Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Goodness And Severity Of God

Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-2019
Romans 11:11-24


Introduction: 

A.  Verse 11 – The Nation of Israel rejected Christ and the Gospel was then preached to the Gentiles.  As the Nation of Israel slumbers, the Church of the Living God grows.

B.  The diminishing of the Jews became the riches of the Gentiles.  We are saved tonight because of the graciousness of God.

C.  Verse 11 – the rise of the Church stimulated jealousy in Israel. 

D.  Verse 14 – “Emulation” – to excite or stimulate to rivalry.  Through the mercy and wisdom of God, the diminishing spiritually of Israel has been a blessing to the world.

1.  The Establishment of the Church, the body of Christ.  Verse 11 – “through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles.”

2.  The Enrichment of the world.  Verse 12 – “the riches of the Gentiles.”  We have prospered because of the dispersion of the Jew.  Look at the science that they have brought to us; look at the riches they have brought to us.

3.  The Establishment of the Nation of Israel.  Verse 11 – “for to provoke them to jealousy.”  Jealousy will show someone where their true love lies and bring them back to where they belong.  Jews are now returning to the Promised Land through the help of the Gentile nations

E.  Verse 15 – National Regeneration of Israel. “what shall the receiving of them be.”  Ezekiel, chapter 37, “The Valley of the Dry Bones.”

F.  Verse 16 – National Re-consecration.  “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lumpis also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”  Israel will once again turn to God in true holiness, not outward Phariseeism. 

G.  Verses 16, 32 – National Reconstruction.  “for God is able to graff them in again.”  Israel is one of the most powerful nations on earth.

1.  Most people only see one side of God.

            a.  Some only see His goodness. (normally these are liberal thinkers)

                        1)  All will be in Heaven one day.

                        2)  There is no literal burning Hell.

            b.  Some only see His severity.  (normally these are pharisaical thinkers)

1)  They do not understand God’s love.

                        2)  They do not understand God’s grace.

                        3)  They do not understand God’s longsuffering.

2.  An individual needs a proper perspective of God.
a.  God is good - 1 Chronicles 16:34  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

1)  God Is Good Because Of His Mercy (Mercy is not getting what you deserve) - Lamentations 3:22-23  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

2)  God Is Good Because Of His Love - Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

3)  God Is Good Because Of His Grace (Grace is getting what you do not deserve) - Ephesians 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

4)  God Is Good Because Of His Longsuffering - Romans 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

b.  God is severe - Hebrews 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Hebrews 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

1)  The Flood - Genesis 6:7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

2)  Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

3)  Nadab and Abihu - Leviticus 10:1-2  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.  And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

4)  Korah - Numbers 16:31-34  And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all their goods.  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.   And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

5)  Mt. Ebal and Mr. Gerizim - Deuteronomy 11:26-27  Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;  A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

6)  Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:5, 10  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

7)  The list could go on – 1 Corinthians 10:6-12  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1.  God Is Good To The Nation That Fears Him.
Psalms 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Psalms 144:15  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

    God Is Severe To The Nation That Rejects Him.

Psalms 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Deuteronomy 29:28  And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

2.  God Is Good To The Saint That Fears Him.

Psalms 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Psalms 111:5  He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

Psalms 147:11  The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
   
     God Is Severe To The Saint That Refuses To Serve Him.

Hebrews 10:26-31  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

1 Corinthians 5:5  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.

1 Corinthians 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

3.  God Is Good To The Sinner That Accepts His Salvation.

John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Psalms 40:2-3  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

    God Is Severe To The Sinner That Rejects His Salvation.
Revelation 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Proverbs 1:24-29  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Romans 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Denying The Power Thereof

Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-2019
2 Timothy 3:1-5


Introduction:

A.  As Paul writes to Timothy in this second epistle, he describes the characteristics of religion 2,000 years ago.  Religion, not salvation!

B.  Paul’s admonition is “from such turn away.”  We live in days of “universal acceptance” and “political correctness.”

1.  Religion says, “It does not matter what you believe as long as you go to church.”

2.  Religion says, “It does not matter where you go to church as long as you go to church.”

3.  Religion says, “It does not matter what you believe as long as you believe in something.”  Religion says, “Doctrine divides but love unifies.”

C.  Morals are gone, national pride is gone, common sense is dead, and religion is hodge-podge and an old-fashioned conversion is a rarity. 

D.  I believe that it all “boils down to this:” Religion without the Power of Change. 

1.  The Holy Spirit used the word “denying,” which means to refuse, reject, or to contradict.  This world has heard and known the Truth but is in a constant state of denying it. 

