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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 ?????; ?????, ??; ????????????; ?????????, ??

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** 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.

Pleading the Promises – Prayer that Gets God’s Attention

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Pleading the Promises – Prayer that Gets God’s Attention

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Preached Wednesday September 16, 2015

Introduction:

As we finish our study on the subject of prayer, it is fitting that we look at the kind of prayer that God prefers and responds to.  Many religious tradition use liturgical prayers that are memorized and repeated over and over. If you are a Born Again Christian, God is your adopted Father.  The veil that separated you from Him has been torn apart.  Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to come boldly before the Father with our prayers.

This evening we are going to study two examples of prayer where people used God’s Word and through their passionate pleading, touched the heart of God.  Nehemiah was the king’s cup bearer during the times of Jewish captivity.  In chapter one of his book, we read how he saw the state of Jerusalem and how he prayed about the sorry condition of God’s people.  In Acts chapter 4 we will see that the church at Jerusalem was under persecution, their pastors had just been jailed and beaten.  We will see how they prayed and touched the heart of God.

I. We Need to be Intellectually Affected

Psalm 37:4-5

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

A. ASK about the state of God’s work!

Nehemiah 1:1-2

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

1. Be alert as to how we are perceived in the community

2. Understand that our impact depends upon our perceived health

B. Note AFFLICTION– distress/misery because of the enemy’s victory

Nehemiah 1:3

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in        the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem       also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

Acts 4:18-23

18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 21 So when they had further threatened them, they    let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. 22 For the man          was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.

23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

C. Note REPROACH

1. Disgrace

2. Because of lack of victory

3. God gets glory when we produce fruit, not when we are barren.

John 15:8

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye                     be my disciples.

D. Note the condition of the ministries of God now –  Jerusalem’s walls were burned

II. We Need To Be Emotionally Affected

Nehemiah 1:4

4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

James 4:7-10

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

A. Sit down – in amazement

B. Weep – let it affect you!

C. Mourn – as you would lose a loved one

D. Fast – to distressed to eat!

E. Pray – driven to action

III. We Need To Be Personally Affected – Driven to prayer

A. Acknowledge God’s greatness

Nehemiah 1:5

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible               God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe         his commandments:

1. The God of Heaven

2. Creator

Acts 4:24

24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with         one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven,         and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

3. Great… in scope and dimension

4. Terrible – One to be feared

5. Covenant Keeper – you are going to hold Him to it!

B. Acknowledge our total dependence upon God

Nehemiah 1:6

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest   hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and     night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the           children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my     father’s house have sinned.

1. Listen to me!

2. Look at this!

3. Pray day and night

Luke 11:6-8 – 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.

C. Pray with a penitent heart

Nehemiah 1:7

7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the          commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou    commandedst thy servant Moses.

1. Repentance follows when you get a clear vision of who God is.

Isaiah 6:5

5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

2. Effective prayer comes from the righteous.

James 5:16

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

D. Remind God of His promises – Pray Biblically

Nehemiah 1:8-9

8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Acts 4:25-28

25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

E. Make it personal

Nehemiah 1:10-11

10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

1. Your church

2. Your soul winning

3. Specific requests that line up with God’s will and work.

Acts 4:29-31

29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 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.

Does This Outfit Match?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C. Strive together for the faith.

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

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

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

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

B. Do not stop preaching!

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

C. Pray for more boldness.

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

Conclusion:

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

The Fellowship of Intercession

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Philippians 1:9-11
Preached Wednesday March 20, 2013

Introduction:

Selfishness and the “Poochie Lip” often attack us as we slog through this sin cursed world. Our study through this Epistle written by Paul while he was in a roman prison helps us to readjust our thinking.

? Joy is mentioned 4 times
? Rejoice mentioned 8 times
? Glad mentioned 3 times

The key to finding this joy is found by having a Christ-like mindset.

