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Sunday Morning Hymns April 19, 2020

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, KJV)

  1. The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
    A Shelter in the time of storm;
    Secure whatever ill betide,
    A Shelter in the time of storm.
    • Refrain:
      Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
      A weary land, a weary land;
      Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
      A Shelter in the time of storm.
  2. A shade by day, defense by night,
    A Shelter in the time of storm;
    No fears alarm, no foes afright,
    A Shelter in the time of storm.
  3. The raging storms may round us beat,
    A Shelter in the time of storm;
    We’ll never leave our safe Retreat,
    A Shelter in the time of storm.
  4. O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
    A Shelter in the time of storm;
    Be Thou our Helper ever near,
    A Shelter in the time of storm.
  1. Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
    Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
    In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
    O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
    • Refrain:
      Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
      Coming down from the Father above!
      Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
      In fathomless billows of love!
  2. What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
    Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
    So secure that no power can mine it away,
    While the years of eternity roll!
  3. I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
    Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
    For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
    And His glory is flooding my soul!
  4. And I think when I rise to that city of peace,
    Where the Author of peace I shall see,
    That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing
    In that heavenly kingdom will be:
  5. Ah soul, are you here without comfort and rest,
    Marching down the rough pathway of time?
    Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;
    Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime!
  1. Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
    Why it should be thus all the day long;
    While there are others living about us,
    Never molested, though in the wrong.
    • Refrain:
      Farther along we’ll know more about it,
      Farther along we’ll understand why;
      Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
      We’ll understand it all by and by.
  2. Often when death has taken our loved ones,
    Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
    Then do we wonder why others prosper,
    Living so wicked year after year.
  3. “Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
    Short is our time to labor and wait;
    Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
    When we shall pass the heavenly gate.
  4. Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
    Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
    Then we will meet those gone on before us,
    Then we shall know and understand why.

God is so Good, God is so Good, God is so Good, He’s so Good to me.

Final Hymn

  1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in Thee;
    Let the water and the blood,
    From Thy wounded side which flowed,
    Be of sin the double cure,
    Save from wrath and make me pure.
  2. Not the labor of my hands
    Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
    Could my zeal no respite know,
    Could my tears forever flow,
    All for sin could not atone;
    Thou must save, and Thou alone.
  3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
    Simply to Thy cross I cling;
    Naked, come to Thee for dress;
    Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
    Foul, I to the fountain fly;
    Wash me, Savior, or I die.
  4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
    When my eyes shall close in death,
    When I rise to worlds unknown,
    And behold Thee on Thy throne,
    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in Thee.

Easter Sunday Worship April 12, 2020

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, KJV)

  1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
    • Refrain:
      So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
      Till my trophies at last I lay down;
      I will cling to the old rugged cross,
      And exchange it someday for a crown.
  2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
    Has a wondrous attraction for me;
    For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
    To bear it to dark Calvary.
  3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
    A wondrous beauty I see,
    For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
    To pardon and sanctify me.
  4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
    Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
    Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
    Where His glory forever I’ll share.
  1. Low in the grave He lay,
    Jesus, my Savior,
    Waiting the coming day,
    Jesus, my Lord!
    • Refrain:
      Up from the grave He arose,
      With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
      He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
      And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
      He arose! He arose!
      Hallelujah! Christ arose!
  2. Vainly they watch His bed,
    Jesus, my Savior;
    Vainly they seal the dead,
    Jesus, my Lord!
  3. Death cannot keep his Prey,
    Jesus, my Savior;
    He tore the bars away,
    Jesus, my Lord!

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;

I know that He is living whatever men may say;

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,

And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,

And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;

I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,

The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!

The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,

None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Final Hymn:

Because He Lives Lyrics

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

Open Doors

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020


Open Doors

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Opportunity; Worldview / Revelation 3:7–13

As we study of Christ’s letters to the seven churches in Asia, we find a letter of great encouragement and commendation written to the church at Philadelphia. As we explore the truths of this letter, we will find some wonderful laws of cause and effect. We will see that if we remain faithful – as born again believers – to our Savior, then He can put before us an open door of opportunity through which we can reach a lost world.

