Skyline Preaching Outlines

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The structure of these outlines are not always gramattically correct.  They come from rough drafts, so the thought content may not be complete.  If you have any questions or comments, e-mail Pastor Rick at rsbrbell@msn.com

 

                                      Skyline BC Sun Morn 05-13-2018 Mother's Day                           

                                                                          The Steadfast Mother   

 

Proverbs 31:26-28  26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.   28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

 

Intro:  When we look at the Bible we see that God honors mothers and women all down through history.  There is a soft spot in the heart of Jesus for women.  In the Bible we see how Jesus shows special love to these mothers and women, so He uses them for examples on how to live, how to serve, and how to love God.

This woman in Proverbs seems to always be an example that a lot of Pastors use.

 

I.  Examples of Godly Mothers:

Sarah     The mother of Isaac

  Gen 21

Hannah  The mother of Samuel

  1Sam 1

Elizabeth  The mother of John the Baptist

  Luke1

Mary   The mother of Jesus

  Lu 1 

Eunice  The mother of Timothy

  2Ti 1:5

 

II.  Examples of other Women that God used.

Rebecca, Rachel, Ruth, Naomi, Rahab, Mary Magdalene, etc

We see in the NT that women were:

Last to stay at the Cross

  Mar 15:47

First at the tomb

  John 20:1

First to proclaim the resurrection

  Mt 28:8

A Preacher to the Jews  Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser:

  Lu 2:37

  Lu 2:38

First to greet Christian Missionaries (Paul and Silas) in Europe

  Ac 16:13

First European convert  Lydia

  Ac 16:13-15

Served in churches

Rom 16:1-2  Eunice  Timothy's mother

Co- laborers in the Ministry

Rom 16   I Tim 5:10

1.  All these women were not perfect.  They made mistakes, because they were just human

But it takes the grace of God to do anything that is right or be anyone for the Lord Jesus

 

III.  Here are some great verses for you mothers and women that you can quote to yourselves, and be strengthened from.

Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 Ro 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am.....

 2Co 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:

 

 A.  What you should do in your life

 Col 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.

 

B.  The wonderful reason God made you

 2Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

 

C.  The wonderful way God gives you access to Him for everyday help.

 Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

 

I.  There are some responsibilities that go with your Christian Lives.

 We learn these things from the women in the Bible, whether you are a Mother or not.

A.  Example of teaching the Scriptures to your children.

1. II Tim 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

2.  His mother Eunice taught him, Why? 

a.   "which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."  

b.  So Timothy would have the knowledge to get saved.

3.  Well what about the Dad, I mean after all isn't he the head of the family, shouldn't he have taught Timothy?  This is what I've heard from mothers over the years.

a.  Tim's father was a Greek and The Bible doesn't say that he was a believer.  Acts 16:1

4.  Eunice took it upon herself to teach Timothy.  She had the example from her Mother, Lois So, she knew it was her responsibility. 

Praise God,  he received Jesus and became a Pastor.

 

5.  **** She didn't give Tim a choice of making the wrong decision about what to believe. 

1.  As our kids were growing up, we realized that they needed help in making decisions:  About Jesus, about life, and about personal relationships.  We tried to give them Godly instruction and we still do.....Why, because until they got old enough to realize that the Devil wants to destroy them, they would mostly make wrong decisions.

And that is the way of a lot of children,  Especially if they are not born again.

2.  Anyway...When they got out on their own they mostly made all their own decisions and some were for spite against us even though they were all born again, but they soon knew that we knew what we were talking about, especially when they made mistakes in their decisions.

3.  And I believe because we trained them with Biblical principles, they are doing okay today...PRAISE GOD for that

 

B.  Scripture teaches to Love your children & love your husbands

 Titus 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

1.  We see that the older women had a responsibility to train the younger mothers, which was probably passed down from their mothers to their daughters.

2.  Children make mistakes, but you need to love them anyway.

a.   They may not be so loveable, but you need to love them anyway.

b.   Jesus doesn't say to love them just when they are good.  He says to love them all the time. 

c.  You also need to pray for your children.

 

3.  Love your husbands:   Here's a command that a lot of women ignore.

You know, I can fly with this one, but I won't.  But I will say this...

a.  I know that some men think that because they are the husbands that they can just boss you around, and treat you like you were a dog, and make you think they have every right. And because you are a godly wife that it is your duty to do whatever they say.

 

b.  Those kind of so-called Christian men are total slime-balls, ( I can say this, because I have seen it, and I have dealt with these kind of men)

1.   And I know it's hard to love them, but more than that, you should pray for them,. that God would do whatever he does best to change that man into a godly man. That could be a seriously scary prayer.

2.  But either way God says to love that man, and  when you do,  that gives God honor and he will honor you and your prayers for your situation.

3.  Mothers, You need to be what you should be in all things in the sight of the Lord Jesus.

 Pr 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.

a.  When you look at yourself ladies, does your family call you blessed?

b.  Does your husband praise you?

1.  Some women think that since she is the Mother that her family should say and treat her that way anyway.

2.  But I'm here to say, the lady in Proverbs was a Godly woman, and she did not put herself first.

3.  She treated her family as God would expect, so in a truth, she gained the respect from her family, and brought glory to God.

4.  This is important to you.

 

II.  You need to have a Good Reputation.  (Women too)

A.  In the church,  the rest of your family, and in the community.

1.  What do people think of you when they look at you?

 

B.  How do you have a good reputation?

1.  Living Godly

2.  Living according to the Word of God

3.  Doing what's right.  And you'll know what that is.

 

III.  You need to have a good personal relationship with Jesus.

A.  This is most of all important

1.  Pro. 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

B.  Without a good relationship with Christ, you will never be what God wants you to be.

1.  You will never accomplish what God wants you to accomplish.

2.  You will never have the peace, grace, mercy, or strength that you so badly need in your life.

3. Jesus Loves you, for what you are.  A child of God if you are born again.

4.  Jesus loves you for what you are.  Even if you are not Born again.

a.  But Jesus wants you in heaven today if you are not a child of God.

