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
06-19-2021
Father's Day
                                                                 Father's Day

            Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

This should be every Father's motto.   "but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. '


Intro:   Father's day sort of takes a back seat to Mother's Day.  
Father's day indicates that you are a Father to children.  
In that sense it also denotes that you have a family.  
I know you can have a family even if you don't have children.  
Either way we see that family is important.

We have a serious job of being a godly father and a godly man.  As far as the young men that might be here, you may not be a Dad yet, but you are going to have the responsibility of being a man, so all this you can learn from.

Some of the things you hear this morning, you may have heard before.
You might turn up your nose and say.  Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
Now you can hear it again.  Guys, we can all take heed to to how the Lord speaks to us this morning.

First of all we see Dad's Responsibility

I.  As A Husband To Your Wife
A.  Love your wife
Eph 5:25   Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
1.  As Christ loved the Church
2.  As Christ gave himself for the church
3.  The union of husband and wife here described is ideally perfect. The tenderest love on one side, and loving obedience on the other.

 Col 3:19   Husbands, love [your] wives, and be not bitter against them.

The word love in both these verses is the same greek word ( agapao ) that is used in 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.

This agapao is the highest form of love that God has for man, so in would seem that God expects us to have that kind of love for our wives in this case.
1.  Some say this is an unconditional love,  But man can't do unconditional, because he is not God and has a sinful nature.
2.  But we should express for our wives  a love that is so full and so much that you can't possibly love her anymore.

1.  What is being bitter mean?
2.  That word bitter in this verse doesn't mean that she made you bitter, but it means that you made yourself bitter over something. 
 In other words you chose to be bitter to her for some reason or another.

3.  The Husband who loves his wife will not be rude, unkind or cruel towards her.

4.  The submission of the wife is evident when the husband is like this.
 A connecting verse

 3.  Eph 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
This verse is not really directed to  Fathers but it is directed to everyone, so we need to practice this as Fathers, and wives too.
a.  This means to your wife as well as others
b.  Just because she is your wife, doesn't give you the right to treat her worse than you do your friends.

B.  Give her honor
1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
1.  Give her honor  (To esteem them in the highest degree)
2.  As unto the weaker vessel
3.  Being heirs together.  You love and live each other together  should be as one  depending on the grace of God.

The idea here guys is that you should depend on God's grace to love her like you should and wives you should be the same way

4.  That your prayers be not hindered Now this is serious****
C.  Men, see how this points to you as the responsible party over your wife when it comes to answered prayer?
1.  You are to love them
2. You are to encourage them
3.  You are to help them   BTW (they are not your slaves)
4.  Pray for her, and pray with her.  Do you pray with her?***

We see Dad's Responsibility...

II.  As A Father
A.  To your Children
Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
1.  Provoke not your children to wrath
a.  The word wrath means not to cause them to engage in anger
Dont' get on their case with cruelty for no reason
2.  Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
a.  This means that you tend to their spiritual life and needs.
You and I are the responsible ones to do this, not your wife.
1.  Teach them the Bible
2.  Help them to live by it
3.  Admonish them to live for the Lord Jesus Christ and do what's right in God's eyes.
4.  Pray for them and with them.  Do you pray with them???***
When our kids were born, we made it our life's prayer that they all would all get saved.
We took them to church, we taught them the Bible, we prayed with them even though they didn't like it.
We did the very best we could to convince them they needed Jesus, but they still had to make the decision.
If our kids never got saved it won't be our fault as much as they would like  to blame us for that... they can't.  ****
They will stand before God and not be able to use that excuse...Ever. 
The questions God will ask them is "What did you do with my Son Jesus?
Why didn't you want to accept Him as your Saviour and be in Heaven with me.

3. Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.
a.  If you do these things for them you will never get to the place where you will discourage their lives.

We see Dad's Responsibility...

III.  As A Godly Man To God the Father
This is important.  If you can't be a godly man before the Heavenly Father, you won't do well in these other areas.  These next few verses explains how.  
Psalm 1:1-3 1   ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 
A.  God is giving instructions and promises to the men of the world, which involves women too.
1.  Blessed is the man.
a.   This means in this verse that you will be happy if you comply to this instruction by God 

1.   Walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly
a.  Don't listen to the ungodly. Be very careful what you listen to.  
b.  They mean well, but they don't have godly wisdom for you or your life.  
c.  Don't take ungodly counsel for a Christian sitiuation.

2.  Nor standeth in the way of sinners, 
a.  Don't sin or hang around folks that are in outright sin.  
b.  People that are ungodly or wicked.
1.  But you might say that Jesus hung around sinners.  Yes He did, but there was a difference.  

  a.  He never did what they did.  He was only a witness to them of who he was.  He is God and he could  handle it.  You and I can't.
2.  You might say that I can be with them and not do what they do.  
a.  Jesus never had a sinful nature to control Him...Be careful

B.   Standing in the way is talking about getting involved in the sin they live in.

3.  Sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
a.  Don't be a gossip
b.  Watch what you say
c.  Don't be one that murmurs
d.  Don't be a backbiter, which is one that detrementally talks about others with intentions on demeaning their character.  (A back stabber)

C.   But His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1.  His delight  This is a person that loves God's Word.  
a.  Back then the law was what they  lived by.  God's commandments.  
b.  This is how they stayed connected to the heavenly Father. 
c.   It wasn't a burden.  It was wonderful to them.  
d.  Living according to God's plan should be a delight to us.

2.  We ought to love God's word when we read it, and live by it.
3.  It should be a delight instead of a bother.

4.  This is also a person that meditates on the Word of God.  One that studies it, and thinks about what he has read.
a.  Have you men ever done that?  Take a portion of scripture and just meditate and think about what it's saying and the truths that it's expressing.
b.  It's sitting right in front of you, but maybe you get too busy. ***

D. You and I as men in the Lord have a responsibilty to ourselves to know our Bible, and  to know how to pray and be close to the Lord.
E.  To have right priorities.

IV.  We see the results of right priorities. 
V-3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
A.  Everything falls into place
1.  Like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
a.    Your Christian life gets solid and firm in the Lord.
2.  That bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
a.    You will bear fruit in your season

b.  Your season is when you are right with God

3.  His leaf also shall not wither; 
a.  You will not die and fall off the tree or vine.  
b.  Your Christian life will not fail
4.   Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 
a.  You will have a prosperous Christian life.
b.   In other words the godly man; is ever taking deeper root growing stronger in the grace he has already received, increasing in heavenly desires, and under the continual influence of the Divine Spirit, forming those purposes from which much fruit to the glory and praise of God shall be produced.

Are you this kind of Father?  Are you this kind of man.  Young man?  Wouldn't you like to be a godly man?
Are you saved today?  Do you know Jesus as your Saviour?

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
03-07-2021

                                                               Psalm 103:10-17

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 
 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 
 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

Intro:  Last week I talked about some of God's wonderful attributes.
1.  He is Merciful
2.  He is gracious
3.  He is slow to anger
4.  He is plenteous in Mercy

This is what He is toward us as His children and it describes the greatness of these attributes. 

I.  The Greatness of God not Dealing us after our sins or iniquities.
V-10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

A. Should the Lord deal with us according to our sins, and reward us according to our iniquities, all our blessings would be taken from us, and His complete wrath woul be upon us.
1.  There wouldn't be any salvation
2.  There wouldn't be any grace, mercy or compassion on us.
3.  None of the things we would have that we talked about last week.

Ezra describes this better. 
Ezra 9:13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; 

I know this is talking a little about the sins of Israel
But as a child of God, He has not utterly cast us down and destroyed us for our sins.
Have you head this statement from folks. 
 "God is continualy punishing me. That's why me life is so bad."
God doesn't make your life so bad
He makes it better.  You are not looking at it the right way.

Our life can be worse if we make bad decisions, or say and do somethings wrong.
He does not deal with us that way.

God does chastize His children we see that in Heb 12.
But like any chastizement god brings it on and He is done.
And we'll know when that happens.  Praise God when He does.

II.  The greatness of His Mercy
V- 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
A Our mind cannot find a comparison  large enough for expressing the abundant mercy of the Lord toward his people.
1.  Ps 57:10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
2.  Ps 36:5  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

 Eph 2:4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
 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.

God has great mercy toward us.  Think about that in your life.

How much mercy do we have andhow much do we show?

III  The greatness of God's removal of sins.
V-12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
This verse shows that God's removal of our sins is never ending.

1.  Isa 43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

The word Blotteth is a cool word.  It means to literally wipe out, get rid of,  never see it anymore.
That's what God does for us.
Isn't that great?
This can also revert back to V-10   He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

IV. The Greatness of God's compassion
V-13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

The word fear in this verse is not the kind of fear that you are scared of God the Father, but that you reverence Him for who he is to you.
He is your loving Father.

The only time I was afraid of my Dad was when he was going to take a belt to me for doing something wrong.
But at the other  times I reverenced him for being my father.

The Lord doesn't want us to be afraid of Him.
He has compassion on us.
He pities us.
The word pity in this verse means God has compassion on us with love.

Turn to..
Luke 7:11-11  And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 
 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God,...

Jesus knew exactly how that lady felt.
1.  She was heart broken
2.  She was empty inside
3.  She was devistated
4.  She could not help herself.

Look back in V-13.  Jesus said to her  WEEP NOT!!!
Why did He say that?
He had compassion with love, and He was going to fix it, and He did.

Folks, I may be talking to someone here today.
Something in your life is causing you to be heart broken.
You might feel empty or devistated.
You don't know what to do.

Want to know how Jesus fixed her problem?
He took her sorrow away.  He fixed her heart.

Listen.. with all the junk we go through in our lives, and sometimes we cant take it.  With all the dissappointments and sorrows we have...
There is one common denominator if you will, that is always there...Jesus.

Lord help me in my life...He will.
Lord help me to feel better about my life.. He will 
Lord help me to feel like I'm worth something..He will 
Lord I need to feel Loved...He will show you that

You know what He says to us...Weep not 
God's love and compassion is great.

