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Temple Baptist Church - 3-1-2020Psalms 100:1-4Introduction:A. The Local Church, a called-out assembly of believers. Again, I want to re-emphasize that I am all for inviting people to church and soul winning. BUT, the local church is not a “fishing hold” for sinners! There is no mention of lost people either attending or being saved in the New Testament local church! Historically, the first local churches were opened to the public around 230 AD, or 200 years after Christ and the establishment of the New Testament church.B. Because of biblical ignorance on this subject, local churches are now open to the public and have become like the world so that lost people can come and feel comfortable on its pews.C. This morning, I want to look the worship of the local church. The local church is to be a House of Prayer and the first part of prayer needs to be Worship. When the disciples requested that our Lord teach them to pray, the first aspect of the Model Prayer was worship:Luke 11:1-2 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.Hallowed – First Mention means to set apart as holy. Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.D. Worship is not only an essential aspect of our services, but also a missing one! 1. We have a lot of services that are called “Worship Services,” but no or—at the most—very little actual worship. We use the phrase: “Come worship with us” when there is little or no actual worship taking place. 2. We can come to God's house, pray, read scripture, give of our tithes and offering, sing hymns, sing specials, shake hands, preach, give an invitation, and then leave having never worshipped! E. Before we see what worship is, we need to know what worship is not. 1. Worship is not Entertainment! Churches in modern days have become entertainment centers. Worldly singers, Contemporary Music, “Christian” comedians, etc. reflect the world around us.2. Entertainment is not ritualistic repetition! Here is the progression that destroys the worship of the Church. Repetition becomes Routine. Routine becomes a Rut. A Rut brings about Rot. Rot brings about Ruin! What was dictates what is and what was and is will dictate what will be.3. Worship is not quietness! Worship is individual as well as corporate. Worship is to be personal, not a “spectator's sport.” When vocal praise becomes a scarcity, the “holy hush” leads to deadness.4. Worship is not an emotional high! Some churches operate on an emotional high and think that they have worshipped. They believe that if they have shouted, run the isles, jumped the pews, spoken in tongues, etc. that they have worshipped. Too many preachers endeavor to work up emotion instead of feed sheep.F. What is worship? I often use the hyphenated term, “WORTH-SHIP.” What does God mean to you that causes you to either worship or not to worship this morning? You may think that you have worshipped because you showed up for Sunday School and Church this morning but that may or may not be the case. Sitting on a pew is not worship! Worship is the acknowledgement of Who God is and what God has done for you personally.G. Here are some things that will rob the believer and, thus, rob God of worship:1. Distraction – Worship Involves Direction - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.2. Selfishness - Worship Involves Sacrifice - Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 3. Ignorance - Worship Involves Knowledge - Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 4. Pride - Worship Involves Humility - Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 5. God Robbing - Worship Involves Giving - Deuteronomy 26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God: Psalm 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. 6. Phariseeism - Worship Involves Confession – 1 Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. Nehemiah 9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God. 7. Irreverence – 2 Kings 17:36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. 8. Sinfulness - Worship Involves Holiness – 1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.Psalm 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 9. Unfaithfulness - Worship Involves Assembly - Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. 10. Un-Involvement - Worship Involves Singing - Psalm 100:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.11. Ingratitude - Worship Involves Thanksgiving - Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,12. Formality - Worship Involves Praise - Psalm 100:4 And into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 13. False Doctrine - Worship Involves Truth - John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 14. Apathy - Worship Involves Spirit - John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-1-2020Revelation 3:1-6Introduction:A. Last week, we saw 7 major happenings that brought about the Protestant Reformation:1. The Renaissance Period. 2. The St. Peter's Basilicas and Sistine Chapel financial fiasco.3. The false doctrine and abuses of Indulgences.4. The invention of the Printing Press that placed literature and God's Word in the hands of men in general.5. The Reformation or intent thereof of the Roman Catholic Church along with the excommunication of Martin Luther.6. The entrance of various translations of the Bible into German, French, and English.7. The abiding presence of churches with biblical succession from the Apostolic churches.B. Tonight, I want to look at the results of the Protestant Reformation. The Protestants (Martin Luther-Germany, Ulrich Zwingli-Switzerland, John (Jean) Calvin-French, Jacobus Arminius-Dutch, John Knox-Scotland, John and Charles Westley-England) tried to do a right thing the wrong way. Reform but not separate! C. What caused the deadness of the Protestant churches which had a combination of right and wrong doctrines. Though they got some things right, they continued to have some parts of Roman Catholicism in their doctrine and worship. This past week, we have seen the Protestant churches plus the Southern Baptist churches observing Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and setting up their ecumenical Lentin Services.D. Mainline Protestant Churches born out of the Protestant Reformation. 1. Lutheran – Branches out of it: Evangelical Lutheran. 2. Anglican (Church of England) – Congregational, Episcopal, Methodism. Out of Methodism: United Methodists, Wesleyan, Holiness, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Non-denominational.3. Protestantism - Reformed Churches, Presbyterian, Church of Scotland.E. These mainline Protestant denominations continue with the use of vestments, liturgical services, along with pedo-baptism and the acceptance of sprinkling instead of immersion for baptism. Some of these teachings vary in individual churches.F. Later Protestant Churches – Presbyterian, Methodists, Church of God, Assemblies of God, A.M.E., evangelicals, etc. along with a variety of off-shoots. Most of these denominations split along the lines of:1. Baptism.a) Some still practice pedo-baptism while most do not.b) Some allow sprinkling, pouring, or immersion as methods of baptism.c) Again, these practices can vary from church to church.2. Calvinism vs. Arminianism.a) The teachings of John Calvin - Calvinism or Reformed Theology (TULIP Theology).b) The teachings of Jacob Arminius – Armenism.G. Calvinism vs. Arminianism.Calvinism Arminianism1. Total Depravity or Total Inability. 1. Free Will or Human Ability.2. Unconditional Election. 2. Conditional Election.3. Limited Atonement. 3. General Atonement.4. Irresistible Grace. 4. Grace Resisted.5. Perseverance of the Saints. 5. Uncertainty of Perseverance.h. A true biblical perspective: Protestants say that you are either Arminian or you are Calvinist. We are not either! As Bible believers, we cannot agree with any point of Calvinism and are not Arminian. 1. Total Depravity or Human Ability. God has given man free will and faith to be exercised.John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.2. Unconditional Election or Conditional Election. Salvation is based upon repentance and faith.Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,3. Limited Atonement of General Atonement. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world.1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.4. Irresistible Grace or Grace Resisted. Man's free will allows him to resist the wooing of the Holy Spirit.John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.5. Perseverance of the Saints or Uncertain Perseverance. At this point, the Bible departs from both Calvinism and Armenism. Calvinism teaches that the elect will persevere because they have no choice while Armenism teaches that the saved can become lost if they do not endure to the end. The Bible believer rejects perseverance and embraces preservation. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-4-2020Hebrews 11:13-19; Genesis 22:1-19Introduction:A. Hebrews 11:13 - “These all died in faith!”1. An Evidential Faith. 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.2. An Enduring Faith. Hebrews 11:13a These all died in faith3. An Embracing Faith. Hebrews 11:13b Not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.B. In these verses, we find the amazing faith of Abraham mentioned. This was no small act of faith that Abraham exercised in Genesis when God gave to him the promise of the “Seed.” When we get to Genesis 22, we find the depth of his faith in the testing of the sacrifice of Isaac.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.Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.C. God promised Abraham a son named Isaac through which the godly line would continue until the “Seed” should come which was Christ. The Old Testament saint knew that the “Lamb of God” would one day come to take away (not simply atone) for the sins of the world. Isaac had no children; therefore, he must continue to live in order to bring about the accomplishment of the “seed of the woman.”D. This meant that if Abraham sacrificed his son, then God would have to bring him back to life again. What faith!Turn to Genesis 22 with me.1. Pre-determination Plan – vs. 2 “offer him” - Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:1 Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,2. Pre-determined Person – vs. 2 “thine only son” - John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.3. Pre-determined Place - Genesis 22:2-4 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.4. Pre-determined Price – vs. 2 “burnt offering” - Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.5. Pre-determined Process – vs. 3 “clave the wood” - Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.6. Pre-determined Pact – vs. 6 “both of them together” - John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.7. Pre-determined Path – vs. 6 “the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son” - John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;8. Pre-determined Provision – vs. 8 “God will provide himself”- 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.9. Pre-determined Propitiation – vs. 13 “Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” - 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.10. Pre-determined Promise – vs. 19 “So Abraham returned unto his young men” - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-8-2020Matthew 28:18-20Introduction:A. Homecoming Month. What a special time for God's people here at Temple. We have something very special here. God has blessed this church over the past 33 years.B. This month, I am looking at the purpose of the local church lest we lose sight of what we are here for. Last Sunday, we saw the first purpose is Exaltation or Worship. This morning, I want to look at Education or Teaching.C. The local church is a called-out assembly of saints. 1. The local church is a place of God's Desire. 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. (The local church is important to God!)2. The local church is a place of God's Design. 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (Order is important to God.) 3. The local church is a place of God's Doctrine. Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Sound doctrine is important to God.)D. I want to look at the aspect of teaching and preaching this morning. There is a difference between teaching and preaching.1. Teaching involves information or fact to inform the intellect. 2. Preaching demands a response or decision.E. In the Great Commission or Commandment, our Lord Jesus said, “ (1) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (2) Teaching them to (3) observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)1. The Obligation of Missions. “teach all nations, baptizing them” Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.a. Home Missions. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (For every creature to receive the gospel, it requires every child of God to carry the message.)b. Foreign Missions. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (For the entire world to hear, there must be those who go.)2. The Obligation of the Pastor. “teaching them to”a. The Man of The Word. Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;b. The Ministry of The Word. The Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Doctrinal teaching is of the utmost importance in these days of doctrinal ignorance!Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: (Sound-uncorrupt, whole, true, healthy, uncompromised)c. The Method of The Word. 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.1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3. The Obligation of the Saint. “observe all things” There is a difference between Observation and Observe.Observation - the action or process of observing something or someone carefully or in order to gain information.Observe - to conform one's action or practice to (something, such as a law, rite, or condition): to comply with.a. The Responsibility of the Saint to Hear The Word – 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. (You cannot hear or learn if you are not faithful to attend.)b. The Obligation of the Saint to Heed The Word. Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.Conclusion: Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Temple Baptist Church - 4-1-2020Hebrews 11:23; Exodus 1:8-2:10Introduction:A. Tonight, we will begin to look at the life of one of the Bible's greatest men, Moses. As we begin, let us remember that Hebrews is God's “Hall of Faith,” not “Hall of Fame.” b. Hebrews, chapter 11 is about the faith of God's people. People like us. Flawed people who sometimes fail God. I am still glad that God can take a “crooked stick and draw a straight line.” GOD HONORS FAITH!C. The life of Moses begins with his birth, not his adult life. Like all babies, Moses was born in innocence. Moses, as a small child, could not make important decision for himself, therefore, God gave Moses parents!D. God gives parents both responsibility and ability to raise these precious gifts from God for His glory.Psalms 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.E. Before Moses came to a place of greatness in the sight of the Lord, the Bible mentions his parents. 1. Notice that the word “parents” is plural. In Exodus 2:1, a godly man married a godly woman, so we know that both parents were “on the same page” in the raising of their children but the rest of the story only involves Amram's wife, Jochebed! (Exodus 6:20; Numbers 26:59)2. Here, we find the importance of a godly wife and mother in the life a great man of God! Ladies, both you and your husband are of equal importance in the lives of your children, but, by default, you spend more time with them!F. Moses was born in a difficult time. The children had gone from blessing to bondage after the passing of Israel's Patriarchs! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the sons of Jacob, and especially Joseph have died and there arose a Pharaoh who knew not the God of these men.G. Because of Pharaoh's fear of Israel, the people of God became slaves and the order was given to kill all the male children that were born. Amram and Jochebed stood firm against the orders of the Pharaoh because “they were not afraid of the king's commandment.”H. We too live in difficult days. Someone said that the most dangerous place in the world is the womb! We live in perilous times for sure as:1. Children have become a Burden instead of a Blessing. We live in the days of curtailing the birth of children because of the personal expense of raising them. Yes, it is expensive to raise children; yes, parents may have to give up some things to raise children.2. Children have become an Option instead of an Obligation. From conception to live birth, children are being aborted and killed in our day with the approval of both society and government. In Moses' day, infanticide was practiced; in Jesus' day, infanticide was practiced; in our day, infanticide is practiced.3. Because of their faithfulness, God's “deliverer” was raised up for the Lord.I. A Parents Recognition of the blessing and value of children. “a proper child.” The word “proper” is used 4x in the Bible: 1x in the Old Testament and 3x in the New Testament.1. A Proper Child is of Great Value. 1 Chronicles 29:3 - “Proper good, of gold and silver.” Something of great value. ALL children are to be valued and Moses' parents valued this baby boy.Psalms 128:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.2. A Proper Child is Common to Every Parent. Acts 1:19 - “Proper tongue.” Something that is common among the people. ALL children are to be valued! Every baby is precious in the sight of the Lord. There were many babies born to Israel in the time of Moses' birth.Mark 10:13-16 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. (14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (15) Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (16) And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.3. A Proper Child is of Uniqueness. 1 Corinthians 7:7 – “Proper gift of God.” Something given specifically to individuals. ALL children are uniquely different and, therefore, special. I have often said that God gives special children to special parents.Psalms 139:13-16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. (14) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.Jeremiah 1:4-5 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (5) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.4. A Proper Child is one who Deserves Godly Parents! Hebrews 11:23 – “They saw he was a proper child.” Something that all parents should recognize. ALL children deserve to have godly parents who will raise them for the Lord.Psalms 127:4-5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. (5) Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-5-2020Psalm 92Introduction:A. Psalm 92 contrasts the wicked with the righteous. 1. The righteous love God!2. The unrighteous are the enemies of God!B. If the righteous love God, then they will love God's church!1. They will be faithful where they are planted.2. They will be thankful where they are planted.3. They will be flourishing where they are planted.C. It is interesting that the Holy Spirit used the word “planted” when referring to the faithfulness of God's people to the house of God. That word is normally used when speaking of trees, flowers, etc. being permanently placed into the ground.1. I only plant specific plants. I pick and choose what kind of plants that I buy because my yard is limited in area. I remember well that my mom would plant anything and everything in our yard when I was growing up and I had to mow around them. Most of them just looked like weeds and did not have flowers. Dad would mow them down.2. I only plant in specific places. I try to plant where there will be the fullest sun, which is hard in my yard as I live in the woods. I try to plant them in an orderly fashion so that they will look well.3. I only plant for specific reasons. For beauty and fruit!D. Several kinds of plants come to mind when looking at them considering God's people and the church.1. Special Occasion Plants – Easter Lilies and Poinsettias! a) Some people only come to church on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas. We are always glad to see them when they come and, evidently, two or three times a year is plenty for them to get their “religion” for the year. b) We leave them in the church for as much as a month around Christmas but, eventually, we give them away to someone who will take them home and care for them.c). You cannot lead them, and you cannot feed them because they are a type of the “natural” man who cannot receive or know the word of God. They just never seem to get it! They are satisfied with a little religion that soothes them a few days out of the year but have neither love nor desire for fellowship with God's people. 2. Artificial Plants – These are plants with no life in them that we buy that remain in certain places in the church. a) They just “adorn” the church but never produce or grow. These are the unsaved that never get right with the Lord. They never get saved and become spiritually alive through the new birth. b) They always sit in the same place and they are always there. I am not knocking our people sitting in the same places nor indicting them because they are always there. I say a sign that said, “Visitors welcome, members expected!” I actually pay them little attention because they require none. Every now and then, Marty will replace them or dress them up a little and they are beautiful but dead.c) I have actually tried to water them at times because I took them for the real thing but, alas, that never helped them. They never grow; they never need pruning; they never accept your efforts to care for them; they are just there and lifeless. You cannot lead them and you cannot feed them because they are the “natural” man who cannot receive or know the word of God.3. Potted Plants – These plants do have life but, like the Artificial Plants, are moved around quite a bit and eventually are replaced. a) They cannot be planted because they are not able to withstand the elements. When it gets cold, you have a frost, or it becomes snowy, they must be brought in for the winter or they will die. b) These are people and many are true believers (because they do have life) who can never get settled and continually, for always a “good reason,” move on. They will never get settled because they do not like problems or imperfections in the environment. Spring and summer (good times) are their favorites but fall and winter (hard times) are not. c) Potted Plants need special care. You must be careful how you handle them so as not to damage them. They must be watered and fed continually or they will die. They constantly have to be moved for cleaning or other purposes. d) Unfortunately, I always kill potted plants. I try my best to get them to live but everything I do with my “Brown Thumb” turns out wrong and they eventually die. I cannot lead them nor can I feed them because they have no need of either a pastor or a church family.4. Planted Plants – These are the believers that come to get in, not get out. a) They become a vital, living part of the local church. I have been a member of only three churches in the 43+ years since I was saved. I joined the church I was saved in and remained there until God called me into the ministry. I joined the church where I spent my Bible College years and remained faithfully there until God called me to pastor Temple Baptist. I joined Temple Baptist and have remained here. In March, it was 33 years. b) As a general rule, these planted plants feed and water themselves. I may have to pour a little water on them in drought or fertilize once a year, but they are self-feeders. About once a year, I prune them so as to help natural growth. I am careful in my pruning because they can be cut back too hard. They will still grow but may skip a year in fruit production. I prune as to leave buds for natural growth and buds for fruit.c) I thank God for our people as most of you have been here for years and can be depended upon in both good and bad times. Planted plants are buried deep in the soil and survive because they can withstand the elements in the area in which they are planted. You can lead them and you can feed them.d) Planted plants stay planted. We have a Windmill Palm in our front yard that is app. 20 feet tall now. It is a thing of beauty and adds so much to the overall décor of our yard and home. I never come home and find that my Palm tree has moved over to the neighbor's yard or somewhere else. Planted plants are always where the planter put them!e) These “planted plants” are the “heart and soul” of the local church! It is them that carry on the work of the ministry. It is them that support the local church with their tithes and offerings. It is them that help missionaries get on the field and stay on the field with their missions giving. You cannot support new missionaries with inconsistent support! You cannot pay bills and maintain the church with inconsistent tithes and offerings. God bless these “planted plants!”E. We need to remain or to become “planted plants” in 2014! 1. Planted Plants are Faithful Plants – vs. 1-2 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.2. Planted Plants are Happy Plants – vs. 4 Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.3. Planted Plants are Protected Plants – vs. 9 Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.4. Planted Plants are Fruitful Plants – vs. 14 Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.5. Planted Plants are Satisfied Plants – vs. 14 Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.F. Now, the question is, “How do we become planted?”1. Planted comes through Realization! There are no perfect churches! There are no perfect pastors! We will never agree with everything that we see or hear! We will not get our way! People are imperfect and no two will ever agree on everything. Where there are people, there will be problems and this includes the pulpit! If we do ever find the perfect church and pastor, we need to leave them along because joining it will mess it up which leads up to point number 2.2. Planted comes through Remembering! We are not perfect! We are not always right! God knows best and faithfulness to the local church is not a request! When you join a church, you join it—it does not join you! We are not there to change the church; we are placed there to enhance it! When we fail to remember that we are flawed and often hard to get along with, then we hold others to a standard that we are not willing to live with ourselves. Critical people not only hurt others but also hurt themselves.3. Planted comes through Resolve! We are joining because we love the Lord and the church is His design and will for us! We are joining the church because it takes the combined effort and talent of the corporate body to get the job done! We are joining the church, not to be seen or to be somebody, but to be a blessing and encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ! We have ability to be used for the Lord and the Holy Spirit places me in a church that needs us.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-16-2020Numbers 21:1-5Introduction:A. One of the greatest Valleys that God's people go through, especially in these last days, is that of Discouragement. In these verses, we find Israel still wandering in the wilderness because of the sin of unbelief. 1. God gives a great victory over Israel's enemy and they named the place Hormah: “devoted.”2. Israel goes from “devoted” to discouraged in the next verse! From the mountain top to the valley! “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love?”3. Even through the wilderness, the Lord was good to Israel and met their every need. Remember that the presence of God was continually before them in the pillar of smoke in the day and the pillar of fire in the night.4. Discouragement slips up on us. I want to look at this enemy of discouragement this morning with both its causes and affects. Why do God's people get discouraged when God is meeting our every need?5. Possibly the greatest personal enemy that God's children face is Discouragement. a) Through discouragement, preachers quit.b) Through discouragement, church members quit.c) Through discouragement, the soul winner's lips are sealed.B. Here are some causes for discouragement:1. When the battles get hard – vs. 1-3 “took…prisoners” (and yet God is giving victory: “utterly destroyed them”) - Numbers 21:3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah. (Our enemy is relentless. Satan never quits attacking God's children. Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.)2. When the way gets long – vs. 4 (“they journeyed” and were led of God) - Numbers 32:7-9 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them? Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadeshbarnea to see the land. 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. (God's children get tired “in the way,” not “of the way.”)3. When our hearts become complaining and bitter – vs. 5a (“spake against God…against Moses”) - Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!4. When our spiritual sight becomes dimmed – vs. 5b (“out of Egypt to die” instead of into Canaan's land to inherit!) - Exodus 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.5. When our sight becomes spiritually blurred – vs. 5c (“no bread…water” yet God was giving them both!) - Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.6. When our hearts become ungrateful – vs. 5d (“loatheth this light bread” which the Bible called angel's food!) - Psalms 78:25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. a) Discouragement Is Sin b) Discouragement Is Infectious c) Discouragement Is CurableC. Where you will not find encouragement.1. You Will Not Find Encouragement In Circumstances. (though they may improve temporarily, they will continue to change)2. You Will Not Find Encouragement In Human Reason. (the world has no spiritual answers)3. You Will Not Find Encouragement In Self-Pity. (this will only cause the valley to deepen)D. Where you will find encouragement.1. You Will Find Encouragement In The Lord - 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.a. There Is Encouragement In His Person - Habakkuk 3:17-18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.b. There Is Encouragement In His Presence - Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.c. There Is Encouragement In His Power - Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.d. There Is Encouragement In His Purpose - Philippians 4:12-13 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.2 Corinthians 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:e. There Is Encouragement In His Protection - 2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;2. You Will Find Encouragement In the Word - Psalms 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. a. There Is Encouragement In Its Promises - Deuteronomy 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.b. There Is Encouragement In Its Preaching - Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3. You Will Find Encouragement In The Church - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. a. There Is Encouragement In Your Pastor.1) To Continue - Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.2) To Contend - Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.3) To Conform - Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.b. There Is Encouragement In Your People.1) There Is Visual Encouragement - 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. (It encourages me just to see them!)2) There Is Vocal Encouragement - Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (It encourages me just to hear them!)
