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THE APOSTASY OF ABSOLUTES; DRIFTING AND DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH IS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE, MY QUESTION IS WHY?

  “WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT DRIFTING AND DEPARTING”

                                       Heb. 2:1-3

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. “DRIFT” (asv), “SLIP” (kjv). NAUTICAL TERM, IN THE CURRENT.
 
B. NEARLY ALL DEPARTURES FROM GOD ARE GRADUAL – INADVERTENT.
 
1. Israel had a good start (Ex. 19:8).
 
2. But the forgot (Psa. 106:13; Jer. 2:32).
I. THREE MAJOR CAUSES OF DRIFTING.
 
A. IGNORANCE.
 
1. The curse of Israel (Hos. 4:6-10).
 
2. The Sadducees (Matt. 22:29).
 
3. Only the truth can make us free (John 8:32).
 
4. But we must hear and learn the truth (John 6:44-45).
 
B. INDIFFERENCE.
 
1. The Laodiceans (Rev. 3:15-16).
 
2. Warning to the Hebrews (Heb. 10:28-30).
 
3. How can we be so indifferent? Picture Jesus on the cross.
 
C. INVOLVEMENTS.
 
1. The Lord must come first (Matt. 6:24, 33).
 
2. Can we be distracted? (Matt. 13:7, 22; 2 Tim. 2:3-4).
 
D. WE MUST TAKE HEED … IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME (Heb. 4:1).
II. WHEN WE DRIFT FROM THE WORD,
WHAT ELSE DO WE DRIFT FROM?
 
A. WE DRIFT FROM THE PROPER AUTHORITY.
 
1. To please God we must accept his authority (Jer. 10:23).
 
2. How does God direct us? (Psa. 119:105).
 
3. That word is our standard of judgment (John 12:48).
 
4. The word of God is the apostle’s teaching (Luke 10:16).
 
B. WE DRIFT FROM ALL MORAL STANDARDS.
 
1. Gen. 6:5. Could this be said of our generation?
 
2. New Morality or No Morality. Situation ethics.
 
3. Rom. 1:18-32. The refusal to acknowledge God and result.
 
4. God’s plea (2 Cor. 6:17 – 7:1).
 
C. WE DRIFT FROM SOUND DOCTRINE.
 
1. Paul’s warning (2 Tim. 1:13-14; 4:3-4).
 
2. Does it make a difference what one believes? Is there an “unsound” doctrine?
 
(Matt. 15:7-9, 12-14).
 
D. WE DRIFT FROM THE GREAT SALVATION (Heb. 2:3).
 
1. Great because of its price (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
 
2. Great because of its reward (John 6:68).
 
3. No other hope (Acts 4:12).
III. WHEN WE DRIFT WHERE DO WE GO?
 
A. WE GO AFTER MATERIAL THINGS (Luke 12:15; Matt. 6:19-20; 16:24).
 
B. WE DRIFT INTO DENOMINATIONALISM.
 
1. Common perception accepts it. “Go with the flow.”
 
2. But (John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10-13).
 
3. The “flow” is always downward (Matt. 7:13-14).
 
C. WE DRIFT INTO LIBERALISM, CONDONING AND PRACTICING ERROR.
 
1. 2 John 9. “Whosoever goeth onward.”
 
2. 2 John 10-11. “Receive him not” (Rom. 16:17-18).
 
3. You don’t drift closer (2 Tim. 2:16-18).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. IT TAKES STRENGTH NOT TO DRIFT (1 Cor. 16:13).
 
B. WE MUST TAKE HEED (Heb. 2:1).
 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDS, HAVING THIS SEAL: “THE LORD KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS,” AND “LET EVERYONE WHO NAMES THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY.”

            JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS CHARACTER ANYWAY?       

TEXT: 2 Tim. 2:19-21

INTRODUCTION: MY FRIEND, ARE YOU USEFUL TO THE MASTER?

A. CHARACTER IS IMPORTANT.

1. “The pattern of behavior or personality found in an individual or group;

moral constitution; moral strength, self-discipline, fortitude, etc.” (Webster).