2.  THE WORLD DOES NOT WANT WHAT WE HAVE, therefore, they refuse it and contradict it.  Romans 1:25 says, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie.” 

E.  The word “thereof” is an interesting word.  It comes from a root word meaning “to breathe unconsciously.”  Breathing has two essential parts: inspiration or to breathe air in and expiration or to breathe air out. 

F.  Breathing is one of the body’s Autonomic Responses of the nervous system: heart beat and breathing are two of the most significant of these responses. 

1.  These are things that we do without thinking.  The beat of the heart is the more regulated of the two as, when, you think about it, you can hold your breath or change the way that you breathe. 

2.  Thus it is with the life of the child of God.  We are new creatures by birth and have a new nature that is an Autonomic Response to the work of the New Birth. 

G.  Thus the word “thereof.”  As a legal term, one of its meanings si “from that” or “because of that.” 

H.  In contrast to those in the previous verses who profess Christ but their lives deny the influence of biblical salvation, we see these two words, “power thereof” that salvation:

I.  Salvation is a Powerful experience.  A “change of life” is ALWAYS there when one gets saved because it is “breathed out unconsciously.”  We do not necessarily feel a change but, suddenly, things take on a different perspective.  Change in the life of the believer is a natural part of our salvation.

J.  I want to look at the “power thereof” for a few minutes.  Things in our lives that automatically take place.

1.  The Power of Conversion.  The world wants “A Salvation without a Conversion.”  True biblical salvation ALWAYS makes a change in your life! 

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Raised to walk in newness of life.)

a.  A changed life.  (Conversion is an automatic response that is done spiritually without thinking.  When I was saved, something forever changed in my life.)

b.  A changed mind.  After our conversion, we think differently.  We see things through spiritual eyes.

c.  A changed desire.  “For to me to live is Christ.”

2.  The Power of Conviction.  The world wants A Spirit without Conviction.”  When we are saved, the Holy Ghost of God begins to dwell within us. 

John 16:13-14  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  (14)  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

a.  A sensitivity to sin.  When we sin, we know it because we become sensitive to it.

b.  A conviction about sin.  Sinfulness becomes wrong to the child of God.

c.  A desire to change from sin.  A turning away from sin to Christ.

3.  The Power of Conformity.  The world wants A Scripture without Commandment.”  If the Bible is the pure Word of God, and it is, then it demands obedience.

Philippians 3:8-11  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,  (9)  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  (10)  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  (11)  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

a.  Conformity to the Son of God.

b.  Conformity to the Word of God.

4.  The Power of Continuance.  The world wants A Security without Cost.” Biblical salvation is eternal and free, BUT it will cost you the world!

John 6:67-68  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  (68)  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

a.  Where will we go?  We cannot, by the grace of God, we will not go back to where God found us!

b.  To follow Christ has a cost but the price must be willingly paid!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

This One Thing I Do

Temple Baptist Church - 1-6-2019
Philippians 3:13


Introduction: 

A.  As we now come to the 1st Sunday in 2019, I want to focus for a little while on strengthening our resolve to continue following Christ this year.  I am not big on New Year’s Resolutions, but I do believe that we need to see where we have been (2018), where we are (1-6-2019), and where we want to be on December 31st of 2019 if the Lord has not returned by then.

B.  I want to preach this message in two parts because the verse is in two parts: past and present.

C.  Paul said, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind ...”  We cannot forget everything that happened last year because we can draw wisdom from what we did right and what we did wrong.  We want to build on the good things and correct the wrong ones this year.

D.  I did not get everything that I wanted last year and probably will not get all that I want this year, but I will face this new year with the hope of God in my heart and my eyes upon Him.  Aren’t you glad that you do not know what you will face in 2019? 

E. The past can do one of two things:  it can either haunt you or it can help you!  Which one applies to you is your personal choice. We need to make right choices this coming year in order to maintain both our Christian testimony and influence.

F.  This morning, we need to put last year in its proper perspective.  That perspective is this:  last year is history and we cannot change it.  I want to give you two things that will help you to face the New Year in a right way.  I will try to keep this as simple as possible.

1.  Put The Past In The Past!

2.  Put The Future In The Present!

G.  Things that we can correct from last year.

1. Past failures not to be repeated.  You blew it at times.  I blew it at times.  I was not always a good Christian this past year.  May the Lord help me to be a better Christian in 2009.

2. Past victories not to be forgotten but placed in a proper perspective.  There were times when you were a good Christian last year.  You grew in the Lord and were blessed and rewarded for it.

