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Godly Fashion Sense

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020


Christian Fashion Sense

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Not From Around Here: The Complicated Life of a Sojourner / Sanctification; Conversion; Holiness / 1 Peter 1:13–16

What kind of fashion sense do you have? This question may gender several interesting reactions. First of all some may say, 

“Pastor, with all the crazy stuff you wear from time to time, who in the world are you to ask us about our fashion sense?”

If we were talking about clothing, tie dyes, or dashiki shirts, you would have a valid point. However, our passage this evening talks about how we fashion ourselves. This term speaks metaphorically about how we fashion, or pattern our attitudes, thoughts, and actions. Tonight we are going to learn, that especially when we are facing trials and pressure, we must have good Christian Fashion Sense.

Godly Fashion Starts With The Mind.

1 Peter 1:13 KJV

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 • Gird up your loins, prepare for work or battle

It is not physical exertion that Peter has in mind here, but mental. If the purpose of girding up the clothing was to put out of the way that which would impede the physical progress of an individual, the girding up of the loins of the mind would be the putting out of the mind all that would impede the free action of the mind in connection with the onward progress of the Christian experience, things such as worry, fear, jealousy, hate, unforgiveness, impurity. These things harbored in the mind prevent the Holy Spirit from using the mental faculties of the Christian in the most efficient manner, and thus from causing that believer to grow in the Christian life and make progress in his salvation. The word “to gird up” is in the aorist tense which refers to a past once-for-all act. Bringing this oriental expression over to the occidental manner of thinking, enables us to translate, “Wherefore, having put out of the way, once for all, everything that would impede the free action of your mind

 • Be sober

The first one is, “be sober.” The Greek word means, “to be calm and collected in spirit, to be temperate, dispassionate, circumspect.” It speaks of the proper exercise of the mind, that state of mind in which the individual is self-controlled, and is able to see things without the distortion caused by worry, fear, and their related attitudes.1

 • Hope to the end

 The second admonition is, “hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The words, “hope to the end,” do not refer to the Christian living in a state of hopefulness to the end of his life. The word “end” is the translation of teleios (???????) which means “perfectly, completely.” The root idea of the word refers to that which is in a state of completeness. Thus this adverb qualifies the verb “hope” and describes this hope. It is to be a hope that is complete, a perfect hope, wanting nothing, being in its character an assured expectation. One could translate, “set your hope perfectly, unchangeably, without doubt and despondency.

Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 37.

Godly Fashion Sets Aside the Past

1 Peter 1:14 KJV

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

 • Fashion=

 In our characters as obedient children of God, we are exhorted not to fashion ourselves with respect to our former lusts. The word “fashion” in the Greek text refers to the act of assuming an outward appearance patterned after some certain thing, an appearance or expression which does not come from and is not representative of one’s inmost and true nature. It refers here to the act of a child of God assuming as an outward expression the habits, mannerisms, dress, speech expressions, and behavior of the world out from which God saved him, thus not giving a true expression of what he is, a cleansed, regenerated child of God, but instead, hiding the Lord Jesus who should be seen in the life of the Christian. It is the believer masquerading in the costume of the world.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 37.

 • Avoid the old lusts

1 Peter 2:11 KJV

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

 • Avoid the old ignorance… you know better

 Back in 1980 New York City Mayor Ed Koch appeared on a local news program in the middle of the city’s financial crisis. Koch had spent over a quarter of a million dollars to put up bike lanes in Manhattan, and they turned out to be a disaster. Cars were driving in the bike lanes, pedestrians were walking in the them, and bikers were getting crowded out. It was a mess and many people in New York were irate about it.

 Koch was coming up for re-election, so a handful of journalists cornered him on this show, planning to tear him to pieces for spending money foolishly when the city was nearly broke. One reporter said, “Mayor, in light of the financial difficulties New York City is facing, how could you possibly justify wasting $300,000 on bike lanes?”

 The stage was set for a half-hour confrontation. Instead, Koch said, “It was a terrible idea. I thought it would work, but it didn’t. It was one of the worst mistakes I ever made.” Then he stopped. None of the other journalists knew what to say or do. They were expecting him to squirm and make excuses, but he didn’t even try.

 The next journalist stammered and said, “But Mayor Koch, how could you do this?”

 Koch said, “I already told you. It was a stupid idea. It didn’t work.” Then he stopped.

 There was still 26 minutes left to go on the news show, and the reporters had to find something else to talk about.

 Because he was willing to accept that it was wrong… he won both Democratic AND Republican support.

 When we acknowledge that certain things are wrong in our lives, and we determine not to live like that anymore then we get something far more important than the support of Democrats or Republicans. We get God’s support. And we get that support because we’ve determined to live HOLY lives. Lives that have been “set apart” with no excuses.

From a sermon by Jeff Strite, B Imitators, 11/1/2009

Godly Fashion Embraces Your Calling

1 Peter 1:15–16 KJV

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 Those who at one time were wholly controlled by their evil cravings, had through salvation entered into a new state of being, that of inward holiness, by virtue of the residence in them of the Holy Spirit, and now they were to see to it that that inward holiness found outward expression in their lives.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 37–38.

 The word “holy” in Greek means literally, “set apart.” Thus, a holy person is one set apart from sin to righteousness. It has in it the idea of separation. Thus it is a separated life of which Peter is speaking1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 38.

 Can you imagine what it was like for the church in Smyrna as they watched their beloved and aged pastor burn at the stake? Polycarp was his name. he was a disciple of Jesus’ disciple, the Apostle John. One could tell it immediately because he possessed the same tenderness and compassion as his mentor.

 Polycarp was Bishop of the church at Smyrna (present day Turkey). Persecution broke out in Smyrna and many Christians were fed to the wild beasts in the arena. The godless and bloodthirsty crowd called for the carcass of the leader – Polycarp.

 The authorities sent a search party to find him. He had been taken into hiding for some Christians but the Romans tortured two young believers until they finally disclosed his location. When the authorities arrival was announced there was still time to whisk Polycarp away but he refused to go saying, “God’s will be done.”

 In one of the most touching instances of Christian grace imaginable Polycarp welcome his captors as if they were friends. He talked with them and insisted they eat a meal. Ha made only one request before being taken away – he asked for one hour to pray. The Roman soldiers listened to his prayer. Their hearts melted and they gave him 2 hours to pray. They had second thoughts as well and were overheard asking each other why they were sent to arrest him?

 Other authorities also experienced a warmed heart when Polycarp arrived. The Proconsul tried to find a way to release him too. “curse God and I will let you go!” he pleaded.

