Skyline Preaching Outlines

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                                 The Trilogy of Salvation #1         

                                                Psalm 23:1-6

Intro:  The Psalm has been a favorite of Gods people through the ages and with good reason.

1.  It expresses the simplicity of God being our protector and provider

2.  The Psalm rests on two figures of speech.

a.  The Lord is compared to a shepherd

b.  and the believer to His sheep V-1-4

3.  Then the Lord is likened to a host with the believer as a guest V-5-6

4.  We see the image of the Lord as a shepherd in the OT.

a.  Isa 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

In the NT

a.  Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

5.  Believers are never pictured as mighty lions, neither are they pictured as independent or self sufficient.

You can think you are this way, But not in this book.

a.  Believers are pictured as sheep depending of the Lord for everything, because God prepares a table for them in V-5 in the presence of their enemies

b.  V-6 shows eternal celebration of God's goodness

C.  Psalms 22-24 all shows a different picture of

1.  Three different works of Christ that take us from the moment of salvation to the moment that we are eternally home with Christ.

2.  A Trilogy is a finished product in three parts while a sequel is a story that continues to expand.  Psalm 22-24 is a finished product!

 

D.  Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted, memorized, and preached from of all Psalms. 

1.  King David, a man after God's own heart, wrote these under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost while still just a young man.

F.  Psalm 23 is "nestled" between Psalm 22 and Psalm 24.  Their order is perfect.

1.  Psalm 22 is The Cross of the Saviour. 

a.  Psalm 22 portrays Christ on the cross and then gloriously resurrected. 

b.  Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone! 

1.  I am glad that I am saved;

a.  I am glad that I am secure;

b.  I am glad that I am sanctified;

c.  I am glad that I am His and He is mine!

2.  Psalm 23 is The Care of the Shepherd.

a.  Between our salvation and heaven, it portrays Christ as our Shepherd.

b.   It is in this little Psalm that we find His watching over us and caring for us! 

c.  Only eternity will reveal to us all that Christ does for us and is for us in this life.

 

3.  Psalm 24 is the Coming of the King.

a.   It portrays Christ as our soon coming King. 

b.  Our blessed hope is the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ! 

1.  When He comes, all trials and troubles will be over.

 

G.  Psalm 23  portrays These things

1.  A Perfect Shepherd - vs. 1 "my shepherd.

a.  I neither want nor need another!  I would not trade the Lord for anything in this world. 

b.  A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord! 

1.  I became a sheep over in 1971  and He has been a great Shepherd to me.

 

2.  A Perfect Satisfaction - vs. 1  "I shall not want." 

a.  All I have needed Thy hand hath provided! 

b.  He has truly supplied "all your need."

 

3.  A Perfect Rest - vs. 2  "Maketh me to lie down." 

a.  Notice He does not "allow" or "let" us lie down.  He "maketh me!" 

b.  God can make you rest.  He can put you in a position where you have not choice.

 

4.  A Perfect Nourishment - vs. 2  "in green pastures.

a.  Proverbs 30:8b .. feed me with food convenient for me."  

 

5.  A Perfect Guidance - vs. 2  "He leadeth me."

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

1,  The Lord saved me in 1971 by leading me to the right church to hear the right message at the right time!  He saved my wife in 1958. 

2.  He called me to preach in 1973.   He sent me to the right church, which was Del Norte Baptist Church

a.  And to the right school  Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College!  

a.  I love that song...All the way my Saviour leads me...

 

6.  A Perfect Peace - vs. 2  "still waters." 

a.  Sheep do not like to drink from rippling water. 

2.  God has given to me songs in the night when my heart was so burdened that it seemed that I could no longer carry the load. 

a.  The peace of John 14:27    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

1.  He does not take peace back.

  The perfect peace of Isaiah 26:3 when my mind was stayed upon Him.

 

7.  A Perfect Restoration - vs. 3  "He restoreth my soul."  

a.  There have been so many times when my soul was  disquieted, or distressed and He restored it.

b.  He told Peter, "when thou are converted, strengthen the brethren." 

1.  We may get out of God's will but He will not leave us there!

 

8.  A Perfect Walk - vs. vs. 3  "the paths of righteousness." 

a.  The Lord has never led me into a wrong path of sinfulness. 

1.  His Word and His Spirit have kept me from all evil. 

a.  When I strayed, it was because "I" got off of His path, not that He led me wrong.

9.  A Perfect Confidence - vs. 4  "fear no evil."

1.  The confidence as God's Child I'll be in heaven some day.

We sing that song...

"Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time, seems like lately it's always on my mind.  Someday I'll leave this world behind.  Heaven sounding sweeter all the time."   I know and have that perfect confidence that God  can be trusted.  I know whom I have believed!

How about you? 

 

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                                   The Walks of the Believer

                                            Eph. 2:1-10

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

 

Intro:  You have to know that the New Testament Church is a training place for the Christian.  You cannot grow Biblically unless you go learn things that God wants us to learn and practice.

One of the most important ways God has for us is the Bible believing, Bible teaching, and Bible preaching church. 

This is what this place is for.  It's like going to a grocery store.  You go there for food.

If you neglect the nourishment for the body, you will die.

 If you neglect Spiritual food, you will quit walking with Jesus, and become a carnal non effective Christian.

One of the great things about salvation is the fact that God works through  us to be more like His son Jesus.

 The part that we play as a child of God is to be willing to be molded into what He desires. 

This has been God's plan down through the ages.  Created into Christ Jesus unto good works.

 The problem with some Christians,  they want to grow the way they want to and ignore God's help.  God doesn't force us to grow in Jesus, because of our will.

