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100 Adrian Rogers outlines

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by grosey

“The Sin of Sodom and the Spirit of the World” Genesis 13:1-11

I. The World Courted Lot

II. The World Conformed Lot

III. The World Corrupted Lot

IV. The World Cost Lot

“Dying Grace” Genesis 47:28-29

I. Jacob Had a Forgiving Lord with Him

II. Jacob Had a Fruitful Life behind Him

III. Jacob Had a Family Legacy after Him

IV. Jacob Had a Future Light around Him

V. Jacob Had Faithful Loved Ones Awaiting Him

“Families that Choose Life” Exodus 20:1-13

I. God Gives Three Kinds of Life

A. Physical Life

B. Spiritual Life

C. Eternal Life

II. Satan Destroys Life

A. Satan’s Motive

B. Satan’s Methods

III. Parents Protect Life

A. Physical Life

B. Social Life

C. Spiritual Life

“How To Know the Ways of God” Exodus 33:12-14

I. The Difference between Knowing God’s Way and His Work

A. Rest and Relapse

B. Intimacy and Infatuation

C. Teacher and Testifier

D. Peace and Panic

E. Intercession and Indifference

II. How Can You Know the Ways of God

A. Not by Human Reason

B. Through an Intimate Relationship with God

“Pass the Salt” Leviticus 2:11-13

Do you want to know how to understand the Bible?” in order to understand the Old Testament,

one must understand the second coming of Christ in the Bible, one must understand that

Israel is analogous for the Christian life, and one must understand that Jesus can be found

anywhere in the Bible.

I. Presenting Christ in His Purity: Leaven

II. Presenting Christ in His Integrity: Honey

III. Presenting Christi in His Vitality: Salt

“The Sin of Omission” Numbers 32:23

What can you be sure of in life?” “your sins will find you out.”

Moses addressed the sin of omission. man can sin by not

doing what God has told him to do. all sin has been

atoned for except the sin of rejecting Christ

.I. The Sin of Omission Is a Very Destructive Sin

II. The Sin of Omission Is a Very Deceiving Sin

III. The Sin of Omission Is a Very Determined Sin

“What Fathers Should Teach Their Children about Sex” Deut 5:18, 21; 6:6-9 Prov 5

I. Dads Need to Point Out the Dangers about Sex

II. Dads Need to Give Out Directions about Sex

III. Dads Need to Point out the Delights about Sex

“The Sin that Lost a War” Joshua 7:1-5

I. The Underlying Cause of Sin

II. The Unfailing Curse of Sin

III. The Ultimate Consequences of Sin

“Give Me this Mountain” Joshua 14:6-12

I. The Character of Caleb

II. The Confidence of Caleb

III. The Courage of Caleb

IV. The Conquest of Caleb

“Bring Back the Glory ” Judges 1:1-2

I. Days of Glorious Conquest

II. Days of Gradual Compromise

A. The Enemies that They Feared

B. The Enemies that They Favored

C. The Enemies with Whom They Fellowshipped

III. Days of Grim Consequences

“It’s Decision that Determines Destiny” Ruth 1:1-18

I. The Principle of Choice

II. The Problem of Bad Choices

III. The Power of Wise Choices

1 Samuel 1 Why is society in a mess? lack of godly mothers

I. Priority of the Home and the attack upon motherhood by feminism

II. Prayer for the Family

III. Purpose of the Family

IV. Persistence of Prayer

V. Persuasion of the Gospel

1 Samuel 24:1-7 How can you have kingdom authority in your life

I. Recognize Kingdom Authority

II. Respect Kingdom Authority

III. Rest in Kingdom Authority

“The Way Home” 2 Samuel 11:1-15

I. The Danger of Backsliding

II. The Development of Backsliding

A. Casualness

B. Carelessness

C. Compulsiveness

D. Callousness

III. The Dealing with Backsliding

A. Conviction

B. Chastisement

C. Challenge

D. Consummation or Confession

E. Cleansing

F. Confidence

“Let the Fires Fall” 1 Kings 18:1-39 Is it too late to have a revival?

I. The Enemies of Revival

A. The Compromiser

B. The Corrupt

C. The Confused

D. The Competition

II. The Elements of Revival

A. The Solidarity of God’s People

B. The Separation from the World

C. The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

D. The Supernatural Power of God

E. The Strength of Believing Prayer

III. The Evidence of Revival

A. Revival Consumes

B. Revival Convicts

C. Revival Converts

“Facing the Problem of Pride” 2 Kings 5:1-11, 14 What is man’s biggest problem?

I. The Marvelous Character of Naman

II. The Miserable Condition of Naman

III. The Miraculous Cure of Naman

“The Road to Hell Is Paved with Pride” 2 Kings 5:11

I. The Marvelous Character of the Man

A. Capable Leader

B. Conquering Leader

C. Courageous Leader

II. The Miserable Condition of the Man

A. Problem of Human Resources

B. Problem of Human Reputation

C. Problem of Human Reason

III. The Miraculous Cleansing of the Man

A. His Repentance

B. His Reliance

C. His Renewal

“The Making of the Man of God” 2 Kings 13:20-21

I. The Memorial of the Man

II. The Making of the Man

III. The Ministry of the Man

“Let’s Just Praise the Lord” 1 Chronicles 16:29

I. We Worship Constantly

II. We Worship Creatively

III. We Worship Collaboratively

IV. We Worship Confidently

“It Is Prayer Time ” 2 Chronicles 7:14

I. The People God Has

II. The Pride God Hates

III. The Prayer God Hears

IV. The Promise God Honors

“Do you have a problem?” 2 Chronicles 20:1-26

I. He Encountered a Problem

II. He Established a Purpose

III. He Examined the Past

IV. He Embraced a Promise

V. He Exposed His Powerlessness

VI. He Enlisted Protection

VII. He Engaged Preparation

VIII. He Expressed Praise

IX. He Expected Power

X. He Enjoyed the Provision

Nehemiah 6:1-16 “What are the Devices tricks of the devil?

I. The Devil Will Use Derision

II. The Devil Will Use Discouragement

III. The Devil Will Use Danger

IV. The Devil Will Use Discord

V. The Devil Will Use Depletion

VI. The Devil Will Use Distraction

VII. The Devil Will Use Defamation

VIII. The Devil Will Use Dismay

IX. The Devil Will Use Deception

“How to Stand When You Do Not Understand?” Job 1:6-18

I. An Unexpected Tragedy

II. An Unexplained Victory

III. An Unexpected Victory

“Too Blessed to Be Stressed” Psalms 37

I. Trust in the Lord When Your Resources Vanish

II. Delight in the Lord When Your Dreams Dissolve

III. Commit Your Way to the Lord When Your Lifestyle Is Threatened

IV. Rest in the Lord When God Seems Slow to Act

“How to Deal with Depression” Psalm 42

I. The Severe Problem of Depression

A. Examples of Depression

B. Description of Depression

1. Spiritual Dryness

2. Overwhelming Circumstances

3. Preoccupation with Death

II. Spiritual Provisions for Depression

A. Look Inward

B. Look Upward

C. Look Forward

“Dads Who Shoot Straight” Psalms 127

I. Dads Who Shoot Strait Must Have an Arm that Is Strong

II. Dads Who Shoot Strait Must Have Arrows that Are Straight

III. Dads Who Shoot Strait Must Have an Aim that Is Sure

“Finding God’s Way in a Dark Day” Proverbs 3:5-6

I. A Trusting Confidence in God

II. A Total Commitment to God

III. A Thrilling Confidence from God

“God’s Grace in the Workplace” Prov 14:23 1 Cor 1:26, Col 4:5-6.

I. The Sacredness of Everyday Work all honest work is sacred work,

II. The Sphere of Everyday Work

III. The Service of Everyday Work view work as a ministry.

“The Principle of Prosperity” Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

Do you want some good news? I. The Principle of Investment

II. The Principle of Diversification

III. The Principle of Preparation

IV. The Principle of Venture

V. The Principle of Trust

VI. The Principle of Work

VII. The Principle of Perspective

VIII. The Principle of Accountability

“Music of Marriage” Song of Solomon 1:1-16

“Did you know that 80 percent of marital problems are caused by poor communication?”

I. Successful Marriages Communicate with Plentiful Words

II. Successful Marriages Communicate with Personal Words

III. Successful Marriages Communicate with Positive Words

IV. Successful Marriages Communicate with Passionate Words

“Why I am Pro-Life” Isaiah 5:20

I. It Is a Matter of Life

II. It Is a Matter of Love

III. It Is a Matter of Logic

“The Greatest Story Ever Told” Isaiah 53:1-12

“What is the greatest chapter in the Bible?”

I. The Mystery of His Birth

II. The Manner of His Life

III. The Meaning of His Death

IV. The Miracle of His Resurrection

V. The Magnificence of His Reign

“Snake Eggs, Spider Webs and Traffic Jams” Isaiah 59:1-5

Why does God appear not to answer the prayers of the church for revival?

pornography, drug addiction, alcoholism, homosexuality, and abortion.

I. Snake Eggs: Poisonous Eggs from Satan

II. Spider Webs: Satanic Traps that Create Bondage

III. Traffic Jams: Satanic Obstacles that Hinder Justice and Truth

“There Is Nothing too Difficult for God” Jeremiah 32:17

Where is God and why doesn’t he do something?

