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HAVE I THEREFORE BECOME YOUR ENEMY BECAUSE I TELL YOU THE TRUTH…. GAL 4:16 (nkjv)

 
 

                         “Enemies of the Cross”

TEXT: Phil. 3:18

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. THE CROSS REPRESENTS FREEDOM FROM DEATH AND SIN.
 
B. IT HAS ITS ENEMIES – THOSE WHO OPPOSE ITS MESSAGE.
 
C. JESUS’ DISCIPLES MUST DEFEND THE CROSS.
 
1. Not by brute force – Peter( John 18:11 ).
 
2. Our warfare is not carnal( John 18:36; Eph. 6:12 ).
I. THE CROSS HAD ENEMIES IN PAUL’S DAY.
 
A. JUDAIZING TEACHERS( Acts 15:1; Gal. 3:1-3; 5:1-4 ).
 
B. THE JEWS THEMSELVES.
 
C. SOME DENIED THE BASICS( 1 Cor. 15:12; 1 John 4:2-3 ).
 
D. WORLDLINESS( Phil. 3:18-19 ).
II. THE CROSS HAS ENEMIES TODAY.
 
A. PAGANISM. Eastern religions, mysticism, idols, angel & devil worship, horoscope.
 
1. Salvation thru the cross depends on allegiance to one God( Eph. 4:4-6 ).
 
2. Idolatry is always condemned( Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 John 5:21 ).
 
3. God will not allow such in his presence( Rom. 1:21-25; Rev. 21:8 ).
 
4. Bondage to non-existent masters( Gal. 4:8; Acts 19:26; 1 Cor. 8:4 ).
 
B. HUMAN PHILOSOPHY. New morality, evolution, humanism, modernism.
 
1. Stands in opposition to teachings of Christ( Col. 2:8 ).
 
2. In opposition to true knowledge of God and his will( 1 Cor 1:20-25 ).
 
3. Called ignorance by Paul( Eph. 4:17-19 ).
 
4. Where has the “Age of Reason” left us?( Matt. 9:36 ).
 
C. RELIGIOUS DIVISION. Denominations, sects in the church, Unity in Diversity.
 
1. Jesus prayed for unity( John 17:20-21 ). Why?
 
2. 1 Cor. 1:10-13.
 
3. Why division? How can we guard against it?( 1 Cor. 4:6 ).
 
4. Stern warning( Matt. 15:9; 2 John 9 ).
 
D. SCHISMS AND FACTIONS.
 
1. These are not desired among God’s people( 1 Cor. 12:25 ).
 
2. Nothing can defeat the cross faster than an inside job.
 
3. Such can only cause us to devour one another( Gal. 5:15 ).
 
4. They will certainly cause our worship to be vain( 1 Cor. 11:17-30 ).
 
5. Eph. 4:1-3.
 
E. HYPOCRISY IN THE CHURCH.
 
1. Our lives must be worthy of that which we profess( Phil 1:27 ).
 
2. Do we practice what we preach?( Rom. 2:21-24 ).
 
3. The language of Jesus( Matt. 23:27 ).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. POGO: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
 
B. WHAT WEAPON DO WE USE?( Eph. 6:17 ).
 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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COUNTING THE COST AND PAYING THE PRICE TO BE A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST

                                 Counting the Cost

 

Intro.

 
1. Jesus was not a crowd-pleaser, Lk. 14:25-27.
 
2. He was most interested in telling people what they needed to hear so they could count the cost of discipleship and then, fully aware of its demands and challenges, could freely pay the price of following Him:
 
a. Lk. 14:15-20, 24: Invited would not benefit because they made excuses instead of value the kingdom above all else.
 
b. Lk. 14:33: Cannot be Christ’s disciple without forsaking all.
 
3. Have you counted the cost? Will you pay the price?
 
 
 
I. THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE OF JESUS, Lk. 14:28-32.
 
A. The Call: Prefer Christ Above All, 14:26-27 (16:13).
 
1. Hate: Not sinful hatred; to love Jesus more than everyone else, Matt. 10:37 (Gen. 29:30-31).
 
2. “If”: Cannot follow Jesus with a divided heart (Jno. 12:42-43).
 
