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  • “ABSOLUTE CERTAINTIES FOR AN UNCERTAIN 2023” | I JOHN 5:13-21 | 1/1/23
    We live in an uncertain world in 2023 Global uncertainties Local uncertainties Individual uncertainties Bible is a book of absolute truths! Bible is a book of absolute certainties! Numbers 32:23; Psalm 130:4; John 17:8 Know = knowledge by divine revelation Know = used 39 x in 5 chapters I. WE KNOW > WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE V.13 II. WE KNOW > PRAYERS CAN BE ANSWERED VV.14-15 III. WE KNOW > VICTORY OVER SIN VV.18-19 IV. WE KNOW > SECURED FOREVER V. 20 These certainties are of divine origin These certainties give evidence that we belong to God Do you possess this certainty? Only certainty in an uncertain world!
  • “LOVING WHAT JESUS LOVES?” | I JOHN 2:6 | 1/8/23
    Doctrine of eternal security is a Biblical truth Bible teaches you can KNOW One way is by walking with Jesus Living and loving and walking I John 2:6 is not an isolated passage Ephesians 4:1,17; 5:2, 8, 15 Colossians 1:10 II Thessalonians 2:12; 4:11-12 Walking = loving what Jesus loves I. JESUS CHRIST LOVES THE WORD OF GOD II. JESUS CHRIST LOVES HIS CHURCH III. JESUS CHRIST LOVES LOST PEOPLE IV. JESUS CHRSIT LOVES HIS FATHER That is what it means to walk with Jesus That is what it means to live like Jesus It really isn’t that complicated Either you do or you don’t!
  • “KING ME!” | I KINGS 1:1-10 | 1/15/2023
    A story about playing checkers To win in checkers it is important to get “kings” Lots of people want the game of checkers to become a way of life Problem: when we build our kingdoms, it leaves God out Central issue in I and II Kings: who will be king? I. THE FRAILTY OF DAVID 1:1 Greatest of all Israel’s king Now on his deathbed > old and gray Couldn’t get warm …. David eventually died We need to be ruled by a king who never dies! II. THE FOOLISHNESS OF ADONIJAH Wanted to be King … really bad Did everything he could, but ... III. THE FINALITY OF THE WILL OF GOD True guide to life: submission to will of God! Must know the Scriptures
  • “WHICH KING DO YOU SERVE?” | I KINGS 1:11-31 | 1/22/23
    There are really only two kingdoms Kingdom of God and kingdom of Satan You and I are in one or the other Matthew 12:30 When you fail to serve the kingdom of God you always get in trouble Plan of Nathan and Bathsheba … Serving the true King always involves: I. HONORING THE KINGDOM'S KING David was God’s anointed So was Jesus II. BELIEVING THE KINGDOM’S PROMISES Kingdom = rule and dominion of God Believing His Word III. WORKING FOR THE KINGDOM’S PROGRESS Belief in the first two is critical What kind of work do you do? Kingdom work takes place everywhere!
  • “WHY U.S. CHURCHES ARE ON THE DECLINE” | I JOHN 2:18-25 | 1/29/23
    Traditional mainline churches are losing members Young people have disaffiliated from parent’s churches The decline should be noted But not be surprised or alarmed Look at these Scriptures Matt. 24:10-13; John 6:66; I Tim. 4:1-4 II Tim. 3:1-5 and I John 2:18-19 Behind it all is a devil who hates God! There are practical reasons: I. PRESENT LEVEL OF APATHY Toward absolute truth II. PERVERSION OF LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY People want it “their way” only No commitment whatsoever Come & go as you please III. NO AWARENESS OF GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS CHURCH Church is central to God’s plan Church is central to God’s promises Church is central to Christ’s return
  • “THE LOVE OF GOD THE FATHER” | ROMANS 8:32 | 2/12/23
    One of the greatest truths in all the Bible If you have ever doubted the love of God, then you must Look at the Cross! Even there, we must not overlook the actions of the Father! I John 4:10 I. THE UNIQUENESS OF HIS PERSON Reciprocal love between Father and Son Father loved His Son and Son loved His Father II. THE EXTREMITY OF THE SACRIFICE "He spared not” — negative “but delivered him up” - positive It was the Father who killed His Son! III. THE PARTICULARITY OF THE PROVISION “for us all” — who are the “all"? Look at the context! As many kinds of sins as there are people IV. THE GUARANTEE OF HIS GRACE The greatest gift was His Son Given solely out of His grace and love!
  • “WHEN CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES” | I KINGS 2:1-11 | 2/19/23
    Choices really do have consequences But we live and act as if we don’t believe it Why? results sometimes don’t happen immediately We are proud and insistent on our own way Truth must be spiritually revealed Bible is filled with stories of men and women who made dumb choices And some … who made right and good choices I. STORY OF JOAB II SAMUEL 3:26-39 Killed two good men … violently It cost him his life Supported the wrong King II. ABIATHAR I KINGS 2:26-28 Was a priest who also supported Adonijah Consequences? Lost his priesthood III. BARZILLAI I KINGS 2:7 Supported King David & Solomon Died a rich man and in peace Relevance? Who you serve as King Will determine your eternal destiny!
  • “FIVE FEARFUL FACTS FROM THE BIBLE” | MATTHEW 7:13-23 | 2/26/23
    People today no longer fear the Lord Yet it is a recurring Biblical theme Proverbs 1:7; Deut. 6:2; Joshua 24:14 Eccl. 12:13-14: Hebrews 10:31 Refusal to fear God is not very wise God will be your Judge or your Savior! Five fearful facts: Let them sink in. I. NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED II. MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LOST THAN SAVED III. MANY EXPECTING TO BE SAVED WILL BE LOST IV. NO ONE WILL BE SAVED AFTER DEATH V. TODAY COULD BE YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY You could die Jesus could return Do your fear God? Do these truths stir your own soul? Trust Christ today!
  • “THE SIN GOD HATES THE MOST” | JEREMIAH 2:11-13 | 3/5/23
    The Biblical God is a Holy God Unconverted and unredeemed man is NOT holy He is the exact opposite of God God hates all forms of sin What would you say is the sin God hates the most? Abortion? Sodomy? Adultery? War? Check out Proverbs 6:16-19 The sin God hates the most is IDOLATRY! Quotes of D L Moody and A W Tozer I. A DEFINITION OF IDOLATRY Jer. 2:11-13 Forsaking God for anything or anybody else II. DEPICTION OF IDOLATRY IN OT Ex. 20:22-23; II Kings 23:4-5 III. DESCRIPTION OF IDOLATRY IN NT I Cor. 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21 IV. DISPLAY OF IDOLATRY FOR TODAY Social Media; Money; Family; Self Only solution to idolatry is found in Matt. 22:34-38
  • “HOW DO WE KNOW … GOD EXISTS?” | PSALM 33:6-9 | 3/12/23
    Ever doubted the existence of God? Ever wondered: "what if …” What if we are wrong? What if there is no God? If you have ever wondered — then I want to share with you why I believe that God exists! 4 primary reasons: Big words, simple truths I. ANTHROPOLOGICAL REASONS II. CREATIONAL ARGUMENT III. BIBLICAL ARGUMENT IV. CHRISTOLOGICAL REASONS Any time that you doubt God’s existence Go back and study these reasons Ask and answer the hard questions Truth is know by faith Without faith it is impossible to please God! There is a God!