Would you like to ask Jesus in your heart today?

 

Christian mother or lady.  If you need to change your life for God,  He  will help you for the asking.

5.  The Bible says come boldly to the throne of grace.

Men, would you like to come down and pray for your wives or mothers.

Now would be a good time.

Are you saved today?  Do you know that if you would die today, you would go to heaven?

The plan of Salvation

 

Rom 3:10    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

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

Rom.  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:

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

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

Rom 10:9, 10, 13    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.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

 

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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Skyline BC

Sun Morn

06-26-2016

                                                   The Bread of Life Discourse

                                                               John 6:31-40

 

 I Cor. 11:23-24    23 ¶ For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

 Intro:  Besides the Bread, when we talk about the blood of Christ, and how precious His blood really is.  The blood of Jesus was never a component of worship, because it was a tool that washed our sins away.  We worship the Saviour which provided his blood that the sins of the whole world would be forgiven, that we would believe in Christ and what He did.  Now we come to the body of Christ, which is exampled as the Bread of Life.  We have communion today.  We are going to partake of elements that represents the body and the blood of Christ.   When we memorializing his death, we are showing that we are in Christ. Our salvation made us partakers of his death burial and resurrection.  We put him on the cross by our sin, but when we received Jesus in our heart, we accepted the payment of that sin by Him dying, being buried, and raising again on the 3rd day.  Rom 6:4

But what does the doctrinal truth of bread of life really mean to us?  I trust when we get done here today, you and I will have a better understanding about these truths.

 

I.  There is a true Bread V-32

  Moses gave you not that bread from heaven.

A.  Our Lord refutes the argument of the Jews, by proving:

1. That it was not Moses, but God, who gave the manna.

2. That this bread was not the true bread, but was merely a type of it.

3. That God had given them now bread infinitely more excellent.

4. That himself is that heavenly nourishment of which he spake, and who was typified by the manna in the desert.

B.  To show that he was the true bread from heaven, he proves two things:

1. That his doctrine was the true nourishment for the soul, and that those who were to be put in possession of the blessings of Christ must come to God by faith.

2. That he would give his body for the life of the world: that as bread is the stuff that supports the natural life of man, so the salvation procured by his death should be that by which the bodies and souls of believers should be preserved unto life eternal.

C.  Jesus Christ is the true bread of Life.  The true bread is for the soul instead of the body. It satisfies the soul's hunger and keeps it alive. The Father gives it by sending the Son, the true bread of Life.

 

II. Christ is the perfect Bread of Life    V-33-34

A.    The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven. He here defines the marks of the true bread:

(1) It comes from heaven;

(2) It bestows life upon the soul and sustains it;

(3) It is for the world, not for a single race.

B.  This pictures the purpose of Christ and Salvation.

(1) It comes from heaven;   This portrays Jesus leaving glory, taking upon himself a fleshly body.

(2) It bestows life upon the soul and sustains it; this portrays what Jesus did in Salvation and how he keeps us sustained by His power. 

a. This looks like eternal security to me.

(3) It is for the world, not for a single race.  God so loved the world...John 3:16

a. Christ dies for all, not just the people that accept Him as Saviour

1.   Lu 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

2.  Who is lost???  The whole world, not just the ones who accepts Him as Saviour.

3.  This is important...  There are some that believe that Jesus just died for the ones that receive Him as Saviour

a. What does that do with John 3:16??? We might as well throw it out of the Bible, because after all some folks don't believe the word world should be in there.

b.  In Heb 10:10   By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

c.  All meaning in Greek. Pas any, every, the whole:--all  any (one), + ever, every (one, way), as many as, thoroughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.

D.  The bread of Life, Jesus Christ, is for all people.  He is the perfect Bread of Life.

 

Now...let's see the...

III. The provision of the Bread of Life V-35

  Ones that comes to Jesus...

A. Shall never hunger.  The word hunger here means to crave, so it means that the person that accepts Jesus will never crave. And in this sense they will never crave anything spiritual.

2.  It's one thing to be hungry, because you haven't eaten for a few hours, but to crave something means that you have an insatiable desire to eat whatever will satisfy that craving.  This is talking about a spiritual hunger.

Example:  Remember the story in Luke 24 after Jesus had arose from the grave, that there were two men walking away from the tomb going to Emmaus that Jesus came upon them and expounded on the scriptures from the time of Moses concerning Himself. 

They didn't know who He was at first, then Jesus opened there eyes of understanding of who He was and then disappeared?  And the Bible says in 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?

3.  What I am getting at is This.  Did you remember before you got saved that there was something inside of you that made you realize you needed something more in your life than what you had.  You didn't know what it as at the time, but you knew you needed something. 

You had this burning inside that let you know you needed something but you couldn't figure it out? 

I mean, you had a good Job and a great car, lots of money, and a house that you had been dreaming about since you were a kid, but you just couldn't figure out what was wrong?....

Then you got saved and the craving and the hunger and the questions all went away, and then you realized that Jesus gave you peace that you couldn't have understood what it was before you accepted Him?

4.  That was the hunger that Jesus took care of when He said..."I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;"

C. Another provision is that we will never thirst.  Jesus is the water of life, and he that believeth on Him shall never thirst.

1.  Example:  The woman at the well.  Jesus meets this woman in John 4 that was getting water from a well. To make a long story short he tells her in V-10 that He is the living water and that if she drank of him that living water, that He would well up eternal life in her

1.  John 4:14   But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

E.  You see people thirst for something and they don't know how to be satisfied.

F. But Jesus made a provision for the whole world with the Bread of Life and Living Water.

John 6:40 says "And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

Jesus is the bread of Life... The True Bread...The Perfect Bread, and the Provider of eternal life. 

Are you saved today?  Have you accepted this bread of life today?

