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First of all just let me say that it has been an honor this last year and a half to come into your home via the social media.My prayer is simply that your life has been enriched by these postings.That your walk with the Lord has been challenged and your walk with the Lord is much sweeter. My prayer is also that your knowledge of scripture is perhaps sharper than before. Always remember beloved; “That my people are destroyed because of lack of Knowledge” Hosea 4:6

Due to circumstances beyond our control we feel it’s time to move forward in a new direction. Our ministry position has changed as of last week and my family and I will need to relocate wherever the Lord leads. If you could keep us in your prayers, it would be so greatly appreciated. So once again, let me say “THANK YOU SO MUCH” for the opportunity to come into your lives and homes with the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God Be The Glory!!!


Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                                   Help My Unbelief!

By Wayne Jackson

It is an episode fraught with mystery; one about which we wish we knew more. A man brought his son, who was possessed of a demon, to the Lord’s disciples. He wanted the Master’s men to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not. Jesus pinpointed the problem; the disciples’ faith was lacking (Mark 9:17-19; cf. Matthew 17:20). Accordingly, the lad was brought directly to the Savior himself. As they came near, the malignant force threw the child into a convulsion, and the boy fell to the ground, foaming at the mouth.
The father subsequently informed Christ that this had been going on for a long time, and the lad had suffered much damage. The gentleman then said to Jesus: “If you can do anything, help us.” Note carefully that “if” (Mark 9:22). The Savior then said, with something of a rebuke, “If you can!” The meaning obviously is: “What do you mean, if I can? All things are possible to him who believes.”
There are two points to be noticed here. First, the Master was saying this to the father: “The issue is not my power; it is your faith!” The man obviously had some faith in Christ or he would not have approached the Lord. On the other hand, his trust was not at the level it needed to be. He still had some doubts. Perhaps he was growing; but the fact is, he was struggling.
Second, the Lord’s affirmation that “all things are possible to him who believes” is limited by the context. The Lord was not asserting that one can do anything he believes he can do. You may be led to believe that you can spread your arms and fly off the Golden Gate Bridge, but regardless of what you believe, you’ll fall straight into the bay. Here is a point that must be understood. The supernatural works that were possible during the ministry of Jesus are not possible today, inasmuch as God himself has removed miraculous phenomena from the church (see Miracles).
In response to Jesus’ challenge, the father cried out, with the sort of agony that only a parent could know: “I believe; help my unbelief” (9:24). What a strange statement. Does it not contain what appears to be a contradiction? “I believe; help my unbelief.” Jesus did not so view the matter; rather, he immediately rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy—never to enter him again (9:25).
The spiritual confusion of this father is so typical of the intellectual and emotional turmoil that can plague any of us at a given moment in our lives. No one is characterized by a “red-hot” faith around the clock.
We know there is a God who made us. The evidence is so utterly overwhelming that only a foolish person can deny it (Psalm 14:1; cf. Romans 1:20-23). Furthermore, intellectually we know that our Heavenly Father cares for us. The historical fact which demonstrates that he gave his precious Son for us is ample evidence of his boundless love. Nobody can argue that God doesn’t care—in the face of the cross! “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Be that as it may, sometimes, when we are hurting so badly (and pain can generate confusion), our hearts may overpower our heads. By that we mean this: our agony forces clear logic to the side, and we begin to “think” with our feelings. We still believe, but we are angry. We feel neglected; we don’t understand why the Lord doesn’t rush to our beckon call. Sometimes we pout. We refuse to talk to him (i.e., we don’t pray). We think we will punish him by refusing to assemble with other Christians for worship. We may even say harsh and thoughtless things to him, almost literally shaking our fist in his face.
At times like these we need to get hold of ourselves and give ourselves a good shaking. We need to cry out, “Lord, help my unbelief!” We need to ask for his patience. We need to weep before him. We ought to analyze our situation and attempt to determine if we have contributed to our own problems; and if so, is there anything we can do to help remedy the circumstance. What we absolutely must not do is give in to our frustration. Once we cease struggling with our faith, and let it slide, we are headed down a slippery slope that may lead to eternal ruin. What a horrible thought to contemplate. Lord, I believe; but help me in my times of unbelief!
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                   Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

You may be familiar with the story in which the title for today’s article was spoken, and probably just as familiar with its popular usage today. In the Bible story, Cain had killed his brother Abel and God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” (Genesis 4:9). Cain’s reply was this familiar statement and question: “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:10). If the cold-hearted attitude of Cain was not already evident by the murder he had committed, it was surely manifested in his reply to God! As the question is used today, it is usually used as a reply to someone who has asked about the condition or situation of someone else, and is meant to imply that the respondent has no responsibility towards the one in question [who may literally be a brother, or at least a brother in Christ]. And when it is used, there is an underlying resentment that someone would even think we had any responsibility towards this one.

