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Helper Not Hinderer

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Helper Not Hinderer

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Rebuke; Discipleship / Matthew 7:1–6

The Sermon on the Mount is full of revolutionary teaching. Jesus turned the religious community upside down when he taught that internal purity was more important than external compliance. Religion tends to focus upon the outward appearance of others in order to find some fault in their walk. You see, if I can find a problem with you, then I do not feel so bad about myself.

What do we do? We are commanded to provoke one another to love and good works. Our passage today gives us three principles to practice as we help each other along the way to spiritual maturity.

Do not be judgmental.

Matthew 7:1–2 KJV
Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

A. Do not judge outside your realm of jurisdiction.

Romans 14:4 KJV
Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

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B. Do not judge unrighteously

1. Based upon appearance.


John 7:24


24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. 


2. Based upon incomplete information.


Proverbs 18:13 KJV
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, It is folly and shame unto him.

Deal with your own issues first.

Matthew 7:3–5 KJV
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

A. Mote = speck – small offence

B. Beam = large square piece of lumber.

1. Clouding judgment.


2. Impairing your ability to carefully deal with your brother’s mote.

C. It is much easier to try to deal with the minute faults of another than to deal with your own glaring problems.

John 8:7–9 KJV
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

D. If you deal with you brother’s sin before you deal with your own, you are a hypocrite, a play actor.

Psalm 51:9-13

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Do not give a masterpiece painting of God’s truth to a blind man.

Matthew 7:6 KJV
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

A. Dogs = unbelievers who are blind to the truth.

1 Corinthians 2:14

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.

B. Swine = those still in this world, blinded by their own carnality.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

C. Pearls = great truths.

1. Trampled by those who cannot comprehend their value.


2. The swine will turn against those who offer pearls of truth.

Proverbs 9:7-8

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Conclusion:

Hebrews 10:24–25 KJV
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We are commanded to point each other in the right direction. We are also commanded not to judge. How can we obey both commandments? Jesus gave us some very basic principles. Now you try to figure out why this message was preached right now and to whom it is aimed, let me warn you that you are already on the wrong path. I preached Matthew 7 because it came after Matthew 6. I cannot help the fact that God is sovereign and knows what we need and when we need it. Do not be judgmental, coming up with evaluations in areas over which you have no jurisdiction. That is ungodly and unfair! When you deal with issues within your realm, make sure that you deal with your own issues before you try to help your brother deal with his. Do not throw precious truth before folks who are not born again, or before folks who are rebelliously clinging to their sin and carnality. If you practice these principles you will be able to effectively help others along their way to godliness.

Exported from Logos Bible Software, 3:38 PM June 13, 2020.

The Power of One

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

The Power of One

James 5:19-20

Introduction:

There is no doubt in the mind of a Bible believing Christian that our society is headed down a dangerous and Godless path. The question is… what do we do about it? Christians have become more and more active politically. This has some affect upon the Legislature, but not the Godless, pagan, hedonistic Americans still out number Bible believing Christians. The answer is simple, America needs more born-again Christians.

In an effort to see many saved, churches are holding revivals, concerts, and mass meetings. Praise God! Some are reached.

The Bible teaches us a much less dramatic, yet mush more affective method. I am curious, if you were saved during a revival, or a church service, would you raise your hand? If you were saved as a result of a personal witness, tract or any other one on one visit or contact, would you raise your hand?  This morning we will see that if America is to be reached, she must be reached one eternal soul at a time. We will see that this church will grow as people are won by one.

  1. One Testimony

Psalm 66:16

16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

  1. Woman at the well

John 4:27-30

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

  1. Shunned because of her sin
  2. Shunned because of her race
  3. Jesus confronted her sin
  4. Jesus confronted her religious smoke screen
  5. Jesus revealed himself as the messiah
  6. She believed and received the living water
  7. Immediately she told others with a simple, yet powerful, testimony
  • Blind man that was healed

John 9:24-25

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 25  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

  1. Born blind- no hope of healing
  2. Simple faith seen in simple obedience

John 9:6-7

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

  • The miracle was challenged by unbelieving religious leaders
  • His testimony was simple and effective
  • A veteran believer under great trials

Job 19:23-27

23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.   