Are you saved today.
Are you on your way to heaven.
Do you need someone to pray with you.
Come to Jesus
 

Skyline BC
Sun Morn SS
03-07-2021
                                      II John 1:1-4

Outline:

 I.  Greeting  V-1-3
II.  Praise for past faithfulness V-4
III.  Admonition regarding Deceivers V-5-11
A.  The need for continued love and obedience to God's commands V-5-6
B.  The description of the deceivers V-7
C.  The need for diligence, discernment, and proper response  V-8-11
IV.  Closing and intention to meet soon inperson V-12-13

V-1  The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

The elder. John, unlike Peter and Paul, nowhere in his writings speaks of himself as an apostle. Peter also speaks of himself as an elder. John probably uses the term here, not officially, but in reference to his great age, as the only survivor of the apostles, and perhaps then the only personal disciple of the Lord living. 
According to tradition..it is said that  John lived into his 90's.

The elect lady  has a couple different meanings, but it's probably a lady chosen of God and disatinguished as a chritian, but some say that it is refering to a church , because the word whom is plural meaning more than one.

To love in the truth means
1.  Truly really to love
2.  To love in fashion as a Christian love one another

The truth  which John and others have known is the  combination is the factual knowledge regarding the Word of God, and the personal knowledge of Jesus Christ

V-2  For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

It would seem that John loves the folks he's writing tofor the truth's sake or because of the truth.  
This canbe related to the personal presence of Christ in 
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.

The important truth of this love is shown by the fruit of Spirit of God.
Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, 
This love is connected to one another by the Holy Spirit which resides in the lives of the believer.

V-3  Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 

Grace, mercy, and peace are not  a common phrase he uses much.
But that phrase is probably used in the Christian circles of the day.

God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, 

This shows the equality He has with the Father God.
The phrase Son of the Father is the reference that Jesus is equal with God. In truth and Love.

Some people didn't like that.
John 5:18 
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

But He says in John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Phil 2:5-6  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

This is also one of the contested verses in the NT.
Some say that the word Lord is not in the best manuscripts, so in some revisions  (so-called Bibles) they take the word Lord out.
The ones who wrote those so called Bibles didn't have Jesus as their Lord anyway.

V-4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

John was pleased with the fact hat he found the believers  really walking in the truth of the Word of God, and accordasnce with God's Word and will


V-5  And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  

The emphisis on love is the hallmark of Johns writing.
For instance in Luke the word love only occurs about a dozen time, where in the Gospel of John occurs more that 40 times.

Skyline BC
Sun Morn
03-14-2021
                           Checkup for the Christian
                              II Corinthians 13:5 
      "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Prove yourselves."

Intro:  A man went to his doctor for a checkup. The doctor did a very thorough examination and then asked the nurse to send the man's wife into his office. The doctor said, "I have some very bad news, your husband is very sick. 
The good news is that there is hope. If you will take him home, cook him three hot meals each day and take care of all his needs, he should be recovered in about two months or so."
 "Two Months!" She thought..!!!
The Lady left the doctor's office and went out and got into the car with her husband. 
The man asked, "Well, what did the doctor say?"
The wife looked at her husband and said, "Your gonna' die!"

Only God and I know the true condition of my heart. 
And only God and you know the true condition of your heart. 
And if you leave it up to others to be the judge of your condition, …Your wont do very well.

Some people go to the doctors after they become sick.
Some people go to the doctors to keep from getting sick.
And some people go to the doctors to get even healthier than they are.

An old preacher  was asked by a young man, "Sir, when will I cease to be bothered by the sins of the flesh? 
The preacher replied, "Son, I wouldn't trust myself until I'd been dead for at least 3 or 4 days."

Obviously, the preacher was making a joke, but what he said had a point.
We humans are very sinful and as long as we live we will constantly be surrounded with sin. 

So as Christians we need regular checkups to monitor our condition. (Spiritual Checkups)
 Our church is our  doctor's office The Word of God is our medicine and we should  all come here for  checkups.

We need to examine ourselves...daily

Just as we can decline in physical health, we can also decline in spiritual health… Just like our health can sometimes fail in stages…

-Studies show that a believer slips back into the world by stages:

First stage:

1. Friendship with the world. 
(James 4:4)   Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The word enmity is an interesting word.
In this verse basically it means an opposed hatred.

So in this verse it means you have an oppossed hatred for Godly principles which makes you an enemy of God.

a.  Nothing wrong with an enjoyable  life if it doesn't come at the expense of others or the expense of obeying God.
James is talking to the child of God here.
Where do you and I fit into this?
 
Second Stage:

2. You are  spotted by the world. 
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

In other words the Christian has been influenced by the world enough that it has rubbed off onto him and his life.

Example:  The View on TV.  If you watch it long enough, with all that Godless people and stuff,
I can almost bet you'll start liking it.

Hence, spotted by the influence of the world

The Christian is one who remains true to the Lord and not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.
Where do you and I fit into this?

Stage Three:

3. Loving the world. 
(I John 2:15-17)  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.
 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever

Where does love originate? In the Heart. 
That's also where worldliness originates. 
When we love the world we take on three characteristics: 

I John 2:16 says it well 1Jo 2:16 
For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.


LUST of the flesh -preoccupation with physical desires. 
Lust of the eyes -craving and accumulating things. MATERIALISM
PRIDE of life -obsession with ones status or importance.

4. Conformed to the world. 
(Romans 12:2)   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.

Let's break this verse down 
1.  Be not conformed to this world. The spirit of the world is opposed to that of Christ. Satan is "the Prince of this world"
2.   But be ye transformed. Instead of following the ways of the world, the Christian must be "transformed," changed into a new form of life by the
3.   Renewing of your mind, by having a new spirit, and walking after the Spirit 
4.  That ye may prove 
  a. Demonstrate, show forth.
  1.  What is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Do not copy or fit the mold or behavior of this world.

Someone once said  "When lustful mind  takes control, 
at that moment, God is unreal to us."

Turn to..
Hebrews 3:12-15 
 12 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.
 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

In other words Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you with an evil heart of unbelief that will make you  depart from the living God. 

Speak to each other about these things every day while there is still time. 
We need to be  faithful to the end, trusting God just as we did when we first became Christians.  Heed the Word of  God. 


On the other hand....
-Our Relationship to Jesus Christ, in a similar way, grows by stages:
 How do we begin to grow "in Christ?"

1. We must cultivate friendship with Christ.

 (James 2:23) And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God

Belief brings about Salvation; active obedience demonstrates that our belief is genuine. Cultivate friendships means to WORK ON IT.

2. The friendship will begin to influence our lives. 
(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.

Jesus made the first choice, the hardest choice. 
He (loved us and died for us) 
Praise God that He chose to die for us. 
We make the second choice, to accept or reject. 
Without His choice we would have no choice to make.

3. Our friendship with Christ and our becoming like Him will lead to a deeper love for Christ.
 (I John 4:19)   19 We love him, because he first loved us.

By being loved by Christ this will inturn show us how to love and how to spread love and share love for Jesus first then others.

4. The more we know him the better we love Him, and the better we love Him the more we become like Him. - "conformed to the image of His Son"

 (Romans 8:29)For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 We are conformed in agreement, in harmony, and likeness) as we become more like Christ, and that is why God created us, we begin to discover who we truly are and who God created us to be.

So when we do a self checkup, how do we honestly compare to these things?

We shouldn't have to ask what others think of us and our relationship with Jesus, 
we need to self examine out hearts and lives, so when we look at ourselves, it meets with what God thinks about our lives. 
And we can be satisfied with what we are.

Next time we will talk about what the characteristics of what God's Children are.

But in the meantime we can look and see if we need improvement.
It takes courage to say to the Lord.
"Lord help me to be the way you want."

Can you say "Lord Help Me.
Are you saved today.
Do you know for sure that if you were to die today, you would be in Heaven?
Have you been baptized since being born again.

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.

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                                      II John 1:6-11

Outline:

 I.  Greeting  V-1-3
II.  Praise for past faithfulness V-4
III.  Admonition regarding Deceivers V-5-11
A.  The need for continued love and obedience to God's commands V-5-6
B.  The description of the deceivers V-7
C.  The need for diligence, discernment, and proper response  V-8-11
IV.   V-12-13


                                                II John V-6-11

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
 7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
 10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Intro:  Last week we started in II John.  We talked about
1.   the Elder unto the Elect Lady.
2. Truth and how it indwells us because of salvation and thetruth of God's Word.
3.  And How John finds the folks he's writiting to to be found walking in the truth
4.  And that they should love one another.

This is the Hallmark of John's writing,  love 
He gives a commandment about this, but it's not a new one.

V-5-6 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

1.  Love for Jesus 
2.  Love for one another

In the next section he talks again about the deceivers that are in the world V-7-11

7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

The deceivers were folks that denied that the Son of God that really took on human flesh. 
Those who pretend to be religious teachers, and yet do not believe that Jesus Christ has come into the world and redeemed us unto God by his blood, are deceivers. 
Whatever love they may profess towards God or men, they are opposers of Christ and the great interest of his kingdom.

They attack the very root of Christianity.
John says they are decievers and an Anti Christ.
John talked about this back in I John 2:18-27 and 4:1-6

We know today that there are religions that are this way.
And we have to be careful what we listen or read about in what they teach.

V-8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Here John includes himself in what he is writing by putting in the word we.
But the word youreselves points to a singular (you) and a plural statement.
The idea, whomever is reading, should be pointing to themselves with the idea that would show that it is dangerous for any believer to follow  teachings that's contrary to the Word of God.

So it would show  they would recieve the full reward of the knowledge of the truth.

V-9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

This verse relates to what John has said already back in
 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

1.  Whosoever transgresseth, is a unsaved person 
2.  That abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,
3.  And Hath not God
4.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ
5.  He hath both the Father and the Son.

In this he is showing  that you cannot have one without the other. Jesus and God the Father are equal.

Most people of that day just believed in God the Father as their God, and did not connect Jesus as God and Saviour.
People do the same today.
That is why the world now believes in religions and not Christ.

V-10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

So John comes right out and makes this statement

 If there come . . . and bring not this doctrine. 
That of Christ. If he be a deceiver, an opposer of Christ, one who denies that "Jesus Christ came in the flesh." 
 
  Receive him not into your house. Do not recognize him as a brother and extend to him a brotherly welcome. He is not to be fellowshipped. 
 
  Neither bid him God speed. Give him no encouragement in his work of destruction. To give him greetings is to wish for his success.

