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Definition and Existence of God

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Part I THEISM

  • The belief in a supernatural power or supernatural powers
  • The belief in the existence of but one God – This view includes monotheism, pantheism and deism but excludes atheism, polytheism, and henotheism.
  • The belief in a personal God who is both transcendent and immanent and exists in only person.
  • The belief in one personal God, both immanent and transcendent who exists in three personal distinctions.

The Definition and Existence of God

  1. Definition of God
  1. Erroneous definitions
  1. The eternal mind, the cause of good. – Plato
  • The first ground of all being – Aristotle
  • The moral order of the universe – Fichte
  • The absolute spirit without consciousness until it becomes conscious in the thoughts of man – Hegel
  • The creative force and energy behind the universe – Henry Sloane Coffin
  • Biblical names for God.
  1. Elohim – God the most High God (plural)
  • Jehovah – I AM
  • Adonai – Lord
  • Theological definition:  “God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end.”  – Strong
  1. The Existence of God
  1. The belief in the existence of God is intuitive.

Romans 1:19-20

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 

Romans 2:15

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)  

  • The existence of God is assumed by scriptures

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  1. Cosmological argument – everything that begun must have an adequate cause.

Hebrews 3:4

4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

  • Teleological argument – order and useful arrangement in a system imply intelligence and purpose in the organizing cause.
  • Ontological argument – the very ideal of God is proof of His existence.  Men have an intuitive idea of God.
  • The moral argument – every man has a sense of moral obligation, a sense of right and wrong.
  • Congruity – the existence of God best explains the facts of our moral, mental, and religious nature as well as the material nature of the universe.

The Possibility and Divisions of Theology

Friday, January 4th, 2019

The Possibility of Theology

  1. Revelation of God

“Revelation is that act of God whereby he discloses himself or communicates truth to the mind, whereby he makes manifest to his creatures that which could not be known in any other way.”  – Thiessen

  1. General Revelation
  • In nature
  • In history
  • In conscience
  • Special Revelation – “Those acts of God whereby He makes Himself and His truth known at special times to specific peoples.”
  • Miracles
  • Fulfilled prophecy
  • The person of Christ

John 14:9

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

  • Scriptures
  • Personal experience
  • Endowments of Men – How does man come into possession of this revelation?
  • Mental endowments – properties of reason
  1. 2. Reason is the organ or capacity for knowing truth
  • Reason must judge the credibility of a representation.
  • Reason must judge evidence
  • Reason must organize facts into a system
  • Spiritual endowments
  1. Man has an intuitive knowledge of God
  • A believer enters into a special personal fellowship with God.

Romans 8:15

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 Corinthians 1:9

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Galatians 4:6

6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

1 John 1:3

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

  1. The Divisions of Theology
  1. Exegetical Theology – occupies itself directly with the study of biblical text and such related subjects as help in the restoration, orientation, illustration and interpretation of that text.
  • Historical Theology – Traces the history of God’s people in the Bible and of the church since the time of Christ.
  • Systematic Theology – Takes the materials furnished by exegetical and historical theology and arranges them in a logical order under the great heads of theological study.
  • Practical Theology – Treats the application of theology in the regeneration, sanctification, edification, and service of men.

God’s First Responders Day 1

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Introduction to Systematic Theology

  1.  Definitions and approach to Systematic Theology
  1.  Theology = theos – God / Logos – discourse
  1.  Doctrine of God

But in the broad and more usual sense, the term has come to mean all Christian doctrines, not only the specific doctrine of God, but also all the doctrines that deal with the relations God sustains to the universe. In this broad sense, we may define theology as the science of God and his relations to the universe.[1]

  • The science of God and His Works

Science may question the regularity even of the laws of nature, but the experienced believer in God sees in these apparent irregularities the intervention of God and the manifestation of his miraculous power. He maintains that while the apprehension of the divine revelation is progressive, the revelation itself is as stable as the righteousness and truth of God themselves. He, therefore, believes in the possibility of theology and of systematic theology, and he regards them with the same favor as did the ancients. Even the modern student who does not formulate his theological beliefs has fairly definite views with regard to the major questions in the field. The reason for this is found in his own mental and moral constitution[2]

