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Temple Baptist Church - 11-1-20171 Peter 5:13-14Introduction: A. In our text for tonight, I find the phrase “holy kiss” of interest. B. Four times (Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26), Paul used the words “holy kiss” but here the Holy Spirit said, “A kiss of charity.” 1. The change needs to be examined because of its importance. The word “charity” has been changed by many to the word “love.” This is a major theological mistake! If words are important, and they are, then we have no right to change, add, or take them away. God says what He means and means what He says. 2. Many times, we greet one another with a “holy kiss” or, in our day a handshake or hug of holiness. This expression shows no animosity and our love for one another. I still say that I had rather people spend extra time shaking hands during our services than extra time fighting!3. Charity is a strong word and is a specific type of love. 1 Corinthians 13 contains a Full Mention Principle about charity. In other words, if the Bible said nothing more on the subject, it said enough. C. Charity Examined. Charity - brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence.1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (The greatest gift given to the church is charity!)D. Charity, the Bond of Perfectness! Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (A spiritual maturity that brings unity.)1. Charity, the Bond of Perfectness, is a sign of the maturity of the believer. The Holy Spirit calls it “the bond of perfectness.” This Biblical definition of charity spells out two things.2. Charity, the Bond of Perfectness, shows that spiritual maturity has its love right. To love God supremely; to love the Bible; to love the church; and to love one another.3. Charity, the Bond of Perfectness, shows the effect of spiritual maturity. Charity is a sign of spiritual maturity where others matter more than self, and God's will become supreme in our lives. A lack of maturity is “My will and not thine be done!” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;E. What does Charity, the Bond of Perfectness, do?1. Charity, the bond of perfectness, Edifies The Body - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. (Edify – to build up; to strengthen.)Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.2. Charity, the bond of perfectness, Profits The Body - 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.3. Charity, the bond of perfectness, Unifies the Body - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.4. Charity, the bond of perfectness, Encourages The Body– Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 10:22-25 – Satan hates us; the world hates us; we must love one another.)5. Charity, the bond of perfectness, Defines The Body - John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (Spiritual maturity manifests itself to those around us. “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”)
Temple Baptist Church - 10-15-2017Luke 15:25-32Introduction:A. In my first message along this line, we saw that being lukewarm is not a benign neutrality with God. If you are not walking with God, you are walking away from Him.B. The Prodigal Son was a type of the backslidden child of God who ends up in the “hog pen.” They get out of the will of God; get out of church and must be restored.C. Not all backsliders get out of church. There was another Prodigal Son who had remained in his Father's House! I want to make some spiritual applications concerning the Prodigal who stayed at home. The Prodigal who stayed at home was the lukewarm backslider of Revelation, chapter 3. In church but satisfied and having need of nothing. Needing nothing equals receiving nothing equals doing nothing!D. Proverbs gives a great description of the “why” of the backslider on the pew who has remained faithful but has “walked away from God” in his heart.Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; (13) And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (14) I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.1. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home was a son of the Father. In the spiritual application of this, we will say that he was a child of God. Saved but not knowing it. You might ask, “Preacher, how can you be saved and not know it?” By spending your days for self without praying or, for the most part, not acknowledging the presence of God in your life. Therefore, saved but not showing it.2. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home lived in the Father's House. In the spiritual application, we will say that he attended church on a regular basis. Forgetting that this is God's house where we come to gather with God's people to worship God who is altogether lovely and worthy of our praise. Faithful but not growing.3. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home was working in the Father's fields. In the spiritual application, we will say that he was faithful in the work of the Lord. No weeping or bearing precious seed; no burden for the lost; never handing out a gospel tract or witnessing to those around us. Or laboring but not enjoying it.4. BUT, The Prodigal Son who stayed at home had a Grievance! In the spiritual application, we will say that the child of God was angry or hurt about something. Displeased because something did not go like he though it should; angry because he did not get his way; hurt because his feelings became a “chip on his shoulder.”E. I want to look at three things concerning having a “grievance.”1. The Curse of the Grievance. Vs 28-30a. It Destroyed his Happiness. “And he was angry?” A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.1) Individual words are important and the word “And” is an important one. It implies that everyone else, in the same situation, was happy and having an enjoyable time. 2) So many of God's children have problems with the church, the pastor, the doctrine, the atmosphere of the local church whileEVERYONE else is enjoying it. That is an indication that the one who is out of sorts is the one who is OUT OF STEP!b. It Destroyed his Christian Joy. “angry?” Be angry and sin not. His anger trumped everything else. Church family does not matter; souls do not matter; unity and peace no longer matter.1) Happiness and joy are two different things but one affects the other. Happiness is all about “happenings” while joy is “despite happenings. 2) If one is angry on the outside, they probably have a joyless Christian life on the inside. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh!”c. It Destroyed his Usefulness. Vs 30. “But as soon as this thy son was come.” Now he has separated himself from all the rest.1) Now, instead of laboring for his father, he is complaining to him. He is no longer the obedient son who labored in the fields along with the servants or hired hands. 2) When one begins to show outwardly what is inward, the tendency is to quit doing outwardly. The harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few. So many people have had a grievance of some sore that has put them on the sidelines.d. It Destroyed his Oneness. Vs. 30. “this thy son” We are all brothers and sisters in Christ if we are all saved.1) They were both “thy sons!” Now, the division in the family becomes evident. I have heard the words “our church” turn into “your church” too often. It is the Lord's church and we are all members together. We are a family. 2) When there is division on the pews, the church becomes more dysfunctional. As baffles confuse the forward motion of liquid in fuel trucks, division baffles the forward motion of the local church. Both were not only “sons of the father,” they were brothers!2. The Cause of the Grievance.a. Restricted Vision. Vs 29. “I … me … my” JOY is Jesus first, others second, and you last.1) With people who have a grievance, it becomes all about self and not the corporate body of the local church. It is not about me, it is about us! Failure to put others first: I … me … my!2) The sin of hurt causes one to think only of self. The sin of pride does the same. When life becomes all about self, others suffer.b. Distorted Values. Vs 29. “a kid.” A “kid” became more important than his brother.1) I wonder how many fatted calves or lambs the one with a grievance had eaten while his brother was gone? I am sure that everyone including the servants had more than enough to eat every day. Verse 17 says, “How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare.” 2) To know that his brother was alive and home again should have brought about the same joy in the one with a grievance as it did all the others. The “kid” was more important than his own flesh and blood.c. Outraged Virtue. Vs. 29. “I served … never gavest me” He probably never asked!1) Service is something that we do for God, not for reward. Service is something that we do for others, not self. Service is something that is to be love motivated, not selfishly motivated. 2) The right perspective is “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)3. The Cure of the Grievance.a. Remembering the Father's Abiding Presence. Vs. 31. The Father was always with him and he was always with the Father. I am His and He is mine.b. Realizing the Father's Abundant Provision. Vs. 31. He had more than enough and did without nothing. God has been good to all of us but we too often take these blessings for granted.c. Reveling in the Father's Achieved Purpose. Vs. 32. The value of the Christian life is all about others, not self. His brother who was lost was now restored.When was the last time that God's Word thrilled your heart in church? When was the last time that God demanded something in your life and you gave it to Him? When was the last time that you volunteered to do something in the church? When was the last time that you witnessed to a lost person or handed out a tract? It is easy to backslide while sitting on the pew of the church or standing in the pulpit!