Temple Baptist Church - 2-12-2020Hebrews 11:11-12; Genesis 18:10-15Introduction:A. Now, for the first time, we find the mention of a woman in the Hall of Faith. Her inclusion is not something out of the norm because she is a woman. It is different because of her initial lack of faith. 1. In Genesis 18, we find the story of the angels on their way to Sodom stopping to talk with Abraham. God had promised a much younger Abraham a child by a much younger Sarah. Now, the years have passed with no child and it had ceased to be with Sarah after the “manner of women” and the loins of Abraham were now dead. 2. The bible records that both Abraham and Sarah laughed when told of the coming of a child. Sarah was rebuked for her laughter because it was the laughter of unbelief. Abraham was not rebuked and the New Testament gives the reason why. 3. Romans 4:18-20 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;4. Abraham's laughter was the laughter of joy because of the promise of a child coming through his barren wife and, according to Romans 4:18-29, Abraham's faith was unwavering in the face of the impossible.5. REMEMBER, Sarah “LAUGHED” at what she physically heard Him say!!!6. This message is all about God's people spiritually “laughing” at what God says and being RESTORED!Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.Hebrews 3:18-19 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?Psalms 78:21-22 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; (22) Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:Psalms 106:21-24 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; (22) Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. (23) Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them. (24) Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:7. GOD HATES THE SIN OF UNBELIEF!B. This is not an attack upon the spirituality of women. 1. Some of the greatest people of faith are women; some of the most faithful in the churches are women; some of the best workers in the local church are women; and some of the greatest prayer warriors are women. Women are not “second class Christians” when it comes to either position or faith. 2. Ladies, God made you special! God made the weaker vessel strong; God blesses the faithfulness and labor of women. We find their mention throughout the bible. Some of the most faithful disciples that the Lord had were the women who remained with Him, even at the foot of the cross when most of the men fled.C. These verses are of great help to most of us because we, for the most part, are not Abrahams. 1. Too often, we are like Sarah! 2. So often, our faith does fail as circumstances overwhelm us and physical sight says, “No way.” 3. It is easy to believe God when the situation only seems improbable but, when it becomes humanly impossible, preaching on faith is so much easier than living it! 4. Let me give you a good example of why Sarah's faith failed. Don't be too hard on her!a) When God called Abraham to leave the Ur of the Chaldees, he was 75 and Sarah was 65. Women normally married young so we can speculate that this couple had tried for many years to have a child with no results.b) When Abraham was 75 and Sarah was 65, God promised conception and the birth of a seed. I have no doubt that they tried to have a child and could not at this time. Can you imagine the excitement that permeated their home? After all these years, God was going to give them a child!c) When Abraham is 87 years old and Sarah is 77 years old, Sarah gave up because of the deadness of her womb. She was now physically too old to conceive so she gave Hagar to Abraham as a wife. Hagar conceived which lets us know that Abraham's loins were not yet dead. d) Somewhere in the 13 years between the birth of Ishmael and the birth of Isaac, Abraham's loins also died. Now it is physically impossible for either Abraham or Sarah to have children.Romans 4:18-19 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:e) How much faith would it take for you to continue to believe God for that child with it humanly impossible?5. Thus we find Proverbs 3:5-6.D. Somewhere between the laughter and the birth of Isaac, Sarah's faith changed. 1. The faithfulness of God to Abraham brought forth conception though Sarah doubted. God blessed despite Sarah's unbelief. 2. The result of God's faithfulness was conception and Sarah saw that what God had promised, He was fully able to perform—even when it became a physical impossibility. God helped Sarah to restore her faith in Him who is able to do the impossible.3. The faith of Sarah, who willingly left the Ur of the Chaldees with her husband, was gloriously restored to the point that she is not recorded for unbelief in Hebrews 11 but for her faith.E. The reason for Sarah's mention in Hebrews is a great one. When faith fails, it can be restored! Failure in faith is not the will of God but neither is it the end of the world. We can still get back on track after failure.F. Here are some biblical illustrations that show the circumstances where faith often fails.1. Our faith sometimes falters when we get our eyes off the Lord and who He is. Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. (29) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (30) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (31) And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?2. Our faith sometimes falters when unfaithfulness grows in our lives. John 20:27-29 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (28) And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.3. Our faith sometimes falters when self-confidence arises. Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.4. Our faith sometimes falters when the storms of life are raging. Matthew 8:24-27 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. (25) And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. (26) And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (27) But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!5. Our faith sometimes falters when finances get tight. Matthew 6:28-34 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: (29) And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.6. Our faith sometimes falters when sickness strikes. Mark 9:23-24 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (24) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.7. Our faith sometimes falters when death becomes a fearful reality. Luke 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?Conclusion: We may not always understand but Proverbs 3:5-6 is clear at this point.Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.BELIEVE GOD! He is always right; He is always good; He is always compassionate; He always loves His children; He is always there for us; He always desires our good!
Temple Baptist Church - 2-9-2020Philippians 4:10-19Introduction: A. The message for this morning may require more than one service but I feel that it is one of great importance to us all. Finances!B. We live in a materialistic world and the lust of the eye associated with it is devastating many of our families. When I was young, we did not have much to “lust” after. No mass advertisements or TV commercials, no “Wally World” to walk through. Not much peer pressure because none of us kids had a lot to look at. We traded comic books and shot marbles, played with sticks and cans, and did not have the money or the wherewithal to travel much. Things are so different today.C. We live in a day of two income families that have taken the mother out of the house. Virtually every mom on our block was a “stay at home mom” back in the day. Today, most of our mothers are “locked in” to have to work. Their family lifestyle demand that debts be incurred. D. Many families suffer a breakup because of the stress of monumental debt caused by “keeping up with the Joneses.”E. God has a biblical plan for finances and those who remain within these bounds are both satisfied and happy.F. In verse 16, Paul uses the word (under inspiration of the Holy Ghost) “necessity.” 1. Something that is necessary, a requirement, a place of destitution, a lack thereof. “A day late a and dollar short!”2. As one preacher put it, you go down one side of the street paying bills and down the other side apologizing. The next week, you just do the opposite.3. There are times in the lives of most of us when the “BARREL IS WASTED!”4. The “prosperity preachers” may disagree but the Bible declares it to be so.5. Thus, the Valley of Necessity is a real valley that most of us will face sooner or later.G. It would do us well to realize that there are two types of Valleys of Necessity:1. Personally Designed Valleys Of Necessity - Luke 15:13-14 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. (Valleys that we create that bring about financial disaster.)2. Providentially Designed Valleys Of Necessity - Philippians 4:10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (These are valleys of God's design and He is teaching us through them.)H. I want to look at the Valleys of Necessity.THE PERSONALLY DESIGNED VALLEY OF NECESSITY.1. Some Causes Of The Valley Of Necessity (The self-induced valley)a. Laziness - Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. (Just too lazy and trifling to earn a living.)Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.b. Selfishness - Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Only think of themselves.)c. Hardheadedness - Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. (Some people never learn and will not take financial advice from the Bible or from others.)d. Discontentment - Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. (Running up excessive debts for all the wrong reasons.)e. Keeping The Wrong Company - Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. (Spending time with people who have money and trying to live like them. “A rich man is rich because he lives as if he were poor; a poor man is poor because he lives as if he were rich!”)f. God Robbing! - Malachi 3:8-12 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. (This valley may be because you have robbed God!)2. Some Lessons From The Valley Of Poverty (The self induced valley)a. Learn To Be Content With A Little Less Instead Of A Lot More - Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: VS. 1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (This valley may be because you overspend!)b. Learn To Tithe Your Income And Give A Love Offering - Mark 12:42-44 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.c. Learn How To Have A Plan To Get Out Of Debt, Not In Debt - Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (You must get out of debt the same way that you got into debt – one dollar at a time!)THE PROVIDENTIALLY DESIGNED VALLEY OF NECESSITY.1. The Cause Of The Valley Of Necessity (The providential valley)a. This Is Not A Valley Of Your Making. Sometimes the valley is caused by physical problems; sometimes the valley is caused by job loss; sometimes the valley is caused - Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Our prayer is for daily bread, not riches or poverty)b. This Is A Valley Of God's Providence - Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (This state was God's place for Paul)c. This Is a Valley Of God's Purpose - Philippians 4:15-16 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. (It took away Paul's pride, as he was helped, and tested the love of the brethren who gave to him.)2. The Lessons Of The Providentially Designed Valley Of Necessity.a. Learn To Put Your Trust In God And Not In Uncertain Riches - 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;Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.Matthew 6:25-34 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? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? 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. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.b. Learn To Let The Money Be Your Servant, Not The Master – Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.c. Learn To Place Monetary Things In A Right Perspective - Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Money is a tool to be used, not an end to be sought.)d. Learn To Walk By Faith And Not Be Sight - 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.e. Learn That Little Is Much When God Is In It - 2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.f. Learn To Chose Right Over Riches – Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and goldProverbs 11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.g. Learn That Riches Are Temporal And, Therefore Passing - Proverbs 27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?h. Learn That Riches Will Not Satisfy - Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.i. Learn That Prosperity Is Not Measured In The Things That A Man Possesses - Luke 12:15-21 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.j. Learn That God Will Meet Your Needs And Everything You Want Is Not A Need - 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-9-2020 Revelation 2:18-29 Introduction: A. As we study the seven churches of Revelation, chapters 2-3, we find progressive compromise that always leads to apostasy.B. The progression of the Church Age.1. Ephesus - Dearly Beloved - The Drifting Church that left their first love.2. Smyrna - Crushed - The Persecuted Church that felt the lethal effects of compromise.3. Pergamos - Wedded - The Compromising Church that traded its Old Paths for peace with the state.4. Thyatira - Continual Sacrifice - The Apostate Church that allowed apostates to teach and to seduce God's people.C. Now, the Church at Thyatira:1. The Description of Christ – Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;a. His Deity – “The Son of God”b. His Discernment - "Eyes like fire" - all seeing and all knowing2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.c. His Determination - "Feet like brass" - standing in judgmentJohn 5:25-27 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.2. The Description of The Church – Revelation 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.a. A Working Church. “thy works”b. A Loving Church. “charity”c. A Serving Church. “service”d. A Faithful Church. “faith”e. A Patient Church. “patience”f. A Flourishing Church. “thy works; and the last to be more than the first”3. The Detestation of The Compromise - Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.a. Her Flawed Authority (2:20) "Jezebel … prophetess" The Analogy of Jezebel and The End-time Church.1) Jezebel was a Zidonian, a worshipper of baal. She was an extension of Babylonian worship who had power over government, Ahab her husband.1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.2) We find her in Revelation, chapter 17:Revelation 17:1, 4-6 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters … And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (5) And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (6) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.3) Her flawed teachings described. “fornication, idols, adultery, depths of Satan”b. The Church at Thyatira's Compromise. “Sufferest … to teach (allowed to teach false doctrine) . . . Jezebel (the end-time church) … sufferest … to seduce my servants (to proselyte God's people)” 4. The Determination of The Children - Revelation 2:22-23 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.a. “I will cast her into a bed” (2:22) In bed together means of the same mind; in cahoots.b. “I will kill her children with death” (2:23a) The end result of her damnable doctrines.c. “I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” (2:23b) The ultimate judgment of her followers.5. The Duty of The Believer – Revelation 2:24-25 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. (25) But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.a. The Directive. (2:24-25a) "hold fast" To those who follow the Bible and the Old Paths of the Fathers.b. The Duration. (2:25b) "till I come" To continue to seek and stand in the old way wherein is the good way.6. The Dividends of The Faithful – Revelation 2:26-29 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (27) And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (28) And I will give him the morning star. (29) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.a. The Condition. (2:26) "that overcometh, and keepeth"b. The Compensation. (2:26-29) “and shall rule … and I will give”1) The Reigning. (2:26-27) “I will give power … And he shall rule”2) The Relationship. (2:28-29) “the morning star”Conclusion: I will not spend a lot of time discussing Roman Catholicism but will give a simple overview of its flawed basis. Just a few of the dangerous doctrines of Roman Catholicism:1. Roman Catholicism has a Flawed Authority: the church, the Pope, then the Bible. Notice that I placed the Bible last. The church and the Pope rule, not God's Word.Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.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.2. Roman Catholicism has a Flawed Worship: Mary and/or Christ. Mary is not the mother of God; she was the mother of the physical body of Jesus Christ. God has no mother! Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, formed the womb in which He was to be born. He was before Mary, not Mary before Him!a. Mary was called blessed among women because God chose her to bear His Son.b. Mary had a normal marriage relationship with Joseph after the birth of Christ.Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.c. Mary bore other children to Joseph.Matthew 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (56) And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?d. Mary was given to the care of John the Beloved after the crucifixion of Christ and remained in his care until her death.John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.3. Roman Catholicism has a Flawed Mediation: Mary and/or Christ. Roman Catholics pray through Mary to God. In the Catholic Church, Mary is Co-Mediatrix with Christ.1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;4. Roman Catholicism has a Flawed Salvation: The church, Mary, baptism, sacraments, good works, Christ.Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.5. Roman Catholicism has a Flawed Eternity: Purgatory instead of heaven or hell. There are no such places as Limbo or Purgatory in the Bible. It is either heaven or hell and, after death, the transition to one of the other is instantaneous! 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (7) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (8) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.The message to the Church at Thyatira is relative to our day as Protestant, Pentecostal, and Southern Baptist, etc. have developed a working relationship with Roman Catholicism. We see their observance of Lent, ecumenical worship services, “Holy Communion” etc. all around us. As Bible believers, we hold fast to the Word of God as our final authority and the Old Paths of our fathers, wherein is the good way!