When Cain uttered those now-familiar words, he demonstrated the ultimate in apathy, basically saying, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” It is no different today when disciples of Jesus Christ have this same attitude towards their own brethren! Surely we cannot imagine Jesus ever uttering these words, right? Did Jesus ever demonstrate a lack of concern for others — no matter what their condition or how they got there? If anything, we see Jesus welcomed the potential interaction with — and welcomed an opportunity to care for — others. At no time do we see Jesus turning people away because He simply did not care for them and their condition. Never did He say, “That’s not my responsibility.”

Within the religious world, there are some who see their faith as theirs alone and one that does not seem to actually involve contact or any sort of interaction with others; they are cold and apathetic towards others, and even in cases where they could easily help out a brother or sister in need, all they can see is the other person’s individual responsibility for his own situation and, thus, his personal responsibility to correct it or solve whatever problems have resulted. In so doing, those who refuse to act fail to see their own personal responsibility for helping him! The difficult part in this is getting them to see that the very thing they are demanding of others is being ignored by self! While they coldly demand that the one who ‘got himself into trouble’ somehow extract himself from the situation, the cold-hearted one fails to remember that Jesus has commanded us to help those in need and give without expecting anything in return (cf. Matthew 5:40-42), and has forgotten the rhetorical question of the apostle John, who asked, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (I John 3:17). The answer to that rhetorical question should be obvious: it does not! And in both of these texts, it should be clear that when others are in need, we all have an individual responsibility to help them.


Let us note that those passages are also unqualified commands and statements. Jesus did not say we should give our cloak if we think they are worthy, or only if their previous coat was not lost because of their own carelessness, or only if they have tried to get a job to earn money to buy their own cloak; John was not implying that we should help our brother in need only if we think they deserve it, or only if their need did not come because of poor choices, or only if they have gone to government agencies first. God expects us to help others in the same way He has helped us: with grace and mercy — and towards all men.


Think about that for just a minute: Where would we be if God helped us in the same manner some brethren ‘help’ others? Can you imagine God looking at man’s spiritual condition and saying to Himself, “Now why should I help them? They got themselves into that situation on their own — they can get themselves out of it!”? And if we sinned more than once after we obeyed the gospel, He would sternly chastise us and set tougher restrictions and higher demands before He would act to forgive us next time. He might even simply refuse after so many times, angry because we keep getting into trouble and He has to keep getting us out. Doesn’t it sound ridiculous when we apply human actions to God? It should!


Though the Scriptures are plain about our responsibility toward our brethren, some brethren approach their needy brethren with an attitude that our faith should follow the ‘American spirit of rugged individualism’ that preaches a message of stubborn self-reliance and a refusal to accept help or charity from others unless they have lost both arms and at least one leg. Those who live with this attitude are not content to personally live this way, but steadfastly believe everyone else should, too; so when someone is in need, the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘He got himself into that mess, and he needs to get himself out of it!’ Help is offered only begrudgingly, and even that is often a bare minimum of help that is offered. Often, too, it is a matter of seeking to place blame first and finding solutions later. Surely we can do better than this!


What is missing in those who act so parsimoniously with their help is evident: compassion. Maybe it is the brother who grew up and was what many call ‘a self-made man’; because he had a good home life and because he was successful in much of what he has done, he believes that everyone else should have the same successes he had and should have made the same wise choices he did; maybe it is the sister who has a good husband and family who believes the woman who is in a struggling marriage is somehow at fault because her husband has become worldly and is about to leave her for another woman; maybe it is the older woman who has raised godly children who looks contemptuously at the young parents who are struggling to keep the world out of their children and their children out of the world — and are losing. In each of these cases, what is needed is compassion and concern — not a reprimand.