Connecting verse:

Gal 1: 8-9  8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

V-11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

This is harsh..

Biddeth him God speed; if one aid or encourage another in sinning, he becomes partaker of these untruths 
Those teachers who reject the great truths taught by Christ and his apostles, 
1.  Of his divinity, 
2.   The incarnation,
3.   The atonement; 
4.    Of justification by faith in Him,
5.   Regeneration by the Spirit of God, 
6.   And the necessity of perseverance in holiness are not of God,  
 7.  And not to be received: 
No such attention should be paid to them as will aid or encourage them in the propagation of their un- Biblical teachings.
I used to say God bless you to the Mormons and the Jw's.
We are not even to do that.

The last section Closing and intention to meet soon inperson
V-12-13   12  Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 
 13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

 Having many things. Though many more things occurred that he wished to write about, he hopes soon to see her and speak face to face.
 

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                                                   Saved And Loving It!
                                                      Philippians 3:7-11

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
1 1 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Intro:  As the great Apostle Paul writes to the believers at Philippi, he is imprisoned.  
The Book of Philippians is often called "Jailhouse Joy."

 The key verse of the book is (Philippians 4:4)   "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." 
Circumstances are not to dictate our joy or rejoicing; our joy and rejoicing are despite our trials of life.

 God wants His children, You and Me, to be happy people.  So often, when telling people this, they give the impression of experiencing that of a mother giving their children a dose of Castor Oil! 

 Paul said, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice."  
The second "Rejoice" is also capitalized because it is an exclamatory one-word sentence.

  REJOICE!

As  Paul exhorts God's children he encourages them to love life; 

I.  To love living for Christ; to look forward to being with Christ! 
Our greatest joy in life will be found in Christ Jesus.

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Philippians 1:20-23  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  
(21)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  
(22)  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  
(23)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

To know for sure that you are in Christ: Look Back at Verse 9 - "be found in Him" 
 Faith and not of works.  
Our spiritual life is based upon our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 1:1-5  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  The same was in the beginning with God.  
(3)  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  
(4)  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  
(5)  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

I Corinthians 3:10-12  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  
(11)  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

 These verses are talking about a relationship with Him

How deep is your relationship with Jesus?  Think about this.

II.  To grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ: 
Verse 10 - "That I may know Him" 
A.   Do not stay a babe in Christ.
1.  II Peter 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

2.  Ephesians 4:14-15  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  (15)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 
III.  To have experienced the change that comes through Christ:   
Verse 10 - "the power of His resurrection" 

II Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
 I know that we hear this verse often but what a blessing to have experienced it.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

IV.  To suffer with Christ and for Christ: 
Verse 10 - "the fellowship of His sufferings"

IITimothy 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

II Timothy 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

V.  To daily die for Christ: 
Verse 10 - "being made conformable unto His death"  
As He gave all for us, may our lives reflect Him.  To be like Him.

1 Corinthians 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

I Corinthians 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 VI.  To ultimately be with Him: 
Verse 11 - "the resurrection of the dead"  
Then we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is!  
Finally, home!

 
Colossians 3:1-4  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  
(2)  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  
(3)  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  
(4)  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

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                                            III John 1-8 #1 

1  The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 
 3  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
 7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. 

SUMMARY OF III JOHN: 
Gaius Commended. His Hospitality. His Treatment of Visiting Brethren. The Wicked Conduct of Diotrephes. The Good Report of Demetrius. Benediction. 

1  The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

John does a greeting as he did in II John.  He greeted an elect lady and her children, but now he talks about a person by name which was Gaius.

Gaius who is well beloved of John was mentioned a few times in the NT.

Acts 19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

Gaius is also mentioned in Ch 20:4 as part of Paul's fellow travelers

In Rom 16:23, he was named by Paul as his host and his gracious hospitality.

Paul mentions Gaius as one of the ones he has Baptized in Cor 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

So Gaius has been around in the scene a lot of years up to the point here where John mentions him as a fellow christian in the truth.

V-2-3  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
 3.  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

John makes a comment to him that wishes  his health would be as good as his spiritual life.
The word wishes in this verse basically means he has prayed for him about his health, that it would be as good as his spiritual life.

So John was really commending him about his Christian walk and his growth.
That his testemony for Jesus was really good
When someone looks at us would they be able to see or testify of our growth  in our lives.

V-4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

He calls him as others little children, through out these last few books.
I believe these were  ones that he may have led to Christ personally.

He was glad to hear that they were all walking in the truth of the Gospel.

If you ever led someone to Jesus and they got saved, I know you must have a close concern about their spiritual welfare,  
and follow their lives intently as they grow in the Lord.

V-5-6   5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;


 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 

 

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                                                BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH UNTO THEE!
                                                                       Mark 11:1-11

Intro:   We have reached a pivotal point in the book of Mark. Jesus is on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem. Jesus has been here many times, in fact, He has been in the city below many times. When He descends from the Mount of Olives on this day, He will be setting into motion certain events that will climax with His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.

        The events we are looking at today took place sometime on a Sunday. 
Before the sun sets the next Friday, Jesus will have been crucified and buried. 
Before the sun rises on the next Sunday morning, Jesus will have conquered death, hell and the grave by resurrecting from the dead. 
The events of this day mark the beginning of our Lord's Passion Week.

        Up to this point in the ministry of Jesus, He had always told His men to keep quiet about His identity. 
Often, when Jesus healed people, He would tell them to go their way and to keep quiet about what had happened to them, Mark 7:36; 8:30; 9:9; Luke 8:56. 
Now, there is a change in the Lord's strategy. On this day, Jesus begins to draw attention to Himself. 
Why? He does so because He is about to fulfill an ancient prophecy. He does so because He is about to present Himself to the nation of Israel as their King.

        Hundreds of years earlier, the prophet Zachariah 9:9 penned these words, 
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass," 
 Jesus is about to fulfill that prophecy in detail.

        I would like for us to examine this passage together today. I believe that there are some precious truths that can be gleaned from this moment in our Savior's life. 
 I would like to talk to you about this King. I want you to see The Person Of This King; The Presentation Of This King and The Purpose Of This King.

 

  I.   THE PERSON  OF THIS KING      V- 1-6 
                   
A.   As we watch the Lord in action in these verses, we are allowed to catch a glimpse of His glory. Imagine the scene if you will.

        It is early in the morning and Jesus is making preparations to go to Jerusalem. He is moving through two little villages near the top of the mountain. He is in Bethphage, which means "House of Unripe Figs" and Bethany, which means "House of Dates". 

Jesus had some dear friends at Bethany, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, with whom He stayed during His last days on earth. In fact, Jesus  performed one of His most outstanding miracles when He raised Lazarus from the dead, John 11.

        Now, Jesus stands on the top of the Mount of Olives, preparing to descend into the city below. From the top of that mountain, which stands some 2,600 feet above sea level, Jesus could see the beautiful city spread out before Him.

        Keep in mind that these events occurred during the week leading up to the Passover. Historians tell us that the population of Jerusalem was around 80,000 at this time. 

During the Passover, between two and three million people would crowd into the city for the celebration. 
The people came in anticipation; they were looking for God to do something while they were there. God would do His greatest work of all during this Passover, but most people would miss it altogether.

        Jesus chose this moment to reveal Himself the nation of Israel. He chose this moment to let Israel know that their King had arrived. 

A.  His Personality -The Context - Jesus sends two of His disciples to a village to get a young donkey colt.
 He tells them exactly where they will find it and what the people standing around will say to them.

 He even gives them some details about the animal. When His men go out to complete this assignment, they find that everything is just as Jesus said it would be.

        How did Jesus know this? Some writers suggest that Jesus had already been to the owners of this little donkey and arranged for the use of the animal. 
They believe Jesus set this up before hand. 
I suppose they believe Jesus set things up with that fish that Peter caught with the tax money in its mouth, Matt. 17:27.

        Well, He did set it up, but not physically. He set it up in His sovereignty! 
These events remind us that Jesus is God and that He is in control of all things, Eph. 1:11; Isa. 46:10-11! 
That encourages me! So, these verses prove that Jesus is God!

 (Note: Which two disciples went after the donkey?
 The Bible doesn't say! 
You see, it doesn't matter who does what as long as the Lord is glorified!

        I wonder if those two men complained about their assignment. If they were Baptists they did. I can hear them now, "Can you believe this? After all we've done for Him; Jesus picked us for this dirty assignment."
 They didn't realize that they were the instruments He would use to fulfill prophecy.
 They were doing something far bigger then they could see.

 When we are involved in the Lord's work, we are involved in big business!)

B.  His Power - These verses also demonstrate the power and authority of our Lord.
 Notice what Jesus says in verse 3. He says, "Say ye that the Lord hath need of Him." 
Jesus called Himself "Lord"! That is a statement of His authority and of His power in this situation.

        I would just remind you that He is still "Lord" today. He still possesses all authority, whether men recognize Him and bow to Him or not.
 There will come a day when they will, Phil 2:9-11. 

There will come a day when you will! Why not do it today when bowing to Jesus can result in your salvation?

Jesus was well known in these villages. He had, after all, just raised Lazarus from the dead. He was a local celebrity. When the owners heard that it was the Lord Jesus Who wanted the colt, they immediately sent it to Him.)

 Look at that statement in verse 3. "The Lord hath need of him."
 That is an amazing statement! When did God ever "need" anything? 
But, that was the paradox of our Lord's earthly life. He was rich, yet He became poor, 2 Cor. 8:9.

  He owned all things, yet He possessed nothing.
 He created the stars, yet He had nowhere to lay His Own head, Matt. 8:20

  He fashioned everything  out of nothing, yet He had to borrow a boat from which to preach His Gospel.

·         He created every drop of water that exists in the world, yet He cried "I thirst" as He was dying on the cross, John 19:28.

·         He created every tree, but He died on a borrowed cross.

·         He created every rock, but He had to borrow a tomb in which to be buried.

·         He used the clouds as His chariots, Psa. 104:3, yet He had to borrow a donkey to ride into town.

·That is the paradox of His life!

He was rich, yet made Himself poor so that those who believe on Him might enjoy His riches!)