 

The word "walk" in this sense means to tread all around. 

I look at this as a person treading water.  He has to keep it up otherwise he or she  will sink.

 Or you can picture a person walking or trotting and doesn't let anything stop him. 

One who never stops what they are doing.  Walking in the Lord is one that always keeps up with his growth as a Christian.

Over the next few weeks we are going to see different ways that a believer should walk in Christ.

I.  Walk in Newness of Life. 

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

A.   Walking in newness of life requires a new mindset.

I Pet 4:1-2  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;  

2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

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

 

2.  This walk results in the act of faith that the old man is buried and the new man is resurrected.  

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

 

3.  One that walks in newness of life is one that does not plan to live in the flesh.

Rom 13:13-14 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

  14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

4.  The person that walks in newness of life is one that learns how to die to self.

What does this mean?  To live unselfishly for the Lord. 

Rom 12:1-2    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Can a Christian be conformed to the world?  Yes!!!   How.

By doing stuff that doesn't give honor to Jesus in your life.

Going to ungodly places

Hang around with ungodly people.

Then trying to live the Christian life on Sundays showing a good act in front of the church folks.

 

Can a Child of God live with an un-transformed mind??

Yes....How

By thinking ungodly thoughts that give Satan the glory.

By soaking your mind by reading or watching stuff that will control your mind away from Jesus.

 

By reading  or thinking about stuff that questions or degrades the truth of the  Word of God, and will take you away from renewing your mind.

B.   Example of walking in newness of life?

    Luke 19:1-10  Turn

1. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

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

 

1.  Here is a man that got saved, and his whole life changed to a new life.  

Who changed it...Jesus, the power of God.

a.  He began to walk in that new life by first restoring money he had taken from others.

2.  Instead of living as a sinner, he lived as a saint. 

3.  That is what the walk is.  Living like a Christian.  Living like Jesus.

 

Are you living like a Christian? When someone sees you can they say that.

Are you  living like Jesus

 

II.  Walk in the Spirit. 

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

 

1.  You have to Sow to the Spirit. 

Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

What does this mean?  Soweth to the Spirit; ....By devoting himself to the works of the Spirit.   Life is the seed-time for eternity, and the fruit of what each one here sows he will there for ever reap.

 

 Ga 5:22-24  Walking in the Spirit shows us the results of the fruit of the Spirit that we sow.

Turn there

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

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

 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 

2.  Mortify your flesh. 

 

Col 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry  6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

This means to deprive and to destroy the fleshly desires that we have.

 

Rom.  8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

What are we supposed to do?  

Rom 6:13   Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

This is a constant everyday walk.

 

Example of walking in the Spirit.  Look at yourself!!!!

Are you and I showing forth the  walking in the Spirit?  DO we have the traits of someone that is?

 

  Again, Gal 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:

 

If you are practicing and emitting these traits you are walking in the Spirit. 

If you life has so changed that you want to go to church, read your Bible, Pray, and want to be in church and around other Christian folk, you are walking in the  spirit.

 

A.  The walk is not perfect, and we will stumble.  We will have trouble with things we have to walk through, and it may be hard, But the idea is to keep walking, and never stop.

Are you walking?

Are you saved today?

 

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                                            The Walks of the Believer  

                                                        Eph 2:1-10                                                                                                                                                                        

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

 

Intro: We have been  talking about the different walks of the believer.

We first talked about "Walking in Newness of Life" and then "Walking in the Spirit."

Walking in Newness of Life and walking in the Spirit, is one that walks like Jesus.

 

This person is learning how to live in the Spirit of God and his life shows the fruit of the spirit:  Love joy peace longsuffering goodness and other Godly traits

God had ordained in times past that we should lead this kind of walk. 

This is God's plan, but we have to learn this and work out God's plan in our lives. 

Jesus works through us by life's experiences so we can grow. 

Sometimes it isn't fun or joyful, sometimes it hurts, but all these things helps us to grow and walk with  the Lord. 

If we don't do these things then we will let the fleshly nature and actions to take over our lives.  Then we get away from God, and things begin to fall apart.  So you see that both things work together with each other to accomplish God's will in us. 

 

God has a plan for us, and that is to walk in Christ Jesus and to live our lives unto good works for Him.  God ordained this, but doesn't force us into doing that.  God wants us to follow Him, not be pushed.

 

One of the great things after salvation is the fact that God works through  us to be more like His son Jesus. 

The part that we play as a child of God is to be willing to be molded into what He desires. 

This has been God's plan down through the ages.  Created into Christ Jesus unto good works.

 

 V-10 talks about God ordained us to walk into good works.  The word ordain in this sense means to   fit up in advance -ordain before, prepare afore time.

 

Remember back in Acts 13 where God said to separate Paul and Barnabas for the work of the ministry?  And they prayed over them and laid hand son them and sent them away? 

They were prepared in that church to do a job for the Lord.  This was God's will for them.

God wants us to walk unto good works and he deemed that to happen to us. 

 

1.  Back in Ch 1  verse 4 he tells of another way we are to be. 

4.   According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 

2.  God has a plan for us and that is to walk in Christ Jesus and to live our lives unto good works for Him. 

God ordained this, but doesn't force us into doing that.  God wants us to follow Him, not be pushed.

Walking in the Spirit is also one that Mortifies or destroys the fleshly desire.  

2.  Mortify your flesh. 

 

Col 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry  6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

 

This means to deprive and to destroy the fleshly desires that we have.

 

Rom.  8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 

What are we supposed to do?  