A couple comes to you, telling you they have marital problems; how do you respond? A mother comes to you who is afraid she has lost her daughter to the world; how do you respond? A man comes to you telling you he has a problem with gambling or alcohol or pornography; how do you respond? A brother or sister comes to you in need of some temporary financial support; how do you respond? In each of these cases, do you say ‘It’s not my responsibility’ or do you show compassion? Yes [of course], spiritual guidance and Scripture should be given, but let us not be so keen on pointing out past errors and the corrective texts that we forget compassion and mercy. That was a major fault of the Pharisees (cf. Matthew 23:4, 14, 23).

In all cases where God gave His people instruction as to how they were to treat or respond to those in need, there was nothing stated about finding out how they came to be in need; that is not the point! Yes, some brethren will make bad choices and end up in financial need; they still need our help. Yes, some brethren will make bad choices and put themselves in spiritual danger because of unlawful marriages; they still need our help. And, yes, sometimes, parents will not train their children as they should and they will suffer the inevitable consequences later; they still need our help.

Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes, I am. And so are you. Knowing this, let us resolve to be less judgmental or apathetic towards our own brethren — even in times when we think they are undeserving of our time or resources. None of us deserved the spiritual help God gave us, yet He was willing to give His Son for us.

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                What a Christian has to Show for His Life



1. Most everyone at some point reflects upon his mortality, Psa. 90:10 (Eccl. 12:1-8).
2. “What have I accomplished?” What do I have to show for my life?” “What will I leave to others?” Lk. 12:15-21; Matt. 6:19-21; 16:26
3. Christians can/should have a different outlook on life, Phil. 1:19-24.
4. What a Christian has to show for his life:
I. FAITH, Heb. 11:1, 6; 2 Cor. 5:7.
A. Faith that Holds Jesus as Lord, Jno. 8:24.
1. Sovereign Ruler of the world – Therefore, of my life, Matt. 28:18; Col. 3:17.
2. When we live in harmony with His will we have a meaningful, accomplished, fulfilled life!
B. Faith in God’s Word and Power, Heb. 13:5-6.
1. Content with life’s lot, placing faith in God’s presence and promise!
2. Contentment is not complacency; it is attitude of sufficiency free of covetousness. Phil. 4:11-13
C. Faith that Produces Conversion.
1. Some faith does not, Jno. 12:42-43.
2. Faith that justifies, Rom. 5:1.
3. Faith that continually converts/trans­forms the soul and life is it learns and grows, Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-24.
D. Wherever You Go, Leave Faith in the World, Lk. 18:8; 2 Tim. 1:5.
-The legacy of faith is not one day, but a lifetime (2 Tim. 4:7).
A. From God for Our Past Sins, Acts 3:19; 1 Jno. 2:12.
1. Sins of our youth, Psa. 25:7 (6-11).
2. Sins of our ignorance and injury, 1 Tim. 1:12-15.
3. Become a Christian through preaching Jesus, Acts 13:38; 26:18.
B. From God for Our Present Sins, Acts 8:22; 1 Jno. 1:8-2:2.
C. Forgive Others when they Sin Against Us, Matt. 5:7 (6:12).
1. Christians ought to be the most merciful people on earth.
2. Tragically, can be the most vindictive and accusing toward others.
3. Carry forgiveness with you wherever you go and your load will be lighter, Rom. 12:17-21.
D. Leave Forgiveness in this World, Lk. 6:36-38 (Acts 7:60).
1. By accepting God’s forgiveness in Christ you are forgiven and you are showing others how they can be forgiven.
2. As you forgive you teach others to forgive.
III. FUTURE, Jas. 1:15.
-Millions if not billions live with no expectations for the future; meaningless, futile lives without hope.
A. The Christian’s Future Holds the Prospect of Spiritual Growth and Maturity, Phil. 3:11-14.
1. We must set the daily goal of spiritual growth to achieve it.
2. Forget the past (do not be deterred by its failures) and stretch forward to future successes and rewards.
B. Christians Trust in Our Living Hope, Heb. 6:18-19.
1. Faith, forgiveness and future, 1 Pet. 1:3-4.
2. We do not faint like those of the world; our future is bright, 2 Cor. 4:16-18.
a. Heavenly home with Jesus, Jno. 14:1-3.
b. Crown of righteousness, 2 Tim. 4:7-8.
C. Christians Leave this Future to:
1. Our children, Psa. 78:4-7 (2 Tim. 1:5).
2. Our brethren, Josh. 23:14; 24:15.
3. The lost, Mk. 16:15-16.