Look at this donkey. The Lord needed that donkey to fulfill His mission here on earth. 
Isn't that amazing? Jesus is God and He could have done this anyway He chose to, but He chose to use that little donkey.

        By the way, He is still using little donkeys to get His work done on earth. He uses the likes of you and me. 
He could have assigned the task to angels, but He chooses to work through human instruments. 
I am glad to be a part of the Lord business. I am glad He can use a little donkey like me!

        Let me mention a few important facts about this donkey before we leave him behind.

        The Lord could save sinners and accomplish His work on earth just fine without us. 
Yet, He chooses to use frail, human instruments for His glory. When we are like that donkey, He can use us too.)

 
 II.   THE PRESENTATION OF THIS KING    V. 7-10
A.   The disciples go and get the donkey. They return to Jesus and put their outer garments over the beast in place of a saddle. 
Jesus climbs on the donkey's back and starts down the mountain. (Ill. The fact that the animal Jesus is riding has never been broken is a miracle in itself. 

The King of Israel is about to present Himself to the nation.

A.  He Is The Lowly One - As I mentioned earlier, Jesus is fulfilling the ancient prophecy of Zech. 9:9. 
Part of that prophecy says that the Messiah will be "lowly". 

That is what we see here. We see a humble Man on the back of a humble beast, making a humble declaration of His identity.

        Imagine this procession. Jesus is on a donkey and He is surrounded by throngs of common people. It was, as one writer said, a "procession of paupers". The people are waving palm branches and not swords. He is sitting on old coats and not a saddle. He is riding a little donkey and not a mighty stallion. He is surrounded by a ragtag rabble and not by strong soldiers. The Roman soldiers who saw this parade must have laughed at this Man Who would be King of the Jews.

        This little procession was just the beginning! The events that began on this day would one day topple the Roman Empire. 
One day, this lowly King would bring Rome to its knees! By the way, a Roman general could only have a Triumphus if he had killed over 5,000 enemy soldiers in battle.
 Very soon, King Jesus would claim over 8,000 new believers, Acts 2:41; 4:4.)

       B.  He Is The Lofty One - As the crowd descended the slopes of the Mount of Olives, the people are praising the Lord.  In verses 9-10. The word "Hosanna" means "save now". 
It was a cry for the Messiah to deliver His people. It had come to be used as a shout of praise, much like "Hallelujah".

        The people are praising the name of the King, just as the Psalmist predicted they would in Psa. 118:25-26. The people are exalting Jesus as their King, and they are right on the money!

        Mark doesn't relate this, but Luke does. Luke tells us that the Pharisees are upset about this demonstration. They want Jesus to tell His followers to stop their shouting. Jesus tells them that if these people were to hold their peace, the very rocks would cry out, Luke 19:39-41. In other words, prophecy is being fulfilled and the Lord will have His praise. He is going to have praise on the earth!

        Let me just say that as long as the Lord saves sinners and leaves His saints on this earth, there will be some who will praise Him. And, He is worthy to receive that kind of praise! We are commanded to praise Him. We have every reason to praise Him. 
 Shame on us when we can't find the words, the courage and the reasons to praise the Lord! He is still the lofty One and He is still worthy to be praised in the world and especially in His church.

 

III.  THE PURPOSE  OF THE KING V. 11  

(Ill. Jesus went through this procession to fulfill the Word of God, but He had another purpose in what He was doing. In fact, He had a double purpose. Look at what He did.)

A.  To Examine The Town - Mark doesn't mention this, but Luke does, Luke 19:41-44. 
As Jesus neared the city, He saw Jerusalem. He saw their future.

·         He knew that within forty years, the Romans would besiege the town.

·         He knew that over 30,000 Jews would be crucified as the Legions marched toward the city.

·         He knew that the city would hold out for months while the people succumbed by the thousands to disease and starvation.

·         Jesus knew that the Romans would conquer the city and that the Temple and the city would be utterly demolished.

·         He also knew the people would be scattered to the four winds of the earth.

·         He knew all these things and more and Jesus wept over the town.

He makes this statement  Lu 13:34
 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen [doth gather] her brood under [her] wings, and ye would not!


(Note: Have you ever wondered what Jesus sees when He looks at our town? 
We see economic depression. We see people who are good hearted, but who do not care about the things of God. 
We see people with whom we get irritated. 
We see prospects for our church. 
We see friends, neighbors, saints and sinners. 
But, what does Jesus see?

        Jesus sees people who are suffering. 
Jesus sees people who are lost. 
Jesus sees people who are going to Hell. 
Oh, how we need to see the people of our town like Jesus sees them. 
When we do, we will weep over them like He wept over Jerusalem. 
When we weep as He wept, we will be more motivated to take the Gospel to them.
 How do you see the people of this town?)

(Note: What does Jesus see when He comes to our church? He is here today, Matt. 18:20! 
What does He see? Does He see people who come looking for Him, or does He see people just going through the motions? 

Does He see people who are worshiping Him and praising Him, or does He see people just caught up in the rituals?

        What does Jesus see in this church today?
 More importantly, what does Jesus see in your heart? 
Does He see His face reflected back to Him? 
Does He see a heart filled with love with Him?
 Does He see an earnest worshiper?
 Or does He see that you are lost? 
Does He see that you need to come home? 
Does He see that all is not well in your heart? 
What does the Lord Jesus see at Calvary today?

The big question is, do we see Him? He is here, ? but is He being worshiped? Is the King being acknowledged)

 Conc: Zechariah told Israel to be ready. He said, "Thy King cometh unto thee." 
He came to them and they were unprepared for His coming. 
A few received Him, but as a whole, the nation of Israel rejected their King. 
They turned Him away and they crucified Him.

        Did you know that  King Jesus is here right now?

·         He is here to Receive those who will come to Him in faith.

·         He is here to Restore those who will come home.

·         He is here to Refresh those who are weary.

·         He is here to Reward those who are faithful.

·         He is here to Revive those who are hungry for more.

        He is here for you! The question is, what will you do with Him? 
Will you bow before Him, or will you send Him away? 

Are you saved today?
Are you living for Jesus?

 

Skyline BC
Sun Morn 
04-04-2021

                                                                The Resurrection
                                                                John 19:38-20:18

Intro:  The question is often asked, "What makes you sure that your religion is right and all others wrong?"  

1.  Only in Christianity, Jesus Christ-Almighty God Himself-died for man instead of man dying for God!  
The sheep's Shepherd dying for His sheep instead of the sheep dying for their Shepherd. 

2.  Only in Christianity is salvation a "done" deal instead of a "do" deal!  
The believer can add nothing to Calvary in order to be saved: no baptism, no good works, and no self-righteousness.  
All the believer must do is repent and believe!  Jesus Christ paid it all and gives it freely and graciously to all who believe.

3.  Only in Christianity has God died for mankind and took His life up again through the resurrection from the dead. 
 The religious leaders of all other religions died and stayed dead!  Their bones lie where the disciples laid them until our God raises them to stand before Him in judgment at the Great White Throne.

4.  Only in Christianity is the believer's motivation for service based upon love instead of fear!   We do fear God but it is the love of Christ that constrains us while all others serve our of fear.

5.    Only in Christianity does God live in man and man's body becomes the temple of God.  
I have the Holy Ghost living in me establishing communion and leadership.

6.  Only in Christianity is the believer placed in God.  We are not just His subjects, but we are His sons!  Protected, provided for, and preserved for ever with Christ in God.

7.  Only in Christianity is the believer secure for all eternity regardless of fault and failure. 
 We have eternal life and eternal means eternal!  
They shall never perish means they shall never perish!

8.  Only in Christianity is God's heaven a holy place!  
All other religions teach that the reward of their followers is a sensual one: they can have all the things there that God calls sin in our Bible.  
These "former" things will all pass away, and we will live in a perfectly holy environment for ever with a perfectly holy God!

B.  Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, died on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the whole world.  
Your sins, my sins, the drunkard's sins, the drug addict's sins, and every race's sins!  
Christ was placed in a garden tomb and' on the third day, rose victorious over death, hell, and the grave!  
I believe that with all my heart!  I thank God for the resurrection of His Son from the dead.

C.  Without the Resurrection, we would have no hope.  
Without the Resurrection, our service for Christ would be in vain. 
 Without the Resurrection, we would remain in our sins.  
Without the Resurrection, our loved ones who have died would have perished.  
Without the Resurrection, we would die and perish forever.

D.  I thank God that, having not seen, I believe!  
I want to look at some of the things that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from dead does.

I.  The Resurrection separates Christianity from all other religions.  
1 Corinthians 15:3-4  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:  

(As "It is finished" makes Christianity a "done" religion instead of a "do" religion, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ makes Christianity like none other. 
 No other man either rose from the dead or even claimed to do so.)

II.  The Resurrection declares that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  
Romans 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 
 (Mohammed, Confucius, and all other religious leaders are dead and buried.  
Dig where they were buried and you will find the bones still there.  
Go to the Garden Tomb and you will find it as the disciples found it: empty!  
Death has no power over our Lord as He dismissed his spirit and took it up again.  
Jesus Christ is God and Lord of all.)

III.  The resurrection demands a decision concerning salvation.  
John 5:28-29  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  (29)  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 

 Acts 28:24  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  

(Salvation is a choice that every person must make.  Not to do so brings about an eternal damnation. 
 As there is a resurrection unto eternal life, there is also a resurrection unto eternal damnation.)

IV. The Resurrection offers salvation to all who believe.  
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.  

(A heart belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential to salvation.  
Not just knowing about it.  
You can have the knowledge on what the Bible says on how to get saved, but that's not good enough.  You have to give in whith your heart.

*** That's the trouble of some people in churches today. They know and recognize all the Bible verses and Bible stories thay have been taught about salvation.
They say  Yeah yeah yeah, I've heard it before.

Listen, that's the most dangerous place to be in your life.
You are one heartbeat from hell  And you will not be able to blame that on anyone but yourself,
especially when you stand before God right before you are thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity. 
Because of the Resurrection, you are offered the gift of God salvation, througfh Christ Jesus


V.  The Resurrection imparts to the believer a new nature.  
2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  

Colossians 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 

(This resurrection unto salvation imparts a new nature into the believer that changes his or her thinking forever.  I cannot unbelieve that which I have believed and, the older I get, the more I am persuaded.)

