TITLE OF MESSAGE: PRAYER: THE UNLEASHING OF GOD’S POWER: PRAYER
CTS: 2 FACTS LEADING TO GOD’S POWER UNLEASHED IN YOUR LIFE
HOW CAN I UNLEASH THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH PRAYER:
I. APPROACH TO PRAYER (VV. 5-8)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES THE PLACE FOR MEETING WITH GOD
WE ARE NOT TO PRAY LIKE THE HYPOCRITES
LOOK FOR RECOGNITION IN PRAYER (5)
ACCESS TO GOD’S EAR AND POWER IS BEST IN PRIVATE (6)
PRAY IN SECRET; GOD WILL REWARD YOU.
WE ARE NOT TO PRAY LIKE THE HEATHEN (GENTILES)
MEANINGLESS REPETITION OF WORDS (7)
USE FEW WORDS; GOD ALREADY KNOWS YOUR NEED (8)
ILLUSTRATION: APPROACHING YOUR FATHER WITH A REQUEST
APPLICATION: PRAY WITH SINCERITY OF HEART; GOD WILL RESPOND TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM.
II. ADMINISTRATION OF PRAYER (VV. 9-13)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES A “MODEL” PRAYER
NOT THE “LORD’S” PRAYER, BUT DISCIPLES
THE FORMAT OF THE PRAYER:
PRAISE - OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED . . . (9)
PRIORITIES - YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL . . . (10)
PROVISION - GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD (11)
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS - FORGIVE, AS WE FORGIVE (12)
PROTECTION - LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT . . . (13A)
PRAISE - YOUR’S IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, & GLORY (13B)
ILLUSTRATION: A.C.T.S. - A FORMAT FOR PRAYER
APPLICATION: DRAW CLOSE TO GOD IN PRAYER; HE WILL UNLEASH HIS POWER WITHIN AND ALL AROUND YOU. HE DOES WHAT NOBODY ELSE CAN
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER (TEACHING MY SON CARPENTRY SKILLS)
REMEMBER THIS: GOD HAS MODELED HOW WE SHOULD PRAY. LET’S FOLLOW HIS LEAD IN UNLEASHING HIS POWER IN OUR LIVES.REFERENCES (page 1)
Most of us, who are parents, can recall being teachers to our children during the early years of their lives. Unfortunately, as a child grows through life, they tend to stop listening to the counsel of others and decide that only they can make the right choices for themselves. As parents, and even now as a grandparent, I am discovering the need to become more of a coach to my children and grand children. Though children form their own convictions and choices to make for life, there is one life lesson they must not neglect, a strong prayer life with their Father in Heaven. Such life begins at the moment of salvation. Let’s take a look at what our Father in Heaven has to say to us through His Son about prayer and take heed.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION (The Bible Knowledge Commentary):
When one deals with the question of who wrote a particular Bible book, the evidence is normally twofold: evidence outside the book (“external evidence”) and evidence within the book itself (“internal evidence”). External evidence strongly supports the view that the Apostle Matthew wrote the Gospel that bears his name. Many early church fathers cited Matthew as its author, including Pseudo Barnabas, Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Origen.
Internal evidence also supports the fact that Matthew was the author of the First Gospel. This book has more references to coins than any of the other three Gospels. In fact this Gospel includes three terms for coins that are found nowhere else in the New Testament: “The two-drachma tax” (Matt. 17:24); “a four-drachma coin” (17:27), and “talents” (18:24). Since Matthew’s occupation was tax collecting, he had an interest in coins and noted the cost of certain items. The profession of tax collector would necessitate an ability to write and keep records. Matthew obviously had the ability, humanly speaking, to write a book such as the First Gospel.
The Occasion for Writing the First Gospel
Though the precise occasion for the writing of this account is not known, it appears Matthew had at least two reasons for writing. First, he wanted to show unbelieving Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. Matthew had found the Messiah, and he wanted others to come into that same relationship. Second, Matthew wrote to encourage Jewish believers. If indeed Jesus is the Messiah, a horrible thing had occurred. The Jews had crucified their Messiah and King. What would now become of them? Was God through with them? At this point Matthew had a word of encouragement, for though their act of disobedience would bring judgment on that generation of Israelites, God was not through with His people. His promised kingdom would yet be instituted with His people at a future time. In the meantime, however, believers are responsible to communicate a different message of faith in this Messiah as they go into all the world to make disciples among all nations.