The Plan of Salvation

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

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

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

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

Ro 10:9-13   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.  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, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

 

 

 

Skyline BC

Sun Morn

01-24-2016

                                                  How We Can Be Sifted

                                                          Luke 22:31-38

 

Intro:  Here the disciples just finished the last supper with Jesus and in a little while Jesus will be betrayed with a kiss from Judas Iscariot.  They were also arguing who it was that was going to be the greatest in heaven. The Disciples have no idea what is going to happen in a short few hours, and while the disciples are with the Lord, and  before they get to the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus turns to Peter and begins to foretell Peter's denial.  This is interesting, because we blame Peter because he  left Jesus and denied who he was, but sometimes we deny to whom we belong ourselves.  Anyway, Jesus turns to Peter and tells him that the devil wants to have and to  literally tear up his life.  The Bible says "sift" in V-31, which means to "riddle to pieces."  

I am going to take a our time this morning to give you some areas where the Devil can sift or "riddle" your lives to pieces.

 

I.  He Can Sift Us by Destroying our Testimony

I call this "the I still want to be the cruddy kind of person that the Lord saved me from syndrome."

A.   II Co 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.  We should have a desire to want to live a changed life.

2.   Our testimony as a Child of God is always judged by other Christians and other folks we know and they see how we live our lives.

a.  What do we stay involved in after we get saved?

b.  What do we do after we get saved?

c.  How do we talk after we get saved?

3.  The Devil knows enough about our weaknesses and sinful nature,  and uses that to ruin us.

Examples.  It might be stealing,

It might be drinking,

It might be that you were a habitual liar,

and maybe you had a hard time with your language.

 

What destroys our testimony?

 

II.  He can sift us by making us too busy for the Lord

A.  I call this the "too busy like Martha for the wrong things  Syndrome"

1.  Luke 10:38-42  Turn

B.  Jesus wasn't telling Martha what she was doing was wrong.  He was telling her that what she was doing, she was doing at the wrong time, and what she was doing for the Lord at that time, was not as important to Him as her having some personal time with Him.

C.  Folks, if we don't put Jesus first in our lives, nothing else will work right.  Our jobs, our families, church!!!!!  It will all be messed up.

If the Devil can keep you too busy from being and serving for the cause of Christ, he's gotcha.

1.  Martha was cumbered, because she thought the way she was doing things while Jesus was there was more important than sitting down and listening to Jesus.

She probably wasn't even thinking the importance of the Saviour being there,  she was just doing what she  normally did.

2.  When you look at that you could see that was her life. But Jesus told her What?????

 

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

 Let me talk to you all  about this for a minute.

 

1.  The word careful in this verse means to be anxious

2.  The word troubled in this verse means in this sense means a crowd  that is turbid.

In other words have you walked through a crowd and couldn’t get anywhere fast because  of the crowd was so dense and it was making you frustrated or anxious? ****

3. In your life have you ever been frustrated with the things of your daily living, you feel nothing is working out right?  Your daily or weekly organization stinks???****

4.  What you have is  "I’m too busy like Martha for the wrong things  Syndrome"

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

1.  What is the good part?????  Being with Jesus

2.  This is the scenario. 

1.  You think you are too busy to pray.

2.  You are too busy to read the Bible, or think about your spiritual life.

3.  Then you complain about your day and life is being so lousy.

D.  What is it that we do that takes us away from the Lord?

E.  We sometimes don't even realize that the Devil has anything to do with that at all.  It is his way to sift us and make us worthless.

Example:  Stock Market. Did you know there are orginizations that get paid to make certian stocks go bust and become worthless.  They try and make sure that you will NOT get any benefit from them.

1.  The Devil tries to make  it to where you and I don't get any benefits from our Christian life, or get any benefits from God's promises that He has given us.

Are you too busy for the Lord.  Are your spiritual priorities out of wack?  If  they are, I dare say that the rest of your life is the same way.

 

III.  He Can Sift Us By Taking Away The Joy of Our Salvation and the joy of our Christian Living.

A.  I call this "the everything is a bummer syndrome" or "the keeping ourselves down and defeated syndrome", or "the losing the victory syndrome” or last but not least "the I will never get any better for the Lord syndrome"

 B.  Do you know what the Devil wants to do with you?  He wants to keep you down and defeated.  He wants to make you feel that you are some worthless bum that has made so many mistakes in this Christian life, that "why should you even try anymore?"   

1.  I mean after all, I'm thinking... I have had so many people tell me that "I am not worth anything, I will not become better in my life,  I am a loser, I don't have any friends, no one likes me, my life is so busted up that  nothing will help. No one loves me.

2.  Have you had  thoughts like these.  Has this happened to you.  Have you felt like you were nothing?  That is the Devil talking.

C.  What does the Lord Jesus say about you?

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1.  Jesus says I Love You, You are worth more than life to me, (My Life)You are not a loser, you can be better through me, you can get the victory over life and your problems, you don't have to listen to the devil or anything, or anyone else that tries to make you feel bad.

2.  Jesus says, I give you my joy, my peace, my grace, my mercy, my help, my care, my comfort, my love!!!!!  Why?

1.  "Jesus Loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so."

When you feel unwanted...wants you

When you feel worthless...Jesus made you worth something

When you have lost a victory...There is victory in Jesus

When you feel like you are a loser .....There is no such thing as a loser in Christ

When you feel busted up. Jesus puts you back together in Him.

When you feel you have sunk to an all time low.....Jesus pulls you up from the miry clay.

Jesus love you , He proved that by dying for you so you could live eternally with Him in Heaven.  Are you saved today?  Have you ever accepted Christ as your saviour.

John 3:16. Rom 5:8 But God... Rom 10:13..For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Wouldn't you like to call on Jesus?  Why don't you do it today

 

 

Skyline BC

Sun Morn

05-02-2015

Some things that will change after Salvation

 

 (2 Cor. 5:14-21).  14  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Intro:  Salvation changes a person.  Salvation not only changes a person's eternal destination, but it also changes his earthly disposition. Even though that the change might happen ever so slightly, you will always see a change.

Salvation provides more that just forgiveness of sin and a heavenly home. It provides a new life in Christ and provides a new life disposition in you.