Rom 6:13   Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

This means we are not to give in to sin and flesh.  We  constantly have everyday struggles to destroy the flesh in our Christian walk. 

 

Last week we started on the subject of "Walking in Newness of Life. 

 

Today I want to continue this series by talking about Walking truth.

 

II.  Walking in Truth

This truth is talking about God's truth

 

 John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 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.

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

 John 17:17b ....thy word is truth.

 

A.  Doctrinal Truth.  

1.   When we speak of walking in truth, we mean walking in the truth of God's Word, because God's Word is the foundation of truth for the whole world. 

It is the cornerstone of Christian living.  We see  there are true teachings in the Bible, which we call the doctrines of God, so we  walk in truth doctrinally.

 

1.  Acts 2:42    And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine...

a.  At that time God was working His doctrine through the Apostles.

 Now we have the complete writings of God's doctrine, which is  the Bible. 

 

2.  Eph 4:14  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;

a.  This is talking about man's teachings, not God's truth.

b.  This is why we have so many religions in the world today. 

People have been swayed to and fro by the teachings of man's doctrines and the rudiments of this world.

 There is no truth of  God's doctrines in man's religion.

 

c. When I teach or preach, you should be  checking me out to make sure I am right in the  teachings of God's truth.  

d.   We will never knowingly have anyone in here that teaches otherwise.

 

B.  Teaching the truth of Biblical doctrine is teaching in the name of Jesus Christ.

1. Acts 5:28   Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

 

a.  This was when Peter and those guys got put in prison for teaching about Jesus. 

When they got out, they continued, and again they were brought before the religious higharchy and was told not to teach the doctrine of Christ.

 

b.  So we see that you cannot teach true doctrine without teaching about the Gospel and about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

 

c.  So when someone comes to you and say "Hey, how do you know that you are right in what you teach,"  You just say "Hey, The Bible is the true Word of God. 

 

Jesus is the way the truth and the life."

Not the JW's...not the Mormons, Not the 7th Day Adventists, not the Buddhists or the monks or the minks or the  monkeys,  the Baha u La, or Betty Boop the Elks, or the Moose, or the Raccoons, or the Shriners, or the Masons or any other thing or so-called religion or organization that doesn't teach Jesus as the way....

 

 John 14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me.

 Jesus is the Son of God, and He was the supreme sacrifice for you and me.  He came down from heaven,  He died on the cross and paid for our sin, and He arose from the grave and he is coming again to rapture His church and take us back to heaven to live eternally with Him,  and someday we will rule and reign with Him.

 

Let's talk a little more about people that do not teach the truth that call themselves religious.

2.  Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

a.  God gives warnings about people who don't teach the truth.  We are to avoid them.

 

3.  We are to be careful of the folks we listen to, or the books we read that have been put  out by some so-called Christians.  Things may sound good, but their doctrines can be a off.

  One of these days, soon, I am going to teach again the Doctrines of the Bible.

Because my job is to make sure we are in unity of God's Word Doctrinally.

 

Anyway we need to be careful, in this Christian world what we adhere to just because they write a book.

a.   II John 1:9-11  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.

 

That's a hard statement.

 

Years ago we would invite folks in our house to argue with them about their false religious doctrines, and tell them they need Jesus Christ.

They would sometimes be carrying brief cases with them, dressed up in white shirts and ties,  and right away I would say well you know who they are.

 

When we got done arguing and they were leaving, I would say "God bless you."

I shouldn't have done that, I Mean I was just trying to be nice...BUT, as I look back,  in a sense, I was a partaker of their evil deeds.  I was not even supposed to be bidding them god speed.

 

We are still talking about Doctrinal Truth here.

 

Example:  The Bible Issue.

1.  I believe that we should adhere to the KJV.  The KJV was translated from the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Text.  This was the text that God preserved His Word through down through the ages of time.  They call this the "accepted text, or the received text.

2.  I don't have to worry about truth being taken out or miss-construed. 

I don't have to worry about any true doctrines being taken out, or rewritten to water down the truth of God's Word.

I want to take a few minutes and show some verses that different so-called bibles use to destroy the true Doctrines  of the Word of God. God. And these are in no particular order.  

I will just compare the KJV to a couple of the  most popular versions of today.

 

KJV Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

NIV This whole verse is not in there. 

They left that truth out...Why They didn't want to print that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

 

KJV   Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

RSV  Puts in "Young Woman"  instead of Virgin.  Why?   Those folks that wrote that book didn't want to teach the truth that Jesus was born of a virgin?

 

KJV   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.

NEV, RSV says "his only son"  They took out the word begotten.   Why??   This word makes Jesus God, and the people that took that out that word do not believe that Jesus is God.

 

KJV   II Tim 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

NEV  "Every inspired scripture has it's use"  Why?  They believe that any religious  writings inspired, in their mind, such as Buddha's, Mohammedism, Mormonism, or anything else out there.

 

KJV  I John 5:7   For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

NIV  "There are three that testify"  Then it skips to verse 8 omitting the deity of Christ and the Trinity.

 

ASV  "These three agree as one."  This is not the same as "these three are one."

There are hundreds of other verses.  We need to be careful, that we believe the rights doctrines.

We need to stick with the right translation.  The KJV.

 

We will talk more about the walk of the believer next time

 

Are you walking in the truth of God's Word?  Are you living the truth of God's Word?  Are you saved today?

 

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WALKING THROUGH THE DARK TIMES WITH GOD.