I. The Majesty of God’s Limitless Power (Gen 18:14)

A. There Is No Promise too Difficult for God to Keep (Titus 1:2)

B. There Is No Prayer too Difficult for God to Answer (Jer 33:3)

C. There Is No Problem too Difficult for God to Solve (Isa 55:8-9)

D. There Is No Person too Difficult for God to Save (Isa 1:18)

II. The Mystery of Man’s Limiting Power (Ps 78:41)

A. Man Can Limit God by an Unwilling Spirit (Matt 23:37)

B. Man Can Limit God by an Unconcerned Attitude (Rev 3:20)

C. Man Can Limit God by an Unreasonable Mindset (Is 1:18)

D. Man Can Limit God by an Unclean Lifestyle (Is 59:1-2)

E. Man Can Limit God by an Unbelieving Heart (Matt 15:58)

“Rivers of Revival” Ezekiel 47:1-12

I. The Mysterious Source of the River

A. It Comes from a Humble Source

B. It Comes from a Holy Source

C. It Comes from a Heated Source

II. The Marked Course of the River

A. It Flows into the Depressed Places

B. It Flows into the Deserted Places

C. It Flows into the Deadly Places

III. The Mighty Force of the River

A. Where the Waters Flow, the Trees Will Grow

B. Where the Waters Flow, the Fish Will Grow

C. Where the Waters Flow, the Fruit Will Grow

D. Where the Waters Flow, the Health Will Grow

“Facing the New Age” Daniel 3:1-6

I. Saturate Your Children in the Word of God

II. Prepare Your Children for Peer Pressure

III. Teach Your Children to Stand Alone

IV. Teach Your Children Not to Fear the Furnace

“Countdown in the Holy Land” Daniel 9:24-27

I. The Period

II. The People

III. The Place

IV. The Purpose

V. The Program

“Fasting and Prayer” Joel 1:14

What Joel said about fasting, what Jesus said about fasting,

and what several figures from church history said about fasting.

I. The Meaning of Fasting

II. The Motivation for Fasting

III. The Ministry of Fasting

IV. The Methods of Fasting

“Miracle of Missions” Jonah 1-4

authority of the Bible, understand the book of Jonah literally

I. Hear the Mission Mandate

II. Preach the Missionary Message

III. Remember the Missionary Miracle

IV. Understand the Missionary Motive

“Christmas in the Old Testament” Micah 5:2

“How do I understand the Old Testament?” is by looking for Jesus.

I. The Portrait of Christ in the Old Testament

II. The Prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament

III. The Presentation of Christ in the Old Testament

“Don’t Let the Election Steal Your Song” Habakkuk 1-3

I. A Perplexing Problem

II. A Proper Perspective

III. A Profound Praise

“The Greatness of Our God” Haggai 1:3-6

“How big is God?”

I. Our God Is Lord of Heaven

II. Our God Is Lord of Harvest

III. Our God Is Lord of History

“Haunted by the Ghost of Guilt” Zechariah 3:1-5

I. The Accused

II. The Adversary

III. The Advocate

“Faithful in Stewardship” Malachi 3:7-12

I. Who Is Interested in Your Money?

A. God Is Interested in Your Money

B. The Devil Is Interested in Your Money

C. You Are Interested in Your Money

II. How to Have Financial Freedom

A. There Is a Personal Return

B. There Is a Financial Release

C. There Is a Spiritual Renewal

“When Bankruptcy is a Blessing” Matthew 5:1-9

“Who are the spiritual beggars of the world?”

I. The Spiritual Beggar and his Bankruptcy

II. The Spiritual Beggar and His Brokenness

III. The Spiritual Beggar and His Blessedness

“The Bible Believing Church” Matthew 5:17-18

I. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Predictions

II. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Perfection

III. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Purpose

“What You Can Expect” Matthew 13:1-58

seven things every Christian can expect when he or she chooses to follow Jesus.

I. You Should Expect Many to Reject the Gospel

II. You Should Expect Hypocrites in the Church

III. You Should Expect a Rise of False Teachers

IV. You Should Expect Corruption in the Church

V. You Should Expect Jesus to Establish His Kingdom

VI. You Should Expect Jesus to Build His Church

VII. You Should Expect God’s Final Judgment

“The Church of Jesus Christ” Matthew 16:13-18

“Are you looking for an exciting and meaningful cause?

I. The Saving Faith of the Church

II. The Sovereign Formation of the Church

III. The Supernatural Formation of the Church

IV. The Sweet Fellowship of the Church

V. The Sure Future of the Church

VI. The Sacred Function of the Church

“The Carpenter is Still Building Houses” Matthew 19:1-9

Has marriage become obsolete? The Bible is the means for

determining the definition and importance of marriage.

We need an outside point or else everything is relative.

I. The Provisions of Married Life

A. Creation of Marriage

B. Commitment of Marriage

C. Cultivation of Marriage

D. Consummation of Marriage

II. The Pollution of Marriage

III. The Preservation of Marriage

“Same Sex Marriage and the Word of God” Matthew 19:1-6

the homosexual agenda. I define marriage as “the joining together of a

man and a woman to bring the next generation into the world and

provide those children with mothers and fathers who will assume unique obligations and responsibilities

I. Homosexuality is a Moral Problem (Lev 18:22)

II. Homosexuality is a Spiritual Problem (Mark 7:21)

III. Homosexuality is a Social Problem (1 Kgs 14:24)

IV. Homosexuality is a Solvable Problem (1 Cor 6:9-11)

“There Is No Omission in the Great Commission” Matthew 28:18-20

The importance of a person’s last words, and that the last words of Jesus

were the Great Commission in Matthew 18:18-20.

I. We Are to Employ All Power

A. Description of this Power

B. Domain of this Power

C. Dispersal of this Power

1.This Power Enlightens

2.This Power Energizes

3.This Power Encourages

4.This Power Edifies

5.The Power Employs

II. We Are to Endure All Ages

“Suicide of the Soul” Mark 10:17-22

I. The Young Man’s Desire

II. The Young Man’s Decision

III. The Young Man’s Destiny

“How to Overcome Temptation” Luke 4:1-12

“How can you win the battle over temptation?”

1. How do people deal with temptation?

2. When to expect temptation?

3. Who is the source of temptation?

4. How are we tempted?

5. What is sin?

I. The Principle of Sonship

II. The Principle of Submission

III. The Principle of Spirituality

IV. The Principle of Scripture

V. The Principle of Satisfaction

“The Forgotten Word” Luke 13:1-15

I. The Mandate of Repentance

II. The Meaning of Repentance

A. Repentance Is More than Mere Conviction

B. Repentance Is More than Mere Confession

1. Example of a Horrified Confession

2. Example of a Hypocritical Confession

3. Example of a Half-hearted Confession

4. Example of a Hemmed-up Confession

C. Repentance Is a Change of Heart

III. The Motive of Repentance

A. The Command of God

B. The Curse of Guilt

C. The Condition of Grace

“Faithful Stewardship” Luke 16:1-13

Is your money the master of you or are you the master of your money?

I. Secure Money

II. Save Money

III. Spend Money

IV. Share Money

“The Holy Spirit” John 14:16-18

A Christian will never be successful in the faith, victorious over temptation,

and powerful in prayer if he or she is ignorant regarding the Holy Spirit.”

I. The Work of the Holy Spirit Is to Restore the Presence of Christ

II. The Work of the Holy Spirit Is to Represent the Person of Christ

III. The Work of the Holy Spirit Is to Recall the Promises of Christ

IV. The Work of the Holy Spirit Is to Release the Power of Christ

“Every Christian’s Job” John 20:21

What are some things that are true about Jesus that should be true about us?

I. His Mandate Is Our Mandate

II. His Mission Is Our Mission

III. His Method Is Our Method

IV. His Message Is Our Message

V. His Motive Is Our Motive

“Principles of Power” Acts 2:1-4

There are several similarities between the traditional meals

prepared on the day of Pentecost with the arrival of the

Holy Spirit upon the church.

I. The Holy Spirit Is a Promise to Be Received

II. The Holy Spirit Is a Power to Be Released

III. The Holy Spirit Is a Person to Be Recognized

“Are you filled with the Spirit?”

“Are you saved?”

“What Is a Great Church?” Acts 4:33

How would you measure a great church?

I. A Great Church Has Great Power (Acts 4:33)

II. A Great Church Has Great Grace (Acts 4:33)

III. A Great Church Has Great Fear (Reverence) (Acts 5:5)

IV. A Great Church Has Great Persecution (Acts 8:1)

V. A Great Church Has Great Joy (Acts 8:6)

VI. A Great Church Has Great Numbers Saved (Acts 11:21)

“What Is Wrong with Gambling?” Acts 19:21-32

I. Gambling Violates the Principle of Honesty

II. Gambling Violates the Principle of Love

III. Gambling Violates the Principle of Work

IV. Gambling Violates the Principle of Providence

“Eternal Security of the Believer” Romans 8:1-39

Is there anything better than being saved?

the only thing better that being saved is for a person to be saved, and know

he or she is saved, and to know that he or she can never lose his or her salvation.

I. The Clear Promise of Scripture (Rom 8:38-39)

II. The Nature of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross (Heb 10:1-4, 14)

III. The Continuing Work of the Holy Spirit (Phil 1:6)

IV. The Predestination of God (Rom 8:29-30)

V. The Relationship the Believer Has with Christ (2 Cor 5:17)

VI. The Reception of Eternal Life (John 5:24)

VII. The Prayer of Jesus (John 17:15)

VIII. The Sovereignty of God (1 Pet 1:3-5)

Matt 24:13, 2 Peter 2:20-22; and Hebrews 6:4-6).

Predestined for Hell? Romans 9:1-10

I. God’s Sovereign Choice

II. God’s Spotless Character

III. God’s Steadfast Concern

“How to Discover Your Spiritual Gift” Romans 12:1-6

I. Sacrificial Presentation

II. Spiritual Transformation

III. Somber Consideration

A. Principle of Enlightenment

B. Principle of Enjoyment

C. Principle of Encouragement

IV. Shared Participation

V. Specific Activation

“Does a Loving God Believe in Capital Punishment?” Romans 13:1-7

Does a loving God believe in capital punishment?