1. The Christian has faith, forgiveness and a future unmatched by anything the world has to offer.
2. The Christian need not fret over his mortality. Indeed, the Christian longs for the day when mortality ends and immortality begins! Phil. 1:21-24
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                    DECEIVING OURSELVES (2)



1. We are under Christ’s warning to not be deceived & devoured by sin – 1 Pet. 5:8-9.
2. Part 1 studied various sources of deception we must know & avoid.
3. Among the most tragic & dangerous deceptions we must know & avoid is when we deceive ourselves.
a. “No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.” (Greville)
b. “To be deceived by our enemies or betrayed by our friends in insupportable; yet by ourselves we are often content to be so treated.” (Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld)
4. It is extremely difficult to overcome, demanding honest & thorough examination of one’s own heart & life – 2 Cor. 13:5.
5. We deceive ourselves…
A. The Problem Of Pride – Prov. 3:5-7; 26:12; Isa. 5:21 (Rom. 12:3, 16).
1. Must distinguish between opinion & truth.
2. “Everyone is entitled to my opinion!”
B. Trusting That We Know Better Than God – cf. Jer. 37:9-10.
1. Man’s profession of wisdom shows his ignorance – Rom. 1:21-23.
2. One must become “foolish” (humbly recognize his limitations) to be wise (approved by God) – 1 Cor. 3:18.
3. True of one’s religious life, too! – Jer. 10:23; Prov. 16:25.
A. Only Those Who Do God’s Will Are Saved – Matt. 7:21-27.
1. Yes, we must hear the word of God to be saved – Lk. 8:12.
2. But we must also obey the gospel we hear! – Lk. 6:46; Heb. 5:9
a. “Faith only” will not save (Jas. 2:24).
b. “Direct operation of HS” will not save (Acts 10:47-48).
c. Just living a “good, moral life” will not save (Acts 11:14).
d. Not living a faithful Christian life will not save (Rom. 12:1-2; Lk. 6:46).
B. If We Think Obedience Is A Burden, We Are Deceiving Ourselves! – 1 Jno. 5:3; 2:5.
1. Is it a burden to worship God? – cf. Mal. 1:12-14
2. Is it a burden to put God first? – cf. Neh. 13:15-17
III. BY SAYING WE HAVE NO SIN – 1 Jno. 1:8 (Rom. 3:23).
A. When We Say That “Sin Is Not Really Sin.” (redefine sin – disease, different lifestyle, man’s opinion, etc.)
B. When We Live As If “Ignorance Is Bliss” – Lk. 12:48.
C. When We Think We Can Sin & Get By With It – Gal. 6:7-8; Deut. 29:19-20.
A. We Need To Keep A Humble Heart About The Power Of Sin’s Temptations – cf. Col. 3:12; Rom. 12:16.
1. “How could anyone ever do that?!” “I would never commit that sin!” (Pride is a deceiver! – Obadiah 3)
2. Shows that we have under-estimated the strength of sin & over-estimated our ability to resist temptation!
B. When We Become Over-Confident In Our Spiritual Strength, We Are Ready To Fall – 1 Cor. 10:12; Mk. 14:27-31.
A. Worshippers Of God Deceive Themselves This Way – Jas. 1:16.
-James has already shown Christians that hearing w/o doing is of no profit, now he shows that doing w/o controlling one’s tongue makes one’s worship vain!
B. Misuse Of The Tongue Is A Widespread Problem Among Us! – Jas. 3:2-8
1. False teaching – Jas. 3:1.
2. Expressions of bitterness & malice – Jas. 3:10 (Eph. 4:31).
3. Profanity – Eph. 5:29.
4. Gossip – “rumor or report of an intimate nature…a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others.” (Merriam-Webster) – Prov. 20:19
5. Backbiting – secret speech intended to belittle, defame & destroy – Prov. 16:28.
6. Jas. 3:10 – Be warned! These things should not happen!