 Polycarp’s reply was: “For eighty-six years I have served him. He has never done me wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King was has saved me?”

 The Proconsul again looked for a way out. “The do this old man, just swear by the spirit of the emperor and that will be sufficient.’

 Polycarp’s reply was: “If you imagine for a moment that I would do that, then I think you pretend that you don’t know who I am. Hear it plainly. I am a Christian.”

 More entreaties by the Proconsul

 Polycarp stood firm.

 The proconsul threatened with the wild beasts.

 Polycarp’s reply was: “Bring them forth. I would change my mind if it meant going from worst to best, but not to change from right to wrong.”

 The Proconsul threatened, “I will burn you alive!”

 Polycarp’s reply was: “You threaten with fire that burns for an hour and is over but the judgment on the ungodly is forever.”

 The fires engulfed him. The witnesses noticed his faith and joy. He was finished off with a dagger. He was buried for the cause of Christ on February 22, 155 A.D.

 It was as much a day of victory as it was a day of tragedy.

 Polycarp illustrated the power of knowing Jesus intimately. Intimately enough to follow Him into the flames.

Exported from Logos Bible Software, 1:11 PM February 26, 2020.

Grace for Today

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020


Grace For Today

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Not From Around Here: The Complecated Life of a Sojourner / Revelation; Bible; Prophecy; Messianic Age; Pilgrimage of Grace / 1 Peter 1:10–12

We speak of God’s progressive revelation. This does not mean God began to reveal Himself crudely and learned to do a better job as He went along. Genesis is as much His revelation as is John. Progressive revelation means God revealed Himself progressively to people as they were able to grasp and understand Him. Thus we have a clearer revelation of God in John than in Genesis, but the same God is revealed in both books.

How would Einstein teach arithmetic to a small child? He would not start out with the equation for the theory of relativity or for splitting the atom. He would begin with two plus two equals four. That is not all the arithmetic he knows; but that is as much as the child can grasp. Years later he would teach the child, now an adult, about complex theories. This is also how God revealed Himself to humanity. He did not reveal everything about Himself at one time. He did it gradually.

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Often I hear folks lament over the fact that we were not there during Bible times. How much easier it would have been to believe if we had been there when Moses threw down a stick and it became a snake. If we had seen fire fall from heaven as God demonstrated his power in answer to Elijah’s prayer .It would have been easy to believe if we had seen the 5000 fed with a few loaves and fish, or watched Lazarus waddle out of the grave at Jesus’ command. If we still got direct revelation during church services like the folks at Corinth did… then it would have been much easier to believe and live the Christian life.

The dispersed and persecuted Jewish Christians were not eye witnesses of Jesus’ miracles. They certainly were not around during the powerful demonstrations of the Old Testament Prophets. They desperately needed God’s truth to sustain them during the difficult times in which they lived. In our passage today Peter continues to expound upon the great Grace and Salvation that these folks are partakers of the living hope. Tonight we see that this living hope springs not only from the believer’s future inheritance, and present experience but also from their faith in God’s Written Word. It is in that very Word right now in this age that we can find Grace for Today.

Revelation of Grace Was Partial.

1 Peter 1:9–10 KJV

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

 In 1 Peter 1:10–12 the apostle gave a practical illustration of the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture he clearly stated in 2 Peter 1:20–21. The prophets did not fully understand all that the Holy Spirit had authored through them1

1 Roger M. Raymer, “1 Peter,” 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), 842.

1 Corinthians 13:8–10 KJV

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. 

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Revelation 22:18–19 KJV

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: 

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.

We are living in glorious times because the written revelation is completed and therefore we can understand the prophecies in light of the completed Bible.

Revelation of Grace Was About Christ

1 Peter 1:11 KJV

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

 • The Timing

Daniel 9:25–27 KJV

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 • The Crucifixion

Isaiah 53:3–7 KJV

He is despised and rejected of men; A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: And we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows: Yet we did esteem him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 

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. 

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. 

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.

The Glorification – Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11:4–6 KJV

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, And reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, And with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, And faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, And the leopard shall lie down with the kid; And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.

The Revelation of Grace Was For Our Time!

1 Peter 1:11 KJV

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Acts 2:14–21 KJV

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

   A janitor would wait patiently each week for a group of seminarians to finish their basketball game. While he waited, he would study his Bible. One day, as the seminarians were leaving the gym, they noticed the janitor carefully reading the text in his lap. One young man asked which biblical book was the subject of the janitor’s study. The old man answered, “The Book of Revelation.” The ballplayer was surprised and asked the janitor if he understood the complicated book. “Oh, yes!” the man answered. “I understand it. It means that Jesus is gonna win!”

  And that is a most accurate analysis of the Book of Revelation!

1 Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 434–435.

These prophecies were for our time… for those of us who came after Calvary. For those of us who can hold the written word of God in your hands, filled with the Holy Spirit given to those who believe during this church age. There is no better time to be a believer! We can read, and understand… we had better read and live because in these ancient texts, we have Grace for today.

Blind Faith

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Blind Faith

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Not From Around Here: The Complected Life of a Sojourner / Faith; Joy; Salvation / 1 Peter 1:7–9

 If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power. In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naïve faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.

Gary Parker as quoted by Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 2000), 243.

As Peter continues to comfort the suffering saints who have been scattered throughout the land, away from their homes, he focuses on a truth that we can use even today. These folks had never seen Jesus or His miracles… yet they were bound by him… they did not require physical evidence to enter into a relationship with Jesus.. they had trials that God gave them grace to endure… they did not need an image of Jesus they saw Him by blind faith.

Love Jesus Blindly

1 Peter 1:8 KJV

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 The Christians to whom Peter was writing were not personal disciples of Jesus, but converts of the apostles. They had not seen the Lord Jesus on earth during His incarnate residence here, either while in His humiliation or at the time of His post-resurrection ministry. The Greek has it, “Of whom not having had a glimpse.” Yet they loved Him. They never saw the Lord Jesus with the physical sense of sight, but ah, what a vivid portrait of Him did the Holy Spirit paint for them on the canvas of their spiritual vision. And that is the perfectly proper order for this Age of Grace. Paul says “Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” (II Cor. 5:16). The picture of the earthly Lord Jesus in His mortal body, seen by human eyes, is supplanted now by the picture of the glorified Man in the Glory, painted by the Holy Spirit for the spiritual vision of the saint. – Wuest