Do you see a new nature in yourself?  Do you recognize this new nature in you?
If not you are not born again.

Do you know that you know that you know??

VI. The Resurrection gives the believer life, both in this world and the one to come. 
 John 14:19-20  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  (20)  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 

 (I am alive and soon will be dead but, then, I will be alive forever more: more alive than I have ever been.)

VII. The Resurrection brings about spiritual fellowship.
 Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 
 (Because of the resurrection, I have fellowship with the Lord and also with you.  
You know that you have passed from death to life because you Love and obey the Lord and love one another.)
I John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 

VII.   The Resurrection gives boldness in the face of death. Psalms 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  

Paul says in Philp 1:21 (For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

When I die, He will be there to walk with me through the valley of the shadow of death and I will fear no evil.  
Jesus  has already been there and knows the way.)

VIII.  The Resurrection guarantees an eternal life with Christ.  
I Thessalonians 4:16-17  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:  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. 

 (No more death, sorrow, crying, sickness, curse, or sin.  Forever with Him!)

Conclusion:  The Resurrection gives confidence in our preaching. 
 I preach Christ!  The only way to heaven and the only One to live for while we'er here.  
I am glad that He died for the sins of the world, and for me, was buried, rose again, and is coming back just like He said!

Are you saved today?
Are you sure you are?

I want to go back to the verses in Romans 

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
Wed Eve Bible Study
04-07-2021

                                                           THE PATTERN FOR PRAYER 
                                                                         Matt. 6:9-13  
                                                                           Luke 11:1-4                                                 
PRAYER IS ABOUT RESTING
PRAYER IS ABOUT REQUESTING
PRAYER IS ABOUT RELEASING


Series Introduction: Please take your Bibles and turn to Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4.  
In this passage, we  find our Lord teaching on prayer.  The disciples come to Jesus, as He is praying, desiring to be taught about prayer.  
Evidently, they had seen something in the prayer life of Jesus that they wanted in their own prayer life.  
Their request is revealing.  They said, "Lord, teach us to pray."  Their request is two-fold. 
 First, they wanted to know how to pray and talk to God as Jesus Himself did. 
 Secondly, they desired a burden to pray. 
 They saw the priority prayer held in the lord's life and they desired to be gripped by the same passion for communion with the heavenly Father.

 Jesus gives them the framework for praying that accomplishes both goals.  

You see, this prayer is not a prayer to be memorized and quoted as many do, but it is a framework around which we are to build our own prayers.  

We will talk more about this in a minute.

It is a pattern, or a template from which we can build the structure of our own prayers.  So, it teaches us how we should pray.

      As we pray, according to this pattern, God will hear our prayers and He will answer them for His glory.  
As we pray, the answers to prayer and the communion we experience with God in prayer serves as a catalyst to a deeper and stronger prayer life.  
Thus, this model prayer teaches us both how to pray and to pray.

      Over the next several weeks, I want to take this pattern for prayer and dissect it phrase by phrase.  
As each of these phrases is preached, it will become clear that even though the smallest child can understand the basic message of this prayer.

What I hope we can take away from this series is a deeper and greater burden for prayer in our own lives.  
Therefore, I challenge you to take each phrase  and make it your goal to incorporate that phrase into your prayer life every day.  

If we will do that faithfully, we will be praying prayers built upon the pattern for prayer.  
We will be praying prayers that God will hear and that He will answer because they will be prayers that are prayed within the parameters of His perfect will.

Intro:  This passage is often referred to as the Lord's Prayer.  
In reality, it is the Disciple's Prayer.  
It was given to them as a pattern for them to follow when they prayed.  
Therefore, we could rightly call this prayer the Model Prayer.  

This prayer is often wrongly used, however.  
We are not to just mindlessly repeat it from  memory, but we are to use it as a framework upon which we can build a prayer life that is offered to God, heard and answered by Him, and one that glorifies His Name. 

This all going to be basic stuff for the Child of God, and some of you will say, I know the Lord's prayer.
When we get done you'll know more about it and will be able to teach others.
Also I believe as we go through this, it will help you to be better in prayer.
If you think you know it all about prayer and don't need anymore encouragement, you are wrong.

I         OUR PRAYERS SHOULD  intially be to the heavenly Father   V-9-10 

A.  v. 9a  WHO?  Our Father which art in heaven,

            1.  Father - Implies a relationship.
  
(  Later we will talk about praying to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit)  
But we are talking about God the Father here.

We know that the new birth is required for   answered prayer - 
John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

            2.  Our - Speaks of the community of faith.  
Our prayer life should  encompass the entire family of God.
  
Too often, we are guilty of selfish praying!
 (Ill. Me and my needs first and only! -  But tghat is important too.
Phil. 2:4!)  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 

That's why we pray for one another

B.  v. 9b  WHERE? - Heaven!  Speaks of God's position as Sovereign.  
He is on Heaven's throne and is worthy of our faith.  
He is an able God!  Faithlessness has no place in our prayer lives -

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

C.  v. 9c  Hallowed be thy name.
(2 things to remember as we come before His presence!)

1.  Hallowed - Reminds us of His holiness.  God is a holy God and must be approached in fear and reverence! 
 (Ill. Isaiah - Isa. 6:5;   Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips

We are not to be scared of Him but we should reverence and respect  Him because He is our heavenly Father

  To truly hallow His name means that we see Him as Lord over all.  

When His name is hallowed, we can never say, "No, Lord!" we can never say,  "Not me Lord!"  The only word that fits with Lord is "Yes, Lord!"  

To Hallow God, we simply ascribe to Him the honor and glory and majesty that is and has always been His.  We become engaged in the praise of His Person - 

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

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

 We can see two things here

1.  Thy Kingdom Come -  This is a three-fold request:

a.  A Request For Jesus To Return To The Earth - The word "kingdom" does not refer to a geographic location, but to dominion and sovereignty. 
 When we pray "Thy Kingdom Come," we are praying for Christ's rule upon the earth. 
This coming Kingdom points ahead to the time when Jesus will rule and reign upon the earth in perfect glory, peace and righteousness - 

b.  This Is A Personal Request - We are literally praying for the Kingdom of God to be realized in our own lives.  
If you are saved, the Kingdom of God is in you - 
Luke 17:21. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 

 Simply put, when we pray this prayer, we are asking Jesus to have supreme rule in our lives.  
This is a hard thing for a Christian sometimes.

 He must have the key to every room in our lives! That is, He not we, must be in absolute control of our lives!)

c.  This Is An Evangelistic Request - As we are yielded to God and He is ruling and reigning in our lives, we can play a part in bringing others to Him.  

You see, another way God's Kingdom is brought to the earth is when a new soul is brought to Him through salvation.   
Therefore, when we pray for the lost, we are praying for God's Kingdom to expand in the earth!  
We are to pray evangelistically -  Turn To:
1 Tim. 2:1-4! 
1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 
 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 When we pray as we ought, we a focused on seeking the Kingdom of Almighty God.

2.  Thy Will Be Done - as it is (done) in Heaven. These two phrases are connected.  
This phrase is also telling us to place God's will top priority in our lives. 
 It is the prayer prayed in the will of God that receives the answer of God -  The key is to be lost in His will!

I want to side step here and talk about personal prayer.
We will talk more about this later in the study.

Personal Prayer  *****

 1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

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

This is personal prayer from you to Him alone about your situations.
Or just thanking and praising Him for everything. OR maybe you just want to vent.
This is the most important kind of prayer.  ****

This is prayer time that you are doing on your own when no one is telling you how or when to pray.
I have heard people say that if you don't spend hours a day or hours in a week, or pray like Daniel did several times a day, then you prayer life is lousy and you are not right with God.

 Lu 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Turn to....Read
Starting in V-14
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Mr 9: 14-24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

That's as personal as it gets.

I hope whe we get done with this we all will have a better understanding about our own prayer life.

Skyline BC
Sun Morn
04-11-2021

                                                 The Bible: God's Perfect Word -                                                              
                                     THE PERFECTION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

2 Timothy 3:16-17       16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

Series Intro: One of the basic fundementals of the faith is that  we believe the Bible.  
We believe in the God of the Bible; the Christ of the Bible; the plan of salvation revealed in the Bible; and everything else written in the Bible. 
To a finer point, I believe the King James Version of the Bible to be the very preserved Word of God in the English language. 

The Bible is the very Word of God that is our instruction book in living our Christian life.
 
      We hold up our Bibles and we say, "This book is the Word of God!  I believe it is true from cover to cover.  It is without error and it is absolutely perfect." 

I believe that too, but I fear that many do not know why they believe that.
 Friends, everything we believe either stands or falls on the accuracy of the Bible.  
Therefore, it is imperative that we know why we believe what we believe about the Bible.

      I would like to take the next few weeks  and preach on a series entitled The Bible: God's Perfect Word. 
 I would like for us to consider the doctrine of "Bibliology".  
That is a word that means "The study of the Bible." 

I think it would be good for us to get to know our Bibles better.  
We need to know where it came from; why it can be trusted and why it carries ultimate divine authority.  

So, hope you brought your Bibles to church and be ready to follow with me as we study The Bible: God's Perfect Word.

 

Sermon Intro:  A good word that describes the Bible is the word "unique".  
The dictionary defines the word "unique" as follows, 
"1. only one: being the only one of its kind 
2. better than others: superior to all others 
3. unusual: different from others in a way that makes something worthy of note."  

It is the only book of its kind in existence!  I want to share the unique features with you today.

·        The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years

·        The Bible was written by over 40 different authors (Among them were kings, military leaders, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, tax collectors, poets, statesmen, musicians, scholars and shepherds.)

·        The Bible was written in many different places, at many different times and by people experiencing many different moods.

·        The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.

·        The Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.

·        The Bible is written with many different literary styles: Prose, poetry, historical narrative, romance, law, biography, parable, allegory and prophecy.

·        The Bible addresses hundreds of difficult issues without a single contradiction.

·        The Bible is a book of great diversity, yet, in spite of this, it is a single continuous story,           without ever contradicting itself.

·        The Bible has for its main character God Himself, made known through the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Yes, the Bible is a unique book!  But, this uniqueness was not accidental, it was purposeful.