3. Two points of preference:
 
a. Relationships (family, brethren, life itself), 14:26.
 
b. Responsibilities (bear your cross), 14:27; Gal. 6:5.
 
B. The Consideration: What will it Cost to Succeed? 14:28-32
 
1. Families plan ahead (weekly, monthly, annually) to meet goals (groceries, bills, vacation, education, etc.).
 
a. Successful businessmen plan ahead, analyzing many factors to set goals, strategies, costs, investments, work force, earnings…
 
b. Same is true of a successful life; plans, goals, strategies, cost…
 
2. Intentions do not make one successful, 14:28.
 
3. “Sit down first and consider”, 14:31; cf. 1 Cor. 10:12.
 
C. The Cost: Self-Denial, Sacrifice and Obedient Service, 14:33; 9:23
 
1. Jesus set this example, Matt. 26:38-44 (sacrifice, submission, steadfastness).
 
2. This is not a onetime payment; it is a lifelong obligation (Heb. 3:6, 14; 10:36-39 (Rev. 14:12).
 
 
 
II. HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST OF BEING A CHRISTIAN? Lk. 14:33
 
A. The Cost of being Saved from Your Sins.
 
1. Obedient faith (Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 17:30).
 
2. Renounce your past sins, Acts 2:37-38, 41 (19:18-20).
 
a. Humble yourself before God and men (Jas. 4:10).
 
b. “Means I’m condemning my parents/children, etc.” No, sin condemns (Lk. 16:28-30).
 
c. Means I will lose friends, business, etc. (Acts 19:24-27)
 
3. A different way of life, Rom. 12:1-2 (1 Jno. 2:15-16).
 
B. The Cost of Standing for the Truth, 1 Cor. 16:13-14.
 
1. Loss of friends and even some brethren, 2 Tim. 4:16.
 
2. Loss of reputation (among false brethren), 3 Jno. 9-12.
 
3. Cost Jesus his life! Cost apostles much (1 Cor. 4:9-13). Does it cost you anything? (2 Tim. 3:12)
 
C. The Cost of being Faithful unto Death, Rev. 2:10.
 
1. Context: Persecution and remaining faithful to the point of death.
 
2. Conquer the fear of men, cf. Matt. 10:28 (Heb. 13:5-6).
 
3. Be watchful against the sins of self-righteousness, apathy and neglect, worldliness, carnality, lack of growth, willful sin, etc. (1 Pet. 5:8-9; Heb. 5:12; 6:9-12)
 
 
 
III. HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST OF BEING LOST? Matt. 16:26
 
A. You Will Pay the Price of Never-ending Separation from God and His Good Blessings, Rom. 6:23; Matt. 7:23; 25:30.
 
B. You Will Pay the Price of Never-ending Torment, Lk. 16:24; Mk. 9:43-44; 2 Ths. 1:8-9. No rest forever, Rev. 14:11-13.
 
C. You Will Pay the Price of Never-ending Regret, Lk. 16:25; 12:15-21.
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. The price of sin is too high for anyone to truly want to pay it.
 
2. Sin will always take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you more than you wanted to pay!
 
3. So, we deceive ourselves that the cost of sin is not real; we comfort ourselves that we are not as bad as other people, and we convince ourselves that death is far away so we can change later.
 
4. Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:1-2).
 
5. Count the cost and pay the price to be saved and to follow Jesus to heaven, not hell!
 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I PETER 4:18; “IF THE RIGHTEOUS ONE IS SCARCELY SAVED, WHERE WILL THE UNGODLY AND THE SINNER APPEAR?” (NKJV)

 
 

                   “A WORLD OF SINNERS”

 
Intro.
 
1. Question: “Did the early Native Americans such as the Aztecs Incas Mayas…have any knowledge of the word of God? If not, what happened to their souls?” Let me also ask a question to clarify the issue:
 
a. “Did the ancient barbarian or Scythian have any knowledge of the word of God? If not, what happened to their souls?” (Col. 3:11)
 
b. “Does your next door neighbor have any knowledge of the word of God? If not, what happens to his or her soul?”
 