 Hebrews 11:1 KJV

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 You See Him By Faith

 1 Peter 1:8 KJV

 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV

 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

 Hebrews 11:27 KJV

 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

 These saints loved the Lord Jesus, even though they had never had a glimpse of Him with their physical sense of sight. But one cannot love another unless one has some clear-cut conception of that person. One must know the person in order to love him. It was the clear-cut conception of the Lord Jesus which the Holy Spirit had given these saints through the Word, that caused them to love Him. The distinctive Greek word for “love” here, agape (?????), refers to a love that is called out of one’s heart by the preciousness of the person loved. But even the preciousness of the Lord Jesus would not have made these individuals love Him if God in salvation had not produced in them that divine love which He Himself is, with which to love Him (Rom. 5:5; Gal. 5:22, 23). One must have the nature of an artist to really appreciate and love art. One must have the nature of God (II Peter 1:4) to appreciate and love the Lord Jesus. It is this ideal combination of a study of God’s Word and a definite subjection to the Holy Spirit that results in the clear, vivid portrait of the Lord Jesus in the spiritual vision of the saint. To know Him is to love Him. To know Him better, is to love Him better. The secret of an intimate, loving fellowship with the Lord Jesus, the secret of knowing Him in an intimate way, is in the moment-by-moment control of the Holy Spirit over the life of the Christian believer.

Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 28–29.

Your Belief Leads to Unspeakable Joy.

1 Peter 1:8 KJV

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Their commitment to Jesus (“believing”) causes them to rejoice. The verb is present (although some copyists later changed it to a future, misunderstanding the paradox), for Peter’s point is that in the midst of outward trials we can already experience by faith and rejoice in our coming Lord. Thus the joy is “unspeakable” or inexpressible, for it defies outward circumstances (and thus is hard to explain) and is rooted in a realm that is beyond our physical experience (cf. 2 Cor. 2:9 citing Isa. 64:4)

Peter H. Davids, The First Epistle of Peter, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 59.

Isaiah 64:4 KJV

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, Neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, What he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

2 Corinthians 7:4 KJV

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

Your Belief Will Save Your Soul.

1 Peter 1:9 KJV

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

As they love and serve the coming Christ, they will receive the goal of their faith. The verb for “receiving” is frequently used for obtaining a prize or reward (2 Cor. 5:10; Eph. 6:8; Heb. 11:13; cf. 1 Pet. 5:4). Here the prize is the goal or consummation toward which their faith is directed, that is, “the salvation of [their] souls.” That that salvation or deliverance is not simply a present possession but a future consummation or goal is evident both from their present experience of suffering and (had the readers had it available) the NT (e.g., Rom. 13:11; Heb. 1:14).1

1 Peter H. Davids, The First Epistle of Peter, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 59–60.

2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Ephesians 6:8 KJV

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

1 Peter 5:4 KJV

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

 A man who has a layover at an airport does not go into the bathroom, frown at its decor, and start redecorating! Why? Because he doesn’t live there. He has a home in another place. While he is away he will get by with only what he absolutely needs, to have more money with which to furnish his permanent home.

Why do we Christians work hard at trying to make our life in this world more comfortable? This is just the airport and we are in transit. We should spend our energy on enhancing our eternal reward, and not worry so much about the bare walls in the airport restrooms.

Rejoice Within Reason

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Rejoice Within Reason

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Not From Around Here: The Complicated Life of a Sojourner / Joy; Rejoicing Person; Trial; Temptation; Affliction; Depression / 1 Peter 1:6–7

Alan Mairson wrote an article for National Geographic about beekeepers who raise and transport bees for a living. He told the story of Jeff and Christine Anderson and how their daughter overcame an allergy to bee stings.

 To build up her immunity, doctors administered a series of injections to Rachel over a four-month period. But, in order to maintain immunity, she needed a shot or a bee sting every six weeks over several years.


 So every six weeks Rachel’s parents would go outside and catch a bee. Then, as Rachel recalls, “Mom would take hold of my arm and roll my sleeve up. Then my Dad would make the bee mad and stick it on me and count to ten before he took the stinger out. But it worked. Now when I accidentally get stung, it barely swells, it barely hurts.”


 In a world full of bees, a loving father must not shield his child from every sting. In fact for the child’s own good the father must at times induce pain.1

1 Craig Brian Larson, 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers & Writers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002), 382–383.

Have you ever gone through a dark time so intense that it seems that this pit you are in must now be the new normal? Tonight we will discover that you can rejoice again, within reason.

Peter was addressing the scattered Jewish believers who were facing some trials and were about to face colossal trouble. The Apostle has clearly articulated some fantastic truths about salvation, eternity and the protective hand of God. In verse 6 he moves from what God has done to what believers should do… rejoice.

Rejoice??!!?? How in the world can believers rejoice when facing fiery trials from the world, the flesh and the Devil? Our passage shows us how and why to rejoice. There are very solid reasons we can rejoice in the middle of our trials. Tonight let us learn to Rejoice Within that Reason.

1 Peter 1:6 KJV
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Rejoice In Your Lively Hope

1 Peter 1:3–5 KJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Believers have been:

• Begotten again

• Given a living hope

• Given an inheritance reserved in Heaven

• Guarded by the Power of God

• Guarded by the Power of Faith

• Promised the revelation of our final salvation at the last time.

“Rejoice” is from a Greek word speaking of extreme joy expressing itself externally in an exuberant triumph of joy. In verse 8 we see that it is a glorified joy made possible by our future glorified state, a joy not possible now in our mortal bodies. Tears of joy are just an evidence of the inability of our present state to fully feel the joy that comes to us at times. But then in our bodies of glory we will be able to drink in and appreciate all the boundless joys of the Saviour’s presence.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 24.

Rejoice In Spite of Sorrow and Trials

1 Peter 1:6 KJV
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

heaviness wheel*

The word “temptations” is from peirasmos (?????????) which refers both to trials and testings, and also solicitations to do evil, in short, to all that goes to furnish a test of character. The trials may come from God or under His permissive will from Satan, or may be the result of our own wrong doing. The solicitations to do evil come from the world, the evil nature, or Satan. These are described as manifold, namely, variegated. The word emphasizes the diversity rather than the number of the trials. The word “through” is from en (??) with the locative, speaking of the sphere in which these Christians have been made sorrowful.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 25.

Rejoice Because Trials are Temporary.

“Season” is from oligon (??????) which means “little, small, few,” and refers here to a little while. Surely, this present life is a little while compared to eternity. And then a loving God sees to it that in the midst of the shadows and heartaches and trials, His children have their days of sunshine even in this life.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997),

2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Rejoice Because Trials are Necessary

The words “if need be” are hypothetical, not affirmative. That is, they do not state that there is always a need for the dark days, for testing times and difficulties. In some lives there seems to be more need of trials than in others. To those servants of God whom He purposes to use in a larger, greater way, many trials are allowed to come, for “we must be ground between the millstones of suffering before we can be bread for the multitude.” And then, in the case of a saint who is not living close to his Lord, it is necessary to send disciplinary trials to purge his life of sin and draw him into a closer walk with God.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 24–25.