  How can this be?  The Bible achieves its uniqueness through a process known as Inspiration.  
 Our text, verse 16, says that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". 
 The word "inspiration" literally means "God breathed". 

      If God has given His Word, delivered by His very breath, then it stands to reason that the scripture He has given us is absolutely perfect. 

  I.  THE PROCESS OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

(Ill. What process did God use to get His Word into the hands and hearts of men?  There are three terms that must be addressed as we deal with this matter of Inspiration.)

A.  Revelation - The first step in getting the word of God on paper is the process known as revelation.  
This is the process whereby a man hears from the Lord just what the Lord wants written down.  
At varying times, God used varying means to give His revelation to men.

·        He spoke through angels -  Luke 1-2; When they announced the birth of  John the Baptist and the birth of Christ

·        He spoke through an audible voice -  Like He did in Gen. 3:9-19;

·        He spoke in a still, small voice - 1 Kings 19:11-12

·        He spoke through nature - Psalm 19

·        He spoke through animals - Num. 22:28 Like when the Donkey was talking to Balaam

·        He spoke in dreams - Like when He spoke to Joseph in Matt. 2:19-22

·        He spoke through visions -  Like He did with Paul  in Acts 16

·        He spoke through Christophanies - Like He did when He appeared to Abraham in Gen. 18:1-33; 

A Christophiny  is this.  Since God is a spirit he took upon a physical form to talk to Abraham when he was at Mamre.  
He was going to tell Ab that they were going to eventually have a son, and that He was going to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah and the citues of the plain.
Since Jesus was going to be the physical form of God in the flesh, God used a bodily form and they call this a Christiphony.  This is a theological term.

 Anyway, we do not know the exact process by which God spoke to the original authors, but we have God's Word on the fact that He did, 2 Pet. 1:21, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."  

So, revelation is God telling a man what He wants written down.

B.  Inspiration - The second step in the process is inspiration.  
This is man writing on paper what God has told him to say.  
As we have already seen this process is said to be "God breathed". 
Examples of inspiration. 

·        The Bible clearly claims inspiration for itself, 2 Tim. 3:16; 

·        Paul believed his writings were inspired,  1 Thes. 2:13; For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

·        Peter believed his writings were inspired, 2 Pet. 3:2.That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

·        Peter believed the writings of Paul to be inspired, 2 Pet. 3:15-16.15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; ...

Somehow God superintended the process of getting His word into a man and then through that man onto paper.  

Inspiration has been defined as someone said..., "God's superintendence of the human authors so that, using their own individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error His revelation to man in the words of the original autographs",.

But, the question comes, how did He do this?  Well, of course, there are many incorrect different views, 
 Let me share a few of those with you.

·        Natural Inspiration - This theory holds that there was nothing supernatural involved in the writing of the Bible.  Men we inspired in the same fashion as Shakespeare, Milton; Dante; Socrates and people like that

·        Spiritual Illumination - People who hold this view believe that the people and the words were inspired.  They believe that any devout Christian can be inspired to write more Scripture.

·        Partial Inspiration - This view says that only the elements in the Bible related to faith are inspired.  
There may be scientific or historical error, but God has preserved the message of salvation.
  
The problems with this view are clear!  If you cannot believe even a part of the Bible, how can you believe any of the Bible?

·        Conceptual Inspiration - The concepts of scripture and not the words are inspired.  God just gave a man an idea and he wrote what he thought about that topic.

All of these, among others, are false views of inspiration.  
Allow me to share with you the biblical view of inspiration. 
 
Most fundamentalists believe in what is called the "Verbal, Plenary Inspiration of the Bible." 

This simple means that we believe that "all" (plenary) the very "words" (verbal) of the Bible are inspired.  This is the claim of the Bible, II Tim. 3:16; Matt. 4:4; John 6:63, and it is the position we gladly affirm today. 

What this means is that God gave His Word to human authors.  
But, He did not override their personalities.  
He did, however, guide their choice of words.  
When they had written down all that God had given them in His revelation, they had produced a perfectly inspired record of God's revelation. 
 God breathed His Word through human vessels giving the world a perfectly inspired statement of His Word to men!

C.  Illumination - The third process is getting the Word of God to men is the process known as illumination.  
This is "the process by which God uses the inspired written record of His revelation to speak to the hearts of individual people."  

This is when the Holy Spirit causes the light to come on in the human heart and men see themselves as they are, and Jesus as the need of their heart.  
It is also the process whereby the Spirit of God allows us to understand the truth of the Word of God. 
Thus, the cycle of inspiration is complete.
Example:   #1  We get  illiminated when the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts about accepting Jesus as our Saviour.
It's like a light comes on..."Oh Yes I need to be saved,"  BUT!!!!!   Sometimes people don't take the gift.
 
#2  Whenever your sitting in a service and listening to the teaching or prewaching, the Holy Spirit
touches your heart about certain issues in you life, or you really, all of a sudden understand,  what you are hearing. 

 

 II.  THE PROOFS OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

(Ill. Now that we have something of an idea of what inspiration is, how can we be sure that our Bibles are genuinely inspired by God?  

Well, the bottom line is that it does come down to faith, but faith is never a blind leap into the dark. 
 Our faith can rest not just in the fact that God personally breathed His Word through men, but that His Word will stand up to several important tests as to its perfection.  
Let me share a few of those with you.)

A.  It Passes The Historical/Archeological Test - For many years people laughed at Bible believers because the Bible referred to places, people and events that had no basis in recorded history.  
However, through the  grace of God, He has allowed the archeologists'  to uncover many items from the ancient past that confirm the factual nature of the Word of God.  
Not a single piece of evidence had ever surfaced  contradicts the Bible at the point of its history. 

  Consider these important discoveries:

·        For years men said that a place called Ur of the Chaldees never existed.  Then proof was discovered that proved it did.

·        The historicity of Joseph's rule in Egypt confirmed by a tablet found in Yemen. 
 It seems that a clay tablet was found in the tomb of a rich woman who recorded her efforts to buy grain from a man named Joseph in a land called Egypt.

·        Jezebel's makeup saucers have been found. 

·        Bricks in Egypt have been found that were made without straw.

·        Of course the death of Jesus has been proven to be a historical fact.

B.  It Passes The Scientific Test - Others have mocked the Bible and claimed that it was wrongfully inaccurate in matters of science. 
 However, time has once again vindicated the accuracy of the message of the Bible.  

·        The Bible says the earth is a sphere and not flat, Isa. 40:22. 
 Man discovered this in the 15th century. 

·        The Bible says the earth is suspended in space - Job 26:7.  He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Sir Isaac Newton discovered this truth in 1687. 

·        The Bible claims the number of the stars are innumerable, Gen. 15:5. 
 Abraham could only see about 1,200 stars in his day.  
Now, we know that there are trillions of stars in the heavens that cannot be numbered. 

·        The Bible, mostly in the OT,  contains rules regarding medicine and sanitation that where thousands of years ahead of their time. (Ill. Washing and quarantine)

The Bible can be trusted!

C.  It Passes The Prophecy Test - There are literally thousands of prophetic predictions made in the Bible.  Some of these prophecies are quite dramatic in nature.

     Not a single one prophecy made in the Bible has ever failed, or will ever fail, to come to pass!  Some of the most remarkable prophecies are those related to the Lord Jesus Christ.  

For instance, Isaiah mentions Cyrus the Persian King, by name, 125 years before he was born.

    If you were to take just a few of the most specific prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus and His birth and earthly life, you can see how astonishing the accuracy of the Bible truly is. 

 Listen to these....

1.     He would be born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2

2.     He would be preceded by a forerunner,  Isa. 40:3  Later they knew it was John the Baptist 

3.     He would enter Jerusalem on a colt, Zech. 9:9 (By the way, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the exact day Daniel had prophesied hundreds of years earlier, Dan. 9:25-27.)

4.     He would be betrayed by a friend, Psa. 41:9

5.     His hands and His feet would be pierced, Psa. 22:16

6.     He would be wounded by His enemies, Isa. 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

7.     He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, Zech. 11:12

8.     He would be spit upon and beaten, Isa. 50:6

9.     The betrayal money would be cast down in the  temple and would be used to buy a potter's field, Zech. 11:13

10.  He would be silent before His accusers, Isa. 53:7   He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth:

11.  He would be crucified with thieves, Isa. 53:12

12.  People would gamble for His garments, Psa. 22:8

13.  His side would be pierced, Zech. 12:10

14.  No a bone in His body would be broken, Psa. 34:20

15.  His body would not decay, Psa. 16:10

16.  He would be buried in the tomb of a rich man, Isa. 53:9

17.  Darkness would cover the earth, Amos 8:9.  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

   Yes the Bible can be trusted!

D.    It Passes The Honesty Test -
 If this were merely a human book, it would gloss over the failures of the people found within its pages. 
 However, the Bible does not hide Noah's drunkenness, 
Samson's lust, 
David's adultery, 
Elijah's depression 
or Peter's denial.  
It tells the truth from cover to cover!


There are many other areas in which the Bible could be put to the test, but I just want you to know that it passes them all with flying colors!  
No human book could accomplish this!  
Just what I have mentioned today is proof positive that we have in our hands a divinely inspired Bible!

 

III.    THE PRODUCT OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

(Ill. We know what inspiration is and we can see the God's fingerprints all over His Word.  
If we accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God, what does that teach us?  

What can we take away from such an examination?  We are left with three precious truths that must never be taken for granted.)

A.  The Bible Is Infallible - This word means that the Scriptures are incapable of failing!  Everything the Bible says is truth and all everything it promises will come to pass! The Scriptures are in every sense perfect and they are a perfect revelation of the mind of God to man!

B.  The Bible Is Inerrant - "By this word, we mean that the Scriptures possess the quality of freedom from all error. 
 They are exempt from the liability to mistake, incapable of error.  In all their teachings they are in perfect accord with the truth." 

            When people say that the Bible contains mistakes and errors, they are calling the very character of God into question!  
We are told that God simply cannot tell a lie, Heb. 6:18.  
If He claimed inspiration for His Word, then that Word must be inerrant. 
 If it isn't then God lied when He claimed to have inspired the original text.