Jesus promises an open door of opportunity

Revelation 3:7–8 KJV

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

A. Jesus has the authority to offer such a gift – vs 7

B. No one can close a door Jesus opens

1 Corinthians 16:9 KJV

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

2 Corinthians 2:12 KJV

Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

C. This comes as a result of certain behavior

 1. Even when there is little strength

 2. Jesus’ Word is kept

3. Jesus’ name is not denied

D. The open door is the unlikely salvation of those that have opposed them

Revelation 3:9 KJV

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Years ago a professor was giving a nature talk to children. His subject was plants and flowers. He explained how the seeds became plants, how the plants became leaves and flowers, and how the plants developed seeds all over again. Then he told about how all the different parts of a plant are built up of tiny cells, and how all these cells are filled with the amazing substance called protoplasm, which is contained in all living bodies and which makes them live and grow. Finally he stated that no one knew what gave protoplasm its power of living and growing. “That is a closed door, and behind the door is an unexplainable mystery.” Then one of the children asked, “Please, Sir, does God live behind the door?”

—James Hastings

Jesus Promises Deliverance

Revelation 3:10 KJV

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

A. From Hell

B. From the wrath to come – tribulation

Romans 5:9

1 Thessalonians 1:10 

C. From our own foolishness

2 Timothy 2:25-26

Jesus Promises Rewards

Revelation 3:11–12 KJV

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

A. Crowns for reward

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

B. Crown of righteousness

2 Timothy 4:8 KJV

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

     Two frogs fell into a can of cream,

     Or so I’ve heard it told.

     The sides of the can were shiny and steep,

     The cream was deep and cold.

     “Oh, what’s the use?” croaked number one.

     “Tis fate, no help’s around.

     Good-bye, my friend!

     Good-bye, sad world!”

     And weeping still, he drowned.

     But number two, of sterner stuff,

     Dog-paddled in surprise.

     The while he wiped his creamy face,

     And dried his creamy eyes.

     “I’ll swim awhile at least,” he said,

     Or so I’ve heard he said;

     “It really wouldn’t help the world,

     If one more frog were dead.”

     An hour or two he kicked and swam,

     Not once he stopped to mutter,

     But kicked and kicked and swam and kicked,

     Then hopped out, via butter!

God has brought you here in this exact spot by perfect design. He has closed some doors… some to normalcy, employment or even to personal health. But the God that closes some doors not to be opened, opens others that cannot be shut. Although it may be scary and unfamiliar there is a door that is opened just for you to walk through.

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What Can We Learn From Coronavirus?

Sunday, March 8th, 2020


What Can We Learn From The Coronavirus?

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Particular Judgement; Sin; Salvation; Repentance / Luke 13:1–5

There was a farmer who had three sons: Ron, Don and Little John. All had their names on the church roll but none ever attended church or had time for God. Then one day Don was bitten by a rattlesnake. The doctor was called and he did all he could to help Don, but the outlook for his recovery was very dim indeed. So the pastor was called and appraised of the situation. The pastor arrived, and began to pray as follows: “O wise and righteous Father, we thank Thee that in Thine wisdom thou didst send this rattlesnake to bite Don. He hasn’t been inside the church in years and has shown little interest in You. We trust that this experience will be a valuable lesson to him and will lead to his genuine repentance. And now, O Father, wilt thou send another rattlesnake to bite Ron, and another to bite Little John, and another really big one to bite the old man. For years we have done everything we know to get them to get serious with Thee. Thank you God for rattlesnakes.

Everyone Is Going To Die Somehow.

Luke 13:1–2 KJV

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 

And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

Luke 13:4 KJV

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

Death is appointed to everyone

Hebrews 9:27 KJV

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Death is deserved by everyone

Romans 5:12 KJV

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 6:23 KJV

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

Everyone Needs To Repent to Avoid the Sting of Death.

Luke 13:3 KJV

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Luke 13:5 KJV

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Repent and Trust Jesus

Hebrews 6:1 KJV

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

John 3:36 KJV

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Repent of the Sin That Is Killing You

James 1:13–15 KJV

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

2 Timothy 2:24–26 KJV

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Struggling with repentance is like the experience of the boy who got his hand caught inside an expensive vase. His upset parents applied soap suds and cooking oil, without success. When they seemed ready to break the vase as the only way to release the hand, the frightened boy cried, “Would it help if I let loose of the penny I’m holding?”