2. The answer to each one lies in understanding the nature of sin, the progression of sin in this world, and salvation from sin by the gospel.
 
 
 
I. THERE IS A UNIVERSAL NEED FOR THE GOSPEL BECAUSE ALL ARE SINNERS – Rom. 3:9 (10-18), 19, 23; 5:12.
 
A. The Gospel is God’s Power to Save Sinners – Rom. 1:16-17 (Reveals the righteousness of God – God’s plan for man to be righteous, Rom. 3:22).
 
1. The gospel will save all sinners who believe – Rom. 1:16-17.
 
2. Reveals God’s mercy and grace to give sinners: A Savior (1 Tim. 4:10); a sacrifice for sins (Heb. 9:22; 10:12); a message of truth which warns of sin and calls sinners to salvation (Acts 20:24).
 
B. Therefore, the Gospel is to be Preached to All the World – Mk. 16:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20 (Rom. 6:23; 5:12).
 
1. To save the lost – Whether they already know their sin or not.
 
2. Because the lost are sinners under penalty of death.
 
 
 
II. THE PROGRESSION OF SIN IN THE WORLD – Rom. 1:18-32 (a picture of the Gentile world under sin).
 
A. The Ungodliness and Unrighteousness of Men Hinders the Truth of God – 1:18 (Gen. 6:1-5). (Two terms express whole volume of human sins.)
 
1. Ungodliness: Lack of reverence for God; a disregard for God (“irreligiousness”, Meyer).
 
2. Unrighteousness: Immorality, evil conduct, lack of right conduct toward men, injustice toward men.
 
3. Hinder the truth: Suppresses, holds down the truth; Sin blinds men to truth! (2 Cor. 4:3-4)
 
4. Wrath of God is against all sinners! (Answers part of above question.)
 
B. Historically, Men Have Rejected God and His Revealed Truth Because of Their Sin – 1:18-23.
 
1. God’s truth was and is revealed from God to man – 1:19 (Gen. 2:16-17 – God commanded man … Heb. 1:1-2).
 
2. God’s presence and nature (power and divinity) testified by creation – 1:20.
 
3. Men refused revealed truth and nature’s testimony – Are without excuse before God – 1:20-21.
 
C. When Men Reject God and His Truth, They Plunge Deeper and Deeper into Sin – Rom. 1:21-32. (progression of sin)
 
1. Failure to honor God – 1:21 (cf. Isa. 24:5-6).
 
2. Ingratitude toward God – 1:21. (Devaluing of the true God.)
 
3. Elevation of man (self) and human wisdom – 1:22 (cf. Eph. 4:17-18).
 
4. Idolatry (false gods) – 1:23.
 
a. Truth is exchanged for a lie – 1:25.
 
b. False religions developed (cf. Egypt, Phoenicia, Canaan, Euro-Asia and Americas; cf. pagan superstitions, Greek and Eastern philosophies, etc.
 
5. Moral chaos – 1:24-32 (idolatry feeds on and breeds fleshly lust, 1:24-27)
 
D. God “Gave Them Up” To Their Sins – Rom. 1:24, 26, 28.
 
1. Handed them over to their own devices…because they gave themselves over to sin! – Eph. 4:19 (“He let them go because they were set on going.” -R. L. Whiteside)
 
2. God permitted man to follow his sinful cravings and conduct with all that sin caused (pain, suffering, toil and death) – cf. 1:27.
 
3. God, throughout history, has revealed His wrath against sin – 1:18, 32.
 
4. The wages for their sin is death – Rom. 6:23.
 
 
 
Illus. …Departure from God….
 
1) Adam…Cain…Lamech…days of Noah (Gen. 2-6; 6:5).
 
2) Noah (Gen. 9:1)…Sons of Noah (Gen. 9:19)…Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)
 
 
 
E. Over Time, When Man Rejects God and His Truth, Whole Societies and Cultures Forget God and His Truth (will for them) – Rom. 1:25, 28.
 