  •  Systematic Theology vs. Biblical theology.
  1.  Biblical Theology = the study of various types of theology on a book by book basis through the Bible.
  2. Systematic Theology = breaks down Biblical theology into categories or systems to form a helpful overviews of various doctrines.
  •  Liberal presuppositions
  1.  The Word of God is not perfect.
  2. Truth is in a constant state of flux
  3. It is unsafe to form fixed views of theological truths.
  • Evangelical Presuppositions
  1.  There are constants to our universe.
  2. Evidence of these constants can be seen in nature and mathematics.
  3. There is a perfect, constant, infallible source of truth.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20, KJV 1900)

  1.  The Nature of Theology
  1.  Theology and Ethics
  1.  Philosophical Ethics = developed on a purely naturalistic basis – no doctrine of sin.
  2. Christian Ethics = motivated by an affection for and willing submission to God.
  •  Theology and Religion
  1. In theology man organizes His thoughts concerning God and the universe.
  2. In religion man expresses in attitudes and actions the effects that those thoughts have produced in him.

In other words, in theology a man organizes his thoughts concerning God and the universe, and in religion he expresses in attitudes and actions the effects these thoughts have produced in him.[3]

  •  Theology and Philosophy
  1.  Theology begins with the belief in the eternal existence of God.
  2. Philosophy begins with the belief in the eternal existence of matter – denying special revelation from an eternal God.

To know a man’s philosophy is, therefore, to get possession of the key to understanding him and also to dealing with him (Acts 14:17; 17:22–31). But the Christian must recognize that philosophy will never bring a person to Christ. Paul writes, “The world through its wisdom   p 4  did not come to know God” (1 Cor. 1:21)[4]

To know a man’s philosophy is, therefore, to get possession of the key to understanding him and also to dealing with him (Acts 14:17; 17:22–31). But the Christian must recognize that philosophy will never bring a person to Christ. Paul writes, “The world through its wisdom   p 4  did not come to know God” (1 Cor. 1:21)[5]

  1.  Necessity of Theology
  1.  The Organizing instinct of the intellect.
  1.  Not content with the accumulation of facts.
  2. One must find a way to organize these findings into a system.
  •  Character of unbelief of this age.
  1.  Dangers threaten the Church from philosophy. – Colossians 2:8
  2. The Christian must be ready with a Biblical answer. 1 Peter 3:15
  •  The Character of Scripture.
  1.  The Bible is to the theologian what nature is to the scientist.
  2. There are certain passages focused on a particular theology.
  3. None of these themes are exhaustive in any one passage.
  4. It is necessary therefore that we gather truth and organize it into a system.
  •  The development of an intelligent Christian Character.
  1.  Theology must be more than mere theory.
  2. Theology must be the guide to intelligent thinking about religious problems and a stimulus to Holy living.
  •  Conditions for effective Christian Service.
  1.  Know Doctrine
  2. Preach Doctrine
  3. Live Doctrine

[1] Thiessen, H. C., & Doerksen, V. D. (1979). Lectures in systematic theology (p. 2). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[2] Thiessen, H. C., & Doerksen, V. D. (1979). Lectures in systematic theology (p. 1). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[3] Thiessen, H. C., & Doerksen, V. D. (1979). Lectures in systematic theology (p. 3). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[4] Thiessen, H. C., & Doerksen, V. D. (1979). Lectures in systematic theology (pp. 3–4). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Thiessen, H. C., & Doerksen, V. D. (1979). Lectures in systematic theology (pp. 3–4). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

A Song that the Angels Cannot Sing

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Revelation 5:1-14
Preached Sunday Evening October 7, 2012

Introduction:

The apostle John was sure given a tremendous privilege when he was allowed to take a peek at some glorious events in heaven. The sights and sounds of what it is like before the throne of Almighty God almost surpass the boundaries of human comprehension. The brilliance of the celestial city and the beauty of that place will be a wonder to behold. All the beauty of the Earth and the universe only took Good six days to create. Jesus has been preparing a place for us over 2000 years!

Another wonder to explain in heaven is the thunder of musical praise. John recites his experience of Celestine Singing in our passage this morning. Heavenly beings fly about the throne of God crying out Holy, Holy, Holy! What a marvelous sound!

Revelation chapter five opens up with a dilemma. There was a book containing judgments to be revealed, but there was no creature worthy to open the book. Finally the elders, saved people, spoke of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God; it was he who was worthy to open the book.