Temple Baptist Church - 10-15-2017Romans 3:19-31Introduction:A. The first 3 chapters of Romans declare that man is hopelessly lost in his present condition. Romans 3:1-18. THE CONDEMNATION 1. The Immoral Man Is Guilty Before God – Romans 1:18-32 2. The Moral Man Is Guilty Before God – Romans 2:1-11 3. The Religious Man Is Guilty Before God – Romans 2:12-16 4. The Jewish Man Is Guilty Before God – Romans 2:17-29 5. The Entire World Is Guilty Before God – Romans 3:1-18, 23B. The last part of chapter 3 declares that man can be gloriously saved through his faith in the finished work of Christ.THE CONTRAST – VS 21 “but now”C. The Revelation of God's Remedy – Romans 3:19-311. The Realization of The Work of The Law Manifested – Romans 3:19-23a) The Law was never intended to save. It was intended to show man is sinfulness and need of salvation without his evil works.b) Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.2. The Realization of The Work of The Saviour Manifested – Romans 3:24-31a) Christ came to die for sinners. 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 came to seek and save sinners. Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.1. The Righteousness of God manifested in both dispensations – vs 21. Both Old and New Testaments set forth the sinfulness of man and the righteousness of God. There is no contradiction.a. The manifestation of the righteousness of God without the law.b. The witness of the righteousness of God by the Law and Prophets.2. The Righteousness of God described – vs 22-24.a. God's Righteousness is imputed through man's faith. Faith in a finished work at Calvary.b. God's Righteousness is universal in its scope. All are saved the same way.c. God's Righteousness is free to all who believe.3. The Righteousness of God Declared – vs 25-31.a. The Person of God's Righteousness – vs 25 “Whom God hath set forth”b. The Propitiation of God's Righteousness – vs 25 “propitiation”c. The Pre-requisite of God's Righteousness – vs 25 “faith in his blood”d. The Power of God's Righteousness – vs 25 “the remission of sins”e. The Patience of God's Righteousness – vs 25 “forbearance of God”f. The Purpose of God's Righteousness – vs 26 “he might be just…justifier”g. The Praise of God's Righteousness – vs 27-28 “where is boasting then?”h. The Parity of God's Righteousness – vs 29-30 “Jews…Gentiles”i. The Performance of God's Righteousness – vs 31 “establish the law”
Temple Baptist Church - 10-18-20171 Peter 5:8-9A. Tonight, I want to take another short look at these verses because of the importance to the local church. 1. Peter, through inspiration of the Holy Ghost, wrote these verses but, through personal experience, understood well the reality and consequences of satanic attack. 2. In Luke, chapter 22, our Lord warned Peter that Satan desired him to sift him as wheat. The stern warning went unheeded and Satan sifted Peter.B. You and I are needed:1. By God to be a physical and verbal witness for Him because He chose it to be that way. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 15:16; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:22. By Satan because he can only destroy the church and the child of God if he can use us.C. In Matthew 16, we see that Peter turns from spirituality to carnality in a few seconds. Matthew 16:13-23 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (14) And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. (15) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (16) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Spirituality) (17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (18) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (19) And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (20) Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. (21) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (22) Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. (Carnality) (23) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (His spirituality glorified the Son of God while his carnality, which was satanic, brought reproach to the Son of God.)D. During our study of Scripture, we find that often defeat comes upon the heels of victory. 1. In a moment of great accomplishment, Satan will steal that glorious moment and leave the child of God devastated through personal failure. 2. Here, Peter has just made the great declaration, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and in almost the next breath, Peter rebukes that same Christ and draws a stern rebuke himself. (vs 22)E. The Person – Peter - “and said unto Peter”1. A Man Of Great Faith - Matthew 14:28-29 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.2. A Man Of Great Love For The Saviour - John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.Matthew 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?3. A Man Greatly Used Of God In His Service - Acts 2:14, 37-38 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:…Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.F. The Problem – Self - “for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”1. A Man Of Reaction Instead Of Action - John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.2. A Man Of Words Instead Of Hearing - Matthew 26:33-35 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.3. A Man Of Passion Instead Of Thinking - Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.G. The Product – Satan Used Peter! - “Get thee behind me, Satan” Satan uses us in the same way. His objective: to destroy the work of God! SOME WAYS SATAN WILL USE YOU!1. Satan will use us to divide the church. (Number one problem – I will deal with this one heavily) **Turn to 1 John 1:1-7 – Division is a result of walking in darkness!a. Strife brings about division in the church - 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?1) He will use us to hurt the feelings of others– James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (Those Who Offend - open mouth, insert foot!)James 3:2, 5-6 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body…Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.2) He will use us by hurting our feelings – James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (Those Who Offend Are Offended)Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.(Offended people have a hard time getting over it)Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (I cannot emphasis this verse enough!)b. Strife brings about a lack of spiritual growth - 2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:c. Strife brings about every evil work - James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.d. Strife brings about reproach to Christianity - Psalms 80:6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.e. Strife will destroy us, our family, our testimony, and the local church.Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;2. Satan will use us to defile the church. 1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.a. The defilement of sin - Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;b. The decision of sin - Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.c. The disciplining of sin - 1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.3. Satan will use us to deter the work.a. Through disagreement with the Pulpit - 2 Timothy 4:14-15 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. (If you disagree, come see me and talk.)b. Through discouraging others In the way - Numbers 32:9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them.c. Through disloyalty to God's House - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.Conclusion: Do not allow your spirituality to become carnality!
Temple Baptist Church - 10-22-20172 Timothy 4:10Introduction:A. This morning, I want to look at one of the saddest statements in the Bible: “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.”1. God lost a worker! 2 Timothy 4:10a For Demas hath forsaken …Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.2. Paul lost a friend! 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me …2 Timothy 4:16 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.3. Demas lost a life! 2 Timothy 4:10b having loved this present world …Matthew 16:24-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. B. As far as what the Bible tells us, Demas never returned. I do not know what became of Demas but I do know that he lost his life. God left the end results of the life of this man up to our imagination.C. The loss of a life – Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?D. The why and what for that caused Demas to leave is not stated other than his love for the world. 1 John 2:15 expressly says, “Love not the world!”1. Was it the Care of this world that caused Demas to leave? Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (Did the things of this world became more important to him than God? Demas probably left in his heart long before he left physically.)2. Was it the Course of this world that caused Demas to leave? Ephesians 2:1-2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (Did he got involved with the old crowd that he once knew and instead of influencing them, they influenced him and he followed them in their philosophy and vanity?)3. Was it the Comfort of this world that caused Demas to leave? 1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; (Demas may have loved pleasure and ease rather than hardship. Demas may have loved comfort andwealth rather than discomfort and poverty.)4. Was it the Cost of this world that caused Demas to leave? Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Paul begged the Roman believers to be separate from this present evil world.)a) Its cost is great. It will cost you the world: things that you will no longer do and places that you will no longer go. b) Its consequences are great. The world will punish you for it. IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE!E. Whatever the scenario, Demas sold his most prized possession: his life. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?1. Demas lost his life with Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (The peace and joy that comes only through walking with the Lord was forsaken. Backsliders are the unhappiest people in the world. If you can be backslidden and happy, you may need to “slide up” first.)2. Demas lost his life with this church family. 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. (Oh, what joy; Oh, what delight, to be assembled with these special people. As old Brother Jim would have said, “I love you better than Butter Pecan Ice Cream!!)3. Demas lost his life with the man of God. 3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. (If you have a real pastor, you have a friend that will stick closer than a brother but – to have a friend – you must be a friend.)4. Demas lost the fruitfulness and reward of his labor. Romans 10:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (The world will never know the love of Christ that we know unless we tell them. Demas would be without reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ.)5. Demas lost the peace of God that passeth all understanding. 1 John 3:20-21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (A clear conscience still makes for a soft pillow! Walking at a guilty distance from the Lord causes sadness and unhappiness in the heart of the child of God.)6. Demas lost a life of protection from the almighty God. Psalms 62:7-8 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. (Safety is still of the Lord and the safest place in the world is found in the will of God for your life. I do not want Satan turned loose on me! 1 Corinthians 5:5 says, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”)
Temple Baptist Church - 10-22-2017Romans 4:1-25Introduction:A. Abraham was the only man in the Bible called the friend of God. He was a friend of God because of the greatness of his faith. God honors faith!B. I want to take a short look at Abraham's faith as he is the “father” of us all. Look in verse 11.Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:C. Our faith is no different than that of Abraham. Our walk of faith with God beings in the same way that our human walk begins, with baby steps and increases with age and use.1. Gentle Steps or Salvation's Faith. John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. a. We are not sure when Abraham placed his personal faith in the Lord but this verse explains his personal faith in the coming of the Christ. Our faith walk begins with salvation.b. We cannot walk with faith until we are in faith! The first step we take is to trust Christ alone for our salvation.c. God is so very gentle and undemanding of new believers. Too often, we require too much of them. God places very little spiritual problems on their shoulders the same way that we place little or no responsibility on babies.2. Growing Steps or Sanctification's Faith. God begins to teach us spiritual responsibility. Some new believers never learn to trust the Lord with their lives or livelihood.a. Sanctification's Faith. Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.1) God called Abraham to leave the Ur of the Chaldees, a heathen land, and come to Canaan, the land of promise.2) But, Canaan was a place of spiritual and physical warfare .Canaan is a beautiful type of a victorious Christian life. It is life of battles but also a life flowing with milk and honey.b. Tithing Faith. Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.1) Abraham understood that the tithe was the Lord's and gave God Hid due. God blessed Abraham for tithing.2) Another growing step is that of the tithe. Two months after I was saved, Barbara and I began to tithe and have not missed in almost 41 years. Tithing is both a thing of obedience and faith. God said “prove me now herewith.” Don't wait until you are financially devastated.c. I could spend the night on Growing Steps of Faith. In every aspect of our Christian life, God demands our obedience and still puts no more on us than we can bear.3. Great Steps or Impossibilities Faith. a. Trusting Faith. Trusting God to do the impossible in our lives. Romans 4:18-21 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.1) When faced with human impossibility, Abraham believed God. The conception and birth of Isaac was beyond human comprehension yet Abraham never wavered.2) As we grow in our faith, that faith is often tested as we face the impossible with hope. There will come a time in your Christian growth when having done, you will just have to stand.b. Sacrificial Faith. God asking us for our all. Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, (18) Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: (19) Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.1) There came a time when God asked Abraham for the most important thing in his life, Isaac. What faith! Abraham immediately obeyed God because, through baby steps to steps of impossibility, he found God faithful.2) God may one day require of us the best that we have. If we can trust God with our eternity, can we not trust him with our temporal things? If God takes that which is most important to us, will we continue to walk with Him in faith?
