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Temple Baptist Church - 12-2-2018Romans 11:1-6Introduction: A. Verse 1-2 - Paul now asked the obvious question: “Hath God cast away his people.” Immediately, we find Paul's answer to the question: “God forbid!” How could God cast away the Nation of Israel despite the prayers of God's people. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.B. Going back to Jeremiah, Chapter 18, we find God's answer to the question:Jeremiah 18:4-6 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. (5) Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (6) O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.C. Though set aside for a while, God will never cast away His peculiar people, Israel.Jeremiah 31:1-3 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. (2) Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. (3) The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.D. Verses 2-3 - Elijah prayed against Israel in what we call in imprecatory prayer. “Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.”E. Verse 4-5 – God answered Elijah. “I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.” F. Though the Nation rejected the prophets in both Old and New Testaments, there has continued to be a remnant of believers in every dispensation.1. The Old Testament Saints – Acts 15: 7-11 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.a) Grace Was Before The Law - Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.b) Grace Was During The Law - Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.Psalms 78:37-39, 72 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again . . . (72) So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.2. The New Testament Saints - Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:a) Saving Grace - Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believedin Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.b) Securing Grace - 2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.c) Sanctifying Grace – Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 3. The Tribulation Saintsa) Evident Grace - Revelation 7:13-14 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation,and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.b) Enduring Grace - Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 4. The Millennial SaintsIsaiah 11:10-11 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (11) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people …5. The Eternal Saints (It started in grace and it will always be grace through out all eternity. Halleluiah!)Ephesians 2:5-7 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.G. The Character of God's Grace.1. God's Grace Is Amazing - Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.2. God's Grace Is Admonishing - Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;3. God's Grace Is Available - Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,4. God's Grace Is Attacked - Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.H. The Consistency Of Grace. Grace has never changed.a. Grace Offered In The Past - Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.b. Grace Offered In The Present - John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.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.I. The Continuing of Grace. Salvation will always be grace and grace alone and I thank God for it.1. Grace Frees Us From Works - Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.2. Grace Frees Us From Boasting - Romans 3:27-28 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.3. Grace Frees Us From Worry - Romans 4:4-5 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-2-2018John 1:14Introduction:A. Christmas is almost upon us once again and our hearts turn back to Bethlehem and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.B. I want to look at these verses considering His First Advent. These verses are so profound as they give us valuable insight into who Christ was, what He became, and why He came.C. In these verses, we see:1. The Eternality of Christ – Verse 1 — “In the beginning was the Word.” 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (The Gospel of John and the Book of 1 John begin with the same truth concerning Christ's eternality. The great “I AM THAT I AM,” the self-existing One, the Everlasting Father of Isaiah 9, the Eternal God. A truth to be believed though a truth that cannot be comprehended. He was, He is, He always will be!)2. The Union of Christ – Verse 1 – “and the Word was with God.” 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (John 10 says, “I and the Father are one!” God is one God, manifesting Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. All three are co-equal in all power and attributes. Perfectly one in person, one in purpose, and one agreement.)3. The Deity of Christ – Verse 1 – “and the Word was God.” Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (The great Jehovah God of the Old Testament; LORD God. Essential to our ability to glorify God is the knowledge of God's person. There are so many names given to God in the Old Testament that give insight concerning His person, position, and power. El Shaddai-Almighty God, El Elyon-the Most-High God, El Olam-The Everlasting God, Yahweh-the Existing God, Adonai-Master. 4. The Creation of Christ – Verse 3 – “All things were made by Him.” Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: (Everything that exists came by Christ, through Christ, and belongs to Christ. God said it and it was done! The universe, this world, and everything in them belongs to Him.)5. The Life of Christ – Verse 4 – “In Him was life.” 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. (Man cannot give life. Only Life can beget life and that Life comes from God. Plant life, animal life, fowl life, and the life of man came from God. THE life, not a life.)6. The Illumination of Christ – Verse 4 – “and the life was the light of men … which lighteth every man.” John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (With man's life comes the “light” of the knowledge of God. Every man is born God conscious, not atheistic. Atheism is learned from other atheists. Theism is inherent in man. God breathed into Adam's nostrils the “breath of life.” God's life, eternal life.)7. The Will of Christ – Verse 7 – “that all men through Him might believe.” 1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (God is not willing that any perish. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. To die without Christ is to die out of the will of God.)8. The Rejection of Christ – Verse 10-11 – “the world knew Him not … His own received Him not.” John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (The world wants no God. The world wants to be their own personal “god.” No God, no accountability; no God, no purpose in life; no God, no life after death. BUT, we are accountable, we do have purpose, and there is life after death. “The fool hath said in his heart, there is not God.”)9. The Incarnation of Christ – Verse 14 – “And the Word was made flesh.” 1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, andbear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) (The “seed of the woman” was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” That is the Reason for the Season. “For God so loved the world!”)10. The Purpose of Christ – Verse 12 – “But as many as received Him.” 1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (Receiving the promise of God: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”)Conclusion: The greatest Gift ever given was the Gift of God's Son. Receive Him and have eternal life in heaven; reject Him and have eternal life in hell.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-28-2018Hebrews 2:9-18; 3:1-2Introduction:A. The three offices of Christ are Prophet, Priest, and King. 1. He was Prophet while in this world.2. He will be King in the Millennium and throughout eternity. 2. Today, He is our High Priest.B. Our Saviour's work on earth is done; the gospel complete; salvation's door open. Verses 9-12.1. Because of Condescending – verse 9. Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.2. Because of His Vicarious Substitution – verse 9. Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3. Because of His Great Salvation – Verse 10. 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.4. Because of His Sanctification – Verse 11. 1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:5. Because of His Acceptance – Verse 11-12. Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.C. Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession: Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;1. An apostle represents God to man while a high priest represents man to God.2. In His life, Jesus Christ represented God to man but in His death, He represented man to God.D. Jesus Christ is our Merciful High Priest – Verses 13-18. 1. The work of the Old Testament Priesthood was 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Psalms 134:1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.2. The work of our High Priest, Jesus Christ, is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While we sleep, while we are awake, He is working on our behalf.Hebrews 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.E. Jesus Christ is our Merciful High Priest.1. Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest in Whom we can Trust. – verse 13. Jesus Christ trusts God the Father and, as He intercedes for us, we trust the Father's will in our lives.Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.2. Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that has conquered death. Verse 14. 1 Corinthians 15:53-57 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (56) The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (57) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.3. Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that has removed our fears. Verse 15.Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (22) But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. (23) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:4. Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that can make reconciliation for the sins of His people. Verses 16-17.2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. (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.5. Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest who can relate to the temptations of His people. Verse 18.Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018Romans 10:16-11:6Introduction: A. Paul laments Isaiah's report that not all had obeyed the gospel of Christ. Nationally, Israel has now rejected the Messiah. A remnant is being saved but the majority have not “obeyed the gospel” and turned to their own righteousness as a means of trying to be saved. (10:3, 16)B. Israel had a sordid history of rebellion against God.1. Israel had heard the gospel preached. Verses 11:16-18.Luke 16:27-31 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: (28) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (29) Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. (30) And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. (31) And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.2. When Israel turned from the gospel, God brought it to the gentiles who received it. Verses 10:19-20.3. Israel's description of a rebellious nation is found in verse 21;“But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people!”C. This has been the case every day since Isaiah, chapters 52-53, were written. John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (Their rebellion was manifested in three ways.)1. Their Attitude Toward “The Promise of Salvation In Christ.” Their rejection of the Person of Christ2. Their Approach Toward “The Plan of Salvation In Christ.” Their rejection of the Propitiation of Christ.3. Their Antagonism Toward “The Preaching of Salvation In Christ.” Their rejection of the Preaching of Christ.D. Despite Israel's national rejection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, there were still many who believed upon Him and were gloriously saved.Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.E. Why was there some who believed?1. Because there was a God who continued to love. Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.2. Because there were some who continued to Seek. Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (Though most rejected, there were those who still sought the truth.)3. Because there was a Word that was still powerful to save. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.4. Because there were some who continued to Preach. Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?5. Because there was a Grace still available to whosoever will. Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018Isaiah 9:1-7Introduction:A. Some 740 years before the birth of Christ, God allowed the prophet Isaiah to look down the telescope of time and bring a message of hope to oppressed Israel and Judah. B. Isaiah gives the prophetic hope of the birth of a Child and the giving of a Son. The long awaited “seed of the woman,” Israel's Messiah: The Anointed One, the King, the Deliverer.C. The conditions were ripe, the stage is set, the Promise to be fulfilled.D. Thanksgiving sets the tone of the Christmas Season: thankfulness to God for His many blessings.E. A time of contemplation concerning the gift of God's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.F. The times in which the Messiah was born were dark times spiritually. The people “walked in darkness.” Thus, it is with the world today, in light of the Second Coming of Christ. The Light of God is being slowly turned off, the wicked riot in the day time now, the “god” of evolution is worshipped, and the Anointed One is coming.G. Verse 4: The Nation of Israel, God's Elect:1. They Carried the Burden of the Yoke of Sin. Yoke of His burden…A yoke was a tool that harnessed two animals together to pull a load. A description of the nation away from God. They were yoked to a burden they could not manage.2. They Bowed under the Tyranny of the Staff of the Flesh. Staff of His Shoulder…The staff was used by shepherds to keep the sheep in line. The reference here is to wrong leadership that has taken their freedom and liberty away.3. They Suffered under the Oppressive Rod of Satan. Rod of His oppressor…This instrument was used to beat animals and people that were out of line. Israel and Judah would suffer at the hands of their enemies.H. In verses 6-7, we see:1. We see the Cradle – “For unto us a Child is born.”2. We see The Cross – “A Son is given.”3. We see the Crown – “And the government shall be upon His shoulders.”I. Only Jesus can break the yoke, tyranny, and oppression of Satan.J. I want to look at that description of Christ in verse 6 for a few minutes.1. WONDERFUL – Marvelous or extraordinary – Exciting, surprising, astonishing, miraculous, powerful, incredible, exceeding, supernatural, admirable. Do you hear me tonight? That is our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ! Do you know my wonderful Lord?His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful,His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord;He is the mighty King, master of everything,His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.He's the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages,Almighty God is He;Bow down before Him, love and adore Him,His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.a. He wonderfully saved my soul in 1976! What a wonderful thought that I will be in Heaven for eternity because He loves me.b. He wonderfully forgave all of my sin in 1976! Past, present, and future. I am both saved and secured through the Light of the World.c. He wonderfully changed the direction and desires of my life in 1976! What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart.d. His name became Wonderful to me! He is the sole reason of my praise!2. COUNSELOR – to give advice, to purpose, to devise or plan, to conspire, to manage causes in court.a. He counsels me when my heart is troubled.b. He counsels me when my faith is tried.c. He counsels me when my integrity is tempted.d. He has the remedy for all my problems! He knows all because He is the COUNSELOR! His advice is always good, His counsel is always right, and His path is always safe. He makes no mistake nor does He turn from His divine purpose. Ask and ye shall receive! Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not!e. Do you know my Counselor?3. THE MIGHTY GOD – strong, valiant, excelling, powerful, great, prevailing, authoritative, accomplished, extraordinary degree or quality in respect to size, character, importance, and consequences! That's my God! That's my Lord!a. He is mighty when I am weak.b. He is mighty when my enemy is strong!c. He is mighty when the winds and waves roll over my soul!d. He is mighty when the impossible becomes the probable.e. He is the Resource of my power!f. He can do anything at anytime, anywhere! When I have to “withstand in the evil day,” He stands with me. When I have done all and must continue to stand, He stands with and for me. That's my MIGHTY GOD! With Him, I can fear no evil. With Him, I can face tomorrow.g. Do you know my Mighty God?4. THE EVERLASTING FATHER – eternal in duration, never coming to an end, a begetter, a parent, the founder of a family, the head of the home, important, distinguished!a. As a Father, He loves me.b. As a Father, He has pity upon me.c. As a Father, He directs me.d. As a Father, He corrects me.e. As a Father, He protects me.f. As a Father, He provides for me.g. As a Father, He will never leave nor forsake me!h. Do you know my Father?5. THE PRINCE OF PEACE – of the highest rank, in the highest place, of the highest authority, He is the Sovereign, He is the Monarch, He is the Authority, He is the Son of a King, He is of royal blood, He is of great ancestry, there is no one like Him, He is of highest rank, He is the Head of the Church, He is preeminent, He is predominant.a. He brings stillness to my troubled soul.b. He brings rest in restlessness.c. He brings hope in hopelessness.d. He brings victory out of defeat.e. He is the Fairest of Ten Thousand to my soul!f. There were none before Him.g. There will be none after Him.h. He is the Manifestation of Peace.i. He is the Minister of Peace.j. He is the Master of Peace. k. Do you know Prince of Peace?Conclusion: He truly is indescribable! He is the “I AM THAT I AM!”TO THE ARCHITECT HE IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.TO THE ASTRONOMER HE IS THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.TO THE BUTCHER HE IS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO WAS SLAIN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THIS WORLD.TO THE BAKER HE IS THE LIVING BREAD.TO THE CARPENTER HE IS THE MASTER BUILDER.TO THE DIPLOMAT HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE.TO THE DOCTOR HE IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.TO THE EDUCATOR HE IS THE MASTER TEACHER.TO THE ELECTRICIAN HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.TO THE FARMER HE IS THE LORD OF THE HARVEST.TO THE FLORIST HE IS THE LILY OF THE VALLEY AND THE ROSE OF SHARON.TO THE GEOLOGIST HE IS THE ROCK OF AGES.TO THE HORTICULTURIST HE IS THE TRUE VINE.TO THE JEWELER HE IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.TO THE JUDGE HE IS THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE.TO THE LAWYER HE IS THE CHIEF ADVOCATE.TO THE PHILOSOPHER HE IS THE WISDOM OF GOD.TO THE PUBLISHER HE IS GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY.TO THE SCULPTOR HE IS THE LIVING STONE.TO THE THEOLOGIAN HE IS AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.TO THE ZOOLOGIST HE IS THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, HE'S THE BREAD OF LIFE.IF YOU'RE THIRSTY, HE'S THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER.IF YOU'RE BLIND, HE'S THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.IF YOU'RE LOST, HE'S THE WAY.IF YOU'RE CONFUSED, HE'S THE TRUTH.IF YOU'RE DYING, HE'S THE LIFE.He is WONDERFUL - He is my DELIGHTHe is THE COUNSELLOR - He is my DIRECTIONHe is THE MIGHTY GOD - He is my DEITYHe is THE EVERLASTING FATHER - He is my DEFENDERHe is THE PRINCE OF PEACE- He is my DIFFERENCE
Temple Baptist Church - 11-21-20181 Chronicles 16:1-2; 7-36Introduction: A. It seems almost impossible that it is Thanksgiving week again! I love the time from Thanksgiving until Christmas. It truly is “the most wonderful time of the year!” B. Though we are commanded to live in a state of thanksgiving. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I believe that a special day of Thanksgiving is in order. 1. It will not be long until the heathen of our land tries to take away this day as they do others. It is no longer “Merry Christmas” but “Happy Holidays.”a) They have taken Christ out of Easter. Now it is all about the Easter Bunny, even in churches.b) They have taken Christ out of Thanksgiving. Now, it is all about Turkey Day and family gatherings.c) They have taken Christ out of Christmas. Now, it is all about Santa Clause and gifts.d) It is interesting that they have not taken witchcraft and devils out of Halloween.2. I rejoice in the fact that we still have a national day of Thanksgiving and want to make the most of it again this year.C. Verses 1-2. In our text, the Ark has come home to its resting place and all Israel began to sacrifice to the Lord. This was a very special day in Israel's history. David, the sweet psalmist of Israel wrote a Psalm of Thanksgiving (vs. 7) and gave it into the hands of Asaph.D. David appointed men, in verse 4, to record, thank, and worship the Lord. I want to look at these three aspects of thanksgiving for a few minutes this morning.1. David Appointed Men To Record – Verse 4 - to remember why we give thanks.a. He has saved us with an eternal salvation – vs. 14b. He has created this wonderful world in which we live – vs. 26c. He has given us His Word – vs. 15-16d. He has given us a victorious life and meets our needs – vs. 18e. He sustains it with His might power – vs. 302. David Appointed Men To Thank – Verse 4 - to acknowledge who we are to give thanks.a. He is a wonderful Lord – vs. 14 “our God” (He loves us despite)b. He is a merciful Lord – vs. 34 “He is good” (He is better than we deserve)c. He is a forgiving Lord – vs. 34 “mercy endureth for ever” (He restores)3. David Appointed Men To Worship – Verse 4 - to show the people how to give thanks.a. By Thanking Him – vs. 8 “Give thanks unto the Lord”b. By Fellowshipping with Him – vs. 8 “call upon his name”c. By Testifying to others for Him – vs.9 “talk ye of all his wondrous works”d. By Worshiping Him – vs. 9 “Sing unto him” (Not about Him)e. By Glorying in Him – vs. 11 “Seek the Lord and his strength”f. By Pleasing Him – vs. 11 “seek his face continually”g. By Reflecting upon Him – vs. 12 “Remember”
Temple Baptist Church - 9-16-2018James 3:1-10Introduction: A. Division, the Pastor's nightmare! Did you know that the greatest problem that a pastor has in his work is division? Division can be accomplished in more than one way, but the simplest of these ways is that of an unbridled tongue.James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.B. We once said, “Keep your words short and sweet for you never know which ones you will eat.” Speaking without thinking, in times of reaction, or in times of anger can do untold damage. Once words are turned loose, there is neither stopping nor gathering them back up again. Psalms 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:Illustration: There was once a young man who spoke evil words against another man in the neighborhood. Eventually, the young man realized his error and, with a repentant heart, approached his former enemy. He asked, “What can I do to make up for the damage that I have caused through my talking about you to others?” The neighbor who was hurt in the incident said, “Young man, get you a feather pillow and get into the back of my truck.” The young man did not understand the reasoning behind such a request but, willing to make things right, obeyed. The neighbor then said, “Cut the pillow open with your knife and, as I drive across town, scatter the feathers on the way.” The young man agreed, again not understanding. When they had driven across town and all of the feathers were scattered, the young man asked, “What good did scattering the feathers across town do?” The neighbor then said, “Go back the way that you came and gather up all of the feathers that you scattered.” The young man cried, “That is impossible!” The neighbor replied, “I forgive you but neither can you go back and gather up all of the words that you have scattered about me!”C. How true! The tongue can be destructive and become an enemy of the church.Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.D. The tongue must be guarded, even in times of hurt and anger because words spoken cannot be taken back. My wife's life verse is Proverbs 21:23 and it is a good one.Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.Psalms 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.Psalms 39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:E. The tongue shows where the condition of the heart.Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.F. If the shoe fits this morning, then put it on. Clean it up and let it shine for Christ instead of wading it through the mud.TONGUES THAT WILL DESTROY THE WORK OF THE LORD!1. A Divisive Tongue - Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Discord – to play a wrong note. To be out of step. To walk contrary to something.)2. A Disgruntled Tongue - Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. (Why did they not do something about it except murmur? It was THEIR widows! Some people always go around griping about what they do not like or disagree with but, normally, not to the pastor. They look for a listening ear. It is a tongue that does not like; a tongue that does not agree; a tongue that likes to stay hidden from view; a devilish tongue is a disgruntled tongue.)3. A Gossiping Tongue - Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. (Did you know that gossip can be very easily stopped?) Here are some questions that will stop the gossiping tongue”a. What is your reason for telling me?b. Where did you get your information?c. Have you gone to those directly involved?d. Have you personally checked out all the facts?e. Can I quote you if I check this out?f. Let us go to the pastor and you can tell him.4. A Backbiting Tongue - Psalms 15:1-3 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Psalms 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.1 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.5. A Prating Tongue - 3 John 9-10 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.1 Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. (Not gossipers!)6. A Deceitful Tongue - Psalms 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.Psalms 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.Psalms 52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O[thou deceitful tongue.7. A Murmuring Tongue – Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.Exodus 16:8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what arewe? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:8. A Discouraging Tongue - Deuteronomy 1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.9. A Lying Tongue - Psalms 109:2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.Psalms 120:2-3 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-16-2018Romans 9:6-13Introduction:A. Tonight, we will look at Calvinism's “stronghold” for their damnable doctrine. When speaking of the Nation of Israel, there are three “Fathers” of the nation. The Fathers of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.B. Verse 6 – Paul is explaining that Israel's (National) lost condition is not because of a failure with the Word of God. Israel was lost by choice, not by a failure of the Word of God. Just because they were a part of God's Elect Nation, that does not mean that they are saved.Romans 3:1-3 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? (2) Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. (3) For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?John 19:14-15 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! (15) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.C. In our text, we will find these three men mentioned: Abraham in verse 7,Isaac in verse 9, and Jacob (Israel) in verse 13. The reason for mentioning all three of the Fathers of the Nation of Israel is to show how the nation began. The context is not about the individual but how God elected one nation to be His peculiar people.Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.Deuteronomy 29:13 That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself (The Nation of Israel), and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.Luke 13:28-29 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (29) And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. (The regathering of the Nation of Israel.)D. Twice in verses 7-13, we find God setting aside the firstborn son twice and elevating the second born. Let us look at the reasons why.1. Verse 7-9 – Abraham had two notable sons: Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael, the child of Abraham's flesh and Isaac, the child of promise.a) Ishmael was the son of Hagar the Egyptian. The son of the flesh, not the son of faith.b) The faithlessness of Sarai. Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. (2) And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.c) The birth of Ishmael, the son of Abraham's flesh. Genesis 16:15-16 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. (16) And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.d) The blessing of Ishmael. Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.2. Verse 9, we see the setting aside of Ishmael and the acceptance of Isaac as the promised seed through which the Nation of Israel and the Messiah, Jesus Christ would come.a) The Messianic rejection of Israel. Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. (He was rejected because he was not the son of faith. b) Isaac was the son of Sarah, the promised seed, the seed of faith. Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.3. Verses 10-13 – Now, we come to Jacob and Esau. The context has not changed from the Nation of Israel to individuals. a) Jacob was Israel - Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.Genesis 46:2-4 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. (3) And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: (4) I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. (God promised to bring Jacob, Israel, back out of Egypt. He could not have been speaking of the man, Israel, because he died long before Israel's deliverance. They were in Egypt 430 years! God was speaking of the Nation of Israel.)b) Esau was Edom - Genesis 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.Malachi 1:1-4 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israelby Malachi. (2) I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, (3) And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (4) Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.E. Before we look at the selection of the Nation of Israel in these verses, I need to deal with “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”1. Hated is a comparative word. The classic example is found inLuke 14:26, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Our Lord is not commanding that we “hate” our mother and father, wife and children. To the contrary, we are commanded to love, respect, and honor our loved ones. “Hate” is a comparative word. Our love for Christ should be so great that our love for family grows dim in comparison.)2. The word “hate” in any form is used 190x in 179 verses in the Bible. Only two instances are linked with a specific name of a person and that person is Esau! In both instances, Esau is Edom or a nation!Malachi 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.3. Nowhere does the Bible say that God ever hated anyone. He hates their deeds but not their persons, much less hating unborn children! God did not hate Esau personally.4. Throughout the Bible, the love of God for the world and sinners is consistent. “For God so loved the world” and “Who will have all men to be saved” is enough to undermine Calvinism. To interpret verse 13 as hating Esau before he was born and in an innocent condition is ludicrous!F. Now, what is the right interpretation, considering the context? Foreknowledge!1. Both Jacob, Supplanter, and Esau, Fornicator, were not the greatest men I have ever read about. Jacob stole the blessing and Esau, through spiritual fornication, would sold it.2. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau? Because, in the foreknowledge of God, He knew that:a) Jacob would Prize the Blessing. Though the “Supplanter” would receive the blessing through deceit, he was willing to suffer the consequences of exposure to obtain it. If Isaac had discovered Jacob's deceit, the chastisement would have been horrendous! In God's foreknowledge, He knew that Jacob would marry right, turn from his ways, and wrestle with God until the blessing came. Jacob became the father of the 12 tribes of Israel!b) Esau would Despise the Blessing. Esau was just an “old country boy” who loved to hunt and fish! But Esau would sell the blessing for a pot of pottage. In His foreknowledge, God knew that Esau would not only despise the blessing without repentance and but would also eventually marry the daughters of Ishmael. Esau became the father of EdomConclusion: Selection or Election and predestination are always found in the context of foreknowledge.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-31-2018Hebrews 2:9Introduction:A. No one has physically seen our Lord Jesus Christ since the days of the apostles. Our Lord's last appearances were post-resurrection, and with the completion of the Cannon of Scripture, He has never left the right hand of the Father in heaven.B. “But we see Jesus!” We do see Jesus through the Scriptures and our spiritual eyes of faith! And we have believed and been blessed.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.C. Unfortunately, in the good times, we do not see Jesus spiritually in our lives as we bask in the glory of peaceful lives of fulness. It is easy to become apathetic and lukewarm in these days of fulness of bread. These are “fat days,” but spiritually dangerous ones.Psalms 106:12-15 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. (13) They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: (14) But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. (15) And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (Fat bodies make for lean souls!)D. Fulness of bread and idleness of the hands also leads to sinfulness of the soul! These last days are characterized by being like the days of Noe and Lot!Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (These conditions led up to the society of Sodom in Genesis 19 that caused our Lord to destroy the cities of the plains.E. It is the valleys that we grow and in the times of testing that we “see Jesus!” We do not see Him physically, but we do see Him.1 Peter 1:7-8 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (8) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:F. We see Jesus despite our circumstances. We see Jesus in our circumstances!Habakkuk 3:17-19 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: (18) Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (19) The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.1. We See Jesus In Salvation – 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.2. We See Jesus When We Are Fearful – Mark 6:47-51 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. (48) And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. (49) But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: (50) For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. (51) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.2. We See Jesus When We Are In Need Of Grace – 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.3. We See Jesus When We Are Troubled – Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:4. We See Jesus When We Lack Assurance – Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.5. We See Jesus When We Need Guidance – James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.6. We See Jesus When We Lose Our Song – Psalms 42:7-8 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. (8) Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.7. We See Jesus When We Are Ready To Die – Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (56) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-28-2018Romans 10:1-17Introduction:A. Remember that the context of chapters 9-11 has not changed. Paul is writing about the Nation of Israel, God's Elect Nation. The apple of God's eye!B. No doctrine of Calvinism is found in these three chapters as we will again see tonight.Chapter 9: The Selection of the Nation of Israel. (The selection was in the sovereignty of God.)Chapter 10: The Rejection of the Nation of Israel. (Israel rejected their Messiah, became marred in the hand of the Potter, and was set aside.)Chapter 11: The Future Restoration of the Nation of Israel. (God is not finished with Israel.)C. Last week, we saw that Israel stumbled at two things:1. They sought self-righteousness and were ignorant of God's righteousness.2. They sought a King instead of a Lamb and rejected their Messiah.D. Now, we see:1. A Rejection of the Nation of Israel. (9:22-23)2. A Remnant of the Nation of Israel Saved. (9:27)3. A Requirement for Salvation. (10:4-17)E. We use these verses as a vital part of the Roman's Road to Heaven as we witness to the lost, but the interpretation is to the Jews who rejected Christ as the Messiah, the Deliverer and Saviour.1. Verses 4-5 – Christ is the end of the of the law for righteousness. The only righteousness that will save is God's righteousness found in the perfect Son of God alone. Righteousness must be imputed! 2. Verses 6-7 – You cannot add to or take away from what Christ has already done. He has already come to earth (verse 5) so you cannot bring Him down and He has already resurrected (verse 6) so you cannot go down to bring Him up. Salvation's word is a FINISHED WORK!