A. God Prohibits Revenge

B. God Promises Retribution

C. God Provides Restraint

II. To Obey God

III. To Protect Society

IV. The Good of the Criminal

V. The Justice of God

“Women in Ministry” 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

I. Principles of Spiritual Authority

A. Apostolic Authority

B. Pastoral Authority

C. Government Authority

D. Employer Authority

E. Household Authority

F. Church Authority

II. Role of Women in the Church (2 Tim 2:11-15)

A. How God uses Woman

B. Women God Has Used

C. Woman God Will Use

III. The Covering of the Woman’s Head

“What Is the Gospel?” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

If someone were to ask you to define the gospel, what would you say?”

The Passion of The Christ movie. Why is the gospel is an offense to many people.

Man’s greatest problems are sin, sorrow and death.

I. The Content of the Gospel

A. The Debt of Sin

B. The Defilement of Sin

C. The Dominion of Sin

II. The Intent of the Gospel

A. To Save

B. To Strengthen

C. To Secure

III. The Extent of the Gospel

A. It Extends to Every Person

B. It Extends to Every Place

C. It Extends to Every Problem

“Soul Winners Six Mighty Motivations” 2 Corinthians 5:9-20

I. The Soul Winner’s Compulsion

II. The Soul Winner’s Compensation

III. The Soul Winner’s Conviction

IV. The Soul Winner’s Compassion

V. The Soul Winner’s Confidence

VI. The Soul Winner’s Commission

“The Battle for Your Mind” 2 Corinthians 10:3-11

I. The Warfare of Our Foe

A. The Devil Wants Your Mind

B. God Wants Your Mind

1. God Communicates through Your Mind

2. God Changes You through Your Mind

3. God Controls You through Your Mind

II. The Weakness of Our Flesh

A. Education Is Not the Answer

B. Legislation Is Not the Answer

C. Environment Is Not the Answer

III. The Weapons of Our Fight

A. The Sovereignty of Our Commander

B. The Authority of Our Commission

C. The Certainty of Our Courage

Freedom from the Prison of Perfection” Galatians 3:1-3

How did you get saved, by grace or works?

I. Life Behind Bars

A. Description of a Perfectionist

B. Critical Attitude of a Perfectionist

C. Obstacle to Fellowship

II. Characteristics of a Perfectionist

A. Impossible goals

B. Idealist

C. Goal Oriented

D. Misplaced Self-esteem

E. False Guilt

III. The Great Escape

A. God Accepts You

B. Forgive Yourself

C. Accept Others

“Victory over the Flesh” Galatians 5:16-26; Exodus 17:8-16

There is a parallel between the battle of Israel with Amalek and the

battle between the Christian and “the flesh” or sin. There are several

analogies in which Old Testament characters and events are New

Testament types. For example, Amalek (Esau) as a type for the sinful

nature or the flesh principle mentioned by the apostle Paul in

Galatians 5:16-26. Israel is a type for the Christian, Egypt symbolizes

the lost condition of man, the Red Sea is the conversion experience,

Pharaoh was a type for the devil, and the wilderness was a symbol for

the carnal Christian. I. The Certainty of the Fight

II. The Strategy of the Foe

III. The Victory of Our Faith

“The Law of Sowing and Reaping” Galatians 6:6

I. The Law of Dissemination

II. The Law of Identification

III. The Law of Anticipation

IV. The Law of Multiplication

V. The Law of Cultivation

VI. The Law of Participation

“Christian Warfare” Ephesians 6:10-26

I. The Christian Warrior and His Adversary

II. The Christian Warrior and His Armor

III. The Christian Warrior and His Attack

IV. The Christian Warrior and His Allies

“A Philosophy to Live By” Philippians 1:21

“What did Paul mean when he said, “To live is Christ?”

What did Paul mean when he said, “To die is gain?”,

what did Paul mean when he said, “For me to live is Christ?”

I. The Source of Life

II. The Subject of Life

III. The Standard of Life

IV. The Song of Life

V. The Satisfaction of Life

VI. The Strength of Life

VII. The Supply of Life

“How to Control Your Thought Life” Philippians 4:4-8

I. The Reliance Test

II. The Respect Test

III. The Righteous Test

IV. The Reverence Test

V. The Relationship Test

VI. The Refinement Test

“Five Steps to Mental Health” Philippians 4:4-9

I. Rejoice Continually in the Presence of God

II. Rely Consistently on the Power of God

III. Reflect Carefully on the Provisions of God

IV. Rest Completely in the Peace of God

V. Remember Cautiously the Promises of God

“Why I Reject Evolution” Colossians 1:12-17

“Did God create man or did man create God? 1 Timothy 6:20-21.

I. Logical Reasons for Rejecting Evolution

II. Moral Reasons for Rejecting Evolution

III. Theological Reasons for Rejecting Evolution

“The Comfort of His Coming” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18,

What three problems do many people face today?

Man’s three greatest problems as ignorance, sorrow, and hopelessness

I. You Need to Rely on the Certainty of His Coming

II. You Need to Rest in the Comfort of His Coming

III. You Need to Respond to the Challenge of His Coming

“Are you ready for the second coming?”

“Satan’s Superman” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

I. The Mockery of God Recounted

II. The Mystery of Inequity Restrained

III. The Ministry of the Spirit Removed

IV. The Mastery of Satan Released

V. The Misery of Man Redoubled

VI. The Majesty of Jesus Revealed

“Getting Ready for the Rapture” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

Will believers go through the tribulation?

Enoch as an Old Testament type representing the church during the rapture.

I. Impending Wrath of God

II. Expectant Wait of the Church

A. The White Horse of Dominion

B. The Red Horse of Destruction

C. The Black Horse of Deprivation

D. The Demon Spirits Released

1. They Are Infernal

2. They Are Insatiable

3. They Are Intolerable

4. They Are Irresistible

5. They Are Invincible

6. They Are Intelligent

7. They Are Insidious

8. They Are Insensitive

9. They Are Inescapable

10. They Are Injurious

11. They Are Indivisible

III. Exemplary Work We Must Do

“Evolution Fact or Fiction” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

I. Evolution May Be Rejected for Logical Reasons

There are four logical bridges that no evolutionist can cross;

Source of Water,

Source of Life,

The Impossible chances

II. Evolution May Be Rejected for Moral Reasons

III. Evolution May Be Rejected for Theological Reasons

“Why I Know the Bible Is the Word of God” 2 Timothy 3:12

I. The Fact Principle

II. The Faith Principle

III. The Faithful Principle

Gods Pattern for a Pastor Titus 1:1-14

“What are the characteristics of a godly Pastor?”

I. Be Blameless at Home

II. Be Blameless in Your Personal Like

III. Be Blameless in Your Preaching

“Do Not Be a Disgrace to Grace” Titus 2:11-15

Grace is a motivation for good works in the Christian’s

life and not an excuse for sinful behavior

I. Deeds that Disgrace Grace

A. Prince of the World

B. Purpose of the World

C. Philosophy of the World

D. People of the World

II. Four Principles Concerning the World

A. Pull of the World

B. Persuasion of the World

C. Pollution of the World

D. Price of the World

“The Word of God” Hebrews 4:12

I. The Absolute Perfection of the Word of God

II. The Wonderful Character of the Word of God

III. The Clear Authority of the Word of God

A. The Bible Has Life

B. The Bible Has Power

C. The Bible Has Sharpness

“How to be a Growing Christian” Hebrews 5:11-6:1

Are you a growing Christian?

I. The Mandate of Maturity

A. Dullness

B. Dependency

C. Discernment

II. The Motive of Maturity ( 1 John 2:12)

III. The Means of Maturity

A. Growth Requires Life

B. Growth Requires Time

C. Growth Requires Nourishment

D. Growth Requires Exercise

“Church Attendance” Hebrews 10:19-27

Why attend church?

I. Church Is Where Christians Enjoy the Savior

II. Church Is Where Christians Express Their Faith

III. Church Is Where Christians Encourage the Saints

“Communication in the Home” James 1:19-20 Proverbs

the five levels of communication: (1) the frivolous level, (2) the factual level,

(3) the fellowship level, (4) the feelings level, and (5) the freedom level.

I. How to Listen

A. Concentrate

B. Consideration

C. Clarification

II. Mistakes in Speech

A. Do Not Speak as a Judge

B. Do Not Speak as a Professor

C. Do Not Speak as a Historian

D. Do Not Speak as a Dictator

E. Do Not Speak as a Critic

F. Do Not Speak as a Preacher

III. How to Express Anger

A. Do Not Attempt Avoidance

B. Do Not Attempt Appeasement

C. Do Not Attempt Aggression

How to Understand the Bible” James 1:21-25

I. Welcome the Word of God with a Repentant Heart

II. Welcome the Word of God with a Receptive Heart

III. Welcome the Word of God with a Responsive Heart

IV. Welcome the Word of God with a Reflective Heart

“Superficial or Supernatural” James 1:26-27

What is real religion?

I. Danger of Superficial Faith

A. Lacks Reality

B. Lacks Restraint

C. Lacks Results

II. Delight of Supernatural Religion

A. It Reaches Upward

B. It Reaches Outward

C. It Reaches Inward

“The Word of God” 1 Peter 1:23-25

How many of you believe the Bible is the Word of God?

I. The Bible Is Incontestable

II. The Bible Is Incorruptible

III. The Bible Is Indestructible

IV. The Bible Is Indispensable

A. Provides Our Message

B. Provides Our Methods

C. Provides Our Members

“Seven Words that Can Build a Marriage” 1 Peter 3:1-7

“How do you keep the honey in your honeymoon?”