Temple Baptist Church - 1-29-2020Hebrews 11:8-10Introduction: A. As we continue through God's “Hall of Faith,” we find a man named Abraham.1. Abraham is called the “Father” of our faith.2. Abraham is called “the friend of God.”3. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are called the “Fathers” of the Jewish nation.4. Abraham was the first Hebrew while Jacob was the first Jew.B. As we studied in Genesis, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob were flawed men.1. Abraham failed God to lead him. He went down to Egypt in a time of famine. He also went to Gerar.2. Abraham failed God to feed him. In famine, he left the place that God sent him to because he felt that God had blessed Egypt.3. Abraham failed God to protect him. Twice, he and Sarah lied about their relationship, placing Sarah in jeopardy to protect Abraham.4. Abraham hearkened to the voice of his wife. He took Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian handmaid to wife. This brought about the birth of Ishmael, whose descendants continue to be as thorn in the flesh to everyone living about them.C. The “Hall of Faith” is not about perfect men, it is about men of Faith!1. God can use flawed men who are men of faith!James 5:17-18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.2. There is an old saying: “God can take a crooked stick and draw a straight line!”3. God is no respecter of persons. But He is a respecter of men of faith.4. God is pleased with man's faith.Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.5. God honors faith. God uses flawed men because He honors their Faith!D. The Faith of Abraham:1. Abraham had Saving Faith – Romans 4:1-3 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? (2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (He had nothing to glory in except God!)a. Abraham's Faith was a Personal Faith. “Abraham our father … hath found”b. Abraham's Faith was a Glorifying Faith. “he hath whereof to glory; but not before God”c. Abraham's Faith was a Biblical Faith. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him”d. Abraham's Faith was a Saving Faith. “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God … counted unto him for righteousness”2. Abraham had Following Faith – Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Abraham did not know where he was going but he knew that God did!)a. The age of Abraham's call. Abraham is now 75 years and almost half of his life is gone.b. The place of Abraham's call. In the Ur of the Chaldees, a heathen land of idolatry.c. The answer of Abraham's call. His obedience was immediate, not delayed.d. The unquestioning obedience to Abraham's call. At his age to leave his people and the land of his birth to go to a land that he had never seen.3. Abraham had Enduring Faith – Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (Abraham never returned to the place of his family.)a. Abraham sojourned in the land of promise. “sojourned in the land of promise” He remained faithful to his call.b. Abraham sojourned in a strange country. “a strange country” He remained where God placed him. A place where he remained an outsider.c. Abraham raised his children there. “dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob” He did not go home to raise his children and grandchildren.d. Abraham gave his children his heritage. “the heirs with him of the same promise” Neither did his children returned to the land of the father's nativity.4. Abraham had Financial Faith – Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. (19) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: (20) And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (Abraham gave to God what belonged to Him because he knew where it all came from.)a. Abraham gave at the right place. “the priest of the most high God” In our economy, the local church. Malachi 3:10. Will a man rob God? So many do.b. Abraham gave the right amount. “tithes” The tithe is the Lord's!c. Abraham gave to the right Person. “the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth” All that we have belongs to God!5. Abraham had Strong Faith – Romans 4:19-21 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. (Abraham believed God when all human hope was gone.)a. Abraham believed God! “the promise of God” If God says it, you can put it in the bank.b. Abraham believed the Impossible! “an hundred years old … the deadness of Sara's womb” He was strong in faith.c. Abraham believed Unwaveringly. “being fully persuaded” He never doubted what God had promised.6. Abraham had Sacrificial Faith – Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. (2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. (Abraham believed God for the incomprehensible.)a. What God gave, God required. “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest” The most precious thing that God had given to Abraham, God required.b. Abraham was willing to give what God required. “And Abraham rose up early in the morning … And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” I find no hesitancy in Abraham's obedience. What faith this required?c. Abraham knew that God would have to resurrect his son, Isaac, the child of promise. “Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:19) 7. Abraham had Eternal Faith – Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Abraham knew that God's promise was sure and Abraham's eternity was secured.)Conclusion: Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2020Hebrews 11:27Introduction:A. Last week, we took a biblical look at the first 40 years of the life of Moses, one of the greatest men in the Bible.Acts 7:20-23 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: (21) And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. (22) And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in words and in deeds. (23) And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.B. 1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:C. Moses was all three of the above:1. Moses was a wise man. “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians”2. Moses was a mighty man. “and was mighty in words and in deeds”3. Moses was a noble man. “Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son”D. Now we come to the middle 40 years of the life of Moses. A period of testing his faith. I knew who he was; he was no doubt a man of faith; he knew what the Lord wanted him to accomplish; But he was rejected and fled from the face of Pharaoh.Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.E. It was not God's way (killing the Egyptian-Moses was a man of renown and could have stopped the smiting without killing him) nor God's time. What did Moses learn in his time of testing?F. Moses endured 40 years of God's silence because he “saw” Him who was invisible! My thoughts ran to these verses in the New Testament:John 20:28-29 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (There are times when we do not “hear from God,” and we certainly do not see God but know who He is, what He can do, and that He is always there with and for us!)G. God's “Bible College” is often found in difficulties or on the “backside of the desert!” Here is what Moses' “education taught him.”1. Moses learned Affiliation – Exodus 2:11a And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens:Moses gave up his position and possessions for his people. From wise, mighty, noble, and rich beyond our imagination to affiliate with God's people who were slaves.2. Moses learned Persecution – Exodus 2:11b-15 And he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. (12) And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. (13) And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? (14) And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. (15) Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.Moses learned that he would be persecuted by both his own people as well as the world.3. Moses learned Waiting – Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.Moses knew that God would use him to deliver Israel from Egypt but would now spend the next 40 years waiting. He learned that God would do these things in His time, not when Moses though it was right.4. Moses learned Subjection – Exodus 2:21a And Moses was content to dwell with the man:Moses became subject to the priest of Midian for period of 40 years. Before Moses could lead, he had to learn to follow.5. Moses learned Family – Exodus 2:21b And he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.Moses married the daughter of the priest of Midian and she bore 2 children for him. The New Testament “shepherd,” the Bishop or Pastor, had to be married and had to have his children in subjection.6. Moses learned Shepherding – Exodus 3:1a Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian.Moses was placed in a position of care for Jethro's flock of sheep, a menial task but a very important one. Shepherding sheep prepared Moses for shepherding God's “sheep,” Israel! Those who are faithful over small things can generally be trusted with large things.7. Moses learned Communion – Exodus 3:1-5 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. (2) And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. (4) And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. (5) And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.I believe that it would be safe to say that Moses spent time communing with God in the solitude of the “backside of the desert,” much after the manner of David's writing the 23rd Psalm while tending his father's sheep. Moses knew God before he came to Midian and there was nothing to entertain one's thoughts on the “backside of the desert.” No TV, no radio, no cell phones, just solitude where a man had time to think and ponder the things of God. It was there that God appeared to Moses and we find the first recorded time that God actually spoke to him.8. Moses learned Obedience – Exodus 3:10, 4:20 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt ... And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.When God met with Moses, Moses became obedient to God's command to face Pharaoh, possibly the same Pharaoh that he fled from 40 years previously, and deliver the people of Israel.9. Moses learned Trust – Exodus 3:11-12 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (12) And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.Moses offered up excuses to God but learned to trust God and follow the command given to him. This man, Moses, was the one to deliver Israel out of the hand of Pharaoh and Egypt!10. The first 40 year period of the life of Moses was one of Testimony while the second 40 year period of his life was one of Testing.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-7-2020Job 23:1-17Introduction: A. Job is said to be the oldest book in the Bible. 1. I will take their word for that as I do know the antiquity of the story. Thus, what I am going to preach about this morning is as old as time itself.2. The Valley of Faith. There will be times in our lives when we do not understand (Job did not) and or when we cannot do anything to alleviate our circumstances. These times will try our faith!B. It is in these times that you had better know some things.James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which (1) endure. Ye have heard of the (2) patience of Job, and have seen (3) the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.1. Job's Predicament. Life will be tough at times!Job 23:1-9 Then Job answered and said, (2) Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. (3) Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! (4) I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. (5) I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. (6) Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. (7) There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. (8) Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: (9) On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:1a) Job's Complaint – Verse 2 Job's Complaint was legitimate!2a) Job's Confusion – Verses 3-7 Murphy's Law applied to Job.3a) Job's Consternation – Verses 8-9 God was nowhere to be found.2. Job's Patience. Job 23:10-12 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (11) My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. (12) Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.4a) Job's Consideration – Verses 10 God was still in control!5a) Job's Continuation – Verses 11 And having done all to stand! Do Right!6a) Job's Comfort – Verse 12 God's comforting Word, the Bible.3. Job's Perception. Job 23:13-15 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. (14) For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (15) Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.7a) Job's Conclusion – Verse 12-17 Trust in the wisdom of God!C. In this part of Job's life, we find: 1. God's Purpose – vs. 10 “I shall come forth as gold” 2. God's Plan – vs. 11 – “his steps” 3. God's Persistence – vs. 13 – “who can turn him?” 4. God's Performance – vs. 14 – “he performeth” 5. God's Presence – vs. 15 – “his presence”Our Faith in our Confusion – vs. 111 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:1. His Steps Are Sure StepsPsalms 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.Psalms 18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.Psalms 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.2. His Steps Are Ordered StepsPsalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.3. His Steps Are Protected StepsPsalms 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.Psalms 139:3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.4. His Steps Are Righteous StepsPsalms 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.Psalms 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.Psalms 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.5. His Steps Are Joyous StepsPsalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.6. His Steps Are Good StepsPsalms 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.Psalms 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.Psalms 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.7. His Steps Are Plain StepsPsalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.8. His Steps Are Growing StepsProverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.9. His Steps Are Living StepsProverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-26-2020Psalms 84Introduction: A. The word Baca means weeping. Life is full of heartaches and disappointments. Life is full of tears. The Valley of Baca is a Valley of Desolation, Despair, Disappointment, Discouragement!B. A common text for funerals is Job 14:1-2 which says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” C. Life begins with weeping (a baby is born crying). Life ends with weeping (We mourn for those who die). D. Psalm 84, where we find the Valley of Baca or Weeping, begins by detailing the importance of the house of the Lord to the Christian. In a day of the de-emphasizing of God's house (it has become non-essential to the world), the Bible clearly emphasizes God's house. 