  1. Job lost all that he had
  • Oxen and asses
    • Sheep
    • Servants
    • Camels
    • Sons and daughters
  • Job lost his health
  • Job was hounded by three self-righteous “friends”
  • Job’s testimony did not change!
  • I know my redeemer lives!
    • I know He shall stand!
    • I know in my flesh I shall see God!
  1. One Person’s Obedience
  1. The demoniac from the Gadarenes

Luke 8:38-39

38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

  1. Had a legion of demons
  2. Jesus cast the demons out
  3. Jesus told the man to witness at home
  • Phillip- the spirit- led Evangelist

Acts 8:26-31

26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

  1. God prepared the eunuch
  2. God sent a soulwinner
  3. Obedience led to opportunity
  4. Follow the spirits of prompting
  • To hand out tracts
    • To witness
  1. One Person’s Calling
  1. Called to be fishers of men

Matthew 4:19

19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Luke 5:9-10

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

  • Called to the harvest

John 4:35-38

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true,  One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Keep The Music Alive

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Keep the Music Alive!

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Music; Heart

 As I have had a chance to reflect on the first Mother’s Day that my mother was not on this side of eternity with me, I have been thinking about the legacy that she has left me. What can I remember about mom? Mom found joy in simple things. She loved to talk about dad, she loved to watch, listen to and draw birds, and she loved old fashioned Christian Music. WCRF, a Moody Bible Institute Radio station, was always on in our house during the day. I grew up listening to George Beverly Shea, Christine Wyrtzen, Dr. James T. Jeremiah and the comforting words of announcer Bob Divine.

Music is a reflection of the condition of the hidden parts of a human being. In our culture, we are wedded to a constant expression of who we are and what we feel through music.

I believe as Christians, our music reflects the condition of our inner man more than we realize.

When I was traveling from church to church several years ago, I could tell the spiritual temperature of the church by listening to the first two hymns. There is a Holy Ghost-wrought excitement flowing from the inner core of a Christian, and it comes out in music.

Some time ago, our family went to see three dynamic Christian groups performing in Kennewick, WA. They were all professional, yet a few individuals stood out… It reflected not talent, but inner relationship and work of God. As we grow cold toward God, the Spirit grows silent… and the flow from inside is dried up… The music dies!

The music starts when you get saved

A Spirit witness

Romans 8:15-17 – 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. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 

1. Adoption

2. Assurance

3. Joint-heirs

B. A new song

Psalm 40:2–3 KJV

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. 

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.

1. Up out of a pit! – punishment

2. Up out of the mire – sin

3. Feet on a rock – Jesus!

4. Established my goings – sanctification

5. New song – praise for it all… different than the world’s tune!

C. Song of victory

Psalm 98:1–2 KJV

O sing unto the LORD a new song; For he hath done marvellous things: His right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. 

The LORD hath made known his salvation: His righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

D. Song of praise

Psalm 144:9 – 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 149:1 – Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. – In the congregation

Music dies when you grieve the Spirit

Ephesians 4:30 KJV

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

B. Bad fellowship

Ephesians 5:11-12 – 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 

1. Unfruitful works of darkness – vs 11

2. Making secrets public – vs 12

C. Foolish walk

Ephesians 5:15 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 

1. Partakers of disobedience

Ephesians 5:6-7 – 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them

2. Foolish, filthy jesting

Ephesians 5:3-4 – 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 

D. Wasting time

Ephesians 5:16 – Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 

Music dies when you quench the Spirit

1 Thessalonians 5:18–19 KJV

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Quench not the Spirit.

A. Wake up!

Ephesians 5:14 KJV

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

B. Don’t let something else control you

Ephesians 5:18 KJV

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

C. Quenching the Spirit will silence your:

1. Witness

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

2. Assurance

Romans 8:16 – The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 

3. Song

Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 

Conclusion:

The power of God does not rest while we hang onto sin. If we have no song from within, it is a sign that we have silenced Him. Repent – seek God and He will be found. Be filled with the Spirit and be restored to where you were before the music died!

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Three Truths About Powerful Prayer

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Three Truths About Powerful Prayer

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Prayer; Intercession; Faith; Importunity / Luke 11:5–13

 George Mueller was known for his powerful prayer. In the course of his ministry to the orphans of England, he never asked for financial assistance from men – only God… and he constantly received what was needed to the penny.

Once while on his way to speak in Quebec for a engagement. On the deck of the ship that was to carry him to his destination, he informed the captain that he needed to be in Quebec by Saturday afternoon.

As the captain related the story, he said “’It is impossible,’ I said. ’Do you know how dense this fog is?’”

“’No,’ he replied, ’my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of life. I have never broken an engagement in 57 years; let us go down into the chart room and pray.’

He knelt down and he prayed one of the most simple prayers. When he had finished I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. ’As you do not believe He will answer, and as I believe He has, there is no need for you whatever for you to pray about it.’

“I looked at him and George Mueller said, ’Captain, I have known my Lord for 57 yrs. and there has never been a single day when I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up, Captain, and open the door and you will find that the fog has gone.’

“I got up and the fog indeed was gone, and on that Saturday afternoon George Mueller kept his promised engagement.”