I. Faith

II. Acceptance

III. Contentment

IV. Forgiveness

V. Communication

VI. Romance

VII. Prayer

“A Christian Worldview” 1 Peter 3:10-15

What is a Christian worldview? Postmodernism, secularism, atheism..

address their issues, their terms? Their arguments? And ours and wider ones.

I. Principle of Lordship

II. Principle of Learning

III. Principle of Lowliness

IV. Principle of Lifestyle

V. Principle of Love

“Sick Dogs and Dirty Hogs” 2 Peter 2:17-22

I. The Endangerment of False Teachers

II. The Enticement of False Teachers

III. The Enslavement of False Teachers

IV. The Entanglement of False Teachers

“Birthmarks of a Believer” 1 John 2:3-11 “What is a real Christian?”

I. Submit to the Lordship of Christ

II. Seek the Lifestyle of Christ

III. Show the Love of Christ

“Real Salvation” 1 John 3:1-9

I. The Rebellion that Proves Our Sinfulness

II. The Righteousness that Proclaims Our Sonship

III. The Redemption that Provides Our Salvation

A. Deliverance from the Pollution of Sin

B. Deliverance from the Power of Sin

C. Deliverance from the Principle of Sin

“The Battle for the Bible” Jude 1-7

3 areas under attack: inerrancy of the Bible,

the deity of Christ, and the exclusivity of faith

in Christ for salvation.

I. The Danger of the Apostate

II. The Description of the Apostate

III. The Destruction of the Apostate

IV. The Defense against the Apostate

“The Sin of Lukewarmness” Revelation 3:14-21

The Lord’s Introduction

A. He Is the Confirming Christ

B. He Is the Convicting Christ

C. He Is the Controlling Christ

I. The Curse of Lukewarmness

A. To Whom Is God Speaking?

B. How Is Lukewarmness Manifested?

1. Lukewarm about Sanctification

2. Lukewarm about Service

3. Lukewarm about Scripture

4. Lukewarm about Supplication

5. Lukewarm about Sacrifice

6. Lukewarm about Soul Winning

C. What Is so Bad about Lukewarmness?

1. Lukewarm Christians Keep People Out of Heaven

2. Lukewarm Christians Are an Insult to God

3. Lukewarm Christians Are Open to Other Sins

II. The Cause of Lukewarmness

III. The Cure of Lukewarmness

Conclusion

A. A Word to the Lost to Receive Jesus

1. Salvation Is a Definite Act

2. Salvation Is a Deliberate Act

3. Salvation Is a Delightful Act

B. A Word to the Saved to Serve Jesus

“The Place Called Hell” Revelation 21:7-8

I. Hell Is a Place of Vile Association

II. Hell Is a Place of Separation from the Saint

III. Hell Is a Place of Eternal Darkness

IV. Hell Is a Place of Everlasting Death

V. Hell Is a Place of Hopelessness

VI. Hell Is a Place of Burning Fire

“The Shepherd and His Sheep” 1 Peter 5:1-4

What is a man of God?

I. We Are the Sheep

A. Sheep Are Wayward

B. Sheep Are Weak

C. Sheep Are Worthwhile

II. The Church Is the Flock

III. The Pastor Is the Shepherd

A. The Role of the Pastor

B. The Requirements of the Pastor

C. The Rewards of the Pastor

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Joseph messages

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by grosey

Genesis 37:1-36 Handling Life When Life Mishandles You

Joseph Enjoyed His Father’s Special Blessing

The Fact Of Jacob’s Favouritism

The Folly Of Jacob’s Favouritism

Joseph Endured his Brother’s Scheming Bitterness

They Hated him for His Bad Report

They Hated Him For His Beautiful Raiment

They Hated Him For His Blatant Recounts

Joseph Encountered God’s Sovereign Benevolence

God’s Providence In Prosperity

God’s Providence In Plots

God’s Providence In Pits

Genesis 39 Waiting On God

Joseph faces a… Trial of Abandonment.

Joseph faces a… Trial of Deception.

Joseph faces a… Trial of Betrayal.

1. When Circumstances Are at their Darkest, Remember The Promises Of God.

2. When Circumstances Are at their Darkest, Rely On The Providence Of God.

3. When Circumstances Are at their Darkest, Rest In The Presence Of God.

Genesis 39 2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man;

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you’ll miss it." – Ferris Bueller. Which is what the Psalmist said: Be still and know that I am God. It’s natural to look for the negative, and it starts early. I took my daughter Eleisha to the church parking lot to teach her how to ride a bike. I was excited! I said, “Eleisha, I had to learn how to ride the bike on sand and rocks, but you get to ride on all this asphalt. It’s going to be wonderful! Look at all that asphalt!” She said, “Daddy, what’s that down there?” I said, “Don’t worry about that, you’re going to be a bike rider. Look at all this asphalt!  It’s going to be great!’ She said, ‘There’s a curb down there.” I said, “Don’t worry. Look at all the asphalt! You’re going to go fast!’ She said, “If I run into that curb I’ll get hurt.” I said, “Don’t worry about hitting the curb, just look at all this asphalt.” So I put her on the bike and I grabbed the seat and ran like crazy. We were going great! Just before I let go she said, “Daddy, what if I hit the curb?” I said, “Eleisha, you won’t hit the curb. Look at all that asphalt.” I was running beside her holding the handlebars, how could she hit the curb? Eleisha headed straight for the curb. She hollered, “Daddy, I’m heading for the curb.” I said, “Don’t worry, look at all that asphalt on the right. Just turn right.” She said, “Daddy, I can’t turn right. I’m headed for the curb.” I said, “Look at all the asphalt on the left. Turn left.” She said, “I can’t turn left. I’m headed for the curb.” She finally hit the curb, fell down and skinned her knee. What about poor daddy? He wound up in the garden. When I got up she said with her bottom lip stuck out, “I told you I was going to hit the curb.” Why did she hit the curb? She hit the curb because she focused on the curb. She thought about it, and she spoke about it, and kept her focus on it. I don’t know much about your life at home or work but I can tell you this. Most of it is pretty good but there are curbs in everybody’s life. That’s the way life is. If you don’t have aggravation, you don’t have a job. The problem is we focus on the curbs. We’re not asphalt lookers, we’re curb hitters. Curb hitters are easy to spot. They gather into “Curb-hitter circles” and say things like, “You won’t believe what ‘Curb’ happened yesterday.

1. When circumstances are at their darkest, Remember the Promises of God.

Ps 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,

Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

12 O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Ps 85:9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.

Ps 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.

Black Bart was one of the most feared names in the wild west between 1875 and 1883. He performed 29 stage coach hold ups. The amazing thing about Black Bart, the most feared gunman in the wild west, was that he never fired a shot. His weapon was his reputation. His ammunition was intimidation, and the black mask he wore. His real name was Charles Boles, he was a mild mannered chemist from Illinois. He never fired a shot because he never loaded a gun, and he was scared of horses, so he rode in a buggy. We need to repel the anxieties and fears that would keep us from drawing near to God through trusting His promises. Just get into God’s word.

2. When circumstances are at their darkest Rely on the Providence of God.

George Herbert 16th c Teach me my God and King In all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything To do it as for Thee A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws Makes that and the action fine

3. When circumstances are at their darkest Rest In The Presence Of God

Ps 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.

10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Ps 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

2 Tim 4:16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

John G. Paton faced the isolation and loneliness of the death of his wife and child through disease. Left alone, the only European on an island of Cannibals, he did not expect the ship to return for him for at least another 18 months. No one in the world knew of his grief. 3 years later, in 1862 the whole island of Tanna was convulsed in tribal warfare. When the cannibals felt that he was most vulnerable they attacked and sought to kill him. He hid in the top of a dead, hollowed out tree. There, he said, the words of Matt 28:20 became very real to him.” The hours I spent in that chestnut tree still live before me. I heard the frequent discharge of muskets and the hideous yells of the savages. Yet never, in all my sorrows, did my Lord draw nearer to me. I was alone, yet not alone. I would cheerfully spend many nights alone in such a tree to feel again my Saviour’s spiritual presence as I felt it that night. My comfort and joy sprang from the words, “Lo I am with you always.” “I confess that I often felt my brain reeling, my sight coming and going, and my knees smiting together when thus brought face to face with a violent death. Still I was never left without hearing that promise coming up through the darkness and the anguish in all its consoling and supporting power: Lo I am with you alway.” When the storms of life are raging, stand by me, When the hosts of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail, thou Who never lost a battle, stand by me. When the world is tossing me, Like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water stand by me.

Genesis 39 How To Get Out of Trouble Fast

1. Realise the Strategy of Temptation

The Pressure was Subtle Gen 39:7

The Pressure was Striking Gen 39:7

The Pressure was Sustained Gen 39:10

The Pressure was Staggering

2. Recognise The Source of Temptation

“the world, the flesh and the devil” James 1:13-16.

3. The Subduing of Temptation

He resolved the issue in his own heart

He reasoned with her.

He avoided her as much as possible

He ran from her

Genesis 40 Only The Lonely

1. Resist The Deep Night Of The Soul

Discouragement - Why Am I Here?

Despair - Does Anyone Care?

Destitution – Has God Forgotten Me?

Doubt - Will God Ever Act On My Behalf?

2. Recognise The Deep Knowledge Of The Saviour

His Promise Ex 33:14 And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

Our Pleasure

3. Resolve To Do The News For The Sufferer

I. Choose Something

II. Do Something

III. Trust Someone

Genesis 41 What’s It All About Anyway?

1.Joseph could be content in a prison or a palace because Joseph knew the Lord was at hand.

