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Skyline BC Sun Morn  06-25-2015   WALKING WITH GOD-  Gen 5:21-24, By Pastor Rick

Intro:  The first prophet in Scripture was Enoch.  It would seem that Enoch boldly gives of the first key prophecies of the second coming of Christ. His prophecy was of judgment to come.

Notice these Scriptures. Jude 1:14 , 15-And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Enoch walked with God. Enoch lived 365 years and was translated or raptured, not seeing death.

As Enoch walked with God 365 years, we should walk with God 365 days a year.

Enoch was an example of this truth as he did present his body a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God.

For Enoch to walk with God in his day took boldness, courage, endurance,  determination, reverence for God, virtue, and loyalty to the Lord.

Amazing.... that's what it takes for us to do the same thing.

Enoch's name means dedication and that is the way he lived, even in the world that was so wicked.

Enoch was surrounded by gloom, yet had saving grace.

He was characterized by godliness and went into sudden glory.

Hebrews 11:5-By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Some More History:

When Enoch was sixty-five, he had a son and named him Methuselah.

God may have revealed to Enoch the judgment to come because of the meaning of Methuselah's name.

Methuselah means "when he dies, judgment or it shall be sent. "

Methuselah was the oldest man to ever live, being 969 years old. This was thirty-one years short of a millennium.

God was giving man as much time as possible to turn to Him.

The Flood came the year that Methuselah died. This was about 1,656 years after Creation based on some  scholar computations.

The longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah as He does now.

 (1 Peter 3:20)  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

(2 Peter 3:9).  Peter also said that God is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance

When we look at Enoch as well as the other Christians that walked with the lord, you see some same similarities  and characteristics of how they walked.  These were normal people as we are in this day and age.

I want to relay to you some of these characteristics.  Characteristics of the Walk of the Christian

The walk of the Christian is to be characterized by several subjects.  These subjects are very familiar to us, but it's always good to be reminded how we are walking with the Lord

I.  A Changed life- We are to walk in newness of life.

A.  Rom. 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

We should live our everyday lives showing our  resurrected life free from sins control.

 2Co 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.

1.  When a person comes into the vital union with the Risen Saviour, he is a new creation (creature) and perceives Jesus in a new way.  That person is changed.  Jesus changes the man to want to be more Christ like.

II.  Confidence in God-We walk by faith, not sight.

A.  2 Cor 5:6-7  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:

Rom 8:24-25  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?     25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

1.  This is living by faith

III.  With Characteristics of the Comforter- Walk in the Spirit. (That is Live by the Spirit)

A.  Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

How does a Christian live by the Spirit

1.  The Christian must believe that the Spirit of God lives within him, having been sent by God into his heart, or body.   This is faith again.

2.  In every spiritual confrontation, the believer must yield to the Spirit by submitting his own desires to the Spirit of God.

3.  The Christian must depend on the HS for help, enabling him to live a God pleasing life

4.  The believer should anticipate the effects of the HS help in his daily life.

the characteristics of the Comforter

IV.  With Consistency-  Our walk should match our talk.

A.  Ephesians 4:1 Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

1.  To live befitting of the Christian life...ALL THE TIME.  Consistency

Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2.  A consistent life is one that is productive in a growing Christian service.

V.  With Compassion- Walk in love.

A.  Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

1.  John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

2. John 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

3.  Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

This is walking in love.

With Caution-Walk circumspectly. Ephesians 5:15

With Clarification-Walk in the light. 1 John 1:7

With Christ likeness-Walk as the Lord did. 1 John 2:6

With Certainty-Walk in God's truth. Psalm 26:11

With Conscientiousness-Walk in integrity. Psalm 26:11

 

Skyline BC Sun Morn 07-08-2017    Walking With GOD- #2  By Pastor Rick

  Ro 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Intro:  A couple of weeks ago we had started to talk about the walk of the Christian.  We had used Enoch  in the OT as an example of our walk with God and compared his walk with that of the Christian life today.

I.  A Changed life- We are to walk in newness of life.  Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

II.  Confidence in God-We walk by faith, not sight.

Rom 8:24-25  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?     25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

1.  This is living by faith

III.  With Characteristics of the Comforter- Walk in the Spirit. (That is Live by the Spirit)

A.  Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

IV.  With Consistency-  Our walk should match our talk. ALL THE TIME.  Consistency

Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

V.  With Compassion- Walk in love.

A.  Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We know Jesus loves us and we are to love Him with our lives...This is walking in love.