C.  The Bible Is Complete - When the Apostle John laid down his pen at the close of the book of Revelation, the revelation in the Scriptures was perfect and fully complete.  
There has not been a single inspired word since that time and there never will be. 
 God has finished His Scriptures and we hold in our hands the perfect and complete record of that revelation. 


(Note: The final analysis is this: when you read your Bible, you are reading the very words of God!  
You can base your faith upon it!  You can trust your eternity to it. 
 You can embrace its message knowing that it reveals the very mind of God to man!  It cannot fail!  It cannot err!  It will never be corrected, updated or amended!  It is complete and it is perfect!)

Next week Im going to talk about  the so-called italicized words in The KJV
 and Apocraphal books that some Theologians say  that they are part of the Word of God. 
 

Conc: I trust this hasn't been too academic.  I hope this message has served to help to further anchor your faith in the blessed Word of God. 
 I thank Him for His perfect Word!  I am thankful that this book has revealed the sin of my heart and pointed out that I was headed to Hell!  
I am also thankful that God illuminated my heart to allow me to see not only myself and my need, but also Jesus Christ, the solution to my problem.

      There may be someone here that has never been saved.  Jesus loves you my friend and He wants to reveal Himself to you.  Won't you come to Him and be saved today?  Others here are guilty of neglecting their Bibles.  Won't you come and confess that to Him and begin a new love affair with the inspired Word of God? Others may like to just come and bow before Him and thank Him for His perfect Book!

Bible:  We believe the Bible is the inspired, preserved, and inerrant Word of God. It was written by men of old as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  We believe God preserved His Word through the Masoretic Text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus for the New Testament, and because of this we adhere to the King James Bible.  It is not just sixty-six books containing the Word of God, but it is the very Word of God.  (II Tim 3:16-17, II Pet.1:9-21, Acts 1:16, 28:25)

I. THE BIBLE. The scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God and are the only infallible, inerrant rule of faith (what we believe) and practice (how we live). We believe it to be authoritative in every matter it addresses. It is the eternal message of God to man. (Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16,17; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21)

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04-14-2021
                                                                     Lord Teach Us To pray #2
                                                         PRAYER IS ABOUT REQUESTING
                                                   Matthew 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Intro:  The entire first section V-1-10  of The Model Prayer is focused solely on God. 
The prayer opens with an exclusive desire to bring honor and glory to Him and His name.  
He is exalted as Father.  We are taught to pray for His glory, His Kingdom and His will.  Everything centers, as it should, around the God of glory and His honor.

      Now, we are taught to pray for ourselves.  On the surface, this petition seems to be narrow and selfish, compared to the broad and unselfish attitude manifested in the first part of the prayer.  
In the first part of this prayer everything is spiritual.  
Here, everything seems to be selfish and fleshly in nature.  
To turn the spotlight off God and onto ourselves seems petty, selfish and small.

      Yet, even this request for personal needs is intensely spiritual in nature.  
In truth, this petition elevates our hearts and our God!  
Even though we are here making request for ourselves, the spotlight still rests squarely in the face of the God the Father. 

For as truly as prayer is about adoration, devotion and worship, it is also asking, dependence and needs.  
Tonight, we are going to consider the simple sentence: "Give us this day our daily bread."  
As we do, we are going to learn that Prayer Is About Requesting.

 I.     You see The  DEVOTION OF THIS PRAYER

(Ill. By praying this simple prayer, I am saying that I believe in certain things. 
 By coming to God to request the provision of the basic needs of life, I am entering into a time of profound worship.  
In reality, no higher form of worship exists than for a child of God to enter into the presence of his heavenly Father and unashamedly declare: 
"I cannot make it without You!  I am totally dependent upon You Lord!")
This is most important.

A.  I Believe In God's Power - When I pray for God to meet my needs, I am proclaiming my faith in His power to do just that.  
I am telling my Father that I believe He is able to take care of me.  
This is the bible's testimony concerning our God - Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
 Eph. 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

He is able and He can and will take care of His children! 

 If our LORD can create everything from nothing, then He can take care of you! 
 If He can feed two million Israelites for 40 years in a desert, then He can take care of you. 
 If He can do all the great things He did throughout the pages of the Word of God, then you do not need to doubt His ability to take care of you. 
 He is able and He will see to it that your needs are met.  Thank God, He is able!)

B.  I Believe In God's Promises - When I pray this simple prayer, I am confessing my faith in the promises God has made to His children.  

The Bible is very clear when it tells us that the Lord will take care of His Own, 
Psa. 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

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

He didn't say well," if he or she is not doing right I'm going to make him starve."

There are no strings attached!!!
Let me talk about something for a minute.
Sometimes things may not go well in our Christian lives.
1.  We get away from God
2.  We are out of sorts with ourselves, which puts us out of sorts with the Lord.
3.  We might even be in sin of some kind being hateful, angry at someone, Bitterness stuff like this, or we may just get so disgusted with what's going on with us, we quit church.
God forbid that would ever happen.

Some pious Christians would have you think God isn't going to take care of you when you're like this. ****
Look at the junk against God the Children of Israel did in the wilderness for 40 years.
God still took care of them...Why?  They were his Children and he loved them.
You are his child and He loves you and me.

 He has promised to do it and He will do it!

C.  I Believe In God's Personality - When we ask God for the daily needs of life, we are not trying to twist His arm to get Him to give us things that He does not want us to have.  
We are not trying to overcome His reluctance to meet our needs.  
We are merely laying hold on His provision.  
We are humbly acknowledging His willingness to give.  
Nothing honors God more than His children coming to Him in childlike faith, asking Him for what they need, believing that He loves them and that He is a generous God.

 God is not a scrooge Who has to be persuaded to meet our needs.  He is our Father and He delights in giving us the good things that we need in life.

Ill. Look at all the great gifts God has already given; especially consider the great gift of His darling Son Jesus, John 3:16.  He is an open handed God Who rejoices in the opportunity to give to His children.  This prayer acknowledges and honors that aspect of God's personality.)

 

 II.     THE DEPENDENCE OF THIS PRAYER V-11

(Ill. Not only does this prayer honor the Lord by worshiping Him as the great Giver.  
It also expresses the total dependence of the child of God upon his heavenly Father. 

Notice what this prayer says about us and our relationship to the Heavenly Father.)

A.  It Is A Prayer Of Confession - This simple statement says, "I can't meet my own needs, but you can." 
 When I pray this prayer I am confessing my own weaknesses and limitation and I am confessing that I believe that God is able where I am not. 
 When I pray this prayer, I am not resting in my own ability to work and put food on my table. 

 I am acknowledging the truth that I can only work because God gives me the strength. ****

I am expressing the truth that He is God and I am totally dependent upon Him for all the things I need as I pass through this life day by day.

  You do realize that there is no such thing as a "self-made man" don't you?  
Paul had a handle on this when he said "But by the grace of God I am what I am," 1 Cor. 15:10.  
If we have anything; if we are anything; it is because of the gracious working of God in our lives.  I must come to the place where I am honest about who is really in control.

B.  It Is A Prayer Of Confidence - The idea of this simple prayer it this: 
"Give us day by day the things that are necessary for life."  
This is not a request for God to meets needs that not yet arisen.  
It is an expression of faith in God that says "I believe you will take care of me one day at a time." 

  Someone has said, "Yesterday is a cancelled check, it has already been redeemed.  
Tomorrow is a promissory note, it may never be paid.  
Today is cash in hand, spend it wisely."  
There is no need to pray about yesterday's needs for yesterday is forever gone.  
There is no need to pray about tomorrow's needs, for tomorrow may never come. 
Even thougfh we do. 
I am told to pray about today and to walk in simple faith with the Lord day by day. 
 Remember what Jesus said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."  Matthew 6:34.

(Ill. Far too many believers try to live on yesterday's bread.  It is stale and moldy.  
What you need is fresh bread day by day.  
We need a fresh work of the Lord in our hearts and lives everyday we live.  
We are to walk with Him on a day by day basis, trusting Him for all the needs of life.  
We need His righteousness for our sinfulness.  
We need His supply for our weakness.  
We need His patience for our haste.  
We need the Bread of Life, the Lord Jesus Christ, to nourish us day by day.

            By the way, when you eat your daily bread remember that a kernel of wheat had to fall to the ground and die to give you that bread.  
As you pass through this life, never forget that Jesus Christ went to the cross and died in your place so that you might have Him as your Bread of Life day by day.  
You need Him, do not be afraid to call on Him in confidence, knowing that no one comes to the Heavenly Father's table and goes away hungry!)

 

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Sun Morn
04-18-2021


                                                                  Bibliology #2

II Tim 3:16-17  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 


Intro:  Last week we started a series on Bibliology, the doctrine of the Bible.
Folks say Yes I believe the Bible, but most folks don't know why.
When we talk about the Bible, one would have to ask the question, which one.
Since our church has selected by conviction that the KJV is the providentually preserved Word of God we use that is our standard.

The KJV came from the standard of the Maserectic text for the OT and the Textus Receptus for the NT.
Luther believed these texts were the preserved word of God, the Germans used these texts and finally the KJ translators used these texts.

The last time we talked about...
The process of Biblical Inspiration
  Inspiration, Revelation and Illumination

The Proofs of inspiration
Historical proofs, The scientific proofs., and the prophetical proofs,
especiallly when it came to talking about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before we continue I want to read the Doctrinal statement that this church has concerning the beliefes of the Bible.  
That means the members adhere to the truth of these doctrines  and to be of one mind.

Bible:  We believe the Bible is the inspired, preserved, and inerrant Word of God. It was written by men of old as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  We believe God preserved His Word through the Masoretic Text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus for the New Testament, and because of this we adhere to the King James Bible.  
It is not just sixty-six books containing the Word of God, but it is the very Word of God.

I. THE BIBLE. The scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God and are the only infallible, inerrant rule of faith (what we believe), and practice (how we live). We believe it to be authoritative in every matter it addresses. It is the eternal message of God to man. 

Here are some scriptural references
  (II Tim 3:16-17, 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
We talked about this last week

II Pet.1:21,  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 No scriptural prophecy is due to the will of man, but all came from men speaking from God when moved by the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is God's word, not the words of man.
This was Inspiration and illumination.

As the Holy Ghost is the author of scripture prophecies, they cannot be made to mean whatever men may choose, or any thing except what God intended.