2. Joseph could be content in a prison or a palace because Joseph knew the peace of God through prayer.

3. Joseph could be content in a prison or a palace because Joseph knew that God values character more than clothes.

4. Joseph could be content in a prison or a palace because Joseph knew God’s Purpose mattered more than his pleasure

A. God Purposes The Presentation Of The Gospel 2 Tim 2:9, 10

B. God Purposes The Preservation of God’s People Gen 50:19, 20

C. God Purposes The Promotion Of God’s Glory Eph 1:4 -12

Gen 42:1-4 How To Get On With Life

1. Get Rid of a Problem-Plagued Past

Give up your past completely to God..

Get over your past by changing your focus.

Go beyond toward your new future.

2. Get Resolved the Problem-Perspectives Of Your Past

Forgive By Releasing the situation to God.

Forgive By Resisting the temptation to get even.

Forgive By Remembering the consequences involved.

Forgive By Responding to the offender with dignity.

3. Get Right With The Problem-People Of Your Past.

Reconciliation Does Involve Trusting.

Reconciliation Does Involve Testing.

Reconciliation Does Involve Telling.

Genesis 40 Enduring The Deep night of The Soul

Janis Joplin Marilyn Monroe Sophie Loren said “in my life is an emptiness it is impossible for me to fill.” "Only The Lonely" "Are you lonesome tonight?" "Ah, look at all the lonely people." Job 19:13-19, Joseph 13 years Gen 41:10 Potipher’s Prison. Dr. Lynch: • Twice as many white divorced males under age 70 die from heart disease, lung cancer and stomach cancer. • Three times as many men in this category die of hypertension, seven times as many from cirrhosis of the liver. • Among divorced people, suicide is five times higher and fatal car accidents four times higher. • People who live alone visit physicians more frequently and stay in hospitals twice as long for identical illnesses.2

1. Resist The Deep Night Of The Soul

Discouragement Why Am I Here? Ps 105:16-18 I-centred self sins..self righteousness.

Despair Does Anyone Care? Self Pity 1986 to 1990 Frank Reed was held hostage in a small dark prison cell in Lebanon. "Nothing I did mattered to anyone. I began to realise how withering it is to exist with not a single expression of caring around [me] . . . If no one cares, you are truly alone." Rejection Julius Caesar assassinated 15 March, 44 BC :Marcus Junius Brutus. "You too, Brutus?"

Destitution Has God Forgotten Me? Ps 139:1-10

Doubt Will God Ever Act On My Behalf? It is one thing to know He knows all, it is another thing to know He cares enough to act. Rom 5:6-8

2. Recognise The Deep Knowledge Of The Saviour

His Promise Gen 39:21 Ex 33:12:14 And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28 I’ve seen the lightning flashing, I’ve heard the thunder roll. I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul. I’ve heard the voice of Jesus telling me still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone. No, never alone, no never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.

Our Pleasure rest “Something beautiful, something good, All my confusion He understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful of my life.”

3. Resolve To Do The News For The Sufferer

Choose Something Abraham Lincoln said, "A person will be about as happy as he makes up his mind to be." Lemonade. I like the story or the optimist who fell off a 40 story building and about the thirteenth story down was heard to say “Well so far so good.” The difference is that in the final analysis we will have a soft landing: Rom 8:37 Betty Elliott Only in acceptance lied peace – not in forgetting nor in resignation nor in busyness. His will is good and acceptable and perfect."

Do Something (1) Natural dreams – Eccl 5:3, 7 (2) Evil dreams – Deut. 13:1-2; Jer. 23:32 (3) Divine dreams – Gen. 28:12; Num. 12:6 Joseph relied upon the sovereignty and power of God – 8 “Do not interpretations belong to God?” Psa. 25:14 – “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear him, and he will show them his covenant” Dan. 2:28 – “There is a God in heaven who revealeth secrets” Dan. 5:1

Trust Someone Gen 40:14 Rom 8:28 I remember reading a story of a Chinese family talking after the war. “my son did well in school” that’s good, “but he couldn’t get a job.” Oh that’s bad,” “so the son helped his dad with the farm.” That’s good, “no its bad, he was kicked by a mule” oh that’s too bad “No it was good, because he went to hospital and met a girl “oh that’s good,” “no it was bad, she was a nagger” Oh that’s bad, “no it was good, he enlisted in the army and became an officer” “oh that’s good” “No it was bad, because on his first bivouac he was bitten by a snake” “Oh that’s bad.” “No it was good, his company was transferred to the front without him and none survived.”

Commit thy ways to Him thy works into His hands; Wesley IT’S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW

"Joseph’s Ministry" Genesis 50:15-26

A. Joseph’s Misery Genesis 37 From Pop’s To Pit, To Potipher’s, To Palace.

B. Joseph’s Mystery Genesis 39-40

The Test Of Adversity The Test Of Allurement The Test Of Advancement

1.Joseph Reminds Us That Family is Important

Joseph’s AFFECTION for Them – 17b

He Didn’t Blow Up; He Didn’t Bring Up; He Didn’t Beat Up; He Didn’t Freeze Up

Joseph’s ANSWER to Them- 19-21

2. Joseph Reminds Us That Faith is Important

Live With An Eternal Perspective

Live With An Eternal Person

Live With An Essential Promise

Heb 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

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The days of Noah….. Signs of the Second Coming.. Noah and the Judgement of God

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2014 by grosey

This Series.. Jesus Brings.. compassion, forgiveness, peace, joy, Jesus bring s so much.. but the topic I have been given is , Jesus brings Judgement.

We don’t often think of that, but Jesus brings Judgement.

John 5:24 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

The passage read for us in Luke’s gospel reminds us

Luke 17: 22 And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Jesus brings Judgement! And that Judgement He will bring will commence at His Second Coming.

This passage tells us something about the Second Coming. It tells us what the conditions will be like on earth just before Jesus’ second coming and the bringing in of Judgement! And those days will be like the days of Noah, and they are just like our days right now!

Genesis 6:1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

· They will be days of Advancement When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them

· They will be days of Apostasy Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

· They will be days of Anarchy Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

· They will be days of Apathy Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually

· They will be days of Abandonment

1. Grace Provides A Saviour

God was the one who would provide the Saviour. Noah wasn’t the Saviour, he needed saving from the flood. Nothing Noah could do would save him, God had to do the saving.

2. Grace Provides Salvation

The Symbolism of the Ark

The Substance of the Ark (vs 14; Philip 2.6-8; 1 John 3.5; 2 Cor 5.21) - Make thee an ark of gopher wood; . . .  Gopher wood is Cyprus wood, which is the most incorruptible of woods

Wood in the Bible represents humanity or the flesh of humanity.1 In the ark the wood represents the fact that Christ took on flesh or the form of humanity.

Philip. 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In this case this wood represents the incorruptible humanity of Jesus Christ.  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ became a man that He might be our Savior, just as the ark was the means of the salvation of Noah, his family, and every life that took refuge within that ark.  Jesus could be our salvation only because we owed nothing on his own account, He was without sin, hence the incorruptible nature of gopher wood.

1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

3. Grace Provides  Safety

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. -Pitch is like tar.  Its purpose is to keep the water out.

The water in this case represented judgment.  If you were in the ark the judgment was kept out because of the pitch or tar.  Atonement – The Hebrew word for pitch is also translated Atonement.  The word atonement means to cover.  Notice the ark was covered within and without.  Demonstrating the complete nature of the atonement provided by Christ.  You are eternally safe once the pitch of Jesus blood covers your sins.

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Jesus is the ark; his blood is the pitch that keeps God’s judgment out.

If you are in Jesus God’s judgment is kept out of your life.

4. Grace Provides Sufficiency

(vs 14- 15; John 3.16; Rom 10.13; 2 Pet 3.9; John 6.37) - Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. - The ark contained many rooms and over 3 million cubic feet of space. That is a lot of space.  There was enough room in the ark for at least two of every type of animal.  God made sure there was enough room in the ark to save all that would be saved.  There is room in the ark of the Lord Jesus Christ for you.  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.

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

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

There is Room at the Cross for You.

The cross upon which Jesus died Is a shelter in which we can hide;
And its grace so free is sufficient for me, And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.

Tho millions have found Him a friend And have turned from the sins they have sinned,
The Savior still waits to open the gates And welcomes a sinner before it’s too late.

The hand of my Savior is strong, And the love of my Savior is long;
Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain, The blood flows from Calv’ry to cleanse ev’ry stain.

There’s room at the cross for you, There’s room at the cross for you;
Tho millions have come, There’s still room for one- Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

5. Grace Provides The Schedule

(Gen 8.4) -And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. – When it landed. The first month in the Jewish calendar is October.  The Seventh month is April.

The Ark landed April 17th.  The Passover is April 14th. It landed three days after the Passover.

The Ark landed on Resurrection day.

God Shut the door (Gen 7.16; John 10.28) – . . . and the Lord shut him in. -  It is God that is in the saving business.  We cannot save ourselves.  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.

God Seals us in (Gen 7.16; John 10.28-29; Isa 49.16) – . . . and the Lord shut him in – God saves you, and nothing can take that away.  John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.  Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

God Says come (Genesis 7.1; Rev 3.20) - And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. – God said come because God was already in the ark.

Security is not a place, it is a person.

You’re not secure because you are in heaven – the angels fell from heaven.

You are secure because you are in Jesus.  Jesus is the ark of grace.

God says Come because He wants you in the Ark

I read about a man who was on an airplane in a bad storm. Even the flight attendant was nervous, but there was another little lady humming “Blessed Assurance.” She seemed to be at ease. This man said to her, “Lady, aren’t you afraid?” She replied, “Not at all. I’ve given my heart to Jesus Christ. Not so long ago, I had a daughter who died. She was a radiantly beautiful Christian and is now in heaven. I have another daughter who’s in Denver, where this airplane is going. But, I tell you the truth. It really doesn’t make much difference to me which daughter I visit.” Jesus told a man on a bloody cross, “Today you’ll be with Me in paradise.”