Approaching your father with a request
Many of us can remember certain instructions our mother used to give us during our childhood years. If we went to ask for permission to do something or go somewhere, our moms would say, “You will have to ask your dad when he gets home. I would not bother him, if I were you, if he is in a bad mood.” Thus, I formed the mindset of not bothering my dad, if he had a bad day at work. I would wait util he was in a good mood, and maybe even pray, before I went to talk to him. Such is never the case with our or your Father in Heaven. He desires that we come to Him whenever we sense the need. He would like for us to come to Him for all matters of life, but understands our fleshly desires to go it alone until we can’t do it ourselves. Never let the possibility of God being disappointed with our sins. He has already paid the sin debt for His children and joyfully awaits to cleanse our guilt. So, choose to go to your Father in Heaven at any moment of the day. He awaits your beckoning call.
THE FORMAT OF THE PRAYER:
PRAISE - OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED . . . (9)
As we think about what it means to approach our Father in prayer, the best way to begin is with recognizing His holiness and awesome power. God’s word tells us of many, to include Moses, of how he fell on his face before God. Of all people, Moses discovered the almighty power of God through his various meetings with God. “Hallowed” gives us the understanding that God is holy, holy, holy. Isaiah tells of such glory in Isaiah 6, where he beholds God upon His throne. Isaiah recognizes his sinful state before his holy God. We must approach God with such a heart, acknowledging His holiness and ability to handle any situation we bring to Him. However, because God is loving, gentle and kind, we can approach His throne with humility, knowing that He will give wonderful care to His children (Hebrews 4:16).
PRIORITIES - YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL . . . (10)
When we come to God in prayer, what type of priority does He have in your life? According to Jesus, every believer’s priority is the desire for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Dr Jeremiah highlights the thought in this way, “How would your life change if every day you came to God and said, ‘Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven in my relationship with You, in my relationship with my spouse, in my relationship with my children, and in my relationships at work.’” I am persuaded to believe that when God’s will is our first priority, God will take care of our priorities, giving us peace about all of our concerns. Listen, God’s desire and will is to bless us (Psalm 91:14-16). why should we fret?
PROVISION - GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD (11)
We need to remember that God is firmly aware of our needs in daily life. However, He desires that we come to Him often to communicate our dependence upon Him and trust that He will provide our every need (Matthew 6:31-34).
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS - FORGIVE, AS WE FORGIVE (12)
The text suggests that we won’t be forgiven of our sins, if we are not actively forgiving others of their sins against us. Matthew’s point is not about not being forgiven by God for our sins, due to God having forgiven all of our sin debt at the moment we accept Christ as Savior. However, Matthew is addressing the relationships between followers of Christ. If we have ought with others, we should go to them through a prayerful attitude, seeking to restore relationships (Matthew 18:15-19). Our purpose is to restore a loving disposition with them, as well as making efforts to preserve the unity and intimacy of the body of Christ.
PROTECTION - LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT . . . (13A)
After we have recognized God for His awesome power and ability to intervene in every moment of our lives, notice that Jesus points to the need for protection. We should acknowledge that Satan is always looking for opportunities to discredit your name, as a follower of Jesus Christ. More so, he desires to discredit God’s gospel and His ability to faithfully care for His children. If Satan can do that in any believer’s mind, they will be less prone to go to God in prayer, and ultimately depend upon themselves or the counsel of the world. However, if we are reading and studying God’s Word, we will know that God does not only allow Satan to tempt us, but also always provides a way out of such temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
PRAISE - YOUR’S IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, & GLORY (13B)
As you will note in the text, Jesus has begun and now ends the model prayer with praise for God. Such instruction implies that God is to be praised often in our prayers. When we enfold our requests in the midst of praising God, we can count on God’s awareness of our devotion to Him, our dependence on Him, and our willingness to be His servants in His spiritual kingdom on Earth until Jesus returns to establish His physical kingdom, a kingdom given Him by His Father. Its as if to say, we know that You are involved in our lives and will meet our every need. We just want to show our love and support for what You would have us, as Your children, do.
