Sermons

1 John 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

We are all sinners

One must be lost to be saved and there are so many in this day and time that have been so taught that they are not at fault, they are not to blame; and it carries to their thoughts about salvation. One must see themselves as God sees them as a sinner before they will seek a saviour.

Note these verses:

1 John 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Galatians 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Proverbs 24:9  The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Sin has a wage

The payment for sin is death. Furthermore, God calls it a wage; simply meaning we earn it. The death that it speaks of is a spiritual death in a place called hell. It’s amazing how many preach people into heaven and not out of hell, simply trying to make salvation so enticing that people will choose to go. But is that salvation if you not getting saved from something???

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Hell is not meant for us

God’s desire is that all should come to repentance. When hell was created it wasn’t created as some mean spirited place to unjustly punish us, it was an abode created to store those angels that fell in sin to the earth. While it was not created for us it IS the destination for those who would reject the gift that God has provided.

Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Matthew 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

God’s Desire is that no one should perish

Throughout history God has ALWAYS created a way to get to Himself through obedience. Most of the time that obedience was a single task or restriction; such as:

  • Don’t eat the fruit of the tree (Adam)
  • Get on the boat (Noah)
  • Arise and go to a land I will show you (Abraham)
  • Accept the Gift of Christ (anyone today)

As a result of God always making a path we know what His desire is and what we need to do. He never hides this direction and makes the path clear.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How we get saved

Salvation isn’t a process or even a relationship; it’s a choice. The choice is simple: to accept God’s gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Religion takes the simplicity of salvation and adds to it baptism, church membership, speaking in tongues, ceremonies, etc.; but God didn’t place those things on the modern church. We don’t require signs or wonders, just a choice. Often people are led to say… I’m too far gona a sinner to be saved… or that there is a need to improve yourself then “present yourself to God”… again that is the religious mindset talking. Jesus died for us at our lowest state:

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The Gift that God gives is like any other. If someone buys you a birthday present and you never open it, did you “receive it?”

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

This gift comes without price to us, but it is very expensive; the life of Jesus. He gave His life for ours so when we receive this gift, we fulfill God’s purpose of salvation.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way, like mentioned above; religious works won’t do it… it’s Jesus and Jesus alone.

Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Whosoever means anyone, in any state, at any age, in any circumstances.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Once the sin debt has been paid… it’s paid in full.

The Gospel

The Gospel is something that has been so thrown about by the modern church that people often loose sight of what it really means. The Gospel has different uses in the New Testament but is considered the “Good News” of what Jesus did in the area of salvation. The power that it has is what you are accepting when you get saved. The acknowledgement of the truth of the Gospel and following this truth.

Romans 1:16 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 Corinthians 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Now is the day of Salvation

We are not promised tomorrow. If the Lord is dealing with your heart… get saved today!

2 Corinthians 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Assurance

Once someone received the gift of God, Jesus Christ; the devil immediately attacks you with doubt. This is why it is SO important to read your Bible and get in church to learn more about what God has in store you you.

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Addl.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When you are doing something you are not familiar with you will do one of 3 things:

  1. Read an instruction manual (Bible)
  2. Try to figure it out
  3. Watch or ask others

So many people try to do the same thing about spiritual things. They simply try to figure it out or just follow the crowd RATHER than reading the instruction manual.

Prayer is just talking to God

Practical exercise: Have a student come up and ask his name. Then talk to him like people try to talk to God

So the question is: “How do I pray?” and God answers this question by FIRST telling you “How NOT to pray”

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Instructions for prayer:

Reverence (vs. 9)
9:  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Submission, anticipation of the Blessed Hope (2nd coming of Christ) (vs. 10)
10:  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
[15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Thanksgiving and Supplication (entreat in favor of) (vs. 11)

11:  Give us this day our daily bread.

Ephesians 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Confession of the sins of the flesh for the restoration of fellowship. Then to have the heart to forgive others. (vs.12)
12:  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Protection. From both what the world may do unto us and what we are liable to do to ourselves (vs. 13a)

13:  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Psalm 7:1 O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Reverence (vs. 13b)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

  • Remember Prayer is just talking to God,
  • We Should pray to God through of His Son Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

 

Deuteronomy 26:2  That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

Let me start with this mindset: Fruit left on the vine, withers, rots and can no longer be useful. Fruit that has fallen to the ground, the result is the same.

So for fruit to be useful and fresh, its needs to be harvested, in its due time… at the right time.

  • When looking at the fruits of the Spirit we apply this same mindset. They are all useless without being put into action (Harvested)

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Part of being a Christian that can be use of God is to take the fruits of the spirit and put them to action, to harvest (if you will) our fruits of the Spirit is putting them in a basket where they can be enjoyed and useful; not rotting on the vine, not falling to the wayside not noticed.