Gradual growth in grace, growth in knowledge, growth in faith, growth in love, growth in holiness, growth in humility, growth in spiritual-mindedness—all this I see clearly taught and urged in Scripture, and clearly exemplified in the lives of many of God’s saints. But sudden, instantaneous leaps from conversion to consecration I fail to see in the Bible.1

1 Elliot Ritzema and Elizabeth Vince, eds., 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Modern Church, Pastorum Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013).

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Rejoice Because The Results Are Praiseworthy

1 Peter 1:7 KJV
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Trial = Results of the Test

In this verse we are informed as to the reason and purpose of these trials, namely, that the trial of our faith might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. The word “trial” is the translation of dokimion (????????) the noun, dokimazo (????????) being the verb of the same root, the latter referring to the act of putting someone or something to the test with a view of determining whether it is worthy of being approved or not, the test being made with the intention of approving if possible. The word was used of the act of examining candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. It is the approval of our faith which is to resound to the praise of the Lord Jesus. Testing times put our faith to the test, and as we are submissive to God and remain faithful to Him and are ready to have Him teach us the lessons He would have us learn through them, we demonstrate by our actions that the faith we have is a genuine God-given, Holy Spirit produced faith, the genuine article. This faith and its working in our lives is to the glory of the Lord Jesus. It is not the testing of our faith that is to the glory of God, but the fact that our faith has met the test and has been approved, that redounds to His glory. This is made very clear by the Greek grammar involved in the statement.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 25–26.

These Results Are Precious!

1 Peter 1:7 KJV
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

 If here we have to suffer for Christ’s sake, there we shall be blessed. It is through a cross and through afflictions that we are tried, like gold in the fire, by the Builder who formed the world out of nothing. Blessed then shall we be, if we persevere in that which is good, even to the end.

John Huss1

1 Elliot Ritzema and Rebecca Brant, eds., 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Medieval Church, Pastorum Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013).

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 It is not the approved faith, but the approval itself that is in the apostle’s mind here. For instance, a gold-mining company wishes to buy a proposed site where gold is said to have been found. But it is not sure whether the metal is real gold or not and whether it is there in sufficient quantity so that a mine if sunk would be a profitable venture. It engages an assayer of metals to take samples of the gold ore to his laboratory and examine them. The assayer sends his report to the effect that the ore contains true gold, and that the gold is found in sufficient quantity so that the venture will pay. The report of the assayer approving the gold ore is of far more value to the mining company than the gold he returns with his report, for upon the basis of the report, the company can go ahead with assurance and buy the land and begin mining operations. The fact that God finds our faith to be one which He can approve, is of far more value to Him and to His glory, than the approved faith, for He has something to work with, a faith that He knows can stand the testings and the trials which may come to the Christian. The fact that God can trust a Christian as one that is dependable, is of great value to Him, God is looking for faithful, dependable workers, not necessarily gifted, educated, cultured ones. It is a “well done, thou good and faithful servant” that will greet the ears of the saint at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

 Peter tells us that this approval of our faith is much more precious than the approval of gold, even though that gold be approved through fire-testing. The words “of gold” of the a.v. are an excellent rendering for a literal word-for-word translation. But the words “the approval of” are necessarily supplied to make clear the apostle’s thought. It is not the approval of our faith that is compared to gold, but to the approval of gold. The picture here is of an ancient gold-smith who puts his crude gold ore in a crucible, subjects it to intense heat, and thus liquifies the mass. The impurities rise to the surface and are skimmed off. When the metal-worker is able to see the reflection of his face clearly mirrored in the surface of the liquid, he takes it off the fire, for he knows that the contents are pure gold. So it is with God and His child, He puts us in the crucible of Christian suffering, in which process sin is gradually put out of our lives, our faith is purified from the slag of unbelief that somehow mingles with it so often, and the result is the reflection of the face of Jesus Christ in the character of the Christian. This, above all, God the Father desires to see. Christlikeness is God’s ideal for His child. Christian suffering is one of the most potent means to that end1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 26–27.

 True virtue never appears so lovely as when it is most oppressed, and the divine excellency of real Christianity is never exhibited with such advantage as when under the greatest trials.

Jonathan Edwards

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Rejoice within reason??? YES! We have a reason in our living hope! We have a reason to rejoice in spite of our heaviness and trial! He have a reason to rejoice because this is temporary. We have a reason to rejoice because these trials are needed. We have a reason to rejoice because the trial that demonstrates our faith is more precious than refined gold! So Rejoice Within Those Reasons!

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Protective Custody

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

The story has been told of a believer, Frederick Nolan, who was fleeing from his enemies during a time of persecution in North Africa. Pursued by them over hill and valley with no place to hide, he fell exhausted into a wayside cave, expecting his enemies to find him soon.

Awaiting his death, he saw a spider weaving a web. Within minutes, the little bug had woven a beautiful web across the mouth of the cave. The pursuers arrived and wondered if Nolan was hiding there, but on seeing the unbroken and unmangled piece of art, thought it impossible for him to have entered the cave without dismantling the web. And so they went on. Having escaped, Nolan burst out and exclaimed:

      “Where God is, a spider’s web is like a wall,


      Where God is not, a wall is like a spider’s web.”1108

Quiet Time

Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 295–296.

As we continue studying Peter’s letter to the scattered sojourners who were facing fear and persecution as believers, we of the incredible blessing of being Born Again into God’s family.

Last week we saw that in God’s abundant mercy, He has begotten us again. We now have a living hope that is secured by the resurrection of Jesus. We have an incorruptible inheritance that will never fade away that is reserved in heaven, waiting for our arrival. We have a secure future as Born Again children of God. Our text this evening shows us that not only did God secure our future, but he guards our very beings right now. We are safe in His Protective Custody.

1 Peter 1:5 KJV
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Guarded By The Power of God

King James Version Chapter 1
Who are kept by the power of God

 The word “guarded” (TEV kept safe; Gute Nachricht “keep and protect”) is a military term, used to describe the act of protecting a city from its enemies, and here it is used of God securely protecting the believer from all dangers (compare Mft “protects”; Knox “affords you safe conduct”). What keeps the Christian safe is God’s power. It is, of course, God himself who guards, and he does so because he is powerful, and therefore is able to protect the Christian. -UBS

Same Greek Word as in the Following verses:

    “In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:” (2 Corinthians 11:32, KJV)  

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

Thru the Bible Vol. 54: The Epistles (1 Peter) Suffering and the Security of Believers
The story is told of a Scotsman, who was typically economical, leaving instructions that only one word should be engraved upon his tombstone. But that one word, taken from this verse, is one of the greatest I know. It was the single word KEPT. He was “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Philippians 1:6 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Guarded By The Power of Faith.