Matthew 6:31-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But (A)seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
1 Corinthians 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but (A)God is faithful, (B)who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [a]bear it.
Matthew 6:5-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to (A)stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [a](B)so that they may be seen by men. (C)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, (D)go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and (E)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their (F)many words. 8 So do not be like them; for (G)your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 “(H)Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘(I)Your kingdom come.
(J)Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘(K)Give us this day [b]our daily bread.
‘And (L)forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but (M)deliver us from [c](N)evil. [d][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU LIVING A PROFITABLE LIFE? (MATT 16:25-27)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:57-62
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS PREPARING HIS FOLLOWERS FOR FAITH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: COUNSEL FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
CTS: 3 INDICATORS OF A WEAK OR FALSE FAITH
WHAT BEHAVIOR IS A HINDERANCE TO MY FAITH?:
I. LONGING FOR THE COMFORTABLE LIFE (VV. 57-58)
EXPLANATION: A MAN IS WILLING TO SELL OUT TO JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!” (57)
JESUS ENLIGHTENS THE MAN TO THE COMFORTS OF FAITH (58)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO HIS DISCIPLES (9:3-4)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO ALL FOLLOWERS (JOHN 14:1-3)
ILLUSTRATION: PREPARING FOR MINISTRY (DOWNSIZING)
APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER LIVING ON LESS TO MAKE MORE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CAN YOU LIVE ON LESS?
II. LUSTING FOR WEALTH (VV. 59-60)
EXPLANATION: A MAN WHO LOVES MONEY MORE THAN JESUS
“COME FOLLOW ME!,” SAID JESUS (59A)
THE MAN’S CONCERN: “LET ME BURY MY FATHER!” (59B)
PEOPLE WERE BURIED WITHIN A SHORT TIME AFTER DEATH
THE MAN WANTED TO WAIT TO HONOR JEWISH TRADITION
THE MAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE RICHES
CONSIDER THE RICH YOUNG RULER (MARK 10:17-22)
APPLICATION: FOLLOW THE COUNSEL OF JESUS: STORE UP YOUR TREASURE IN HEAVEN AND FOR GOD’S WORK ON EARTH (MATT 6:19-21)
III. LOOKING TO WORLDLY RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 61-62)
EXPLANATION: A MAN CHOOSES WORLD RELATIONSHIPS OVER JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU, BUT FIRST LET ME SAY FAREWELL” (61)
JESUS REFINES WHO IS IN HIS KINGDOM: FOCUSSED ONES (62)
2 TIMOTHY 4:10 - DEMAS LEFT PAUL FOR THIS PRESENT WORLD
APPLICATION: WORLDLY RELATIONS OFFER NOTHING, WHEN COMPARED TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST
DEAN - A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
REMEMBER THIS: TRUE FAITH IS PLACING GOD AS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. MAKE HIM SO.REFERENCES (page 1)
Introduction: Are you living a profitable life?
DO YOU EVER THINK about profit? often times, when we think of profit, we tend to think of money related statistics. However, have you thought about why you participate in the activities of life? We often look at the opportunities that are before us and ask ourselves the question, “Is this worth my time?” When someone asks us to donate or to participate in a program, we often ask, “What profit will I gain from this?” Going back to the thought of finances, what is the smart thing to do with financial investments, if the investment is not performing well or may even be losing value? A smart investor will usually ditch the investment and look for an investment that has a proven track record and transfer their funds accordingly. So, the big question is, “Has your life been profitable?” How can I determine if it has been, is presently, and will be for eternity? Thankfully, Jesus provides an answer to the profitability of life. He says:
Matthew 16:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For (A)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (B)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (C)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For(D)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (E)with His angels, (F)and then He will reward each according to his works.