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, (Paul, when writing to the Jews, mentioned repentance from dead works. This was the first of the two stumbling stones as Israel sought righteousness with God based on keeping the Law, personal merit. Too many people continue to stumble today because of the teaching of self-righteousness or personal merit for salvation.)3. Verse 8 – Salvation is faith based! We are saved by grace through faith and faith alone! Faith is a gift of God given to every man to be exercised!Galatians 3:10-14 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (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: (14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.4. Verses 9-10 – Now, the Bible ties the two stumbling blocks together. Remember, this was written to the Jewish people showing them how to become a part of the remnant that belongs to the New Testament Church. In verse 9, the Bible looks backward in the process and in verse 10, the Bible looks forward.a. Believing in the heart – One MUST believe in their heart that “God hath raised Him from the dead!” The resurrection of Christ was the “Capstone” of the gospel. The death and burial would have no meaning if the grave was the end. This is not just a head knowledge of a historical fact, it is a heart knowledge that Christ died, was buried, and resurrected for our justification.1 Corinthians 15:17-20 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (18) Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. (19) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.b. Believing has always been the way of salvation as the Old Testament saint looked forward to the Lamb of God and the New Testament saint look back to the Lamb of God. This has never and will never change! c. Confessing the Lord Jesus – God commanded the Jew to make confession publicly that Jesus Christ was the Lord, the Messiah, that Israel had rejected.1) Prior to Pentecost, this was not so. We find that Nicodemus made no such public confession and yet he was a saved man, though a secret disciple who came with Joseph of Arimathea to claim the body of Christ.2) Many Jews believed on Christ during his ministry with no such open confession.3) After Israel rejected Christ and crucified Him, Peter at Pentecost preached repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. There were three such commands to do so. Acts, chapter 2, to the Jews and Jewish Proselytes at Pentecost; Acts, chapter 8, to the Ethiopian Eunuch—a Jewish Proselyte; and Acts, chapter 19, to the disciples of John.d. These Jews who were there during Israel's rejection of Christ were command be baptized in the name of Jesus.e. The Great Commission or Great Commandment declared that believers were to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.f. This confession had nothing to do with salvation. Romans 10:10 says that confession was made unto salvation. It simply means that they were saved by believing on Christ and then made confession concerning whom they had believed upon, the Lord Jesus. Confession for the Jews was a command to be obeyed.g. The perfect example was the Ethiopian Eunuch:1) His salvation: “If thou believest with all thine heart.” 2) His confession: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!”h. You and I have no such commandment. We do have a command to be scripturally baptized.5. Verse 11 – True saving faith produces a people unashamed of the Lord. He is their “all in all.” He is their glory; He is their life. To deny Christ after all that He has done for the believer would be something to be ashamed of. a. Christ bore our shame. Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.b. Christ is not ashamed of us. Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,c. We should never be ashamed of Christ. 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;6. Verse 12-13 – Salvation is the same for both Jew and Gentile. The ground is level at the foot of the cross, no man stands higher than I. The word “Whosoever” is an open invitation that has no boundaries, limitations, or exclusions! Whosoever surely meaneth me!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.Conclusion: It the Jews desire to become a part of the New Testament Church, they must come the right way. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
Temple Baptist Church - 9-19-2018Hebrews 1:1-4Introduction:A. The way that Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, is vital to these dispersed Jews or, as Peter called them, “strangers scattered.” It will help us to remember that the Book of Hebrews is one of the Jewish Christian Epistles.B. For us to get an understanding of why these first four verses are necessary, we need to remember:1. At the time of Hebrew's writing, the Jews were still having problems transitioning from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant. From the Law of Moses to the fulfillment of the Law in Christ.2. As with most of the Jewish Nation, those who believed upon Christ had been taught that when Messiah came, He would bring peace to Israel and set up His kingdom. 3. The believed upon Jesus Christ as the Messiah and had to scatter for fear of persecution. Instead of peace and the Kingdom Age, they were persecuted, displaced, and hated by both unsaved Jews who rejected Christ and the gentiles that they lived around.C. To understand their dilemma, I want to look at John the Baptist.1. John the Baptist was a second cousin to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, on His human side. Being 6 months older that the Lord, they grew up together, so John knew Joseph, Mary, and all of the siblings.2. When John began his public ministry, he said, “There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”3. When God revealed to John that Jesus was the Messiah, twice in two days he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”4. In John, chapter 3, John said, “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.” 5. I have no doubt that John the Baptist was a believer and safe in the arms of God!6. BUT, when persecution came to John, doubts about Christ arose in his heart. Matthew 11:2-4 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, (3) And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? (4) Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: (Notice the word “again” in verse 4.)7. Even John the Baptist, the greatest prophet born of woman, needed reassurance concerning Jesus Christ being the Messiah.D. Paul is doing the same thing that our Lord did for John the Baptist. Reassuring these saved Jews of who Jesus Christ was before beginning the rest of the epistle. What has this to do with us by way of application? I fear that most of us, in times of confusion, tribulation, sinfulness, disappointment, and discouragement also have a tendency to forget who the Lord Jesus Christ is!E. Paul gives a vivid, 7-fold description of Jesus Christ that these believers were well acquainted with.1. “God's Son” - That Jesus was the only begotten Son of God: Jehovah God or LORD God of the Old Testament. The great “I AM.”John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: (17) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.2. “Appointed Heir” - That Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. Christ, consecrated, anointed, the Chosen One the Promised Seed.Ephesians 1:21-23 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (22) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, (23) Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.3. “Creator” – The worlds were made by Him.John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.4. “Fullness of the Godhead Bodily” – Emmanuel, God with us. If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus exactly represents God to us.John 14:9-10 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (10) Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.5. “The Sustainer” – Not only did Jesus create all things, He continues to control all things. Mark 4:39-41 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (40) And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.5. “The Lamb of God” – The Old Testament sacrifices atoned for sin, Jesus Christ purged our sins. 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.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.1 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.6. “High Priest” – Presented the Blood on the Mercy Seat of heaven.Hebrews 7:26-27 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (27) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.7. “Mediator” – Jesus Christ is all that we need. Not only our Propitiation and Hight Priest, He is:a. Our Advocate – One who speaks on our behalf. 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:b. Our Mediator – Our Go Between, our Reconciler. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;c. Our Intercessor – He prays for us. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.Conclusion: Paul is telling these “strangers scattered” that Jesus Christ, God's Son, their Messiah, is all that they need.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-4-2018Psalm 103:1-5Introduction:A. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I thought it good to reflect upon the goodness of God to His children. 1. Psalm 103 is one of the more notable Psalms dealing with thanksgiving. It begins with the blessed blessing God. Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2. Verse 1 is a reflection upon what the Lord has done for those who know Him.B. We live in an ever-changing world. 1. As Barbara and I were walking into Walmart Thursday, the morning after Halloween, the first thing that we noticed was that a Christmas Tree had been set up in front of the doors. 2. The last time that I thought about it, Thanksgiving Day was next. On Walmart's agenda but, this year, the change was evident. 3. Christmas, the commercial one, was next. Thanksgiving Day is now just a family day with little profit for Walmart.4. I understand that Walmart is a commercial store, not a spiritual one and their main goal is profit so I am not being hard on the Walmart stores.5. But their openness with the “beginning of the holiday season” reflects the heart of the nation. Instead of Merry Christmas, it will be Happy Holidays.C. I know that this may seem trivial to many, but Thanksgiving Day, in the traditional sense, had its beginning as a day of thanksgiving to our wonderful Creator for His many blessing upon us.D. But the world in general no longer wants God. E. Across our country there is a spirit of ingratitude. 1. Today, we hear the word “entitlement” instead of the words “Thank you.” 2. So many people believe that the government, society, or someone else owes them a living and what they receive is never enough. Their only concern is for self! 3. This attitude breeds a lack of thankfulness. Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. As we approach everyday (not just Thanksgiving Day), as the children of God, let each of us remember to give thanks. The Bible says much about thanksgiving: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 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.Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalms 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.G. We need to thank God publicly. We are here to do so this morning. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.H. But, more importantly, we need to thank god privately. Our personal devotion is who and what we are! Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.I. David is the author of the Psalm through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. David's life was characterized by ups and downs. His life was full to good times and bad times. His life was noted for its successes and failures.J. Some of things that can certainly be noted concerning David's relationship with the Lord were:1. David loved the Lord! The 23rd Psalm is a reflection of David's love for and trust in the Lord. “The Lord is my Shepherd!”2. David desired to live his best for the Lord! He is the only man in the Bible described as a man after God's own heart.a) Abraham was called the “Friend Of God”b) Moses was called the “Servant Of The Lord!”c) John The Baptist was called the “Greatest Prophet Born Of Woman!”d) David was called a “Man After Gods Own Heart!” K. Here, we find the “blessed” blessing the One who blesses! Through all of the trials and tribulations that David experienced in his life, he knew that he was blessed and thanked the Lord for it. Several things stick out to me in the first two verses.1. The Resolve of Thanksgiving. “Bless the LORD” is a command given to self. Gratitude is not a natural thing in the flesh. a. Sometimes we take the blessings of the LORD for granted. b. Sometimes we believe that we deserve the blessings of the LORD. c. Sometimes we credit fate or luck for the things that the LORD has provided for us.2. The Desire of Thanksgiving. “O my soul” a. When in the hard times of life, it is easy to fail to see the good things of life because we are shrouded with the evil things. All of us have had or are having hard times and, though it is in the valleys that we grow, it is easy allow our disappointments, discouragements, etc. to take our eyes off of the LORD. b. God was good to David in his youth. David spent his youth in obscurity watching over his father's sheep. b. God was good to David in his manhood. In his young manhood, he was anointed King of Israel but never got to sit on a throne. In the meantime, he spent most of his time hiding from King Saul. His life was one of battles and, yet, he knew that he was blessed of God. c. God was good to David in his failures as well as his victories.3. The Depth of Thanksgiving. “all that is within me” a. What a blessing it is to praise the LORD with all our hearts for His goodness and mercy. So many times we say thanks without actually being thankful. A good example of this is blessing our food. We go through the right ritual and say the right words but often pay little attention to the wonderful food that God has provided for us while multitudes are starving. b. We mention being blessed of God but move through life in a thankless manner without taking time to look around and “smell the roses.” In the midst of problems, we have so much to be thankful for.4. The Reminder of Thanksgiving. “bless his holy name” a. Our thanksgiving is to the Giver of life. The Bible says that He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. He is our Creator who loves us and thinks upon us. b. We live in the greatest nation on earth; we eat more than we need; we share the comforts of good homes, the conveniences of transportation, and the ease of royalty. I love to hear the song “God bless America!”5. The Possibility of Thanksgiving. “forget not all his benefits” a. Being saved is so much more than just going to heaven. It is a blessing filled life here on earth and then heaven. It is easy in this rat-race world to get caught up in the busyness of things and not taking time to simply say, “Thank you, LORD, for your blessings upon one as underserving as me.” b. We have good health in the midst of so much sickness and suffering around us.c. We have our church family! What a blessing and privilege it is to come and just see our brothers and sisters in Christ. To come out of the world for a few minutes and experience the peace that only God can give.d. We have the Holy Spirit living within; we have the Word of God in our hand; we have the church when we are down and out. We are blessed! Let us bless the LORD for He has certainly blessed us.