King James Version Chapter 1
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto

By (??) the power; through (???) faith; unto (???) salvation. By, indicating the efficient cause; through, the secondary agency; unto, the result.

Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 1 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 632.

This protection is God’s response to our faith which we exercised in the Lord Jesus as Saviour and which now rests in Him as our Preserver. Our faith lays hold of this power, and this power strengthens our faith, and thus we are preserved.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 22.

…“faith” here not simply as belief in some theological or religious truth, but a vital and close relationship with either God or Jesus Christ, characterized by commitment to and trust in him. It is this vital relationship which makes it possible for God to protect the Christian. One can speak of God’s power as the objective aspect of being kept safe, and of faith as the subjective. Here as elsewhere in the New Testament, the relationship between what God does and what the believer does is not always made clear; it is nevertheless made clear that whenever God acts, there is always an element of human response for God’s action to be effective in the life of the believer. So here, God’s power can be understood as the instrument whereby the Christian is protected, and faith as the cause of, or reason for, the effectiveness of this protection.1

1 Daniel C. Arichea and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1980), 19.

Romans 5:2 KJV
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Hebrews 11:6 KJV
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Guarded Until the Mission is Over.

King James Version Chapter 1
unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Ready (???????). Stronger than about to be, or destined to be, implying a state of waiting or preparedness, and thus harmonizing with reserved.1

1 Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 1 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 632.

The salvation spoken of here is of course the glorification of our bodies. We received our justification at the moment we believed. We are receiving our sanctification, namely victory over sin and growth in the Christian life now. We will yet receive that part of salvation which awaits us in Glory.1

1 Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 22.

2 Timothy 4:18 KJV
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God will protect them, not like a guard watching prisoners who will in the end be condemned when the judge gives his verdict, but like a soldier guiding and protecting people as they move through hostile territory toward the freedom of friendly lines. …

Every preparation for the final unveiling of this salvation is completed. The curtain is about to go up. Only the final signal is awaited. Thus there is no question that God plans and has in fact accomplished salvation for his people, nor that the last times are here. The only question is the exact timing of its revelation to the rest of the world.1

1 Peter H. Davids, The First Epistle of Peter, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 53–54.

A young couple visited a boarding care home which housed children for adoption. The care taker brought out all the children who were clean (recently bathed), well dressed, properly schooled in manners; for this couple’s inspection and selection. As they passed down the line and spoke to each child, they did not find the one they were looking for to adopt. They asked the care taker: “Do you have any more children?” He replied: “Yes, but he has not been cleaned up or dressed for viewing today.” The couple said immediately: “That alright, can we see him?” After a few minutes, the child was brought out and stood with the rest of the children. He was dirty, face unwashed, hair uncombed; clothes ragged and torn, no shoes; and his head was hanging down in shame, as he stood next to the other children.

After a few minutes of somber discussion; and wiping the tears from their eyes; they said to the care taker: “We want this child!” The man immediately replied: “But he is not as nice as the other children; he’s unmannered, and unloved by his own parents.” He continued: “And we have been unable to get him to behave; why do you want him?” The couple paused, to regain their composure and replied: “We see in him, the blessings of God for our home, and a better hope in life for him.” With shame the man asked: “Do you want us to clean him up?” They coupled replied, lovingly: “No, we want the child just as he is right now.”

That’s how God sees us; and he will take us, just like we are right now, not only reserving for us an inheritance in Heaven, but also Keeping us save in His protective custody.

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Me? Submit to HIM??

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Some Assembly Required / Family; Wives in Ephesus; Submission / Ephesians 5:22–24; 1 Peter 3:1–6

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?”

She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.”

“No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

“It is made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded.

“I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?”

“I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband’s parents.”

He said, “Do you have a real grudge?”

“No,” she replied, “We have a two-car carport and have never really needed one.”

“Please,” he tried again, “is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

“Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don’t necessarily like the music, but the answer to your questions is yes.”

“Ma’am, does your husband ever beat you up?”

“Yes,” she responded, “about twice a week he gets up earlier than I do.”

Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, “Lady, why do you want a divorce?”

“Oh, I don’t want a divorce,” she replied. “I’ve never wanted a divorce.

My husband does. He said he can’t communicate with me.”

This evening we are continuing our series on the family entitled “Some Assembly Required”  Tonight we cover that often misunderstood and misused concept of wives submitting to their husbands.  As we have read … it is in there…  but how can this be?  Husbands can be boneheads at times!  Tonight we are going to study the Word and discover that there is a very sound answer when an exasperated wife asks “Me? Submit to HIM???”

Ephesians 5:22 KJV

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

hupotasso (????????)= primarily a military term, “to rank under” (hupo, “under,” tasso, “to arrange”), denotes (a) “to put in subjection, to subject”

“Wives, obey your husbands.” Submit is a very mild word. It is a loving word. It means to respond to your own husband as unto the Lord. The way we respond to the Lord is that we love Him because He first loved us.1

1 J. Vernon McGee

Submit to Him Because it is Good For You.

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.

•    He is there for your guidance

1 Corinthians 14:35 KJV

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

•    He is there for your protection

Ephesians 5:25 KJV

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

•    He is there for your purity

Ephesians 5:26 KJV

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Ephesians 5:27 KJV

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

•    He must give an account to Christ for how he led you.

Hebrews 13:17 KJV

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

John 17:12 KJV

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

A little boy finally sat down after first resisting his parents’ command to do so. He said to his parents, “I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside.

Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 26.

Submit to Him Because it is Good for the Church

•    Believers are joined to Christ

Ephesians 5:30 KJV

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

•    Wives are joined to their Husband

Ephesians 5:31 KJV

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Your marriage is a picture of the mysterious union between Christ and the Church.

Submit to Him Because it is Good for Him

•    Win him without words

1 Peter 3:1 KJV

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 41.3 ?????; ?????, ??; ????????????; ?????????, ??

?????; ?????, ?? f; ????????????; ?????????, ?? f: to conduct oneself, with apparent focus upon overt daily behavior

** Translated 13 times “Conversation” in the King James

•    Win him with your manner of life

1 Peter 3:2 KJV

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

1 Peter 3:3 KJV

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

1 Peter 3:4 KJV

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

•    Win him like Holy women of old did.