Luke 9:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 (A)And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 (B)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let (A)not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. (B)I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, (C)I will come again and receive you to Myself; that (D)where I am, there you may be also.
Mark 10:17-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (B)Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I (C)do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, (D)God. 19 You know the commandments: (E)‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have (F)kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, (G)sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have (H)treasure in heaven; and come, (I)take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 6:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 (B)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20 (C)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Ministry of Dean: A man after God’s heart
I am grateful for a young man whom God has brought into and inspired my life. His name is Dean. I met Dean during my initial role as an associate pastor at a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As we grew in our friendship and fellowship, I discovered something exciting about Dean. He had a passionate love for God. He was quite the example in sacrificing his personal time in the service of others. One evening, while I was at home, my children alerted me to someone at the entrance of our driveway. I went outside to find a pair of headlights shining down my driveway with someone digging near my mailbox. I went to see who it was. It was Dean. He was planting tulip flowers. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “Justing being a servant to my pastor.” Not long after that evening, I woke up on a Saturday morning to the sound of a riding lawn mower outside our bedroom window. I looked outside only to see Dean on a riding mower cutting our lawn. He testified again that he was just trying to provide loving service to his pastor. Dean did not do such things as these only for my family, but for many he saw in need. He clearly has a passion to honor God in his life. His self control has enabled him to resist the temptations we have discussed today. What about you? Are you struggling with a life of comfort? Is the pursuits of this world’s wealth choking out your ability to live a joyful life for Christ? Is relating to others in this world above your relating to your Creator, your Savior, Your Lord? God will set your priorities straight, as you ask, trust, and obey His lead.
Luke 9:57-62 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Cost of Discipleship(A)
57 (B)Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man (C)has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 (D)Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, (E)I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is (F)fit for the kingdom of God.”
Description FREEDOM IN CHRIST INTRODUCTION: CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH? BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD SCRIPTURE: JOHN 8:31-36 CTS: THREE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE TRUE FREEDOM YOU CAN EMBRACE TRUE FREEDOM, WHEN YOU: I. COMPLETELY SUBMIT TO GOD’S WORD (VV. 31-32)
PRAY FOR OUR NATION & LEADERS II. CONFIDENTLY REJECT THIS WORLD’S WORD (VV. 33)
EXPLANATION: NO NEED TO BE FREE; SPIRITUALLY BLIND
MINDSET OF JEWS IN JESUS’ DAY (MACARTHUR)
BONDAGE: ROMANS 1:18-24 / ROMANS 3:10, 23
AMERICA – ABORTION, PRAYER, EUTHENASIA, MARRIAGE
ILLUSTRATION: THE GREATNESS OF AMERICA – DE TOCQUEVILLE
APPLICATION: PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST ALONE
PRAY FOR THE GOSPEL’S SPREAD IN OUR NATION
CONFIDE IN THE FREEDOM ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE (VV. 34-36)
EXPLANATION: SLAVE TO SIN / SON FOREVER
THE SLAVE FACES LOSS OF PRESENT ESTATE IN LIFE (34-35A)(LK 9:24-26)
THE SON REMAINS FOREVER (35B) (JOHN 1:12 / ROM. 8:1-2)
APPLICATION: LIVE IN FREEDOM AWAITING THE RETURN OF JESUS
CONCLUSION: Conduct a self-analysis The call of our text for today is for a self-analysis.Do you have an abiding faith in Christ?The scripture is pretty clear.Faith is not by mental ascent of what God has already done for you.Faith involves your recognizing what God offers you in Christ, salvation, and a change of attitude by way of God’s Spirit.Your attitude is to be one that is zealous for learning God’s word, striving to live in obedience of God’s word, and spreading God’s word through your testimony and actions.In doing so, you and I are set free from the bondage of sin, and our focus for life will be focused on honoring God instead of our sin.
Considering The subject of “truth” in this message, led me to thinking about a movie I watched a few years ago. The title of the movie is “A Few Good Men.” The movie played out a scenario of a young Marine sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for duty, who mysteriously died. A memorable moment for me was toward the end of the movie where Tom Cruise (who played the prosecuting attorney), was examining the Commanding Officer of the base in Cuba (played by Jack Nicholson). Cruise questioned the Nicholson to the point of making him angry. Nicholson asked Cruise if he wanted to hear the truth. Cruise yelled back, “Yes!! I want to hear the truth!” Nicholson yelled back, “You can’t handle the truth!”