Temple Baptist Church - 10-25-20171 Peter 5:8-9Introduction: A. Last time I preached on Wednesday night, I preached on Satan and his hatred for God and all that God created. We found that:1. Satan is our enemy. “adversary”2. Satan is our personal enemy. “your”3. Satan is a destructive enemy. “he may devour”4. Satan is a persistent enemy. “walketh about seeking”1. Understand who the enemy is: the devil. “whom” a. Our enemy is no other professing Christians. Mark 9:38-40 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. (39) But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. (40) For he that is not against us is on our part. (I understand doctrinal separation and am a separatist but fighting other denominations or people who profess to know Christ is detrimental to the cause of Christ.)b. Our enemy is certainly not our brother in Christ. Galatians 5:13-15 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (14) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (15) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.2. Be ready to resist the devil. “resist” Resist-to oppose or to withstand.a. Resisting takes spiritual preparation. 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.b. Resisting takes obedience to God. James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.c. Resisting takes a conscious effort on our part. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.d. Resisting is a continual war with the flesh. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;3. Be ever watchful and ready to resist the devil. “steadfastly”a. Ever watching in sobriety. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:b. Do not allow sinfulness to root in your life. Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.4. Resist the devil in the faith. “in the faith”a. Resist the devil in the Spirit. Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.b. Resist the devil in the Scriptures. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.5. Realize that you are not alone in the fight. “knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-29-20171 Chronicles 16:23-17:23Introduction:A. Last week, I made the statement that Demas left God in his heart long before he physically left Paul. This morning, we see a perfect example of this. A man who suffered wrong became bitter to his own demise. A man by the name of Ahithophel. A man who harbored hurt in his heart.B. Who was this man, Ahithophel? I believe that he is often thought of as a “wicked man” or, in our terminology, a “lost man.” That is not the Bible's commentary on his life. Ahithophel was a godly man who started well but ended his life in bitterness. C. This message will be one with a long introduction and a short summation. 1. Ahithophel was a man of great wisdom. 1 Chronicles 27:33a And Ahithophel was the king's counsellor:Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.2. Ahithophel was a man who could be trusted. 2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.3. Ahithophel was a very dear friend of King David. Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.a) “mine own” Ahithophel was someone very personal to David.b) “familiar friend” Ahithophel was intimate with David. Ahithophel was allowed into David's personal life like a family member.Psalms 55:12-14 For it was not an enemy (Ahithophel was David's friend) that reproached me; then I could have borne it:neither was it he that hated me (Ahithophel loved David) that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: (13) But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. (14) We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company (Ahithophel loved God).D. What caused Ahithophel to turn bitter against his “own familiar friend” the king. What caused such hatred and intended harm? What caused Ahithophel to destroy his own life?1. Ahithophel was Bathsheba's grandfather! Ahithophel, according to the scriptural account (2 Samuel, chapter 11), was a victim in the matter of King David's sin with Bathsheba and against Uriah the Hittite. 2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,2. King David could have had almost any single woman in the kingdom as a wife, but he stole the wife of one of his mighty men, Uriah the Hittite: a man very close to the king.3. King David, instead of confessing his sin, sought to cover it by using Uriah's flesh against Uriah. Uriah's desire to be with his beautiful wife. Even causing Uriah to get drunk could not undermine the integrity of the man.4. King David sent a letter to Joab by the hand of Uriah that placed Uriah in the hottest place of battle and retiring from him so that he would die.5. Somehow, Ahithophel became privy to the wicked acts committed by King David and the hurt, anger, and bitterness turned into wrath. From that day, he hated the king. He continued to be David's counselor without David knowing that Ahithophel was in the know.6. When Absalom came into power and King David had to flee for his life, Ahithophel remained in the palace as Absalom's counselor. When the right time came, he tried to kill the king.7. When his counsel was rejected, he went home—put his house in order—and hanged himself.E. The King sinned against God, Bathsheba, Uriah the Hittite, Joab, Ahithophel, and Israel. 1. King David got it right with God but Ahithophel never got over it. He became hurt, angry, and bitter against the man of God. 2. Ahithophel's bitterness destroyed his own life, not David's.F. There are only two things that should divide us from the local church:1. Major doctrinal error. Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.2. Open, unrebuked sin. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.G. Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;1. The Causes of Bitterness can be varied so I would not try to enumerate them. Bitterness is a self-inflicted wound!a. People can be carnal and care nothing for the feelings of others. When people legitimately hurt you, you need to realize that you can hurt yourself by not handling it right. They can say something wrong and forget about it while you stew over it for years.b. People can falsely perceive that they are being hurt by others. There is always the possibility of you “reading them wrong.” Not everyone can speak a word “fitly spoken.” They intend no harm but say something is a wrong way. Always give them the benefit of the doubt realizing that people have bad days or tongue problems at times.c. People can overact to the actions or words of others. One piece of advice given to me by my pastor many years ago was to “minimize things.” Never making a “mountain out of a molehill.”2. The Consequences of Bitterness can have both personal and collateral damage.a. Springing up! Bitterness springs up from the root of hurt and anger. Kill the root before it becomes a tree!b. Trouble you! Personal damage comes when it troubles you. We have enough trouble in this world without causing our own. It troubles you because you do not deal with it. It troubles you because you meditate upon it.c. Many be defiled thereby. Collateral damage is when your bitterness affects those around you. This has attributed to D.L. Moody – “The one sin that is keeping revival from coming to the church, more people from being, and more of the blessings of God from coming upon His people, is the sin of an unforgiving spirit.” 3. The Cure of Bitterness is nothing profound or unreasonable. I want to look at two problem sources. Bitterness generally boils down to carnality and unforgiveness.a. Spirituality vs. Carnality - Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.b. Forgiveness vs. Unforgiveness - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.4. Bitterness will destroy your life along with the lives of those closest to you. To be bitter or not to be bitter is up to you! Throughout the trials of this life, we make choices to become better or bitter.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-29-2017Romans 4:1-16Introduction:A. Last week, we saw that our father, Abraham, (Verse 11) was justified by faith without the works of the Law. If Abraham was justified by works, according to verse 2, “he hath whereof to glory.” This would be contradictory to other verses of scripture. 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (As it is written refers us back to the Old Testament.)Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: (24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.Romans 3:24-28 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (26) To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (27) Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (28) Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.B. Abraham's faith was unique in that God's salvation is the only “religion” in the world that excludes personal sacrifice or merit. I want to give a general breakdown of Abraham's righteousness imputed.1. What Abraham received – vs. 1-5 A canceled sin debt. God Himself canceled it and declared an unrighteous man righteous through imputation. Through the finished work of Christ to come, his sin was atoned for in the Old Testament and done away at Calvary.2. How Abraham received – vs 1-5 Through faith apart from works. Abraham simply believed God! I am not sure why this is so difficult to some. God said it and, to Abraham, that settled it!3. When Abraham received – vs. 9-16 The moment he believed God, instantaneous and complete.a) Before he was circumcised – vs. 9-12b) Before the Law was given – vs. 13-16C. I want to give a short but biblical over view of saving faith. Verse 3 declares that it was Abraham's faith that saved him, not his works. This chapter explains how God justifies (declares righteous) ungodly people through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.1. Justification Is by Faith, Not Works (4:1-8).a. We have seen that the Old Testament saint was saved by faith in the coming of Messiah and the propitiation that would take place. b. Acts 15:5-11 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, (Saved but misguided) saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. (6) And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. (7) And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. (8) And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (9) And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. (10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples,which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.c. These verses declare that Jew, Gentile, and Old Testament believers were saved by faith without the keeping of the Law. No man has ever been able to keep the Law as it is a perfect standard. Those who have believed on Christ but taught that they must keep the Law must try to figure out what is a “big” sin and what is a “little” sin because they are still imperfect in the flesh.2. Justification Is by Grace, Not Law (4:9-17)a. Before the Law - Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.b. Under the Law - Romans 4:5-6 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (6) Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,(“Even as David” ties King David's faith to the faith of Abraham.c. After the Law - Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham;who is the father of us all,d. Works and Law cannot co-exist in saving faith. They are like oil and water: shake them up if you wish but the oil will separate and come to the top.Romans 11:5-6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (6) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.1) If salvation is all of grace, it is mixed with no works. If it is a mixture of grace and works, it is not grace.2) If salvation is of works, it has nothing to do with grace because works demands a payday or reward. Grace, which means that we do not deserve it, would do away with works, which means that we do deserve it.3) Works for salvation frustrates the grace of God and Christ died in vain. Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.Galatians 5:1-4 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (2) Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. (3) For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. (4) Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.3. Justification Is by Resurrection Power, Not Human Effort (4:18-25) Salvation is not “do.” Salvation is “done.” It is a finished work: death, burial, and resurrection.a. Verse 17 says that it is God who quickens the dead.1) Jesus was declared to be God with power by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:2) We were declared righteous with power by our resurrection from the dead. Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;b. Verse 19 says that God quickened the loins of Abraham and the womb of Sarah.1) When the flesh is dead, only God can bring forth life through resurrection power.2) Romans 4:18-22 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.3) When the spirit is dead, only God can bring forth life through resurrection power.4) Romans 6:3-5 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:5) The likeness of our Lord's resurrection is that of absolute holiness which requires imputation. 6) Romans 4:22-25 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-8-2017Romans 3:9-18Introduction:A. Verse 10 is the key to the remainder of chapter three.1. Chapter one, the heathen is willfully lost and accountable for the light that God gives to every man: the light of conscience and the light of creation. The Bible declares that “when they knew God!”2. Chapter two, the religious man is willfully lost because he judges the heathen but does the same things. 3. Chapter two and three, the Jew is willfully lost because both the inscribed Word and the incarnate Word were given to the nation of Israel. B. Chapter three settles the matter of righteousness and salvation. The heathen worships self: they worship the creature, i.e. humanism. The religious worship ritual and self-righteousness. The Jew worships genealogy and Phariseeism. C. In both the Old and New Testament economies, God's Word has stressed the perfection of salvation's righteousness: what God requires for a person to go to heaven. Since man in his natural state is altogether sinful, his righteousness cannot stand the test of God's righteous judgement.1. Man Is Indicted By God's Word – vs. 9-10a a. God's Word Establishes The Fact of Man's Sinfulness - Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.b. It Establishes Our Condition – “not a just man upon earth”Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?Psalms 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.c. It Establishes Our Character – “that doeth good”Psalms 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?d. It Establishes Our Lack of Capability – “and sinneth not” Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.2. Man Is Indicted By His Own Actions – vs. 10b-18a. Man Is Mentally Depraved – vs. 10-11 - 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.