1 Peter 3:5 KJV

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

1 Peter 3:6 KJV

Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

SUBMISSION?

A poll was taken a few years ago asking, both men and women this question, “Should wives submit to their husbands?”

(In 1998, the Southern Baptists also sparked controversy with their statement that wives should “submit graciously” to the “servant leadership” of their husbands. At that time, when asked if they concurred with that statement exactly as quoted, 69% of the public disagreed.)

Wow, nearly 70% disagree with what the Bible teaches.

Its one thing for the unchurched and Biblically ignorant… but those of us who have been paying attention now know the answer to the question: “Me, submit to HIM?”….  YES You… YES to Him.

Teach What You Learned

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

9/11 Anniversery / Comfort; Remember / 2 Corinthians 1:3–4

2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

2 Corinthians 1:4 KJV

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

The worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor December 7 1941 occured 18 years ago today when the towers fell.  18 years ago!!!  That means anyone under 25 probably has little or no first hand recollection of the events of that fateful day.  That also means that we must remember those events and what we learned.  It means we must not only remember, but pass on what we learned.

Our passage this evening tells us that the God of all comfort comforts us as believers.  He protects.  He Leads He Guides.  He does that so that we can in turn comfort, teach, lead and guide others.  This evening are going to remember some major lessons from that day and teach the next generation what this generation learned.

Life is Temporary

James 4:14 KJV

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

1 Peter 1:24 KJV

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Genelle Guzman McMillan wanted a change from her home in Trinidad, so she moved to New York in 1998. In order to stay in New York, McMillan knew she needed to get a good, steady job. She couldn’t believe it when she was hired at one of the World Trade Towers and was excited as she began her first day there on January 19, 2001. She made many friends through work–including live-in boyfriend, Roger–and spent each weekend partying.

On the morning of 9/11 she went to her job on the 64th floor. She and her coworkers heard a loud crash and the building moved. They stayed on the 64th floor until it became known what had happened.

Genelle and a coworker started down one of the stairwells and made it to the 13th floor. That is when the whole building collapsed. Amazingly, steel and concrete had pinned her where she was; she was injured, but she was alive. She lay there unable to move, rethinking her life.

Twenty-seven hours after the building collapsed, she was able to push her hand through a few inches of rubble above her head and felt someone’s warm hand close around hers. Then she heard a male voice say to her: “I’ve got you, Genelle. My name is Paul,” he told her. “You’re going to be okay. They’re going to get you out soon.”

She heard other voices, sirens and a light. “They’re here,” Paul said. “I’m going to go and let them do their jobs and get you out.”

Genelle was the last survivor pulled from the World Trade Center. There were three things she promised God she would do as soon as she got out of the hospital: get baptized, marry her boyfriend Roger, and find Paul, the one who first held her hand.

On November 7, after 6 weeks in the hospital, 4 surgeries and hours of physical therapy and rehabilitation, she kept two promises she made while trapped under the rubble. She and Roger got married at City Hall, and Genelle was baptized that evening into Jesus Christ.

But Paul? She never found him. Who was he? No one knew, no one had ever heard of him. She called her preacher and asked him. They discussed another Paul, the one in the Bible who was totally in the dark, like Genelle, and fought against God until he saw the light.

Adversity Unites Us

James 1:2 KJV

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

James 1:3 KJV

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:4 KJV

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Ephesians 4:3 KJV

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I’m the daughter of a nurse and an FDNY rescue officer. When the first plane hit, I called my father. He assured me Rescue 1 would get there and everything would be fine. When both towers were in flames, I called again, urging him to put the TV on. “I have to go,” he said. I knew he was headed there.

I wouldn’t have contact with him again until I saw him on the 12th with pebbles in his eyes, covered head to toe in dust, soaking wet and shaking. He was one of many who had inhaled toxins for hours, as they dug with their hands, to get to a man trapped dozens of feet in the debris pile. The rescue was successful. But I remember the sick, hollow feeling I had at that moment, as I wondered if my father and his fellow heroes had even thought about the magnitude of their own loss.

 

We remember the desperate calls to loved ones, the heartfelt concern for people in harm’s way. We remember what it felt like, as a nation, to lose our innocence.

And we remember what we did in the face of it all.

We united. That might seem implausible in these divided days, but we really did unite. Everyday people joined together to help one another. We began to restore our hope and faith in humanity together.

On our nation’s darkest day, goodness prevailed. The everyday hero in all of us made sure of it. We came together through acts of kindness in ways we never imagined.

It’s important to share these stories with children, so they remember.

We remember storeowners providing shelter, health-care providers tending to the wounded, first responders and members of the military risking their lives, desperately searching for survivors.

We remember the U.S. Coast Guard’s call to boaters and the many who responded to help hundreds of thousands of people to safety that day.

We remember people creating tributes across cities and states and our American flag being hoisted over Ground Zero by three FDNY members. It would be an early warning signal to the world: Our American spirit wouldn’t be shattered.

We remember the people waving flags outside of Ground Zero and holding signs that said, “God Bless America,” “Thank you,” and more.

We remember iron, steel workers, electricians, members of other trades and civilians alongside first responders through the recovery efforts. We remember the first responders from across the U.S. and the world coming to help and the overwhelming outpouring of love and support.

We remember countless volunteers in various capacities helping complete strangers. We found the everyday hero in all of us and harnessed our strengths to positively impact the people around us.

On America’s darkest day, goodness triumphed. Acts of great courage and compassion overshadowed the evilest of deeds.

It’s difficult to talk about because discussing it takes us right back, as if 18 years haven’t passed and a generation of kids haven’t been born after it.

But talk about it we must, so children can remember goodness as the victor. We must etch these stories into the being of future generations so our stories live on for centuries to come. We owe it to the fallen.

In such divided times, we can all benefit from the retelling of stories of unity and the fortitude of our American spirit.