1. We are all targets of Satan, the great deceiver (Rev. 12:9).
2. We must be strong in the strength of the Lord to not deceive ourselves! – Eph. 6:10
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                            DO NOT BE DECEIVED (1)



1. Deceive: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”…”synonyms beguile, mislead, delude.” (Merriam-Webster)
a. Deceive – implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>.
b. Beguile – mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness; it “stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.”
c. Mislead – implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>.
d. Delude – implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>.
2. There is a clear contrast & choice before us – 2 Tim. 3:12-17.
3. God repeatedly warns us! Do not be deceived by…
I. SIN – Heb. 3:13; Rom. 7:11; Jas. 1:12-16.
A. That It Satisfies Our Desires (Lusts) – Titus 3:3.
B. That It Gives Us Lasting Pleasure – Heb. 11:25.
C. That It Brings No Eternal Consequences – 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (Rom. 6:23).
D. That It Is Not Seen & Punished By God – Gal. 6:7-8.
II. THE ERROR OF FALSE TEACHERS – Matt. 24:3-5 (11, 24-25); 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jno. 2:26.
-“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” (Samuel Johnson)
A. That Their Teaching Conforms To The Faith – 1 Tim. 4:1.
B. That Their Teaching Comes From Christ (apostles) – 2 Ths. 2:1-3
C. That Nobody Can Be Sure About All Truth – cf. 1 Jno. 3:7 (Jno. 16:13; Jno. 8:32).
D. That They (teachers of error) Are Not Deceivers – 2 Jno. 7-10; 2 Cor. 11:3-4.
A. Persuasive Words – Col. 2:4 (2-3 – void of divine wisdom & knowledge).
B. Empty Words – Eph. 5:6. (fruitless: don’t be left “empty-handed”).
C. Smooth Words – Rom. 16:17-18 (“good” words & polished speech).
-Testimonials, visions, experiences, emotionalism – Col. 3:17.
A. Where We Live (people we live around – cf. Lot, 2 Pet. 2:7-8).
B. Where We Work – cf. Titus 2:9-10 (Col. 3:22-23).
C. Where We Play – cf. 1 Pet. 4:2-3.


1. Jesus warned us: “Take heed, that no one deceives you.” (Matt. 24:4).
2. We must heed His warning!
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                On What Are You Building Your Life?


1. Prov. 4:7 (5-9) – Wisdom is the principle thing.
2. Jas. 3:13-18: Two choices: Wisdom from above is shown through its (our) good works (Earthly wisdom seen by its works, too).
3. Matt. 7:24-27 – A simple contrast between wisdom & foolishness that applies to everyone’s life. We are all building our lives on some sort of foundation that carries with it eternal consequences.
-(This person hears but does not obey Jesus – cf. Jas. 4:17; Lk. 8:14)
-Some reasons for (ways of) not obeying Jesus’ words:
A. Rebellion – 1 Sam. 15:22-23.
1. By changing Christ’s words – 15:22; cf. 15:3, 9; Gal. 1:6-7.
a. Call evil good & good evil (Isa. 5:20).
b. When God’s commands of morality, true worship, godliness, etc. are changed in favor of human wisdom, rebellion occurs!
2. Disobedience is rejection of God’s word – 15:23; 13:13-14.
3. Today: Become a Christian; Separate from world; Treat spouse properly; Neighbor; children…….Are you rebelling?
B. Ignorance (cf. Eph. 5:17).
1. Leads to:
a. Error – Matt. 22:29.
b. Alienation from God – Eph. 4:18.
c. Sinful lusts – 1 Pet. 1:14.
2. No excuse for sin – Lev. 5:17. -Doesn’t remove the guilt of sin
3. Can be remedied – Acts 3:17, 19 – Repent & be converted!
-Study – learn – live
C. Apathy.
1. Spiritual indifference is punished – Zeph. 1:12; Matt. 24:48-51.
2. Serve the Lord with diligence – Rom. 12:11; Gal. 6:9.
3. Characteristic of one who hears but doesn’t obey Jesus’ words!
D. Ritualism.
1. Lip service – Matt 15:6-9 — Hypocrisy.
2. Hated by God – Amos 5:21-24.
E. Feelings.
1. Deceptive, yet comforting – Prov. 28:26 (14:12).
2. Feelings can interfere with righteousness – cf. Jas. 1:19-20.
3. Cf. Saul – Acts 26:9-11 (23:1; 24:16).
A. The Rock of Obedience (Two Parts):
1. Hear the words of Christ – Lk. 8:8, 18 (Matt. 13:16, 23).
{Rom. 10:17; Jno. 6:44-45; Acts 17:11-12}
2. Do the words of Christ – Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:9.
-Obedience is faith & love at work – 1 Jno. 5:1-4.