Wow! How cool would it be to be a person of prayer like George Mueller was? When we hear of that kind of powerful prayer it seems like results like that are reserved for Heaven’s superheroes. In our text this evening we see Jesus teaching some powerful yet simple things to help us understand and practice powerful prayer.

Importunity Works When A Relationship Doesn’t

Sometimes a need goes beyond normal friendship.

Luke 11:5–8 KJV

And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 

And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 

I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

 • Sometimes we have not developed an intimacy with God where we feel comfortable expressing some needs.

Importunity bridges the gap of incomplete relationships.

Luke 11:8 KJV

I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

(importunity wheel)

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Importunity

anaidia (or anaideia) (????????, 335), denotes “shamelessness, importunity” (a, negative, n, euphonic, and aidos, “shame, modesty”), and is used in the Lord’s illustration concerning the need of earnestness and perseverance in prayer,

Jesus taught that we should “always pray and not give up”

· Not because God is hard of hearing

· Not because God needs to be pestered into answering our requests

· Not because God doesn’t want to answer us

NO… Jesus taught us always pray and not give up because, when we pray, our prayers carry weight. EVERY TIME you and I pray we unleash more and more power from the throne of God

· Are you praying for someone in your family to become a Christian?

Every prayer you pray puts more and more pressure on that person to listen to God…

· Do you pray for your friends in their daily struggles

Every prayer you pray imparts to them more and more power from God

· Do you have difficulties with someone at work

Every prayer you lift up to God’s throne brings God’s power to bear on difficult people and situations.

Prayer is not a passive act on our part

Prayer is AN AGGRESSIVE, ACTIVE MINISTRY. You are putting your shoulder to the wheel and moving the forces of heaven.

SOURCE: Jeff Strite in “The Power of Persistent Prayer” on www.sermoncentral.com.

Actions Lead to Results

Luke 11:9–10 KJV

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 • Ask more than once

 • Seek in more than one place

 • Knock more than one timid rap on the door.

“Prayer is surrender-surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boat hook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”

SOURCE: E. Stanley Jones, in Liberating Ministry From The Success Syndrome, K Hughes, Tyndale, 1988, p. 73

Daddy Loves You!

Luke 11:11–13 KJV

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:11 KJV

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

James 1:17 KJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

During the height of the Depression, Hill’s real mother, who had five children of her own, didn’t have enough food to go around, so she sent four-year-old Ed to live with a friend in a small country town called Sweet Home. Ed just called her Mama. As he was growing up in Sweet Home, Mama displayed remarkable faith which led her to have big plans for young Ed. Against nearly insurmountable obstacles, Mama helped Ed graduate from high school (the only student to graduate that year from the country school) and even insisted that he go to college.

She took Ed to the bus station, handed him the ticket and five dollars and said, “Now, go off to Prairie View College, and Mama is going to be praying for you.” Hill claims that he didn’t know much about prayer, but he knew Mama did. When he arrived at the college with a dollar and ninety cents in his pocket, they told him he needed eighty dollars in cash in order to register. Here’s how Hill describes what happened next:

I got in line…and the devil said to get out of line…but I heard my Mama saying in my ear, “I’ll be praying for you.” I stood in line on Mama’s prayer. Soon there was [another new student ahead of me], and I began to get nervous, but I stayed in line…Just about the time [the other student] got all of her stuff and turned away, Dr. Drew touched me on the shoulder, and he said, “Are you Ed Hill?”

I said, “Yes.”

“Are you Ed Hill from Sweet Home?”

“Yes.”

“Have you paid yet?”

“Not quite.”

“We’ve been looking for you all this morning,” [he said].

I said, “Well, what do [you] want with me?”

“We have a four-year scholarship that will pay your room and board, your tuition, and give you thirty dollars a month to spend.”

And I heard Mama say, “I will be praying for you!”

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Conficence Builders

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Confidence Builders

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Today we are living during an unprecedented amount of fear, angst, distrust, and doubt. The world around us is afraid. They are afraid of death. They are afraid of poverty. They are afraid of oppression. Most of all they are afraid of the unknown. What in the world is going to happen next? Can we fix this? Who can we believe? Whom can we trust. If we are not careful, we as believers can get pulled into this same pit of anxiety, fear, and despondency.  

In our text verses, the Apostle John suggests that we as believers can possess a rare gem in these troubled times. We as believers can and must build a wealth of confidence. Really? Confidence now?

Believe it or not the Greek word translated confidence in your King James Bible comes up several times. Tonight we are going to study what the word means and how to find and implement Biblical Confidence builders.

????????, ?? f: a state of boldness and confidence, sometimes implying intimidating circumstances—‘boldness, courage.’ 

Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 306.