A principle of the harvest is how much you sow, is how much you will reap…

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

  • You want love? Sow (give) love
  • You want Joy? Sow (give) joy
  • You peace? Sow (give) peace

What you plant is what you reap. Does an apple tree produce apples? Do you plant beans and reap potatoes? Follow that further, the fruit needs to be tended to, weeded, keeping the bugs out… you have to tend the garden to have a bountiful harvest.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

For many there comes a point when we plant bountifully, tend it and watch it grow to reap the bounty… The present the basket full to God you use as HE sees fit. This is spiritual maturity where you are not working to reap the bounty for yourself… but for God’s glory.

Deuteronomy 26:2  That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

When we present our harvest to God, He will multiply our fruits of the Spirit for His glory, rather than ours.

1 Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

An event that is the culmination of God’s plan is that of Jesus Christ giving His life on Calvary’s cross for us. This fundamental truth is one of the two largest points that separates Christianity from any other world religion. The other is that same Jesus raising from the dead. No other world religious leader has ever made such sacrificial gift and testament to His power over death… many have claimed it… but they all sit in the grave.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This tree as it was called has become a symbol of this event. A symbol of this sacrifice, a symbol of our beliefs and burden we often might carry. It it not the glamorous cross that the world chooses to display, the clean and shiny jewelry that people wear or the beautiful artwork with the glow behind it… it was a symbol of a vicious death and suffering… so much as this old rugged cross we are told to remember each day.

A Life Changing Event Foretold

Psalms 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Account of the Cross

The account of the cross is told in these 4 places to give us a few different points of view of the same event. Remember you can have 4 people standing in 4 different places while witnessing the same event and testify of that event from different perspectives. This accounts do not conflict, but rather give a broader scope of the events.

Matthew 27

Mark 15

Luke 23

John 18-19

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Note:

John 3:16 tell us that God so loved the world (love put to action) that He gave… God’s desire to fellowship with His creation (you and me) that it pleased Him to see His Son suffer… because He knew what would happen because of it… That finally there would be a clear path to Him and His fellowship.

Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

  • If we roll back our clock to make sure we understand what this verse is saying we know that says: in the beginning… God

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  • but then….

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

  • This event set the course of mankind. But God’s desire for fellowship had never changed. God’s desire has always been the fellowship of his people.

Now that we have the foundation of where sin came from let’s take it a little further:

1 Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

  • We sin, because we are sinners. So often preachers and religion will come up with a list of sins that will send you to hell… the point though is that there is NO sin that we can do that will send us to hell. Now before you go off on this or that, think it through. There is no more any sin that will send us to hell as there is a good deed that will send us to heaven. It was the sin of Adam that condemned mankind to hell, which is why we need a Saviour. “in Adam all die”
  • It does not change the mindset that sin sends us to hell… it’s just not OUR sin that sends us there. We sin because we are sinners.

Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

  • But, God made a way to get to Him, in fact; God has ALWAYS created a way to get to him.

Romans 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 5:17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

 

Exodus 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

In our main verse we start to see the beginnings of the sacrificial system of atonement for the sins of the people leading up and through the Law. In the presentation of the law of Moses we see memorial items in place and patterns established to help us not only understand what sin was… but how to avoid it… and how to receive forgiveness for it.

1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

It is important to understand, when talking about sin and forgiveness… that we can have a way to have joy.

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

But when we sin… just in the days of old… God makes a way…

All throughout Biblical history we see that God always created a path to get to Him. Whether it was Noah’s Ark, or withing the faith of Abraham, the Law of God, the trust in Christ… God always made a way to get to Him.

There is a difference between getting cleaned up… and getting cleansed.

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Often in the ministry you hear of people getting “cleaned up” meaning they started going to church, or stopped drinking or stopped cussing or stopped gossip, lying, cheating, hitting others… but this “self righteousness” doesn’t deal with the sin that God sees.

Isaiah 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

However, when God Cleanses us

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

The Word of God is our soap…

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

The world’s programs, religious systems, self righteousness might get you clean… but your not cleansed until you’ve been washed by the Word of God. In this respect there is indeed a difference between clean and cleaned…

1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Preparation

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Part of having a right heart for worship is to prepare yourself. It is difficult for God to use us when our hearts and mind is filled with the ways of the world.

How to Prepare

The night before church, lay out your clothes and get your Bible. Pray for the Pastor, Sunday school teachers and other ministries within the Church.

The morning of church get up early, feed your flesh and your spirit; I can’t stress this enough. If you come to church with no breakfast, all you can think about is eating. If you start your day reading the Word of God, then it will prepare your heart for the Holy Spirit to work; being more productive.