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.Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.Isaiah 59:1-7 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.Matthew 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.b. Man Is Morally Depraved – vs. 12-18 - Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. 1) Unrestrained Words – vs. 13-14Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 2) Unrestrained Works – vs. 15Genesis 11: 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 3) Unrestrained Wills – vs. 16-18 a) Their Destruction – vs. 16 “destruction”Proverbs 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.Proverbs 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. b) Their Despair – vs. 16 “misery”Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. VSIsaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. c) Their Dismay – vs. 17 – “way of peace…not known” d) Their Doom – vs. 18 “no fear of God”Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Temple Baptist Church - 10-4-20171 Peter 5:8-9Introduction:A. We will never fully understand, this side of eternity, the wickedness and power of the one that God calls our “adversary.” “Adversary” means “opponent.” He is against us! He is against all that is good! He is the “arch enemy” of God and hates God with all his being. He cannot touch God so he goes after all that God has made. B. Peter knew much about the wickedness, purpose, and power of Satan as he had “sifted” Peter as “wheat” in the Book of Luke. Our Lord said, “Satan hath DESIRED to have you, that he may SIFT you as wheat.” I thank God for the next verse that says, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” As much as Satan hates us, God loves us!C. Here, in 1 Peter, Peter warns the Jewish believers of the person, purpose, and power of Satan. He had borne the brunt of Satan's attack and now continued to “strengthen” the brethren. We, as God's children, need to fully understand the person, purpose, and power of our enemy. Satan is active today just as he was in the days of the apostles. Here is a “short” look at Satan:1. Satan's Desire - “your Adversary”a. Need To Realize That You Have An Enemyb. Adversary - An enemy or foe; one who has enmity at heart.2. Satan's Danger - “a roaring lion”a. Need To Realize That He Is A Formidable Foe - Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. b. We Are No Match For Him In Ourselves3. His Disposition – “the devil”a. Devil – One who slanders or falsely accuses - Revelation 12:10 And I heard a great voice in the heaven saying, Now is come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren has been cast out, who accused them before our God day and night:Job 1:9 And Satan answered Jehovah and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?b. Satan – One who withstands - 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.1 Thessalonians 2:18 wherefore we have desired to come to you, even I Paul, both once and twice, and Satan has hindered us.c. Serpent – cunning - 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?d. Dragon – power and cruelty - Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.e. Lucifer - Light Bearer - 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.Ezekiel 28:14-19 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.4. Satan's Determination - “walketh about”a. Satan Never Gives Up - Revelation 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.b. Satan Never Gave Up On The Lord Jesus - Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.c. Satan Never Gave Up On Job - Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.d. Satan Never Gave Up On Peter - Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift you as wheat:e. Satan Never Gave Up On Paul - 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.f. Satan Will Never Give Up On You - 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:5. Satan's Devouring - “may devour” - 2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.a. Through Temptation - Matthew 4:1-111. Tempts In The Area of Provision - 3-4 God won't take care of you2. Tempts In The Area of Protection - 5-7 You are on your own3. Tempts In The Area of Promotion - 8-10 Higher paying jobs that take you out of His serviceb. Through Pride - Luke 22:31-34 Self Reliance (Though good is intended!)c. Through Unrepentant Sin - 1 Corinthians 5:5d. Through Unfulfilled Marriages - 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 The Devastation of Infidelity!e. Through Unforgiveness - 2 Corinthians 2:10-11Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. f. Through Anger - Ephesians 4:26-27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (27) Neither give place to the devil.1. The Command of Anger - “be ye angry”2. The Condemnation of Anger - “your wrath”3. The Continuance of Anger - “sun go down”4. The conquering of Anger - “let not” - your power!g. Through Not Acknowledging The Truth - 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.1. They Oppose Themselves (hurting others, but self more)2. They Oppose The Instruction of The Pastor3. They Are Taken Captive At Satan's Will6. Satan's Defeat - “resist steadfast in the faith” (Remember God's Hedge)a. Resist Him - James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. b. Resist Him Steadfastly - Ephesians 6:13 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. c. Resist Steadfastly In the Faith - Ephesians 6:13-18 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth (God's Word), and having on the breastplate of righteousness (holiness of life); And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (serving the Lord); Above all, taking the shield of faith (trusting god), wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation (knowing you are saved), and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (praying hard), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (watching);
Temple Baptist Church - 10-1-2017Romans 3:1-10Introduction:A. In chapters 1 and 2, we have seen:1. The Heathen lost and its resulting in outward immorality.2. The Religious lost and its resulting in inward immorality. 3. The Jewish lost and deception as to his relationship to God. 4. Tonight, the nation of Israel and the Gospel.B. Israel is God's elect nation. While God is no respecter of persons, He is a respecter of nations!1. Nationally Israel is blinded to the Gospel. (Romans 11:1-12)2 Corinthians 3: 12-16 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a Vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.2. Nationally Israel will turn back to God.Romans 11:25-29 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.3. Individually, Jews are hard to win to Christ.Acts 28:23-28 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.4. Individually, there are Jews being saved.Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.1. The Person of The Jew – 3:1 “Jew”Deuteronomy 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.a. Abraham was the first Hebrew – HEBREW: one from beyond or a name denoting passage, pilgrimage, or coming from beyond the Euphrates.b. Jacob was the first Jew as he was the father of the nation Israel. JEW – contraction of Judah – comes from a root word that meansEX'TANT, Standing out or above any surface; protruded.2. The Position of The Jew – 3:1-2 a. Their Advantage – “much in every way”Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.Romans 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:b. Their Accountability – “committed the oracles of God”Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; c. Their Actions – “did not believe” John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:3. The Providence of The Jew – 3:1-2 “unto them” a. The Inscribed Word was given to the Jew. 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.b. The Incarnate Word was given was to the Jew. Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,3. The Problem of The Jew – 3:3; 2:17-29 (Pride)a. Their Rejection of the Word of God. 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!b. Their rejection of the Son of God.John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?c. Their rejection of the righteousness of God.Romans 10:1-5 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.4. The Persecution by The Jew – 3:4-8 a. They Persecuted the Son of God. Luke 23:21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. b. They Persecuted the Saints of God. 3:8Matthew 5: 10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.5. The Parity of The Jew – 3:9-10Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.Conclusion:The Immoral Man Is Damned – 1:19-32The Moral Man Is Damned – 2:1-16The Religious Man Is Damned – 2:17-29The Jewish Man Is Damned – 2:17-3:9All Mankind Is Damned – 3:10
Temple Baptist Church - 10-1-2017Genesis 3:8-9Introduction:A. This morning, I want to go back to the series on “Walking With God.” There are so many people that could be preached on during this series that I may do this off and on. Bro. Dave Rodgers called me this week and asked me if I had overlooked Adam or intentionally left him out. I overlooked one of the greatest examples of walking with God because of its importance to us today.B. I will not dwell upon the fall of man in this chapter but wanted to pick out a phrase that shows a pattern in Adam's life. 1. The First Mention of the word “walking” was a voice: “the Voice of the LORD God” or the Word of God! “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” Adam and Eve did not see a physical presence of Jehovah God walking but heard the “voice of the LORD God” walking. 2. What a First Mention Principle! Walking with the Word of God! This was not a singular instance because they hid themselves. This reference was a continuation of something that took place on a regular basis.C. The Voice walked and the Voice called. John 1:1 explains this phenonium as it shows the correlation between the Incarnate Word and the Inscribed Word. Jesus Christ, who was Jehovah God, was and is the Word.D. I am not here to debate the Word of God because the Bible declares that Jesus Christ was the Word (John 1:1) and still is and always will be the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).E. Adam and Eve hiding from the Voice of the Lord shows that they knew Him and had previously walked with Him. As Adam and Eve walked with the presence of the Word of God, so we who are saved also walk with Him—either in sweet fellowship of hiding in the Garden.F. Let me say at this point that God loved Adam and Eve so much that He would not allow them to hide. God restored fellowship through the shedding of blood. This same biblical principle allows us, as sinners saved by grace, to walk with q thrice holy God.G. We cannot walk with God without His Word or contrary to His Word. How do we walk with God in the Word?1. We “Walk With God” in the new birth through His Word. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (We cannot walk with God until we know and are born of God.)2. We “Walk With God” in Hearing His Word. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Two hearings here: the audible hearing of the Word of God and the inward hearing or listening to the Word of God. We cannot walk with God when His Word falls on “deaf ears.”)3. We “Walk With God” in Reading His Word. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (We cannot walk with God in His Word unless we spend time in the Bible. Picking it up and dusting it off for church does not strengthen our relationship with God.)4. We “Walk With God” in Trusting His Word. Psalms 119:127-128 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. (128) Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (Since we cannot see or audibly hear God, we MUST trust the Word of God. Since all that we comprehend about God is found in the Bible, we cannot “cherry pick” which verses that we trust. Walking with God is trusting God.)5. We “Walk With God” in Meditating upon His Word. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Meditating upon God's Word makes it a consistent part of our daily walk with God. Walking with God in His Word comes through deliberating or pondering upon it.)6. We “Walk With God” in Studying. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (Walking with God in His Word is based upon proper understanding it. God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The Bible is our foundation upon which we build our lives.)7. We “Walk With God” in Adherence to His Word. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (Walking with God in His Word is both hearing and doing or applying the Scriptures to our lives. The Bible sets Christian parameters for holiness of life.)8. We “Walk With God” in Sharing. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (The Lord is not willing that any should perish. His will is that “all men be saved” and come to the knowledge of the truth. God so loved that He gave His life for sinners. If we walk with Him, we will be soul conscious and souls winners.)Conclusion: The Voice of God is vital to our walking with Him. “Either the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-27-20171 Peter 5:7Introduction: A. Instead of being easily done, this verse is easier said than done. It should not be that way, but our flesh has a tough time trusting the Lord completely as our faith often fails. Many times, the disciples were upbraided for their lack of faith and hardness of heart.B. God wants us to rest in salvation and in soul. Peace with God and peace of God.Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (God gives rest in salvation but we must find rest in service.)C. “Casting” is something that you do that places distance between self and the object cast. God wants us to take our cares to Him and leave them there. 