                                                                            Genesis 37:1-22

 

Intro:  We see the beginnings of a dark time for Joseph.  His own brothers got Joseph out of their lives.  As the story goes, the other brothers took Joseph's coat of many colors, put blood on it and told Jacob he was killed by an animal.  That was the end of Joseph being in their lives...so it would seem.

 Joseph was in a dark time of his life.  It reminds us of when things happen to us and  we begin to walk through the valleys....the dark valleys. 

It could be sickness or pain...it could be trouble in the family, the kids are having problems, the parents are separating, it could be financial, or even a death of a family member or a good friend.  It could be a lost job, no money, IRS down your back, It seems that Satan is on your tail, or marital problems that seems unfixable.

A dark time.  When you quote the 23rd Psalm you say..."Yea though I walk through the Valley...."  Then you stop and say.  "I am walking through a valley... and it's dark,... it's frightful,... and it's lonely.

 Like Joseph, you are in a  dark time in your life.  Sometimes we think that there is no hope of the end of the valley, and the Lord doesn't seem to be near.

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

1.  This verse can indicate a salvation verse.

2.  The idea that sin is the darkness of the world.  And when a person gets saved he gets the light of Christ, which gets rid of the spiritual darkness of  sin in your life.

3.  But whenever you have dark times in your life, Jesus provides the light that helps you to see. so you won't stumble through it.

a. Example: We have a light outside our house that comes on automatically when we get near the house.  When we drive up to the fence at night when we come home, or when we walk outside and go into the yard, it comes on.

b.  When we have a problem, the light of Jesus comes on and he guides through where ever we're going.    That's a wonderful thing.

Here are some things to remember when we walk through darkness:

 

I. God is with you

A.  Genesis 39:1-2,   1. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.   2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

1.  God was with Joseph through all his difficulties and God blessed him.

2.  You have to realize that Joseph was just a normal man that loved the Lord and gave him preeminence in his life....just like you and I. 

3.  We have to know that we are not alone in our problems.

a.  Have you ever heard a Christian say,  "well  I have to go it alone?"  Maybe they made a mistake in their life and they think they have to do penance of some sort of thing, and figure it was their lot to have to suffer through something.

b.  Can you imagine Joseph..."what did I do, what did I do?"  Even if he did have those thoughts, God was not going to leave him alone during this time, or any other time.

c.   And you know what?  God does the same thing  for us.

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.

This verse states that whatever we do, even if we  have to walk through the valley of death, God is with us.

Hebrews 13:5  "... I will never leave thee or forsake thee."   What a wonderful promise.  God is with you.

 

II.   God always has a purpose for the darkness He allows you to walk through.

A.  This is where we ask the question...WHY?   Sometimes we won't know right away ..why...sometimes we may not know for years why....Like Joseph,... but Joseph still followed and served God, even when he was in the dark times.

B.  What can we become as we have difficulties

1.  What can God make out of us.

 Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou [art] our father; we [are] the clay, and thou our potter; and we all [are] the work of thy hand.

We sometimes say.."Lord, I want to design my own life.  I want to mold myself, I don't need your help."  When we do that we reject the purpose that God is wanting to work out in our lives.

How can we be conformed to the image of Christ without God the potter, and His purpose of working on us.

 

III.   God will only keep us in the darkness until He has accomplished His purpose and we have learned what He wants us to learn.

A.  Here is a good verse to live by during this time.   Rom 8:28   And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 God is trying to get us to this point!!!

We need to say, "Okay Lord...help me to know this verse by experience...help me to learn what it is you want me to know...I am willing to learn...my heart is open."

1.  We need to try and recognize the purpose that God has for us.  To learn and apply what He shows us.

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

1.  Who hath saved us refers to the ultimate effect of our salvation

2.  And called us with an holy calling  This looks at the means by which our salvation was effected, Jesus

3.  But according to his own purpose and grace,  Our salvation was totally unmerited, but even that it's an important thing to know God's purpose, what we can learn by it, and how we can get closer to the Lord by it.

 

IV. Often times you learn more in the darkness than in the light.

You can actually see clearer in darkness

A.  If nothing else but to see Gods grace working in our life and helping us to learn strength in Him.  Can you see that?

1.  II Cor 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 2 Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul was saying "Hey, I can see what God is doing when I'm having problems no matter what was happening to him.  He could see clearly what Jesus was doing for him.  We need to recognize what it is Jesus is doing.

 

V.  When you are walking through the darkness you are always walking toward the dawn of a new day.

A.  The darkness will eventually end.  It's up to us how we live through it

B.  Joseph's dark time finally ended.

1.  He was  where God wanted him and with the strength he was supposed to get and the experience he was supposed to learn. 

2.  God still blessed Joseph through it all, because he lived correctly through it.  He didn't blame God for his troubles or even complain.  His reaction to the action was good.

VI. The things you learn in the darkness you are to share in the light.     

A.  Matthew 10:27    What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

1.  Jesus is saying here that the time of darkness is a time of private teaching from the Lord, and because of what we learn, we need to teach others openly.  By testimony,  maybe in a class situation.

B.   After it was all said and done.  Joseph understood what it was all about.  What God had done all along, and what His purpose was for the dark times., 

1.  But!!!   One of the last thing that Joseph said to his brothers after Jacob had died....

Gen 50:20   But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Joseph gave God the glory, and he made sure every one around him knew about it.  His testimony

Maybe you have gone or are going through a dark time.  Remember these  things. 

Are you here this day without Jesus in your life. 

Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die?

 Do you believe that Jesus can be your Saviour.  This is what Jesus did for you.

John 3:16-17   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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

For whosoever shall call upon Him shall be saved.

 

Are you saved today?