If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity? Where would your family spend eternity?

Now the Bible is full of examples of public invitations. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached a great sermon and then he gave an invitation. The Bible says, “And with many other words he did testify and exhort, saying, ‘Save yourself from this untoward generation.’” That means the sermon was over, but with many other words, he is testifying, “This is what Jesus has done for me.” He is exhorting, “Let it be done to you.” “With many other words,” that is an invitation that he gave. The Bible starts with an invitation in the Garden of Eden. God came walking in the garden. He said, “Adam, where are you?” Now God knew where he was. This was not the voice of a detective. It was the voice of a brokenhearted God inviting Adam to come to Him.

Joshua, I love Joshua. By the way, if you are preaching a series, preach a series on Joshua. Joshua said in Joshua 24 verse 5: “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served which 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.” That was an invitation. He is saying, “Choose.”

Elijah, on Mount Carmel, gave an invitation, and he said, “Listen, folks, make up your mind. Do not halt between two opinions. If God be God, serve Him; if Baal be god then serve him.” And he gave an invitation, a public invitation. The Bible closes with an invitation. The way the Bible ends is this: Revelation 22 verse17, “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him that heareth say, ‘Come.’ And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”

My friend, have you given your life to the Lord? Do you have assurance that if you were to die right now, you would go straight to heaven? If not, please let me tell you how you can be saved.

Admit Your Sin First, you must understand that you are a sinner. The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Abandon Self-Effort Second, you must understand that you cannot save yourself by your own efforts. The Bible is very clear that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). Again, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Acknowledge Christ’s Payment Third, you must believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. The Bible says, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). That means He died in your place. Your sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ which “cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7b).

Accept Him as Savior Fourth, you must put your faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for your salvation. The blood of Christ does you no good until you receive him by faith. The Bible says, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31).

Have you taken this all-important step of faith? If not I urge you to do it right now. Why? Because Jesus is the only way to heaven! And speaking of Jesus, the apostle Peter said in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). It couldn’t be any clearer than that.

Are you willing to offer the following prayer to God today?

O God, I am a sinner. I am lost, and need to be saved. I know that I cannot save myself, so right now, once and for all, I trust you to save me. Come into my heart, forgive my sin, and make me your child. I give you my life. I will live for you as you give me strength.

If you will make this your heartfelt prayer, God will hear and save you! Jesus has promised that He will not turn away from anyone who comes to Him in faith (see John 6:37) He will make you a child of God if you will turn to Him (Jn 1:12).

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Jesus Brings Peace Romans 5:1-11

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2014 by grosey

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

6 While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man – though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. 8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.

John 14;1-6,27

1    "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
2    In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
4    And you know the way to where I am going."
5    Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
6    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

27    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

“I have so many problems that if something terrible happened to me, it would be at least two weeks before I could get around to worrying about it.”

Country music is mostly about suffering. Two major themes are suffering because of a mean or ugly woman, and the suffering that comes from drinking.

Here are some song titles demonstrating those themes. “Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure;” and “I Wouldn’t Take Her to a Dawg Fight, ‘Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win.”

This reminds me of the classic conversation between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill. Lady Nastor said to him, “If I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee!” And Churchill wittily responded, “If I were your husband, I’d drink it!”

One of the wonderful names of our Lord is Prince of Peace. And Jesus is the key to peace — whether it’s personal peace in your heart, domestic peace in your home, or eternal peace in heaven.

Approximately seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah prophesied peace; the angels proclaimed peace after Jesus’ birth; and certainly there is a need for peace today.

But look around in the world. The news is full of anything but peace. That little place where Jesus was born, where the angels said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,” is ravaged by division, bombings, and terrorist acts. Places around the world are in turmoil.

And people’s hearts are in desperate need of peace. It seems like we are looking into the muzzle of a loaded cannon. Now, that brings the question: what happened to all of the peace that was spoken of?

What is peace?  When I think of peace I think of vacation.  I can sit on the beach and listen to the waves and feel peaceful.  I think about peace being the absence of war.  I think of peace being the lack of violence in a situation or the absence of conflict, freedom from fear.

Wikipedia defines peace as; “a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors, and the freedom from fear of violence.  Also understood as the absence of hostility; it suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships.”

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for “peace” is Shalom. This word Shalom carries more of a meaning then the absence of conflict.  It is made up of this notion of wholeness, completeness, and soundness.  In the OT peace is connected with righteousness and justice.  Righteousness and Justice is living rightly in relationship with others.

In the New Testament, peace is connected with the notion of fellowship.  The Greek term is koinonia.  Both of the Old and New Testament terms reveal God’s intentions on how we are to live.

1. KNOW THAT THERE IS A PERSON

 

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. .. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

He Is There

He is Aware

He Cares 

Mark 4 “do you not care that we perish?” the disciples said as the boat began to sink.  Of course He cares!

Once Jesus and the disciples were in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. They panicked and this is what they asked Jesus. They cried out, “Don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38) That’s a good question. If you’re honest, you might admit you’ve wanted to ask God the same thing. “God, I’m hurting, don’t you care?” “God, I’ve lost my job, don’t you care?” “God, I’ve got cancer, don’t you care?” “God, I’m all alone, don’t you care?” “God, I’m in prison, and I’m scheduled to be executed tomorrow morning…oops, I guess you DO care because you calmed the storm that night.”

He DOES care. Sometimes Jesus calms the storms of life, but most often He calms our hearts in the midst of life’s storms

How much does God care for you? Listen to His words. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16) In the original Hebrew it says, “I have engraved YOU on the palm of my hands.” It’s more than just your name. The great British pastor Charles Spurgeon pointed this out: “God says, ‘I have engraved YOU.’ He didn’t say, ‘your name.’ The name is there, but that is not all. God says, ‘I have engraved your person, your image, your circumstances, your sins, your temptations, your weaknesses, your wants, your works, everything about you, all that concerns you; I have put all of this together here.’ Will you ever say again that your God has forsaken you when He has engraved you on His own palms?”

2. KNOW THAT THERE IS A PLACE

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

 

 

3. KNOW THAT THERE IS A PLAN

He will get you to that place.

6“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

 

1. Peace With God Begins With Pardon from God.

1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Here we have the root of the Christian’s joy: peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian can come to God in prayer because we have access by faith into this grace. We’re living in a pressure-packed age, where many are depressed, despondent, and suicidal. Is peace possible? Jesus said in 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. The peace of God has to be experienced to be experienced! The world cannot offer it. All of the world’s distractions: TV, radio, books, movies, magazines, casinos, alcohol and drugs, cars, boats, sports events, and on and on, cannot give the peace that Christ gives. When you have the peace of God, then your joy has fertile ground in which to grow and increase.

The great composer Haydn was once asked why his sacred compositions have such a glad ring to them. He said “I cannot compose anything without it. For I translate into music the state of my very heart. When I think of the grace of God in Jesus Christ, my heart is so full of joy that the notes fairly dance and leap from my pen.”

Anyone knows what it is to have problems. What do you do when you have problems? You can press for your rights and spit and stomp and swear. The wise Christian, however, can recognize that in this life there will be tribulations. Yet in these tribulations there can still be peace!

When Handel wrote the "Hallelujah Chorus," his health and his fortunes had reached the lowest possible ebb. His right side had become paralyzed, and all his money was gone. He was heavily in debt and threatened with imprisonment. He was tempted to give up the fight. The odds seemed entirely too great. And it was then he composed his greatest work–Messiah. Could we not say of Handel that the Spirit entered into him and set him upon his feet.

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth [demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The Peace you have with God pours out of the Pardon you have from God.

I know God loves me; He demonstrated His love for me. He proved it. What are these three verses saying? Simply this: When all was lost for us (there was no hope, and when there is no hope there is no joy), Christ died for us. We didn’t have to die ourselves. But consider this: For a good man some have given their lives (and only a precious few would do that), yet, while we were sinners not even seeking God, Christ died for us. Who else would do that? There are those who would want to reject the Pardon offered by God and pay the penalty for their sins themselves. Those persons, by their choice, reject the call of God and live self-seeking lives wrought with misery, unhappiness, disappointment, and uncertainty. Then they die and miss heaven, the greatest tragedy of all. When you’ve been pardoned, there is a reason to have peace!

Peace With God Begins With An Estimate from God.

A man was in the back bedroom of his home getting dressed while his wife was in the living room talking to a friend. He called out to his wife, “Darling, is this shirt clean enough for me to wear?”

Without hesitation she said, “No.”

He said, “How did you know it wasn’t clean enough to wear? You didn’t even come back to look at it.”

She answered, “If you had to ask, it wasn’t clean enough!”

Peace With God Begins With An Acquittal from God.

In Isaiah 53:5 he said, “The punishment that brought us PEACE was on Him.” God inspired Isaiah so he was able to see that it would take the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, to make peace possible between sinners and God. Colossians 1:20-21 sums this all up by saying, “For through Him—Jesus—God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things…by making peace through His blood shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

So…Jesus’ death on the cross is the SOURCE of this peace we all long for. This is what Ephesians 2:14 means when it says, “For He Himself is our peace, Who has destroyed the barrier…the dividing wall of hostility…for through HIM we have access to the Father.” You know—in a very real sense the first Christmas “tree” was the one Jesus hung on—because the Christ of Christmas was born to pay for our sin…born to hang on that cross…and in so doing make it possible for us to be cleansed and pure in God’s holy eyes. As I said last week, faith in Jesus is the ONLY way for this inner cleansing to happen.