1. Did native Americans “have any knowledge of the word of God?”
 
-Not likely, since their ancestors had long since rejected God and His revelations of truth! (Col. 1:23; but remember 2 Ths. 2:9-12)
 
2. Ignorance of God does not make the sinner free of his sin.
 
a. Magnifies their sin and alienation from God – Rom. 3:9-19.
 
b. Magnifies and proves their need for the gospel – Rom. 11:32; Mk. 16:15 (Rom. 1:16).
 
c. Magnifies the grace and love of God to give a gospel which call sinners out of the darkness of sin into the glory of salvation! – Rom. 5:6-9
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. Those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel will die because of their own sins – 2 Thess 1:8-9.
 
2. We must not distress ourselves over ancient peoples long since gone and their standing before God – God will be just with them (Rom. 2:2).
 
3. Instead, we need to learn to get right with God now! – Rom. 2:3-6
 
4. Faithful Christians must share the gospel with the lost! (Jno. 4:35)
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS

The Blood of Christ (#2)
 
Intro.
 
1. Part 1: Blood is an essential part of God’s plan to save sinners.
 
2. The death of the Son of God gives life to sinners, Jno. 14:6; Col. 3:4.
 
3. We have spiritual life only because of His death (Jno. 3:16-17):
 
a. Love of God, Rom. 5:8.
 
b. Grace of God, Heb. 2:9.
 
4. Christians (above all others) must appreciate what the blood (death) of Christ accomplishes, for we are the recipients of its great blessings.
 
 
 
I. HOW SINNERS OBTAIN THE BLESSINGS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD.
 
A. Christ’s Blood (His sacrificial death) must be Applied to Our Sins for us to Receive the Benefits of His Death. 1 Tim. 2:6
 
-God will apply the blood of Christ to the sins of those who have faith in Jesus, Rom. 3:26. (Through humble, obedient faith)
 
1. Baptized into (the benefits of) His death, Rom. 6:3.
 
2. By this action of faith the sinner obtains the benefits of Christ’s death (blood), Acts 22:16.
 
B. The Blood of Christ Cleanses the Sins of Christians when we Obey God’s Conditions (confess sins, repent), 1 Jno. 1:7-9; Acts 8:22.
 
 
 
II. WHAT CHRIST’S BLOOD (DEATH) ACCOMPLISHES.
 
A. Takes Away Sins, Jno. 1:29. (Remission, Heb. 9:22; 10:17-18)
 
B. Dedicated His New Covenant, Matt. 26:28; Heb. 9:15-17.
 
1. Initiated the authority and blessings of the new covenant.
 
2. Announced on Pentecost (Acts 2).
 
3. Lord’s Supper memorializes and proclaims the death by which we obtain covenant blessings, 1 Cor. 11:26.
 
C. Reconciliation with God is through His Death, Col. 1:19-22.
 
1. “The meaning of the word is simply at-one-ment, i.e., the state of being at one or being reconciled, so that atonement is reconciliation.” (Easton’s Dictionary)
 
2. Atonement (reconciliation) is the effect of the offering of Christ’s life (shedding of blood) – We have now received – New relationship with God, Rom. 5:10-11 (Eph. 2:16).
 
D. Redemption through His Blood, Eph. 1:7. (Forgiveness of sins)
 
1. “A releasing effected by payment of ransom…deliverance…liberation procured by the payment of a ransom” Rev. 5:9.
 
2. Jesus gave His life as the ransom price for sinners, Matt. 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-19.
 
E. Justification by His Blood, Rom. 5:9; 3:24.
 
1. Declared just, rendered righteous; innocent, faultless.
 
2. Faultless: Freed from the guilt of sin and from its just penalty.
 
F. Propitiation by His Death, Rom. 3:25 (1 Jno. 4:10).
 
1. To appease wrath and thus, obtain mercy.
 
2. As High Priest, Christ secures mercy for sinners with His blood, Heb. 9:11-12 (cf. Lev. 16:15-16).
 
3. We enter God’s presence because of His blood, Heb. 10:19-22.
 
G. Sanctification with His Own Blood, Heb. 13:12.
 
-“To separate from profane things and dedicate to God.”
 