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-26-2018Hebrews 1:4-14Introduction:A. I may or may not have time to finish my message tonight but, I do want to deal very thoroughly with the subject matter because of its importance.B. I also do not want to do a study on Angelology. Therefore, I will make some opening remarks about angels and then contrast them with our Lord Jesus Christ.C. Over the past 5 or more decades, there has been a fixation with Angels. Guardian Angel Pins, Angel on my Shoulder Pins, Angel on my Lapel Pins, Angel in my Pocket Pins, along with pictures of Guardian Angels (normally female while biblical angels always took male form).D. The New Testament saints also, many times, had a wrong perception of angels.Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,E. Many of the cults venerate angels to one degree or the other. Jehovah's Witnesses (that Jesus Christ was the angel Michael), Mormons (the angel Moroni of which an image is sitting atop of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake, UT. The statue normally faces East, looking for the return of Jesus Christ.).F. These scattered Jews were very familiar with the concept of angels. Angels have been since the creation, in both Old and New Testament. The word “angel” or “angels” is found 303x in 289x verses in the Bible. Angel means “messenger.”G. The term “Angel of the LORD” is found 68x in 64x verses and is used in reference to a Theophany or Christophany.H. As time progressed, the earthly work of angels waned until the completion of the Word of God, that which is perfect. Though not a passing gift to God's children, the open work of angels certainly diminished. Now, we may entertain angels unaware and they may be our ministers, we are not aware of their presence.I. There are an innumerable host of angels. Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,1. There are named angels: An Archangel – Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer.2. There are Cherubims – defenders of the holiness of God.3. There are Seraphims – worshippers of God.4. There are Fallen Angels, evil spirits.5. There are Guardian Angels.6. There are Ministering Angels.J. Angels have great power, great glory, and great beauty.K. Our text proclaims that Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels.” Not just better but “so much better.” Beyond our capability to understand or explain. There can be no human comparison.1. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” because ofInheritance. Verse 4. Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (2. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” because of Relationship. Verse 5-6. 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.3. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” because of Worship. Verse 6. Revelation 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,4. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Lordship. Verse 7-8. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)5. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Righteousness. Verse 9. James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (Angels, though they cannot be redeemed, are free moral agents with the ability to choose good or evil.)6. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Creation. Verse 10. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Jesus Christ was the Creator while angels were created.)7. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Immutability. Verse 11. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.8. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Eternality. Verse 11-12. Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Jesus Christ was before all things.)9. Jesus Christ is “so much better than the angels” through Approval. Verse 13. Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-30-2018Ephesians 4:1-6Introduction: A. The most important unit on the face of the earth other than the family is the local church. It is the vehicle through which God works to:1. Evangelize the world.2. Teach new convert.3. Edify and encourage believers.4. Doctrinally ground the saints.5. Satan hates the local assembly! Satan hates the local church!B. I want to look at another great enemy of the church this morning.1. The Greatest Enemy Of The Church Is Not Satan (Though he is a great enemy)2. The Greatest Enemy Of The Church Is Not Finances (For God is not broke)3. The Greatest Enemy Of The Church Is Not Circumstances (For it rains on the just and the unjust)4. The Greatest Enemy Of The Church Is The Enemy From Within (The people who occupy the pulpits and sit upon the pews.) 5. The Enemy of Division.C. God hates division within the local church. Much is said about both the causes and results of division in the Bible. Satan has “devices” that he uses effectively against the believer and we are ignorant of them. Though I do not believe that either Satan or devils can indwell the believer, I do believe that they can greatly influence their thinking and actions.Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?D. I want to bring your attention to verse 3 for a minute. Let us look at the verse in reverse order.1. Peace – One of the greatest signs of a good church is that of peace. a) We have peace with God through the finished work of Christ. b) We have the peace of God through obedience to Christ. c) We have peace with each other through the love of Christ.2. Bond of peace. A bond is something in common that binds together. These go together with the first three points.a) The bond of a New Birth. We are family!b) The bond of a New Life. We are new creatures in Christ.c) The bond of a New Love. John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.3. Unity of the Spirit. Notice the capital “S.”a) As the Spirit is never divided from the Trinity.b) The Spirit never divides us from the Brotherhood.4. Keep.a) To watch or to keep an eye upon something. To watch for any sign of weakening or lessening. b) To carefully guard. To hold fast or keep from slipping.4. Endeavouring. a) Eagerness or Earnestness. Endeavouring takes desire.b) To diligently work at something. Endeavouring takes effort.E. The results of divisions within the church. 1. Division Destroys The Fellowship Of The Church. How good and how pleasant it is to come to Temple Baptist Church! People who love each other; have fun with each other; pray for each other; and are there for each other. (People sit on the pews of the church with malice and unforgiveness in their hearts destroy the fellowship of God's people.)2. Division Destroys The Commission Of The Church. What a great job this church has done for missions around the world. Probably 2-3 million dollars have gone to missions over the past 31+ years. Many souls saved around the world because of the faithfulness and faithful giving of God's people. (Missions has damaged churches because of gaining a family and then loosing a family through spiritual nonsense!)3. Division Destroys The Testimony Of The Church. We have a church that is well respected in our community. We do not have a bad name and people know what we stand for. (Church fights and splits have been detrimental to the prosperity of the church, both physically and financially.)4. Division Destroys The Posterity Of The Church. Psalms speaks of the assembly of the saints as a “nest” to raise children in. (Children both see and hear the ungodliness of the parents. It affects their spirituality and, eventually, they are lost.)5. Division Destroys The Worship Of The Church. People have different views of what true worship is. True worship is when we elevate Jesus Christ and not man. Worship must be done in the beauty of holiness. Worship must be done in both spirit and truth. (God and His Holy Spirit are grieved with this division and worship is neither holy nor acceptable.)6. Division Destroys The Evangelism Of The Church. People may come to a divided church, but the will not stay at one. People who out of God's will never win souls to Christ. (Instead of keeping our eyes upon the harvest and doing all that we can to win souls, our time is spent in bitterness and souls are lost.)7. Division Hinders The Prayers Of The Saints. One of the most important things that we do at Temple is pray. God's house is called “THE house of prayer.” We pray for so many things and have so many people on our prayer lists. Prayer must be protected. (Malice and unforgiveness are sins and when we regard iniquity in our hearts, our prayers go unheard.)Conclusion: I want to read verse 3 again.Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-30-2018Romans 9:14-22Introduction:A. With each of these sermons, I need to reiterate the context. National! It is easy to look at these verses and interpret them as “stand alone verses,” and not take them in context. Keeping the context consistent, we rightly divide the Word of Truth.1. In the first message, we saw Paul's Burden for the Nation of Israel. Verses 1-4.2. We the second message, we saw God's Special Blessings upon the National of Israel. Verses 4-5.3. In the second message, we also saw God's selection of the Nation of Israel through the fathers, Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, and the rejection of the two first born sons: Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and Esau, the son of Isaac. God chose Isaac and Jacob through foreknowledge of what these men would ultimately be. B. Notice the Progression of Selection.1. Abraham had two sons by different mothers: Hagar and Sarah. Ishmael was the son of Abraham's flesh and Isaac was the son of God's Promise. God chose the younger over the elder.2. Isaac had two sons by the same mother: Esau and Jacob. Through foreknowledge of the choices of the sons, Esau would Despise the Birthright while Jacob would Desire the Birthright, God chose the younger over the elder. 3. Jacob had 12 sons and became the Father of the Nation of Israel, God's Elect Nation.a) Isaac, the seed through which the Promised Seed, Jesus Christ, would come.b) Jacob, though a supplanter, would become a man who desired the blessings of God.C. The context has not changed as it continues to deal with the Elect Nation of Israel.D. Tonight, we will look at some people mentioned in the text as they are keys to special Protection and Promises given to the Nation of Israel.1. God has providentially protected the Nation of Israel. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.2. God has given special promises to the Nation of Israel. Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:1. Verse 14. God is not unrighteous! Why would the Holy Spirit even ask such a thing? Because some casual readers may think like the Calvinists, that God is some hateful, unrighteous Creator who makes some people live in hell for all eternity just because He can. GOD IS NOT UNRIGHTEOUS! Calvinism teaches that God is unrighteous, hateful, unloving, and a respecter of persons. That is not the God of the Bible!2. Now, in our text for tonight, we will look at three more individuals. Moses, Pharaoh, and the Potter.3. Verse 15. Why is Moses mentioned in this chapter? Because of the statement that follows: “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” To fully understand what God meant when speaking this to Moses, you have to read the context in Exodus 33:12-19.Exodus 33:12-19 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. (13) Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. (14) And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (15) And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. (16) For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. (17) And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. (18) And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. (19) And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. (God's mercy was to the Nation of Israel. Though they were not a perfect people, God had selected them as His nation and separated them from all other nations. The statement quoted in Hebrews, if properly interpreted, is meant for Israel as a nation. A peculiar people. It is not meant to be for an individual.)4. Verse 16. God's mercy to nations is not to those who do the best or most, it is to the nation of God's choosing. God's sovereign will in the selection of a nation for His own was His choice to make.5. Verse 17-18. Now we find another individual, though not named. Pharaoh was a name like Emperor that was given to the man sitting upon the throne of Egypt. As goes the Pharaoh, so goes Egypt. Now for a little history.1. Joseph was sold into bondage but ascended to the second most powerful man in Egypt.2. Jacob, called Israel, and family came to Egypt to live during the great famine.3. Joseph was 17 when he arrived in Egypt and 110 when he died. Quickly, after the death of Joseph, a new Pharaoh came to power who feared the Nation of Israel and put the nation in bondage.Exodus 1:7-8 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.4. The Nation of Israel remained in Egypt 430 years with close to 350 years in extreme bondage.5. The Nation cried out because of the cruelty of their taskmasters (the nation of Egypt) and God send a deliverer, Moses.Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.6. Nothing says that Pharaoh was reprobate from his birth, but like the other Pharaohs who kept Israel in bondage, he was a hardened man who hated Israel and Israel's God. God raised him up to sit upon the throne because he would not let the Nation of Israel go. God took the heart of a hardened, wicked, God denying, Israel hating man and finalized the hardening process.7. This was done so that God could show His power in Protection and Promise. God brought them out so that He could bring them into the Promised Land.8. Mercy upon Israel and hardening and judgement upon Egypt.6. Verses 19-23. Now, off to the Potter's House.1. Verse 20. “The thing formed” is not an individual person for a nation. “The thing formed” is now asking “him that formed it” a question, “Why hast thou made me thus?” 2. Verse 21. Israel became marred upon the wheel. Israel may have been God's chosen people, but down through the ages they had rebelled against God, hardening their hearts against Him. He therefore had no choice but to direct His wrath against them. An honored vessel turned into a vessel of dishonor.Jeremiah 18:1-10 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, (2) Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. (3) Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. (4) And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. (5) Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (6) O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. (7) At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; (8) If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. (9) And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; (10) If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. (Israel would not yield to the work of God and was marred in His hand. They have paid dearly for their rebellion. One day, God's Elect Nation of Israel will once again be wrought on God's wheel as a glorious, obedient nation again.)3. We all have heard the song that says that He didn't throw the clay away. The proper interpretation is not to the individual, it is to the House of Israel! In these verses, God is showing the setting aside of the marred vessel of Israel because of their national rejection of the Messiah (Israel still rejects Jesus Christ), while calling out a Gentile Bride. Then, when God is ready, He will make a new vessel of the Nation of Israel.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-7-2018Hebrews 2:7-11Introduction:A. In verse 11, Jesus is called the “Captain of our salvation.” “Captain in only one descriptive term or name given to our Lord Jesus Christ. The word “captain” comes from a Latin word meaning “chief.” We use the word “Captain” in many ways in the English language.1. A Captain is one who oversees a sea going vessel.2. A Captain is one who is a rank given to one in charge of a company in the military.3. A Captain is the title given to certain civil servants such police or fire departments.4. A Captain is a pilot in command of a large commercial aircraft.5. A Captain, in sports, is one designated as the head of the team.6. A Captain, in the church, is a title given to its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.7. A Captain, in our text, is one who is responsible for our salvation.B. In Joshua, chapter 5, we see our Lord appear to Joshua in a Theophany or Christophany.Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? (14) And he said, Nay; but ascaptain 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? (15) And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. (A position of authority, power, and worship.)C. Our verses for tonight show us what our Captain did for us in His incarnation. His authority, power, and glory revealed in Jesus Christ.1. We see Jesus in His humanity. Verse 7 – “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels.” Almighty Jehovah God, conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary, chose to dwell upon this earth—robed in flesh. 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.Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (Made – to bring to pass something that would not naturally occur. The eternal Son of God born in the flesh.)Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.2. We see Jesus in His Father's glory. Verse 7 – “thou crownedst him with glory and honour.” John 1:14 (And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.Colossians 1:15-19 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;Hebrews 1:2-3 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;3. We see Jesus in His sovereign authority. Verses 7-8 – “didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” Jesus made it all, Jesus runs it all, Jesus owns it all!Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.4. We see Jesus in His vicarious atonement. Verse 9 – “ who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” 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.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. (Jesus did two things for us concerning our sins: expiation – the removal of sins; and propitiation – the appeasement of a thrice holy God. Both were necessary to restore fellowship and favor.)6. We see Jesus in His example. Verse 10 – “to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” 1 Peter 2:21-25 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (Our suffering in a righteous manner will help others to see Christ in us.)7. We see Jesus in His purpose. Verse 11 – “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”Ephesians 1:6-7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hathtranslated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-3-2018Hebrews 2:1-4Introduction:A. Paul begins chapter 4 with assuring these “transitioning” Jewish believers that what they have now in the New Covenant is so much greater than what they had under the Old Covenant. 1. The Old Testament saint, under the Old Covenant of Atonement (a covering), was saved by faith in the coming of Messiah, the promised Seed of the Woman.2. The New Testament saint, under the New Covenant of Propitiation, is saved by faith in the Lamb of God which took away the sin of the world.3. One looked forward while the other looked backward, but both were faith based, not of works.Acts 15:10-11 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.b. I fear that you and I too often forget just what a wonderful thing that our Lord Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary and, therefore, give little thought to just how great our salvation is.1. Just remember what God did for us! Where we were when the Lord found us and took all our sins away.a. He blotted out our sins. Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.b. He chose never to remember. Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.c. He changed our standing. 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,2. Just remember what God did in us! Where the Lord brought us to and how He changed our lives.a. A change of heart. Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: (20) That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.b. A change of life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.c. A change of love. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. (We love God; we love God's people; we love God's Word; we love God's house.)3. Just remember what God does for us. How much we take for granted the blessings of God.a. God provides for us. 2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:b. God protects us. Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.c. God guides us. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.d. God sealed us. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.4. Just remember what God is going to do for us. One day, this life will be over and time will be no more.a. An eternal body. 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.b. An eternal home. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.c. An eternal prospect. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:Conclusion: We could spend a lot of time here, but I think that we all know these things but so often forget just how great our salvation is.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-11-2018Psalm 103:1-14Introduction:A. As we continue to look forward to Thanksgiving Day, it does us well to remember that our thankfulness should be a present continuing one. Every day of the year, we need to be aware of God's continual blessings upon us.B. One of the aggravating things about our modern word processors is their modern dictionary. 1. As our English language continues to evolve, and some precious truths of the Bible are being changed and are lost when we use these dictionaries to underline and suggest changes in the wording. C. What makes the King James Bible so different from the modern-day translations is found in both the texts from which they are translated and the differences between the old English and the new. D. Our Bible is “frozen in time” as it has not changed over the years and the words are the same as they were in the 1600's. I do understand that we have the 1769 version of the King James Bible, with spelling standardization, but it is still consistent with the 1611.E. One of the important older spelling of the words in the Authorized (that means there may be unauthorized) King James Version are the “eth” endings on many of the words. These words come from the Elizabethan Period that our Bible was translated in when the English language was at the pinnacle of its purity.F. When we read this chapter, we find God's benefits (beneficial things) given to His children. In today's world, we understand the importance of benefits that go along with our jobs.G. “eth” is present perfect in tense which always means always and at all times. These verses show the goodness of God all the time: when we realize His goodness and when we do not.H. I thank God for my old “archaic” Bible because it expresses a truth in our text that we so often overlook! 1. Verse 3 – “He Forgiveth” – all day, every time, in every way that we fail. 70x70x70x70 to the “nth” degree! All sin! Thank God for this every day of our lives. We are still just sinners saved by grace and if God should mark iniquity, who could stand? Thank you Lord for you forgiveness, mercy, and grace.2. Verse 3 – “He Healeth” – all our diseases! God has given us a body that can heal itself; doctors and medicines that can heal us. Our bodies are not just evolution and a series of accidents, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. One of my surgeons once told me that he would do the best that he could but healing comes from God! Thank God for this every day of your life.3. Verse 4 – “He Redeemeth” – God protects us from both self and circumstances continually. I thank God every day for being a lot better to me than I deserve. God goes a long way to protect the testimonies of sinners saved by grace. God protects us from those who would do us harm. Thank God every for the “hedge” that He has placed around us!4. Verse 4 – “He Crowneth” – God is loving, kind, and merciful to us every day. His mercies are new every morning. Loving us, being kind to us, being merciful to us. I love the word “crowneth.” On top of all our other blessings, God showers us with love, kindness, and tenderness. Thank God every day for your relationship with the Saviour.5. Verse 5 – “He Satisfieth” – God gives us enough; all that we need; the desires of our hearts. God blesses His children all day, every day! I am satisfied! Learn to be satisfied with what God gives you. Thank God continually for His goodness.6. Verse 6-12 - “He Executeth” – In everything give thanks! For the bad as well as the good for it is in the valleys that we grow in faith. We do not get everything that we want and thank God we do not get everything that we deserve. The wheels of God's judgment upon those who hurt us may be slow at times, but they are sure. God is the executor of vengeance. God is better to us than we deserve and has placed our eternal judgment upon Christ. Thank you, Lord, every day!7. Verse 13- “He Pitieth” - “To fondle, to be compassionate. Does Jesus care? Oh yes He cares! God cares every day. Casting all you care! He knows how we feel and makes a way for us in every trial and every mile.8. Verse 14 – “He Knoweth” – God knows our feelings, our frame, our failures, our fights, because He made us. God formed us upon the Potter's Wheel with His hands, the Water of His Word, and the motion of our lives. 9. Verse 14 – “He knoweth … He Remembereth” – We are finite, but He is infinite! He knows that we are but dust. God never forgets what we are made of and who we are but continually, every day, all day long loves us anyway. I am glad that God never gave up on this sinner! I thank God constantly for loving a sinner such as I am!Conclusion: Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time of the year but, as God's work and the overseeing of our lives is one of continuity, so should our Thanksgiving be a continual one! A time of remembering, a time of giving thanks to God for all His blessings, seen and unseen, known and unknown!
