Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Glory of the Cross

Temple Baptist Church - 4-9-2017
Luke 23:26-49


Introduction: 

A.  Today we come to CALVARY:  This is the only instance where the word “Calvary” is used.  It is of Latin derivative from the word “calvarium” or a cranium or skull.  In Matthew 27:33, it is called Golgotha (Aramaic-The Place of the Skull). 

CALVARY - The place of curse and the place of blessing. 
CALVARY - The place of curse for Jesus and the place of blessing for us.
CALVARY - Where we see man at his worst and God at his best.
CALVARY - Where we see the awful depths of human sin and the tremendous heights of divine love.
CALVARY - Where every man must come if he expects to be saved.
CALVARY - Where all of our hopes are centered, both for this world and the world to come.
CALVARY - The most sacred place in all the world.
CALVARY - Where the Son of God died that the sons of men might live.
CALVARY - Where the rich, red, royal blood of the King was shed for sinful humanity.
CALVARY - Where all the sin of the world was laid on the One who had no sin.
CALVARY - Where men can come and bathe their troubled souls and find the peace that passeth all understanding.
CALVARY - Where all the rivers of prophecy come together in a sea of fulfillment.
CALVARY - Where the blood for our cleansing was drawn from Immanuel's royal veins.
CALVARY - Where sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
CALVARY - Where all the Church of the living God is saved to sin no more.
CALVARY - About which in a nobler sweeter song we sing through the endless ages.
CALVARY - Where a dying Saviour invites all men to come and find the life that never ends.
CALVARY - Where a Saviour died and salvation was born.
CALVARY - Where deep darkness enveloped the earth that a divine light might fill it.
CALVARY - Where the Son of God was forsaken that we might never be forsaken.
CALVARY - Where by faith we received our sight and the burden of our heart rolled away.
CALVARY - Where we come with our sin and receive a Saviour's righteousness.
CALVARY - Where we come with our ruin and receive His perfection.
CALVARY - Where we come with our bitterness and receive his sweetness.
CALVARY - Where we come with our despair and receive His assurance.
CALVARY - Where we come with our darkness and receive His light.
CALVARY - Where we come with our sorrows and receive His joy.
CALVARY - Where we come with our hell and receive His heaven.
CALVARY - Where God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
CALVARY - Where God commended His love toward us.
CALVARY - Where Christ Himself bore our sins in His own body.
CALVARY - Where He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, where the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and where by His stripes we are healed.
CALVARY - Where we hear the sweetest story ever told.
CALVARY - Where the gulf between God and man was bridged forever.
CALVARY - Where God loved as no one has ever loved.
CALVARY - Where Christ gave all that He had that we might have all of heaven.
CALVARY - Where Christ finished the redemptive work God sent Him to do.
CALVARY - Where our poor souls find salvation and satisfaction, happiness and heaven.
CALVARY – A place of difference.
CALVARY - It reaches from the deepest hell to the highest heaven.
CALVARY - The heart, the nucleus, and the core of our faith.
CALVARY -  A signpost to every man. It points the way for man on the road of life and it spans the gulf when death comes and gives him a safe crossing.
CALVARY -  Where there is no place for my leftovers. Christ must come first. God must have my full-time service. I must give my best to Him.
CALVARY - A place of suffering, of shame, of rejection, and death.
            But now, it's a symbol of God's hatred of sin and His love for man.
CALVARY - Where echoes the cry, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!"

B.  No wonder the songwriter said "Now my ransomed soul can only sing of CALVARY.

C.  It is the cross makes the difference between:

1.   light and darkness
2.   good and evil
3.  victory and defeat
4.  success and failure
5.  Christlikeness and self-centeredness
6.  life and death
7.  heaven and hell.

D.  1 Corinthians 1:18 says "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

1.  There at the cross Jesus took my sin and my guilt and gave me forgiveness, cleansing, and justification. The burden and penalty of my sin rolled away.

2.  There at the cross He clarified my purpose in life: My life belongs to Him.  My time, my strength, my energy, my money, my all is His.  Every area of my life is branded by His mark of ownership—The Cross of Christ.

3.  There at the cross, my eternity was secured, my fears relieved, and my heart forever His.  My Lord, my life, my glory.

4.  There at the cross, the object of our salvation’s glory is to be found.  Salvation and victory over sin, death, and the devil.