 

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                             What Every Christian Should be 

                                             Rom.1:8-15

 

Intro:  Last week we were looking at Paul's life and gleaning some of the traits that he had for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Not trying to put him on a pedestal, but this man was committed to living the Christian life.

1.  We saw that he was a Thankful Christian in V-8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

 

2.  We saw that he was a Committed Christian.

V-9a  For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son,

 

3.  He was a real Prayer Warrior

V-9b that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

He had a ministry of intercessory prayer for others.

 

4.  He was a Surrendered Christian.

V-10  Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

 

All these things showed that he had a heart like Jesus.

We should all be this way.

Now I want to continue with the second part of this series.

 

I.  Paul was USABLE 

 V. 11   For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

 

A. As Paul continues to reveal his heart to the Roman Christians, he tells them why he wishes to come to Rome.

He wants to share with them the gifts that God has given him.

It is as if Paul is telling the Romans, "God has blessed me with some special things.

I want to come to Rome and share them with you so that you might grow in the things of the Lord."

It tells us in no uncertain terms that Paul wanted to be usable to the Lord in His work.

 

B. Paul isn't referring to the actual gifts of the Spirit, because they are given only by the Spirit of God.

Neither is he referring to the gift of salvation that can only come by faith in Jesus.

What Paul is saying is that he is willing to come to them and be used of the Lord as the Lord sees fit.

It is as if the Apostle is willing to be used by the Lord in any fashion if it will just help the Romans.

In other words, Paul isn't saying that he wants to go there and take over. He just wants to go to Rome and be used of the Lord to be a blessing to someone.

 

C. May I say that is a lofty goal and it is one that every Christian should try to achieve. There is a great need today for people in the church and community who are not primarily interested in their own agenda, but who's main goal is just to be usable to the Lord. All they want is to be a blessing to those around them.

 

Can you honestly say that your life is a life that God can use?

Are you a blessing to others?

 

VI.  Paul was HUMBLE

V. 12  That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

 

A. Not only does the Apostle desire to be a blessing to the Romans, but he knows that they will be a blessing to him a well.

Notice that with this man, it isn't all about him.

He is just as aware that they have things to share with him also.

 

B. It is a shame when people get to the place where they think they have "arrived", and that they cannot be helped by others who aren't as mature in the Lord, as educated or as experienced as they themselves are.

All of us need to be reminded quite often that we all have plenty of growing to do.

Even Paul felt this when he wrote to the Philippian church,

 

Phil. 3:12-14  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

 

He knew that he had not attained perfection and that he needed those around him to get the work done.

To everyone who thinks they are standing on their own, you aren't!

Paul had Christians all over that was doing the work of Christ.

 

Before the great missionary to India William Carey boarded the ship to sail, he was asked by some close friends if this was what he really wanted to do. His reply shows the humility of his heart. Carey said, "I will go down into the pit itself, if you will hold the rope."

 

C. I would like to confess to you this evening that I need each of you.

 I need your prayers and your support to be able to serve the Lord to the degree that He expects from me.

When you are in a position of total dependence on people, you realize just how important they are in your life. God help us all to remember that we need one another very desperately!

 

VII.  Paul was  FRUITFUL

V. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

 

A. Paul reminds them that he is interested in glorifying the Lord.

He has been used of the Lord to bear fruit all over the known world.

Paul says that he would like to travel to Rome so that he can get some fruit there also.

His desire is not to build up himself, rather it is to glorify the Lord!

 

B. When the Scriptures speak of spiritual fruit, there are usually one of three things in mind.

 

First, there is the idea of Attitudes that should be present in the life of every Christian.

These attitudes are represented by the 9-fold description of the fruit of the Spirit,

 Gal. 5:22-23. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

Secondly  idea is that of Activity.

When a believer lives for the Lord, there will be activity in that life and fruit will be borne for the glory of the Lord.

 

 Three ways activity translates into fruit are these:

1.) Holy living - Rom. 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 

2.  Praise - Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

 

3.  Giving   Phil. 4:16-17   16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

3.  The area of Addition.

 This refers to the addition of souls into the Kingdom of Heaven,

Acts 16:5. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

 

This is the fruit that Paul was after.

He wanted to go to Rome and win some to Jesus for the glory of the Lord.

 Did Paul see that fruit? Well, years later when he wrote to the Philippians from Rome, Paul was able to praise God for fruit even among the members of "Caesar's household", Phil. 4:22.

 

A.   ****  Tell me God isn't interested in numbers!!!

And I'll tell you that you are wrong.

By the looks of these few verses here, God Is Interested.

 

BUT!!!  People are not interested in gaining numbers in the church.

You know who else isn't?  The Devil.

 

C. Whether the fruit you bear for the Lord is manifested in your attitudes, your activity, or in the addition of souls to the Kingdom of Heaven, you need to know that your fruit glorifies God like nothing else can.

John 15:8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

 

VIII.   Paul was OBLIGATED

V. 14  I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

 

A. As Paul wrote to the Roman Christians, he felt a deep debt to those who needed the hear the Gospel message.

This debt Paul felt is seen in every area of his ministry.

In regard to the lost, Paul had this to say,

Rom. 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

 

B.  This was a man who is driven.

How else could he endure the things he had endured for the cause of Christ?

 

Listen to the list here!!

II Cor. 11:24-28   24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

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

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

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

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

 

Why did Paul do these things? Because he felt that he was a debtor to every lost person in the world.

He felt a great need to share the Gospel message with them.