2. Text notes the demand for good character.

B. THERE IS A NEED TO CONSIDER SOME FACTS.

I. WHAT DETERMINES CHARACTER?

A. WHAT WE HOLD TO BE TRUE – BELIEFS.

B. WHAT WE HOLD TO BE IMPORTANT – VALUES.

C. WHAT WE HOLD TO BE RIGHT – ETHICS.

D. ONE FOLLOWS THE OTHER. HOW WELL THESE INTERACT DETERMINES CHARACTER.

II. OUR BELIEFS.

A. GOD CREATED US.

1. There is a God ( Rom. 1:20 ).

2. God is responsible ( Gen. 1:1, 26; Acts 17:24-25, 28 ).

3. God has a plan ( purpose ) for us ( Ecc. 12:13 ).

B. GOD HAS EXPECTATIONS FOR US.

1. Regarding our lives ( Titus 2:11-12 ).

2. Our disposition toward him ( Heb. 11:5; 12:28; Matt. 22: 37 ).

3. And his Son ( John 3:16; Heb. 5:8-9 ).

C. GOD WILL CALL US INTO ACCOUNT ( Rom. 14:10-12; 3:23 ).

D. GOD’S DESIRE TO BLESS US IS EVIDENT.

1. In creation ( James 1:17 ).

2. In the Plan ( Eph. 2:4-5 ).

III. OUR VALUES.

A. PRIORITIES ( Matt. 6:33 ).

1. Levi ( Luke 5:27 ).

2. The great pearl ( Matt. 13:44-46 ).

B. SIGNIFICANCE ( Matt. 16:24-26 ).

C. TIME ( James 4:13-17 ).

D. OUR AFFECTIONS AND THOUGHTS ( 1 John 2:15; Matt. 6:19-21 ).

IV. OUR ETHICS.

A. THE NEED FOR A STANDARD. A CODE OF CONDUCT.

1. Illustrate with a ruler or tape measure.

2. Chaos of no standard( Judges 21:25; Rom. 1:21-23… 28 ).

B. WE MAY ACCEPT ANY STANDARD.

1. Depends on what we hold to be true and/or important.

2. Man is a free moral agent.

3. Man today has opted for no standard – situation ethics, humanism( Col. 2:8 ).

4. John 18:38. What is truth?

5. Matt. 16:26. What is important?

6. Our view will determine our choice of standards.

C. GOD HAS GIVEN US A STANDARD.

1. The teaching of Jesus ( John 12:48-49; 1:18 ).

2. He holds us to it ( Acts 17:30-31 ). No excuses.

D. MY LIFE AND DECISIONS, NOT INFLUENCED, BUT DETERMINED BY THE STANDARD( Col. 3:17 ).

E. I CAN KNOW RIGHT AND WRONG( Psa. 119:11 ).

CONCLUSION: THE NEED FOR A CHARACTER CHECK.

A. WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?

B. DO WE ALLOW OUR BELIEFS TO EFFECT OUR VALUES?

C. WHAT IS YOUR RELATION TO THE STANDARD?

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THE WONDERFUL GRACE OF JESUS; HIS GRACE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON

Transforming ourselves into the Image of God. 

 
 
 
Growing can sometimes painful. Growing spiritually compels us to leave our comfort zone. It causes us to stretch, to set goals for ourselves and to change for the better. The purpose of this lesson is to help us learn how we can live more in the image of God and to set goals to help us achieve this.Here is what I think God wants for us; God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be “JUST LIKE JESUS”
 
 
 

Paul gives us a goal in 2 Corinthians 3:18

 
 
 
What is the goal? To continue to be transformed into the image of Christ. If we have become comfortable with some of our ways and with some of our thinking and in our attitudes, then changing those to align ourselves with the image of Christ might bring some discomfort.
 
 
 
In this lesson we are going to look at four ways that we can bring ourselves into alignment with the image of Christ.
 
 
 
Goal # 1) Always remember that we are the temple of God. We live in the image of our Lord through our habits and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Read 1 Corinthians 3:16
 
Recall this epistle was written to the collective church in Corinth. The Lord’s church is the temple of God. The warning in this verse is that anyone who defiles the temple will be destroyed. So what does this mean?
 
 
 
2 Corinthians 6:16-18, “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters,
 
Says the Lord Almighty.”
 
 
 
2 Corinthians 7:1
 
7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 
 
 
Christians must cleanse themselves from anything that can harm us either physically or spiritually. We must be continually examining ourselves in search of anything we are doing that can harm us either physically or spiritually and get rid of it. Any type of bad practice or bad habit, any type of immoral action is what falls into this category. And once identified, it must be cleansed from our personal lives.
 
 
 
Why is this so important?
 
1) It effects our destiny
 
2) The world is watching us to see how we live. We must always bear in mind that wherever we go, or whatever we do in the world, we constitute His temple and that whoever does anything to defile His temple will be destroyed. The best lifestyles are lived as examples for others to follow.
 
 
 
Goal # 2) If we want to transform ourselves into the image of God, we must mind our own business and not meddle in the affairs of others.
 
 
 
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. “
 
 
 
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
 
For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
 
 
 
Notice the connection in both passages between not working and busybodies. When one is not working, they have much more time to meddle in the affairs of others. Work is good for Christians. Good works keep Christians out of all kinds of trouble and helps keep us from sticking our noses into the affairs of others.
 
 
 
Christ was not a meddler. He did not get into other people’s business, he was not a busybody.
 
 
 
Goal #3) If we want to transform ourselves into the image of God, we must be careful how we dress.
 
 
 
The women of Jerusalem in Isaiah’s time were not acting or dressing like God’s people.
 
 
 
Read Isaiah 3:16 and following. What were these women doing? They were being seductive and flirtatious. They were drawing attention to certain parts of their body by the things they wore and the way they acted.
 
 
 
Because of their behavior and dress God said He was going to strike them down and being them to shame.
 