Confidence Starts With Saving Faith

1 John 5:13 KJV

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

John 3:16 KJV

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.

Hebrews 3:6 KJV

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Confidence is Built By Prayer

1 John 5:14 KJV

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

 Several years ago one of the astronauts who walked on the moon was interviewed and asked, “What do you think about as you stood on the moon and looked back at the earth?” The astronaut replied, “I remembered how the spacecraft was built by the lowest bidder.”

We as Christians can rejoice that the work of salvation did not go to the “lowest bidder” but was performed by an infinite God. There will never be a deficiency in his work. Our salvation is as sure as the architect of that salvation, Almighty God.1

1 Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 310–311.

Confidence is Built By Abiding in Christ

1 John 2:28–29 KJV

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Confidence is Built By Showing Love to the Brethren.

1 John 3:19–21 KJV

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Confidence Brings Perspective to Temporal Loss.

Hebrews 10:34–35 KJV

For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

 • Preventing us from making hasty pragmatic decisions.

Confidence is Built Throughout A Lifetime of Serving the King.

Acts 28:30–31 KJV

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 

Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

An English woman had two daughters, one of which had died. She was on a ship bound for America for a visit with her other daughter. In a storm at sea it was feared that the ship might sink. All the passengers save this woman were in a state of near panic. When asked why she was so calm, she said: “Well, I have two daughters, one in America and one in heaven. I am on my way to see my daughter. If the ship survives, I will see the one in America. If not, I will see the one in heaven. So either way, I will see my daughter.”1

1 Herschel H. Hobbs, My Favorite Illustrations (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1990), 143.

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Whatever It Takes

Sunday, March 8th, 2020


Whatever It Takes

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

1 Corinthians 9:18–22

Introduction:

A couple of weeks ago, a missionary on deputation called me asking for a chance to schedule a meeting with a goal of raising support. When learing about his heart and his ministry, i asked him how many folks he won to Christ this past month… silence… how many in a year… none. At this point the pius excuses started to flow by wrote…  

“ I don’t save anybody, Jesus does” as if that absolves him of any personal responsibility at all. I took him to this passage and showed him that Paul takes on personal responsibility 

“… that I might by all means save some…”

I went on… ok no one in the last year, how about the last 5 years? He began to weep. I challenged him that if he has not been winning souls here, he will not magically become a soul winner once he crosses the ocean. He needed a fundamental change in his view. He needed to see that winning souls is his personal responsibility and we need to do whatever it takes.

Perhaps as you look back at 2018, or 2017, 16, 15, 14…. how long has it been since you personally led someone to saving faith in Jesus Christ? It starts with a desire, then a passion, then a strong sense of personal responsibility. In 2019, may God stir all the believers here at Evangelical Baptist Church to be personal soul winners willing to do whatever it takes.

It Takes A Burden For Souls.

A. Know that they need Jesus alone, being moral or sincere is not enough.

Acts 4:12 KJV 1900

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

B. Know the fate of the unbeliever.

1. He is condemned already.

John 3:17-20

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.  

2. A literal and eternal Hell awaits the unbeliever.

Luke 16:23

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

*2 Corinthians 5:11

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men… *

3. You are in debt to the unbelievers, and owe them the truth.

Romans 1:14-16

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 

C. Know our Savior’s desire to save the lost.

Matthew 23:37

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 

2 Peter 3:9 KJV 1900

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Luke 19:10

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

It Takes A Sense of Personal Responsibility.

A. You are a steward of God’s truth.

Ezekiel 33:7-9

7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 

Paul Rader had urged a banker in New York many times to receive Christ, but he did not respond. One day the preacher sensed that God wanted him to speak with this man again. Obediently he took a train and went with all speed to the town where the man lived. He hurried to the bank and found his friend standing in the doorway. “Rader,” he said, “I’m glad to see you! I wrote a telegram begging you to come, but later changed my mind and didn’t send it.”

That’s all right,” said the evangelist, “your message came through anyhow by way of Heaven.” Under deep conviction of sin, the banker was impressed by Rader’s earnestness and his special effort to reach him with the Gospel, and that same hour he accepted the Lord. Suddenly the banker gave a gasp and fell into the evangelist’s arms – DEAD! He had been saved on the very brink of eternity.

What if Paul Reader had delayed or failed to stress the urgent need of turning to the Lord immediately? Will you do whatever it takes?

B. Get your eyes off of yourself.

John 4:35 KJV 1900

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.

Constant Meditation in God’s Word.

A. To be cleansed.

Psalm 119:9-11

9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 

B. To be ready

1 Peter 3:15 KJV 1900

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

C. To be renewed daily.

Romans 12:2

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

Committed to take specific action.

A. To reach as many souls as possible.

1 Corinthians 9:18-22

 • Lay aside your preferences in order to reach more people.