When I was saved, I began to notice many new things that came into my life that I never had before. This proved to me that I was saved for sure.  I didn't want to be around any of my old friends, or do the things I did before I got Born again.  The way I talked changed, the way I thought changed,  and you know what?  Jesus did all this.  He gave me the desire to change, and I began to learn the new life in Christ by my experiences.

Most of all Jesus began to show me His love  and that I needed to learn how to love others with that same kind of love.

 Here are some things that should be true to all believers....

 

I. We have FAITH in the SCRIPTURES.                                                

A.  Salvation comes by believing what God says.  Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

This verse is mostly quoted along side the Salvation experience, but it goes farther than that.  Now that you are saved it takes faith to believe what the Bible says: Such as a 6 day creation, heaven, hell, and Jesus coming again.  We are not accustomed to thinking about these things.  When we go on the journey of the scriptures, we find some amazing facts, and these facts sometimes are hard to believe.  We are more apt to believe them after we accept Christ, because our  faith is strengthened day by day..

1.   1 Cor.   2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

A.  This verse has two points:

1.  The natural man cannot understand or ingest spiritual things.

a.  Example:  Why a Christian prays, or Why he sees a need of salvation in others.  It's foolishness to him, because he doesn't have the spirit of God in him.   2.   He can not understand or ingest the Word of God.  He may understand some simple truths but again he doesn't have the spirit of God in him, so the Holy Spirit will not teach that person like He does Christians, However, the Holy spirit convicts folks of sin and gives enough spiritual truth to show you and I  that we need to believe Jesus is the Saviour.

3.  He is spiritually discerned

a.  There is a difference between one that has a discerning spirit and one that is spiritually discerned.

1.  One that has a discerning Spirit is one that knows how to recognize Godly spiritual principals.  He can discern the Word of God and recognize how to live by it.

2.  One that is spiritually discerned, in this case, is one that cannot understand the basis of Godly principals.  All he knows is worldly principals, because he is a natural man after the things of the world.

3.  So, his discernment is ungodly.

Question:  Can a man that is unsaved have the spiritual means of teaching the Bible?  No!.

He may have the teaching means, but he will not have the spiritual means, so in this sense he cannot teach the Word of God spiritually correct, because he does not have the spiritual means to understand the Word enough to teach it correctly.

I have heard some say that if you are a good teacher, you would be able to teach anything whether saved or not.  Yes, except the Word of God, because he lacks spiritual discernment.  He is spiritually discerned.

B. Faith in the Scriptures means a willingness to obey the Scriptures.

C. Faith in the Scriptures brings answers to man's problems.

 

 

II.   We have Faith in the Gospel

A.  (1 Cor. 15:1-4)  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  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:

1.  This means that you put your very life and soul in the truths of the Gospel of Christ.  What is the Gospel??

a.  The Death, Burial, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the very basis of our salvation, and that we put our complete faith and trust in that.

b.  By the way... the truth of the Gospel is the guarantee that you and I have, that we  will keep our salvation until the day of redemption.

c.  We have faith that the Gospel is true, and God has the power to keep us.

1.****  Our faith does not keep us saved, because our faith is not perfect.  We can have faith that falters.   God's keeping power is what keeps us as a child of God, because we have been adopted into His family, and God does not give up His adopted.

 

III. We have A Confirmation of SALVATION that shows...

A. We have a witness within ourselves.

1.  (1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

B. We have a Witness of the Holy Spirit

1.  (Rom. 8:16). The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

a.  How do we know we are saved???   Something inside me tells me.  That is the witness of the Holy Spirit, which gives you a surety of your faith and salvation.

 1John 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.

1.  We know what the Bible says, but do you know-- that you know --that you know-- that you know, that you are born again?  That witness comes from the heart, it comes from the Holy Spirit, which confirms our salvation.

 

III.  We begin to like being around other Christians-

 (1 John 3:14). We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. We get a new family!

A. We have a desire to seek the company of Christians  Christians gravitate to other Christians (Paul- Acts 9:26). And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

Why?  Because Paul made it a habit of killing Christians or he put them in Jail.  So others were obviously skeptical of Paul getting saved.  How many people have we heard that got born again and we didn't believe it.  Worse than that how many times we didn't want to believe it.  ***

B.  It bothers me the way Christians don't want to get together with other believers in Christ. I have said it before.  It seems that Christians just want to get together when they come to church only, but we show love to one another by having fellowship with other Christians.  We show the love of God when we show that we love each other.  We show that we love each other, when we want to get together with other believers.

I know sometimes we get busy, but there has to be a time that we want to have good Christian fellowship.

 

IV. We begin to have a fear and a  disdain for SIN.

He knows that sin will harm him.   Example

A. Why do you lock your doors? Fear of robbery. Why don't some people drink alcohol.  afraid of becoming an alcoholic, and getting cirrhosis of the liver and dying, like my mother. Why do I stay clear of sin? Because I fear what it can do to me. Before salvation I didn't much think or care about it.

B  (Prov. 14:9). . "Fools make mock of sin"

1. Examples:

a. Dirty jokes

b. T.V. sitcoms  with jokes about drunkenness; drugs; fornication; adultery; homosexuality; etc.)

2. God is not amused. God sees nothing about sin to laugh.

3. Sin is not funny, it is fatal. Sin helps to send people to hell and there is nothing funny about that.

4. Sin cost Christ His life. Nothing funny about Calvary.

 

V. We begin to have A FONDNESS to SERVE - (1 Sam. 12:24).  Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

A sense of indebtedness to do something for the Savior and tell others about what God has done for you.(ILLUS.:)  When was the last time you told someone when and how you got saved?  When was the last time you thought within your heart that you wanted to do something for Jesus?

VI.  We get A FOCUS on the SECOND COMING (Tit. 2:11-13). 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 I have a new focus- Something to look forward to!

ILLUS.- .(Mt. 24:32-33) - Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors"

CONCLUSION: BLESSED HOPE!!!

A better hope than the world could devise;

A bigger hope than the world's biggest prize.

A brighter hope than the world could afford.

The blessed hope is the return of the Lord!

Are you saved today?  Have you seen a change in your life since you got saved?

Skyline BC

Sunday School

07-23-2017

 

                                    The Struggle of the two natures.