 

As We Continue

I.  With Caution-Walk circumspectly.

A.  Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

1.  That is,  we are to watch carefully how we live our everyday lives for Jesus.  We must keep our standards high, and act wisely.

2.  The worse and more corrupt that the manners of this world are, the more watchful we ought to be in every situation, and give regard to nothing but the will of God.

II.  With Clarification-Walk in the light.

A. 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.

1.  To live free from the bondage of darkness, which is sin.  The believer is not free to do what he wants.  He is only free to do that which is consistent with the character of God, which is walking in the light, and with clarity.

2.  Walking with clarity and being right in your life, shows the light of Christ in your life to others

III.  With Christ likeness-Walk as the Lord did.

A.  1 John 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1.  Of course we can't do what Jesus did, healed the sick raise the dead, and pick out different men for His disciples,,,  BUT

2.  To walk today as Christ did, we must obey His teachings in the Word of God, follow His example of complete obedience to God, and to lovingly serve others. 

3. We should ask, "Am I doing what Jesus would do if He was here today."

4.  We need to be more like Jesus....walk like Christ.

IV.  With Certainty-Walk in God's truth.

A.  Why is walking in truth important?  Here are some areas about truth relating to the Christian that we need to meditate on.

1.  Christ is truth...He is the eternal truth.

a. 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.

1.  Jesus is pure, He is 100% truth 

2.  He says I am the way.  You cannot get to heaven without going through Jesus the truth.

b.   Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

c. What are you saved from????  HELL!  That's the truth.

2.    The Holy Spirit guides into all truth.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

3.  The Word of God is Truth.

a   John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

b.  The Bible, this book, is eternally truth.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The world hates the Bible...Why, because it is pure truth and it's quick and powerful.

c.  We should live by the truth of the Word of God.

4.  The Church, body of Christ, is the pillar of truth.

I Tim 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.

Paul was giving instruction to Timothy.

1. How to act in the house of God, The building or place,

2.  How to act in the body of Christ which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Statement:  When someone asks "what makes you think Jesus and your beliefs are right? 

Let me read something.....

13 ¶ When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

When they ask that question, this is what you tell them...

1.  The truth of Christ says so

2.  The truth of the eternal Word of God says so

3.  The truth of the Holy spirit says so

4.  The truth of the church, body of Christ says so

5.  The way I walk in the truth says so.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Then you ask them...

Wouldn't you like to be saved today, receive Jesus as your Saviour, miss Hell, have this wonderful life, and be a part of the family of God???

Are you saved today?  Are you walking the walk?

 

Skyline BC   Sun Morn  07-16-2017

                                                             The Importance of Exhortation   Hebrews 10:25  By Pastor Rick

Intro:    As Bible believers, we know what time it is prophetically. We live in the last of the last days. Jesus may come today and what a day that will be. I could spend the morning looking at the signs of His coming but that is not the message.  The message is this: we live in times of great disappointment and discouragement. More and more of God's people are becoming distant to the things of God.

1. Old folks are sitting down as if their job is done.

2. Young ones are choosing the ways of the world over the things of God.

3. Churches and pastors are trying to "adjust" their message and ministry to the needs of these brethren but this is not the answer. The message and ministry cannot be compromised to reach those who reject the "faith once delivered."

Then, what is the answer? I believe that it is two-fold:

I.  Continue to lovingly preach the uncompromised message of salvation, sanctification, and service.

A.  Only the Word of God can overcome the trend that is taking place. It must be with longsuffering, love, and purity of doctrine.

II.  Exhorting one another! This command of God is far more important than we realize. I want to look at the word "exhorting" for a few minutes. It is a little understood word. I am not a Greek scholar and do not think that you need the Greek to understand the English Bible that you hold in your hand. With that disclaimer, I want to look at the simple use of the word "exhorting."

A.   "Exhorting" one another!

1.  John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

a.   (The word "Comforter," which is capitalized because of its direct reference to the Holy Ghost, means intercessor and consoler; advocate and comforter.

b.  In Hebrews 10:25, the word "exhorting" means virtually the same as it comes from the same root word. It means to invite, invoke by imploration, exhortation, or consolation; to beseech, call for, comfort, desire, entreat, and to pray.