So it is all too often with us. We cause others great anguish and risk the truly valuable because we will not let go of the insignificant things we possess today1

1 Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 300–301.

Everyone Needs to Hear the Truth.

1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

The Fields Are White

John 4:35 KJV

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

The Time is Now

2 Corinthians 5:11 KJV

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

The Responsibility is Ours

1 Corinthians 9:16 KJV

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Acts 20:26–27 KJV

Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Does This Outfit Match?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Philippians 1:27-30
Preached Wednesday April 17, 2013

Introduction:
We have been studying the theme of Philippians which is “A Christ like Mind that leads to Christian Joy”. Chapter one is all about single mindedness toward the Gospel. Verses 1-11 – speak of the Fellowship of the Gospel. Verses 12-26 – speak of the furtherance of the Gospel. Verses 27-30 speak of the fitness of the Gospel.
There are certain things that we are taught about fashion. Never combine one kind of stripes with another. Do not mix plead with plead or busy with busy. There are many different styles that fit all kinds of personalities, but there are some things that should never be worn together. On the other hand, there are certain combinations that work especially well. When an outfit is particularly flattering one might say, “that becomes you.” By that we mean that your clothes match each other, match you, and make you look really good.
Tonight we are going to talk about a conversation (manner of life) that goes well with the Gospel that you claim to believe and proclaim. There are certain behaviors and attitudes that do not match the gospel. There are others that go really well with the Gospel. As you consider your typical manner of life as coupled with your profession of faith, does your outfit match?
I. Consistency goes well with the Gospel.
A. You should do right even when unsupervised.

Philippians 1:27
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

B. Your manner of life should not change in order to pacify your audience.
Philippians 2:12
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

C. A Consistent testimony is noticed.
Ephesians 1:15
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

1 Thessalonians 3:6
6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
II. Unity of the brethren goes well with the Gospel.
Philippians 1:27
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

A. Stand fast together
1. Do not allow personal differences to divide you.

Philippians 4:1-2
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
2. Have the same love – be others centered.
Philippians 2:1-4
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
B. Be of one mind, united by truth.

Ephesians 4:11-14
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

1. Guided by preaching.
2. Unified by one source of truth.
3. Anchored to unchanging truth.

C. Strive together for the faith.

Jude 3
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

III. Boldness goes well with the Gospel.
Philippians 1:28-30
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

A. Realize what is in store for those who oppose the truth.

Isaiah 51:7–8 (AV)
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Isaiah 51:12 (AV)
12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

B. Do not stop preaching!

Acts 5:40-42
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

C. Pray for more boldness.

Ephesians 6:18–19 (AV)
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Conclusion:

Hypocrisy clashes with the Gospel you are wearing. Make sure you adorn the beauty of consistency. Strife is a hideous clash for a Christian in any season. Chose rather to wear those things founded in the sweet unity of the brethren. Fear is out, boldness is in. Follow this advice and your living outfit will always match.

The Heavenly Zone

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Ephesians 1:1-3
Preached Wednesday Evening May 1, 2012

Introduction:

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Many of us are familiar with the opening line of season one of the 1959 television series, “The Twilight Zone”. The narrator made viewers aware that there was a dimension that was real though unseen. It was a place where normal universal rules were suspended and new and strange things could take place.

Today we will begin to study the Book of Ephesians, a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote from prison to the believers in Ephesus. This book is designed to fan the flame of love in our hearts toward the Savior by helping us see the incredible love He has already shown us.

This evening we are going to look at an interesting truth. Look at verse 3 for a minute:

Ephesians 1:3 (AV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Paul is telling the Ephesian believers that they have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. The construction of the Greek and the context shows us that Paul is talking about a heavenly realm in which we live while here on earth. Believers are blessed because even on this sin cursed world, we live in the Heavenly dimension.

As we begin our study through this incredible book, we are going to be introduced to the some of the main operatives within this heavenly dimension. Tonight examine your heart to ensure that you indeed can be counted as one to whom Paul is talking in this book. Once you are sure you are one of the saints, then open your mind and heart and learn how to deepen your relationships within the Heavenly Zone.