1. We need to understand that God can do anything.2. We need to understand that God wants to help because He cares.3. We need to understand that we cannot do it by ourselves.4. We need to understand that problems normally do not go away by ignoring them.5. We need to understand God's plan for handling problems.1. The Action - “casting” God's Planned Care.a. There is a promise of rest given - Matthew 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.b. There is a promise of grace sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.c. There is a promise of escape supplied - 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.d. There is a promise of burdens shared or lifted - Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.2. The Amount - “all your care” - God's Passionate Claim. God cares about our little “cares” as well as the big ones.a. Be Careful For Nothing - Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.b. Care for the necessities of life - Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?c. Care for life itself - Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.3. The Advocate - “upon him” - God's Powerful Challenge.a. Trust Him - Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.b. Try Him - Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.4. The Affection - “for he careth for you” - God's Personal Concern. (This is the most amazing thing in the Bible) Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. a. His Character – “He”1) His Holiness And Our SinfulnessThe Lord - Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.Man - Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?2) His Hatred - Psalms 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.Psalms 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.Psalms 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.Psalms 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. b. His Consideration – “Careth “Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. c. His Condescension – “For You” 1) His love is shown through His coming into the world – Substitution2) His love is shown through His calling us out of the world – Salvation 3) His love is shown through His caring for us in the world – Supply4) His love is shown through His collecting us from the world – Sanctification5. The Administration - “for you” - God's Protected ChildRomans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Temple Baptist Church - 9-24-2017Romans 2:1-11Introduction:A. We spent quite a while in chapter one of Romans because of its importance. It sets forth the gospel and accountability to God's truth. It sets forth the wrath of God against holding the truth in unrighteousness. B. Romans, chapters 1-3, condemns the unsaved sinners of all types.1. Chapter one deals with the heathen lost who are accountable for the light of conscience (inherent or inward light) and the light of creation (outward light). God condemns the heathen lost. No sin is off limits to them.2. Chapter 2 condemns the self-righteousness religionist and the lost Jew. God condemns the religious lost. They are seemingly holy on the outside but filthy on the inside.C. The self-righteous do two things:1. They look down upon the openly sinful in unrighteous judgement.Luke 18:9-11 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (10) Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. (11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.2. They despise the longsuffering and goodness of God to the sinful. They want to see the “sinners” get what they deserve, not realizing that the same longsuffering and grace extended to the “sinners” is also extended to the self-righteous.a. God is good to the sinful lost.b. God is good to the self-righteous lost.c. God is not willing that any perish but that all come to repentance.D. The unsaved Jews:1. They think that they are right with God because of their Lineage. The Jews could trace their religious ancestry all the way back to Abraham. Somehow, they felt that this lineage gave them an ironclad guarantee of salvation. Nothing could have been further from the truth! One only becomes a Christian by placing his faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross at Calvary!2. They think that they are right with God because of their Law. The Jews somehow felt that the Law and rituals it described gave them a certain higher standing in the eyes of the Lord. They felt that just possessing the Law and knowing it, was enough to put them in a right relationship with the Lord. What they thought was a guarantee of salvation turned out to be a guarantee of condemnation.3. They think that they are right with God because of their promised Messiah. Jesus Christ was born as a Jew. Though they looked for the Messiah, they rejected the Son of God. They still look for His coming instead of accepting the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. They think that they are right with God because of their past Leadership. They had Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. Because the Jew had a spiritual lineage, because they had the Law, because they felt they were in a relationship with God, they felt superior to everyone else on the planet. They felt that it was their responsibility to show everyone else the way.5. However, none of these things could produce salvation for the Jew. There was one thing that saved then, one thing that saves now and one thing that will save forever: Faith in the gospel, the finished work of Jesus Christ!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-24-2017Luke 15:11-16Introduction: A. We just ended the series on “Walking With God” and now I want to take a look at “Walking Away From God.” It stands to reason that, if we are not walking with God, then we are walking away from God. B. These verses that we just read are normally preached to young people or children but there is a great application to be made to God's children.C. I fear that too many of God's children have no desire to be used of God and “walk at a guilty distance” from Him. A lackadaisical life for Christ is not a benign form of neutrality! If we are not with God, we are against God! If we are not gathering for God, we are scattering!Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.D. Walking away from God or backsliding is normally a gradual thing and can go unnoticed for a while, even to the backslider, because it begins with an inward cooling off while still going through the motions. Eventually, the drifting from God becomes apparent but harder to control. The best remedy for backsliding is to “cut it off at the pass!' “Nip it in the bud!”E. Luke, chapter 15, is noted for three things: a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a wayward son. The sheep is a sheep, the coin is a coin, and the son is a son. Therefore, I believe all three are types of God's children.F. I will be looking at the story of the Prodigal Son over the next few weeks as there is so much spiritual truth found there. When I think of this story, I think of three people—none of them named. This is not a parable but a true story. A certain man with two sons.G. We read the first six verses only because I want to look at the first son whom we call the Prodigal Son. What brought this young man down? It was not his upbringing as nothing bad is said about the home in which he was raised. The young man made personal choices.H. How he ultimately ended up in the “hog pen.”1. He Spoke When He Should Have Listened – vs. 12 (Listen, children, listen!)Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:2. He Gathered – vs. 12-13a (He set his heart on things – and obtained them unlawfully. It was up to the father to pick the time of dividing the inheritance.)Psalms 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.3. He Journeyed – vs. 13b (He chose the wickedness of the world over the godliness of his father's house.)Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:4. He Wasted – vs. 13c (A fool and his money are soon departed! He found out that money is a lot quicker spent than it is earned.)Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for richescertainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.5. He Spent All – vs. 14a (It won't be long until the world owns you.)Proverbs 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.6. He Began To Want – vs. 14b (Famine normally follows feasting.)Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.7. He Joined – vs. 15 (What a glorious life! Feeding swine! Remember, hogs live in hog pens!)Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.8. He Hungered – vs. 16 (His buddies all gone and he left with nothing.)Proverbs 6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.Conclusion: The end of backsliding is always a “hog pen.” God's children are not like the world. They are in the world but not of the world and cannot be happy or flourish in sinfulness. Thank God he came to himself – not all do!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-20-20171 Peter 5:5-7Introduction: A. The interpretation of these verses is to the young pastor or preacher. His is to submit to the elder and, also, to be humble enough to submit to all others. 1. He cannot expect others to submit unto him if he is not submissive. 2. He cannot reprove until he can be reproved. 3. He will never be honored until he learns to honor. 4. He will never be exalted until he learns to be abased. 5. He will never lead until he learns to follow. 6. One of the qualifications of a bishop is that he I not to be a novice.B. The application of these verses is to all of God's flock.C. Under The Mighty Hand Of God. Why?1. It is omnipotence that cannot be stayed.2. It is madness to oppose His will.3. It is both safe and profitable.a) Hid as in the hollow of his hand.2) Safe in his pavilion.3) Comfortable under the shadow of his wings.D. The Definition Of Humility1. Humility In Relationship To Others – vs 5a. Realizing That Others Are Just As Important As We Are - 1 Corinthians 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:b. Realizing Just Hope Important Our Love One For Another Is - Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:c. Realizing That What We Want Really Does Not Matter In Light Of Eternity - 2 Corinthians 4:17-5:1 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.Peter 5:5b Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humilityEphesians 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.2. Humility In Relationship To God – vs 6a. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Eternally Lost - 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.b. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Nothing - 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.c. Realizing That Without Him We Would Have Nothing - Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.d. Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Hopeless - Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;e. Realizing That He Knows Best - Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.3. Humility In Relationship To Circumstances – vs 7a. Realizing That God Is In Control Of Our Future, Not We Ourselves - Job 23:13-14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.b. Realizing That It Is God's Purpose That Is Important, Not Our Comfort - Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the campc. Realizing That This Life Is Short At Best And Eternity Is Really All That Matters - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-17-2017John 21:20-24Introduction:A. We have looked at 10 different men who walked with God in their lives. 1. The series has been a blessing to me as I studied these men. Each one had something that made him special in his personal walk with the LORD. There are more men in the Bible that I could have chosen but, alas, all good things normally come to an end. a) Enoch walked with God in Consistency.b) Noah walked with God in Spiritual Adversity.c) Moses walked with God in Impossibility.d) Joseph walked with God in Integrity.e) Job walked with God in Confusion.f) David walked with God in Worship.g) John the Baptist walked with God in Expectancy.h) Peter walked with God in Love.i) Paul walked with God in the Spirit.2. I want to look at one more man, John the Beloved, before I move on to another subject. I chose John the Beloved because every walk with God needs to have a destination in mind.3. Our destination is what lies beyond this life: an eternity of blessedness with Christ. Aging comes so quickly to all of us. Yesterday, we were carefree children who were raised in a better time. We live, we love, and we die.4. Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, and Christ the Cure. Paul said it all when writing the Epistle to the Philippians: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (22) But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. (23) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” (Philippians 1:20-23) B. The apostles misunderstood what our Lord said to Peter in our text for this morning.John 21:22-23 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. (23) Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?1. It was Prophetic of John receiving the Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.2. It was also Prophetic of a generation that would not see death but would walk with God.C. John the Beloved was special! In the Book of John, his name is never mentioned but he is call “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” John was in the spirit on the Lord's Day when the Lord appeared to him in His glorified body and gave him the Revelation of Jesus Christ and things to come.1. John the Beloved is a beautiful type of the Church.2. Nothing was said negative about John. Though he was not a perfect man, he was called “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” When God sees His child, He sees us as made worthy by the blood and not as we are.3. The Lord loved John with an overlooking, everlasting love. Our Lord Jesus loves the Church and gave Himself for it. He sees us seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus without spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.4. The Lord allowed John to see Him in the Second Coming in all His glory. We will one day see Him again.D. I want to take a short look at what John experienced that we who love the Lod will one-day experience.E. John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture. We will one day do the same, through the veil of death or in the Rapture of the church. Rapture: a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.1. John's rapture as he saw his beloved Lord. Revelation 1:10, 12-13 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet … (12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. (I can only imagine the thrill John felt when he saw Jesus again in all of His glory!)One day just today and it could be today, our rapture as we see our beloved Lord as He is. 1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.2. John's rapture as he was caught up to heaven, his ultimate home. Revelation 4:1-2 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (2) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (From exile on the Isle of Patmos, a barren rock of an island, to the glory of God's heaven is beyond imagination.)Our rapture when, in a twinkling of an eye, we are caught up to heaven, FINALLY HOME! 