By KRISTIE KIERNAN BOURYAL
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 11, 2019 | 5:00 AM

We All Need God

Psalm 63:1 KJV

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:

My soul thirsteth for thee,

My flesh longeth for thee

In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Psalm 63:2 KJV

To see thy power and thy glory,

So as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Christian retailers and publishers have reported Bible sales skyrocketed 20%-30% in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Some industry leaders say this is a time for aggressive ministry outreach, and not the time to shave marketing and advertising dollars because of a softening economy. (CBA Online 10/8/01)

We Must Stand As A Nation Against Evil

Romans 13:3 KJV

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Right after the 9/11 attacks, the president addressed the nation. He said, “A great people have been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot shake the foundation of America” In other words, “even though we just experienced one of the worst days in American history, we’re going to make it We’re going to survive Because this nation is built on something solid This nation has a sure foundation”

Greater Love Was on Display

John 15:13 KJV

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

FDNY Captain Jay Jonas and five other firefighters from Ladder 6 responded immediately to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. When they entered the lobby of the north tower, the south tower was hit. Carrying 100 pounds of gear, they began to ascend the stairwell of the south tower. When they reached the 27th floor, the building began to shake. Jonas ordered his men to evacuate. When they reached the 20th floor they saw a woman, Josephine Harris, standing in the doorway who was paralyzed in fear, crying. Instead of leaving her, they decided to carry her down. When they reached the 4th floor, the bldg caved in around them. They survived because they were still in the stairwell. Ironically, their lives were saved because they risked their lives for another, “whoever wants to save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

A Firm Foundation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Some Assembly Required / Family; Love; Holiness / Ephesians 5:1–16

 An ideal marriage’s foundation is not find entirely in a couple’s romanticism, but in their commitment to live a holy life according to God’s will. Application Point: Learning to love as an individual will help you love your spouse.

Have you ever seen a product on a showroom floor and marveled at how awesome it looked? That shiny new all-terrain bike, or that beautiful contemporary desk for your home office call out to your consumer inclinations. Have you ever broken down and made the purchase, only to get a heavy box full of parts with the words “some assembly required” stamped on it? Why can’t it be simple and come out just the way you see it on the showroom floor? Why do you have to put in work instead of conveniently having everything all in place?  Wouldn’t it be great if life was like that? Especially when it comes to marriage. But marriage does require work. Paul understood that as he helped the believers at Ephesus recognize marriage required putting the proper pieces together 2. Ephesians 5:21–33 is a common biblical text used to outline the roles of husbands and wives. The first twenty verses of chapter 5 are significant to a   couple to understand how to conduct themselves as Christians in general. Before Paul wrote about marriage roles, he wrote about Christian roles couple to understand how to conduct themselves as Christians in general. Before Paul wrote about marriage roles, he wrote about Christian roles.   This evening we are going to discover that in order to build a good Christian home, we need a firm foundation.

Walk In Love

Ephesians 5:1 KJV

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5:2 KJV

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

•    Follow God’s example of love and tenderness toward each other.

•    Walk in love as Christ sacrificially loved us.

•    Lots of family issues would resolve if we learned from Christ our example about self sacrificing love.

1000 Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching Greater Love Has No One …


Various persons have observed that no one has any more religion than he or she can demonstrate in an emergency. This was certainly true of Arland D. Williams, Jr., a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve System in Atlanta, who was aboard the ill-fated Boeing 737 that crashed in the frigid Potomac River shortly after taking off from Washington’s National Airport, January 13, 1982.
Identification of the hero was announced in June of 1983. Representatives from the Coast Guard said when a helicopter lowered a line to survivors, Williams indicated he was trapped (it was later discovered his seat belt was jammed) and passed “the line on to other injured persons.” By his not grabbing the rescue line, thus saving valuable time, other passengers were saved.
In presenting the medal to Williams’s mother, Virginia L. Williams, Mattoon, Illinois, his teenage son, Arland D. Williams, III, and daughter, Leslie Ann Williams, President Reagan said: “You can live with tremendous pride in your father.”

Walk In Purity

Ephesians 5:3 KJV

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Ephesians 5:4 KJV

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Let it not once be named among you:

•    Fornication

The term porneia (???????) (fornication) is to be taken in its proper sense and is not to be restricted to any one particular form—the license practiced at heathen festivals, concubinage, marriage within prohibited degrees, or the like. The moral life of the Graeco-Roman world had sunk so low that, while protests against the prevailing corruption were never entirely wanting, fornication had long come to be regarded as a matter of moral indifference, and was indulged in without shame or scruple, not only by the mass, but by philosophers and men of distinction who in other respects led exemplary lives.” The word porneia (???????) was used of illicit sexual intercourse in general.

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Uncleanness

uncleanness: ceremonial and moral, Lev. 169a; consequence of sin (S T) Lev. 234; God’s deliverance. Jer. I 347; its removal, Lev. iv c; Passover requirements, Num. 74a; spiritual, Jer. I 347

Index

•    Covetousness

The word “covetousness” is pleonexia (?????????), “greedy desire to have more, avarice.” “Not once” is m?de (????), “not even.” Expositors says: “The strong negative m?de (????) gives it this force—‘Not to speak of doing such a thing, let it not be even so much as mentioned among you.’

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Filthiness

obscenity (aischrot?s, “shameless talk and conduct”

Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Eph 5:4). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

“Filthiness” is aischrot?s (?????????), “obscenity, shameless, immoral conduct.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Foolish Talking

foolish talk (m?rologia, lit., “stupid words”)

“Foolish talking” is m?rologia (?????????), from m?ros (?????), “foolish” in the sense of the lack of forethought and wisdom. impious, godless, because such a man neglects and despises what relates to salvation, and logos (?????), “a word, speech.” Vincent says: “Talk which is both foolish and sinful. It is more than random or idle talk.” “Words obtain a new earnestness when assumed into the ethical terminology of Christ’s school. Nor, in seeking to enter fully into the meaning of this one, ought we to leave out of sight the greater emphasis which the words fool, foolish, folly obtain in Scripture than elsewhere they have or can have. There is the positive folly as well as the negative to be taken account of, when we are weighing the force of m?rologia (?????????): it is that talk of fools which is foolishness and sin together

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Jesting

coarse jesting (eutrapelia, “vulgar, frivolous wit”)

Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Eph 5:4). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Jesting” is eutrapelia (??????????). Vincent says: “Only here in the n.t. From eu (??), ‘well’ or ‘easily,’ and trep? (?????), ‘to turn.’ That which easily turns and adapts itself to the moods and conditions of those with whom it may be dealing at the moment. From this original sense of versatility it came to be applied to morals, as time-serving, and to speech with the accompanying notion of dissimulation. Aristotle calls it chastened insolence. The sense of the word here is polished and witty speech as the instrument of sin; refinement and versatility without the flavor of Christian grace. ‘Sometimes it is lodged in a sly question, in a smart answer, in a quirkish reason, in shrewd intimation, in cunningly diverting or cleverly retorting an objection: sometimes it is couched in a bold scheme of speech, in a tart irony, in a lusty hyperbole, in a startling metaphor, in a plausible reconciling of contradictions, or in acute nonsense … Sometimes an affected simplicity, sometimes a presumptuous bluntness giveth it being. Its ways are unaccountable and inexplicable, being answerable to the numberless rovings of fancy and windings of language’ (Barrow).”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Walk In Good Company

Ephesians 5:6 KJV

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:7 KJV

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

“Partakers” is sunmetochos (??????????) from metech? (??????), “to hold with” another, and sun (???) “with,” the compound word meaning, “partaking together with one.” The prohibition is that the saints should not participate with the sons of disobedience in the vices mentioned in verse 5 The prohibition is in the present imperative with the negative m? (??), “Stop therefore becoming joint-partakers with them.”