 
 
Read Matthew 5:27-30. If men can be guilty of adultery of adultery just be having lustful thoughts, then can women be guilty of harlotry by just promoting those thoughts in men? Is a flaunting walk and a seductive outfit a form of harlotry? Since men can be guilty of adultery by having lustful thoughts then women who promote those lustful thoughts are just as guilty.
 
 
 
Proverbs 7:10, “And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart”
 
 
 
Notice how she is described. She has the dress, the attire and the adornments of a harlot. Both men and women can fall into condemnation because of how we dress and how we act.
 
 
 
Goal #4 ) If we want to transform ourselves into the image of God, we must cleanse our speech.
 
 
 
Ephesians 5:3-7 “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. “
 
 
 
We must cleanse ourselves of filthiness. This word carries the meaning of obscenity, something that is deeply offensive to morality and decency.
 
 
 
Foolish jesting and course talking means being crude, vulgar and irreverent, especially in things dealing with sexual matters. These are language habits that are corrupt and debase. It is sometimes called gutter language today. These are things that should not come out of a Christian’s mouth.
 
 
 
Psalms 59:12, 1 Peter 3:10, James 3:5-10
 
 
 

Jesus Christ would never have engaged in this type of language practice, therefore if we are going to transform ourselves into the image of Him, we cannot do it either.

 
 
 
 
 

The image of our Lord:

 
 
 
We could not imagine our Lord abusing His body with smoking, drugs or alcohol.
 
We could not imagine our Lord being lazy and not wanting to work.
 
We could not imagine our Lord meddling or being a busybody in other people’s business.
 
We could not picture Jesus dressing in some type of vulgar, gaudy or expressive attire.
 
We could not imagine Jesus having a vulgar, foolish, gutter language manner of speech.
 
 
 
If our goal from 2 Corinthians 3:18 is to be transformed into His image, then that means we have to work on those things. Our dress, our manners, our speech, what we do physically, where we go, who we are with because the world is always watching.
 
 
 
Someone else is always watching too. Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
 
 
 
What image are we really reflecting. Does the world see us as a people who are really trying our best to transform ourselves into His image, or is the world seeing a bunch of hypocrites?
 
 
 
We talk about Christ and about being religious and things spiritual, but do our lives reflect that? Which of these things does the world see in us? What we teach or how we act?
 
 
 
We need to be constantly scanning and examining ourselves. Our goal is to be more like Him at the end of the year than we were at the beginning; To be more like Him at the end of next week, than we are this evening; to be more like Him tomorrow than we are today. The Christian life is to be one of constant progress. We must strive to be more and more like Him in every way, every day.
 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A MAJOR REASON WHY WE’RE HAVING SUCH A LOW- EBB OF SPIRITUALITY IN OUR CHURCHES

 
 

CONVICTION + CONSISTENCY = CONTENTMENT

TEXT: John 13:12-17

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. NO TRUE HAPPINESS WITHOUT HARMONY OF FAITH AND DEEDS (vs. 17)
 
1. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
 
2. Works without faith is death (James 1:5-8).
 
B. CONTENTMENT IS ACHIEVED WHEN CONVICTION IS JOINED TO CONSISTENCY.
 
CONVICTION + CONSISTENCY = CONTENTMENT
 
1. Freedom from sin involves walking in the truth (John 8:31-32).
 
2. Peace and Joy derive from consistency (Phil. 4:4-9).
I. PLEASURE MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH PRINCIPLE.
 
A. ONE MIGHT BECOME A SERVANT OF PLEASURE RATHER THAN OF GOD
 
(Titus 3:3; 2 Tim. 3:4).
 
B. WHEN ONE SERVES WHAT SATISFIES THE FLESH, SIN RULES (Rom. 6:12).
 
C. THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE (vs. 16).
 
D. YOUNG PEOPLE! (Ecc. 11:9 – 12:1, 13-14).
II. OUR COMPANIONS WITH OUR CONVICTIONS.
 
A. Prov. 13:20. HE WHO LAYS DOWN WITH THE DOGS … (1 Cor. 15:33)
 
B. WHAT DO WE HAVE IN COMMON (2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1).
 
C. HAPPINESS WELLS UP FROM GODLY ASSOCIATION (Phile. 4-7; 3 John 3-4).
III. WORSHIP MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH LIFESTYLE.
 
A. A PRACTICAL LESSON FROM THE PROPHET (Isa. 1:10-15).
 
B. IF OUR WORSHIP IS HYPOCRITICAL, THE ANSWER IS NOT TO QUIT, BUT
 
REPENT (Isa. 1:16-18).
 
C. NOTHING BRINGS MORE JOY THAN SINCERE WORSHIP (Psa. 122:1; 84:10).
IV. CONDUCT MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH CONSCIENCE.
 