1. Vs. 1 – It is a place of great beauty and is well beloved. The devil hates it and the Christian loves it.2. Vs. 2 – It is a place of desire and worship. Oh, what vehement desire is portrayed here!3. Vs. 3 – It is a place of nesting and sacrifice. I wonderful place to raise your children and to give to the Lord His due!4. Vs. 4 – It is a place of continuance and glory. Those who are faithful to God's house continue to praise His wonderful name!5. Vs. 5 – It is a place of blessing and strength. It is in the house of the Lord that we find strength to endure in the hard times!E. It is of no small wonder that God introduces the Valley of Weeping with the importance of steadfastness in the house of the Lord.F. I want to look at two things about this valley:1. The Valley of Weeping Is Temporary – vs. 6 - “passing through” (With all of life's tears, there is still much joy!)a. Tears Are Temporal - John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.b. Joy Is Eternal - Isaiah 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.2. The Valley of Weeping Can Become A Blessing – vs. 6 – “make it a well” (Not make a well in the Valley of Weeping, but make the Valley of Weeping a well!)a. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And Come Out Empty (Most people never see what the Lord is doing for them in this valley.)b. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And “Make It A Well.” (A well in the middle east was a precious commodity, a place of refreshment and strength.)1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 1) You can make it a well by being faithful to God's house – vs 4, 10 2) You can make it a well by exercising faith in God – vs 12 3) You can make it a well by continuing in God's service – vs 5c. You Can Pass Through The Valley Of Weeping And Come Out An Example. (Others will one day pass where you have passed, and your testimony can be a comfort and encouragement to them.)An old man travelled a lone highwayWho came to the evening at the end of day,To a chasm vast and deep and wideThrough which was flowing a sullen tide.The old man crossed in the twilight dimFor that sullen stream had no fear for him,But he paused as he reached the other sideAnd built a bridge to span the tide."Good Friend!" said a fellow traveller near,"You are wasting your time in building here,Your journey will end with the passing of day,And you must never again come pass this way.Why cause you build a bridge vast and wide?""Good Friend" said the old man lifting his head,There cometh after me, he said,"A youth who also must pass this wayHe too must pass in the ending of dayHe too must cross in the twilight dimGood Friend, I'm building this bridge for him."WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THE VALLEY OF WEEPING1. You Can Find The Presence Of The Lord – vs 9 “Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.” (Without loneliness there would be no realization of God's Presence.)Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.2. You Can Find The Strength Of The Lord – vs 5, 7 – “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them…They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Without weakness there would be no need of God's strength.)2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.3. You Can Find The Guidance Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a sun” (Without loss of direction there would be no need of God's guidance.)Psalms 23:2-3 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4. You Can Find The Protection Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a…shield” (Without danger there would be no need of God's protection.)Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.5. You Can Find The Grace Of The Lord – vs 11 “the LORD will give grace” (Without trials thee would be no need of God's grace.)2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.6. You Can Find The Glory Of The Lord – vs 11 “the LORD will give…glory” (Without accomplishment there would be no need of God's glory.)Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.7. You Can Find The Comfort Of The Lord – vs 11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield” (Without heartbreak there would be no need of God's comfort.)2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.8. You Can Find The Answer To Your Prayers – vs 8 “O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob” (Without prayer there would be no need of God's answers.)Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.9. You Can Find The Reward Of The Lord – vs 11 “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Without suffering, there would be no reigning with God.)Psalms 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?10. You Can Always Rejoice In The Lord! Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Rejoicing in the Lord who never changes! Rejoicing “always” is a personal choice to be made in both good and bad times.)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-29-2020Hebrews 11:28; Exodus 12:1-14Introduction:A. Once again, we find a verse beginning with “Through faith” instead of “By Faith.” The word “through” is a preposition with the object being “faith.” Through means “moving in one side and out of the other side” of something. An expected outcome, knowing the outcome in advance. This phrase is found twice in the preceding verses:1. Hebrews 11:3 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. (We see the result of God's creation and understand that this world could not have come from nothing, therefore, it had to be created Ex Nihilo or out of nothing.)2. Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. (Though Sara doubted at first, God gave her the faith to conceive while knowing in advance the outcome.)B. “By Faith” normally means an action done not knowing the outcome but trusting God for the outcome, either good or bad.C. Through faith, he kept the Passover means that Moses already knew the outcome when he observed it. Passover-An exemption; to skip or to hop over.1. The Passover was a national institution. Other than the keeping of the Sabbath, no other institutions had been established.2. The Passover was to be the beginning of a new calendar year: Nisan – Our April. Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.3. The Old Testament Passover was a type of Salvation through the finished work of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. The system was Atonement, or a Covering until the Lamb of God would come to “take away the sin of the world.”4. The New Testament Passover was a tribute to the sacrificial work of our Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The system is Propitiation or Christ taking our place.5. The Lord's Supper is done in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ. Christ's body broken found in the bread and Christ's blood found in the fruit of the vine.D. The First Passover:1. The Selection of the Lamb. Verses 3-5.a. A Personal Lamb: Verses 3-5: Verse 3 – “a lamb” (Verse 3), became “the lamb” (Verse 4), which became “your lamb” (Verse 5).Notice the progress as almost everyone stops at one of these places. “A lamb” means that it is one of many, thus there are many ways to heaven. “The lamb” is recognition that Jesus Christ was the Son of God but ends in personal rejection. “Your lamb” is personal faith in Jesus Christ that results in eternal salvation.John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.b. A Pure Lamb: Verses 5-6: Without blemish; a male of the first year; observed for 14 days. Though scrutinized by Pharisees, lawyers, scribes, and mankind in general—no fault was found in Him.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.2. The Sacrifice of the Lamb. Verses 6-7.a. The Lamb's Body Died. A price for sin had to be paid through death. The wages of sin have never changed. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 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:b. The Lamb's Blood Applied. The death of the lamb availed nothing with the application of the blood to the door. It had to be applied on the door of every home.Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.3. The Substitution of the Lamb. Verses 6-13.a. The Entering of the Sanctuary. Every individual had to personally go through the door into the house to be saved from death.John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.b. The Eating of the Sacrifice. Every individual had to allow the sacrifice to become a part of them.John 6:51-53 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (52) The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (53) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.4. The Salvation of the Lamb. Verse 13.a. The Criteria of Salvation. The token of the blood was the reminder that only it would take away the sinfulness of man.Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:b. The Commencement of Salvation. The Passover was that moment that the LORD passed over that door and, because of the acceptance of the individuals inside, delivered them.Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.5. The Celebration of the Lamb. Verse 14.a. The Ordinance. The Passover was to be on the 14th day of the 1st month from that point on.1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: (24) And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (25) After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.b. The Observance. As the Old Testament saints observed the Passover in anticipation of the Messiah, the New Testament saints observe the Lord's Supper in retrospect.1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-3-2020Psalm 77Introduction:A. As a rule, when seas are mentioned in the Bible, they are places of hardship or difficulty. They are places that test our faith! In this particular Psalm, we find “hindsight's 20/20” in operation. The Psalmist looks at the trial from start to finish. He started with faith; faith faltered; faith remembered; and God delivered!1. We Find Confidence – vs. 1 “God Will!”2. We Find Confusion – vs. 2 “God Hasn't!”3. We Find Complaining – vs. 3 “God Won't!”4. We Find Contemplation – vs. 4-9 “God has turned His back on me”5. We Find Consideration – vs. 10-18 “God has been here and done it before”6. We Find Confidence – vs. 19-20 “God will do it once more”B. Seas in general are immense! The Red Sea, to Israel who had no boats or planes, was just such a sea. It was:1. A Place Of Improbability – The path north was the easiest and quickest2. A Place Of Impassability – The path south was one of entanglement by sea,mountains, or desert.3. A Place of Impossibility – They could not go forward, they could not go backward, they could not stay put!C. Life is hard at best. When I think of a sea, I think of:1. Great Depths - The Mariana Trench is 36,201 feet deep (Mt. Everest—the highest mountain in the world stands only 29,029 ft. tall).2. Immense Size - The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean. It covers 69,375,000 square miles.3. Incredible Power – Currents that cannot be contained.4. Sudden tempests – Storms of great magnitude.5. Long Crossings – Thousands of miles on major oceans.6. Physical Impossibilities – I cannot neither wade through nor them can I swim across them. I often go to the Atlantic and the possibility of my swimming across it never even crosses my mind. As a matter of fact, there are fish there that would love to eat this fat preacher!D. Verses 13-15 declares that God is known in the Sanctuary, God's house. God's house is essential! ” Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?1. There We Remember The Past – Verse 11. “Thy wonders of old.”2. There We Meditate on The Present – Verse 12. “All thy doings.” (Performance or opportunity)3. There We Declare the Future – Verse 14. “Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.”4. “What Did The Sea See When The Sea Saw?” “The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.” (Verse 16) E. The Psalmist said, “Thy way is in the sea and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” God often allows His children to come to hard places in their lives. Not paths chosen by us but paths allowed by Him. This verse tells me three things:' 1. God's Path Is Not Always Easy!2. God's Path Is Always Ahead of Us!3. God's Path Is Not Always Visible!1. God's Sea is a Prepared Place – His Property! God created the seas and knows every part of it like the “back of His hand!” He made every mountain and every valley in the seas. I believe that God knows every trial that we will face in our lives. It is not that God creates sinfulness nor does He condone it, but I believe that God still controls it! It Is Not The Way Of Our Comprehending!2. God's Sea is a Providential Place – His Permission! God knew before He ever created the world that Israel would one day stand at that precise place because it was the “hand of God” that led them there. It was a place of God's choosing. Every good General picks his place and time of battle. God chose the place of Israel's crossing. So does God allow us to be brought to hard places in life in His providence! It Is Not The Way Of Our Comfort! It Is Often The Harder Way! It Is Often The Long Way! It Is Not The Way Of Our Choosing! It Is Often The Only Way! When you have no choice, you can make no wrong decision!3. God's Sea is a Powerful Place – His Parting! When I see the ocean, it never ceases to amaze me with its magnitude and its power! It goes beyond the horizon; it goes for thousands of miles; no power on earth can either tame it or stop it. It is controlled only by God! When we come to our sea—Seas Of Disappointment, Seas Of Discouragement, Seas Of Dire Circumstances, Seas Of Duration, Seas Of Doubt—they are seas where only God can show His might power!4. God's Sea Is A Protected Place – His Pillar! When Israel came to the impossible, impassable Red Sea and the enemy drew near to destroy, God placed Himself between the enemies of God's people and the people of God. No matter how they hated Israel and Israel's God, they could do nothing to draw any nearer than God would allow. He has put Satan and the enemies of God's children on a leash! The most protected place is not always the easiest one. The most protected place is in the midst of the fire in the will of God.5. God's Sea Is A Purposed Place – His Plan! His purpose is to deliver the children of God! God does not purpose that we be destroyed and He will show up on time to deliver. When we get to the end of life and look back, we will see the hand of God in our lives. His purpose is to destroy the enemies of God! As God destroyed Israel; as God destroyed Haman; God will destroy those who oppose Him and refuse to get right. Egypt could have been spared if, at any time, they had turned around but God hardened their hearts and they continued until they perished. His purpose is to purify the saint and bring praise and glory to God! In the sea, God is still God! Just let God be God, trust Him with all that you have, and He will be glorified.