                                                    Rom 7:12-25

 

Intro:   This is such a vital part of our Christian lives.  Having to live with  two natures and having to learn how to keep ourselves in check.  But the biggest part is the constant struggle that these natures produce, and the mental anguish that the Devil uses on us to convince us that we are no good.

We see in this section that often the believer doesn't do what should be done and does what shouldn't be done. Why?  The presence of indwelling sin drives wrong behavior.  When the believer desires to do good, he or she has a hard time doing it because of sin influence.  We need help from Christ to deliver us from this influence.

The power of God in a Christians life comes by prayer.  More prayer, more power.  When this struggle becomes too much, we need to go to the Lord to help us in doing right things.

 

There are three things I want to cover.

1. The struggle  7:12-23

2.  The despair  7:24

3.  The Victory  7:25

 

The Struggle

1.   The law is holy just and good.  It expresses God's righteousness.  Sin, not the law produced death.  It shows that we are out of control when it comes to sin and we need Jesus, which is the only way for our help.  These verses are a constant reminder that no Christian is perfect.

Clearly, these verses describe someone that has a struggle within himself.

2.  Explain  V-14.

 For we know that the law is spiritual.  that is, is divine and adapted to our spiritual nature. The law has the characteristics of the spirit, but it is consistent with the character of God

 I am carnal.  This is an autobiographical  description of how Paul was having a struggle in the flesh

Sold under sin.  Though Paul uses the present tense, in order to make the description more vivid, he describes his condition before he became a Christian.

 

3.  How does V-15-17  show a struggle in our lives.

 

4.  Explain this struggle

5.  Give an example of this struggle in you

 

6.  Why does Paul make this statement in V-18

This is like a plea that Paul may be having to  describe the condition of being dominated by sin.

The word flesh is used a few different ways in the scripture.

1.  It's used as a physical body

2.  In this sense he uses it to show the condition to be dominated by sin and sinful actions.

 

a.    A connecting verse.  Gal 5:17   For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 

7.  Go to V-23.   But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members

 

I believe this verse is a most important verse of this section.  It deals with the mind.  Explain this verse

 

1.  The mind is a powerful thing.  We can think about so many things.  In essence we might think that what we are talking about is a mind game.

2.   We can think that we are no good because of the constant struggle to do wrong.  This is an area that the Devil uses to discourage the believer.

3.  Sometimes when we think this way, we say,  Am I even saved?  If I was saved, why am I thinking all these things.

This is why sometimes believers get the idea that they may not be saved, so they go through the motions of getting saved again. 

It's because they don't completely understand the struggle within.  If nothing else, it should make them realize even more that they are saved.

 

There are some religious organizations that teach if you sin you must not be saved, because after all a Christian would not do the bad things they do, or think the negative thoughts they do., that is,  if they really are a Christian.

 

But they deceive people in this area. 

These are the same folks that teach you can lose you salvation because of your sinful actions or thoughts.  They classify sin in degrees.  Where God says the sinful nature is still the sinful nature.

Even though Christ died that we might be released from the power of sin, we are not released from the presence of sin.

 

The Despair  V-24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

 

Explain this verse.

This verse shows that even Paul was defeated in this aea, and he was frustrated.  He refers to this body as the body of death.

 In this sense we can see that he is talking about this sinful nature that he inherited from Adam.  O wretched man that I am...

 

The Victory  V-25   I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

1.  Jesus is the only one that can give us victory over the sinful nature and control of sin. 

2.  He is the only one that can get our minds in control.

Isa 26:3   Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

This is dealing with the mind and thoughts. Imagination is a powerful mind control.

 

Skyline BC

Sunday Morn

12-30-2012

                                         Letting Jesus in the Boat

                                  Matt. 14: 22-33

 

Intro:  Here is the familiar story  of Jesus walking on the water.  And Peter walking on the water, but it really isn't about Peter walking on the water.  We talk a lot about Peter and sometimes get on his case for being the person that he was.    He was just like you and me...he had to deal with his fears, anxieties, difficulties, and trials of the day.  But it's about what Jesus did and what he can do in our lives.  We  Jesus to help us when we get ourselves in a mess, just like Peter needing his help when he started to sink.  But what about the other times when we don't think we  need His help.

The longer I live this Christian life, I realize that we need Him all the time, but we have a hard time allowing Him to work in us.  It's Him that gives us what we need to live happily.  This is nothing new to your ears, but the Biblical truth is important.  Listen to this verse...

 

Philip. 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:

I Thes 1:3-4 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

 

Let's look at this story and see some Biblical truths.

 

I.  Jesus knows where you are in life. V-22

A.  Jesus sent his disciples away from Him, but He knew where they were at all times.

B.  Being on the water represents the Christian's journey of life...the path that we're on.

C.  When Jesus sent them away, he expected them to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.  It was the path that they needed to follow...and they were on their way, but there were some problems...they were being bothered by their circumstances, and it had an effect on their living...

V-24...the storm...the wind....the waves...how do you think they reacted?

 

We’ve talked about this verse before

1. Heb 12:1 ¶   Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2.  Sometimes we have a hard time on our Christian pathway of growth.  We do and go through things that bog us down and we become impatient with ourselves.

Example.

1. Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

 Here are some items that can get us off the path of growth that  Jesus wants us to travel.

Anger. brings on

Wrath.. which causes

Malice. which can cause

Blasphemy ...which  can cause.

Filthy Communication

 

D.  Jesus knows where you are on this path and the trouble we are having, but we see ourselves making mistakes, and we lose patience with ourselves.  The Lord wants us to keep going, he still knows where you and I are. He has not left us. 

 

II.  Jesus knows of our daily living  V-23-24

A.  Jesus went up on the mountain to pray.  Even though Jesus wasn't physically there with His disciples, he knew about the disciples problems.

B.  Sometimes we think that the Lord isn't around because we have problems. what do we do??  Lord where are you...Lord, you said you will never leave me, but what about the problems

1.    Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;...

2.  He knows what we are doing all the time and knows what we need even before we ask. 

Mt 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of,  before ye ask him.