A. GREAT MISERY RESULTS FROM DISOBEYING OUR CONSCIENCE (ie. King Saul).
 
B. TO VIOLATE THE CONSCIENCE IS DEATH (Rom. 14:23)
 
C. HOW DO WE ACQUIRE FAITH (Rom. 10:17).
 
D. EVIL MEN DESTROY THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE (1 Tim. 4:1-2)
 
E. A GOOD CONSCIENCE IS A BLESSING (1 Tim. 1:5).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. SALVATION IS IN KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF OF THE TRUTH
 
(John 8:32; 2 Thess. 2:13).
 
B. BUT WE MUST OBEY THE TRUTH (2 John 4; 1 Pet. 1:22).
 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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QUESTION: WHY IS IT THAT WE SEEM TO HAVE SO MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO APPEAR TO BE SO DISCONTENDED?

 
 

 

     “WHAT IS ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE; THE REMEDY FOR DISCONTENTMENT?
 

Introduction: The word “discontentment,” as such, is not a common word in the vernacular of the Bible. Let us, then, look to “content,” a recurring word. The verb, two adjectives, and one noun translated “content” in the New Testament collectively mean: “able, satisfaction with what one has, sufficient in oneself, and adequate” (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, by W. E. Vine). Hence, discontentment is really dissatisfaction and a sense of inadequacy.

 
I. Many are increasingly discontent.
 
A. It is believed that money and health are the answer to discontentment.
 
B. However, Americans have more money, and material things and are generally in better health than they ever have experienced; yet, few are content. Young and old alike are restless, dissatisfied, and are experiencing disturbance of mind. The wise man exhausted the following areas in seeking fulfillment and contentment but to no avail:
 
a. Secular knowledge (Eccl. 1: 16-18.
 
b. Physical pleasure (Eccl. 2: 1-3.
 
c. Architecture (Eccl. 2: 4).
 
d. Agriculture (Eccl. 2: 4-6).
 
e. Materialism (Eccl. 2: 7-10).
 
C. His quests were extradinary but the answer to contentment was not found in these pursuits (Eccl. 1: 16-18, cp. 1: 14, 2: 11).
 
II. Some biblical facts about contentment, the remedy for discontentment.
 
A. Contentment is a command (Heb. 13: 5, cp. Lk. 3: 14). While God does not desire that we be without ambition and goals, he does teach us, “and be content with such things as ye have” (Heb. 13: 5).
 
B. The Christian knows the uncertainty of all that is material; thus, he does not build his life on such fleeting matters (Jas. 1: 9, 10, Read portions of Guy N. Woods comments on James 1: 9, 10, A Commentary on the Epistle of James, by Guy N. Woods).
 
C. Most of us expect too much in life. Therefore, when we do not realize all the “extras,” we are discontented. Paul wrote, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (I Tim. 6: 8). Besides, what we do or do not have does not determine if we are content (Phili. 4: 11, 12).
 
D. Contentment is not common because it must be “learned” (Phili. 4: 11).
 
III. The Christian, above all, should know contentment.
 
A. The reason for him experiencing adequacy and ability is because of his relationship with the all-powerful Creator and Sustainer of the world (Heb. 13: 5, 6, Phili. 4: 11-13).

Conclusion: “But godliness with contentment is great gain…” (I Tim. 6: 6).

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE TAKES YOU CAPTIVE THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND EMPTY DECEPTION, ACCORDING TO THE TRADITION OF MEN….

 
 

                           What Does God Say?

TEXT: Heb. 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STATEMENTGOD IS SPEAKING!!
 
B. WE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN WHAT GOD SAYS.
 
1. Too often we act without consulting God.
 
2. This can be disastrous. As history points out very clearly.
 
C. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT GOD SAYS.
I. FIRST, WHERE DOES GOD SPEAK?
 
A. HE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS SON (Heb. 1:1-2; John 14:6).
 
B. JESUS SPEAKS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
 
(John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10-12).
 
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVED THE APOSTLES TO
 
1. Speak (1 Cor. 2:13).
 
2. Write (Eph. 3:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
 
3. Theirs is the word of God (Gal. 1:11-12; Luke 10:16).
 
D. TO REJECT THE SCRIPTURES IS TO REJECT GOD!
II. GOD’S WORD IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
 
A. IT’S THE TRUTH (John 17:17; 8:31-32).
 
B. IT IS DIRECTED TOWARD OUR MOST BASIC NEED.
 
1. All things that pertain to LIFE (2 Pet. 1:3).
 
2. The Perfect Law (James 1:25).
 
C. IT IS OUR SOURCE OF UNITY (Eph. 4:4-6).
 
1. United in what we teach and our perspectives (1 Cor. 1:10).
 
2. United in goals and efforts (Phil. 1:27).
 
3. Who causes division? (1 Cor. 4:6-7).
 
D. IT IS GOD’S POWER TO SAVE US FROM SIN (Rom. 1:16; Acts 11:14).
 
E. IT IS OUR SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE (1 John 2:15-17).
 
F. THROUGH IT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.
 
1. The apostles preached that we might have fellowship (1 John 1:3-4).
 
2. We are called to be partakers of the Divine Nature through revealed
 
knowledge (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
 
3. We must walk in the light (1 John 1:6-7).
 
4. What if we step out into the shadows? (2 John 9).
III. WE MUST HAVE SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL WE DO.
 
A. Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 22:18-19.
 
B. WE MUST TRY OURSELVES (2 Cor. 13:5).
 
C. HOW? (Rom. 10:17; 14:23).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. NOT ENOUGH RELIANCE ON WHAT GOD SAYS. SUBJECTIVISM IS NOT THE ANSWER MY FRIEND. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU OR I FEEL. 
 
B. WE NEED TO GET BACK (Jer. 6:16).
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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WE ALL HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE IT’S EITHER THE VOICE OF GOD OR THE VOICE OF STRANGERS

 
 

                      “THE VOICE OF GOD’S SON”

TEXT: John 5:25; John 10:1-6

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. YOUR VOICE REVEALS A LOT ABOUT YOU.
 
1. It can reveal one’s age, gender, education, confidence, feelings, emotions.
 
2. Your voice often reveals what kind of Christian you are.
 
B. THE VOICE OF MAN HAS LIMITATIONS.
 
1. It is limited to this earth, Its sounds soon vanish, It can’t reach beyond the grave.
 
2. It is never the infallible authority in religion.
 
C. ONE VOICE RINGS SWEETER AND CLEAR THAN ALL OTHERS.
 
The Voice of God’s Son!
I. THE VOICE OF AUTHORITY (Matt. 7:28-29).
 
A. THE TRANSFIGURATION (Matt. 17:1-5).
 
“Hear ye Him!”
 
B. MOSES PROMISED ONE LIKE HIM (Deut. 18:15, 18-19).
 
1. Jesus is the fulfillment of that prophecy (Acts 3:22-23).
 
2. We must hearken to his voice!
 
C. GOD GAVE JESUS ALL AUTHORITY (Matt. 28:18; Acts 2:36).
 
1. He is God’s spokesman today (Heb. 1:1-2; John 14:6; 12:49).
 
2. He has all authority (Matt. 28:18; Eph.1:20-23).
 
D. TO REJECT JESUS IS TO REJECT GOD (Luke 10:16).
 
E. “DO ALL IN THE NAME …” (Col. 3:17).

II. THE VOICE OF POWER AND MIGHT.

 
A. MEN OFTEN SAY THINGS THEY CAN’T BACK UP.
 
1. What they promise is beyond their power.
 
2. They often speak of things beyond their knowledge.
 
B. JESUS HAS DEMONSTRATED THE POWER OF HIS WORD.
 
1. He spoke the world into existence (Heb. 11:3; 1:3; Psalm 33:6-9).
 
2. Jesus performed many miracles (Matt. 8:16; Mark 4:37-41; John 11:43-44).
 
“What manner of man is this?”
 
3. These things were done to show that He has power and authority(Mark 2:9-12).
 
C. WE HAVE THIS PROMISE CONCERNING HIS WORD (John 5:28-29).

III. THE VOICE OF INSTRUCTION.

 
A. TRUTH IS DISCOVERED IN THE TEACHING OF JESUS (John 8:31-32; 14:6).
 
1. To follow Jesus is to walk in the light (John 8:12).
 
2. Hearing his word and doing it is salvation (Matt. 7:24-27).
 
B. HIS TEACHING IS EMBODIED IN THE APOSTLES’ TEACHING (Luke 10:16).
 
1. The 2nd part of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:20).
 
2. Their word is complete and effective (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

IV. THE VOICE OF JUDGMENT (John 12:48).

 
A. JUDGMENT IS A PROMISED DAY (Heb. 9:27)
 
B. GOD HAS GIVEN JUDGMENT UNTO HIS SON(2 Cor. 5:10).
 
1. Because he is the son of man (John 5:22, 26-27).
 
2. He is the standard by which all will be judged (Acts 17:30-31)
 
3. His word will be the standard of judgment for all (John 12:48).
 
C. IF WE DO HIS WILL, WE’LL HAVE BOLDNESS ON THAT DAY (1 John 2:28).

V. THE VOICE OF ENTREATY (Rev. 3:20; Matt. 11:28-30).

 
A. WE NEED TO BE LIKE BARTIMAES (Mark 10:46-52).
 
1. We, too, are like Bartimaes – blind, helpless, and in need of the great physician.
 
2. The ideal is that we see our need and come to Jesus as he did.
 
B. GOD TOLD NOAH, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark.” (Gen. 7:1).
 
C. LIKEWISE, JESUS IS NOW ENTREATING, “ENTER THE FOLD OF SAFETY.”
 
1. Many today are like the people of Noah’s day, and they will perish in the same
 
way those people did (Matt. 24:37-39).
 
2. We plead with everyone, please do not harden your hearts against the voice of
 
the Son of God. (Heb. 3:7-11; 2:2-3a; 12:25-26).
 