  • “WHEN GOD CALLS PEOPLE HOME EARLY” | I KINGS 2:36-46 | 3/19/23
    Story of little boy and birthday party Sometimes, God calls people home early He does it for various reasons; some unknown to us A time to be born; a time to die Biblical examples of this truth are many: Nadab & Abihu > Leviticus 10:1-2 Uzzah > II samuel 6:5-7 Ananias & Sapphira > Acts 5:1-11 I John 5:16 says … Our text in I Kings 2 speaks of such a one I. THE DEMANDS OF THE KING VV. 36-38 God ALWAYS shows mercy before judgment!!! II. THE DISOBEDIENCE OF SHEMEI VV. 39-45 Shemei had a “situation” … Somebody always tells the King Truth always comes out III. THE DEATH OF SHEMEI V.46 V. 43 > a good question to ask ourselves Disobedience always ultimately brings death!
  • “LEST YOU FORGET …” | PSALM 102 | 3/26/23
    Memory is a special blessing of the Lord Ability to remember lessens as you age Doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer’s One Person we must never forget Biblical warnings about forgetting God: Deut. 6:1-12; Deut. 8:11-14, 17-19 II Peter 1:5-10 and 3:5-8 Psalm 102 reminds us to never forget God I. HIS DISTRESS VV. 1-11 Distressed and depressed II. HIS DELIVERANCE V.12 Look at how he recovered He remembered the goodness of the Lord III. HIS DELIGHT VV. 13-19 1. Mercy 2. Fear 3. Answered prayer 4. Strength 5. Eternal 6. Family
  • “WITH HIS OWN BLOOD” | ACTS 20:28 | 4/2/23
    Chapter 20 filled with instruction and intrigue Paul met with elders of the church of Ephesus The “therefore” of v. 28 is based on 20:17-27 Serves as a warning and exhortation to the Church I. A CALL TO HEED 20:28A “take heed to yourselves” = be on guard against; pay attention to And “to the flock” II. A CHURCH TO SHEPHERD 20:28B “to shepherd” = to tend, to care Church = ecclesia, true believers Provide guidance and care and instruction III. A COST TO PAY 20:28C The Church is a purchased entity Bought by the blood of God Denotes: ownership, discipleship, stewardship And Lordship You belong to the Lord Jesus Christ!
  • “THE RESURRECTION... AND YOU” | ROMANS 14:9 | 4/9/23
    Today is Resurrection Sunday; a glorious day Our focus today is the resurrection of Christ and what it means specifically to you! His Resurrection has a direct connection to all of us! There is way more to life … than this present life Bible tells us more than we may think I. A NEW BODY I Corinthians 15:42-24 Spiritual body is still a body We will not be ghosts The resurrected Christ wasn’t and neither will you be Glorified and resurrected humanity II. A NEW LIFE John 5:28-29 Look at Christ, Moses and Elijah Visible and literal and recognizable A life without sin, suffering and pain We will function on a different level III. A NEW EARTH II Peter 3:13 Where will this take place? A rejuvenated and new earth! Isaiah 65:17-25
  • "MUST JESUS BE LORD TO BE OUR SAVIOR?” | LUKE 6:46 | 4/16/23
    Truckloads (18 wheelers) of misunderstanding abound Often use words without defining their meaning Manifests itself in a false Gospel Gal.1:6-9 A W Tozer & John MacArthur ... William Booth of Salvation Army fame once said “the day is coming when you can have heaven without hell and salvation without repentance” That day has arrived! I. THE ERROR OF THIS FALSE, HALF-TRUTH GOSPEL Often taught by good and sincere people 1. Saved by accepting Jesus as Savior 2. Sanctified by “making" Him Lord 3. You can do the first without ever doing the second II. THE ELEMENTS OF BIBLICAL SALVATION 1. Belief in Jesus 2. Believe = to rely, to trust, to be committed 3. repentance is absolutely necessary as well Quote of Martyn Lloyd Jones … III. THE EVIDENCE FOR TRUE SALVATION Belief and repentance are both necessary You cannot accept what Jesus gives > salvation without receiving who Jesus is and He is Lord! Jesus Christ is Lord!
  • “OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT” | PSALM 77:1-15 | 4/23/23
    Satan had a meeting with his top demons Wanted their opinion on a certain matter Their conclusion? Many psalms were written to combat discouragement More prevalent than one would think Normal to be discouraged occasionally Abnormal to live there I. HIS DILEMMA VV.7-9 In the quicksand of discouragement Where is God? Why me? II. HIS DISCOVERY VV.13-20 Greatness and power of God Redemption & creation III. THE DIFFERENCE Remember and meditate on Word of God Illustration of Joshua Joshua 1:6-9
  • “GREATEST THREAT TO THE CHURCH” | MATTHEW 15:7-9 | 4/30/23
    Church today is facing threats from everywhere 1. Religious pluralism 2. Political opposition 3. Cultural opposition 4. Economic persecution However great these threats may be, the greatest threat comes from within: sin of hypocrisy I. A DEFINITION Matthew 15:7-9 A play actor on a stage Says one thing; does something else A pretender II. A DISPLAY Matthew 7:1-5 See Matthew 22:15-22; 23: 13, 14, 15 Look in Matthew 15:8 Honor God with their lips and not their lives People don’t need religion; they need Christ III. A DESTINY Where do hypocrites go when they die? Let Jesus tell you > Matthew 24:45-52
  • “4 THINGS GOD DOES FOR ALL BELIEVERS” | I PETER 5:8-11 | 5/7/23
    Our God is a God of grace Common grace > to all men Redemptive grace > to all believers Context of I Peter 5 Persecution leads to growth or bitterness True for every child of God I. GOD WILL PERFECT YOU = to make fully ready = to properly prepare II. GOD WILL ESTABLISH YOU = to fix firmly or adequately = to keep and to protect III. GOD WILL STRENGTH YOU = to make strong = to give power to IV. GOD WILL SETTLE YOU = to be grounded = to have a firm foundation
  • “5 TRAITS OF A GODLY WOMAN” | PROVERBS 18:22 | 5/14/23
    Bible has a lot to say about women: good and bad Future of a nation is determined by its women A godly woman invests in her family God created and designed men AND women Need to look to the Word for instruction A godly woman is I. INDUSTRIOUS Proverbs 14:1; 31:13-18 II. PRUDENT Proverbs 19:14 III. WISDOM Proverbs 24:3-4: Titus 2:3-5 IV. CLASSY Proverbs 31:21-22 V. TRUSTWORTHY Proverbs 31:11-12 Changed by the Holy Spirit Challenged by the truth of Scripture Controlled by the power of an indwelling Christ Ladies, do these traits mark your life?