1. Cleansing from dead works of sin, Heb. 9:14.
 
2. Perfected forever, Heb. 10:14.
 
3. Washing (purifying) away, Rev. 1:5.
 
H. Purchased His Church with His Own Blood, Acts 20:28.
 
1. Promise of salvation is to His body (church), Eph. 5:23.
 
2. Church is cleansed/sanctified by His blood, Eph. 5:25-26.
 
3. Must be in His church to be saved by His blood.
 
4. Entrance into His blood-bought body, Acts 2:36-41, 47. (Faith, confess faith, repentance and baptism)
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. Without the blood of Christ applied to your sins you are forever lost.
 
2. Because of it, we “receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Heb. 9:15).
 
3. Be saved by the blood of Christ on His terms: By grace, through faith.
 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS

“WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS”
Intro.
 
1. Blood is the vehicle of life (~1.5 gal.; transportation system for oxygen, antigens to fight disease, regulates body temperature, etc.); we die without blood!
 
2. Without blood of Christ, we die spiritually and eternally, Heb. 9:22.
 
3. Want to understand the place and importance of blood in God’s plan for our redemption; what Christ’s blood accomplishes (why it was shed) and how sinners obtain its benefits.
 
 
 
I. BLOOD IN GOD’S PLAN FOR HUMAN REDEMPTION.
 
A. Blood Represents Life, Gen. 9:4; Deut. 12:23; Lev. 17:10-12.
 
1. Metonymy: “Metonymy is a figure by which one name or noun is used instead of another, to which it stands in a certain relation” (Bullinger, Figures of Speech used in the Bible, 544).
 
2. Blood atoned because of the life given in the sacrifice.
 
B. Throughout the OT, God Taught Men that “without the shedding of blood” (giving of life) there is no Remission of Sins, Heb. 9:22.
 
1. Patriarchal age:
 
a. Abel’s sacrifice, Gen. 4:3-4 (God accepted sacrifice that consisted of blood – an offering of life, Heb. 11:4).
 
b. Noah, Gen. 8:20-21 (pleased God).
 
c. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob: Altars for animal sacrifices (Gen. 12:7).
 
2. Mosaic age:
 
a. Deliverance, Exo. 12:5-7, 13. (Token of safety and security)
 
b. Covenant dedicated and sustained with blood, Heb. 9:18-22.
 
C. But, Animal Blood (life) cannot take Away Sins, Heb. 10:1-4.
 
1. Then, what were the purposes of the animal (blood) sacrifices?
 
a. Shadow of Christ’s sacrifice, 10:1.
 
b. Consciousness of sins maintained, 10:2-3.
 
c. Showed the faith of the worshiper, 10:3.
 
d. Kept in God’s favor and forbearance, Rom. 3:25.
 
D. Christ’s Blood (life) takes Away Sins, Heb. 10:10-12.
 
1. Christ’s blood was shed for everyone, Heb. 2:9.
 
2. Shedding blood = Giving of life (death): Heb. 9:12. Christ’s own blood…offered Himself (9:14)…by means of death (9:15)…blood of the covenant (9:20)…shedding of blood (9:22).
 
 
 
II. ONLY ONE BLOOD (LIFE) CAN REMOVE THE SINNER’S SIN.
 
A. Animal Blood (life) Cannot Remove our Sin, Heb. 10:4.
 
-Micah felt the futility of repeated animal sacrifices, Micah 6:6-7.
 
B. The Blood (life) of a Sinner Cannot Remove Sin, Ezek. 18:20.
 
1. Death is the just punishment for our sins, not our means of atonement, Rom. 6:23; cf. Acts 25:11.
 
2. The error of the Mormon doctrine of blood atonement.
 
C. The Blood (life) of the Unblemished Lamb of God Takes Away Sin, Jno. 1:29.
 
1. Provided by God, Gen. 22:8, 13-14. (Grace, Tit. 2:11)
 
2. His Son, Gal. 4:4-5.
 
3. Christ willingly died, Heb. 10:5-10. (Humble servant, Jno. 10:18; Phil. 2:5-8).
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. You must be cleansed by the blood of the Lamb to be saved from your sins, Acts 22:16.
 
