q: Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?A: No, he carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.Q: How often are the guards changed?A: Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.Q: What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?A: For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30".I.¬ Other requirements of the Guard:They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends FIVE HOURS A DAY getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.J.¬ The Sentinels Creed:My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect. His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well-meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.K.¬ As our minds go back to the reality of war,¬ I want to look at the First Mention of ‚Äúwar‚ÄĚ in the Bible as it sets forth both the truth and necessity of war.1.¬ The unfortunate necessity of war.a.¬ First Mention of War.¬ In our text,¬ we find that war was made a necessity because of the Wicked.¬ These pagan kings chose to place others in bondage.¬ This first war affected the freedom of the righteous man, Lot.b.¬ We find that God's people¬ reacted to war with a¬ Righteous Response.¬ Abraham placed his men on the field of battle against the wicked and set righteous Lot and all that he possessed free.c.¬ Last Mention of War.¬ ¬ Revelation 19:19-21.¬ Here we also see a Righteous Response of God to against the wicked.2.¬ The misconception of war.¬ ¬ Righteous war has God's ‚Äústamp of approval‚ÄĚ upon it.¬ Ecclesiastes 3:8¬ ¬ A time to love, and a time to hate;¬ a time of war, and a time of peace.a.¬ God taught Israel to war.¬ Numbers 1:1-3¬ ¬ And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first[day¬ of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2¬ ¬ Take ye the sum¬ of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 3¬ From twenty years old and upward,¬ all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.¬ ¬ (God said that, when the men were old enough, they were to go to war!¬ This was a Draft System.¬ At age 20, men were prepared for war and entered the army of Israel.¬ They still do!)b.¬ God taught King David to war.¬ ¬ Psalm 144:1¬ Blessed¬ be¬ the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war,¬ and¬ my fingers to fight:¬ ¬ (David was a man after God's own heart and was a man of war.¬ If you do not believe that spiritual men can be warriors, just ask the enemies of Israel what they thought of King David.)c.¬ Without war,¬ God's people are oppressed, enslaved, or destroyed! -¬ Numbers 10:9¬ And if ye go to war in your land¬ against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.d.¬ Without war, the righteous perish! - Psalms 69:4¬ They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me,¬ being¬ mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored¬ that¬ which I took not away.Ephesians 6:10-13¬ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ¬ (11)¬ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ¬ (12)¬ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high¬ places.¬ ¬ (13)¬ Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.2.¬ The righteousness of war.¬ ¬ War can be a both good and necessary.¬ There are times to fight and things we must fight for.¬ ¬ Ecclesiastes 3:3, 8¬ ¬ A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up¬ ‚Ķ (8)¬ A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.¬ ¬ (God both ordained and commanded war to be made.¬ God is good and God but is also a God of war!)a.¬ We must war for our nation - Psalms 9:17¬ ¬ The wicked shall be turned into hell,¬ and¬ all the nations that forget God.¬ ¬ (We must not give up on America because it is a good land; a God given land and is under constant attack from both without and within.¬ We must fight our outside enemies!¬ We must fight our inside enemies!)b.¬ We must war for the Faith - Jude 3¬ ¬ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort¬ youthat ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.¬ ¬ (The Word of God is under constant attack but we stand and fight for it.¬ It is a good fight!¬ It is a right fight!)c.¬ We must war for the Old Paths - Jeremiah 6:16¬ ¬ Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where¬ is¬ the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk¬ therein.¬ ¬ (The old ways of holiness and separation are under constant attack but we stand and fight for them.¬ It is a good fight!¬ It is a right fight!)d.¬ We must war for our Families - Psalms 78:5 -8¬ For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6¬ That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7¬ That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8¬ And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.¬ ¬ (Our families and our children are under constant attack and we must stand and fight for them.¬ It is a good fight!¬ It is a right fight!)3.¬ War will always be a perpetual thing.¬ Exodus 17:16¬ For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn¬ that¬ the LORD¬ will have¬ war with Amalek¬ from generation to generation.¬ (I once had a bumper sticker that said, ‚ÄúEternal vigilance is the price for liberty.‚Ä̬ The fight will not end until the Prince of Peace comes.)Isaiah 2:4¬ ¬ And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation,¬ neither shall they learn war any more.a.¬ So, until then, let us fight Advisedly - Proverbs 20:18¬ ¬ Every¬ purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.b.¬ So, until then, let us fight Fearlessly -¬ Psalms 27:3-5¬ Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this¬ will¬ Ibe¬ confident.¬ 4¬ One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 5¬ For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.c.¬ So, until then, let us fight Continually - 2 Timothy 4:7¬ I have fought a good fight, I have finished¬ my¬ course, I have kept the faith:
Temple Baptist Church - 5-21-2017Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39Introduction:¬ A.¬ Mark, chapter 4, is noted for the stilling of the storm by our Lord.¬ 1.¬ Thus showing both His power¬ over the natural world and His care for His Children.¬ A world without God is a world without a right mind!¬ 2.¬ I have no doubt that Jesus' fame¬ preceded Him to the land of the Gadarenes because the maniac of Gadara ran to meet Him and worshipped as soon as He stepped on shore.¬ How did he know who Jesus was?B. ¬ In verse 1 of our text,¬ we find the introduction of God to the land of the Gadarenes!¬ ¬ Jesus Christ stepped on shore¬ and immediately made a wonderful difference.¬ He did something that the people of Gadara had tried to do and failed in every attempt.¬ 1.¬ Verse 1.¬ ¬ There can be no ‚Äúright mind‚ÄĚ without the knowledge of God and who He is!¬ ¬ Jesus Christ stepped off the boat!¬ A godless world is just that, Godless.¬ No wonder God called the man who says in his heart that there is no God a fool.¬ a.¬ There is a knowledge of God found in nature.¬ ¬ I see God all around me.¬ The touch of an infinite, all wise God who designed perfect, beautiful, infinite universe that declares His glory.Romans 1:20¬ For the¬ invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,¬ even¬ his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:b.¬ There is the knowledge of God in Witness.¬ ¬ The maniac of Gadara knew who Jesus was as soon as he saw Him!¬ He had not only seen but had also heard prior to meeting Christ.Romans 10:14¬ How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and¬ how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?2. Verses 2-5.¬ ¬ There was a personal confrontation with God!¬ ¬ The maniac met Him. There can be no right mind without recognition and confrontation!¬ a.¬ Verses 2-3.¬ ¬ Without God, the maniac had no answers.¬ ¬ He lived among the dead.¬ His family, his friends were destroyed by him and could not live around him.¬ He continually destroyed both his life and everything around him.¬ His problem was ‚Äúan unclean spirit.‚Ä̬ The ‚Äúgod of this world‚ÄĚ permeated his mind.b.¬ Verses 3-4.¬ ¬ A godless world had no solutions to its problems.¬ ¬ They tried to bind him but could not.¬ They tried to contain him but could not.¬ The world has tried everything from drugs to incarceration.¬ They have applied psychology, training, and medication to change the natural ungodliness of the flesh without success.¬ Our world gets worse as time goes on because the godless have no real and lasting answers. Eventually, then banned him to live among the tombs and in the mountains.b.¬ Verse 5.¬ ¬ The maniac's own mental and physical life were being destroyed.¬ ¬ No relief (day and night), not peace (crying), no true help (cutting himself).3.¬ Verses 6-13.¬ a.¬ Verse 6.¬ ¬ The maniac knew who Jesus was.¬ The maniac ran to Jesus.¬ The maniac fell at His feet and worshipped.b. Verses 7-13.¬ ¬ The devils knew who Jesus was.¬ The Lord commanded the devils to leave the maniac.¬ The devils obeyed the Lord's command.c.¬ Jesus Christ is the only solution¬ to the world's sin problem!4.¬ Verses 14-15.¬ ¬ Something wonderful happened!¬ The man who could not be neither tamed nor helped by self or the worldly wisdom of the man got immediate and complete help from the Lord.a.¬ Verse 14.¬ ¬ The world fled instead of recognizing what God had done and worshipping.¬ The wickedness of unbelief causes a different reaction to Christ.¬ The maniac ran to His feet while the herdsmen fled the scene!¬ The world flees the Lord.¬ Not because they do not believe in Him but because they do not want Him to be Lord of their lives.b.¬ Verse 15.¬ ¬ What happened to the maniac when he came to Christ that the world saw?1)¬ A man clothed!¬ A man who was once naked and shameful was clothed.¬ Godliness causes a world to take off their clothes while godliness will cause the believer to put his clothes on.¬ The world noted a difference in the man once naked and cutting himself.2)¬ A man sitting!¬ They found the once maniac now sitting at the feet of the Lord.¬ What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart.¬ They world cannot understand it and marvels at it.¬ We are here this morning because of the change that only God can make in our lives.3)¬ A man in his ‚Äúright mind.‚Ä̬ ¬ I believe the message here is that the world knows what a ‚Äúright mind‚ÄĚ is but does not want one.¬ A mind without Christ in a ‚Äúwrong mind.‚Ä̬ A ‚Äúright mind‚ÄĚ makes us mindful of who and what we were before we met the Master and a knowledge of what is truly right or wrong.5.¬ Verses 16-20.¬ ¬ The world's reaction to a ‚Äúright mind.‚Ä̬ a.¬ Rejection!¬ ¬ They saw the miracle that Jesus performed on one who could not be tamed.¬ They should have been pleased.¬ They should have marveled.¬ They should have sought the One who performed such a miraculous feat.b.¬ They ‚Äúprayed‚ÄĚ Him to depart.¬ ¬ They wanted nothing to do with Christ because He caused their pigs to drown!¬ They cared not that Christ spared both the life of the maniac and the people from having to deal with him anymore.¬ We who are saved are not breaking the laws, being put into the jails, filling up the mental institutions, or being generally disorderly.¬ c.¬ We are clothed; we are in our ‚Äúright mind‚Ä̬ but the world is more interested in their pigs!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-14-20172 Thessalonians 3:16-18; Mathew 24:1-8Introduction:¬ A.