After that the angels, tens of thousands of angels, Broke into singing; “Worthy is the lamb that was slain!” The angels sang Holy, Holy, Holy! They sang worthy is the lamb, but notice verse nine: there is a song the angels cannot sing. No angelic being will ever be have the privilege of singing “Since I have been redeemed!” If you are born again you can sing praises to God, songs that the angels cannot sing.

I. The angels sing Holy, Holy, Holy!

Revelation 4:8-9
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

A. God is the prefect standard of holiness

Leviticus 20:26
26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

Psalm 20:6
6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

B. God deserves worship because of his holiness

Psalm 99:5
5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

C. God’s holiness poses Man’s sinfulness

Isaiah 6:1-5
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

1. Angels cover themselves
2. Angles cry Holy!
3. The sound causes the door frame to shake
4. Man’s reaction: “I am undone!”

II. Angels sing worthy is the Lamb!

Revelation 5:11-13
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

A. Give Jesus the credit he is due

1. Power = worship

John 5:23
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Revelation 5:1–5 (AV)
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

2. Riches

Ephesians 3:8
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

3. Wisdom

Ephesians 3:10
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,

4. Strength

Isaiah 26:4
4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

5. Honor

Hebrews 2:7,9
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

6. Glory

Isaiah 42:8
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

7. Blessing

1 Timothy 1:9-11
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

III. The angels will never sing “I have been redeemed!”

Revelation 5:8-10
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

A. A new song belonging only to the redeemed

1. A story of conversion and deliverance
Psalm 40:1-3
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Psalm 144:9
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

Psalm 144:1
1 A Psalm of David.
1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

2. We are bought with a price!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

B. “Thou wast slain”

1. Jesus, the Lamb of God

John 1:29
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

2. Tasted death for us
Hebrews 2:9
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

2 Corinthians 5:21
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.

C. Redeemed us

1. Bought with Christ’s blood
Peter 1:18-19
18 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; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

2. Forgiveness of sins

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

3. Obtained this grace through faith alone

Romans 3:24-25
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

An Excellent Spirit

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Daniel 6:1-28
Preached Sunday March 3, 2012

Introduction:

Every once and a while, a believer emerges onto the scene who has an unusual disposition. This believer is plugged into the power of God and has deep roots of integrity. Because of that excellent spirit, he will be promoted and trusted. Because of that excellent spirit, he will be envied and attacked. This believer will respond to this attack like he has in the past, with unchanging conviction and practice.

Tonight we are going to study an old hero of the faith, Daniel. He is no longer a kid taking a stand over his diet. He is now a servant in the King’s court who has lived through three different monarchs. Tonight we will see why God trusted him with a great amount of revelation regarding future events. As we study this story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, we will find that Daniel had an excellent spirit.

I. An Excellent Spirit Can Be Trusted

Daniel 6:1–3 (AV)
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
A. Daniel was the top man in the kingdom.

1. 120 over the Kingdom
2. 3 Presidents over the 120
3. 1 over all these – Daniel
B. Trusted with secrets

Proverbs 11:13 (AV)
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
C. A rare find
Proverbs 20:6 (AV)
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
D. Trusted with truth
Proverbs 14:5 (AV)
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
E. Trusted with relationships
Proverbs 6:19 (AV)
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
II. An Excellent Spirit will be Attacked Because of Envy
Daniel 6:4–9 (AV)
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. 6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
Proverbs 14:30 (AV)
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Proverbs 27:4 (AV)
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

A. Daniel was blameless when it came to any real dirt.
Philippians 2:14–15 (AV)
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
B. The enemy must work to manufacture some kind of dirt.
C. Often the enemy uses flattery to seduce people against the excellent spirit.

Proverbs 20:19 (AV)
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

D. The enemy will use personal weaknesses to manipulate opinions against the excellent spirit.

1. Pride
2. Lust
3. Greed

III. An Excellent Spirit will be Consistent

A. Unashamed

Daniel 6:10–12 (AV)
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

B. Regular – even when evil appears to win

Daniel 6:13–15 (AV)
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

Psalm 74:10 (AV)
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
C. There will be some unbelievers who really hope that there is reality behind the excellent spirit.

Daniel 6:16–20 (AV)
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
IV. God’s Power is Manifested Through an Excellent Spirit.