2. Part 2: Examine what Christ’s death accomplishes and how it is applied to sins.
 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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FRIENDS, I HAVE SOME GOOD ADVICE FOR EVERYONE; REVIEW AND RESOLVE RIGHT NOW

“THE BIBLE CLEARLY WARNS OF A SPIRITUAL CATASTROPHE”

 
 

Intro.

 
1. Our daily purpose is to grow to spiritual maturity in Christ, 2 Pet. 3:18 (Heb. 6:1).
 
2. Our adversary works to prevent this and devour us, 1 Pet. 5:8.
 
3. Personal faith and spiritual strength combines with the presence and power of God in Christ to protect us from falling away.
 
a. God’s protection, Eph. 6:10-13 (Heb. 4:15-16; 13:5).
 
b. Our faith, 2 Pet. 1:5-10; Eph. 6:13-18; Gal. 6:9.
 
4. We are in danger of falling if we do not examine our spiritual strength (faith) and devote ourselves to growth! 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 Cor. 10:12-13
 
5. Danger signs of falling away from God.
 
 
 
I. ISOLATION. (“I don’t need/want anybody’s help.”)
 
A. God’s Word Says this is Selfishness, Prov. 18:1.
 
1. The separatist follows his own desire, will and pleasure: foolish! Prov. 14:12; 28:26
 
2. He separates himself from the congregation where strength, encouragement, comfort, guidance and protection are found.
 
a. From fellow Christians, Eccl. 4:9-12 (Gal. 6:2).
 
b. From the guidance of God’s truth (Bible).
 
3. Easy pickings for the devil! Deut. 25:17-18
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Where are you now? (Isolated or Involved)
 
2. Resolve (action): Connect with right people. How? Rom. 12:9-16
 
 
 
II. WORLDLY COUNSELORS.
 
A. The Counselors We Turn to Says a Good Deal about Us (who we are, what we value and where we are going in life).
 
1. Foolish (evil) counselors, Prov. 1:10-19.
 
a. Rehoboam, 1 Kgs. 12:6-8, 12-14 (appealed to his pride).
 
b. Ahaziah, 2 Chrn. 22:2-4 (exploited by evil).
 
c. False doctrine, 1 Tim. 4:1-2.
 
2. Wise counselors, Prov. 11:14 (15:22; 24:5-6).
 
a. The counsel of God’s word, Psa. 119:24 (17-24).
 
b. Fellow Christians (elders, etc.).
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Where are you now? Psa. 1:1-2
 
2. Resolve (action): Seek out and follow godly counsel, Prov. 3:1-4.
 
 
 
III. FRIENDSHIPS.
 
A. Our Friends Will Either Hurt Us or Help Us.
 
-Companions affect character! 1 Cor. 15:33
 
1. Superficial and worldly?
 
a. Fair-weathered and self-serving, Prov. 19:6.
 
b. Birds of a feather flock together (Matt. 5:46-47).
 
c. Entice you to sin? Prov. 1:10
 
2. Genuine and godly?
 
a. Do you share a common faith, values and goals? Titus 1:4
 
b. Tells you what you need to hear! Prov. 27:6, 9
 
c. You become better and stronger spiritually because of them, Prov. 17:17.
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Are my friends hindering or helping me grow in Christ?
 
2. Resolve (action): Be Christ’s friend and choose your friends wisely! Jno. 15:14
 
 
 
IV. FAILURE TO PRAY. Lk. 18:1, 8
 
A. Prayer Suggests a Healthy Relationship with God, Heb. 4:16.
 
-Of course, people pray who have no relationship with God, Lk. 18:11
 
1. Christian: Did you think to pray? Lk. 11:1-4; 1 Ths. 5:17
 
2. Christian: Have you stopped praying?
 
a. Not depending on God.
 
b. Not being thankful to God.
 
c. Not trusting in God.
 
d. You are exposed to the devil, sin and death!
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: What place does prayer have in your life?
 