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (Through the rapture of through death, we will one-day step on shore and find it heaven, touch a hand and find it God's, breath new air and finding it celestial, waking up in glory, finally home!)3. John's rapture of seeing the saints of God along with his loved ones again. Revelation 5:8-9 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (John was the last of the apostles to die and was probably in his late 90's when it was his time to go. He had more on the other side than he did remaining in this life.)Our rapture when we see those whom we loved in both our physical families and our church family again. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (O that will be glory for me!)4. John's rapture of seeing a new heaven and a new earth with no curse or sin. Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (The seven “No Mores!”)Our rapture of experiencing the change from this sinful world and aging, corrupt body to eternity's perfection. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (What a day that will be! I loved to hear Gordon sing that song.)5. John's rapture of experiencing eternity while still in the flesh here. Revelation 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: (John knew that he was quickly approaching eternity and was thrilled to both see and experience it in advance.)Our rapture when we are forever with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.Conclusion: You know that this could have been a long message, don't you? As John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture, we too will one day do the same!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-13-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction: A. When writing to the dispersed Jewish believers, Peter used terms that they were familiar. The Israelites had been shepherds from the beginning and were well acquainted with shepherds and sheep.B. Through the Bible, Jehovah God—the Lord Jesus Christ, is presented as a Shepherd.1. He is our Personal Shepherd. Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.2. He is the Good Shepherd. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.3. He is the Great Shepherd. Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,4. He is the Chief Shepherd. 1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.C. As the Chief Shepherd:1. He is the Owner of the Church - Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.2. He is the Authority of the Church - Ephesians 5:23-24 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.3. He is the Beauty of the Church - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.D. As our Shepherd:1. Our Shepherd provides pasture for His sheep.Ezekiel 34:13-14 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.Isaiah 49:9-10 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.2. Our Shepherd provides a fold or His sheep.a. It is a place of Permanence - Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall fo llow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.b. It is a place of Desire - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.c. It is a place of Nourishment - Psalms 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.d. It is a place of Joy - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.e. It is a place of Blessing - Psalms 134:1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.3. Our Shepherd provides Protection for His sheep.a. Protection against the Enemy. Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?b. Protection when Troubles come. Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.c. Protection from Eternal loss. Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.4. Our Shepherd provides Restoration for His sheep.a. He searches for them - Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?b. He carries them home - Luke 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.c. He restores them - Luke 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.d. He loses none of them – 99+1 = 100 - John 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-10-2017Romans 8:1-17Introduction:A. As far as I am concerned, the Apostle Paul was possibly the greatest Christian in the early years of the church. As with the other men of God that we have looked at, there had to be one thing that made Paul a man who walked with God.B. Again, Paul was not a perfect Christian, just a good one! We often equate spirituality with perfection and failure with carnality.C. Though other epistles make mention of the blessed Holy Spirit, the Pauline Epistles introduce the believer to the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and His work. The Apostle Paul was truly a Spirit filled man!D. The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts are transitional in nature with both passing and permanent gifts given for the edification of the saints and the work of the ministry.E. The greatest of all gifts given is the blessed, precious Holy Ghost! Almighty God living in the believer!1. He teaches (John 14:26)2. He guides (Rom 8:14)3. He commissions (Acts 13:4)4. He commands men (Acts 8:29)5. He restrains (Cen6:3)6. He intercedes (Rom 8:26)7. He speaks (John 15:26; 2 Peter 1:21)F. There is a lot of mis-information in religious circles about the person and work of the Holy Ghost. Some religious denominations practice unscriptural works and blame the Holy Ghost for them. The scripture cannot be violated and the Spirit of God gave the scripture.2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.G. To walk with God, one must walk in God or walk in the Spirit. Paul was such a man. The Bible does not specifically say that Paul walked in the Spirit but I believe that his epistles testify to it. What is walking in the Spirit?1. Walking with God in the Spirit requires a spiritual birth. John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and ofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.a. The New Birth and the Word of God. Romans 10:14-17 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.b. The New Birth and the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.2. Walking with God in the Spirit requires being conscious of His Presence. Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Realizing the constant battle that we have with our old sinful flesh and knowing the presence of the blessed Holy Spirit: our Comforter, Friend, and Guide.)a. Consciousness of God is not based upon Emotions. I do not necessarily feel God in me or with me. Emotions can leave one fearful and drained because we cannot see God's presence.b. Consciousness of God is not based upon Circumstances. There are times when I do not think that things are right nor do I like where I am in life. Circumstances can leave one confused and discouraged because we cannot see God working in the background.c. Consciousness of God relies completely upon His Promises. He said that He would be there with me and for me. Never doubt in the dark what God said in the light!d. Walking in the Spirit involves knowing that He is with me; He sees me; He protects me; and He cares for me. All the time!3. Walking with God in the Spirit requires being filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (The filling of the Holy Ghost is not evidenced by the modern day “tongues” but by a sweetness of singing and making melody in our hearts coupled with thankfulness.)a. Sensitive to the Spirit. Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is imperative. b. Obedient to the Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day.c. Not Grieving the Spirit. Heeding the reproof of the Holy Spirit when we commit sin.4. Walking with God in the Spirit is evidencing the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (True Biblical Christianity is always evidenced with the inward, outward, and upward fruit of the Spirit. You cannot be Spirit filled without all 9 aspects of the fruit.)5. Walking with God in the Spirit is evidenced by living for God instead of living for the world. Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.a. Consecration for God is Realization that I belong to God. We have been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ. We are not our own but we are His.b. Consecration for God is Presentation of my body to God. Separation is simply giving to God what He has already paid for: our lives! We owe all that we have or ever will have to Him.c. Consecration for God is Glorification of God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which isin you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.d. Consecration is dying to self and living for the glory of God -Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.6. Walking In The Spirit Involves Compliance To God - 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.a. Compliance to the Holy Spirit's Direction - John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.b. Compliance to the Holy Scripture's Doctrine - John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.Conclusion: Walk in the Spirit and deny the flesh. Walk in the flesh and deny the Spirit. Our Lord said that we are either for Him or against Him with no room for middle ground.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Psalm 33:12Introduction: A. Tuesday will be America's 241st Birthday. Our 200th Birthday, in 1976, seems like yesterday and it was a half of a lifetime ago. Compared to many other nations, America is very young. Yet, America is the Utopia of the world. America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth.B. Our nation's liberty was paid for at great price; our nation's constitution was written by some of the wisest men on earth. Our freedom is great, our natural resources are great, our bounty is great, our opportunities are great, our responsibilities are great.C. You and I have inherited a nation that was paid for by others. It is a privilege to be called an American and it is a joy to have been born and lived here.D. I fear for our nation this morning. In my lifetime, I have seen a dramatic shift in the direction that our nation has chosen. From the “happy days,” the safe days of my youth to a dangerous day, a day that is perilous. 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.E. Our nation was founded by men and their families who left England, Europe, as well as other nations in search of a utopia which was framed in their minds. They had little but expected much as they came to the “New World” in search of freedom and prosperity. They carved out for us the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Righteousness exalteth a nation! America was once known for its integrity.F. We are so blessed and should be so thankful for the sacrifices of these pilgrims! God bless the memories of those who made these blessings possible for us. As we honor our parents for bringing us with integrity, may we honor our nation for giving to us what the rest of the world can only long for.G. America needs to get back to the basics that made America a great nation!1. The Principles Upon Which America Was Founded – Liberty and justice for all. a. Men who could never be free left their homes and families that they might find freedom and liberty on foreign soil. They bought and paid for our liberty through their foresight and sacrifice. These are freedoms our Constitution upholds today for its citizens. Now, let me say that these liberties do not belong to illegal migrants who refuse to honor our laws and come to America in the right way.b. We have liberty to worship; liberty of speech; liberty to travel; liberty to personally excel in life; liberty to be all that we can be. We are free, praise the Lord, we are free! “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Never let anyone take our freedom from us or our children.2. The Values That Our Forefathers Bore – They were honest and principled. a. They were men of integrity and their word was their bond. Their values were Bible based, even those who were not saved. We call it “Old School” but its precepts are anchored deeply in biblical principles. Our people were honest and hard working with no time for deadbeats. Welfare, food stamps, etc. are for those who cannot word or have lost their jobs and was only intended to help while they were looking for another one! No work, no right to eat!b. They had character instead of being characters. They loved their families, their church, and their nation. They were Americans and they were proud of it. They stood, removed their hats, and placed their hands over their hearts when the National Anthem was played.3. The Courage Of Our Military To Die And Our People To Sacrifice – “Give me liberty or give me death” has been the motto of every American fighting man in all wars. a. Countless millions have served in our nation's military. They lay behind the bodies of their dead brothers while the bullets whizzed past their heads and returned fire. They still join up; they still fight; and they still die. Their crosses are around the world from Normandy to the South Pacific to North Africa to Arlington National Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) are engraved with these words: “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.” b. The willingness of our nation to sacrifice – families have sacrificed their sons and daughters; they have sacrificed their moneys and possessions; they have sacrificed their personal desires for the betterment of the nation. God bless and protect our military and law enforcement!4. The Diversity Of America's People – The greatness of America is in its diversity! a. We are not all the same but we all have the same rights. We are not all the same but we accept and love those who are not like us. Diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds and yet united. We are of every race and every creed; we are from every country on the face of the earth. We do not look the same or act the same, but we all love the same! We love America and are willing to both die and live for her.b. Immigrants who come to make something of their lives and better out nation are welcome. Unless you are a native American, your people migrated to America and made it a better place to live.5. The Natural Resources That God Gave – God has given to our nation the capability to both be and remain self-sufficient. a. From shore to shore and border to border, our nation is the most beautiful and blessed of all nations. We are indebted to others because of greed, ignorance, and socialism.b. America is truly a nation flowing with milk and honey. America has the capability to be self-sufficient. We have all and abound! We are blessed!6. The Benevolence Of America – In natural disasters as well as war and genocide, the United States of America is the first to respond. a. We get relief and medical aid to other countries while other governments are thinking about it. America gives many times what all the other nations give combined. God blesses benevolence! “It is more blessed to give than to receive” has always been America's motto.b. America has become the protector of the world. Our military has fought for the liberty of nations that could not protect themselves. 