Daniel 6:21–22 (AV)
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
A. He will deliver
B. He will destroy His enemies
Daniel 6:23–24 (AV)
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
C. He will get the glory.
Daniel 6:25–28 (AV)
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Two Chances to Learn

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Daniel 4:1-37
Preached Sunday February 19, 2012

Introduction:

There are two basic ways that we can be motivated to change our behavior. The best way is to learn and live. This happens when we hear the Word of God, or wise counsel and adjust our behavior to match the wisdom we have just acquired. This is the most rewarding and least painful way to learn. The other motivation God uses is for us to live and learn. God uses consequences that are directly ties to our actions to motivate us to adjust our behavior in order to achieve better outcomes in the future. When the first motivator does not work, often God uses the latter as His backup plan.

King Nebuchadnezzar thought that he was the most powerful man in the universe. He was proud of his kingdom. I believe that he thought that the vision he had in Daniel chapter 2 was somehow a sign from God that even God believed that Nebuchadnezzar was the greatest king of all time. I believe that this is the reason that the King made a statue of solid gold 90 feet tall. It would seem that Nebuchadnezzar was impossible to reach with the truth, but God knew how to break the king of his pride. God knew how to reach him.

Little by little, God showed Nebuchadnezzar that there was One greater than he. The great Chaldeans magicians could not offer any real supernatural aid. Three young Hebrew men turned out to be fire proof. Tonight’s passage is actually written in the first person by King Nebuchadnezzar. This is a story of a prideful and powerful king who was given two chances to learn.

I. The Personal Testimony of a Changed Man.

Daniel 4:1-3
Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. 3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

A. A message of peace
B. A personal lesson that must be shared with the world.

1. Great signs and wonders.
2. An everlasting kingdom.

II. The Chance to Learn and Live

Daniel 4:4-7
4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace: 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. 6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

A. God came to the king in a dream.
B. The Babylonian wise men were powerless again,
C. The king remembered the God of Daniel.

Daniel 4:8-9
8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying, 9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.

D. Daniel interpreted the king’s dream

1. The tree = Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 4:20-22
20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; 21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation: 22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.

2. The watcher = an angel of judgment.

Daniel 4:23-25
23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: 25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

3. The stump = a second chance.

Daniel 4:26-27
26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. 27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

III. The chance to live and learn.

A. Pride was the reason for his fall.

Daniel 4:28-31
28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

B. Sanity was removed for a time.

Daniel 4:32-33
32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

C. The sweet relief of a humble heart.

Daniel 4:34-36
34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

James 4:7-10
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

D. Declare God’s salvation.

Daniel 4:37
37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Essential Elements of a Godly Character

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Genesis 39:1-20

Preached Sunday Evening January 23, 2011

 

Introduction:

 

The following are the lyrics from a very thought provoking song entitled “Slow Fade”

 

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

 

          Marriages crumble, hearts break and lives are shattered because we as meek and frail sinful creatures, cave in to our sinful desires.  Our lusts consume us and we are left reaping the awful fruit of our actions.  Tonight we are going to study a man who determined to do right before he was faced with the chance to do wrong.  May God help us learn from Joseph and incorporate these elements of a Godly character into our lives.

 

I.             Faithfulness

 

A.   Aided by the assurance that God was with him

 

Genesis 39:1–2 (AV)

 

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

 

Genesis 39:21 (AV)

 

21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

 

Psalm 139:7–8 (AV)

 

7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

 

1.    With him at home

2.    With him in the pit

3.    With him in the slave train

4.    With him in the slave market

5.    With him in Potiphar’s house

6.    With him in the King’s prison

 

B.    Seen in every action Joseph did

Genesis 39:3 (AV)

3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 (AV)

 

31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

 

Colossians 3:22–24 (AV)

 

22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

 

C.   Earned a position of authority

 

Genesis 39:4–6 (AV)

 

4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

 

1.    Because of his track record

 

Luke 16:10–12 (AV)

 

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

 

2.    Others benefited because of him

3.    Joseph gained a place of great trust

 

II.           Integrity

 

A.   Joseph valued the trust he had earned

 

Genesis 39:7–8 (AV)

 

7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

 

B.    Joseph knew the sin was against God

 

Genesis 39:9 (AV)

 

9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

 

C.   Joseph had already decided to do right

 

Genesis 39:10 (AV)

 

10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

 

Job 31:1 (AV)

 

1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

 

Matthew 5:28 (AV)

 