1. Prov. 10:25; 12:7 – The house of the righteous shall stand (cf. Rom. 1:16-17).
2. Jas. 3:13 – Are you building your life upon the sand or the rock?
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


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                       How God Works in Our Lives



1. How human works relate to salvation has long been a point of controversy, Jno. 6:28-29. Clearly, God expects each person to be active in his salvation & service, Jas. 1:21-25; 2:14-17, 24.
2. Question: Is it God working or man working when truth is believed & obeyed; when Christ is followed & God is feared?
ANS: Both occur, Eph. 2:5-9 (Faith is a work we do, Jno. 6:27-29; 1 Jno. 3:23).
a. Without Christ we can do nothing (implies ability to do), Jno. 15:4-5.
b. Paul could “do all things” thru Christ (Paul was active), Phil. 4:13.
3. We must abide in Christ – His word abides in us – to be saved & bear fruit; to do all God wants us to do, Jno. 15:4-5, 7-8; Eph. 2:10.
A. “The Power that Works in Us,” Eph. 3:20-21.
1. Not a mystical experience; not a direct action of the Holy Spirit.
2. CONTEXT identifies the power (dunamis) that works in us:
a. Father grants strengthen with power, 3:14-16.
b. Spirit of God works on the inner man, 3:16.
c. Result: Christ dwells in heart by faith, 3:17 (Jno.14:21,23-24)
d. Benefits: Rooted in love, able to lay hold of & know the love of Christ & be filled with all the fullness of God, 3:17-19.
3. 3:20: The power that works in us is the power of the gospel (produces & strengthens faith, Rom. 10:17; Jas. 1:21; Col. 3:16); cf. the power of faith, 1 Jno. 5:4.
4. Col. 1:9-11 is parallel: Both God & man are active.
5. Phil. 2:12-13: God works in us as we work for Him:
a. Man (katergazomai): to perform, accomplish, achieve…to do that from which something results.
b. God (energeo): Effective, to be operative.
6. Heb. 13:20-21: God works in us thru Christ (faith) [2 Cor. 5:9].
A. Through the Gospel, Rom. 1:16; Acts 2:37, 39 (calls, convicts & saves); 16:13-15 (heard, Lord opened heart, baptized…faithful).
1. God uses the gospel to convict & convert, Jno. 6:44-45.
2. Otherwise, God is blamed for closing some hearts while opening others, Acts 10:34-35 (1 Tim. 2:3-4).
3. God is effectively working (energeo) thru His word, 1 Ths. 2:13.
B. Through Human Agents.
1. Rom. 10:14: Preacher…hear…believe…call on the Lord…saved.
2. Acts 8:30-39: Teacher Philip did not negate God’s power that saved the man; introduced him to it.
3. “We are God’s fellow workers” (laborers together), 1 Cor. 3:9.
4. The work of men (inspired & uninspired) helps perfect us, Eph. 4:11-13.
5. God works through us, 2 Cor. 6:1 (Matt. 25:34-40).
C. Through Prayer & Providence, Matt. 7:7, 11; Jno. 15:7 (1 Jno. 3:22); Matt. 6:25-34.
1. Prayer taps into the Power of the universe, the love of the Father, the devotion of a trusted Friend.
2. His word abides in us…keep His commandments.
3. God supplies all our needs (Matt. 6:33; Phil. 4:19).
A. Faith is a Work we Must do (a command we must obey, 1 Jno. 2:23; Phil. 2:12-13); “Trust & Obey.”
B. False Notions we must Carefully Avoid:
1. Any “work” is earning salvation (merit) (Eph. 2:9; Jas. 2:24).
2. Any “work” denies grace (Acts 10:34-35).
3. Any “work” is of human origin (Eph. 2:10).
4. Any “work” denies God’s power (Phil. 2:12-13).