Peace With God Begins With A Call from God.

One of my favorite “biblical epic” movies is The Robe which stars Richard Burton as the Centurion assigned to supervise the crucifixion of Jesus. By the way, it was the first movie filmed in “cinema scope” … designed to compete with a new form of entertainment that was becoming popular at the time … known as television. Now, this has nothing to do with the sermon. I just couldn’t resist the temptation to share a little movie trivia with you. Well, in the film Burton’s character joins with his troops at the foot of the cross in gambling for Jesus’ robe and wins…but he discovers that touching the robe causes him both physical and mental pain. He develops a fear of the robe which drives him mad. He has no peace. He can’t eat or sleep. Repeatedly he slips into a trance-like state in which he yells out, “Were you there? Did you see Him? Did you hear Him? Were you there?” His servant, played by Victor Mature, becomes a Christian and leads Burton’s character to realize that his madness…his lack of peace…is due to his need to have his sins forgiven. He helps him to see that his inner madness had nothing to do with the robe. No…it was a result of two conflicting realizations: the stark reality of his own sinful life and his awareness of Jesus’ sinlessness—our Lord’s cruel death on a cross that He did not deserve. He finds no peace until He claims Jesus as His Saviour and Lord … professing his faith that Jesus died in His place. When he makes this commitment he is at peace … even though his embracing of the Christian faith led to his own execution by the Emperor Caligula.

This film illustrates the truth that all of us live lives of unrest like this…lives of quiet madness, until we too make our peace with God by asking for His forgiveness through Jesus Christ. It is this decision that gives us inner calm….no matter how stormy life is on the outside. Why? Because in becoming a Christian the Prince of Peace comes to live inside our hearts…and when He does we are given the promise of eternal life…and when we understand this we can have peace in all aspects of this life. Nothing can disturb this peace…not illness…not financial troubles…not even death. Through Jesus we can indeed have the “peace of God that passes all understanding.”

Peace With God Begins With An Entreaty to God

Sing the chorus with me:  “It took a miracle to put the stars in place; it took a miracle to hang the world in space; But when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole; It took a miracle of love and grace.” Well, let me ask you, has God saved your soul? Have you personally experienced the greatest miracle? If not, I believe that right now He is seeking You—drawing you with His great compassion and love. So, if you call on the name of the Lord—if you pray and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin and to come into your life as Lord—He will.

Is it possible to have true inner peace? I found a quote where a woman wrote: “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of chips and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”

A man was leaving church one Sunday and said to his pastor, “Your message today reminded me of the peace and mercy of God.” The pastor said, “Why, thank you.” The man said, “Don’t thank me. It was like the peace of God because it passed all understanding, and it was like the mercy of God because it seemed to endure forever!”

Some people think peace is the absence of problems, but it’s not possible to go through life without trouble and adversity. Job said, “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)

4. KNOW THAT THERE IS PEACE

Peace Is Plainly Promised

27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Peace May Be Personally Possessed

 

Since God cares for you, He can give you peace in spite of your pain. I love to tell the true story behind the hymn, “It is well with my soul.” You’ve heard parts of it, but here’s the full story. Horatio Spafford was a wealthy lawyer from Chicago and a Presbyterian elder. He was also a close friend of the evangelist, Dwight L. Moody. Spafford’s life was filled with tragedy. First, his only son died at age four from scarlet fever. Then, he lost most of his wealth when the Great Chicago Fire wiped out real estate he had bought on Lake Michigan. But he refused to become bitter. He scraped together what money he had left and planned to take his wife and four remaining daughters to England to help with an evangelistic Crusade Moody was leading. At the last minute, business kept him in Chicago, so he put his daughters and wife on the ship for England and he planned to sail a few days later and join them. The ship his wife and daughters were on collided with another ship and sank. All four of his daughters died, but his wife was rescued. We have a copy of the telegram she sent to her husband. It simply says, “Saved Alone. What shall I do?” And she gave her contact information. He immediately boarded a ship to join his wife. Now imagine a man in his shoes. His son has died. He has lost most of his wealth, and now his four daughters have drowned. Yet while he was on the ship, gazing out at the rolling waves, he wrote the words to a song that has given hope to many of us. “When Peace like a river attendeth my way; When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, Thy hast taught me to say; “It is well. It is well with my soul.”

 

An American pastor and theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, first wrote it. Dr. Niebuhr was born in Missouri in the late 1880s. His parents were German immigrants and German was his first language. He first published this prayer in German and here is the actual translation of it. As I read it, will you make it your personal prayer? “God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed; Courage to change the things which should be changed; And the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did; This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right; If I surrender to your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life; And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”

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Jesus Brings Joy John 15

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2014 by grosey

1    "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
2    Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3    Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5    I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
6    If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7    If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8    By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
9    As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
10    If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
11    These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12    "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13    Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14    You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15    No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
16    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17    These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

 

 

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Keith Green sang: My eyes are dry My faith is old My heart is hard My prayers are cold And I know how I ought to be Alive to you and dead to men But what can be done For an old heart like mine…

Yet there is Joy to be had.

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

There was a woman who lost her car keys and went tearing through her house looking everywhere for her keys. She opened every drawer and looked under every pile. Finally, she looked in her purse, and there they were! Do you know why she didn’t find them at first? She was looking in the wrong place. I don’t know a lot about you, but I know one thing about you: you want joy in your life. Don’t deny it. You do! You want joy in your life. We all do. But the reason so many people don’t have joy is that they are looking for joy in the wrong place.

Joy is happiness at a whole new level.

Happiness is based on circumstances; Joy is based "in spite of" circumstances.

Happiness lifts our emotions; Joy lifts our soul.

Happiness happens; Joy is a choice.

Happiness focuses on objects; Joy focuses on a person.

Happiness is connected with receiving; Joy is connected with giving.

Joy is not a nicety in the Christian life; it is an absolute necessity. A Christian without joy is a contradiction in terms. If you are right with God, you ought to have a continual, conspicuous, contagious joy. I want us to consider how to have fullness of joy.

1. You Can Have the Source Of Joy

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Joy is important in winning the lost to Jesus Christ. As Christians, the joy of the Lord is our best advertisement. If you’re not a joyful Christian, you’re not an effective soul winner. If you’re going around with a Bible under one arm and a tombstone under the other, why would anyone want to be like you?

It is abounding joy. He says, “…that your joy might be full.” The only way we can rejoice is to rejoice in Jesus. And the joy of Jesus is not half-hearted joy, not maybe-so joy, but joy that is abounding and supernatural

Pascal said, “It is in vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the cure for your miseries.”1 Jesus told us where our cure does lie. He said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), “I am the resurrection” (John 11:25), “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), “I am the true vine…. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit” (John 15:1, 5). The cure we are all looking for is not in us, not in what we can do, not even in a better self-image. Our cure is Christ – abiding in him and he in us. It’s the moment-by-moment miracle God made us for.

THE PLACING INTO THE VINE When did that happen? The moment we savingly believed on Christ.

The Intimate Union you are in Christ and Christ is in you. Col 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Continuing Union john 10 in His hands, forever.

The Vital Union The Flowing Sap = The Continuing Life Henry Scougal, THE LIFE OF GOD IN THE SOUL OF MAN 1677

2. You Can Have the Stability Of joy It is abiding joy. Jesus says, “…that My joy might remain in you….” It’s not joy that comes and goes. It is joy in the good times, the bad times, the nighttime, the daytime, the rainy day, and sunny day. We’re to rejoice in the Lord always. And Jesus didn’t say these words lightly. He was facing a dark time when He instructed us to have His joy

It is steadfast in sorrow. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. (John 16:20)

It is triumphant in tribulation. “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.…” (2 Corinthians 7:4)

It is lasting in losses. “you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. (Hebrews 10:34)

It is abundant in affliction.

3. You Can Have the Secret Of joy

The Secret.. marketed as the book to give you the clue to true fulfilment. We have the book. We have the saviour. We have the secret!. But you may still be asking, “How can I have this joy?” I’m glad you asked that question. In verse eleven, Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you….”, so it only makes sense to see what He has just spoken. There, we will find a recipe for joy.

Ray Ortlund said “My default setting is to live FOR Christ but not IN Christ. Every day things get up in my face and demand my attention and it’s the most natural thing in the world to respond at a surface level rather than draw strength from Christ himself. This problem here, that need there, whatever the crisis du jour might happen to be – we’re all running at such a frantic pace. And sometimes, without realizing it, we forget Christ in our actual, moment by moment strategies for living. We think we’re being practical. But whenever we lose vital connection with HIM by faith, nothing works. And he is saying to us all, “Abide in me.””

First of all, it means to surrender. 2-4 According to John 15:5 what can the branch accomplish without the vine?

What issues do you have in your life that keeps you from fully surrendering to Jesus?

Family Job Hobbies Talents Friends Church activities

Abiding also means dependence. 4 The joy of Jesus is given when you depend upon the Lord.  John 15:5b says, “…without Me you can do nothing.” But God cannot be everything until you become nothing.

What’s keeping you from letting God be everything in your life?

Abiding also means resting. 5 Look at verse 9, “continue ye in My love.” That means to rest in His love.

What does the branch do when it needs water?

What does the branch do in order to produce buds in the spring?

What does the branch do in order to bring forth fruit for harvest?

The branch does nothing; it depends fully on the vine for its support. The vine sends down its roots for water and nutrients. Again, the branch does nothing.

How would your life be different if you rested and let the Vine do all of the work and all of the worrying?

Galatians 5:22. Notice the word joy. It is a fruit of the Spirit. Who will produce fruit in your life? the branch or the Vine?