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-3-2020Revelation 3:14-22Introduction:A. Tonight, we begin with the last age of the church, The Laodicean Church Age. Lukewarm, despicable, relatively worthless and without cure.B. In two thousand years, we came from the Apostolic Church that “turned the world upside down” to this? 1. How did we get here? The Bible Belt is unbuckled, most churches are modernistic and liberal, and fundamental Bible believing churches are like “hen's teeth,” hard to find.2. How did we get here? One inch at a time, the church has gotten used to the dark and found out that it liked the dark!C. Laodicea: “The Rights of the People”1. The Lukewarm Church2. The Materialistic Church3. The Despicable Church4. The Drag Net Church5. The Last ChurchD. The History Timeline of the Laodicean Church Age:1. Pre-Laodicea - Three things drove America spiritually to its knees in prayer prior to 1945.a. World War I, 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918, The Great War. The first global conflict.b. The Great Depression - August 1929 to June 1938c. World War II, 1 September 1939 to 2 September 1945, The Second World War.2. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped its first atomic bomb from a B-29 bomber plane called the Enola Gay on Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, August 9, 1945, a second was dropped on Nagasaki—bringing Japan to a place of surrender on August 14, 1945, bringing an end to World War II.3. The biblical structure of the home changed during World War II as the men went to war and the women left the home and went to work in the war effort. When the men came home from the war, they were tired of fighting, the women were making the decisions and the home has never been the same.4. War has always been good for the economy because it increases its output and number of workers to support it. At the end of the war, materialism was in full swing. a. Americans could now afford the luxuries of life that they had only dreamed of in the past.b. New homes, new cars, modern appliances and conveniences became the norm in most American homes, and this took MONEY!c. Since the women, for the most part, now worked outside the home, the two income home was the answer to the materialistic desires of America.5. Over the past 75 years, great change has come to America and the world. These changes have not all been good ones.a. The first official television broadcast began on January 3, 1954 and Hollywood has done much to shape the thinking of America ever since. b. The “Baby Boomers” came into this world to families with working moms and dads. Many became dysfunctional because of this change in family structure where mom was not always at home.c. Grandparents, babysitters, Daycare Centers and Kindergarten took over the raising of the children because mom and dad now had to work to pay bill for the newly acquired assets.d. Breakdown of authority. The Old School of authority became just that, “Old School.” Children were not corrected in the home; children could not be in the schools; this bled over into every aspect of life.e. The rise of the hippy (flower children) movement; burn the bra movement; women's lib movement; NOW – National Organization of Women, etc.f. The “Godlessness” of the public-school system. 1. The “Godlessness” of Evolution. Science falsely so-called has permeated schools.2. The “Godlessness” of Humanism. Where there is not God, man becomes “god.”3. The “Godlessness” of Globalism. “We are world and we are one.” Montessori method of teaching. The first Montessori School was established in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1913.4. The “Godlessness” of Socialism. The Socialist Movement in America is deeply rooted in public education as colleges are turning out liberal left socialists.g. The evolution of the “religion.” Not salvation as it never changes. As each generation became more unchurched, causing the churches to change their biblical structure in lieu of a more worldly approach to draw the worldly.h. In the early 1950's, more “new bibles” came into existence and the King James Bible was being taught as archaic and, therefore, not as relevant as the modern versions. Mostly liberal churches changed to the new versions through ignorance BUT many so-called fundamental churches and universities push them today.1. The Westcott-Hort Text, i.e. the Critical Text or the Minority Text began to be translated around 1853. New Testament finished in 1881 and RV completed in 1885. 2. The Revised Version was rejected by the majority and the King James continued to be the Bible of choice until the early 1950's.1952 – Revised Standard Version1965 – Amplified Bible1966 – Jerusalem Bible1970 – New American Bible1971 – New American Standard Bible1971 – The Living Bible1976 – The Good News Bible1978 – The New International Version1982 – New King James Version1989 – New Revised Standard Version2001 – English Standard Version2004 – Holman Standard Christian Version2004 – New Living Translation Updated2008 – ESV Study Bible Publishedi. Demographics have changed:1. The Old School Americans (pre-WWII), for the most part, have passed away; Baby Boomers (post-WWII), also called Generation X, are now the senior citizens and are passing off the scene; Millennials (As of July 1, 2016 (the latest date for which population estimates are available), also called Generation Y, are parents; and Generation Z (America's youth) are coming up.2. With each change, there has been a forsaking of some degree the values of the preceding generation and America is rushing toward the self-destruction of socialism as the “blind” are now leading the “blind.”3. All these changes are evidenced in the modern day COVID-19 “crisis,” as not only the world is caught up in it, churches are also.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-6-2020Hebrews 11:29; Exodus 14;8-14Introduction:A. God did some wonderful things for Israel.1. God sent His deliverer, Moses.2. God plagued Egypt until Pharaoh let Israel go.3. God spoiled the Egyptians, making Israel immensely rich.4. God instituted the Passover, the fourteenth day of a New Year: Nissan.5. God brought Israel out with a High Hand.6. God promised to both take them and take them in!B. Israel is excited because Canaan is eleven days away. A land flowing with milk and honey! Home!C. Now God does the incomprehensible! God led Israel by a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night. There was no mistaking God's deliverance or God's direction.Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: (22) He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.Exodus 14:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.D. Though Moses did not understand nor did the Nation of Israel, they followed Him!1. God knew that Israel was not ready to defeat the Canaanites.Exodus 13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:2. God knew that Pharaoh would never leave Israel alone. Exodus 14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?3. God had told Moses that he would serve Him upon Mt. Sinai. There Moses would be given the Moral Law, Ceremonial Law, Civil Law, along with the pattern of the Tabernacle and Priesthood.Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.4. God knew that this generation of Israelites would reject God's promise of delivering Canaan into their hand and would have to die in the wilderness.Numbers 14:2, 4 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness ... And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.Deuteronomy 1:35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,E. One man put the story this way:1. Egyptians were pursuing. (Verses 8-9)2. Israelites were petrified and pouting. (Verses 10-12)3. Moses was patient and peaceful. (verses 13-14)1. The Lord's Direction. (Verses 1-2)a. The Way was unexpected. By “The Way of the Sea,” which is probably the route that Jacob took when traveling to Egypt was app. 220 miles and would have taken from 7-11 days to travel. b. The Place was impossible. God led Israel to the south along the west bank of the Gulf of Suez to a place between two mountains. There, they face the Gulf of Suez, an impassible route as there were not enough ships in Egypt to carry them and all that they had over.c. The Possibility was incomprehensible. 15 miles wide and 1850 meters (6070 feet) deep2. The Lord's Desire. (Verses 3-8)a. God knew that Pharaoh had to be destroyed or they would never give up and let Israel go.b. God knew that He had to fight for Israel because they could not stand against Pharaoh's army.3. Israel's Dilemma. (Verses 9-12)a. Israel's Fearfulness. (Verse 10)b. Israel's Faithlessness. (Verses 11-12)4. Moses' Demand. (Verses 13-14)a. Fear Ye Not.b. Stand Still.c. See The Salvation of The LORD.5. The Lord's Deliverance. (Verses 15-22)a. The Direction Given. (Verse 15)b. The Divided Waters. (Verse 16) God told Moses to do this. c. The Dry Ground Appeared.6. The Lord's Defense. (Verses 19-20)a. God's Presence. Moved from before to behind.b. Man's Perception. Darkness to Egyptians and Light to the Israelites.7. The Lord's Demonstration. (Verses 23-31)a. The Egyptians Drawn. (Verse 23)b. The Egyptians Defeated. (Verses 24-25) b. The Egyptians Drowned. (Verses 26-28)8. Israel's Delight. (Verses 30-31)a. The Israelites Beheld. (Verse 30)b. The Israelites Believed. (Verse 31)
Temple Baptist Church - 5-10-2020Proverbs 18:22Introduction:A. Mother's Day is one of the most special of the year. It is a time for “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:29)B. I am forever grateful for the mother that God gave to me! Mom, you are always remembered, always missed and always loved!C. I am forever thankful for the wife that God gave to me! A wonderful helpmeet, best friend and mother! She is always loved and appreciated.D. I am ever thankful for the precious ladies that God's has placed here at Temple. Precious ladies who never give this pastor a headache! 😊 I love each of you and appreciate every one of you.E. Ladies, this is your day!F. It is interesting what some great men have said concerning their mothers. The mother has a tremendous influence for either good or evil in the lives of the children.Washington Irving – “The love of a real mother is never exhausted. It never changes-it never tires-it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.”Charles Spurgeon – “I cannot tell how much I owe to the prayers of my good mother…I remember her once praying, “Now Lord, if my children go on in sin it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear swift witness against them at the day of judgment if they lay not hold on Christ and claim Him as their personal Savior.”Dr. G. Campbell Morgan had 4 sons and they were all preachers. Someone once came into the drawing room when all the family was there. They thought they would see what Howard, one of the sons, was made of so they asked him this question: “Howard, who is the greatest preacher in your family?” Howard had a great admiration for his father, and he looked straight across at him and then, without a moment's hesitation, he answered, “Mother.”May R. Coker - Motherhood is the greatest privilege of life.Abraham Lincoln - No man is poor who has had a godly mother.Seen on a church sign: If evolution is true, how come mothers still have only two hands”G. How moms are made: She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 moveable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands. She must have 3 pairs of eyes. One pair of eyes is to see through the closed door as she asks the children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of the head is to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. The third pair is in the front of the head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word. She heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine-year-old to stand in the shower. She is made both soft and tough. She can endure and accomplish anything. She will be able to think, reason, and negotiate. She has tears as her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, and her grief. SHE IS BOTH SPECIAL AND SPECIALLY MADE!!! H. Woman, God's “crowning creation!” The last thing that God did was bring forth out of Adam a woman-helpmeet-friend-confidant-lover! 1. Good women are getting like “hen's teeth!” They are scarce and hard to find, but, thank God, there are still some young ladies being raised for the Lord in such a manner as to make good, godly wives.2. Any woman can become a good woman if she so desires. Godly wives and mothers are made as well as raised. Some of you ladies may not have had the privilege of being raised in a godly, separated home, but you can give your life to the Lord and become as godly as one raised.3. The word “find” does not mean to stumble upon, but rather to make a diligent search. Young men, do not fall for the first pretty face that you see because the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Allow your parents to be involved in the selection of a mate for life! Man looks upon the outward but God looks upon the heart!4. Find – to obtain by seeking - Matthew 7:7-10 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? (If you seek right, the Lord will give you the right mate!)THERE ARE SEVERAL “GOOD WOMEN” FOUND IN PROVERBS THAT I WANT TO LOOK AT THIS MORNING. THESE THINGS MAKE A LADY AND A MOTHER SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL.1. The Gracious Woman - Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches. GRACIOUS - Favorable; kind; benevolent; merciful; disposed to forgive offenses and impart unmerited blessings. (A mother has the same attributes in many ways that God has.)a. A Gracious Woman Is Forgiving Woman - Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. b. A Gracious Woman Is Kind Woman - Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?c. A Gracious Woman Is Favorable Woman - Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. (She brings the blessings of God on a home!)2. The Virtuous Woman - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.a. A Virtuous Woman Is A Moral Woman - 1 Timothy 2:9-10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.b. A Virtuous Woman Is An Asset To Her Husband - Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.3. The Wise Woman - Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.a. The Wise Woman Builds Her House - Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.b. The Foolish Woman Destroys Her House – “plucketh it down with her hands!”4. The God Fearing Woman - Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.a. The God Fearing Woman Is A Saved Woman - 1 Peter 3:2-4 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.b. The God Fearing Woman Is A Trusted Woman - Proverbs 31:11-12 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.c. The God Fearing Woman Is An Appreciated Woman - Proverbs 31:28-31 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. 1) Her Children – “her children” 2) Her Husband – “her husband” 3) Her Acquaintances – “in the gates” 4) Her Lord – “shall be praised”