Chapter 1 – The Single Mind
Chapter 2 – The Submissive Mind
Chapter 3 – The Spiritual Mind
Chapter 4 – The Secure Mind

Chapter 1 tells us that we should have a single mind focused on the Gospel. If we are preoccupied with both the blessings of and the spreading of the Gospel, it would make sense that inner joy would be a natural result of that kind of mindset. The first thirteen verses of this chapter center around the “Fellowship of the Gospel”. The term fellowship means a joint participation in a common interest and activity. So to fellowship with believers should be more than just having food… it is action shared to reach a common goal. The beginning of this chapter shows us that as we are single minded toward the gospel, we should be sharing together in common interest and activity of the gospel. We first discovered that both the servants, those involved in vocational ministry, and the saints, have the same fellowship. They are united to help each other serve God and spread the Gospel through the local assembly. The path to Christian joy is found through a single mind focused on the Gospel. The best way to accomplish that is to have joint participation, fellowship, shared action around the common activity of the gospel within the local church. There are three facets of this single minded fellowship of the Gospel that we have been examining are these:

• The fellowship of Praise – Philippians 1:3-6
• The fellowship of Grace – Philippians 1:7-7, 12-13
• The fellowship of Prayer – Philippians 1:9-11

Tonight we will discover that Christian joy can be experienced as we share a single mind focused on the fellowship of intercessory prayer.

I. Pray that love may abound.

Philippians 1:9 (AV)
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

A. The Love that God produced.

1 John 4:16 (AV)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

B. More and more = running over like a cup that can no longer contain

C. Love based on experiential knowledge of Jesus. Something that can only grow through spending time getting the experience Jesus.

Romans 5:5 (AV)
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

D. In Judgment = sensitive moral perception – insight

Ephesians 5:17 (AV)
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

E. All of this will enable you to love others more.

II. Pray that believers will approve excellent things.

Philippians 1:10 (AV)
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

A. Approve = discern what is best = from the Greek – testing

Romans 12:2 (AV)
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.

B. Excellent = spiritual concepts and actions which involve delicate and keen distinctions.

III. Pray that believers would reflect praise back to God with their lives.

Philippians 1:10–11 (AV)
… that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

A. Sincere = distinct, unmixed, pure – nothing distracting or polluting your commitment to Jesus.

B. No Offence = not cut against/ not stumbled upon.

Romans 16:17 (AV)
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

C. Endurance – Paul prays for this kind of stability and commitment to last till the day of Christ.

D. Filled with the fruits of righteousness

Colossians 1:5–6 (AV)
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Galatians 5:22–23 (AV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

1. This fruit came through Jesus

2. This fruit will praise Him.

Matthew 5:16 (AV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The Fellowship of Grace

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Philippians 1:7-8, 12-13
Preached Wednesday March 13, 2013

Introduction:

As we fight our way through this sin cursed world, it seems that joy can be hard to come by. Discouragement and apathy assault the mind of a believer and cause him to faint in the battlefield. Last week we discovered that Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi was written while he was in a Roman prison. We saw that in spite of Paul’s bonds, this book reveals some keys to obtaining and maintaining joy in the life of a believer. The main thought of the book of Philippians is that the path to Christian joy is found though a Christ-like mindset.

Chapter 1 tells us that we should have a single mine focused on the Gospel. If we are preoccupied with both the blessings of and the spreading of the Gospel, it would make sense that inner joy would be a natural result of that kind of mindset. The first thirteen verses of this chapter center around the “Fellowship of the Gospel”. The term fellowship means a joint participation in a common interest and activity. So to fellowship with believers should be more than just having food… it is action shared to reach a common goal. The beginning of this chapter shows us that as we are single minded toward the gospel, we should be sharing together in common interest and activity of the gospel. Two weeks ago we saw that both the servants, those involved in vocational ministry, and the saints, have the same fellowship. They are united to help each other serve God and spread the Gospel through the local assembly.

The path to Christian joy is found through a single mind focused on the Gospel. The best way to accomplish that is to have joint participation or:

• Fellowship= shared action around the common activity of the gospel within the local church.
• There are three facets of this single minded fellowship of the Gospel that we will explore in the next few weeks.

• The fellowship of Praise – Philippians 1:3-6
• The fellowship of Grace – Philippians 1:7-7, 12-13
• The fellowship of Prayer – Philippians 1:9-11

Tonight we will discover that Christian joy can be experienced as we share a single mind focused on the fellowship of Grace in the Gospel.

I. The Fellowship of Saving Grace

Philippians 1:7 (AV)
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

A. We are assured that God will continue the work He started.

Philippians 1:6 (AV)
6 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:

B. So it is only meet = just – for Paul to meditate on how both he and the saints he led to Christ share that same promise of longevity.

C. It is only natural that both the servant and the saint would share the common bond of a sinner saved by Grace.

1 John 3:14 (AV)
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

D. Not only does Paul share the bond of having similar salvation, but the Philippians monetarily fellowshipped in his ministry.