 • To the religious preach true religion

 • To the moral, preach the only true hope of pure morality

 • To the free, preach true freedom

 • To the week, preach gently

 • Reach everyone where they are not where they should be.

B. To be blameless.

Acts 20:26-27

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 

You can never tell what God may do with a gospel witness. Many years ago in St. Louis a Christian man was completing some business with a lawyer. Before leaving the office, the Christian turned to the lawyer and said:

“I have wanted to ask you a question, but I have been a coward.” The lawyer was surprised. “I didn’t think that you were afraid of anything.” He said. “What is your question?”

The client replied: “Why aren’t you a Christian?”

The lawyer hung his head. “You know my weakness.” He said. Ísn’t there something in the Bible about drunkards having no part in the kingdom of God?”

Not to be detoured, the Christian said, ” That’s not what I am asking you. I want to know why you aren’t a Christian.”

“Well,” said the lawyer, “I can’t recall that anybody asked me, and I’m sure that nobody ever told me how to become a Christian!”

Before long the two were praying together and God moved into that lawyer’s life. He saved him and immediately broke the power of drink that had bound him.

That lawyer was Cyrus L. Scofield who later edited the famous Scofield Reference Bible, the most widely used study Bible in the world.

The man who went to speak with Mr. Scofield that day was a soul winner. He was driven with a burden for souls, a sense of personal responsibility, a constant meditation in God’s word, and was committed to take the specific action of sharing the gospel with his lawyer. 

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A Sure Foundation

Saturday, February 29th, 2020


A Sure Foundation

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Growing Pains: The Struggles of a Culturally Relevant Church / Authority; Truth; Wisdom; Philosophy / 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

A Nation of Bible Illiterates

George Barna wrote The State of the Church in 2002. Barna conducted a survey of self-pronounced Christians and here’s what he found about their knowledge of the Bible. These are Christians.

• 48% could not name the four Gospels.

• 52% cannot identify more than two or three of Jesus’ disciples.

• 60% of American Christians can’t name even five of the 10 Commandments.

• 61% of American Christians think the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.

• 71% of American Christians think “God helps those who help themselves” is a Bible verse.

George Barna said, “Americans revere the Bible, but by and large they don’t know what it says. And because they don’t know it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.”

Just as the people in this Barna poll are woefully biblical illiterate, Christians are far too ignorant of the Word of God. No wonder 21st century Christians are failing to finish their marathon race. No wonder Christians by the thousands are falling prey to the false teachers of our day. They are being feed junk food and don’t feed themselves on the Word of God. They are desperately in need of a solid diet of good food, Scripture. We need to get into “spiritual shape”.

One of the things that trips us churches and causes divisions is placing one’s anchor on the wrong source of truth. Rather than basing one’s life on a constant study and discovery of truths from God’s perfect Word, the Bible, folks often trust personalities, associations, or denominations as filter for the scriptures, rather than letting scriptures be the filter for their associations.

The Corinthian church had a problem with unity. The problem is that folks were uniting under different men rather than uniting under the same Bible. In our passage we will see how the Apostle Paul is careful to teach them not to anchor their faith to him or any other man. They were to anchor their faith in the Word of God that demonstrates the Power of the Holy Spirit. The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God is the Sure Foundation.

Don’t Anchor Your Faith to Your Pastor.

1 Corinthians 2:1 KJV

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

The anchor is not in clever speech.

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Authority

3. huperoche (???????, 5247), primarily, “a projection, eminence,” as a mountain peak, hence, metaphorically, “pre-eminence, superiority, excellency,” is once rendered “authority,” 1 Tim. 2:2, KJV (marg., “eminent place”), RV, “high place,” of the position of magistrates; in 1 Cor. 2:1, “excellency” (of speech). Cf. huperecho, “to surpass.” See EXCELLENCY.¶ 

*Translation wheel**

The Anchor is the Testimony (Word) of God.

John 17:17 KJV

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

A Good Pastor Will Put the Focus on Jesus, not Himself.

1 Corinthians 2:2–3 KJV

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

John 3:30 KJV

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Don’t Anchor Your Faith to Any Other Man’s Wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Colossians 2:8 KJV

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Never Quit Evaluating Every Word Preached With The Bible.

Acts 17:10–12 KJV

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 

Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Anchor Your Faith to The Sword of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The Bible is what has the power to convert the lost.

Romans 10:17 KJV

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Bible is what has the power to change a believer.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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Dealing With Divisions

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Dealing With Divisions

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Growing Pains: The Struggles of a Culturally Relevant Church / Division; Church: Fellowship and Unity / 1 Corinthians 1:10–17

  ELEPHANT FIGHTS IN CHURCH

  An African proverb says, “When elephants fight, grass gets trampled.” Elephants do not throw their weight around for nothing. The average African elephant weighs 16,534 lbs. The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall! Wild elephants eat all types of vegetation, from grass and fruit to leaves and bark—-about 220 to 440 pounds each day. They also drink about 30 gallons of water each day.