Ephesians 5:11 KJV

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

“Reprove” is elegch? (??????), “to reprove or rebuke so as to bring out conviction or confession of guilt.” Trench says that the word “implies not merely the charge, but the truth of the charge, and further the manifestation of the truth of the charge; nay, more than all this, very often also the acknowledgment, if not outward, yet inward, of its truth on the part of the accused; it being the glorious prerogative of the truth in its highest operation not merely to assert itself, and to silence the adversary, but to silence him by convincing him of his error.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:11). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching Holiness


Many trees appear to be healthy when we see them in summer. But, in the winter, after their leaves have all fallen off, we sometimes find that hidden underneath the lush green of the summer foliage was a parasitic plant called mistletoe, which had been slowly sucking away some of the tree’s vitality.
We as Christians sometimes have hidden sins, which—like the mistletoe—slowly suck away our spiritual vitality. Although not always evident in times of outward spiritual health and fruitfulness, we must always examine ourselves for those small, often unseen, parasites of sinful habits that will sap our vitality. And we must also remember that just because they are not apparent now does not mean that in another season of our life God will not reveal them for all to see.654

Walk Circumspectly

Ephesians 5:15 KJV

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Ephesians 5:16 KJV

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

“Circumspectly” is akrib?s (???????), “exactly, accurately, carefully.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:15). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

TIME MARCHES ON

There was once a middle aged man who was considering going back to school to get that degree he had always wanted. But he was balking at the idea because he was now over 50 and what good would it do him now.

He went to his dad for advice and his dad asked him how long it would take to get the degree. The man told his dad it would take 3 years of going to school full time. His dad then asked him how old he would be when he graduated after those 3 years. The man said 53. Then his dad asked him, “Son how old will you be then if you don’t get the degree?”

The point of the story is that TIME marches on. Regardless of any decisions we make in our lives — Time marches on!

Therefore walk accurately, in love, in purity, and in good company.  This is the family’s firm foundation.

Not to Be Taken Lightly

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Not to Be Taken Lightly

I Timothy 4:12

Preached Wednesday January 6, 2016

 

Introduction:

 

Leadership is not a passive position. Up until now we have not studied mostly doctrine, advice and admonition that the apostle Paul gave young preacher boy – Timothy. Paul admonished his young student to war a good warfare and to hold the faith. Paul has described the tactics of false teachers, the need for prayer, the pitfalls of female leadership, the qualifications of pastors and deacons, and the marks of false teachers. There has been a lot of instruction up to this point in the epistle. Now the apostle Paul gives young pastor Timothy an admonition to not allow someone to despise his youth… or not allow folks to take him lightly.

 

kataphroneo (??????????, 2706), lit., “to think down upon or against anyone” (kata, “down,” phren, “the mind”), hence signifies “to think slightly of, to despise,” Matt. 6:24; 18:10; Luke 16:13; Rom. 2:4; 1 Cor. 11:22; 1 Tim. 4:12; 6:2; Heb. 12:2; 2 Pet. 2:10.¶  [1]

 

The way to avoid being taken lightly is not to whine and cry when folks ignore you, but to let your actions speak louder than your words or tantrums or manipulations.  Double down on your Christian life and live out loud.  Be an example.  Be an example that cannot be taken lightly.

 

 

1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

  1. Be an example in word= expression of thought

 

Ephesians 5:12

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

 

Proverbs 15:26

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. 

 

Colossians 4:6

6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

  1. Be an example in conversation- manner of life

 

 

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Philippians 1:27

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

  • Be an example of charity- agape love

John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

  1. Be an example in spirit= inner man

 

Proverbs 4:23

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 

 

  1. Be an example in faith= firm persuasion, conviction

 

Hebrews 10:22

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

  1. Be an example in purity= chastity

 

Psalm 101:3

3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 

Jude 24

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

 

 

Jude 24

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

[1] Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 163). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

Pursuing Power with a Purpose

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Preparing for Revival:

Pursuing Power with a Purpose

Acts 1:8

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.

Introduction:

Often there is confusion when it comes to Bible teaching regarding the filling of the Holy Spirit.  When we study the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, it is important to understand the difference between the indwelling and the filling ministry of the Holy Spirit.  We discovered last week that the Holy Spirit began to permanently reside inside the bodies of believers on Resurrection Sunday according to John 20:22.

Tonight we are going to study the filling ministry of the Holy Spirit.  We will look at His ministry in the Old Testament, and we will see that His power always came to enable His servants to accomplish a specific task.  We will see that the prophet Joel foretold about a time when that specific purpose would be narrowed.  We will see that Jesus narrowly defined the purpose of Holy Spirit power this side of Calvary.  Finally, we will see the examples of New Testament Holy Spirit filling for a very specific purpose.

I. Holy Spirit Indwelling is something for all believers this side of Calvary.

A. It started on Resurrection Sunday.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” (John 20:22)

B. Every Believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19 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?

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,  I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

C. If the Spirit does not indwell you, you are not nor were ever saved.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

D. Holy Spirit Filling then, is a special outpouring of power from time to time… power with a purpose that is a different ministry than the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit.

II. Holy Spirit Filling:  Power with a Purpose Before Calvary

A.  Special power to craft beauty for worship

Exodus 28:2-3 – 2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. 3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exodus 31:1-5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

B. Special power to wage war

Judges 3:9-10 – 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.  10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

Judges 6:33-34 – 33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

Judges 11:29,32 – 29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon. 32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.

C. Special power for leadership

Deuteronomy 34:9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

D. Special power for preaching

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Ezekiel 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Luke 1:15,41 – 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

III. Holy Spirit Filling:  Change in Purpose Prophecied

A.  Joel’s prophecy

Joel 2:28-32 – 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

B. Peter’s interpretation

Acts 2:14-21 – 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

C. Jesus’ explanation

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.

IV. Holy Spirit Filling: Power With A Purpose Today

A.  Great fruit

Acts 2:4,41-42 – 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

B. Great boldness

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

C. Great power against resistance

Acts 13:6-12 – 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost,  set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.