 

B. May I remind you this morning that you and I are indebted as well? We aren't in debt to God, for the gift of salvation we were given was a perfectly free gift. We are, however, indebted to those who are perishing about us. We hold in our hands the answer to the problem of sin for them. We hold in our hands the remedy for the disease that is killing them. Every believer in this room tonight needs to remember that we owe a debt to every person who lives around us, Mark 16:15.

 

C. How do I discharge this debt?

The only way is for me to tell the world about the Savior.

 Can I? Yes, if I am saved,

Acts 1:8.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

IX.   Paul was  EAGER to get the job done

V. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

 

A. As Paul closed this section, he tells the Romans that he is "ready" to go to Rome to preach.

The word "ready" means "eager". Paul is saying, "I can't wait until I get to Rome so that I can preach the Gospel there also."

In other words, Paul is excited about his call and his commission. He is an excited Christian!

 

B. My I say this morning that every Christian should be eager about serving the Lord.

Isn't it true that we often lack that air of excitement when it comes to the Lord's work?

I mean, we really get into the things of the flesh that we like whether it be hunting, fishing, racing, football, or anything else you can name.

 

But when it comes to witnessing,,,, where are the people who are lining up to go into the world and share the Gospel?

Where are those who get excited when it gets close to church time?

Where are those who would rather miss out on anything than they had to miss out on something God is doing?

We need believers in this day who are excited about the things of God.

Oh that God would cause the reality of what we are involved in to dawn on us.

Oh that we would see that this business is real and that the work accomplished is eternal.

 

C. Would you describe your life as one lived in eager anticipation of doing the Lord's will? If not, there should be some changes made this morning!

 

D. That word "eager" also implies a sense of urgency.

Paul knew that he only has a limited time to carry out the Lord's work in his life.

He also knew that those who need to hear the Gospel are running out of time.

 Paul is saying that he must get to Rome so that he can preach the soul saving Gospel to those held in sin's captivity.

 

(Ill. My friend, we too, need that same sense of urgency about our service for the Lord.

We need to realize that one day soon our lives will end.

Then, it will be too late to work for the Lord.

Then it will be too late to bear fruit for His glory.

If we are to work, then we must do it now, for this is the only time we have.

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus,

 

John 4:35; Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Do we have a sense of  urgency this morning?

 

Conc: I think it is safe to say that Paul represents what every Christian should be.

I wonder tonight if you have taken the time to examine your own life?

If so, are there areas where you need to move closer to the Lord's will for you?

Are there areas that need to be surrendered?

Are there motives that need to be addressed?

Is there a lack of eagerness and urgency that needs to be confessed and dealt with?

My friends, if there is a spiritual need this morning,

 I invite you to come before the Lord. He, and He alone, can and will meet your need today!

 

 

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                                      The Compassion of Christ

                                             Luke 7:11-18

 

Intro:  The beginning of this chapter we find Jesus entering the city of Capernaum.    A Centurion heard that Jesus was in  town and wanted healing for his servant that the Bible says was dear to him.  He sends some elders to Jesus to ask Him to come and heal the servant.  Jesus begins to go to the Centurions house and when he got near to the house the Centurion sent friends to tell Jesus not to come any further.  He said his house was not worthy for Jesus to enter, and that he himself was not worthy to stand in front of Christ.  Jesus marveled at his faith and heals the servant 

Now in V-11 Jesus leaves Capernaum the day after and begins to enter into a city called Nain.   It was a small village in Galilee, three miles south west of Mount Tabor: It is now a small village called Nein.  Means Lovely Green Pastures.  He goes in there with His Disciples and the Bible says "much people."  Which again we see folks just following Jesus.  Jesus shows His compassion by raising this lady's son.  Lets talk about this characteristic of Jesus.

This is also a picture of the progression of one coming to Christ.

 

I.  There was a Person Dead  V-12

A.  This is a picture of what we were like before Jesus came and saved us.

B.  We were dead in our sins

Eph 2:1 ¶ And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;

1.  Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

a.  We were dead with no hope of eternal life with Christ.

b.  We were born dead in our sins, because of the sinful nature passed down to us.

c.  A lost sinner with no chance of heaven.  d.  No life....Dead

 

II.  Jesus had Compassion on the Mother...  V-13

A.  He saw the sorrow in her heart because the only son (family member) that she had was dead.  She was also a widow.

 1.  He said to  her  "weep not"

B.  This pictures a person agonizing over a family member that isn't a child of God.

1.  Parents praying over their kids to get saved.

2.  Wives over husbands that are not saved.

3.  Husbands over wives that need Christ.

C.  Do you ever have sorrow in your heart, because you know someone that needs Christ,  and that person just might die and wind up in hell?

1.  Do you ever have sorrow in your heart and realize that you are on you way to hell?

D.  Jesus has compassion on you and says to your heart  "Weep not,  Weep not."  Why???  Because Jesus is giving you the opportunity to accept Him as Saviour, and that should make you happy.

 

What happens next?

III.  Jesus touched the bier.  (coffin)  V-14

A.  When Jesus did that, He gave that man life

B.  When Jesus in a sense touched us He gave us eternal life.

C.  He told that man to arise.

1.  Jesus quickened that mortal body.

a.  Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

D.  He gave you and I life eternal, because one day we said yes to Him.

E.  He told that man that was dead, Arise...

a.    Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

b.  Jesus arose from the grave three days after He was crucified

 

IV.  He Began to Speak

A.  This is like someone who gets saved begins to tell others of what happened to them.

B.  Remember the woman at the well?  She becomes a believer in Christ and goes back to the town and tells everyone about Jesus.

Joh 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

C.  We need to tell others about Christ and what He did for us.

This world is not my home...