  Building a church is hard enough without bigger-than-life characters causing a stampede. Often, there are conflicts, disagreements and misunderstandings. The church at Corinth had been nurtured by two of the world’s greatest evangelists: Paul and Apollos. Their individual followers were displeased with each other, disrespected each other, and distant from each other. This strained the fellowship in the church, neglected the work of the gospel, hurt the name of the church in the community, and destroyed any hope of possible reconciliation.

(From a sermon by Ajai Prakash, Adequacy of Christ, 6/10/2010)

In a church filled with saved sinners trying to do right while living in a sin cursed world, divisions and carnality are bound to occur once and a while, just like they did in the early church at Corinth. Tonight we will discover some practical things we can do while dealing with divisions.

Do Something Different

1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Speak the Same Thing

Paul appealed to brothers, not to adversaries, in the most authoritative fashion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the 10th reference to Christ in the first 10 verses, leaving no doubt as to the One Paul believed should be the source and focus of Corinthian unity. His appeal was for harmony, not the elimination of diversity. He desired a unity of all the parts, like a quilt of various colors and patterns blended together in a harmonious whole.1

1 David K. Lowery, “1 Corinthians,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 508.

Do Not Divide

1 Corinthians 12:25–27 KJV

That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Romans 16:17 KJV

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

Be knit together

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Fit (Adjective and Verb), Fitly, Fitting

katartizo (?????????, 2675), “to make fit, to equip, prepare” (kata, “down,” artos, “a joint”), is rendered “fitted” in Rom. 9:22, of vessels of wrath; here the middle voice signifies that those referred to “fitted” themselves for destruction (as illustrated in the case of Pharaoh, the self-hardening of whose heart is accurately presented in the RV in the first part of the series of incidents in the Exodus narrative, which records Pharaoh’s doings; only after repeated and persistent obstinacy on his part is it recorded that God hardened his heart.) See FRAME, JOIN, PERFECT, PREPARE, RESTORE.

**joined together wheel**

  Judgment (?????). See on Apoc. 17:13. The distinction between mind and judgment is not between theoretical and practical, since ???? mind, includes the practical reason, while ????? judgment, has a theoretical side. Rather between understanding and opinion; ???? regarding the thing from the side of the subject, ????? from the side of the object. Being in the same realm of thought, they would judge questions from the same christian stand-point, and formulate their judgment accordingly.1

1 Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 3 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 1

Recognize Contentions

1 Corinthians 1:11–12 KJV

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

   (1) There were those who claimed to belong to Paul. No doubt this was mainly a Gentile party. Paul had always preached the gospel of Christian freedom and the end of the law. It is most likely that this party was attempting to turn liberty into licence and was using their new-found Christianity as an excuse to do as they liked. The German theologian Rudolf Bultmann has said that the Christian indicative always brings the Christian imperative. They had forgotten that the fact, the indicative, of the good news brought the obligation, the imperative, of the Christian ethic. They had forgotten that they were saved not to be free to sin, but to be free not to sin.

   (2) There was the party who claimed to belong to Apollos. There is a brief character sketch of Apollos in Acts 18:24. He was a Jew from Alexandria, an eloquent man and well versed in the Scriptures. Alexandria was the centre of intellectual activity. It was there that scholars had made a science of allegorizing the Scriptures and ?nding the most obscure meanings in the simplest passages. Here is an example of the kind of thing they did. The Epistle of Barnabas, an Alexandrian work, argues from a comparison of Genesis 14:14 and 18:23 that Abraham had a household of 318 people whom he circumcised. The Greek for 18—the Greeks used letters as symbols for numbers—is iota followed by eta, which are the ?rst two letters of the name Jesus; and the Greek for 300 is the letter tau, which is the shape of the cross; therefore this old incident is a foretelling of the cruci?xion of Jesus on his cross! Alexandrian learning was full of that kind of thing. Furthermore, the Alexandrians were enthusiasts for literary graces. They were in fact the people who intellectualized Christianity. Those who claimed to belong to Apollos were, no doubt, the intellectuals who were fast turning Christianity into a philosophy rather than a religion.

   (3) There were those who claimed to belong to Cephas. Cephas is the Jewish form of Peter’s name. These were most probably Jews, and they sought to teach that Christians must still observe the Jewish law. They were legalists who exalted law, and, by so doing, belittled grace.