1. We must allow God to work in our lives. God works in our lives through faith (which comes from the word of God).
2. When we live by faith, God is working in us to produce what pleases Him (Heb. 13:21).
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized




                            “May I Introduce You To My Lord And Savior Jesus Christ”
John 1:1-18
1. Who was Jesus? This question has been asked & answered from the time of His days on earth (cf. Matt. 16:13-15).
2. Jesus has been introduced to us in Scripture.
3. John 1:1-18 – John’s Prologue introduces Jesus to the world (20:30-31).
I. JESUS IS DEITY – 1:1-3.
A. He Is Eternal – 1:1a.
1. Before Genesis 1:1 (beginning), the Word already was!
2. Without beginning, uncreated, eternal – Jno. 8:58 (Micah 5:2).
B. He Was With God – 1:1b.
1. With – Not merely co-existence, but in active intercourse & communion – Idea of the presence of one with another. (Participating to the fullest) – 1:2
2. Jno. 17:5 – Shared glory of Deity with the Father.
C. He Was God – 1:1c.
1. Not “a” god or “the” God…”was God.” (Deity)
2. “The Word was God in His nature & in His being, possessing the fullness of divine being, power & attributes.” -(That You May Believe, Hailey, p. 20)
3. Heb. 1:3 – The very image (impress) of the divine essence. (Phil. 2:6)
D. All Things Were Created Through Him – 1:2-3.
1. v. 2 – The Word was with God in beginning (Gen. 1:26).
-Creation was an expression of the eternal fellowship of God!
2. v. 3 – All things – Col. l:16 (Heb. 1:2; Jno. 1:10).
-Eternal (God) – Personal (with God) – Active (Creator).
A. God In The Flesh – 1:14.
1. Phil. 2:5-8 – God took the form or fashion of a man.
(His nature: cf. “form of a servant,” Phil. 2:7).
a. Form (morphe) – v. 6: “1) the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision…2) external appearance” (Thayer, 418).
b. Equal with God – v. 6: Possessed all glory with God – Jno. 17:5.
c. Emptied Himself (made Himself of no reputation) – v. 7: Of divine form (glory, appearance) & took on human form – “likeness of men” – 2:7 (flesh & blood, Heb. 2:14; Jno. 1:14).
d. Appearance (fashion) – v. 8: “the habitus, as comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions, manner of life, etc.” (Thayer, 610)
2. 1:14 – God “tabernacled” (dwelt) among men.
3. 1:14 – “We” Beheld His glory (divine essence)! – 2 Pet. 1:16f
a. Only begotten from the Father – “Unique position, only one of His kind’…God incarnate!
b. 1:14 – Full of grace & truth (cf. Col. 2:9).
4. 1:18 – Here was Deity in the flesh, the manifestation of God in a visible & tangible form (Col. 1:15; Jno. 14:7-10).
B. As God Incarnate, Jesus Fulfilled Several Roles For Our Benefit:
1. 1:4-5. 7-9 – Brought life & light to morally dead & dark world (6:35, 63; 8:12 – Bread of life, Light of the world).
2. 1:16-17 – Brought grace & truth (14:6; Col. 2:9-10).
3. 1:29. 36 – Lamb of God for sin (Savior; “Jesus,” Matt. 1:21). -Heb. 2:14; 10:10
4. 1:41, 45 – The Christ (anointed One) (Psa. 45:7; Isa. 61:1).
5. 1:34, 49 – The Son of God / King (Psa. 2:6-7); Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:32-33.
A. He Is Superior To Moses – cf. Acts 3:22-23 (Matt. 17:3-5); Heb. 3:3.
B. We Must Hear, Believe & Obey His Word (Truth) In Order To Receive Eternal Life (Grace) – Jno. 12:44-50.
1. v. 44-47 – Purpose & result of His work.
2. v. 48 – His word will judge us.
3. v. 49-50 – Obey God’s commands (words of Jesus – Truth) — Eternal life (grace)!
4. 1:11-12 – Believers given the right (power) to become children of God. How? – cf. 12:44, 47
a. Obeying the truth Jesus revealed! – Jno. 8:31-32.
b. Jno. 12:42-43 – Believers are not automatically saved!
5. Gal. 3:26-27 – Faith involves baptism into Christ!
6. Jno. 1:13 – “Born of God”!
1. Jesus is God. He came in the flesh as God’s spokesman of truth & giver of grace. Must believe & obey Him to be saved.
2. What will you do with Jesus?!