3. Forget your disappointments!  NO ONE gets everything that they want!  There were times when the enemy got the upper hand.  There were times when you had to do without some things.  There were times when you did not understand and probably still do not understand.  God never said to understand; He said to trust.

4.  Forget your hurts and forgive those who hurt you.  Hurt always turns to anger and anger to bitterness if not dealt with properly.  Forgiveness of our enemies is as much for our sake as it is for their sake.

H.  God was God last year and He will be the same this year.

1. God was good to us this past year!  He will be good to us in the coming year.

Psalms 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Lamentations 3:22-23  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

2. God’s grace was sufficient this past year!  His grace will be sufficient in the coming year.

2 Corinthians 12:9  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.

1 Peter 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

3. God’s strength was made perfect in our weakness last year!  His strength will be there in the coming year.

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

4. God’s presence was with us last year!  He will be there this next year.

Hebrews 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and becontent with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

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.

5. God’s promises were made sure to us when we needed them last year!  We can rely upon them in the coming year.

2 Corinthians 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 

6. Last year is history and next year will be history soon!  “And it came to pass!”
Next year is just “future history.” 

Psalms 90:9  For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.  (Face the New Year with hope and trust instead of doubt and fear.  The Lord will be the same tomorrow as He was yesterday and today!)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Entering Into God’s Rest

Temple Baptist Church - 1-2-2019
Hebrews 3:16-4:11


Introduction:

A.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have look at the possibility of hard heartedness (Reality) and the productivity of exhorting one another daily(Responsibility).  Tonight, I want to look at the word “rest.” 

B.  In chapters 3-4, the word “rest” is found 11 times.  In the Bible, the word “rest” does not necessarily mean to come to a complete halt or to stop doing the things that need to be done.  There is the rest of sleep for which I am grateful.  I have very little problem falling asleep.  Someone once said, “A clear conscience makes for a soft pillow.”

C.  I want to look at the First Mention of the word “REST” found in the Bible as it contains a great spiritual truth. 

Genesis 8:6-9  And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:  (7)  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.  (8)  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;  (9)  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.  (The raven, a type of the worldly, finds its life in the sinfulness of this world, but the dove—a type of God’s children—finds NO rest and must return to Ark of God’s safety.  The raven rests upon the carcasses of the death but the dove will not light there.)

D.  There is more than just one type of rest found in the Bible but I want to take a short look at the soul’s rest tonight.

E.  There is the possibility of believers not learning to rest in the Lord.  Through our circumstances, trials, disappointments, discouragements, personal failures, or sometimes no evident reason at all—we have a “disquieted” soul.

Psalms 42:9-11  I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?  (10)  As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?  (11)  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

F.  Our text reminds us that a state of spiritual unrest is a state of spiritual unbelief.  (3:18-19)

G.  I want to look at four areas of Rest that unbelief will keep us from entering:

1.  Rest In Your Battles - Joshua 1:13  Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.  

a.  Rest in war.  Though Canaan is a type of the victorious Christian life, there are giants to be faced, walls to tear down, enemies to conquer, death to be faced.  Life is hard and so often unfair, but God will give you rest!

2 Timothy 4:17-18  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.  (18)  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

b.  God promised Joshua rest.  “Hath given,” not will give.  It was already available.

2.  Rest In Your Service - Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  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.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

a.  Rest in labor?  I found out years ago that you can work equipment of equipment can work you.  Though God wants us to serve, He does not want us to burn out or rust out.    Too often, we get so busy that we suffer spiritual burn-out.  A man once said that he would rather burn out than rust out but you are OUT either way. 

b.  We are to rest in the Lord in our labor knowing that the work is His.

3.  Rest In Your Soul - Psalms 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 

a.  Soul’s rest is found in patience.  We always tend to get ahead of the Lord and thus suffer disappointment and discouragement.  Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed. 

b.  God’s yoke is to be easy and its burden light as we trust God to do His work through us.

Hebrews 4:9-11  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  (10)  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.  (11)  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

4.  Rest In Your Sorrow - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  (14)  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

a.  When we lose a loved one in the Lord, we have the confidence that they are where God intended for them and us to be.  With Him!

b.  We certainly sorrow, but not as the sorrow of eternal loss such as the world endures.  We cannot lose that which is not lost.  We know where to find them!

4.  Rest In Your Hope - Revelation 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  

a.  Resting death. in death.  Eternal rest will be found in eternity. 

b.  What a blessing to know that “the former things are passed away” will one day become an eternal reality to the child of God.