III.    THE PRODUCT OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

This is where our conviction about the Bible comes in.
This is where you and I should believe these truths as part of our Christian life and growth.
This what we should stand for.
That is why we should know and study these truths.

(Ill. We know what inspiration is and we can see the God's fingerprints all over His Word.  
If we accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God, what does that teach us?  

Three precious truths that must never be taken for granted.)

A.  The Bible Is Infallible - This word means that the Scriptures are incapable of failing!  Everything the Bible says is truth and all everything it promises will come to pass! 
The Scriptures are in every sense perfect and they are a perfect revelation of the mind of God to man!

B.  The Bible Is Inerrant - "By this word, we mean that the Scriptures possess the quality of freedom from all error. 
 They are exempt from the liability to mistake, incapable of error.  In all their teachings they are in perfect accord with the truth." 

            When people say that the Bible contains mistakes and errors, they are calling the very character of God into question!  
We are told that God simply cannot tell a lie, Heb. 6:18.  

If He claimed inspiration for His Word, then that Word must be inerrant. 
 If it isn't then God lied when He claimed to have inspired it.

C.  The Bible Is Complete - When the Apostle John laid down his pen at the close of the book of Revelation, the revelation in the Scriptures was perfect and fully complete.  

There has not been a single inspired word since that time and there never will be. 
 God has finished His Scriptures and we hold in our hands the perfect and complete record of that revelation. 

(Note: The final analysis is this: when you read your Bible, you are reading the very words of God!  
You can base your faith upon it!  You can trust your eternity to it. 
 You can embrace its message knowing that it reveals the very mind of God to man!  
It cannot fail!  It cannot err!  It will never be corrected, updated or amended!  It is complete and it is perfect!)


Some people say that only the originals are  inspired.  
If you believe that then you must believe that what we have in our hands today is not the Word of God.
 

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Wed Eve
04-27-2021
                                                PRAYER IS ABOUT RELEASING     
                                                                 Matthew 6:12

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

Intro:  As we continue to move through the verses of The Model Prayer, hopefully we are learning how to pray more authentic and relevant prayers.  
We have already covered a lot of ground in this prayer, moving through the areas of praise, worship, hope and trust. 
 In this message, we will get a little close to the place where all Christians have a problem with.  
Here, we are going to have to deal with the matter of our sins.  
Not only are we going to look at the sins we have committed before God; but we are also going to deal with the matter of sin in our relationships with other people.

      I realize that just reading this verse makes some people nervous.  
No one likes to talk about the matter of sin, but I hope you will not shut me down this evening. 

 I hope you will keep your hearts open to the voice of the Spirit of God as He speaks to each of us tonight.  
Now, while it is true that we have been saved by God's good grace and adopted into His family, it is also true that we all have a problem with sin.  
Our heavenly Father is perfect, but His children seemed to be dysfunctional at best.

      As we have studied the various aspects of this prayer, I hope we have learned the truth that this is a family prayer.  
I call your attention back to verse 9.  
The first thing we are taught here is to pray, calling on the Name of our heavenly Father. 
 Everything we have been taught to pray is to be prayed within the context of our family relationship to the Lord.
 
 Notice the pronouns that make up the text of this prayer.  
Not a single one of them is singular in nature.  We are taught to pray to "our Father." 
 We are to pray about "our daily bread,"  Our debts our debtors '
V-13.  Lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil:

 
All the things that we are talking to the Lord about have to do with our standing as members of the family of God.  
Even when we come to this verses that deals with our sins, we are still praying as members of the family of God.  This should give us some encouragement.

      With that in mind, let's take a few minutes to look into this verse.  
I want us to see that when it comes to our prayer lives and dealing with the problem of sin, Prayer Is About Releasing.  

Why is this important?  It is important because our prayer lives, the reality of His presence in our lives and the closeness and power in our fellowship rests on how well we deal with our sin problem, both vertically and horizontally.  
I want to talk  for a few minutes in the subject: Prayer Is About Releasing.

First I want to talk about two words in this verse. Debts and Debtor

Debts something owed, i.e. (figuratively) a due; morally, a fault:--debt.  morally, to fail in duty: be guilty.-our shortcomings, our sins we have toward others.

Debtors  person indebted; figuratively, a delinquent; morally, a transgressor (against God):--debtor, which owed, one with a sin that is toward you. 


Go to 14-15  These two verses are connected to V-12
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, (debtor of sin)your heavenly Father will also forgive you: )Your sin debt )

 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Trespasses means sin in these verses

With these things in mind we see that....

  I.   THIS PRAYER INVOLVES A CONFESSION
A.  When you and I pray this prayer, we are confessing before the Lord that we have a problem.  This is a truth that many believers have trouble with, but the fact is, we may be saved, but we can and do still sin.  
This sad fact is made plain by 1 John 1:8, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
V-10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  It is also clear from the testimony of the great Apostle Paul in Rom. 7:14-25. Turn...

14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 
 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
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 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
 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.
 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 
 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.

 His experience is one we all share.  This is the struggle that every Christian has to deal with, the sinful nature.

 Friends, we need a clear consciousness of our sins! 
 Far too many believers act as though they think sin is something that happens in the lives of others and not to them.  
As a result, they never go to the altar to pray. They never confess their wrong-doings and their shortcomings.  
They never go to another believer and say, I am sorry.  I hurt you and I was wrong."  

It never happens, but that kind of awareness of sins should be a part of our lives every day.  
To watch many believers conduct themselves and to hear them talk about themselves, you would think they were perfect.  But there is nothing wrong with a good self-esteem.

            By the way, every saved individual should have a constantly growing hatred of the sin that exists in their lives, Ill. Rom. 7:24!  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
But, most believers may look over their own sins and failures but never seem to have a need to deal with them before the Lord Jesus.  

Friend, when it reaches this place in your life, there is a problem!

B.  One thing is sure, we all have a problem with sin in our lives and we all need help in dealing with that problem. 
 It is also true that if I am going to ever get the help I need in dealing with my sin problem, then I am going to have to admit my guilt before God.

C.  Our text uses the word "debts" to refer to our sin.  This is one of five words used in the New Testament for sin.  
Allow me to share those words and a few places where each can be found.

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

This particular word is used several times in the New Testament and carries the meaning of "Missing the mark."  
It is an archery term and is used to refer to an archer shooting an arrow that falls far short of the target.  
It refers to the fact that in our sins, we all miss the standard of God's perfect righteousness.

      2.  Eph. 2:1; And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;- 

This word sins is often translated "offenses" or "trespass" in the New Testament.  

      3.  James 2:9 - But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

This word is usually translated as "transgression."  It refers to "an intentional crossing of the boundaries established by God in His Word."  This is a far more conscious sin than either of the other two.

      4.  1 John 3:4; Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

 This word sin is usually translated either by "iniquity" or by "transgression."  It literally means "without the Law or lawlessness."  It refers to high handed sin that is committed without regard to what God has to say about the matter.  It is direct and open rebellion to against God, His ways and His Word.

      5.  Matt. 6:12 - This words is translated "debt, debtor or ought."  
It refers to something that is "owed to another party."  Here, Jesus says that our sin is like a debt owed to God and to our fellow man.

D.  When the Lord calls our sin a "debt" He is reminding us that when we sin we owe Him something.  
Why is this true? When you and I sin, it requires that we use our bodies, our minds or both. 
When the Lord redeemed us, He bought us out completely.  If you are saved, the Lord owns your life.  Therefore, when we use our bodies to commit sin, we are indebted to the Lord because we have used His property for our own purposes.

E.  When I see and am made aware of the sin within my own heart, then the only recourse I have is to confess my guilt before the Lord so the healing and cleansing process can begin in my life. 
 Until I come clean before the Lord, I cannot be cleansed by the Lord!

F.  So, when I pray "And forgive us debts as we forgive our debtors," I am confessing to the Lord that I have a problem with sin in my life and that I am aware of the fact that I owe God a debt that I cannot pay on my own.

So when I pray and ask God for forgiveness, I am released from that burden. 
Hence prayer is a form of being  released from a burden.
 


 II.                         THIS PRAYER INVOLVES A CRY

A.  If my greatest problem is my sin, then my greatest need is for forgiveness.  Now, when we raise the issue of forgiveness, someone will always say, "But, I am saved!  Am I not already forgiven for all my sins?"  The answer to that question is both "Yes" and "No."

            Judicially speaking, when we were saved, we were completely justified by God, declare righteous by Him and given perfect standing in His sight.  

This is the clear teaching is the New Testament, Rom. 3:24-28; Go there 
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 
 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.


 That is our positional standing.  It defines our relationship to the Lord and it can never be altered.  As far as God is concerned the child of God is righteous, perfect and free from the taint of sin.  This is a glorious truth and it is one that needs to be embraced by the church.

        We may be in a permanent relationship with God that can never be affected by sin, but our walk with Him, our daily fellowship with Him can certainly be damaged by the sin that comes into our lives.

B.  Simply stated, our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is eternal and stands solely upon His grace.  
It cannot be affected by anything internal or external, but it is a perfect, permanent relationship that can never be severed, 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 should be thankful for our relationship with the Lord!  Thank God that it is eternal and that we do not worry about losing that blessed connection, because we cannot!  
However, we should be very aware that we can fall out of fellowship with the Lord and that is why we need to have a consciousness of sin in our lives day by day.  
We need to maintain as close a walk with Jesus as is possible!  We need Him and we must shun sin to have that fellowship be all that it can be!


E.  Let me remind you that this prayer is a family prayer.  
We are talking to our Father and He is not a cruel person or some terrifying ogre. 
 He is a loving, tender, gracious God Whose "mercy endureth forever."  
When His child comes to Him, confessing sin, failure and shortcoming, God tenderly hears us, receives us and forgives us for His glory. 

The prayer of release 

He has far more invested in our relationship than I ever will or than I can even comprehend.  
He will restore me to that place of closeness and fellowship when I come clean about my sins and deal with them His way.

F.  This simple prayer is about our confessing our problem before the Lord and our voicing our plea to Him for release and forgiveness.  
If we could ever learn to do it His way, we could walk in constant victory before Him.

The prayer of release.

                             

 

                                 

 
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