II. The Fellowship of Sustaining Grace.

Philippians 1:7–8 (AV)
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

A. Partakers of the same Grace = unmerited favor / Divine enablement

B. Grace that enabled them to endure suffering.

Acts 16:23–25 (AV)
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (AV)
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

C. Grace that enabled them to defend the Gospel = Judicial logical argument for the case of the Gospel.

Ephesians 6:18–20 (AV)
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Colossians 4:3 (AV)
3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

D. This common bond creates the deep emotional tie between fellowshipping, co-laboring believers seen in verse 8.

III. The Fellowship of Saturating Grace – with the Gospel

Philippians 1:12–13 (AV)
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

A. Some were afraid that because of the adversity Paul experienced, the Gospel was hindered and Satan was winning.

B. Furtherance = metaphor of the tree clearers that would proceed a conquering army. God was using these experiences to clear the way for more effective Gospel advancement.

C. The Palace Guard heard the Gospel.

1. This was God’s design from the beginning.

Acts 9:15 (AV)
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

2. All was working according to God’s perfect plan.

Romans 8:28 (AV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Fellowship of Praise

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Philippians 1:3-6
Preached Wednesday March 6, 2013

Introduction:

As we fight our way through this sin cursed world, it seems that joy can be hard to come by. Discouragement and apathy assault the mind of a believer and cause him to faint in the battlefield. Last week we discovered that Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi was written while he was in a Roman prison. We saw that in spite of Paul’s bonds, this book reveals some keys to obtaining and maintaining joy in the life of a believer. The main thought of the book of Philippians is that the path to Christian joy is found though a Christ-like mindset.

Chapter 1 tells us that we should have a single mine focused on the Gospel. If we are preoccupied with both the blessings of and the spreading of the Gospel, it would make sense that inner joy would be a natural result of that kind of mindset. The first thirteen verses of this chapter center around the “Fellowship of the Gospel”. The term fellowship means a joint participation in a common interest and activity. So to fellowship with believers should be more than just having food… it is action shared to reach a common goal. The beginning of this chapter shows us that as we are single minded toward the gospel, we should be sharing together in common interest and activity of the gospel. Last week we saw that both the servants, those involved in vocational ministry, and the saints, have the same fellowship. They are united to help each other serve God and spread the Gospel through the local assembly.

The path to Christian joy is found through a single mind focused on the Gospel. The best way to accomplish that is to have joint participation, fellowship, shared action around the common activity of the gospel within the local church. There are three facets of this single minded fellowship of the Gospel that we will explore in the next few weeks.

• The fellowship of Praise – Philippians 1:3-6
• The fellowship of Grace – Philippians 1:7-7, 12-13
• The fellowship of Prayer – Philippians 1:9-11

Tonight we will discover that Christian joy can be experienced as we share a single mind focused on the fellowship of Praise in the Gospel.

I. Praise God for His personal work

Philippians 1:3 (AV)
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

A. “My God” shows confidence of personal nature of Paul’s relationship with God.

Philippians 4:19 (AV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Romans 1:8 (AV)
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

1 Corinthians 1:4 (AV)
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

B. Every time the saints are remembered, their individual stories drive Paul to pray. All saints share miraculous stories of praise.

1. Their state before salvation
2. The way God orchestrated the gospel presentation. John 6:44
3. The way God opened their eyes.
4. The way God started to develop signs of spiritual life within them.
5. The implications of their spiritual development.
6. God’s design placing them as a perfect fit within the Body of the local church.

II. Praise God for the privilege of interceding for the saints.

Philippians 1:4 (AV)
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

A. He can pray for the sheep like Jesus did.

John 17:9–10 (AV)
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

B. He can pray knowing that God already has a plan for His saints.

Romans 8:29 (AV)
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

James 5:14–16 (AV)
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

III. Praise God for the fellowship of the Gospel

Philippians 1:5 (AV)
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

A. Fellowship – joint participation in a common activity

B. The single minded focus is the Gospel and all the action that surrounds the Gospel.

C. The Philippians had been helping Paul do the work of the Gospel.

Acts 16:15 (AV)
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Philippians 4:10 (AV)
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

Philippians 4:15 – 16 (AV)
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

IV. Praise God for the confidence we can have in His work.

Philippians 1:6 (AV)
6 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:

A. Confident = a settled persuasion

B. The work that God did to reach the saint will continue to protect and perfect the saint. Salvation is up to God’s work not our perserverence.

C. The Day of Jesus Christ = the rapture

1 John 3:2 (AV)
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.