Luke 24:32  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Prayer

Psalms 5:3  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Part of having a good church service is prayer… but not just prayer at church. In fact, if all the bible and prayer you get is on Sunday… you simply are not getting enough spiritual nourishment to grow.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Praying for the Pastor and those give charge of the church ministries:

Romans 15:30  Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Praise

Hebrews 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

Psalms 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Psalms 149:1  Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Ephesians 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Praise and Prayer are the fundamental part of worship (preaching is not) The modern twisting of praise as a form of entertainment is not God desire (as the doctrine of separation dictates) In fact the modern title of praise and worship identifies that they don’t have a clue. Praise is part of worship.

Preaching

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Provision

Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

2 Corinthians 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

  • Can someone listen without hearing?
  • Can someone look without seeing?
  • Can someone talk without saying anything?
  • Can someone eat if they are not hungry?

We live in a time when people are:

2 Timothy 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This society has become a fast food generation… we want it cheap, we want it biggie sized and we want it right now. Because of this, we have started to practice this in every point in our lives.

In our homes we eat frozen dinners instead of a meal.

In our schools we learn how to take the test rather than the building of knowledge.

In our relationships we want the benefits of a lifelong relationship, by the 2nd date.

In our business practices: service companies must be available instantly, or customers go elsewhere. Products are made of cheap materials with the knowledge that they won’t keep it long enough to care about the quality.

In our Churches we can’t get to the doctrines of the Word of God because of time constraints.

In our society we have come to seek those who will do the thinking for us rather than exploring the matter ourselves to the point of fact.

As a result of this prepackaged mindset we don’t seem to value the Word of God, the House of God, the people of God or the teachers and preachers of God’s Word… because there is only enough effort to participate, not a desire to build upon the knowledge of God.

Romans 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

When I was young, school was about knowledge. Methods and patterns were there to build upon knowledge… working the brain as a muscle to become stronger. We learned… how to learn, to experiment, to test and retest, to observe; then do it all again. There was effort to obtain the knowledge, and that made learning easier as you grew… Today we get the answers from a phone, bypassing the exercise of learning.

Proverbs 1:5  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

Having an effect

There is an old saying that you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink…

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

When pastoring… I once came home frustrated saying: “I have shouted the gospel to the ends of the earth and no one is listening”… to which my wife mentioned: “try whispering instead. That way they will have to put in the effort to listen.”

There is a certain privilege to be able to teach a child with the hopes of helping them see and understand… before this world has a chance to corrupt them to the point they become unteachable.

Daniel 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

As a teacher and preacher of the word of God that is my prayer… that people come ready to:

  • Listen and hear
  • To Look and see
  • To speak and have something worthy to be said
  • To come to God’s house… hungry for the word of God…

… that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God

 

Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

  • There is always a struggle that takes plays between the spirit and the flesh.
  • Society teaches us to hate anything that is against our will, destroy that which is in your way. But God doesn’t see it that way.
  • Loving your enemy is what sets a Christian apart from the world’s ways…

Note these verses:

Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Being a Christian is not always easy, especially when the flesh gets in the way.

  • It’s natural to be bitter at times
  • It’s natural to want to fight when you are offended
  • It’s natural to cut down others and gossip to make yourself look better
  • It’s natural for little boys to try to act like little men.

But it’s natural for the world, not a Christian.

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Peter 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Note the Apostle Paul

Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

This is the same man who:

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

Memory verse

Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

 

Romans 1:16  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.

Power can be a noun or a verb meaning it exists where it is used or not. More simply power means to supply.

We understand power today by the things it can provide:

  • It takes power to turn on the lights
  • It takes power to turn on the TV
  • It takes power to turn on the video games
  • It takes power to charge cell phones
  • It takes power to make a car go
  • It takes power to make the buses go

You see the power is there (noun) but when it is used it become an action (Verb)

  • At the wall socket there is power, ready to work (as long as the Church pays the bill)
  • In this room these lights are ready to come on, if you flip the switch.
  • But a lot of things take place behind the scenes to make that power available for you…

Just like a lot of things went on to create the power of salvation

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Jesus came and made a way for us to go to heaven. The Bible calls it the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

  • That Gospel is the power of God through Jesus Christ… Romans 1:16

Now what if you sat in a dark room, the power was there to light the room, but you never flipped the switch.

That is what it is like when the invitation is given to get saved and people just sit there.

  • Remember power is to supply – examples as there is time

Philippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalms 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

God has supplied all the power we need through the word of God, we just need to plug into it.

Psalms 119:130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation…

This morning the power has been supplied through Jesus and His word, the Bible. It’s the power that you can plug into this morning and get the light that lasts for all eternity.

The power of God