 This deals with our daily living, our situations of life.  He knows what is going to be necessary for us to walk down the path of his will.  Our trials.

He knew that in just a little while that a storm was coming on the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples were going  to be in it.

Jesus knows of our daily living and circumstances.

 

III.  Letting Jesus in  the boat.  V-25-33

A  Jesus was in full control of the whole situation.  We don't know why things happen like they do, but Jesus had a plan  for those men that night.  What did Jesus have in mind when He sent those men to confront that storm.

B. What does Jesus have in mine when we walk through the valley...the storms, the trial, the trouble, the sorrow.

C.  What does Jesus do to get our attention.  To cause us to need Him, to cause us to want His help, comfort, strength, His fellowship.  What does He do to get the fellowship He wants from us?****

1.  We can say "Jesus is here all the time"...But not like He wants.

2.  When was the last time we asked Him to get in the boat with us...to get in the car with us, to invite Him in the room with us..

When did Jesus come to the guys in the boat?

1.  In the middle of the storm

2.  The worse time of night, the fourth watch...3-6 am

Why is this the worse part of the night...because it's the darkest.

3.  V-32.  When Jesus got in the boat...the winds ceased....there was peace

4.  Let me say this...They were still in the boat out in the middle of no-where, on the water,

5.  There is an understanding on the Lords part that He is going to be invited in to our problematic lives.....But we don't. always ask him for help...do we?

D.  Look at this verse V-33   

1.  #1..They came to Him

2.  They worshipped Him

3.  They confessed who He is

E.  When was the last time you and I went to the Lord, because we needed him so badly to run our lives.  The last time we went to Him to worship Him and to beg for His fellowship....to get more of His power, to get more of His  love, to get more of His fullness...

F.  Some people don't think they need to do this.

Some Christians think that they are so spiritual that they don't need to show this kind of need for the Lord.  I am fine they say....They say that this is indignant.

Some say hey I know so much about the Bible, I can quote a thousand verses with my hands tied behind my back....I can do everything on my own.  That is really sad.

If you are here today and say that you don't need Jesus this bad....then you need Jesus this bad.

It's one thing to invite Jesus in your boat, but another to tell Him what you need, to worship Him,  to show your love and adoration for him.  To beg for power in your life.

Jesus received what those men needed to give Him....Adoration and worship.  not because He calmed the winds...but because of who He is.

Is Jesus in your Boat today...Do you worship Him, do you love Him?

 

Are you saved today?

 

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

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

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

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

Ro 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.

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

 

Skyline BC

Sun Morn

04-12-2015

                                                             What Besets Us?

                                                                 Heb 12:1-3

 

Intro:  In this chapter Paul starts with the idea that the Christian life is likened to a foot race.  This isn't a short race, but a race that has some length.  When I was in the Army, during basic training, we had to learn how to run a mile and not quit.  They started us running about an 8th of a mile, and after about a week or so we worked our way up to a mile.  We had to do this in order to graduate from Basic.  Sometimes I would think that this mile was never going to end, and later I found out we would run 3 to 5 miles sometimes.  I used to get so tired and was impatient with running, and wanted to drop out so badly,  but I knew it had to be done for my own good. 

Paul indicates that the Christian life is sometimes like this.

This chapter is a continuation of Ch 11 which is what we call the faith chapter.  We see men of God that lived their life and served God by Faith.  They were Champions for God.   Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, Rahab, and more.  They were witnesses by the way they lived their lives.  We look back and see examples of their faith and how they ran their races in a sense for God.  So what Paul is doing, is showing how we can run this Christian life like the men of faith in Ch 11.  But, Paul brings it to a personal level and talks about what it is that might hinder us from living this life, or running  our race for the Lord, And what we can do about it.

 I want to talk about these things today.  This is a two part message.  This morning I'm going to talk about the things that are messing up the Child of God.  Tonight I will tell you how you can recover and be happy in your Christian life.

 

I.   A cloud of witnesses.

A.  The cloud refers to the many that their experienced lives surrounds or encompasses the Christian realm as a testament to those in that present day.  We use the experience of their lives and the faith they had as an encouragement for our lives.  In a sense we have watched them by the historical facts in the Bible.

1.  As in the Olympics, or any other race, people watched the contestants to see how they ran and they were watching to see if they finished the race.   Like a race, we are watched. and we are watched by The Lord and other Christians.  Also, I believe that the world watches how we live our lives to see if we are real.

2.   In order to be effective in this Christian life, we need to put off things that hinder our Christian living.

3.  What is it that takes us away from serving the Lord, or actually distracts our hearts and minds from being who we need to be.

 

II.  There are three things that are mentioned in V-1

1    Every weight

 Sin that besets us

3   Patience

 

A.  Every weight

1.  These are things in life that slow us down.  These are not inherently  wrong, but are things that hinder us from living for the Lord.  

 

Example:

Environmental circumstances

The hardness of the way.  A rocky road, (not ice cream) bumps in the road.  Where you live, how you live, money, or the lack of.

Your work situation, or lack of work. ***

1.  These things can get your mind off of your Christian living.  You are so engulfed with these difficulties you wont think about your Christian life.

Physical ailments, like always being tired. you are stressed because of something.  If you are like this, it's hard to work on your spiritual life.

I heard someone say "that if you are physically down,  you are mostly spiritually down."

C.  Mental difficulties.  Mental stress,  depression,  self pity, you feel useless,  being critical, or watching the news can get you this way if you are not careful.

D.  Family matters. husband and wife problems, kids, in-laws, outlaws. FRIENDS!!!

 Important!!!!!!  Try not to get involved in family matters outside your immediate family that would cause you to weaken your Christian life.  Especially the ones you can't do anything about or have any control over. 

1.  This will tear you up. Your life can be affected by the way someone else lives, or things that happen to them that stresses you out.