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                                          Dangers of Pride


1. Jesus was the most humble man who ever lived, Phil. 2:5-8.
2. Christians must be humble in heart and life, Matt. 18:1-4.
3. The danger of pride is its self-deceiving nature:
a. When we consider our sins, who says, “My problem is pride”? (“I’m so proud to be so humble”!)
b. Pride is worldly, putting trust in self and the flesh, 1 Jno. 2:16.
4. Pride: “the character of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with insolence (rude, disrespectful, jrp) and contempt” (Thayer).
a. Vainglory: “an insolent and empty assurance, which trusts in its own power and resources and shamefully despises and violates divine laws and human rights…an impious and empty presumption which trusts in the stability of earthy things” (OBG Lexicon)
b. An exaggerated regard for self – when one thinks too highly of himself/herself (Rom. 12:3).
A. Pride is the Way of the World, 1 Jno. 2:15-16.
1. Pride offers a form of godliness for the world to see, but pride denies the power of godliness due to its self-centered world view! 2 Tim. 3:1-5
2. Pride is driven by lust for attention and acclaim, yet forfeits them all for a fraudulent and faithless view of self and the world.
B. Pride Develops in a Heart that has Turned to Evil, Mk. 7:21.
1. Grows in an evil heart of unbelief, cf. Heb. 3:12.
2. When the heart is given over to sin, pride grows up as a defensive barrier from the rebukes and pleadings of truth to repent!
3. It corrupts the entire person, Mk. 7:23.
C. Pride Produces:
1. Strife and shame, Prov. 13:10; 11:2.
2. Rude and cruel speech, Prov. 14:3.
3. Greedy spirit, Prov. 28:25 (instead of reliance on God).
A. Pride is Haughty in its View and Treatment of Others, Prov. 6:17.
1. It uses a false standard to judge self and others, Prov. 30:11-13.
2. Condescending, arrogant treatment of others (words/deeds) is absolutely a part of pride, cf. Rom. 1:30; 12:16 (conceit).
3. Pride not only lifts us up above man, but ultimately above God – the definitive insult against God, Job 38:1-4; 42:1-6.
B. Pride Deceives Us by Leading us to Trust in Personal Knowledge Instead of Loving God and being Known by God, 1 Cor. 8:1-3.
1. When we view any subject in terms of “us” and what we “know” instead of “God” and His will for us, we are being prideful.
2. Puffed up in treatment of others, cf. Prov. 21:24 (“Scoffer”).
-Acts in “proud wrath” (KJV) – Violent anger toward others.
III. PRIDE IS DESTRUCTIVE, Prov. 16:18; 18:12.
A. Pride Destroys a Proper View of Self, Jer. 10:23.
1. Pride convinces us we are (always) right, Prov. 16:20.
2. In fact, pride takes us downward, Prov. 29:23.
B. Pride Destroys a Proper View of Others, cf. Lk. 18:9, 11, 14.
1. As pride overestimates its own value it devalues others, which in turn is played out in our treatment of others, cf. Matt. 7:12.
2. Pride does not (cannot) serve others! Matt. 20:28; Phil. 2:5-8
C. Pride Destroys Respect for Christ and His Word, 1 Tim. 6:3-5.
1. But it is God (His word) who is always right, Psa. 19:9.
2. Pride disregards truth and accepts the lies that generate self- importance, 1 Tim. 6:3 (proud: “superior, lifted up”, lifted up with haughtiness).


1. The proud trust the imaginations (dispositions) of their hearts, but God scatters them (lays waste), Lk. 1:51 (Prov. 15:25).
2. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble, 1 Pet. 5:5-7 (Jas. 4:6).
a. Pride refuses to submit to men and God where humble submissiveness is required and beneficial, 1 Pet. 5:5.
b. Only by humbling ourselves to God will He lift us up, 1 Pet. 5:6 (Lk. 18:14).
c. Even refusing to cast our care (anxiety) on the Lord is evidence of pride in our hearts! 1 Pet. 5:7
3. You will obtain grace from God when you humble yourself to Him and obey His gospel of salvation. Isa. 57:15
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