3. Gal. 6:1. Don’t receive the grace of God in vein (vs. 2-3

CONCLUSION:        

1. Rev 3:20 Behold I stand at the door and knock….
2. You can’t afford to be passive regarding this issue
3. The Voice of strangers OR The Voice of God? Your choice my friend.                                                                                
 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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MY FRIENDS, TRUST ME THERE’S A PRICE TO BE PAID FOR ALL THIS INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS RELIGION

 
 

             “A BIBLICAL EXAMPLE OF INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS RELIGION”

TEXT: Acts 18:8-17

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. GALLIO WAS INDIFFERENT TO THE JEWS AND THEIR RELIGION.
 
B. INDIFFERENT, “having or showing no interest, concern, feeling.” ( Webster ).
I. GALLIO NO DIFFERENT FROM MANY TODAY.
 
A. AS A JUDGE, HE WAS RIGHT.
 
1. No conflict between our faith and Caesar( John 18:36-38 ).
 
2. Jesus teaching?( Mark 12:17; Acts 25:8; 1 Pet. 2:13-17 ).
 
B. AS A SOUL, HIS INDIFFERENCE WAS DEADLY.
 
1. The Gentiles( Rom. 1:18-32 ).
 
2. The Greek intellectuals( 1 Cor. 1:18-23 ).
 
C. WHAT IS THE PRICE OF INDIFFERENCE( Matt. 16:25-26 ).
II. INDIFFERENCE IS DEADLY TO THE CHRISTIAN.
 
A. TYPES OF INDIFFERENCE.
 
1. Like the Ephesians, right but no enthusiasm( Rev. 2:2-4 ).
 
2. Like the Jews, show important, no substance( Matt. 23:23-28 ).
 
3. Like the Hebrews, it is “old hat”( Heb. 5:11 ).
 
4. They were lazy, didn’t want to be disturbed( 6:11-12 ).
 
5. Are we just “keeping house” or are we truly committed?
 
B. CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE.
 
1. Peer pressure( 1 Cor. 15:33; Rom. 12:2; James 4:4 ).
 
2. A different master( Matt. 6:24; 1 John 2:15 ).
 
3. A different viewpoint( 1 Cor. 2:14-15 ). Is it important?
 
4. Divided attention( Matt. 13:22; 2 Tim. 2:3-4 ).
 
5. False security( Rev. 3:15-16 ).
 
6. Ignorance of God’s word( Hos. 4:6; Eph. 4:14).
 
7. Unbelief – commitment comes from strong faith( 2 Tim. 1:12 ).
 
C. What is the price of our indifference?( Luke 9:23-25 ).
III. WE DARE NOT BE INDIFFERENT.
 
A. WHAT JESUS SAID( Rev. 3:16 ).
 
B. IF WE HAVE LOST OUR SOULS, WHAT DO WE HAVE?( 2 Tim. 6:6-7 ).
 
C. ONLY ONE THING MATTERS IN THE END( Ecc. 12:13-14 ).
 
D. THE CURE?
 
1. Study( Rom. 10:17; 2 Tim. 1:12 ).
 
2. Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Associate with committed people
 
( Rom. 12.9-11; Gal. 5:9 ).
 
3. Begin the work( John 9:4 ). What work?( James 5:19-20 ).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE LIKE GALLIO.
 
B. WE’RE GOING TO LIVE FOREVER WITH GOD!
 
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IF WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS AND ARE OVERCOMERS THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB; THEN WHY SO MUCH SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS?

    WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS

Intro.

1. Anemia lit. means “no blood.” To be anemic is “lacking force, vitality, or spirit…lacking interest…lacking in substance or quantity” (Merriam-Webster Online).
 
2. Spiritual anemia (weakness) is real & challenges Christians. We must face it in ourselves & help others who are weak, 1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:10.
 
a. Jesus spoke of the weakness of the flesh, Matt. 26:41.
 
b. We are commanded to support the weak, 1 Ths. 5:14.
 
3. What do we mean by “spiritual weakness?” (Having little strength)
 
a. It is being weak in faith, cf. Rom. 4:19.
 
b. To be spiritually minded is to be ruled by the Spirit, Rom. 8:1-8.
 
c. So, to be worldly (fleshly) minded is to be ruled by the flesh.
 
4. Reasons, symptoms (remedies) & responses to spiritual weakness.
 
 
 
I. REASONS FOR SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS.
 
A. Immaturity (Spiritually Undeveloped), 1 Cor. 3:1-2.
 
1. New convert is unskilled in the word & must grow, Heb. 5:12-13.
 
2. Must grow to strength thru the word of God, 1 Pet. 2:2; cf. 1 Jno. 2:14.
 
B. Being Distracted of the World, Matt. 26:41.
 
1. Temptations to sin attack us where we are vulnerable, cf. Jno. 18:18.
 
-So, we must put on the armor of God to be strong, Eph. 6:11-13.
 
2. Trials challenge our diligence, Jas. 1:2-3.
 
-So, we must remain diligent in faith, Heb. 6:9-11.
 
3. Error hinders strength; producing weakness & death, Gal. 5:1, 7.
 
-So, we must stand fast in the faith to be strong in Christ, 1 Cor. 16:13.
 