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

Proverbs 1:10 (AV)

 

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

 

 

Proverbs 4:14–15 (AV)

 

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

 

1.    Did not listen to her

2.    Did not lie by her

3.    Did not allow himself to be alone with her

 

Romans 13:14 (AV)

 

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

 

D.   Joseph did not allow his flesh to take over

 

Genesis 39:11–12 (AV)

 

11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

 

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 (AV)

 

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

1.    He was around 17 years old

2.    He was taking care of business

3.    He was alone with her

4.    He fled

 

III.         Does not look at circumstances to make moral judgments

 

A.   Joseph was falsely accused to his co-workers

 

 

 

 

Genesis 39:13–15 (AV)

 

13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: 15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

 

B.    Joseph was falsely accused to his boss

 

Genesis 39:16–19 (AV)

 

16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. 17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. 19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

 

C.   Joseph was falsely imprisoned by his boss

 

Genesis 39:20 (AV)

 

20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

 

è Even though his record was spotless

 

Without Love

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I Corinthians 13:1-3

Preached Sunday Evening February 14, 2010

 

Introduction:

 

          True agape love cannot be manufactured.  It is the outward evidence of inward surrender to the convicting and leading of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.  All too often we try to evaluate our spiritual walk in non-spiritual terms.  Rather than searching our hearts as to the quality of our love toward God and toward others, we value the quantity of something we produce – whether it is professions of faith, time spent in service, or money sacrificed.  Today we will see that the significance of these actions fade away if they are done without love.

 

I.                   It is possible to be a witnessing Christian, yet lack love

 

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

A.     Purpose of tongues

 

1.     Reach the lost in their own language

 

Acts 2:5-11 – 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,  Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

2.     Tongues are a sign to unbelievers

1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

3.     These special sign gifts passed away when Scriptures were completed

1 Corinthians 13:8-10 – 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Revelation 22:18-19 – 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 

4.     Tongues, then, were simply the God-given ability to cross barriers and give people the good news of the Gospel of Christ

B.     It is possible to preach the Gospel without love

Philippians 1:15-16 – 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

1.     Some preach out of envy

2.     Some preach out of strife

C.     We should preach the Gospel in love

1.     By looking with compassion upon the harvest field

Matthew 9:36-38 – 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

2.     Without love, your Gospel message is just loud and annoying noise!

II.                It is possible to be a “deep” Christian, yet lack love

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

A.     You could understand mysteries, but lack love

1.     Mystery = “that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can only be known by divine revelation”

2.     These mysteries are revealed to believers by the indwelling Holy Spirit

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

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

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

B.     You can gain knowledge, but lack love

1.     Knowledge = seeking to know through inquiry and investigation

2.     This kind of knowledge can fan the flames of pride, if there is no love present

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

C.     You can have all kinds of faith, but lack love

1.     Faith can move mountains without love

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

2.     One could do great works without love

Matthew 7:22-23 – 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

D.    The person possessing these “deep” qualities, let lacking love is viewed by God as nothing

1 John 4:8,20-21 – 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

III.             It is possible to be a sacrificial Christian and yet love

1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

A.     You could sacrifice your possessions and yet lack love

1.     For the praise of men

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

2.     For political gain

B.     You could sacrifice your body, yet lack love

1.     Out of obligation

2.     Because of reputation

C.     Sacrifice without love will not produce any results

Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 – 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Conclusion:

          How is your love life?  Are you a soul winner?  Great!  Do you preach the Gospel out of your love for Christ and for the lost, or merely out of a sense of duty or political savvy?  How is your love life?  Are you a “deep” Christian?  Do you understand deep spiritual mysteries?  Do you possess great biblical knowledge?  Do you exhibit great faith?  Amen!  But if you have those “deep” qualities without a love for Christ, the lost, and the brethren, you are nothing.  How is your love life?  Are you a sacrificial Christian?  Have you given your money and even your physical strength for the cause of Christ?  Amen!  But if you did so for any other motivation than love, you will not earn the reward.  God help us to live our lives dedicated to loving Christ, His sheep, and the lost.

The Atonement for Sin

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

1 John 2:1-11

 Preached Sunday Evening, July 5, 2009

 

Introduction:

 

          How is sin paid for or atoned? This is the most important theological issue in the Bible. Some believe that works or penance can be atoned for sin. Some believe that Jesus is a perpetual sacrifice and sin is atoned through the Holy Eucharist. Tonight we will search the scriptures regarding this matter of atonement for sin.