 

V.  The results V-16

A.  Fear came upon those folks and they glorified God, because of what they saw.

B.  Remember the other day we were talking about blessing and praising God.

1.  One of the best things to praise God for is when one becomes a born again Christian.  One who has been given life.

  John 3:16, 17  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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

 

Are you saved today?  Has Jesus ever came and touched you and gave you life?

 

 

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                                       WHAT MATTERS MOST

                                   I Corinthians 13:1-13

 

Intro: God has been good to His people! He has given us more than we ever deserved.

Think of it!

He provided a means of salvation that will save the vilest sinner.

He has given us so many precious promises, and He stands by every one of them.

 

When a person comes to Jesus for salvation, the Holy Spirit gives them spiritual gifts so that God might use them for His glory in His kingdom work, 1 Corinthians 12

All the spiritual gifts have their place in the work of the body of Christ. They all serve to edify the body and to glorify the Lord.

We each have been gifted in a special, unique fashion by the Holy Spirit.

Some gifts like tongues and healing have been blown out of proportion.

Other gifts, like giving and helps have not been given nearly enough attention.

 

The greatest, most essential gift that God gave His church, the gift that contains the most divine power is the gift of His love working in us and through us.

•  His love was placed within us when we were saved by His grace:

Romans 5:5  "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

 

•  His love, working in us, and displayed one to another, is the greatest testimony we have to a lost world:

John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

 

•  When we walk in love one for another, we are walking in obedience to the Lord:

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

 

•  When we walk in love one for another, we prove that we are saved by His grace:

1 John 3:14   "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

 

One of the problems in the church at Corinth, was that they were showing nearly every spiritual gift in existence, but they were not walking in love one for another.

 

The Corinthians loved the flashy gifts. They loved tongues, prophecy, and other gifts that made them look spiritual in the eyes of others.

God was more interested in them coming to the place where they loved one another like He loved them.

 

 •  Chapters 12-14 were written to combat the problems that existed in Corinth related to the spiritual gifts and their usage in the church.

While we think of these chapters as standalone chapters, they really should be read together.

 

•  Chapter 12 talks about the spiritual gifts and how they are given to us and why they are beneficial to the whole body of Christ.

Chapter 12 speaks about how the body of Christ is strengthened and blessed when individuals use the gifts they have been given by the Lord.

 

 Chapter 14 deals with the misuse of the sign gifts like tongues and healing.

Contrary to popular belief, chapter 14 does not encourage the use of tongues, it actually discourages the use of tongues in church and calls the church of Corinth to deeper maturity in their walk with the Lord.

 

•  In the middle is Chapter 13. It follows on the heals of chapter 12, which closes with this statement in verse 31:  "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." In other words "You are coveting the best gifts, but I show you a much better way".

 

Chapter 13 talks about What Matters Most.

 

 •  What Matters Most is not whether you possess some flashy gift or not.

 

•  What Matters Most is not how smart you are.

 

•  What Matters Most is not how wealthy, not how popular, not how famous, not how well liked, you are.

 

•  What Matters Most is how well you love.

 

•  When you learn to love like Jesus loves, you have discovered What Matters Most.

 

•  This passage is all about What Matter Most.

 

I want to talk about What Matters Most. ....Love!!

 

((Now this might be a little tedious, but going through this section will help us all to get a better understanding of what the love of God is and how we should integrate this love in our lives.))

 

I.  V. 1-3  LOVE'S DISTINCTION

 

The whole idea of these verses is that love is distinct from, and superior to, anything we can be or do!

Regardless of what we do, if it is not infused with, and carried out though, the love of God, it is a colossal waste of time.

 

A.  V. 1  Love Is Higher Than The Sensational - You may be a great speaker, but that is no substitute for love. No matter how great your oratory is, how beautiful your speech, how brilliant your rhetoric, without love you are simply a clanging cymbal.

 

      Have you ever been to a cymbal solo? I can assure you it probably isn't very exciting.

No matter what you say, nor how you say it, nor how accurate it may be, without love it is just noise.

 

You see, great oratory can move a person's emotions.

Great rhetoric can move a person's mind.

A great speech can move a person's will, but only great love can move a person's heart.

Oratory can move one to tears, but only love can move one to Jesus.

 

B.  V. 2  Love Is Higher Than The Spectacular - This verse mentions several spectacular abilities.

1. Gift of prophecy

2.  Understand all mysteries and knowledge

3.  Have all faith that could move mountains

 

But, even if a person was able to do all of these things and he did not have the love of God (charity) in his heart, he was nothing!

 

C.  V. 3  Love is Higher Than The Sacrificial -

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 

We can give away everything we own. We can even give up our bodies on the altar of martyrdom, but if we do so without love in our hearts, it is a waste of time and it does not profit us one bit.

 

The emphasis is clear! When love is absent, the Christian is no better than a heathen, v. 1;

He is nothing, v. 2;  and He can expect nothing, v. 3.

Regardless of what others may think of us, our abilities, or our gifts, without love, it is all a spectacular waste of time!

 

 II.  V. 4-12  LOVE'S DESCRIPTION

This would be a good personal Bible Study for each of us.

 

In these verses, Paul gives an in-depth description of love. He reveals all of its characteristics to us. These are truths that we need to be reminded of continually.

 

A.  V. 4-6  Love's Features -

 

1.  V. 4  Suffereth Long - This word means "patient endurance under provocation."

The literal meaning of the word is "long-tempered".

This characteristic of love reveals the truth that love does not retaliate!