B.  Here is the "bottom line:" We are to do the work of the Holy Spirit in intercession and exhortation.

1.  God's people are often confused, hurting, and generally dysfunctional!

They are at least six things that can hold the Christian back and cause them to be dysfunctional. They all start with a "B."  I thought this was clever if I do say so myself.

1. Bewitched by sin

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

 Some Christians allow sin to control them to the point they don't know they are in sin

2. Bombarded by the world

 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Christians get so affected by  the world and what it has to offer that  they get their minds and hearts off of Jesus and spiritual things.

It's like we can't see the forest for the trees.

I read a story  along time ago  in High school about the Germans bombing London in WW2.  There were different people giving testimony about how they were in bomb shelters for hours.  They were in the dark, could not see, their minds were so confused that they couldn't even  think straight.  That the bombardment took their minds off everything because they were concentrating on the bombs.

The affects of the world can bombard our hearts and minds off the Lord.

3. Bewildered by circumstances

How many times does our everyday problems take us away from Jesus.  We get so obsessed by our problems it sometimes puts our life in a stste of confusion.  That's what bewildered means.

4. Backstabbed by the brethren

Some Christians are always fighting,  not getting along arguing, trying to make a statement,  always getting offended, playing the blame game, and living with unresolved problems in our churches.

5. And, eventually, Bitter towards the things of God. Spiritual dropouts!

They blame all their problems on the Lord, on the Church, on their Christian friends.

They say  "I'm through  I'm quitting church, I'm going to the mountains where no one can find me I don't want to have anything to do with you Lord....and don't come looking.

Jonah did that,  sad story, but you know the great part of that story???  God was there all the time.

You know what's a real sad???  When you play  hide- and- go- seek. Someone counts to 100, and you take off to go and,   hide and no one comes to find you.

What's heartbreaking,  Christians get so bitter they go hide and they  don't want anyone to find them.

They want to disappear and get away from it all. 

BUT you want to know what's great about that??? 

1.  You can't hide form the Lord. 

2.  He will go with you every where you go.

3.  He will encourage you and comfort you.

A.  You might be a spiritual drop out, but God knows where you are all the time.

WHY?  Because God said He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Heb 13:5

Example:  High school drop-outs ***

F. Satan has done his work well! And many times, with our help! We need the Lord, the church, and each other. Let us look at several ways we can exhort one another:

1. Exhortation In Our Prayer Closets -

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

A.   (This word means to make intercession! One of the greatest things that you can do for me is to love and pray for me. All I can say is pray, pray, and pray some more. I need your prayers and you need the practice.)

B.  Pray for each other. Pray Pray Pray and Love Love Love.  We all need the practice to do this

II. Exhortation In Our Love For One Another -

1 Peter 4:8-9 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

A.   (Love is a characteristic of discipleship. Love in spite of faults and failures; love with the love that the Lord loves you and I with; love with forgiveness and forbearance; love when hurt or maligned by others; love with the love that God placed in your hearts when you got saved. Fervent love: both without ceasing and increasing.)

III. Exhortation In Our Daily Interaction -

 Hebrews 3:12-13 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

A.   (One of the major problems of our day is the lack of interaction of God's people on a daily basis. We work, mix, and mingle with the world without seeing each other from Sunday to Wednesday and back on Sunday again.

B.  In Acts 2, they were with one another on a daily basis, from house to house and in breaking of bread. Spend time with God's people.)

IV.  Exhortation In Our Verbal Communication -

Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

A.   (Most brethren who become offended,  become that way because of what other brethren say.

1.  Sharp words; judgmental words; insensitive words; unnecessary words; cruel words are offensive words.

2.  Be careful "little tongue" how you speak! Keep your words sweet.)

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

A.   (Admonishing means to caution or to reprove gently. Be gentle and loving with the brethren. Keep their sin between them and the Lord, not between them and you.)

V.  Exhortation In Our Faithfulness - Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

A.  (Aha! You thought I had forgotten our text verse! This is not a negative thing but a positive, blessed thing.

1.  Come to church and worship together. Come to church and fellowship with one another.

2.  Don't fuss and fume. Don't criticize or judge one another. Just love one and exhort (come along side of) one another!)