  • “… MORE THAN THAT” | LUKE 11:27-28 | 5/21/23
    The word “blessing” is used a lot these days But few know what it means: makarios It is a good word, a Bible word Used frequently in Old Testament & New Testament Luke 11:27-28 is a glorious text A woman blurts out > Jesus says >"more than that …” A greater blessing that being the mother of Jesus Is to hear and keep the Word of God! Do you see what Jesus Christ is saying here? I. CONVERSION V.28 James 1:21-22 and I Peter 1:23-25 II. CONVICTION V.28 Hebrews 4:12 and John 16:8-11 III. COMFORT V.28 Romans 15:4 and II Corinthians 1:3-4 The most blessed person in the world is one who hears and keeps the Word of God! So says Jesus!
  • ONE NATION: UNDER THE JUDGMENT OF GOD | JUDGES 16:19-21 | 5/28/23
    Lots of suspicious and weird activity A real and present danger Context of Judges 16:19-21 Devastating: he didn’t know the Lord had departed Is America in the same position today? One nation > under the judgment of God! I. THE RUIN OF OUR CULTURE ROMANS 1:18-32 3X = God gave them up A ruined, collapsing culture? II. THE REASON FOR OUR DECLINE ROMANS 1:19-20 Suppression of the truth State of foolishness We see mankind at its worst III. THE REMEDY FOR OUR DILEMMA PSALM 81:11-12 Still true for us today Eternally true!
  • “THE SONG OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT” | ISAIAH 52:13-52:12 | 6/6/23
    The Cross is always at the center of the Gospel Bible is a book about the Cross Context of Isaiah = the LORD saves City man, well educated, prince of the prophets Passage is a Messianic prophecy about Jesus And His death upon the Cross of Calvary I. THE DIVINE SERVANT 52:13-15 II. THE DIVINE SUFFERER 53:1-3 III. THE DIVINE SUBSTITUTE 53:4-6 IV. THE DIVINE SACRIFICE 53:7-9 V. THE DIVINE SATISFACTION 53:10-12 This is a prophecy about Jesus and His death Salvation accomplished only through vicarious sacrifice Every person needs this cross Every person is a sinner Every person who comes to God must come this way
  • “HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THERE BE IN HEAVEN? | LUKE 13:22-30 | 6/11/23
    Some people have lots of questions about heaven Of special concern is the number of people …? Will there be a lot or a few? How would you answer the question? Know anyone who has gone to Hell? Let’s ask Jesus I. THE QUESTION V.23 Jesus is on His way to the Cross Reaching, instructing, admonishing When one person dared to ask the question II. THE ANSWER V.23 True then; true today; true 1,000 years from now The gate is narrow > “stenos” > stent Vast majority on way to Hell Must strive > agonize > really want it In Hell > weepers & gnashes III. THE CONCLUSION VV.18-19, 24 God is King; we are subjects Be a mustard seed in a dying Hell bound world
  • “DADDY ISSUES” | PROVERBS 22:6 | 6/18/23
    Origin of Father’s Day Bible doesn’t say anything about Father’s Day But it has a lot to say about role of fathers Some people have what is called “daddy issues” Results from having a poor relationship from an apathetic, absent or abusive father Christians have a wise, gracious and loving father Fathers are critically important to their children I. FATHERS WHO TEACH Proverbs 22:6 II. FATHERS WHO MODEL TRUTH Romans 2:21-24 III. FATHERS WHO DISCIPLINE Proverbs 13:24 IV. FATHERS WHO LOVE III John 3-4 V. FATHERS WHO PRAY I Thessalonians 5:18 Lord Jesus Christ embodied all these traits! I John 2:6
  • “THE SIN OF SELF WORSHIP” | LEVITICUS 10:1-3 | 6/25/23
    Is most worship today man centered? or God-centered? Can easily become a “populist religion” I love music but “music alone doth not a worship service make …” Not all worship is acceptable to the Lord: Golden calf in Exodus 32 Priests Nadab and Abihu Lev. 10 King Saul in I Samuel 13 Uzzah in II Samuel 3 4 kinds of deviant and false worship: I. WORSHIP OF FALSE GOD II. WORSHIP OF TRUE GOD IN WRONG FORM III. SELF STYLED WORSHIP IV. RIGHT WAY BUT WITH WRONG ATTITUDE What about your worship? Is it acceptable to the Lord?
  • “THE GREAT AMERICAN DECLINE” | ECCLESIASTES 2:1-11 | 7/2/23
    The great Roman Empire declined and fell because of the following reasons: 1. Rapid increase of divorce 2. Higher and higher taxes 3. Mad craze for sports 4. Maintaining gigantic armies 5. Decay of religion Fast forward to July 4 1776 247th Birthday of our country Like Rome and Solomon, we face similar challenges I. ATTACHMENT TO THE THINGS OF THE WORLD Eccl. 2:4-8 II. APPETITE FOR SEX I Kings 11:1-3; Eccl. 2:8 iii. APATHY FOR THE CHURCH Eccl. 2:10-11 IV. AWARENESS OF THE BIBLICAL GOD Eccl. 12:13-14 It is this God who says, “come” Today is always the day!
  • “THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS” | I CORINTHIANS 1:18-31 | 7/9/23
    Cross is the re-occurring theme of the Bible V.18 > power = dunamis = dynamite, strength Romans 1:16 and Acts 4:33 Not everybody believes its message: world religions Marginalized by liberal scholars Trivialized by culture at large Passage written to a city known for its sin To a church known for its divisiveness I. MESSAGE OF THE CROSS TO UNBELIEVERS VV.22-25 Man has a desperate need for the Cross Cannot be saved by human strength/ability II. MESSAGE OF CROSS FOR BELIEVERS VV.25-26 1. Compelling 2. Correcting 3. Confidence We never outgrow our need for the message of the Cross! Thanks and sorry for any any convenience! PASTOR
  • “FALSE PROPHETS” | MATTHEW 7:15-20 | 7/16/23
    Chapters 5-7 > Sermon on the Mount Chs. 5 and 6 are instruction & exhortation Chapter 7 calls for a response The obstacle in the way > false prophets I. THE PRESENCE OF FALSE PROPHETS V.15 Back then and now — always present Matthew 24:11; Mark 13:22; Acts 13:6 Beware = be alert, pay attention Clothed like sheep; look like sheep II. THE PERVERSITY OF FALSE PROPHETS VV.16-17 Bad fruit? Bad teaching and bad living II Timothy 3:1-17 III. THE PROTECTION FROM FALSE PROPHETS V.18-19 None of this matters if you are not ready to judge I John 4:1-3 and Acts 17:10-11 Know and trust the Word of God Jude 3-4 > engage in combat!