 

Stephen is an example of this type of love - Acts 7:54-60. When he was killed

Also, The greatest example is that of the Lord Jesus - on the cross

Luke 23:34; Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 

2.  V. 4 Is Kind - This word refers to "active goodness that goes forth in behalf of others". Genuine love is never hateful or mean, but it respects others and reaches out to them.

 

3.  V. 4  Envieth Not - True love is "not jealous" over the abilities, successes, or possessions of others. Instead of being jealous when others prosper or excel, love is pleased when they do well.

 

 Jealousy is one of the vilest sins that we harbor in our hearts!

 It was jealousy that put Daniel in the lion's den.

It was jealousy that put Joseph in that pit!

Yet, godly love is never jealous. Rather, it is pleased when others succeed!

 

4.  V. 4  Vaunteth Not Itself - Literally, this phrase means "does not make a parade".

 Love does not brag! It does not draw attention to itself, or to what it is doing.

Love does not have to the center of attention.

 

5.  V. 4  Is Not Puffed Up - Love is "not arrogant or proud". It realizes that all it has, and all that it is, has been given to it by God.

 No matter how great our talents or how spectacular our gifts, everything we are is the result of divine grace. Thus, love is humble, because it remembers where it was before grace found it.

 It realizes where it would be apart from the grace of God.

 

6.  V. 5  Does Not Behave Itself Unseemly - Love is "never rude", but it always treats others with compassion, consideration and respect!

Love controls the emotions. It is not friendly one day and rude the next.

Genuine love always makes Jesus look good!

 

7.  V. 5  Seeketh Not Her Own - True love is "never selfish and self-centered", but it is actively interested in what will profit others.

 It never looks at itself first, but it always considers another ahead of itself.

 

 Jesus is the prime example of this attitude in action, Matthew 20:28; Luke 22:42. This is how each of us is to be.

Philippians 2:3-5 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 

8.  V. 5  Is Not Easily Provoked - True loves "keeps no record of evils done to it", but it willingly endures all slights and injuries.

This characteristic of love reminds us that love does not demand its own rights! It is willing to yield to the will of another. True love only responds in anger to that which angers God!

All other things are handled through active, complete, immediate forgiveness,

 

Ephesians 4:32.And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 

9.  V. 5  Thinketh No Evil - Love "takes no worthless inventory".

Two thoughts are in mind here.

First, genuine love does not attribute evil motives to people. The actions of others are not seen in their most negative light. Love always thinks the best of others.

Second, genuine love does not dwell what others may have done.

 

If this attitude were practiced in the church, it would solve nearly all of any church's troubles. Someone once said, "It is natural to love them that love us, but it is supernatural to love them that hate us."

 

10.  V. 6  Rejoiceth Not In Iniquity - Love does not rejoice in sin; whether it is its own sins, or the sin of others. Love hates sin!

 Love does not rejoice when another falls into sin!

 

Whether we will admit it or not, there is a part of us that is glad when another believer falls because we think it makes us look better.

 

That is why we just have to tell someone else about it. True love does not gossip or rejoice when another believer falls, but it hurts with the injured member!

 

11.  V. 6  Rejoiceth In The Truth - While love hates all forms of evil, it loves the truth!

It rejoices when truth is proclaimed and when truth wins the victory.

Love is glad for the truth, even when the truth hurts. Love is glad when truth wins the day!

 

12.  V. 7  Beareth All Things - Love patiently endures and overlooks the faults in others. The word "beareth" literally means "to cover".

Instead of parading the failures and faults of others before all the world, love covers them over and continues to love in spite of those things!

 

This is how God loves us,

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

 

2.  V. 7  Believeth All Things - Love always places the best possible interpretation on everything that happens. It does not always seek the most negative answer, but it believes that good will triumph in any situation. Basically, love trusts, love believes and love has confidence in the one loved.

 

 3.  V. 7  Hopeth All things - Love always expects the best possible outcome. Love refuses to accept failure. Love is the eternal optimist!  Love always holds out hope that things will work out right in the end.

 

4.  V. 7  Endureth All Things - This is a military term and means that "love does not give up the fort"!

 It stands its ground and continues in spite of everything that can be thrown against it.

 It continues in spite of persecution and ill treatment.

Love bears the unbearable, believes the impossible, holds on the incredible and never gives up. The word stop does not exist in the vocabulary of love!

 

 

 

5.  V. 8-12  Charity Never Faileth - When everything else in this world has passed away.

When everything that is held us such high esteem is gone.

When knowledge and spiritual gifts no longer matter, love will still exist.

It is the great constant throughout eternity.

 

The idea here is not about success. The idea is one of endurance.

When other things have been removed from view, there will still be love! It does not give in, give up or give out.

Love that is real is love that lasts!

 

 The Bible says that three things abide: Faith, Hope and Love.

Yet, faith and hope are encompassed inside of love,

Therefore, the greatest of all things a believer can possess is love!

If our love is right, then faith is no problem!

If our love is right, then our hope is in the right place.

 When our love is right, then we are right!

 

What makes love so great?

 Love is the defining characteristic of Who God is, 1 John 4:8.

When the Bible wanted to describe God in one sentence, it said, "God is love."

 God does not have faith! After all, who would God place His faith in?

God does not have hope! What would One Who controls everything possible have to hope for?

Yet, God is love! Therefore, we are never more God-like than when we learn to love like God.

 

To be like God, we must learn to love like God! When we can do this, our world will be altered for His glory!

 

Conc: How well do we love?

 

•  Do we love God more than anything else in this world,

 

•  Do we love others like God loves them

 

 

 
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