Temple Baptist Church - 5-10-2020Matthew 13:47-51Introduction:A. Laodicea: The End Time Church, The Lukewarm Church, The Materialistic Church.B. The Parable of the Drag Net is a not-so-beautiful type of the Laodicea Church Age. But it shows us the real picture of where we are today as far as the “run of the mill” local churches of the Bible Belt.C. I do not want to rehearse the “How did we get from there to here” tonight but do want to use this parable to get a better understanding of what is going on.D. Where are we at in the Laodicean Church Age?1. The Kingdom of Heaven – an earthly kingdom: the end of the world and the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Christ. A lot of people confuse the Kingdom of Heaven with the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is a heavenly Kingdom.a. This parable is the end-time church of the Laodiceans. The Lord is coming and the body of Christ is leaving. The Tribulation Period will last for seven years, while we are in heaven at the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.b. In Revelation, chapter 19, the Lord is coming back to set up His earthly Kingdom where He will rule and reign for 1,000 years.c. I will not deal with Eschatology in general tonight because that is a series unto itself but just want to look at the parable.2. The Net is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.a. The Net is a finished work: the death—according to the Scriptures, burial, and resurrection—according to the Scriptures.b. The Net is a tool used to catch fish. Mark 1:16 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. 3. God's children are “fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Notice that these men were casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.)a. These are to sow indiscriminately. “cast a net into the sea.”Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (The sower did not pick just what he thought would be “good ground,” but broadcast the seed.)b. The “sea” is a type of the masses of humanity in this world. “all the world” and to “every creature.”c. The net gathered “every kind.” Our work is to cast the net and trust the Lord with who we catch.1) Some seed will fall on good ground and people come to Christ by faith.2) Some seed will fall on bad ground and, though they may make a profession, the hearer will remain lost.Possessors – Good groundProfessors – Good seed4. There will be a separating. John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.a. There will be a gathering of the good. Those in the net who are truly saved.John 10:14, 27 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine … My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: b. There will be a casting of the bad. Those in the net who are not saved.Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.5. The problem with the Laodicean Church Age: this age has churches with both saved and lost members. Generally, the unsaved have certain characteristics:a. A lack of holiness. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 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.b. A lack of faithfulness. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.c. A lack of brotherly love. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.d. A lack of spiritual discernment. 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.e. A lack of obedience to Scripture. Romans 2:7-8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (8) But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,Conclusion:a. I am glad that I do not have to judge between saved and lost. Sometimes lost people act better than saved people. Sometimes lost people are more faithful than saved people.b. We will take everyone at their word concerning salvation and try to make a difference in this world while letting God do the separating as He knows the heart. We can only look on the outside.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-20-2020Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 2:1-21Introduction:A. Last week, we saw, by the power of God, that the wall of Jericho “fell down flat!”Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.B. “Flat” – to depress or the bottom. For the wall to become “flat,” there could not be one stone left upon another. This is what our Lord spoke of in the Book of Matthew.Matthew 24:1-2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. (2) And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.C. Rahab “lodged” upon the wall.D. Tonight, we will look at one of my favorite Bible characters, Rahab. I once preached a message titled “Whatever Happened To The Prostitute Who Lived On Wall Street.” It was a Mother's Day message about women with a sordid past who got saved, their lives changed, and they became good mothers. My message was that good mothers are not born, they are made.E. Rahab was such a woman. 1. Rahab's Character – Verse 1 – “an harlot's house”a. Her Person – Rahab was a harlot! A woman of ill-repute. “Harlot” means an adulteress, a whore, or to be wanton. I had a man try to convince me that the word harlot meant a shopkeeper. “Harlot” 42x in 40 verses and the word means the same in each instance.Deuteronomy 23:17-18 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. (18) Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.b. Her Pride – “Rahab” means “Proud.” Rahab was proud of her sinfulness as she lived in open sin upon the wall of the city, running a house of ill-repute. She did not care what anyone thought about her.Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.2. Rahab's Condemnation – Verse 1a. Rahab was condemned by Birth. Rahab lived on the wall of Jericho. She was a Canaanite and, therefore, an enemy of God's peopleRomans 5:12a “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin (a sinner by birth);”b. Rahab was condemned by Choice. Rahab lived as a harlot. Therefore, she was a sinner by choice.Romans 5:12b “and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (sinners by choice):”3. Rahab's Courage - Verses 1-7a. She housed the spies, knowing who they were. Verse 1 – “lodged there”b. She hid the spies, knowing the penalty of doing so. Verses 4-6 – “hid them”4. Rahab's Convincing – Verses 8-10a. Rahab heard who the Lord of Israel was. Verse 9 – “I know that the Lord hath given you the land”b. Rahab heard what the Lord of Israel did. Verse 10 – “For we have heard how the LORD … dried up the waters of the Red Sea for you … what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. ”5. Rahab's Choice – Verses 11-17a. The Choice of God's Person – Verse 11 – “for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.b. The Choice of God's People – Verses 12-13 – “Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. Ephesians 3:14-15 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (15) Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,c. The Choice of God's Payment. Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (“this line of scarlet thread” Typical of the blood of Christ that was to be shed. From Genesis, chapter 3, throughout the Bible—this line of scarlet thread is the precious blood of Christ that purchased our redemption.)6. Rahab's Conversion – Verses 18-21 a. Rahab's Testimony. Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.b. Rahab's Toil. James_2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?c. Rahab's Transformation. Matthew 1:5a And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; (In the genealogy of our Lord, the word “harlot” is not associated with Rachab!)7. Rahab's Contribution - Matthew 1:5-6 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; (6) And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; (Rachab-Rahab, was the Great-Great Grandmother of David through which was established the throne of David and the everlasting throne of Christ.)
Temple Baptist Church - 5-24-20201 Timothy 6:12Introduction: A. Tomorrow, May 25,2020, is Memorial Day. Recognize Veterans.1. The day in which we honor our war dead: men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom that we enjoy today. 2. “All gave some but some gave all.” Their lives were cut short; they died in their youth; their dreams were never realized; their dreams can only be realized through us!3. Would have been friends, neighbors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, mill workers, miners, store owners, moms, and dads—America's youth, America's strength, America's future!B. As we enjoy our freedom and blessings tomorrow, our day trips, picnics lunches, grilled favorites, do not fail to remember those who will not be there to enjoy them with us! 1. These statistics are several years old. In all the American wars, either by our country or within our country, over 45,000,000 men and women have served in wartime with app. 1,175,000 war dead and app. 1,500,000 wounded in action. 2. That is a tremendous number of young lives that have been given and families forever changed while affording us the freedom that we now enjoy. 3. I knew a soldier who, as an 18-year-old was carrying a machine gun, wading through the waters of the Pacific Islands under heavy fire, watching his buddies die before his eyes. He grew up that day. 4. I remember a man who, as young artillery man, coming on shore at Omaha Beach on D+2, watching them as they carried away the dead and wounded. 5. I have known men who fought through the harsh winters of Korea, walked through the jungles of Viet Nam, died in the middle east and continue to die until this day for our freedom. 6. My thoughts go to Arlington National Cemetery and to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and read the inscription, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”C. Freedom in a privilege, not a right! Citizenship is a privilege, not a right! There are many living in this country that enjoy the freedoms while misusing them. 1. We do not have the freedom to do wrong in this land. 2. We do not have the freedom to live here and defame this land.3. We have not right to burn the American Flag.4. America has had some sordidness in its history and still is not a perfect land, but it is my country and I say, “Love it or leave it.”5. Come to America but come legal, learn the language (I do not speak Spanish), salute the flag, pay your taxes, be productive, get a job, and be a good citizen!6. You are not here because it is your right; you are here because you are privileged to live here. This is our country, one nation under GOD, paid for with the blood of our valiant youth!D. War is not something that any sane man or woman wants, but we find in our text that war is sometimes a necessity. 1. Men who will not fight will not remain free. 2. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” It is the cry of the patriot and is the prerequisite for freedom. To live free, some must sometimes die.E. God bless the memory of our war dead; God bless our troops; God bless America!F. This morning, for a few minutes, I want to look at a different type of war casualty. You and I are in a spiritual warfare today. It is a war just as real as physical wars are real. We have spiritually what we have this morning because someone paid a great price.1. From the blood of Abel to those who are martyred in other countries today, blood has been shed as men earnestly contended for the faith once delivered.2. Throughout history, men and women have been tortured and died because they were not willing to recant concerning their faith. We have the witness of the Scriptures; we have the witness of books such as “Fox's Book of Martyrs” and “Trail of Blood.” Over 50 million died for their faith in the Dark Ages alone.3. We have the witness of both church and secular historians who have brought to us the reality of these sacrifices. Millions upon millions have and will die for their faith. While we sit free in America, Christians still die in other lands and our nation is becoming less and less “Christian Friendly.”Hebrews 11:33-38 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: (36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: (37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.Revelation 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.G. Because of the sufferings and death of these and countless others like them, we are spiritually blessed!1. We have the blessing of a pure Bible! Without those who suffered and died for this old Book that I hold; we would not be so blessed. I know that preservation is an act of God—not an act of man—but God used men who were willing to suffer reproach and often die that we might have it. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for my Bible!”2. We have the blessing of our Faith once delivered! Without those who suffered and died, I would not know the way to heaven! They prayed and many “paid” that I might have the privilege of knowing how to be saved. So many denominations have departed from the faith into “Cain Worship.” They are now right with God because they are “right with God?” I am glad that my salvation is by grace through faith. Many have been persecuted for their unwillingness to capitulate on the doctrine of salvation. I am glad that I know that Jesus Christ is the only Way to heaven. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for my Salvation!”3. We have the blessing of Fathers to follow! Not only do we have the Bible and a wonderful Salvation, we have the “Old Paths” wherein is the right way and the good way. Our doctrine is pure, our separation is purposed, and our path is well trodden by those who went before. Many have suffered and died to make those paths well defined and easy to follow. Many are leaving the “Old Paths” for the “New Paths” in order to draw crowds and avoid persecution. In the “Old Paths,” we are different from this present evil world that the Lord died to deliver us from. We are not saved in our sin; we are not saved to sin; we are saved from our sin! I love the “Old Paths” that our fathers trod and will not forsake them for the “New Paths” that the world follows. The “Old Paths” are the right ways! They are the good ways! This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for leading me into the Old Paths!”4. We have the blessing of Truth to guard us! We live in days of spiritual deception. This past week, a spiritual “crackpot” denied clear Scripture concerning the time of our Lord's return. He brought reproach to the Second Coming of Christ by the news media. He gave the scoffers an occasion to blaspheme by saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” There are men and women on every hand who claim to be either the Messiah or claim to know Him and, at the same time, preach doctrines contrary to clear Scripture. They are being followed by those who will one day be sent “strong delusion” and be damned eternally. I am glad that I know the Truth of God's Word. I accept it as Truth. I follow it as Truth. This morning, I want to say, “Thank you for teaching me the Truth!”Conclusion: Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Let us remember our war dead. Let us remember those who gave their lives for our Freedom! Let us also remember those who gave their lives for our Faith!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-27-2020Hebrews 11:32-40Hebrews 11:32-40 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: (33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: (36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: (37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (39) And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.Introduction:A. As we begin to “wrap up” chapter eleven of Hebrews, “The Hall of Faith,” we look at this statement by the great Apostle Paul. “And what shall I say more?' God has given us numerous examples of the faith of these Old Testament saints.1. Though they did not have the completion of the Word of God in their hands, they had great faith in their God! From the blood of Abel that continues to speak in our day to the faith of Rahab whose conversion brought her into the Messianic Line of Christ, we have seen examples of faith that should encourage us and inspire us to live for Christ.Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.2. The unfortunate thing is that when “that which is perfect” has come, the completion of the Word of God that we hold in our hands tonight, we see less and less of people with such faith! There is an anemia of faith in the children of God in these last days that should not be.1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.3. The Bible says, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required,” therefore, our responsibility and accountability are much greater.Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (48) But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.B. For Paul to either expound upon or just mention all the Old Testament “giants” of faith, would require many volumes of writing. He names six men in verse 32 along with “Prophets” of which there were many and then terms for faith that are ascribed to men in general.1. With some, their faith brought victory in this life.a. Subdued kingdoms.b. Wrought righteousness.c. Obtained promises.d. Stopped the mouths of lions.e. Quenched the violence of fire.g. Escaped the edge of the sword.h. Out of weakness were made strong.i. Waxed valiant in fight.j. Turned to flight the armies of the aliens.k. Women received their dead raised to life again.2. With others, their faith brought persecution and death in this live but victory in the life to come.a. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance.b. Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings.c. Bonds of imprisonment.d. Stoned.e. Sawn asunder.f. Tempted.g. Slain with the sword.h. Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.i. Destitute.j. Afflicted.k. Tormented.3. We find that there were an equal number of saints that saw victory here and who did not see victory in this life BUT, they ALL saw victory in the life to come.a. We have seen, through the annals of Church History, a myriad of brethren who have exercised such faith and the end of their faith was not found in victory in this world but rather victory in the world to come.b. There will be times:1) When your “Red Sea” will not open and you cannot see either the other side or the depths of the sea. Then you must stand on the shore and face the sea, not knowing the outcome in this life. It is THEN that you must sometimes just “stand still” and wait for the salvation of the Lord.2) When your “wall of Jericho” will not fall flat. Your problems will be humanly unsurmountable, with no visible way to breach the wall. You will have to trust the Lord for His time and His way. 3) When your “Goliath” will not die and nor will he go away. He will curse and mock you and your God without fear. Choose your “5 smooth stones” carefully and charge him in faith. while at other times you must “go forward” anyway. Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;c. There will be times when you must “run through a troop” or leap “over a wall.”Psalms 18:28-29 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (29) For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.d. “And these ALL, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing” for them!Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.e. God let some remain because the world needed them. The world needs to see people of faith to contrast their lack of thereof.f. God let some die because the world was not worthy of them. Oft times, God will remove His people and take them home because of the world's rejection of righteousness.4. We also find the reversal of chronological order in these names mentioned in verse 32. I have often wondered why because:a. Barak is found in Judges, chapter 4, while Gedeon is found in Judges, chapter 6.b. Jephthae is found in Judges, chapter 11, while Samson is found in Judges, chapters 13-16.c. Samuel is found in 1 Samuel, chapter 1, while David is found beginning in 1 Samuel, chapter 16.d. I believe that the reversal teaches us that things are not always as they seem to be.1. Some people that seem to be first in faith are last in faith.2. Some people that seem to be last in faith are first in faith.Conclusion: Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.1. “Some better thing for us” is not always found in physical comfort or blessing. Our greatest reward for righteousness and faith is “that where I am, ye may be also!”2. Chapter 12 begins with the word “Wherefore.” We are not complete with the Old Testament's examples of faith and neither are the Old Testament saints complete without us!3. The “better thing for us” is that we follow in the Old Paths of example, making their victories and sacrifices worth it all!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-31-2020Luke 23:33-43Introduction:A. Someone once said, “Life has many choices; eternity only has two.” We need to learn that choices have consequences: either good or bad!1. I am more than a little sure that these two thieves would rather be somewhere else on this day!2. Yet, for both thieves, it was the best place in the world to be on this day. 3. As they faced certain death and eternity, the Son of God—the Saviour of the World, hung dying between them and for them.B. Our lives are so full of decisions that could have been made, should have been made, must be made that we make many without much thought while others are thought provoking.1. Most of our choices are not as consequential. They involve little “brain matter” to make because, as the old saying goes, “Are six of one or half a dozen of the other.” We choose when to get up, what to wear, what to eat, etc. every day of our lives.2. Many of our choices are more important as they have to do with life changing things. Choices such as, “What do I want to do with my life?” What do I want to do for a living, who do I want to marry, are consequential and life changing ones?3. A few of our choices are monumental! In our verses for this morning, we find choices made that concerned eternal things.C. Many people on that day made choices concerning who Jesus Christ was. 1. Most rejected Christ and, after the crucifixion, went about their lives. They may have lived many or few more years with time to reflect on the Son of God and reverse or continue in their decision.2. Two men on that day made monumental decisions! These two men were going to die! They had entered “The Valley of Decision” for the final time. The ultimate decision making!D. The Lord sometimes uses valleys (hard places in life) to bring the lost to a place of decision. Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.E. These Valleys of Decision are brought about through His infinite mercy. When all continues to go well for the sinner, he fails to see his need of salvation.Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.F. These Valleys of Decision are brough about though the goodness of God. Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?.)1. God uses the Valley of Sickness to bring sinners to decisions. Our health is in God's hand, not the Doctor's hands.Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;2. God uses the Valley of Family Problems to bring sinners to decisions. Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.3. God uses the Valley of Bankruptcy to bring sinners to decisions. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Haggai 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.4. God uses the Valley of Funerals to bring sinners to decisions. Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.1) The Providence Of God In The Valleys – He is in total control of the lives of both saved and lost.a) These valleys cause the lost to lose faith in material things.1a) People have too many worldly goods to occupy their lives.2b) People have too little need for faith in this world of plenty.b) These valleys cause the lost to face their mortality and death. 1a) The valley of sickness. 2b) The valley of death. c) These valleys cause the lost to seek something better. 1a) They have financial ruin. 2b) They have family problems. 3c) They have personal problems (jail, etc.) d) These valleys are places of decision. e) These valleys are sometimes places of last resort.2) The Purpose Of God In The Valleys a) He allows valleys to accomplish His will. b) He allows valleys to teach His lessons. c) He allows valleys to maneuver the lives of men. d) He allows valleys to show His great power. e) He allows valleys to force man's decisions. f) He allows valleys as a means of persuasion.g) God uses valleys to bring the lost to a place of decision.Deuteronomy 30:15-20 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.3) The Power Of God In The Valleys – Job asked, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?”4) The promise is that the Lord is near in these Valleys of Decision.Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.G. This morning, I want to look at a classic example of a valley that brought a sinner face to face with his eternal destination. The thief was going to die today. THE DECISION TO BE SAVED WAS HIS TO MAKE AND HIS ALONE!1. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Realization – vs. 33, 39-41 a. That Death Was Near – He was faced with his mortality. b. That Judgment Was Impending – He was faced with accountable to God for his sin.c. That He Was Hopeless – He was faced with an eternity without God (without hope in this world).d. That He Was Helpless – He was faced with helplessness as he could do nothing in himself to change the situation.2. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Recognition – vs. 34, 38, 40-42 a. That Christ Was The Only Lord – He cried, “Lord!” b. That Christ Was The Only Way – He cried, “Remember me!”3. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Repentance – vs. 41-42 a. He Faced The Reality Of Who He Was. b. He Faced The Reality Of What He Deserved4. The Valley Brought The Thief To A Place Of Redemption – vs. 42-43 (He Was Gloriously Saved!)a. He Turned From Sin To The Saviourb. He Turned From Hopelessness To Hopec. He Turned From The End Of Life To The Beginning Of Eternal Life
Temple Baptist Church - 5-31-2020Rev 3:14-22Introduction:A. Laodicea, “The Rights of the People.” Here we are in 2020. Historically, how did we get here?1. Ephesus left her First Love. A cooling off period.2. Smyrna allowed a mixed multitude to join the local church.3. Pergamos began to compromise doctrinally by allowing false teachers.4. Thyatira began to be tied with the upcoming Roman Catholic Heresy.5. Sardis became more dead than alive through ritualism.6. Philadelphia was a “break” from the norm by getting the gospel out to a lost world.7. Laodicea, here we are:a) Laodicean people became more Materialistic. After WW II, industry remained in “full swing” as factories changed over from production of war materials to keeping people employed by making things available to them that they could have only dreamed of in years gone by. People have access to so many things that are not all bad but things that have become distractions. Automobiles in every driveway, cheap and plentiful fuel for them, places to go and things to do. SUNDAY began to change from the Lord's Day to Play Day.b) Laodicean people became more Humanistic. People are all about self instead of others. The invention of the television set brought people in from sitting on the porch with neighbors to closing the windows and curtains so as not interrupt their favorite TV programs.c) Laodicean people became more Socialistic. Big government equals little rights and dependence. The government ran the nation during the war effort and, as the fire desires more wood, government desired and got more power.d) Laodicean people became more Globalistic. Alliances began to form after WW II such as NATO that were to stop any country from trying to take over the world again. The world became the betterment of the whole over the sovereignty of it parts. “We are world and we are one” is the slogan of the Globalist. We are not one!2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.B. Temple Baptist Church can be like any of the above mentioned, the choice is ours.C. We live in days of rebellion against authority.1. Rebellion in the home. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.2. Rebellion in the nation. Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.3. Rebellion in the work place. Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:4. Rebellion in the church. Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.D. The Description of Christ – Verse 14 1. "The Amen" - let it be so, truly. As God has spoken in His Word, so it will be!2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2. "Faithful and True Witness" - faithful to His word. The Bible is right in all its parts. Last word in the Bible - Amen 3. "Beginning of The Creation of God" - pre-eminence in all things. God is still God.E. The Observation of The Church – Verses 16-17 1. The Spirituality of The Church - lukewarm 2. The Boast of The Church - need of nothing (Notice it is "thou sayest" not "I say") 3. The Condition of The Church – “I will spue thee out of my mouth” a. Ignorant of their condition - "knowest not" b. Wretched - something to be pittied c. Miserable - never knowing the true joy of the Lord d. Poor - never knowing the true riches Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) e. Blind - Religion without salvation f. Naked - having no divine righteousnessF. The Counsel To The Church – Verses 18-19 1. "Gold tried in the fire" - buy true riches that are eternal 2. "white raiment" - true righteousness 3. "anoint thine eyes" - spiritual discernment 4. "repent" – spiritual perceptionG. The Position of Christ – Verse 20 Outside of the door (Christ could not join most churches in our day.)H. The Invitation To The Individual – Verse 20 Notice it is to the individual, not to the church1. This is not the Door of Salvation as that Door is Christ and is never closed.John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.2. This is the Door of Communion. The sinfulness of man stands between himself and Christ in Communion. Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.I. The Promise To The Overcomer – Verse 211. Fellowship With ChristLuke 12:35-37 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; (36) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. (37) Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.2. Reigning With Christ1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.VS 17 - KNOWEST NOT - WHAT A DANGER – Laodicea is:1. Characterized by un-realization.Psalms 78:35-37 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honourethme with their lips; but their heart is far from me.2. Characterized by unholiness.Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.3. Characterized by un-lovingness. Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.4. Characterized by un-faithfulness.Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.5. Characterized by un-thankfulness.Numbers 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.6. Characterized by un-carefulness. a. Towards God's Word b. Towards God's Work c. Towards God's House

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