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH OF THE EVANGELICAL

BAPTIST CHURCH

 

SECTION VIII -THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

 

WE BELIEVE (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (b) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; (c) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; (d) that, having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person, the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

 

a)       Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24

b)       John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7;

Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21

c)       John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; Isaiah

53:11; Hebrews 12:2

d)       I Corinthians 15:20; Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25; 9:12-15; I John 2:2

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.                   Atonement for sin comes by grace alone

 

A.     This grace offered to the whole world

 

1 John 2:1-2

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

 

Acts 15:11

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

 

Romans 3:24

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

B.     This grace is accessed by faith

 

Ephesians 2:8

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

Romans 5:2

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

 

II.                Atonement for sin comes through Jesus Christ

 

A.     Commissioned by the Father

 

John 3:16

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.

 

B.     Lived a perfect life, dedicated to saving the lost

 

 

Matthew 18:11

11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

 

Philippians 2:7

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

Hebrews 2:14

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

C.     Obedient unto death

 

Isaiah 53:4-7

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

 

III.             Christ took our place, making atonement for our sins.

 

A.     Volunteered- not martyred

John 10:18

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

Philippians 2:8

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

 

Hebrews 12:2

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

 

B.     Took our blame

 

2 Corinthians 5:2

2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

 

1 Peter 2:24

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 

 

1 Peter 3:18

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

 

C.     Paid what we owed

 

Romans 6:23

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

 

Romans 3:25

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  

 

1 John 4:10

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

Galatians 1:4

4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

 

Isaiah 53:11

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

 

IV.              Christ is our all sufficient Savior

 

A.     For eternal life

 

1 Corinthians 15:20

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

B.     For intercession

 

Isaiah 53:12

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

Hebrews 7:25

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

 

C.     For purification through his blood

 

Hebrews 9:12-15

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

 

 

 

 

V.                 Christ is Our Shepherd of Love

 

A.     Obedience demonstrates our love for Jesus.

 

1 John 2:3-6

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

B.     Love for others demonstrates our established relationship with Jesus.

 

1 John 2:7-11

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

 

 

 

The Fall of Man

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Romans 5:17-21

 Preached Sunday Evening, June 21, 2004

 

Introduction:

 

          It is commonly taught in many circles that there is a little Jesus in every human, that we are essentially good. If evil is found in us it is caused by our surroundings and lack of opportunity.

 

          The Biblical view of man is not so optimistic. We will see that fallen man a sin nature bent on self-destruction. As our society continues to plum to the depths of sin and depravity, it is essential that we search the scriptures when it comes to the doctrine of the fall of man

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH OF THE EVANGELICAL BAPTIST CHURCH

 

SECTION VII – THE FALL OF MAN

 

WE BELIEVE (a) that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but (b) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, (c) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice, and (d) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

 

a)       Genesis 3:1-6,24

b)       Romans 5:12,19

c)       Ephesians 2:1,3; Romans 1:18; 3: 9,10; Ezekiel 18:19,20

d)       Romans 1:20,28,32; Galatians 3:22

 

 

I.                   Man was created innocent

 

A.     In the image of God

 

Genesis 1:26-27

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  

 

B.     Warned not to sin

 

Genesis 2:15-17

15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

II.                Man sinned voluntarily

 

A.     Seduced by the Devil

 

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 

 

1.     Subtil

2.     Cast doubt on God’s word

3.     Called God a liar

4.     Offered the opportunity to be like God

5.     Appealed to the flesh

 

B.     Separated from God

 

Genesis 3:24

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 

C.     Death passed upon all

 

Romans 5:12,19

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

III.             Man is a sinner by nature

 

A.     Dead in sin

 

Ephesians 2:1,3

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 

 

B.     Truth suppressors

 

Romans 1:18

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

 

C.     All are sinners

 

Romans 3:9,10,23

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;  10 As it is written,  There is none righteous, no, not one: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

IV.              Man is condemned without excuse

 

A.     Enough information to condemn him

 

Romans 1:20

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

B.     Enough sin to condemn him

 

Romans 1:28,32

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;   32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

 

C.     Faith is the only remedy

 

 

 

John 3:16-20

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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 

 

Galatians 3:22

22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.