Abiding means obedience. John 15:10. What’s the condition given here? “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love”

4. You Can Have the Stability Of joy

It is abundant joy. There is a lot of it. “…that your joy might be full.” How deep does your joy go? Think about what it takes to rob you of your joy and circle the description of how deep your joy runs. It’s only on the surface. Any little thing changes my attitude. I can handle a few setbacks but not too many. Deep and full. When things go wrong, I may feel sad for a time, but there is an underlying joy that breaks through shortly. 

Purpose 8 .By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Productivity 5,6 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Production of 100 bushels of corn from one acre of land, in addition to the many hours of the farmer’s labor, required 4,000,000 pounds of water, 6,800 pounds of oxygen, 5,200 pounds of carbon, 160 pounds of nitrogen, 125 pounds of potassium, 75 pounds of yellow sulfur, and other elements too numerous to list. In addition to these things, which no man can produce, rain and sunshine at the right time are critical. It was estimated that only 5% of the produce of a farm can be attributed to the efforts of man. If we were honest, we’d have to admit that the same is true in producing spiritual fruit.

Personal relationship 5,9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

PRAYER ANSWERED BY CROSSES By John Newton

I asked the Lord that I might grow in faith and love and every grace,

Might more of his salvation know and seek more earnestly his face.

‘Twas he who taught me thus to pray and he I trust has answered prayer,

But it has been in such a way as almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour at once he’d answer my request,

And by his love’s constraining power subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this, he made me feel the hidden evils of my heart,

And let the angry powers of hell assault my soul in every part.

Still more, with his own hand he seemed intent to aggravate my woe,

Crossed all the fair designs I schemed, blasted my gourds and laid me low.

Lord, why is this, I trembling cried, will you pursue your worm to death?

‘Tis in this way, the Lord replied, I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I employ from self and pride to set you free,

And break your schemes of earthly joy, that you may seek your all in me.6

Personal relationships 12,13 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

We rejoice in our friends. But it is when we are down that we discover the depths of their love and we so rejoice in them most.

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Joy is found in Abiding. And Abiding means rejoicing. Jesus said in Luke 10:20, “Rejoice that your name is written in heaven.” Is your name written in heaven?

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Jesus Brings Hope

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2014 by grosey

1Peter 1:1-5

Luke 2:21-38

Bob Geldoff after the live Aid concert heard someone from the crowd call up to the platform “is that it?”.  It became the title of his autobiography.

Hope is in desperately short supply in our world.

Maybe you’re suffering from a broken heart as well. A broken heart is not a rare experience–it’s all too commonplace. A few years ago, Jimmy Ruffin and the Temptations recorded a song that asked a question: “What becomes of the Broken Hearted?”

there would not be Country and Western music were it not for heart breaks. Where would country music be without a wife running off, or a dog dieing or a ute breaking down?

try these country and western favourites.

 

1. “My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him”

2. “I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better”

3. “If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I’d Be Out Of Jail By Now”

4. “I’d Rather Pass a Kidney Stone than Another Night With You”

5. “My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart”

6. “I Went Back to My Fourth Wife for the Third Time and Gave Her a Second Chance to Makea First Class Fool Out of Me.”

A pastor was once asked to list out people he knew who had a broken heart.  he handed the person a phone book.   Everyone has suffered heart break at one time or another.

I read a funny story about a man from Chicago who was traveling to Florida for a vacation. His wife was delayed and was going to join him the next day. When he arrived at his hotel, he wanted to send her an email from the lobby computer, but he couldn’t recall her email address from memory. He typed in what he thought was her email address, but unfortunately he got one letter wrong. Instead of the email going to his wife, it went to an elderly preacher’s wife, whose husband had died a few days earlier. When the preacher’s wife checked her email, she found the message from the guy in Florida. When she read it, she screamed and then fainted. It said: Dear Wife, Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

Everyone is in search of hope. At the end of WWII, a submarine was limping back to dock at Newport News, Virginia. As it approached the dock, something went wrong with the ballast system and it began to sink in the harbor. When it came to rest on the bottom of the harbor, divers immediately began a rescue operation. As the divers approached they could hear a tapping on the hull. A crew member inside the sub was tapping in Morse code these words: IS THERE ANY HOPE?

I. The Foundation of a Living Hope (vv. 3, 10-12)

A. The Merciful Character of God  (v. 3) Hope really begins as we recognize afresh the mercy that has been extended by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

B.   The Wonderful Gift of the Saviour (v. 3) God, according to His abundant mercy, has done something to us and in us that leads to this Living Hope. We have been born again. We have been given new life in Christ. This divine work of “regeneration” is a basis for understanding what God has in store for us in terms of eternal life.

C. The Relational Experience of a Child of God  (1:3) It is by means of, or “through” the resurrection of our Savior that we have a living hope. !John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed up on us, that we should be called the children of God, and such we are.

D. The Eternal Promises of the Scriptures  (10-12) Peter points to the heritage of prophetic witness, which is captured in the Old Testament Scriptures.  Because Peter emphasizes this prophetic ministry and witness, we need to see it in relation to the very foundation of the hope, the living hope he is explaining.

II. The Expectation of a Living Hope  What are we looking forward to?  What should be our expectation as believers?

A.     Help for the Helpless

Peter is writing to people who are facing tough times, who may have little or no inheritance in this world. He makes it clear that there is a secure inheritance ahead. This speaks of the blessings of salvation and all of the promised realities of our eternal future because of Christ. He says:

B. Ownership For the Outsider

Families are great , but what if you are outside family relationships.

We were. We needed adopting into God’s family.

The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Psalm 147:11)

C. Promise For the Problems A salvation to be received  (vv. 5, 9)

God’s plan of salvation is being accomplished, but it is not yet complete. Ultimate salvation is still ahead as we are rescued from this world, from the future wrath of God, and ushered into our eternal inheritance and receive the salvation of our souls. The problems, difficulties, sufferings, and persecutions we experience now cannot be compared to the salvation that we will receive.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

D. Encouragement From the Eternal There is A Saviour Revealed  (vv. 7-8, 13)

More important than the provisions of salvation is the person of salvation, the Saviour Himself.  We are looking forward with the Hope of seeing our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He is to be revealed, and we are to receive grace when He is Revealed. What a Hope! What an Expectation

hope is found in Jesus.  Jesus can bring you hope. Will you receive Him today?

he can bring you hope now and hope forever. Receive Him now.

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Christian Maturity

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2014 by grosey

Christian Maturity

Christian Maturity involves a number of different, yet interrelated, factors.

1. There is the Knowledge Factor: Christian Maturity involves growing in knowledge which is both true (propositional) and relevant (personal) as brought home to us in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. There needs to be understanding, which is knowing how Biblical facts inter-relate. There needs to be the instruction in the Word of God by the Holy Spirit; making the objective truths subjective.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 teaches _____________________________________________________________________________ _

Hebrews 5:11-6:3 teaches

2Timothy 3:16,17 teaches us ___________________________________________________________________________ _

2. There is the Group Factor.: A significant finding in the realm of counselling theory is the rediscovery of the fundamental importance of "inter-personal relationships". The groups we belong to tend to determine our attitudes,
emotional responses and our actions.

1Corinthians 15:33 teaches _______________________________________________________

Ephesians 4:7-16 What importance does this passage have for

i) the Church ? _______________________________________________________

ii) the small group ? _______________________________________________________

iii) close Christian friendships ?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Throughout the epistles, Paul and the other Biblical writers use the phrase "one another". List out (with the help of a concordance) each of the attitudes or actions we are directed to have towards one another in the Body of Christ.

3. There is the Love Factor: Without a doubt, the value of loving and being loved is crucial to our balanced development as individual personalities, let alone in our development as mature Christians. Paul often begins his
epistles by commending a church on its faith, hope and love. Gene Getz, in his book "The Measure Of A Church", states that a mature church will display qualities of faith, hope and love in an abundance. What are the qualities of love that should be evident in our lives as we grow in maturity?

1Corinthians 13 lists these qualities of love:

To grow in maturity it is important to know that you are deeply loved by God. Interestingly, we only discover that we are loved by our fellow believers when we are active in showing love unconditionally to others.

Comment on the above paragraph : _______________________________________________________

 

4. There is the Self-Concept Factor : There are many factors that should be taken into account when we are determining our own concept of what we are really like. It is not Biblical to be preoccupied with our selves.
This is a wrong "core" for personality. Still, there are some aspects we must always bear in mind. Read these passages and list the factors we should bear in mind.

Romans 12:3

Romans 3:10,20.

Romans 5:1,6-8.

Ephesians 1:4,5.,

Ephesians 2:4,5,10.

Romans 6:13.

5:There is the Goals Factor; A maturing believer will have spiritual goals.
Read Philippians 3:10-21.

What were Paul’s goals ?

 

What spiritual goals have you set for yourself this year?

What work-related goals have you set for yourself this year?

 

What family goals have you set for yourself this year?

 

What relational goals have you set for yourself this year?

6. There is the Factor of the Holy Spirit: This does not mean that we sit around and wait for some spiritual "zap" from heaven to make us completely holy and mature as a Christian, although this is what some groups teach.

Connect the statement to the correct Scripture.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Philippians 1:6

Romans 8:29,30

2Peter 1:3,4

God is concerned about making us holy people

the Spirit of God takes the Promises of
God to make us holy.

The work of Changing us into Christ’s
likeness is the work of the Holy Spirit.

The ongoing work of God in our lives is
promised.

Romans 8:5-10 ,12-16 teaches us

7: There is a Discipline Factor: The maturing disciple of Christ is content to be disciplined by the Lord. He does not treat such times lightly, nor does he despond. Read Hebrews 12:4-13.

Describe one time when you were under the disciplining hand of the Lord.

Make your own paraphrase of James 1: 2-4.

What is the object of discipline? 1Peter 1:4-7.

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