  • “WILL JESUS FIND FAITH WHEN HE RETURNS?” | LUKE 18:1-8 | 7/23/23
    Many people have lots of questions about 2nd Coming The real question is found in verse 8 When He does come back, what will He find? Context of the passage in vv.1-7 We persist — not because God doesn’t listen But because He does! Jesus asked a lot of questions …. lots & lots A definition of faith > conviction & confidence Saving faith is a gift of God! When Jesus returns will He … I. FIND FAITH IN BIBLE AS WORD OF GOD? Such a thing as false faith Always anti-Bible! II. FIND FAITH IN THE CHURCH? Eternal people of God: called out ones III. FIND FAITH IN JESUS AS SON OF GOD? Jesus Christ is God! Are you ready?
  • “WHY WE SING ABOUT THE BLOOD” | I PETER 1:18-21 | 7/30/23
    Many hymns talk about the blood of Christ We sing those songs with joy and vigor Have you ever wondered why? No other religion in the world does such … I. IT SECURES OUR REDEMPTION V.18 Saved only by the blood He was foreordained v.20 II. IT CALLS US TO SERVICE Hebrews 9:11-14 Made qualified … to serve by the blood III. IT GIVES US POWER OVER SIN Rev. 12:11 Overcomer = to prevail, to subdue IV. IT CLEANSES US FROM SIN I John 1:7 All sins cleansed by the blood V. IT BRINGS ABOUT PEACE WITH GOD Col. 1:20 Blood is the only thing that is able to do that! That is why we sing about the blood! Rev. 7:13-17
  • “IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY WISH … “ | I KINGS 3:1-15 | 8/6/23
    What would you choose? If it could be absolutely anything, what would it be? Almighty God asked Solomon that very question! Please note the following: I. SOLOMON’S BEGINNING 3:3-6 Chosen by God to be king What a statement in verse 3 II. SOLOMON’S BLUNDERS 1. His choice of a life partner 2. Created unholy alliance with Egypt 3. Spent more on his house than God’s 4. Worshipped on the “high places” III. SOLOMON’S BLESSINGS Solomon’s response revealed his true character The Lord was his God V. 9 > the greatness of God Ability to know and discern the will of God We may not be kings but we ought to pray like one!
  • “IS ETERNAL LIFE REAL”? | JOHN 17:3 | 8/13/23
    Most people believe in existence after death Almost all religions do Bible has a lot to say about it Used 41 times in the NT I. DEMONSTRATION OF HOW THE WORD IS USED Luke 10:25 Luke 18:18, 30 John 3:14-16 John 4:14 John 5:24 II. EXPLANATION OF WHAT ETERNAL LIFE MEANS More than mere quantitative; it is qualitative Simply and easily explained in John 17:3 Not knowing about God but knowing God III. CONFIRMATION THAT WE POSSESS IT Bible tells us we can know: I John 1:7-9 > Trust in the blood I John 2:3-5 > obedience to His commandments I John 2:6 > walk in His steps I John 3:14-15 > love for God’s people DO YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?
  • “CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH” | JUDE 3-7 | 8/20/23
    State of Theology Report in 2022 Done by Ligionier Ministry and Lifeway Research Interviewed 3,000 “evangelicals” Results were astounding to say the least 53% believes God accepts worship of all religions 37% believes gender is a choice That is why churches are turning out “illiterates” Context of Jude “contend” = fight for “faith” = your conviction of Truth “delivered” = handed over “saints” = holy, sacred I. FOR THOSE WHO DENY CHRIST V.4 “licentiousness” = outrageous conduct, lawless II. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF JUDGMENT V.5 Examples in vv.6-7 III. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF GRACE Jude 24-25 Able to save and keep!
  • “2 PROSTITUTES, 2 BABIES AND 1 KING” | I KINGS 3:16-28 | 8/27/23
    Ever had a “situation?” A real predicament with no solution in sight? Didn’t know what to do? I. THE DESPERATE SCENE Here we see a real problem Involved life and death Each woman told her account of what happened A pitiful and sad story II. THE DYNAMIC SOLUTION The King heard both sides Then he shocked everybody But he found the right answer A method to his seeming madness III. THE DISCERNING SAVIOR We need that kind of wisdom in our lives Only Jesus can provide it!
  • “WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL” | PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30 | 9/3/23
    A book of gratitude and joy Also filled with many great truths 1:21; 2:5-11; 3:8-10; 4:13, 19 We are to live “worthy” of the Gospel How do we do that? “Conduct” = manner of life, lifestyle Demands loyalty, allegiance, commitment To structure, to prioritize, to regulate I. STAND FAST IN ONE SPIRIT v. 27a Not divided on social & political issues Called to be one Easy to tear down; much harder to build II. STRIVE TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL v. 27b We don’t do too well with this one, do we? Ask yourself: do you really care? III. SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE v. 29 Opens us up to persecution & ridicule Suffering is a “gift” from God Question: are you living worthy of the Gospel?
  • “THE GOD OF ISAIAH 6” | ISAIAH 6:1-13 | 9/10/23
    Israel was slow in learning about God Time = 8th century B.C. Must understand Isaiah 1 And Chapter 5 before jumping into 6 Six woes in Isaiah 5:8-23 It was then … that Isaiah heard from the Lord I. GOD IS SOVEREIGN V.1 On a throne — reigning and ruling God never changes II. GOD IS HOLY VV.2-5 Set apart; unique; different than man III. GOD IS GRACIOUS VV.6-7 Iniquity taken away IV. GOD OF JUDGMENT VV.8-13 God speaks A remnant is saved Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope!
  • “NO FEAR … OF OLD AGE?” | II TIMOTHY 1:7 | 9/17/23
    Many people have different kinds of phobias Some are afraid of getting old ... Bible tells us that we should not fear it Psalm 37:25; 90:10-12; Eccl. 12:1-5 No matter how old we are to live for His glory Bible definitely tells us how to do that Three truths to overcome fear of growing old I. POWER V.7 Power = dunamis = dynamite = strength Power to the things that matter most II. LOVE V.7 Love = agape = active affection Shown by what it does, not what it feels III. SOUND MIND V.7 Sound mind = controlled, disciplined mind Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 2:5; Col. 3:5 Those three truths will enable you to grow old with grace, class, and dignity
  • “DECLARING THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” | ACTS 20:25-27 | 9/24/23
    Church at Ephesus was special & unique Started by the Apostle Paul Called for Ephesian elders to meet with him He told them three things: 1. You will never see me again v.25 2. I am innocent of the blood of all men v.26 3. I have declared the whole counsel of God v.27 America and its churches need God’s whole counsel In trouble … because we have rejected God’s counsel Psalm 33:10-11; Proverbs 19:21: Isaiah 46:10-11 "Whole counsel" of God found in Ephesians 1. Election 2. Sovereign Grace 3. Peace 4. Power 5. Work of the Church 6. Walking in Christ 7. Mystery of Marriage 8. Spiritual Warfare 6 Chapters and 154 verses What a God!