I. The Apostle Paul lives in the Heavenly Zone

Ephesians 1:1 (AV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

A. Apostle – from “sent forth” = messenger, envoy

John 20:21 (AV)
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

2 Corinthians 5:20 (AV)
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

1. Apostles have seen the Lord and testify of Him and His resurrection form personal knowledge.

Acts 1:21–22 (AV)
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

Acts 22:14–15 (AV)
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. 15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

2. Immediately called to that office by Christ

Luke 6:13 (AV)
13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Galatians 1:1 (AV)
1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

3. Infallibly inspired

John 14:26 (AV)
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (AV)
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

4. Possessed miracle working power.

Mark 16:20 (AV)
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Mark 16:20 (AV)
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

B. Called by the will of God – God appoints people to different types of service as it pleases Him.

1 Timothy 2:7 (AV)
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

2 Timothy 1:1 (AV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 4:11–12 (AV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Ephesians 4:16 (AV)
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

II. The Saints live in the Heavenly Dimension

Ephesians 1:1–2 (AV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

A. Saints = “Saints” (hogioi) is from the OT term “holy,” (kadosh) which meant “set apart for God’s service.

1. Used in the plural – not ever used about individuals granted an office by “The Church”.

2. To be saved is to be part of the covenant community.

1 Corinthians 1:2 (AV)
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

2 Corinthians 1:1 (AV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

Philippians 1:1 (AV)
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Colossians 1:2 (AV)
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

B. These Saints were holy because of imputed righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (AV)
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.

Ephesians 1:4 (AV)
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Colossians 1:22 (AV)
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

C. These particular saints gathered in Ephesus.

In the time of the Romans it bore the title of “the first and greatest metropolis of Asia.” It was distinguished for the Temple of Diana (q.v.), who there had her chief shrine; and for its theatre, which was the largest in the world, capable of containing 50,000 spectators. It was, like all ancient theatres, open to the sky. Here were exhibited the fights of wild beasts and of men with beasts.

D. To the Faithful = Not faithful in the sense of fidelity and perseverance, but believing, as John 20:27; Acts 10:45. It is to be included with the saints under the one article.

John 20:27 (AV)
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

Acts 10:45 (AV)
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

E. In Christ

1. Phrase used 27 times in this letter alone.

2. Position of the believer.

3. In Christ = able to draw on the wealth that is in Christ.

John 15:4–5 (AV)
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

? Paul uses the term “us” or “we” 33 times in this book.

? Paul, a man called by God to a particular ministry identifies to saints called by God to a particular church.

? 33 different times he is going to explain what they share together as believers and fellow servants of God.

? Our study of Ephesians then will focus on what we as believers have in common with both the Apostle and the ancient Ephesian saints.

? Paul is going to explain what we share in our relationship with each other and with Jesus as we live in this Heavenly Dimension while here on earth.

III. God the Father lives in the Heavenly Dimension

Ephesians 1:3 (AV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

A. God has blessed us – both clergy and laity – all saints called by God through faith in Jesus. = “to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on,”

B. Blessed in ALL spiritual blessings – a phrase that occurs 13 times.

2 Peter 1:3–4 (AV)
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

C. We are blessed right now in the heavenliess.

This LOCATIVE (of sphere) NEUTER PLURAL ADJECTIVE “in the heavenly places” (epouranious) was only used in Ephesians (cf. 1:20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12). From the context of all of its usages, it must mean the spiritual realm in which believers live here and now, not heaven.

Ephesians 1:20 (AV)
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 2:6 (AV)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 3:10 (AV)
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Ephesians 6:12 (AV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Conclusion:

The Apostle Paul way back in 62 AD wrote a church that needed to develop a passionate love for the Lord. In 95 AD or so, Jesus wrote that same church and told them that they had lost their first love. They had not fully embraced and passed down the truths that are contained in this Epistle. If you are a believer, you share the same things that the Apostle Paul and the Saints at Ephesus shared. You have been blessed with all spiritual blessings and are now operating in the realm of the heavenly places. Keep alert because there is great power to harness in order to live for God while living in The Heavenly Zone.

No Transportation Sunday January 2

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Due to Mechanical Difficulties, the bus will not run this morning.  Please call 860-496-8022 if you need a ride.