5.  There at the cross, we find the symbol of God’s amazing grace and His great love wherewith He loved us.

6.  There at the cross, we find the place where Jesus shed His precious blood that we might be redeemed.

7.  There at the cross, our justification was effected.  It was that in which Paul would glory.

8.  There at the cross, we find the world crucified unto the child of God.

9.  There at the cross, we find the child of God crucified unto the world.


1.  We Should Never Forget Where We Came From.  (While we were yet sinners!)

1 Timothy 1:12-17  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:9  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

2.  We Should Never Forget What We Are.  (We are still nothing apart from the grace of God!)

1 Corinthians 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

1 Timothy 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

1 Corinthians 1:31  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:7   For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receiveit, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

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

Galatians 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as

3.  We Should Never Forget Who He Is. (He is God!  He is sovereign!)

Exodus 3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  (“I am what I am” vs. “I AM THAT I AM”)

John 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.  (Said by the greatest man born of woman.)

Psalms 72:19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

1 Timothy 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jude 25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

4.  We Should Never Forget What He has done. (Were it not for the love of God, we would all be eternally lost without hope!)

Ephesians 2:1-6  And you hath he quickenedwho were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Psalms 72:18  Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

Philippians 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Our Precious Saviour

Temple Baptist Church - 4-5-2017
1 Peter 2:1-8


Introduction: 

A.  Jesus Christ Is Hated By The World

1.  They Hate His Position  - Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

2.  They Hate His Person (The Gospel of John = Deity) - Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 21:5  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

Matthew 27:42  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

3.  They Hate His Purity - John 15:23-24  He that hateth me hateth my Father also.  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

John 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 7:7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:25  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

4.  They Hate His People - John 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

1 John 3:13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

B.  Jesus Christ Is Loved By The Saint

1 Corinthians 16:22  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

JESUS IS PRECIOUS!

1.  He Is Precious To The Father – 2:4

a.  He Is Precious Because He Is An Only Begotten Son - 1 John 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

b.  He Is Precious Because He Is An Obedient Son - John 8:29  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Matthew 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

c.  He Is Precious Because He Is A Loving Son - John 14:31  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

John 17: 20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

2.  He is Precious To The Sinner – 2:6

a.  Because Of His Love For Them – John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

b.  Because Of His Sacrifice For Them – 1 Peter 1:18-20  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; 19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

1 Peter 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

c.  Because Of His Promise To Them – Isaiah 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

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

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

3.  He Is Precious To The Saint – 2:6b-7

a.  He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Lives Are Built - Psalms 40:2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Luke 6:46-48    And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

b.  He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Future Is Secured – vs 9-10 - 2 Timothy 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

John 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

c.  He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which Our Faith Is Established – vs 6b - Romans 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

d.  He Is The Chief Corner Stone Upon Which We Can Rely When All Others Fail – vs 10 - Psalms 27:10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Isaiah 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Jeremiah 31:3  The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Conclusion:  The most precious thing in this world to us should be that which is most precious to God!  His Son!  If you are lost this morning, the most precious think in this would to you should be Jesus Christ!  Because of His great love, He died for you!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Disorderly Conduct

Temple Baptist Church - 4-2-2017
2 Thessalonians 3:6-7


Introduction: 

A.  Our verses for tonight are interesting and importance ones as they do with one of the aspects of church discipline.  Church discipline is one of the hardest parts of the ministry of the local church.

1.  Church discipline is never the first step to reconciliation.  Reconciliation is what is always to be desired.

2.  Church discipline is never pleasant.  I have never taken pleasure in the loss of a church member in this manner.

3.  Church discipline is the only option when reconciliation becomes impossible.

B.  If reconciliation becomes impossible and church discipline is implemented, there is a church wide responsibility that comes with it: withdraw yourselves.  This is often hard for the child of God to do for several reasons:

1.  We love them because it is our nature to do so.

2.  We forgive them because it is God’s commandment to do so.

3.  We are patient with them because we know both who and what we are.

4.  We try to be at peace with them because of the importance of unity within the church.

5.  BUT, there comes a time when we must discipline them

C.  Our text refers to the sin of being disorderly.  Disorderly-insubordinate or unruly.  Disorderly conduct is a term used in law enforcement for someone who is disruptive and will not obey commands given by the officer.

D.  Church discipline is not something that the pastor does but it is done by the local church corporately.  It is a natural part of the ministry, just as is child disciplining.  It has become an unnatural thing because no one does it!

E.  I want each member of Temple Baptist Church to know the “why” of church discipline.

1.  Rightful Church Discipline Is An Act Of Love. 

Proverbs 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

2.  Rightful Church Discipline Is Necessary For The Health Of The Church.

1 Corinthians 5:5-8 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  (Sin, left unrebuked, will always affect others in the church and will eventually lead to others following the same sinful example.)

3.  Rightful Church Discipline Is Beneficial To The One Disciplined.

James 5:19-20  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.  (The Lord’s chastening is not to simple inflict pain upon a believer, but to bring them to a place of repentance and restoration.)

4.  Rightful Church Discipline Causes Others To Fear.

1 Timothy 5:19-20 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. (Others need to realize that continued sinfulness within the membership of a church is not acceptable and will be dealt with through church discipline.)