Wednesday Night Bible Study Note Archives

  • “ABSOLUTE CERTAINTIES FOR AN UNCERTAIN 2023” | I JOHN 5:13-21 | 1/1/23
    We live in an uncertain world in 2023 Global uncertainties Local uncertainties Individual uncertainties Bible is a book of absolute truths! Bible is a book of absolute certainties! Numbers 32:23; Psalm 130:4; John 17:8 Know = knowledge by divine revelation Know = used 39 x in 5 chapters I. WE KNOW > WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE V.13 II. WE KNOW > PRAYERS CAN BE ANSWERED VV.14-15 III. WE KNOW > VICTORY OVER SIN VV.18-19 IV. WE KNOW > SECURED FOREVER V. 20 These certainties are of divine origin These certainties give evidence that we belong to God Do you possess this certainty? Only certainty in an uncertain world!
  • “LOVING WHAT JESUS LOVES?” | I JOHN 2:6 | 1/8/23
    Doctrine of eternal security is a Biblical truth Bible teaches you can KNOW One way is by walking with Jesus Living and loving and walking I John 2:6 is not an isolated passage Ephesians 4:1,17; 5:2, 8, 15 Colossians 1:10 II Thessalonians 2:12; 4:11-12 Walking = loving what Jesus loves I. JESUS CHRIST LOVES THE WORD OF GOD II. JESUS CHRIST LOVES HIS CHURCH III. JESUS CHRIST LOVES LOST PEOPLE IV. JESUS CHRSIT LOVES HIS FATHER That is what it means to walk with Jesus That is what it means to live like Jesus It really isn’t that complicated Either you do or you don’t!
  • “KING ME!” | I KINGS 1:1-10 | 1/15/2023
    A story about playing checkers To win in checkers it is important to get “kings” Lots of people want the game of checkers to become a way of life Problem: when we build our kingdoms, it leaves God out Central issue in I and II Kings: who will be king? I. THE FRAILTY OF DAVID 1:1 Greatest of all Israel’s king Now on his deathbed > old and gray Couldn’t get warm …. David eventually died We need to be ruled by a king who never dies! II. THE FOOLISHNESS OF ADONIJAH Wanted to be King … really bad Did everything he could, but ... III. THE FINALITY OF THE WILL OF GOD True guide to life: submission to will of God! Must know the Scriptures
  • “WHICH KING DO YOU SERVE?” | I KINGS 1:11-31 | 1/22/23
    There are really only two kingdoms Kingdom of God and kingdom of Satan You and I are in one or the other Matthew 12:30 When you fail to serve the kingdom of God you always get in trouble Plan of Nathan and Bathsheba … Serving the true King always involves: I. HONORING THE KINGDOM'S KING David was God’s anointed So was Jesus II. BELIEVING THE KINGDOM’S PROMISES Kingdom = rule and dominion of God Believing His Word III. WORKING FOR THE KINGDOM’S PROGRESS Belief in the first two is critical What kind of work do you do? Kingdom work takes place everywhere!
  • “WHY U.S. CHURCHES ARE ON THE DECLINE” | I JOHN 2:18-25 | 1/29/23
    Traditional mainline churches are losing members Young people have disaffiliated from parent’s churches The decline should be noted But not be surprised or alarmed Look at these Scriptures Matt. 24:10-13; John 6:66; I Tim. 4:1-4 II Tim. 3:1-5 and I John 2:18-19 Behind it all is a devil who hates God! There are practical reasons: I. PRESENT LEVEL OF APATHY Toward absolute truth II. PERVERSION OF LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY People want it “their way” only No commitment whatsoever Come & go as you please III. NO AWARENESS OF GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS CHURCH Church is central to God’s plan Church is central to God’s promises Church is central to Christ’s return
  • “THE LOVE OF GOD THE FATHER” | ROMANS 8:32 | 2/12/23
    One of the greatest truths in all the Bible If you have ever doubted the love of God, then you must Look at the Cross! Even there, we must not overlook the actions of the Father! I John 4:10 I. THE UNIQUENESS OF HIS PERSON Reciprocal love between Father and Son Father loved His Son and Son loved His Father II. THE EXTREMITY OF THE SACRIFICE "He spared not” — negative “but delivered him up” - positive It was the Father who killed His Son! III. THE PARTICULARITY OF THE PROVISION “for us all” — who are the “all"? Look at the context! As many kinds of sins as there are people IV. THE GUARANTEE OF HIS GRACE The greatest gift was His Son Given solely out of His grace and love!
  • “WHEN CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES” | I KINGS 2:1-11 | 2/19/23
    Choices really do have consequences But we live and act as if we don’t believe it Why? results sometimes don’t happen immediately We are proud and insistent on our own way Truth must be spiritually revealed Bible is filled with stories of men and women who made dumb choices And some … who made right and good choices I. STORY OF JOAB II SAMUEL 3:26-39 Killed two good men … violently It cost him his life Supported the wrong King II. ABIATHAR I KINGS 2:26-28 Was a priest who also supported Adonijah Consequences? Lost his priesthood III. BARZILLAI I KINGS 2:7 Supported King David & Solomon Died a rich man and in peace Relevance? Who you serve as King Will determine your eternal destiny!
  • “FIVE FEARFUL FACTS FROM THE BIBLE” | MATTHEW 7:13-23 | 2/26/23
    People today no longer fear the Lord Yet it is a recurring Biblical theme Proverbs 1:7; Deut. 6:2; Joshua 24:14 Eccl. 12:13-14: Hebrews 10:31 Refusal to fear God is not very wise God will be your Judge or your Savior! Five fearful facts: Let them sink in. I. NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED II. MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LOST THAN SAVED III. MANY EXPECTING TO BE SAVED WILL BE LOST IV. NO ONE WILL BE SAVED AFTER DEATH V. TODAY COULD BE YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY You could die Jesus could return Do your fear God? Do these truths stir your own soul? Trust Christ today!
  • “THE SIN GOD HATES THE MOST” | JEREMIAH 2:11-13 | 3/5/23
    The Biblical God is a Holy God Unconverted and unredeemed man is NOT holy He is the exact opposite of God God hates all forms of sin What would you say is the sin God hates the most? Abortion? Sodomy? Adultery? War? Check out Proverbs 6:16-19 The sin God hates the most is IDOLATRY! Quotes of D L Moody and A W Tozer I. A DEFINITION OF IDOLATRY Jer. 2:11-13 Forsaking God for anything or anybody else II. DEPICTION OF IDOLATRY IN OT Ex. 20:22-23; II Kings 23:4-5 III. DESCRIPTION OF IDOLATRY IN NT I Cor. 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21 IV. DISPLAY OF IDOLATRY FOR TODAY Social Media; Money; Family; Self Only solution to idolatry is found in Matt. 22:34-38
  • “HOW DO WE KNOW … GOD EXISTS?” | PSALM 33:6-9 | 3/12/23
    Ever doubted the existence of God? Ever wondered: "what if …” What if we are wrong? What if there is no God? If you have ever wondered — then I want to share with you why I believe that God exists! 4 primary reasons: Big words, simple truths I. ANTHROPOLOGICAL REASONS II. CREATIONAL ARGUMENT III. BIBLICAL ARGUMENT IV. CHRISTOLOGICAL REASONS Any time that you doubt God’s existence Go back and study these reasons Ask and answer the hard questions Truth is know by faith Without faith it is impossible to please God! There is a God!