7. The System Of Government That We Have – America was founded as a republic, not a democracy! a. Three branches of government set up with checks and balances that keep us both safe and directed. Every two years we have elections to correct the mistakes that we made in the last elections. Both veto power and the power to overcome veto! b. A democracy is mob rule while a republic protects the rights of all people including minorities. The men who set up our government had divine foresight. What a magnificent piece of legislative work our Constitution is! Wise men made sure that we remain both free and prosperous.8. The Love Of America For Israel – “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” a. God still blesses those who bless Israel and He still curses those who curse Israel. To this point, we have stood with God's covenant people and God has blessed us for it. b. There is a large anti-Semitic movement across this land. I love Irael and pray for God's covenant people. To America I say, “Hang on to Israel's coat tails, America, hang on!”9. The Possibility Of Impossibility – Young man, young lady, you can be anything that you want to be. a. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a business owner, or any other thing that you wish. You can excel both in school and the work place. You can go to college, work in the career of your choice, start your own business, and be the president of the United States of America. b. You are limited only by the limitations that you place on yourself! Have pride in a right way. Dream your dreams. America was built by dreamers. Dream your dreams, plan your dreams, they work out your dreams.10. The God Who Gave Her Birth – America is blessed because “In God We Trust” is still on our money and in the hearts of most. a. The blessed gospel is allowed to be preached and missionaries are being sent around the world. Psalms 33:12says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” b. May God bless our nation! May we bless God for His blessings upon us!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-2-2017Romans 1:1Introduction:A. Paul's Attitude, A Servant of Jesus Christ (first and foremost). God's men will never rule until they first serve. God will not call men who are not busy in the work of the Lord. Paul got busy before God called him. 1. We saw that Paul began to serve the day he got saved. Acts 9:19-22 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. (20) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. (21) But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? (22) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.2. Because Paul was a servant, he met his divine appointments. 1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;B. Paul's Authority, Called To Be An Apostle. The Apostle Paul spent much time vindicating his apostleship. People were familiar with the original twelve because they had been with Jesus. There were the 12 original apostles but Judas, a lost man, lost his bishopric. God called Paul to take the place of Judas.1. In the time of this epistle's writing, though transitional and passing, the gift of apostles was still viable. Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (God, because “that which is perfect”—the completed canon of Scripture—had not come, gave prophets—to speak and write inspired Scripture from God and apostles to represent God to man. These were both passing gifts. In the New Testament and Church Age, God gave evangelists—missionaries, and the “pastor and teacher,” to the local church.)2. The apostles were to be 12 in number according to the Book of Revelation.Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (12 representing the tribes of Israel and 12 representing the Apostles.)Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.3. The failure of Judas Iscariot and the replacement of Paul by God.John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) (16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. (17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. (18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. (19) And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. (20) For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. (21) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, (22) Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. (23) And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. (24) And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, (25) That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (26) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Appointing apostles was to be a choice by God, not by man. Though this was well intended, it was not God's choice.)1 Corinthians 15:3-11 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (6) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (7) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. (8) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. (9) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowedupon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (11) Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. (Paul was God's choice. Paul vindicated his apostleship because he was not numbered with the original 12 but was chosen by God for replacement of Judas.)2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.C. They Had A Special Position.1. They Were Chosen Special - Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;2. They Were Chosen Specific – Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.3. Divinely Commissioned (with the Gospel) Mark 16:14-15 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.D. They Had A Special Privilege1. Their Communion With Christ - Luke 22:14-16 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.2. Their Comfort By Christ - Luke 24:30-36 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.E. They Had A Special Power1. Their Powerful Works - Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Luke 9:51-54 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?2. Their Powerful Witness - Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:Acts 4:5-8 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,F. They Had A Special Purpose 1. To Confirm The Promises To Israela) As A Witness To Israel - Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.b) As A Witness Against Israel - Luke 11:47-51 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.2. To Carry The Promise Of Salvation To The GentilesEphesians 3:1-9 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Temple Baptist Church - 9-3-2017Luke 22:54-62; John 21:15-19Introduction:A. How can we study walking with God and leave out Peter? I want to take a short look at an amazing man named Peter. Peter was one of the greatest men in the Bible. So many things stand out about the amazing example of biblical Christianity but I want to take a short look at what motivated this man to live and die for Christ. 1. Peter was a Bold Man – The only man who ever walked on water other than our Lord.2. Peter was a Brave Man – When the huge crowd came to the Garden of Gethsemane to take his Lord, he attacked with a sword.B. Peter is one of the most noted of the apostles and, along with James and John, comprised what is often referred to as the “inner three.” He is one of the greatest men of the New Testament but is most remembered for his denial of the Lord and his restoration in John, chapter 21. and is given a bad name by some for his denial of the Lord.1. Peter was just a common man, a simple fisherman. Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.2. Peter was an uneducated man, just a hardworking man. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.C. What makes Peter such an example to us is that he was one man that you and I can identify with. He was a man of many failures. He got ahead of God; he got behind God; he rebuked God; and he was greatly used of God.1. There were numerous times that Peter “stuck his foot in his mouth” and received a rebuke from the Lord and once from the Apostle Paul. Each time he failed, he received correction and continued to follow the Lord.2. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” Notice the song said, “The God I love.” Despite fault and failure, Peter loved the Lord. In John 21:15-16, Peter twice used the word “yea:” a strong affirmation.D. In John, chapter 21, we find the restoration of a fallen man who loved the Lord. So often, you and I get our priorities wrong or simply get “cross ways” with the Lord. It is not that we do not love Him for how can we not?E. It was neither necessity nor constraint that caused Peter to be great in the Lord, it was his great love for his Saviour, Jesus Christ. John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.1. Peter walked with God in love through conversion. John 1:40-44 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. a. The Bible does not say when these disciples were converted but most likely in Old Testament faith in the coming of the Messiah. When Andrew came to Peter and said that he had found the Messias, Peter immediately came to Christ.b. Our walk in love with God begins with our salvation. Peter never got over the great love of God that bought his salvation If one does not love God, they are under God's Anathema. We cannot walk with God in love and love the world.1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.2. Peter walked with God in love in commitment. Mark 1:16-17 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (17) And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.a. Peter was a hard-working fisherman in the family business. When our Lord said, “Come after me,” Peter immediately left all. That takes love.b. God does not require everyone to leave father, mother, brothers and sisters, houses and land but walking with God in love may require it!3. Peter walked with God in love in conflict. John 6:67-69 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (69) And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.a. As many turned their backs on Christ, Peter—along with others—continued to walk with God in love.b. There may come times of difficulty in our lives that will require a decision to be made concerning our love and walk with God. I believe that Paul said it all in 2 Corinthians 5:14: “For the love of Christ constraineth us!” To constrain means to compel.4. Peter walked with God in love through continuation. John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. (19) This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.a. When the Lord prophesied Peter's martyrdom, he never flinched. Peter was willing to walk with Christ in life and death. Luke 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.b. Walking with God in love has no end. It is to live for Christ until our last breath is taken and, then, walking with Him in love for all of eternity.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-6-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we took a short look at the responsibility of the Elder or Pastor of the local church. The pastor is not a dictator but an overseer. The Shepherd is also one of the sheep because he is one.1. He feeds the flock.2. He protects the flock.3. He sets an example for the flock.B. Tonight, I want to look at the local church which is called the “flock of God” and “the Lord's heritage” in this passage.1. The “flock of God” speaks of their earthly existence.2. The “Lord's heritage” speaks of their future glorification.John 10:27-31 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.1. Sheep Are To Be Gathered Together.a. The Church Is A Place Of Commandment - Hebrews 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;b. The Church Is A Place Of Exhortation – Hebrews 10:25b But exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.c. The Church Is A Place Of Presence - Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.d. The Church Is A Place Of Peace - John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.e. The Church Is A Place Of Joy - John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.2. Sheep Are To Be Submissive To The Under Shepherd.a. Follow Him - Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;b. Obey Him - Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.c. Pray For Him - Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.d. Respect Him - Hebrews 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.e. Know Him - 1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;f. Honor Him - 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.3. Sheep Are To Feed Upon The Pastures That Are Provided.a. The Danger Of Hearing - Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.1) The Danger Of Letting God's Word Slip - Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.2) The Danger Of Not Growing Spiritually - Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.3) The Danger Of Self Deception - James 1:22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.4) The Danger Of Destruction - 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.b. The Duty Of Hearing - Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.1) Hold It Fast - 2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.2) Hold It Forth - 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.c. The Devotion Of Hearing - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.4. Sheep Are To Bear Wool. (Wool in the bible is a type of purity.)a. The Holiness Of Salvation - Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.b. The Holiness Of Sanctification - Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.5. Sheep Are To Beget Sheep.