VI.  Exhortation In The Preaching -

2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

A.   (I don't forget  pastors, preachers, and evangelists either!

1.  Reproving and rebuking are an important part of preaching but, without longsuffering, they can become harsh and judgmental.

2.  I have been guilty at times of trying to do the work of the Holy Spirit when preparing and delivering messages. Believers, God's Children are God's heritage!

3.  Truth, preached in a wrong spirit, can do more harm than good because people will turn their ears away-not because of the message but because of the messenger!)

a.  Preachers, Pastors and teachers have to be careful.

Conclusion: Exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching! Jesus may come today so hang in there. It will be worth it all when we see Christ. Then, our fellowship will be perfect in Him.

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

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

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

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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

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

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of  God

 

Skyline BC   Sun Morn  07-23-2017

        The Importance of Exhortation    Hebrews 10:25  By Pastor Rick

Intro:  Last week we started to talk about exhorting one another.  This church, this people is what God has given us  to live in this Christian life.  As a church we need to stick together, really befriend one another, and hangout with each other as often as we can.  We were talking about exhortation in the Christian life...our personal life

1. Exhortation In Our Prayer Closets -

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

A.   (This word means to make intercession! One of the greatest things that you can do for me is to love and pray for me. All I can say is pray, pray, and pray some more. I need your prayers and you need the practice.)

B.  Pray for each other. Pray Pray Pray and Love Love Love.  We all need the practice to do this

C.  There are four different types pf praying that's mentioned here

1.  Supplications - - These are precise requests for specific needs

2.  Prayers - - this is  a general  word describing different kinds of prayer:  confession, adoration, and so on

3.  Intercessions - - Denotes prayers on behalf of others

4.  Giving of Thanks - - refers to prayers of praise, and blessing the Lord.

II. Exhortation In Our Love For One Another -

1 Peter 4:8-9 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

A.   (Love is a characteristic of discipleship.

1.  Love in spite of faults and failures;

2.   Love with the love that the Lord loves you and I with;

3.  Love with forgiveness and forbearance;

4.  Love when you are  hurt or maligned by others;

5.  Love with the love that God placed in your hearts when you got saved. Fervent love: both without ceasing and increasing.)

B.  Hospitality  This word means "being fond of guests" in your home. I.E, Hospitable.

1.  We should show our Christian love by inviting folks over.

III. Exhortation In Our Daily Interaction -

 Hebrews 3:12-13 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

A.   (One of the major problems of our day is the lack of interaction of God's people on a daily basis. We work, mix, and mingle with the world without seeing each other from Sunday to Wednesday and back on Sunday again.

B.  In Acts 2, they were with one another on a daily basis, from house to house and in breaking of bread. Spend time with God's people.)

C.  This connects with the word hospitality.  The idea here is to get together with each other to encourage one another.  Which will strengthen their faith in Christ with the truth from God's Word.  This can help folks to stay focused on Jesus , the church and other, so they won't depart from the Lord or serving Jesus.

1.  This is called encouragement.

IV.  Exhortation In Our Verbal Communication -

Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

A.   (Most brethren who become offended,  become that way because of what other brethren say.

1.  Sharp words; judgmental words; insensitive words; unnecessary words; cruel words are offensive words.

2.  Be careful "little tongue" how you speak! Keep your words sweet.)

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

A.  Be gentle and loving with the brethren. Keep their sin between them and the Lord, not between them and you.)

V.  Exhortation In Our Faithfulness - Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

A.  (Aha! You thought I had forgotten our text verse! This is not a negative thing but a positive, a blessed thing.

1.  Come to church and worship together. Come to church and fellowship with one another.

2.  Don't fuss and fume. Don't criticize or judge one another. Just love one and exhort (come along side of) one another!)

B. V-23    Hold fast the profession of our faith... This is first practicing our Christianity without wavering. Don't let anything to get in the way of our living for the Lord.....THEN

1.  V-24  Let us consider one another.     This is basically honoring each other

2.  Provoke...

a.  Love  Self explanitory

b.  Good works is encouraging for service of the Lord in the church.

V-25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, Don't stay away from church

1.  Like some people do

2.  But exhorting one another:

a.  Just like what we've been talking about all morning

3.  And so much the more

a.  This denotes more of a concentration to exhort

4.  As ye see the day approaching. 

a.   The word day could be referring to Jesus coming back.  The Bible calls it  the day of the Lord.