Temple Baptist Church - 11-11-2018Romans 10:4-8, 13-17Introduction:A. Last week, we looked at the personal responsibility of the individual. Salvation is:1. Whosoever Will: a salvation that is free and universal to all who believe on Christ, or2. Whosoever Won't!: a hell that is waiting and universal to all who choose not to believe on Christ.B. Look at verse 8:1. “But, what saith it?” The antecedent of “it” is “the righteousness which is of faith.” This is a conclusion that has been reached. It is the end result of what is expressed in verse 8. It is the desired end result of a proper spiritual beginning.2. “Which we preach.” Not just that we preach but which we preach. There are so many “preachers” out there that are preaching mixed messages concerning salvation. The message must be a right one.3. “The word of faith.” There is only one true message concerning salvation. If whatsoever is not of faith is sin, then any mixture of human merit destroys that message.4. “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” It is a message heard and believed!C. As with verse 8, verses 14-15 look at the result first and then the progression that led to it. Therefore, I want to look at these verses in reverse.1. The Dispensing of the Gospel. Salvation comes only through the Gospel and the Gospel comes only through the Scriptures.a. Salvation comes only through the Gospel.1) The Dispensing of the Gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation (stewardship) is committed unto me. a) The Gospel Dispensed to the Jew. - Romans 1:15-16 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.b) The Gospel Dispensed to the Gentile. - Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.2) The Description of the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:3) The Duty of the Gospel. - Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. b. The Gospel Comes Only Through The Scriptures.1) It's Integrity is Impeccable - Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye alsotrusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,2) It's Importance is Immeasurable - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.2. The Duty of the Gospel. Human responsibility. Verse 16 declares that “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” Human responsibility is two-fold. Mark 1:14-15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.a. Man must Repent of Sin. (There is no room for argument because the words of the Lord are precise.)b. Man must Believe the Gospel. (Simply death, burial, and resurrection as the only way of salvation. This constitutes a trust!)3. The Desire of the Gospel. As human responsibility is two-fold, so the heavenly responsibility is two-fold also. Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.a. The Witness of the Word of God. 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.b. The Witness of the Holy Spirit of God. 1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.Romans 8:9-10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-18-2018Philippians 1:1-7Introduction: Thanksgiving is almost upon us again. We have so many things to be thankful for that is hard to name all of them. The song, “Count Your Blessings,” should be a reminder to us to give God the thanksgiving that is due Him. Even amid problems we have much to be thankful for.1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.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.A. We can thank God for the precious gift of His only begotten Son.B. We can thank God for hearing the gospel and being gloriously saved.C. We can thank God that salvation is eternal and depends upon Him and not us.D. We can thank God that His mercies and grace are far greater than all our sin.E. We can thank God that Heaven is our home and not this world.F. We can thank God that we were born in America and had opportunity to hear and believe.G. We can thank God for all His marvelous provision: food, shelter, conveniences, automobiles, etc.H. We can thank God for our health and strength to be here this morning.I. We can thank God for our families and friends.J. We can thank God for ample opportunity and freedom to serve the Lord.K. We can thank God for so many things, but as a pastor, I am thankful for some things also: 1. The Philippian Church was a special church – Philippians 4:15-19 2. There are a lot of churches, but few special ones! 3. They were a mission-hearted church who loved God's special people.“I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU.”1. I Thank God For Your SalvationRomans 1:1-71 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.2. I Thank God for Your Faith In MissionsRomans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.Philippians 4:15-18 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.3. I Thank God For Your Testimony In The Community1 Corinthians 1:4-6 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:4. I Thank God for Your Friendship With This PastorPhilippians 1:3-6 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:5. I Thank God for Your Following Your Pastor1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.6. I Thank God For Your Faithfulness To God's HouseColossians 1:1-4 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:7. I Thank God For Your Love One For Another2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;Conclusion - 1 Corinthians 16:23-24a The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-7-2018Jeremiah 17:9Introduction: A. Here we find one of the most quoted verses of Scripture dealing with the heart of man. It is not speaking of the physical organ called the heart, but the very soul—the seat of the affections—of a man. B. The word “heart” or “hearts” is found 975x in 875 verses of the Bible. I have not found one verse that applies heart to a physical organ. 1. The First Mention of heart in the Bible - Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.2. The Last Mention of heart in the Bible - Revelation 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.C. I have found that the First Mention and the Last Mention of a subject to agree and thus it is with the usage of the word “heart.”1. The Bible Speaks Of God's Heart - Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.2. The Bible Speaks Of Thinking With The Heart - Genesis 6:5 and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.3. The Bible Speaks Of Speaking With The Heart - Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart,4. The Bible Speaks Of Comforting The Heart - Genesis 18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts;5. The Bible Speaks Of The Heart Having Integrity - Genesis 20:5 in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.6. The Bible Speaks Of The Heart Fainting - Genesis 45:26 And Jacob's heart fainted,7. The Bible Speaks Of Hardening The Heart - Exodus 8:32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart8. Enough Said! There are hundreds of direct references to the heart as being the soul of man.D. I want to look at several things about my heart, your heart, everyone's heart. Every one of us battles with our heart. Preachers, deacons, song leaders, Sunday School teachers, instrument players, front pew to the back pew—we have problems with the deceitfulness of our hearts.1. The Danger of our Heart. The heart is a source of “heartache” for each of us this morning. Our “hearts,” by a sinful nature is naturally depraved. I will be so glad when eternity begins for me and this sinful flesh is gone. It matters not if you are male or female; it matters not how much you love the Lord; it matters not how godly a life that you try to live; your heart, my heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. That is the total depravity of the flesh.a. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. I find it interesting that the Bible says “above all things.” I have been deceived by others; I have been deceived by circumstances; but the greatest deception that you and I face is an inward one. 1) You need to take heed to yourselves. Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; (Heed – to hedge about or to pay strict attention to something. Yourselves! We spend more time worrying about others than self when the greatest enemy that we face is the one who faces us in the mirror.)2) Neve trust your heart. Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (One of the times that God calls a man or woman a fool is when they place trust in their feelings and thoughts. Right and wrong are dictated by God's Word, not what we think of feel.)3) Never follow your heart. Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (The heart will lead you in the wrong direction. “If I know my heart” is a deceptive phrase to follow.)a) Religion Can Deceive Your Heart - James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.b) Promiscuity Can Deceive Your Heart - Job 31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;c) Alcohol Can Deceive Your Heart - Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.d) Pride Can Deceive Your Heart - Jeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.e) False Prophets Can Deceive Your Heart - Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.b. The Heart Is Desperately Wicked. Desperate – having urgent need; dangerous. The desires of the heart of an individual drive them to do hideous, wicked, perverted things.Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.c. The Heart Is Depraved. Who can know it? The answer is understood: no one.2. The Spiritual Defense of our Hearts.a. Our Heart's Defense Takes Spiritual Diligence. Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Keep-protect with vigilance. All-priority. Diligence-Meticulously.)b. Our Heart's Defense Takes Desire.Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (There are few in these last days who are willing to serve God with all their heart. Most only follow their heart. Desire dictates direction.)c. Our Heart's Defense Takes Determination.Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (I am in this thing for the “long run.” Better men than I have fallen to the wayside over the years. I am not speaking evil of them because they are my friends and I believe that they love the Lord but, for various reasons, they followed their heart instead of determining their hearts.)Conclusion:a. The Heart Dictates What We Do - Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.b. The Heart Declares What We Are - Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Temple Baptist Church - 10-7-2018Romans 9:21-33Introduction:A. Tonight, we will try to finish chapter 9. To do so, we need to reset the context and the progression of the chapter. Chapter 9 begins with the Nation of Israel and ends with the Nation of Israel. That is the context.B. In verses 1-4, we find Paul's prayer for his people, the Nation of Israel.C. In verses 4-5, we find God's special blessings upon the Nation of Israel.D. In verses 6-13, we find God's special selection of the Nation of Israel through the Fathers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while setting aside Ishmael and Esau through foreknowledge.E. In verses 14-18, we saw God's special protection of the Nation of Israel.F. In verses 19-22, we see the Potter's House and the marring of the Nation of Israel in God's hand. God's setting aside of the Nation of Israel.1. Verses 21-22. Notice “the same lump” became both a vessel of honor and a vessel of dishonor. The lump was the Nation of Israel.a. In God's hand, Israel—though they were not perfect—became a vessel of honor in the hand of God. God raised up a mighty nation: a nation of Law under Moses; a Theocracy. b. But, eventually, the Nation of Israel turned from Jehovah God and suffered the 70 year captivity in Babylon.c. Though Israel eventually returned to their homeland, their spiritual decline continued and culminated in the rejection of the Messiah, the Lamb of God. (John 1:11)d. The vessel of honor became a vessel of dishonor.e. In the Nation of Israel, we see the compassion, longsuffering, and mercy that God spoke of to Moses on Mount Saini. 2. Verses 23-26. God's Vessel of Mercy, the Church—comprised of both Jews and Gentiles.a. Verses 23-24 shows the foreknowledge of God. God's riches of glory upon the Church was foreordained in eternity past. God's blessing on both Jew and Gentile in one body.Ephesians 2:11-12 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:b. Verse 25-26 shows the love of God for the Church.Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.3. In verses 27-29, find God's remnant in the Nation of Israel.a. The marred vessel, fitted for destruction, is the Nation of Israel, not the individual Jews.b. The remnant is a very small percentage, normally 1-2 percent.c. The Nation of Israel will be judged in righteousness, will be cut short. A reference to the Tribulation Period or Jacob's Trouble, a period of 7 years. Seven being a number of perfection or a perfect restoration.d. God will not destroy the Nation of Israel as He did Sodom and Gomorrah! Their destruction was because of a reprobate lifestyle. They were not the people of God, Israel is!4. Verses 30-33. The basis of God's blessings on the Gentiles and future restoration of the Nation of Israel.a. The Father of Israel, Abraham, was justified by faith, not works.b. Verse 31 tells us that Israel, as a nation, changed from a faith-based salvation to a works based one. During the days of the Maccabees, two sects of Judaism arose, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. 1) The Sadducees arose from the ranks of the priesthood and were more concerned with social issues. They championed the written Law.2) The Pharisees (“separated ones”) arose from the scribes and were more concerned with legal issues. They championed the oral Law.c. The Nation of Israel stumbled at the “stumbling stone” of Jesus Christ. Verse 32. The reason for stumbling, Israel sought righteousness by works, not 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.Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-14-2018Psalm 92Introduction:A. Psalm 92 contrasts the wicked with the righteous. 1. The righteous love God!2. The wicked 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 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 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. They cannot survive in harsh weather. 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 must 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 – there are two types of planted plants.a) Annuals – plants that you plant but must replant them each year. People who are saved—good people—but, because of difficult circumstances, will get out of church and must be restored when the trials are over. b) Perennials – plants that you plant, and they come back each year. Believers who survive despite of circumstances. These are the believers that come to get in, not get out. 1) Perennials are a vital, living part of the local church. I have been a member of only three churches in the 42 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 will be 32 years. 2) As a general rule, Perennials 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 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.3) I thank God for our Perennial 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.4) Perennials are 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!5) Perennials are “planted plants” that 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 Perennial plants!” 1. Perennials 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. Perennials 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. Perennials 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. Perennials 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. Perennials 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! None of us are not perfect! We are not always right! God knows best and faithfulness to the local church is not a request that God made, it is a command! 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 - 10-17-2018Hebrews 2:5-11Introduction:A. Have you ever wondered about why God is mindful of us? Think of this immense universe that we live in; think of the size of our solar system that we live in; think of the size of the earth upon which we live; and we are just a speck! B. Why would the God of this universe be willing to die for the sins of a finite man such as I?C. Over several millenniums prior to the coming of the Messiah, Israel's thinking had changed from a very personal God to an impersonal one. The New Testament portrays a very personal God and Saviour in the person of Jesus Christ. D. Paul quotes Psalm 8:4 to reassure these transitional Jews that the God that saved them was and is a very personal God! The Bible declares that:1. God thinks upon us. Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.Psalms 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.2. God watches us. Psalms 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.3. God cares for us. Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.4. God sent Hs Son to die for us. Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.5. God cares about what we care about. 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.6. God cares about what we endure. Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.7. God hears us when we pray to him. Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.E. Why is God mindful (mind-full, He always thinks about us) of us?1. Because we are His creation. Verse 7 – “the works of thy hands.”Psalms 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.2. Because He loved us enough to die for us. Verse 9 – “should taste death for every man.” Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.3. Because He desires for us to be with Him. Verse 10 – “in bringing many sons unto glory.” John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.4. Because we are His family. Verse 11 – “he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-21-2018Romans 9:30-10:4Introduction:A. We have studied the Selection of the Nation of Israel. A Nation much loved by God but one that became marred in the hands of the Potter. As we end chapter 9, we must remember that chapter divisions are manmade and were not in the original manuscripts. B. The breakdown that I have used (Chapter 9-The Selection of Israel; Chapter 10-The Rejection of Israel; Chapter 11-The Restoration of Israel) could be a little misleading as these three chapters are one continuous passage. I gave them as a general outline but the chapters overlap.C. When Israel became marred in the hands of the Potter, the Potter set that piece of clay (Israel) aside and made a new lump (Gentiles) into a vessel of mercy. The Church Age.D. What caused Israel to “stumble?” Israel stumbled because their position on salvation had changed and their view of the Saviour also changed.E. Israel's Ignorance of Self. At some point in time, Israel went from God-dependent to Self-dependent. I normally go back to the 400 Silent Years between Malachi's Prophecy to Matthew's Gospel and the Voice Of One Crying In The Wilderness, John the Baptist. F. During the times of the Maccabee's, the sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees arose. They stress the outward instead of the inward and believed that they were right with God because of their separation from the world instead of being right with God through the faith of Abraham. Biblical separatism and Phariseeism are not the same!G. This self-righteousness has continued until our day as there are many who believe that they can live good enough to go to heaven or can live good enough to keep their salvation. Paul said that Israel had a “zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”H. Romans 11:17-21 gives a warning to the Gentiles. As Israel turned from God and the natural branch was broken off, so will the Gentiles be cut off if they follow the same pattern of apostasy. There are two things that caused Israel to fall and I want to look at them in verses 30-33 of chapter 9.I. IGNORANCE OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS. Chapter 10.1. Ignorance of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “not according to knowledge…ignorant of God's righteousness” Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!Ignorance is not necessarily a bad word as it means that one has not learned. In Romans 10, I believe that the ignorance was willful. Israel was familiar with the Old Testament and especially the Pentateuch. One of the greatest of Old Testament truths found in these first 5 books was that of the holiness of God. Mt. Sinai should have left a lasting impression upon the nation of Israel as God thundered from a mountain that was on fire. Israel's ignorance was willful! The world of today tries to bring God down to man's level and man up to God's level.2. Impeccability of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “God's righteousness” The Bible declares that God dwells in a light that no man can approach unto. He is absolutely holy. He is immutably holy. He said, “I am the Lord, I change not.”1 Timothy 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (16) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.Salvation must always be by grace through faith because God demands absolute holiness and He alone is holy.3. Impossibility of God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “going about to establish their own righteousness.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.One fact that every saved person understands is that of personal sinfulness. There are those who believe that they are sinless, but they are deceived and lost. No conviction of sinfulness means there is no Holy Spirit there to convict. Men everywhere are trying to be right with God with what they do instead of what He did.4. Insubordination to God's Righteousness. Vs. 3. “have not submitted themselves” Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Along with recognition of God's righteousness must come obedience to the holiness of God's demand: obedience to the gospel. Vs. 16. Romans 1 shows the progression of the knowledge of God rejected: a) When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God - God gave them up) b) They changed the truth of God into a lie - God gave them up again c) They did not like to retain God in their minds - God gave them over to a reprobate mind.5. Imputation of God's Righteousness. Vs. 4. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Salvation is a result of God's righteousness being imputed to the believer through propitiation and faith. Jude 24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. “Dressed in His righteousness alone; faultless to stand before the throne.” “When He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb; He sees me as worthy and not as I AM!”J. IGNORANCE OF GOD'S MESSIAH.1. Israel stumbled at Christ because of the way He was born, the Virgin Birth. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (They should have known the prophecy of Isaiah.) John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. I believe that this statement was an indictment of the conception of Jesus. They believed that He was born of fornication, not born of God.2. Israel stumbled because of where they perceived that Christ was born, Nazareth.Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.Luke 2:16-18 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. (18) And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.Micah's Prophecy foretold the birth of the Messiah would take place in Bethlehem. The Jews knew that Jesus came from Nazareth, not Bethlehem. The shepherds announced His birth in Bethlehem.3. Israel stumbled because of what Christ preached.John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.Eight times in Matthew 23, our Lord said “Woe” unto the scribes and Pharisees. Christ Jesus continually preached and rebuked these self-righteous men for their wickedness.4. Israel stumbled because of what Christ came to do. Mark 11:8-10 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. (9) And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: (10) Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.John 19:14-15 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! (15) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.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.They looked for a King instead of a Lamb.5. Israel stumbled because of those whom Christ preached to.Luke 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.Luke 18:11-13 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. (12) I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (13) And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.The Pharisees remained distant from “sinners” lest they be defiled. Christ Jesus loved sinners for whom He died!6. Israel stumbled because Christ peached the message of repentance. Matthew 3:1-2 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, (2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (John the Baptist preached repentance.)Luke 13:2-3 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? (3) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Jesus preached repentance.)Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (The disciples preached repentance.)Luke 24:46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: (47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Repentance was to be preached among all nations.)Self-righteous Israel thought they needed no repentance.7. Israel stumbled because salvation is through faith in Christ alone.John 3:16-18 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. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.The Jews, as a nation, rejected their lost condition.

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