C. Being Overcome by Sin, Gal. 6:1.
 
1. Sin turns spiritual weakness into spiritual death (Jas. 5:19-20).
 
2. Spiritual weakness can become an excuse for sin!
 
3. Spiritual weakness, when not addressed, becomes sin…and leads to even more sin!
 
D. Not Using God’s Word to Judge what is Right, 1 Cor. 2:12-16.
 
1. The spiritual person judges things by the “mind of Christ” (truth) & avoids condemnation.
 
2. Failure to do this caused many in Corinth to be weak, 1 Cor. 11:30.
 
E. Left Alone, Spiritual Weakness Becomes Carnality, 1 Cor. 3:1-3.
 
1. We must choose to be ruled by the Spirit by obeying truth, Rom. 8:5, 7.
 
2. Otherwise we are choosing the flesh & spiritual death.
 
 
 
II. SYMPTOMS OF SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS.
 
A. Weak in Resistance:
 
1. To temptation, Eph. 6:10, 13, 16. (cf. to complain, murmur, etc.)
 
a. The spiritually weak says “everyone is weak” as his excuse.
 
b. The apostle said we can be strong! 1 Jno. 2:14 identifies strong.
 
2. To error, Eph. 4:14.
 
-Spiritual weak produces shame of truth & fear to defend (Ro.1:16; 1Pe. 3:15)
 
B. Weak in Appetite, Matt. 5:6; Jno. 6:27.
 
1. Craving / eagerness for righteousness / for Christ (bread of life).
 
2. Most anemic Christians have a good appetite for many other things (recreation, entertainment, movies, ballgames…)–lit. “eat them up.”
 
3. Yet, he/she has little/no desire for:
 
a. The solid food (strong meat) of the word, 1 Cor. 3:2 (Heb. 5:14).
 
b. Need a priority check, Matt. 6:33.
 
c. Need to learn and live God’s word (2 Tim. 2:15).
 
C. Weak in Estimating His Ability & Responsibility, Matt. 25:18.
 
1. When asked to help in the work of the Lord he replies: “I can’t.”
 
2. The strong says, “I’ll try” – cf. Phil. 4:13.
 
 
 
III. WHY IS SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS SO BAD?
 
A. Left Unattended it Becomes Willful Sin, Heb. 10:26.
 
-God has made provisions for our spir. growth & strength (word of God).
 
B. It is Contagious.
 
1. Physical anemia is not, but spiritual anemia is! (Gal. 5:9)
 
2. Spiritual weakness influences & discourages others (Num. 32:6-7).
 
3. “No one goes to heaven or hell by himself.”
 
 
 
IV. RESPONSES TO THE SPIRITUALLY WEAK, Lk. 13:6-9.
 
A. Support the Weak, 1 Ths. 5:14. (We are our brother’s keeper!)
 
1. Don’t ignore, excuse or rationalize their weakness; Exhort, encourage, rebuke.
 
2. Support (uphold): “to keep one’s self directly opposite to any one, hold to him firmly, cleave to, paying heed to him.”
 
3. Help them grow thru Bible study, 6-9.
 
4. Set good examples for them to see (1 Tim. 4:12).
 
B. Try to Restore the Weak who have Fallen, Gal. 6:1-2.
 
-Teach, correct, warn & rebuke, 2 Tim. 2:24-26.
 
C. Pray for the Weak, 1 Jno. 5:15-16.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 

Jude 20:25:

 
1. Responsibility of the weak: Grow in personal faith (20-21).
 
2. Responsibility toward the weak: In mercy & compassion, try to help strengthen & save (22-23).
 
3. Rely on God who is able (dunamai, power) to keep (guard) us from stumbling (stand firm) & present us without blemish in His presence (24
 
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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, OUR CHRISTIANITY, THE CHURCH, THE WORD; THEIR ALL ABSOLUTELY DISTINCTIVE ARE THEY NOT?

                    ” The Distinctiveness of Christianity” IT HAS NO EQUAL!!

 

INTRO:   

 I. JESUS WAS HIMSELF AFTER ALL DISTINCTIVE.
  Luke 5:26 – “And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.” This statement is an appropriate description of Christ.
• This was one of the outstanding characteristics of Christ that gave Him the power of appeal.
• His life from birth to ascension was marked by wonders, surprises, and amazement.
• It was distinctive.
 
A. Mat. 7:28-29 – “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
 
B. Luke 4:22 – “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”
 
C. John 4:27 – “And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?”
 
D. He amazed His parents; Luke 2:48 – “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”
 
E. After discussing the dangers of riches; Mat. 19:25 – “When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?”
 
F. These are only a few statements that point out Christ’s distinctiveness.
1. Since Christ is distinctive, His religion is also distinctive.
 
II. DISTINCTIVENESS IS THE POWER OF CHRISTIANITY.
A. Loss of distinctiveness is loss of power.
1. The power of the church is not being like other religions.
2. Real Influence comes from Distinctiveness!
 