Let me read these verses to you.

I Thes 4:16-18   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Conclusion: Exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching! Jesus may come today so hang in there. It will be worth it all when we see Christ. Then, our fellowship will be perfect in Him.

Are you saved today?  I don't want to leave here this morning without telling you how you can have Christ in your life.  Jesus loves you and died on the cross for you that you can accept eternal life from Him.

This is not a religion talking...it's the Bible...it's the truth.

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

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

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

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of

 

Skyline BC  Sun Morn  07-30-2017                                                                                              

                                               The Common Salvation   Jude 1-3  By Pastor Rick

Intro:  It is imperative that we understand that salvation is the same for all.  It is a "common salvation." The Book of Jude was one of the epistles written concerning the apostasy both present then and to come.  Everything God has ever created has been attacked by Satan and his people.  Apostasy was already prevalent in Jude's day - almost 2,000 years ago. 

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

The spirit of Antichrist was there and disciples were being drawn away. 

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

B. The very foundation of our faith is now under satanic attack from both without and within.  Jude is all about infiltration!

1.  Not everyone sitting on the pews of churches is saved.

2.  Not everyone sitting on the pews of churches loves the Lord.

3.  Not everyone sitting on the pews of churches loves the Word of God.

C. Before we get very far, I want us to look again at the description of the saved in these opening verses.

1.  True Biblical salvation is indeed "common" to all.

a)  By "common," the Bible is not referring to something cheap or inexpensive.  Salvation is free, not cheap.  It cost God His Son! Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

b)  By "common," the Bible is not referring to something plenteous.

 Matthew 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  (14)  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

2.  If you listen to the voices of "Christendom," you will be completely confused!  There are so many "voices" out there that are clamoring for people's attention.  Radio, Television, the internet, etc. are full of false doctrine and have very little truth.

3.  What changed to create churches full of lost members? 

The answer is very simple: people changed Biblical salvation to fit their own personal experience instead of following God's way of salvation found in the Bible.

a.   I have said that we MUST conform our doctrine to the Bible, not make the Bible conform to our doctrine. 

b.  Now,...  it seems, we have many different ways to heaven instead of one way: God's way  is found in this King James Bible.

4.  Some say that salvation is

1. of works or personal merit;

2.  some say that salvation is a mixture of works or personal merit and faith;

3.  some say that salvation requires water baptism;

4.  some say that salvation requires you to be a member of their church;

5.  some say that salvation can be through Christ or come from Mary;

6.  some say that you must endure to the end in order to be saved;

6.  others, who are correct, say that salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ alone.

D. Truly saved folks have the same characteristics because they are born into the same family.  They have the same genetics or spiritual DNA!

1.  All are called from Sin to Christ!

2.  All are called from Vanity to Purpose!

3.  All are called from Ungodliness to Holiness!

4.  All are called from Dishonor to Honor!

E.  How are we saved?

John 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  (Salvation is a birth!  And, there are no exceptions to the rule!)

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

(The birth is a faith in the finished work of Christ.)

1 Peter 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 (The birth and faith are Bible based!)

Acts 16:30-31  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  (31)  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 

(Repentance and faith are necessary for salvation.  Repentance is turning to Christ

F. All are changed from the old man and conformed to the new man. 

We are all being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. 

Not to be changed and conformed is not to be saved. 

Understand,   that there are varying degrees of obedience among God's children, but all have the Holy Spirit and all have desire.

G. Our Common Salvation is a finished work!  As it is God that begins a good work in us, it is He that performs it in us. 

This is what makes us alike though we are so very different.  It is also what differentiates us from "Christendom."

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

 (The mercy and grace of God are both the spring and fountain of everything that we have or ever hope for.)

H. We all have the same salvation; the same Spirit; the same witness; and the same testimony.

1.  In Our Common Salvation We Find Sanctification - The means of sanctification is Multiplied Mercy (to separate from and to consecrate to) -vs. 1

a. We Are Sanctified Through His Will - John 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

b. We Are Sanctified Through His Word - John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2.  In Our Common Salvation We Find Security - The fruit of our security is Multiplied Peace (to attend to and to take care of) - vs. 1

a. We Are Powerfully Kept - 1 Peter 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

b. We Are Permanently Kept - John 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

c. We Are Perfectly Kept - Jude 1:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy

 

 

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