  • “WHEN GOD CALLS PEOPLE HOME EARLY” | I KINGS 2:36-46 | 3/19/23
    Story of little boy and birthday party Sometimes, God calls people home early He does it for various reasons; some unknown to us A time to be born; a time to die Biblical examples of this truth are many: Nadab & Abihu > Leviticus 10:1-2 Uzzah > II samuel 6:5-7 Ananias & Sapphira > Acts 5:1-11 I John 5:16 says … Our text in I Kings 2 speaks of such a one I. THE DEMANDS OF THE KING VV. 36-38 God ALWAYS shows mercy before judgment!!! II. THE DISOBEDIENCE OF SHEMEI VV. 39-45 Shemei had a “situation” … Somebody always tells the King Truth always comes out III. THE DEATH OF SHEMEI V.46 V. 43 > a good question to ask ourselves Disobedience always ultimately brings death!
  • “LEST YOU FORGET …” | PSALM 102 | 3/26/23
    Memory is a special blessing of the Lord Ability to remember lessens as you age Doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer’s One Person we must never forget Biblical warnings about forgetting God: Deut. 6:1-12; Deut. 8:11-14, 17-19 II Peter 1:5-10 and 3:5-8 Psalm 102 reminds us to never forget God I. HIS DISTRESS VV. 1-11 Distressed and depressed II. HIS DELIVERANCE V.12 Look at how he recovered He remembered the goodness of the Lord III. HIS DELIGHT VV. 13-19 1. Mercy 2. Fear 3. Answered prayer 4. Strength 5. Eternal 6. Family
  • “WITH HIS OWN BLOOD” | ACTS 20:28 | 4/2/23
    Chapter 20 filled with instruction and intrigue Paul met with elders of the church of Ephesus The “therefore” of v. 28 is based on 20:17-27 Serves as a warning and exhortation to the Church I. A CALL TO HEED 20:28A “take heed to yourselves” = be on guard against; pay attention to And “to the flock” II. A CHURCH TO SHEPHERD 20:28B “to shepherd” = to tend, to care Church = ecclesia, true believers Provide guidance and care and instruction III. A COST TO PAY 20:28C The Church is a purchased entity Bought by the blood of God Denotes: ownership, discipleship, stewardship And Lordship You belong to the Lord Jesus Christ!
  • “THE RESURRECTION... AND YOU” | ROMANS 14:9 | 4/9/23
    Today is Resurrection Sunday; a glorious day Our focus today is the resurrection of Christ and what it means specifically to you! His Resurrection has a direct connection to all of us! There is way more to life … than this present life Bible tells us more than we may think I. A NEW BODY I Corinthians 15:42-24 Spiritual body is still a body We will not be ghosts The resurrected Christ wasn’t and neither will you be Glorified and resurrected humanity II. A NEW LIFE John 5:28-29 Look at Christ, Moses and Elijah Visible and literal and recognizable A life without sin, suffering and pain We will function on a different level III. A NEW EARTH II Peter 3:13 Where will this take place? A rejuvenated and new earth! Isaiah 65:17-25
  • "MUST JESUS BE LORD TO BE OUR SAVIOR?” | LUKE 6:46 | 4/16/23
    Truckloads (18 wheelers) of misunderstanding abound Often use words without defining their meaning Manifests itself in a false Gospel Gal.1:6-9 A W Tozer & John MacArthur ... William Booth of Salvation Army fame once said “the day is coming when you can have heaven without hell and salvation without repentance” That day has arrived! I. THE ERROR OF THIS FALSE, HALF-TRUTH GOSPEL Often taught by good and sincere people 1. Saved by accepting Jesus as Savior 2. Sanctified by “making" Him Lord 3. You can do the first without ever doing the second II. THE ELEMENTS OF BIBLICAL SALVATION 1. Belief in Jesus 2. Believe = to rely, to trust, to be committed 3. repentance is absolutely necessary as well Quote of Martyn Lloyd Jones … III. THE EVIDENCE FOR TRUE SALVATION Belief and repentance are both necessary You cannot accept what Jesus gives > salvation without receiving who Jesus is and He is Lord! Jesus Christ is Lord!
  • “OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT” | PSALM 77:1-15 | 4/23/23
    Satan had a meeting with his top demons Wanted their opinion on a certain matter Their conclusion? Many psalms were written to combat discouragement More prevalent than one would think Normal to be discouraged occasionally Abnormal to live there I. HIS DILEMMA VV.7-9 In the quicksand of discouragement Where is God? Why me? II. HIS DISCOVERY VV.13-20 Greatness and power of God Redemption & creation III. THE DIFFERENCE Remember and meditate on Word of God Illustration of Joshua Joshua 1:6-9
  • “GREATEST THREAT TO THE CHURCH” | MATTHEW 15:7-9 | 4/30/23
    Church today is facing threats from everywhere 1. Religious pluralism 2. Political opposition 3. Cultural opposition 4. Economic persecution However great these threats may be, the greatest threat comes from within: sin of hypocrisy I. A DEFINITION Matthew 15:7-9 A play actor on a stage Says one thing; does something else A pretender II. A DISPLAY Matthew 7:1-5 See Matthew 22:15-22; 23: 13, 14, 15 Look in Matthew 15:8 Honor God with their lips and not their lives People don’t need religion; they need Christ III. A DESTINY Where do hypocrites go when they die? Let Jesus tell you > Matthew 24:45-52
  • “4 THINGS GOD DOES FOR ALL BELIEVERS” | I PETER 5:8-11 | 5/7/23
    Our God is a God of grace Common grace > to all men Redemptive grace > to all believers Context of I Peter 5 Persecution leads to growth or bitterness True for every child of God I. GOD WILL PERFECT YOU = to make fully ready = to properly prepare II. GOD WILL ESTABLISH YOU = to fix firmly or adequately = to keep and to protect III. GOD WILL STRENGTH YOU = to make strong = to give power to IV. GOD WILL SETTLE YOU = to be grounded = to have a firm foundation
  • “5 TRAITS OF A GODLY WOMAN” | PROVERBS 18:22 | 5/14/23
    Bible has a lot to say about women: good and bad Future of a nation is determined by its women A godly woman invests in her family God created and designed men AND women Need to look to the Word for instruction A godly woman is I. INDUSTRIOUS Proverbs 14:1; 31:13-18 II. PRUDENT Proverbs 19:14 III. WISDOM Proverbs 24:3-4: Titus 2:3-5 IV. CLASSY Proverbs 31:21-22 V. TRUSTWORTHY Proverbs 31:11-12 Changed by the Holy Spirit Challenged by the truth of Scripture Controlled by the power of an indwelling Christ Ladies, do these traits mark your life?