What weighs us down from living correctly for the Lord? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

III.   Sin. 

A.  This kind of sin deals with notable sins. 

B.  The kind that you see in your life that has control over you.  (Besets us)

C.  The kind that ruins your testimony for Jesus.

1.  You can have bad reputation, because of things people see in you or know what you do.

Example:  Someone I knew some time ago

But first let me put in a disclaimer....  I am not perfect and neither are you.  I'll tell you why

I'm saying this in a minute.

This life controlled him..  What controls you?

 

IV.  Run with Patience.

A.  The word patience in this verse  gr )Hoop-om-on-ay which means a cheerful or hopeful

endurance, a patient consistency.

B.  A marathon runner as example...he is steady, consistent in his run, he is being patient that he will finish and he isn't going to slow down, or stop.  He is patient with himself.

C.  God wants us to be patient with our Christian life.

1.  We may stumble or slow down, but don't lose patience with yourself and quit.

2.  Keep your eyes on Jesus

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

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III.  Who are we to look to?  V-2

A.  The author and finisher of our faith, Jesus

1.  Joy was set before Him endured the cross.  He finished His job of providing salvation for the world

2.  He finished His race, didn't quit. never fainted, Why, because of his love for us.

3.  He is the one that started our life race, (author)  and the one that watches us as we go to the finish. (finisher)

4.  He sits down at the right hand or God.  as our advocate when we make mistakes.

 1  John 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

 

 Ro 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

IV.  What are we to do   V-3

A.  Think about what Jesus did for us

1. "... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

B.  How can we help ourselves

1.  Pray

2.  Read the Bible

3.  Be around the encouragement of other Christians

4.  Be an encouragement of others.

a.  You may be going through stuff, but by encouraging others you will be encouraged and strengthened,

and your difficulties won't be so bad.

b.  Jesus will give you what you need to get rid of the weights that so easily besets you.

 

Skyline BC

Sun Morn

06-28-2015

SEEING AS JESUS SEES

Luke 7:36-50 (text: v. 44)

"Simon, Seest thou this woman?"

 

Intro:  Simon, the Pharisee, had seen the what  he calls a sinful woman wash Jesus' feet with her tears. Yes, he had seen her weeping, anointing, wiping, and kissing (v. 39)--but he had not really "seen" her at all. All he could see was uncleanness, sin, a wasted life, a person unworthy of decent folk's company. When we look at someone, how do we see them.

If we see someone drinking.  do we say "Hey that's a no good drunk." 

If we see someone that isn't dressed right do we say "Hey, that's a slob.

If we see a man asking for money on the side of the road do we say "Hey that's a no-good bum.

Jesus saw her differently (1 Sam. 16:7). Tells of how god led Samuel to pick David as the next King of Israel

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

 Jesus wanted Simon to see her differently (v. 44). "Do you really see her, Simon? Do you see what's going on here?" Do you see in her heart?

What problem did Simon have?  Simon's problem was blindness:   Sometimes like a lot of people.

  • He could not see who Jesus was. Jesus proved to be a prophet by reading Simon's thoughts and revealing his needs, But Simon didn't see him as the Saviour.
  • He could not see who he was. He was a sinner too, just like this lady in need of forgiveness.
  • He could not see what Jesus saw in this woman.

 

 

What did Jesus see in her?

I. The WORTH of her SOUL-- A precious soul worth saving.

A. Simon saw no worth in her (v. 39).

B. To Jesus, she was worth the whole world

(Mk. 8:36). For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

1. She had an eternal soul.

2. She had an broken spirit. God values broken people..

a.  Sometimes our lives can get broken,  something happens,  someone says something to us, we do something that almost devastates us.  A death in the family.  A divorce.  Whatever it is that breaks us in two. Even in this Christian life, stuff happens,,,, but!!!!!!!!  God values broken people.

 Ps 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

 

II. The WARMTH of her SACRIFICE--Abounding love for her Lord (v.47).

  1. v.37--Love of giving (ointment)

1.   How do we give. To   the Lord?  What do we give to the Lord

Our Money, Time, Service?   Do we love doing these things? 

  1. v.38--Love of affection (kisses)

1.  How do we show our love to Jesus

C. Love of being forgiven (vs. 40-47).

  1. Do you love being saved?

 

III. The WILLINGNESS of her SERVICE-- (vs. 44-46).

  1. Love is manifested in service.
    1. When we  serve God are we willing to do it?
    2. When we read the Bible, are we willing to do it.
    3.  When we pray are we willing to do that?
    4. When we go to church or have fellowship with others, do we love to do all that?

 

IV. The WITHDRAWAL from her SIN-- Her desire to be done with sin (tears of remorse--v.38).

1.  Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

Yes, she had a messed up life, but the point was, what she was doing showed a separation from all of what she was before she met Jesus. Couldn't Simon see that? No, he could not because he could only see what his self-righteous, smug heart wanted to see.

Are we like Simon? Do we really "see" the people around us at work, in the stores, or even at home? Have we looked beneath the obvious to see precious souls in need of God's saving grace? We should ask ourselves about everyone we meet, "What's going on inside this person? Does he/she know the Lord? How can I serve him/her in a way that will help this precious soul draw closer to the Lord?" Think how differently we would treat people if we saw them all this way. What we need are eyes that really "see." We need to see like Jesus sees.

The Plan of Salvation

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Ro 10:9-13   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.

  1.  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, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Assurance of Salvation: 

 

 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.

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.

 John 10:29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand.

Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Skyline BC

Sunday Morn

03-08-2015                                               

                                              The Heart That God Uses

                                                     I Thess. 5:12-24

 

Intro:  When a person becomes a Christian, we see it is the heart that God works on to help him to grow.  We always preach that a child of God should open his heart to the Holy Spirit.  To be a teachable person from the Word of God.  It is the heart that God goes after of His children to get the job done for the cause of Christ.  So, in that sense, we have to open our hearts and be willing to be used of Him. 

Example:  If our hearts are cold and indifferent for some reason or another, then God can't use us.  That may mean we may have some sin that is blocking God's will for us. 

If our hearts are soft for the Lord and we manifest the love of Christ in our lives, then God can use us to express His love to others.  This may mean that we are close to the Lord.

There are some things in these verses that God shows us on what kind of heart we need to have to be used of Him.