   (4) There were those who claimed to belong to Christ. This may be one of two things. (a) There was absolutely no punctuation in Greek manuscripts and no space whatever between the words. This statement may well not describe a party at all. It may be the comment of Paul himself. Perhaps we ought to punctuate like this: ‘I am of Paul; I am of Apollos; I am of Cephas—but I belong to Christ.’ It may well be that this is Paul’s own comment on the whole wretched situation. (b) If that is not so and this does describe a party, they must have been a small and rigid sect who claimed that they were the only true Christians in Corinth. Their real fault was not in saying that they belonged to Christ, but in acting as if Christ belonged to them. It may well describe a little, intolerant, self-righteous group.1

1 William Barclay, The Letters to the Corinthians, 3rd ed., The New Daily Study Bible (Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 17–19.

Answer These Questions:

Is Christ Divided?

Was Paul Crucified For You?

Were You Baptized in the Name of Paul?

1 Corinthians 1:13–17 KJV

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 

Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 

And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

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A Special Place with Special People

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

A Special Place with Special People

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Growing Pains: The Struggle of a Culturally Relevant Church / Church: Nature / 1 Corinthians 1:1–3

1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching Church, Attending

Many believers don’t see the importance of regular church attendance. Members of Northend Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seattle received a special announcement in the mail, listing the many things that would be done for them at church on the following “no-excuse-to-stay-home Sunday.”
According to the pastor, cots would be available for those who say Sunday is their only day to sleep. Eye drops would be supplied for those who have red eyes from watching late Saturday-night TV shows. There would be steel helmets for those who say the roof would cave in if they ever went to church, blankets for persons who think the church is too cold, fans for those who say it is too hot, scorecards for those wishing to list all the hypocrites present, TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and also cook dinner. Finally, the sanctuary would be decorated with Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.169

Tonight we begin a study through the Book of 1 Corinthians. This letter from Paul has a lot of rebukes to be sure, but it also contains very pointed instruction and critique to a growing church that was desperately trying to be culturally relevant and reach those around them.

In the greeting of the letter we find some nuggets of truth regarding the very special people who belonged to the Church of God in Corinth.

This Letter is for the Church.

1 Corinthians 1:1–3 KJV
PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

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:

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Assembly
ekklesia (????????, 1577), from ek, “out of,” and klesis, “a calling” (kaleo, “to call”), was used among the Greeks of a body of citizens “gathered” to discuss the affairs of state, Acts 19:39. In the Sept. it is used to designate the “gathering” of Israel, summoned for any definite purpose, or a “gathering” regarded as representative of the whole nation. In Acts 7:38 it is used of Israel; in 19:32, 41, of a riotous mob. It has two applications to companies of Christians, (a) to the whole company of the redeemed throughout the present era, the company of which Christ said, “I will build My Church,” Matt. 16:18, and which is further described as “the Church which is His Body,” Eph. 1:22; 5:23, (b) in the singular number (e.g., Matt. 18:17, RV marg., “congregation”), to a company consisting of professed believers, e.g., Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:13; 1 Thess. 1:1;2 Thess. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:5, and in the plural, with reference to churches in a district.

Matthew 16:18 KJV
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Ephesians 1:22 KJV
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Ephesians 5:23 KJV
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

This is God’s Church

This is a Local Church

This Letter is to the Sanctified In Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
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:

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Hallow
hagiazo (??????, 37), “to make holy” (from hagios, “holy”), signifies to set apart for God, to sanctify, to make a person or thing the opposite of koinos, “common”; it is translated “Hallowed,” with reference to the name of God the Father in the Lord’s Prayer, Matt. 6:9; Luke 11:2. See SANCTIFY.

Hebrews 12:14 KJV
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

This Letter is to the Saints

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
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:

Not Only Set Apart for Holiness But Called Holy Ones!

All Who Call on the Name of The Lord Are Saints!

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Holiness, Holy, Holily

  1. hagios (?????, 40), akin to A, Nos. 1 and 2, which are from the same root as hagnos (found in hazo, “to venerate”), fundamentally signifies “separated” (among the Greeks, dedicated to the gods), and hence, in Scripture in its moral and spiritual significance, separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God, sacred.
    (a) It is predicated of God (as the absolutely “Holy” One, in His purity, majesty and glory): of the Father, e.g., Luke 1:49; John 17:11; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; Rev. 4:8; 6:10; of the Son, e.g., Luke 1:35; Acts 3:14; 4:27, 30; 1 John 2:20; of the Spirit, e.g., Matt. 1:18 and frequently in all the Gospels, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Cor., Eph., 1 Thess.; also in 2 Tim. 1:14; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:12; 2 Pet. 1:21; Jude 20.
    (b) It is used of men and things (see below) in so far as they are devoted to God. Indeed the quality, as attributed to God, is often presented in a way which involves divine demands upon the conduct of believers. These are called hagioi, “saints,” i.e., “sanctified” or “holy” ones.
    This sainthood is not an attainment, it is a state into which God in grace calls men; yet believers are called to sanctify themselves (consistently with their calling, 2 Tim. 1:9), cleansing themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, living a “holy” manner of life, 1 Pet. 1:15; 2 Pet. 3:11, and experiencing fellowship with God in His holiness. The saints are thus figuratively spoken of as “a holy temple”, 1 Cor. 3:17 (a local church); Eph. 2:21 (the whole Church), cp. 5:27; “a holy priesthood,” 1 Pet. 2:5; “a holy nation,” 2:9.