2. Resolve (action): Repent and start praying, Mk. 1:35-37.
 
a. Give prayer priority and consistency (Lk. 5:16).
 
b. Pray for others (not just yourself), and be thankful, Phil. 4:6.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. We must see the danger signs that warn of spiritual catastrophe!
 
2. Be steadfast by abounding in the work of the Lord, 1 Cor. 15:58.
 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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FOR THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING, BUT TO US WHO ARE BEING SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD…1COR 1:18

 
 

                              The Foolishness of the Gospel

TEXT: 1 Cor. 18-25

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. TOO QUICK TO BRAND AS FOOLISH THINGS WE DON’T UNDERSTAND.
 
B. TRUE ABOUT GOD’S REVELATION OF HIS WILL.
 
1. The finite mind cannot comprehend the infinite( Isa. 55:8-9 ).
 
2. God doesn’t need a counsellor( 1 Cor. 2:16 ).
 
3. Somethings are hidden from us( Deut. 29:29 ).
 
C. THERE IS NO FOOLISHNESS IN GOD’S WILL.
I. NOT FOOLISH WHEN IT WORKS.
 
A. GALILEO taught the earth was not the center, but the sun. Catholic reaction.
 
B. COLUMBUS believed the earth was round. Laughed at. ( Isa. 40:22 ).
 
C. ROBERT FULTON, Fulton’s Folly believed dangerous and unworkable.
 
D. SEWARD’S ICEBOX, $7,200,000. Paid for in first year by its fishing industry.
 
E. SAMUEL MORSE, telegraph. WRIGHT BROS., BELL, EDISON.
 
F. ALL THESE SUCCEEDED IN SPITE OF RIDICULE.
II. WHERE MAN FINDS GOD’S FOOLISHNESS.
 
A. NOAH’S ARK( Heb. 11:1, 6 ). In the middle of dry land.
 
B. MOSES STRIKING THE ROCK( Exo. 17:6 ). Think about it.
 
C. A BRAZEN SERPENT( Num. 21:8 ). No logic there.
 
D. CIRCLING JERICHO( Josh. 6:4-5 ).
 
E. REDUCING THE ARMY FROM 32,300 TO 300( Judges 7 ).
 
F. NAAMAN DIPPING IN THE JORDAN( 2 Kings 5 ). No logic there either.
III. THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE THING PREACHED.
 
A. SALVATION BY FAITH SEEMS FOOLISH TO SOME.
 
1. Some deny sin and the need( Rom. 3:23; 6:23 ).
 
2. Surely, my God wouldn’t send people to Hell( John 8:24; Rev. 21:8 ).
 
3. Believing and obeying the gospel is God’s power to save( Rom. 1:16 ).
 
4. The gospel of Jesus is God’s power( Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 1:21-24 ).
 
5. But we must have faith( Heb. 11:6; Mark 16:16 ).
 
B. THE NECESSITY OF REPENTANCE IS FOOLISH TO SOME.
 
1. Repentance, metanoia “afterthought, change of mind, repentance.”
 
a. Change of knowledge( Acts 17:30 ).
 
b. Change of affections( Rom. 12:9 ).
 
c. Change of action( Matt. 7:16-18; Col. 3:9-10 ).
 
d. Demands restitution where possible( Luke 19:8 ).
 
2. This kind of change is too much for some.
 
C. BAPTISM FOR REMISSION OF SINS SEEMS FOOLISH TO UNBELIEVERS.
 
1. No logical connection( 1 Pet. 3:21 ).
 
2. Jesus commanded baptism and gave to it its purpose
 
( Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4 ).
 
3. What was the reaction of the people?
 
a. They did not demand to see the logic, but recognized his authority
 
( Matt. 28:18-20 )..
 
b. Those who believed did what?( Act 2:41; 8:12 ).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. MANY THINGS GOD HAS DONE ARE BEYOND MY UNDERSTANDING.
 
B. GOD REVEALS TO ME THAT WHICH I MUST ACCEPT TO BE BLESSED;
 
AND THAT I ACCEPT IN TRUSTING FAITH.
 
C. WILL YOU DEMONSTRATE YOUR FAITH BY OBEYING THE GOSPEL?
 
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