 

I.  A Caring Heart  V-15

A.  This verse shows a contrast between a person that renders evil, and a person that doesn't.  The one that doesn't is one that shows goodness to others.  One that literally cares enough for others that he goes out of his way to do good for them

B.  This shows three things.

1.  You express the love of Christ that He cares for them.

2.  You put others first before yourself.

3.  You are being led of God

C.  An important thing is to care for the family of God.

1.  Gal 6:10   10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

2.  I have always said, "if you haven't learned how to care for the family of God,  How can you care for others around you?.  We need to have a caring heart, so God can use us.

 

 

 

 

 

We need  to have...

II.  A Joyful heart  V-16

A.    Rejoice evermore.

1.  The Christian life is not sullen and sour, but full of joy; so full that the Child of God can even be joyous when all the world seems to frown.   Be always happy; the following of Christ was intended to remove misery. 

The  Christian has a hidden source of joy, a present Savior, a blessed hope.

2.  I Peter 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

a. Even when there is problems we can have help from the Lord Jesus that we can rejoice.

3.  Ever heard the saying, "laughter is good for the soul"  Whenever you laugh it is considered to be caused by an outside stimuli, but joy begins with the soul, and makes the rest of us rejoice.

 God uses a joyful heart.

 

We need to have a...

III.  Prayerful heart.  V-17 Pray without ceasing.

A.  This goes without saying.  We need to keep on praying.

1. Praying is talking to God. 

a.  What would happen if you quit talking to your own father or mother.  You would not have a very good relationship with them, and if you needed their help or blessings, you might be hard pressed to get anything.

1.  Praying without ceasing doesn't just mean to only pray for blessings and stuff, or to only get help for our daily needs. 

2.  It means to have a time where you just sit and talk to the Lord about things.  To bless Him, to thank Him, to adore Him.

Example:  Our kids.  (asking for help, but we also want to just hear from them.)

c.  We need to be a praying person.  Are we that person?

God uses a person with a prayerful heart

 

We need to have a...

IV.  Thankful heart  V-18

A.  There are two things you must know about this verse. These are most important

1.  We are to give thanks for everything 

a.   That is be thankful in every condition, and for every situation, both prosperous and adverse, like being thankful for afflictions.

b.  Why??  because they conform us unto Christ.

B.  Being thankful is in contrast of being greedy.

C.  Being thankful is in contrast of being spoiled.

D.   Being thankful is in contrast of being spoiled, and thinking God and everyone else that you come in contact with owes you a living.

E.  Being thankful is equal to being humble

F.  Being thankful means you recognize God's graciousness and goodness in your life.

G.  Being thankful means you are content with the blessings God has given you.

2.  This is God's will for you and I.

We need to have a thankful heart.

 God uses a thankful heart.

 

We need to have

V.  An Open Heart  V-19-20

A. An open heart is one that does not quench the Spirit of God and he lives by the Word of God and does not hate the prophesying or teachings of the Word of God  V-20

1.  When God is talking to you through the Spirit of God, and you and I know it, we should not ignore His leading.

BTW  Has there ever been a time where you or I don't want to hear the Word of God??  Something that you are hearing that cuts to your heart.

 Heb 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.

Sometimes when the Word of God is preached,  it can cut our hearts in two, and then we begin to dislike the Bible because we can get convicted by the Holy Spirit, and we quench the Spirit

 

Examples:

a.  Invitation after a church service

b.  When God is using someone to counsel you.

1.  We sometimes have a tendency to ignore God's leading.  That is also quenching the Spirit of God  by not reacting to His wooing.

B.  Eph. 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

1.  This is when you again reject the leading of the Holy Spirit.

2.  The word grieve in this sense can be expressed as  to distress; to be sad:--cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow(-ful), be sorry.

a.  Did you know that the Holy Spirit has feelings?  Did you know that God can grieve, get angry, be sorrowful, and have a heavy heart.

3.  When God is trying to conform us into the image of His son and we reject Him,  because we want to live our lives like WE want, and we don't allow God to rule. our hearts...

a.  It quenches the Spirit of God and we can't be used of Him.  We need to have an open heart.

God uses an open heart.

 

We need to have

VI.  A pure Heart.  V-22

A.  Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

a.  Not only are we not to  sin, but we are not even to look like we are sinning.  God doesn't even want us to have the appearance that we might even sin.  In other words "don't even think about sinning."

b.  He says to abstain from all the appearance of evil or sin. ***

 

On the other hand...

1.  We are called to Holiness. Not Holier than thou, but holy

1.  Rom 6:12   Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.     ....Holy

a.   1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We need to have a pure heart

God uses a pure heart

 

We need to have

VII.  A ready heart

A.   1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1.  The word answer means to defend the Biblical beliefs that you have.

2.  Salvation, eternal security, assurance, etc.  Major doctrines of the Bible   A testimony. 

What is your testimony?

  Can you tell someone how to get saved?

B.  Rom 12:1-2   1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.   2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1.  Present your bodies  = Service, which is reasonable

2.  A living sacrifice, Holy, Acceptable to God...What is this?

3.   Be  not conformed... this is not a request it's a command

4.  This way you prove your heart to God by what you do.

God uses a ready heart

 

VIII  An encouraged Heart 

A.  John 14: 1-4 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.

 4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

1.  An encouraged heart knows that heaven is what God has made for us, and it's as if we are already there.

2.  We have a place in heaven, because Jesus has made a place for us, and  it's a mansion.

3.  Besides Jesus making all of creation, there was a time, that was later in time I believe, that he made a place for us individually.

B.   Turn to  I Thes 4:13-18

 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1.  We need to encourage ourselves with the fact that Jesus is coming again.  The rapture.

Christian, what kind of heart do you have?

Caring,  Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful, Open, Pure, & Ready and a encouraged heart

 

Are you saved today?  God  loves you and wants you to be in heaven when you die.

Here is God's plan of Salvation for you

Rom 3:10    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

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

Rom.  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:

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

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

Rom 10:9, 10, 13    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.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

 

 

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