B. Christ recognized this not only in His own life but pointed it out to His disciples.
1. Mat. 5:47 “And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”
2. Christ was not satisfied that His disciples should do as much as others.
3. In a real sense, we are only Christ’s disciples when we surpass others.
 
C. What does the church do more than others?
1. If the church cannot do more for the world than other religions, we would do well to question whether or not it is the Lord’s church other than in name.
2. Does the church:
a. answer more questions?
b. cover more ground?
c. offer more comfort??
d. invest the soul with more vigor and strength?
3. How does it raise and elevate above the level of denominations and meet all the spiritual needs of man? a. If it doesn’t, something is wrong.
b. Don’t talk about Social Church! No Veggie Tales VBS.
III. THE CHURCH IS DISTINCTIVE IN THAT IT HAS A DIVINE MESSAGE.
 
A. A part of the power of the church is in the message.
B. The message is no human product.
1. Gal. 1:11-12 – “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. l2For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
2. 1 Cor. 2:13 – “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
3. 1 Cor. 14:37 – “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”
4. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
5. 2 Pet. 1:20-21 – “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
 
6. It finds its origin in the mind of God and is totally reliable.
 
C. The Message is Truth:
1. John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
2. Truth unmixed with error will save; truth mixed with error will not save.
a. While other religions may have some truth, it is laced with the doctrines of men.
b. Ex. How Many Like Soda? 99% Soda… 1% Snoos spit!
3. The church has truth unmixed with the doctrines of man.
a. This gave the church power in the days of the apostles, also during the restoration.
b. It has the same power today.
• Rom. 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 1 7For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
 
• Jam. 1:21 “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
 
IV. WORD IS DISTINCTIVE IN THAT IT ENABLES A PERSON TO SEE HIMSELF AS HE IS.
A. The gospel is a mirror for the soul.
1. Jam. 1:23-25
2. No man can know himself until he has seen his picture in the gospel.
 
B. Christianity makes a person realize how far short he is of the divine goal of perfection.
1. A Christian never feels that he has arrived. Do not be Satisfied!
2. Phi. 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 141 press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
 
V. THE CHURCH IS DISTINCTIVE IN ITS IDEALS AND VALUES.
A. Things others count as gain are readily counted as loss for the knowledge of Christ. (purpose of life)
1. Phi. 3:7-8 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
a. Ex. Education, Riches, friends, Party, Fun! – Christ wants me to have fun? (BCV?)
 
2. Would you rather know Christ or watch the television shows you want?
3. “…Christ” or listen to the music you want? Dress How you want? Engage in Physical Pleasures out of Marriage? Stay home when Saints assemble? You cannot Serve God and the Satan!
a. 1Pe 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
4. Would you rather know Christ? Or be free of unborn Child? Marry what/who you will? Sit in your pew?
• The whole world is counted as nothing when compared with Christ.
 
VI. THE CHURCH IS DISTINCTIVE AND STRANGE IN THAT IT ATTACHES SUPREME IMPORTANCE TO EVERY SOUL
A. Mat. 16:26 – “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
B. Church is not guided by worldly standards; but like God, sees in everyone, something precious.
1. God’s grace is extended to all; – Ex. Poor, Asian, Lawyer, Prison, Women, Free, powdermen.
a. Tit. 2:11 – “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”
b. Does the Hindu? (India); Muslim (middle East);
2. Christ died for all;
a. Heb. 2:9 – “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
3. Every person may inherit the kingdom of heaven.
a. I Tim. 1:15-16 – “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. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
4. Our Command from Christ: Mar 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 
VII. THE CHURCH IS DISTINCTIVE AND STRANGE IN ITS CONDUCT TO OTHERS
A. Christians love their enemies.
1. Luke 6:27 – “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,”
a. Luke 6:32 – “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them.”
2. Are we distinctive?
 
B. Christians do good unto those that hate them and mistreat them.
1. Luke 6:28 – “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
a. Luke 6:33 – “And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.”
2. Are we distinctive?
a. How do we treat those who mistreat us?
b. When have you returned good to the one who mistreated you?
c. Do we turn from them, avoid them?
C. Christians are to love one another.
1. This is a mark of His disciples.
a. John 13:35 – “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
b. Are we His disciples? We wear His name… Are we doing it justice?
c. John Smith: “If someone knows you for a week and don’t know you are a Christian, don’t tell them.”
2. 2 Cor. 12:15 – “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
3. Gal 4:16 – Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
a. Paul said he loved them more even if they loved him less.
b. Is this our practice?
 
D. Christians are humble and not seeking exaltation.
1. Mat. 20:25-28 – “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
2. Mat. 23:11-12 – “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
3. Christians should be interested in the work, not a position; in serving, not an office.
 
4. The apostles of Christ were not ready for the work He had for them to do. They were thinking about place and position not service.
a. Mat. 20:20-21 – “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 2 lAnd he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two Sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.”
b. Luke 22:24 – “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.”
So Christ gave them an example; John 13 – Washing of their feet

 
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