  • “… MORE THAN THAT” | LUKE 11:27-28 | 5/21/23
    The word “blessing” is used a lot these days But few know what it means: makarios It is a good word, a Bible word Used frequently in Old Testament & New Testament Luke 11:27-28 is a glorious text A woman blurts out > Jesus says >"more than that …” A greater blessing that being the mother of Jesus Is to hear and keep the Word of God! Do you see what Jesus Christ is saying here? I. CONVERSION V.28 James 1:21-22 and I Peter 1:23-25 II. CONVICTION V.28 Hebrews 4:12 and John 16:8-11 III. COMFORT V.28 Romans 15:4 and II Corinthians 1:3-4 The most blessed person in the world is one who hears and keeps the Word of God! So says Jesus!
  • ONE NATION: UNDER THE JUDGMENT OF GOD | JUDGES 16:19-21 | 5/28/23
    Lots of suspicious and weird activity A real and present danger Context of Judges 16:19-21 Devastating: he didn’t know the Lord had departed Is America in the same position today? One nation > under the judgment of God! I. THE RUIN OF OUR CULTURE ROMANS 1:18-32 3X = God gave them up A ruined, collapsing culture? II. THE REASON FOR OUR DECLINE ROMANS 1:19-20 Suppression of the truth State of foolishness We see mankind at its worst III. THE REMEDY FOR OUR DILEMMA PSALM 81:11-12 Still true for us today Eternally true!
  • “THE SONG OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT” | ISAIAH 52:13-52:12 | 6/6/23
    The Cross is always at the center of the Gospel Bible is a book about the Cross Context of Isaiah = the LORD saves City man, well educated, prince of the prophets Passage is a Messianic prophecy about Jesus And His death upon the Cross of Calvary I. THE DIVINE SERVANT 52:13-15 II. THE DIVINE SUFFERER 53:1-3 III. THE DIVINE SUBSTITUTE 53:4-6 IV. THE DIVINE SACRIFICE 53:7-9 V. THE DIVINE SATISFACTION 53:10-12 This is a prophecy about Jesus and His death Salvation accomplished only through vicarious sacrifice Every person needs this cross Every person is a sinner Every person who comes to God must come this way
  • “HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THERE BE IN HEAVEN? | LUKE 13:22-30 | 6/11/23
    Some people have lots of questions about heaven Of special concern is the number of people …? Will there be a lot or a few? How would you answer the question? Know anyone who has gone to Hell? Let’s ask Jesus I. THE QUESTION V.23 Jesus is on His way to the Cross Reaching, instructing, admonishing When one person dared to ask the question II. THE ANSWER V.23 True then; true today; true 1,000 years from now The gate is narrow > “stenos” > stent Vast majority on way to Hell Must strive > agonize > really want it In Hell > weepers & gnashes III. THE CONCLUSION VV.18-19, 24 God is King; we are subjects Be a mustard seed in a dying Hell bound world
  • “DADDY ISSUES” | PROVERBS 22:6 | 6/18/23
    Origin of Father’s Day Bible doesn’t say anything about Father’s Day But it has a lot to say about role of fathers Some people have what is called “daddy issues” Results from having a poor relationship from an apathetic, absent or abusive father Christians have a wise, gracious and loving father Fathers are critically important to their children I. FATHERS WHO TEACH Proverbs 22:6 II. FATHERS WHO MODEL TRUTH Romans 2:21-24 III. FATHERS WHO DISCIPLINE Proverbs 13:24 IV. FATHERS WHO LOVE III John 3-4 V. FATHERS WHO PRAY I Thessalonians 5:18 Lord Jesus Christ embodied all these traits! I John 2:6
  • “THE SIN OF SELF WORSHIP” | LEVITICUS 10:1-3 | 6/25/23
    Is most worship today man centered? or God-centered? Can easily become a “populist religion” I love music but “music alone doth not a worship service make …” Not all worship is acceptable to the Lord: Golden calf in Exodus 32 Priests Nadab and Abihu Lev. 10 King Saul in I Samuel 13 Uzzah in II Samuel 3 4 kinds of deviant and false worship: I. WORSHIP OF FALSE GOD II. WORSHIP OF TRUE GOD IN WRONG FORM III. SELF STYLED WORSHIP IV. RIGHT WAY BUT WITH WRONG ATTITUDE What about your worship? Is it acceptable to the Lord?
  • “THE GREAT AMERICAN DECLINE” | ECCLESIASTES 2:1-11 | 7/2/23
    The great Roman Empire declined and fell because of the following reasons: 1. Rapid increase of divorce 2. Higher and higher taxes 3. Mad craze for sports 4. Maintaining gigantic armies 5. Decay of religion Fast forward to July 4 1776 247th Birthday of our country Like Rome and Solomon, we face similar challenges I. ATTACHMENT TO THE THINGS OF THE WORLD Eccl. 2:4-8 II. APPETITE FOR SEX I Kings 11:1-3; Eccl. 2:8 iii. APATHY FOR THE CHURCH Eccl. 2:10-11 IV. AWARENESS OF THE BIBLICAL GOD Eccl. 12:13-14 It is this God who says, “come” Today is always the day!
  • “THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS” | I CORINTHIANS 1:18-31 | 7/9/23
    Cross is the re-occurring theme of the Bible V.18 > power = dunamis = dynamite, strength Romans 1:16 and Acts 4:33 Not everybody believes its message: world religions Marginalized by liberal scholars Trivialized by culture at large Passage written to a city known for its sin To a church known for its divisiveness I. MESSAGE OF THE CROSS TO UNBELIEVERS VV.22-25 Man has a desperate need for the Cross Cannot be saved by human strength/ability II. MESSAGE OF CROSS FOR BELIEVERS VV.25-26 1. Compelling 2. Correcting 3. Confidence We never outgrow our need for the message of the Cross! Thanks and sorry for any any convenience! PASTOR
  • “FALSE PROPHETS” | MATTHEW 7:15-20 | 7/16/23
    Chapters 5-7 > Sermon on the Mount Chs. 5 and 6 are instruction & exhortation Chapter 7 calls for a response The obstacle in the way > false prophets I. THE PRESENCE OF FALSE PROPHETS V.15 Back then and now — always present Matthew 24:11; Mark 13:22; Acts 13:6 Beware = be alert, pay attention Clothed like sheep; look like sheep II. THE PERVERSITY OF FALSE PROPHETS VV.16-17 Bad fruit? Bad teaching and bad living II Timothy 3:1-17 III. THE PROTECTION FROM FALSE PROPHETS V.18-19 None of this matters if you are not ready to judge I John 4:1-3 and Acts 17:10-11 Know and trust the Word of God Jude 3-4 > engage in combat!