¬ As we come to the end¬ of 2 Thessalonians, I want to spend a little time with Paul's salutation as it is important to us who live in the end of the Church Age.¬ As the possibility of these believers being troubled or shaken in mind 2,000 years ago was a reality, how much more in these last, perilous times.B.¬ I want to tie verse 16¬ with Matthew, verses 1-8.¬ In these verses, our Lord answers the question of the Apostles concerning the second coming.¬ We need to understand the interpretation of these verses in light of our days.¬ I will not go through Matthew 24 in detail but will give a brief overview.1.¬ Verses 4-7¬ give the signs of the times just prior to the Rapture of the Church.2.¬ Verse 8¬ signals the removal of the Church and the beginning of the Tribulation Period.3.¬ Verses 9-26¬ give a vivid description of Jacob's Trouble.¬ It is divided into two equal parts with the abomination of desolation in the middle.¬ (Verse 15)¬ I do not want to get into that at this time because it is not my message.4.¬ Verse 27-31¬ pictures the second coming of Christ in great power and glory¬ (Revelation 1:7)C.¬ Well, here we stand at the end of the Church Age¬ with the entire world in turmoil.¬ There is:1.¬ Apostasy and Spiritual Deception¬ ‚Äď rejection of scripture and the constant blowing of the winds of false doctrine.2.¬ Disobedience to authority¬ ‚Äď in the home; in the church; in the schools; in society.3.¬ Social Disorder throughout the world¬ ‚Äď wars and rumors of wars are rampant; the overthrowing of established government; unrest here in the USA4.¬ Famine and disease¬ ‚Äď more medicines and more diseases; people starving in a world of plenty.5.¬ Sinfulness and perversion¬ ‚Äď you name it and it is rampant.¬ Sodomites are taking over our land; drugs and alcohol have become acceptable ways of life and are openly advertised; marriages breaking up in record numbers and being replaced by ‚Äúcommon law‚ÄĚ unions.6.¬ Fear and distress¬ ‚Äď more people than ever on Paxil, Prozac, sleep aids, etc.¬ Men's hearts failing them for fear.¬ Uncertainty is the rule of our day while the world rocks and rolls.D.¬ Many of God's children¬ are either discouraged in the work or have become casualties and have ‚Äúfallen through the cracks.‚Ä̬ I want to see our people be ‚Äústeadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.‚ÄĚHow To Have Spiritual Stability In The Last Days1.¬ Understand the times in which we live.¬ ¬ Luke 21:28¬ And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.2.¬ Trust the Lord with your life and livelihood.¬ ¬ Matthew 6:31-33¬ Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?¬ (32)¬ (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.¬ (33)¬ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.3.¬ Keep yourself in the will of God.¬ ¬ Jude 20-21¬ But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,¬ (21)¬ Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.4.¬ Watch unto prayer.¬ ¬ Philippians 4:6-7¬ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.¬ (7)¬ And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.5.¬ Stay in church.¬ ¬ Hebrews 10:25¬ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.6.¬ Keep your hearts and minds stayed upon the Lord.¬ ¬ Isaiah 26:3-4¬ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.¬ (4)¬ Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:7.¬ Keep your eyes on the skies.¬ ¬ Titus 2:13¬ Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
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, ‚ÄúTrue Christianity!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúarrived‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúdo's and don'ts‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúExcept¬ your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.‚ÄĚD.¬ 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, ‚ÄúPeople are like fish: you catch them but let God clean them.‚Ä̬ 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‚ÄĒgoing 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 ‚Äúzeal‚ÄĚ 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.¬ ¬ ‚Äúnot according to knowledge‚Ķignorant of God's righteousness‚Ä̬ ¬ 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúGod's righteousness‚Ä̬ 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, ‚ÄúI am the Lord, I change not.‚ÄĚ1 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.¬ ¬ ‚Äúgoing about to establish their own righteousness.‚Ä̬ 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.¬ ¬ ‚Äúhave not submitted themselves‚Ä̬ 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúFor Christ¬ is¬ the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.‚Ä̬ 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.¬ ‚ÄúDressed in His righteousness alone; faultless to stand before the throne.‚Ä̬ ‚ÄúWhen He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb; He sees me as worthy and not as I AM!‚ÄĚ6.¬ Invitation of God's Righteousness.¬ Vs. 13.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúFor whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.‚Ä̬ ¬ ¬ I think that ‚Äúwhosoever‚ÄĚ 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.¬ ‚ÄúIn the shifting sands of human theology,‚Ä̬ we must be firmly anchored in the Word of God: our Faith, our Freedom, our Fellowship, our Fight, and our Finishing.¬ Spiritually in America‚ÄĒthe Bible Belt‚ÄĒand 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 ‚Äúgod of this world.‚Ä̬ 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúBrethren 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 ‚Ķ which hath loved us.