Whatever struggles the Church at Corinth had, they were a very special group. These folks were a physical manifestation of the Body of Christ, they were set apart for Holiness By Christ, they were called the Holy Ones of Christ. Though they struggled, they like us, were a very special place with special people.

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The Essence and Attributes of God

Friday, June 7th, 2019

God’s First Responders / 1 Timothy 1:17

1 Timothy 1:17 KJV 1900

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

I. The Essence of God

Essence = that which underlies all outward manifestation; the reality itself, whether material or immaterial; the substratum of anything; that in which the qualities or attributes inhere.

A. Spirituality

John 4:24 KJV 1900

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

1. He is immaterial and incorporeal.

That is why images are forbidden

Exodus 20:4 KJV 1900

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

2. He is invisible.

Exodus 33:20 KJV 1900

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

John 1:18 KJV 1900

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

1 Timothy 6:16 KJV 1900

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

3. He is alive.

Joshua 3:10 KJV 1900

And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

1 Samuel 17:26 KJV 1900

And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

Psalm 84:2 KJV 1900

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord:

My heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Psalm 115:3 KJV 1900

But our God is in the heavens:

He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4. He is a person

a. intellect (Gen. 18:19; Exod. 3:7; Acts 15:18)

b. sensibility (Gen. 6:6; Ps. 103:8–14; John 3:16),

c. volition (Gen. 3:15; Ps. 115:3; John 6:38).

d. speaking (Gen. 1:3)

e. seeing (Gen. 11:5)

f. hearing (Ps. 94:9)

g. grieving (Gen. 6:6)

h. repenting (Gen. 6:6)

i. being angry (Deut. 1:37)

j. jealous (Exod. 20:5)

k. compassionate (Ps. 111:4)

B. Self-Existence

Exodus 3:14 KJV 1900

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 8:58 KJV 1900

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Isaiah 41:4 KJV 1900

Who hath wrought and done it,

Calling the generations from the beginning?

I the Lord, the first,

And with the last; I am he.

Revelation 1:8 KJV 1900

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

C. Immensity – not limited to space

1 Kings 8:27 KJV 1900

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

2 Chronicles 2:6 KJV 1900

But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

D. Eternity – not limited by time

Genesis 21:33 KJV 1900

And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.

Psalm 90:2 KJV 1900

Before the mountains were brought forth,

Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Isaiah 57:15 KJV 1900

For thus saith the high and lofty One

That inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;

I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

II. The Attributes of God

A. The Non-Moral Attributes

1. Omnipresence. – everywhere present

1 Kings 8:27 KJV 1900

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Psalm 139:7–10 KJV 1900

Whither shall I go from thy spirit?

Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:

If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me,

And thy right hand shall hold me.

2. Omniscience. – Infinite knowledge

Proverbs 15:3 KJV 1900

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

Beholding the evil and the good.

Psalm 147:5 KJV 1900

Great is our Lord, and of great power:

His understanding is infinite.

3. Omnipotence. – All Powerful

Genesis 17:1 KJV 1900

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Revelation 4:8 KJV 1900

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.

Job 42:2 KJV 1900

I know that thou canst do every thing,

And that no thought can be withholden from thee.

4. Immutability. Unchangeable

James 1:17 KJV 1900

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Malachi 3:6 KJV 1900

For I am the Lord, I change not;

Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

B. The Moral Attributes

1. Holiness

Joshua 24:19 KJV 1900

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

2. Righteousness and justice.

2 Chronicles 12:6 KJV 1900

Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous.

Ezra 9:15 KJV 1900

O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

Genesis 18:25 KJV 1900

That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Psalm 89:14 KJV 1900

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne:

Mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

3. Goodness. (Love, Benevolence, Mercy, Grace)

Mark 10:18 KJV 1900

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

4. Truth.

1 John 5:20 KJV 1900

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jeremiah 10:10 KJV 1900

But the Lord is the true God,

He is the living God, and an everlasting king:

At his wrath the earth shall tremble,

And the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.