  • “WILL JESUS FIND FAITH WHEN HE RETURNS?” | LUKE 18:1-8 | 7/23/23
    Many people have lots of questions about 2nd Coming The real question is found in verse 8 When He does come back, what will He find? Context of the passage in vv.1-7 We persist — not because God doesn’t listen But because He does! Jesus asked a lot of questions …. lots & lots A definition of faith > conviction & confidence Saving faith is a gift of God! When Jesus returns will He … I. FIND FAITH IN BIBLE AS WORD OF GOD? Such a thing as false faith Always anti-Bible! II. FIND FAITH IN THE CHURCH? Eternal people of God: called out ones III. FIND FAITH IN JESUS AS SON OF GOD? Jesus Christ is God! Are you ready?
  • “WHY WE SING ABOUT THE BLOOD” | I PETER 1:18-21 | 7/30/23
    Many hymns talk about the blood of Christ We sing those songs with joy and vigor Have you ever wondered why? No other religion in the world does such … I. IT SECURES OUR REDEMPTION V.18 Saved only by the blood He was foreordained v.20 II. IT CALLS US TO SERVICE Hebrews 9:11-14 Made qualified … to serve by the blood III. IT GIVES US POWER OVER SIN Rev. 12:11 Overcomer = to prevail, to subdue IV. IT CLEANSES US FROM SIN I John 1:7 All sins cleansed by the blood V. IT BRINGS ABOUT PEACE WITH GOD Col. 1:20 Blood is the only thing that is able to do that! That is why we sing about the blood! Rev. 7:13-17
  • “IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY WISH … “ | I KINGS 3:1-15 | 8/6/23
    What would you choose? If it could be absolutely anything, what would it be? Almighty God asked Solomon that very question! Please note the following: I. SOLOMON’S BEGINNING 3:3-6 Chosen by God to be king What a statement in verse 3 II. SOLOMON’S BLUNDERS 1. His choice of a life partner 2. Created unholy alliance with Egypt 3. Spent more on his house than God’s 4. Worshipped on the “high places” III. SOLOMON’S BLESSINGS Solomon’s response revealed his true character The Lord was his God V. 9 > the greatness of God Ability to know and discern the will of God We may not be kings but we ought to pray like one!
  • “IS ETERNAL LIFE REAL”? | JOHN 17:3 | 8/13/23
    Most people believe in existence after death Almost all religions do Bible has a lot to say about it Used 41 times in the NT I. DEMONSTRATION OF HOW THE WORD IS USED Luke 10:25 Luke 18:18, 30 John 3:14-16 John 4:14 John 5:24 II. EXPLANATION OF WHAT ETERNAL LIFE MEANS More than mere quantitative; it is qualitative Simply and easily explained in John 17:3 Not knowing about God but knowing God III. CONFIRMATION THAT WE POSSESS IT Bible tells us we can know: I John 1:7-9 > Trust in the blood I John 2:3-5 > obedience to His commandments I John 2:6 > walk in His steps I John 3:14-15 > love for God’s people DO YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?
  • “CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH” | JUDE 3-7 | 8/20/23
    State of Theology Report in 2022 Done by Ligionier Ministry and Lifeway Research Interviewed 3,000 “evangelicals” Results were astounding to say the least 53% believes God accepts worship of all religions 37% believes gender is a choice That is why churches are turning out “illiterates” Context of Jude “contend” = fight for “faith” = your conviction of Truth “delivered” = handed over “saints” = holy, sacred I. FOR THOSE WHO DENY CHRIST V.4 “licentiousness” = outrageous conduct, lawless II. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF JUDGMENT V.5 Examples in vv.6-7 III. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF GRACE Jude 24-25 Able to save and keep!
  • “2 PROSTITUTES, 2 BABIES AND 1 KING” | I KINGS 3:16-28 | 8/27/23
    Ever had a “situation?” A real predicament with no solution in sight? Didn’t know what to do? I. THE DESPERATE SCENE Here we see a real problem Involved life and death Each woman told her account of what happened A pitiful and sad story II. THE DYNAMIC SOLUTION The King heard both sides Then he shocked everybody But he found the right answer A method to his seeming madness III. THE DISCERNING SAVIOR We need that kind of wisdom in our lives Only Jesus can provide it!
  • “WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL” | PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30 | 9/3/23
    A book of gratitude and joy Also filled with many great truths 1:21; 2:5-11; 3:8-10; 4:13, 19 We are to live “worthy” of the Gospel How do we do that? “Conduct” = manner of life, lifestyle Demands loyalty, allegiance, commitment To structure, to prioritize, to regulate I. STAND FAST IN ONE SPIRIT v. 27a Not divided on social & political issues Called to be one Easy to tear down; much harder to build II. STRIVE TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL v. 27b We don’t do too well with this one, do we? Ask yourself: do you really care? III. SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE v. 29 Opens us up to persecution & ridicule Suffering is a “gift” from God Question: are you living worthy of the Gospel?
  • “THE GOD OF ISAIAH 6” | ISAIAH 6:1-13 | 9/10/23
    Israel was slow in learning about God Time = 8th century B.C. Must understand Isaiah 1 And Chapter 5 before jumping into 6 Six woes in Isaiah 5:8-23 It was then … that Isaiah heard from the Lord I. GOD IS SOVEREIGN V.1 On a throne — reigning and ruling God never changes II. GOD IS HOLY VV.2-5 Set apart; unique; different than man III. GOD IS GRACIOUS VV.6-7 Iniquity taken away IV. GOD OF JUDGMENT VV.8-13 God speaks A remnant is saved Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope!
  • “NO FEAR … OF OLD AGE?” | II TIMOTHY 1:7 | 9/17/23
    Many people have different kinds of phobias Some are afraid of getting old ... Bible tells us that we should not fear it Psalm 37:25; 90:10-12; Eccl. 12:1-5 No matter how old we are to live for His glory Bible definitely tells us how to do that Three truths to overcome fear of growing old I. POWER V.7 Power = dunamis = dynamite = strength Power to the things that matter most II. LOVE V.7 Love = agape = active affection Shown by what it does, not what it feels III. SOUND MIND V.7 Sound mind = controlled, disciplined mind Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 2:5; Col. 3:5 Those three truths will enable you to grow old with grace, class, and dignity
  • “DECLARING THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” | ACTS 20:25-27 | 9/24/23
    Church at Ephesus was special & unique Started by the Apostle Paul Called for Ephesian elders to meet with him He told them three things: 1. You will never see me again v.25 2. I am innocent of the blood of all men v.26 3. I have declared the whole counsel of God v.27 America and its churches need God’s whole counsel In trouble … because we have rejected God’s counsel Psalm 33:10-11; Proverbs 19:21: Isaiah 46:10-11 "Whole counsel" of God found in Ephesians 1. Election 2. Sovereign Grace 3. Peace 4. Power 5. Work of the Church 6. Walking in Christ 7. Mystery of Marriage 8. Spiritual Warfare 6 Chapters and 154 verses What a God!
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