‚ÄĚEphesians 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúTherefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.‚Ä̬ ¬ 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúAnd hath given¬ us¬ everlasting consolation.‚ÄĚHebrews 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúAnd good hope.‚ÄĚRomans 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúThrough grace.‚ÄĚ2 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúComfort your hearts.‚ÄĚJohn 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.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúAnd 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)¬ ‚Äúin every good‚ÄĚ ‚Ķ 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 ‚Äúfalling away‚ÄĚ and the revealing of ‚Äúthat Wicked‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúfinally.‚Ä̬ It is both the summation and conclusion of the epistle.¬ ‚ÄúFinally, brethren, pray for us!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúunreasonable and wicked men.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúfree course‚ÄĚ and stem the ‚Äútide of apostasy‚ÄĚ of these last times.¬ What restricts the ‚Äúfree course‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúchurch members‚ÄĚ is ‚ÄúWhat 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 ‚Äúyouth programs‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúpillar and ground of the truth.‚ÄĚF.¬ The list could go one but I think that you get the ‚Äúgist‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúfree course.‚Ä̬ When speaking of water, ‚Äúfree course‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúbind‚ÄĚ the Word of God is to effectively stop its preaching.¬ He is trying to do so today in society through such things as the ‚ÄúHate Crime Bill.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúgay‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúhomosexual‚ÄĚ but the Bible term ‚Äúsodomite‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúYea, hath God said?‚ÄĚ in Genesis 3 to the ‚Äúfalling away‚ÄĚ 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¬ ‚Äď I made the statement not long ago that most church members like ‚ÄúBuffet Preaching.‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúif they had been here, I would have got them!‚Ä̬ 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¬ ‚Äď 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 ‚Äúcome as they are.‚Ä̬ 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¬ ‚Äď 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 ‚Äúas the manner of some is!‚Ä̬ 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¬ ‚Äď Doctrinal truth must be ‚Äúendured!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúlikes his job,‚ÄĚ he must be careful not to offend these ‚Äúgoats.‚ÄĚe.¬ By Running Off Preachers Who Preach God's Word¬ ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄúAmen‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď¬ God gives churches men that are ‚Äúsuited‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúslack off‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď¬ Good preachers will leave and Pulpit Committees will find preachers of ‚Äúlike un-precious faith!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúministry‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äútoes‚ÄĚ in the process.¬ The pulpit then becomes a ‚Äúmirror‚ÄĚ for the will of the people and not the ‚Äúmirror‚ÄĚ of James chapter one that makes us behold our natural face.c.¬ Our Principles Will Become Distorted And Eventually Die ‚Äď¬ 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 ‚Äúpillars of the assembly‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď¬ 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 ‚Äúbad subject‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď¬ 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 ‚Äď¬ 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‚ÄĒwith their lives‚ÄĒsay, ‚ÄúDon't do as I do, do as I say do!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äď¬ 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 ‚Äúretired;‚ÄĚ safe havens for ‚Äúgoats‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúfalse prophets;‚ÄĚ and generally despicably lukewarm and apathetic.h.¬ Our Power Will Soon Be Gone And We Will Become The Spiritually Anemic ‚Äď¬ May God help us to remember that it is God's Word and allow God's men to faithfully instead of fearfully preach its ‚Äúwhole counsel!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äúherd I the stalls!‚Ä̬ 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 ‚Äď Habakkuk 3:17-18¬ ‚Äúalthough‚Ķyet‚Ä̬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 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 ‚Äď Habakkuk 38¬ ‚Äúrejoice in the Lord‚ÄĚa.¬ 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¬ ‚ÄúYet I will rejoice in the Lord‚ÄĚa.¬ The Bible says, in 1 Peter 1:8,¬ ‚ÄúWhom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see¬ him¬ not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.‚Ä̬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 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 ‚Äď ‚Äúmy SALVATION‚ÄĚa.¬ 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 ‚ÄúI's‚ÄĚ or little ‚ÄúU's‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúfilling station‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúhump day.‚Ä̬ As the camel said on the commercial, ‚ÄúHey, hey, Mike!¬ Know what day it is?‚Ä̬ With a scowl he replied, ‚ÄúIts hump day!‚Ä̬ 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!

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