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.Romans 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-20-2017Romans 1:17-21Introduction:A. The Bible is a Book of Progressive Revelation. The Book of Genesis or Beginnings has been called the “Seed Bed of the Bible.” I love Genesis as it is full of First Mention Principles and, if you want to know what God thinks on something, go there and find the First Mention.B. The Person and truth of God are often referred to as light. As we begin one of the most important portions of the Book of Romans, Paul mentions those who hold the truth of God in unrighteousness. This tells us several things:1. Everyone holds the truth, in righteousness or unrighteousness! As I begin dealing with the truth, I will show three types of revelation that that are available: inherent truth, visible truth, and Biblical truth. To whom much is given, much is required so, two of these truths will be required by all mankind.2. All of mankind holds to two of these: inherent truth and visible truth. How we hold these two determines how we hold the third, therefore all three are essential to salvation and must be held in righteousness.3. The third, Biblical truth, becomes available as the first two are accepted and sought after. We all hold the first two truths in either in righteousness or unrighteousness! You may like the truth and hold it dearly or you may not like the truth and turn from it but everyone will be accountable to it.C. How we hold these three “truths” will determine our eternal destiny. The danger of rejecting any of these truths is doing so will cause one to reject them all. To believe one of them can lead to belief in all of them because they all point to one God.1. To reject inherent truth will cause one to reject visible truth and ultimately Biblical truth. 2. To reject visible truth will cause one to reject inherent truth and Biblical truth. 3. To reject Biblical truth will cause one to reject inherent and visible truth. 4. These three truths compose a trinity as God and man are trinities. To destroy one is to destroy all because they come together as one.D. I want to look at the three truths in natural order.1. Inherent Truth. Truth that we are born with. Truth that every man and woman has because it is given by God. I want to look at a few verses in John that explain “inherent light.” Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (God breathed life into man. Literally the life of God which is eternal. Man is an eternal being.)John 1:4-9 (a) In him was life; and (b) the life was the light of men. (5) And (c) the light shineth in darkness; and (d) the darkness comprehended it not. (6) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, (e) but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was (f) the true Light, (g) which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (The life of God is the light that lighteth every man.)a. “In him was life.” Life comes from God! 1) The evolutionist tries to teach otherwise to do away with a divine Creator but only life can beget life. Only God can give life! Inanimate objects cannot become animate nor can they create life. They are inanimate. 2) George Wald, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1967."There are only two possibilities as0 to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution." (Wald, George, "Innovation and Biology," Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100) (George Wald made a personal and unscientific choice to hold the truth of God in unrighteousness!)3) “Spontaneous generation” – Wikipedia - “Pasteur's experiment is generally agreed to have decisively refuted the theory of spontaneous generation in 1859. Disproof of the traditional ideas of spontaneous generation is no longer controversial among professional biologists. By the middle of the 19th century, the theory of biogenesis had accumulated so much evidential support, due to the work of Louis Pasteur and others, that the alternative theory of spontaneous generation had been effectively disproven. The historian of science John Desmond Bernal suggests that earlier theories such as spontaneous generation were based upon an explanation that life was continuously created as a result of chance events.”4) If life can only come from life, then our life had to begin somewhere with life. If life can only come from life, they there must have always been life and that life was God. There can be no other logical or scientific explanation.5) Since only life can beget life, then the Theory of Evolution cannot work. The Biblical answer is the only reasonable one.Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (The breath of God infused eternal life into mankind. Man is an eternal being living within a temporal body.)6) The life of God is also the light of the knowledge of God, or inherent light, because it is God's life.b) “The life was the light of men.” The life of man in inherent life that comes only from God and is called “light.” There are three kinds of light spoken of in the Bible: the light of God (the life of God), natural light (heavenly lights and natural lights such as fire, etc), and manmade light. I only want to look at the light of God or inherent light.1) The light of God. In the creation, the first thing that God did was give light. 2) The First Mention of light in the Bible.Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (This light that was first given was the eternal light of God's presence. There was neither natural nor artificial light. There was no sun, moon, or stars. There was no candle, camp fire, or electricity. It was the light of God.)3) The Last Mention of light in the Bible.Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (As with the First Mention, the Last Mention of light is light of God or the eternal light of God's presence.)4) The Bible declares that God is light. 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (God does not produce light: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all!)c) “The light shineth in darkness.”1) In the darkness of every individual shines the light of God or inherent light. It is the knowledge of God. Light and darkness cannot continually dwell together because light drives the darkness away.2) If there was no inherent light of God, then every man or woman would be, by nature, born an atheist. But the fact is that all mankind is born with a knowledge of God and worships. On every island, on every continent, men worship! Knowledge and worship of God are a part of our trinity: body, which is world conscious—soul, which is self-conscious—spirit, which is God conscious. That makes man a trinity or “in the image of God.3) With inherent light comes responsibility. As men accept the light of God or the knowledge of God, they can seek to know the true God or concoct a “god” of their own which serves their self-interest. Romans 2:12-16 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: (15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.4) The darkness comprehended it not.”a) For darkness to exist spiritually, one must turn down or turn off light. As I said before, they cannot co-exist because light drives darkness away. Darkness cannot drive light away so the light must cease to exist.b) As a rheostat turns down the power of a light or ceiling fan, one must turn down the spiritual light of God in their soul to create darkness. This comes by continually rejecting inherent truth.c) Ultimately, the sinner turns the light of God off and becomes reprobate.5) Two dangerous positions to avoid: Agnostic and Atheistic.a) The Agnostic. One who does not hold either position: God or no God. One who believes that God is not knowable. He is the “rheostat!” He turns down the light of God until it is extinguished. God is knowable! If He created the universe, and He did, then He must make Himself known. Let's use a little logic. Would you build a mission dollar home and then walk away and not live in it? Would you buy an expensive car and walk away leaving it on the car lot? Would you marry a wonderful woman or man and walk away, leaving them at the altar? God is knowable because He would be foolish to create all of this including man and then “walk away” and remain unknowable.b) The Atheist. One who has extinguished the light of God until it is gone. He is the Biblical fool found in Psalm 14:1. He must “do away” with God intentionally and is eternally lost in his condition. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament His handiwork.c) Atheism and agnosticism are learned behaviors and must be taught. Neither is inherent! 2. Visible Light. The second light that God gives, I call visible light. Truth that we are exposed to in nature. Let me call your attention to verse 20.Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the worldare clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.a. Look closely at the wording of your Bible. Not visible things butinvisible things. Not by Him but of Him. Things that are clearly seen that areinvisible things? Makes no sense in the human realm but makes perfect Biblical sense. “The Elephant in the living room” is God! I do not say this disrespectfully but it is a phrase that we can all understand. Everyone knows that God is there but most choose to ignore the evident.b. Let's look at Psalm 19 to get a proper understand of clearly seeing the invisible things of God from the creation. “The Elephant in the living room” is intelligent design instead of randomness or a series of accidents. Evolution must be a series of accidents because it can neither think nor reason. The heavens declare the glory of God.1) God has set a “tabernacle” or “place of worship” for the sun. Not under the sun but for the sun. We had a total eclipse last Monday. Was that not spectacular? I understand why it got dark in the middle of the day because the moon came between us and the sun. Setting that aside, it was a wonderful—once in a lifetime experience. An experience that made my soul magnify almighty God for His wonderful earth and universe!2) Tabernacle” – tent, covering or canopy. The heavens comprise a “canopy of space.” An immense background of innumerable stars that surrounds our sun. Our sun is our world. Not the stars of the sky but a ball of fire and hot gases that keep us and our planet alive. A sun with a gravitational pull that keeps our planet perfectly aligned as to keep us safe and comfortable.3) The heavens “declare the glory of God!” Without speaking, the heavens speak. They speak of something unseen that is clearly seen and understood by we creatures. Declare means to speak or show forth. The universe shows the impossibility of spontaneous generation and demands creation and a Creator.a) The Known Universe. I will give these scientific statistics but there is no way that they can prove their accuracy because they cannot see that far, neither can they calculate such figures. But, I will give a few of their statistics to prove their foolishness. I say foolishness because they measure the immeasurable. They count the uncountable. They profess to know the unknowable. They say that they understand the un-understandable. The magnitude of God's creation is overwhelming.b) The Known Universe is:1a) 93 Billion Light Years in diameter. Go to the next site and it says 150 Billion Light Years. (1 Light Year is 5.87 Trillion miles.) How did they measure the diameter of the universe? Quite a discrepancy between the two numbers, don't you think?1b) Number of Galaxies: 100 Billion. How did they count them?1c) Number of stars in the Milky Way: 200-400 Billion. How did they count them?1d) Closest star to earth: Proxima Centauri 4.24 Light Years.c) The Big Bang Theory (emphasis on the word “Theory”) teaches that before the Universe existed there was no space, time or matter, then 13.7 billion years ago an incredibly hot single point smaller than a subatomic particle containing all the matter in the Universe (they say that, in the beginning, there was no matter then—in the same breath—say that all the matter of the universe was in a subatomic particle!) began expanding at an unimaginable rate creating space and time in a trillionth of a second. After this point the Universe continued to expand but at a much slower rate.d) In one trillionth of a second, 13.7 billion years ago, this immeasurably immense universe was in place and perfectly synchronized? So-called scientists (the word “science” means knowledge, not theory) throw out numbers that cannot be numbered as fact when there is no way that they can calculate these figures.c. Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. (3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.d. Our faith in God has substance (the universe) and evidence (intelligent design).e. The firmament sheweth His handywork. 1) Everything different, everything perfect, everything synchronized, everything in harmony, everything producing after its own kind, no intermediate species. What an amazing earth we live on! 2) The Theory of Evolution teaches that this wonderful earth is the result of random “accidents” that evolved without design. This is total foolishness. If someone can look at this world and the beauty and glory of the universe and say there is no God, they must ignore the “Elephant in the Living Room!” They must hold the truth of God in unrighteousness.3) The firmament declares, it screams “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth!” There is no other logical explanation. An explosion and evolution could never make this universe.f. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. As Inherent Light speaks from the inside, Visible Light speaks from the outside.3. Light of the Bible. For the sake of time, I want to look at a few references pertaining to light and the Bible or the Word of God. In the both the First and Last Mention Principles of Bible interpretation, we find the consistency of the mention of light.a. The first instance of light came through the spoken Word. Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (God will never either change His mind or vary about light.)1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.b. The Word of God opens the spiritual eyes to the light. Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. c. Psalms 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.d. The entrance of Word of God gives light. Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.(The sin darkened soul must allow the “entrance” of the light of the Word of God.)

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