Many, if not most people today want to know the truth about life. In preparing for our text today, I read some interesting thoughts written by John MacArthur that I thought would help us understand what “real truth” is. MacArthur quotes:
“Throughout history, people have always sought to know the truth about reality, about what is right and what is wrong, and what is meaningful and purposeful in life.
The belief that mankind, on his own, could formulate the perfect philosophical system—one that would fully explain all of reality—reached its peak during the Enlightenment. Human reason, it was thought, would eventually discover the answers to all of life’s questions, and thereby solve all of society’s problems.”
As MacArthur relates the quest of man to build his own utopian society would not require the participation of religion. As a result, according to MacArthur, the onset of spiritual darkness took its toll on man for centuries. Man had no regard or interest in divine revelation or salvation, since man believed he could save himself from his problems. However, man was horrifically wrong, as the world marched through two world wars and the rampant rage of evil in our world. Let’s jump ahead to the present day of truth and its importance in society.
MacArthur presents interesting thought on the perception of truth today, providing a look at what we call “Postmodernism.” MacArthur reports:
“The skepticism of the twentieth century culminated with the rise of postmodernism, a worldview that is still in vogue today. . . postmodernists reject the notion that ultimate truth is knowable or even exists. Rather, they contend that the “truths” people believe are merely societal norms created by the culture in which they live.
Because postmodernists want to sin freely, they need to view all truth as culturally determined, and argue that no morality or law is supreme. The noblest virtue therefore is tolerance of other views. . . By rejecting the possibility of absolute truth, postmodernism commits eternal suicide by simultaneously rejecting the only path to freedom—the absolutely, universally, and exclusively true message of the gospel.”
As MacArthur has pointed out, it is impossible for man to determine truth for reality without placing complete trust in the Bible, the source of truth to set those who believe and hold on to the gospel and the teaching of God’s Word free from the unstable truths offered by this world.
“Those who had believed needed to advance to a full commitment to the teaching of Jesus in order to arrive at the truth (31–32).” D. A. CARSON
“Jews who had believed Him’ indicates that some paid attention to Jesus’ words without necessarily committing themselves to Him personally (cf. 6:53). It was possible to “believe” in the message of repentance and the coming kingdom without being born again. Continuing in the truth is the sign of true followers and learners (disciples). If they really grasped His message, they would find salvation truth. Knowing this salvation truth would liberate them from their bondage in sin.” WALVOORD & ZUCK
James 4:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
1 Peter 2:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
Psalm 19:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 (A)The law of the Lord is perfect, [a]converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making (B)wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than (C)gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the [b]honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
Evidence of freedom in America’s leadership:
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible" – George Washington
"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society..." --John Quincy Adams
"That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests" --Andrew Jackson
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong" --Abraham Lincoln
"It is the duty of nations as well as men to recognize the truth announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all of history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." --Abraham Lincoln
As you can see, those men who helped to craft and enjoy the physical freedom we have had for over 200 years were men inspired and driven in their desire to honor God. Political plans or party agendas will not enable our nation’s physical freedom to endure. Only the passion of man to please God will enable the enduring freedom Americans seek.
Mindset of the Jews in Jesus’ day (MacArthur)
“They were confident that though in pagan bondage, nationally they were spiritually free.”
Romans 1:18-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
Romans 3:10, 23 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 As it is written: “ There is none righteous, no, notone;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The greatness of America - French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America in the 1830s in search of what had made America great, had this to say:
"On my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.”
Elsewhere in his writings, de Tocqueville states:
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." In other words, de Tocqueville said that our civil government will not work without the people being virtuous, which is the product of the religious influence of the church.
Luke 9:24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 (A)For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.25 (B)For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 (C)For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be (D)ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
John 1:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Romans 8:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Thereis therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
John 8:31-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Truth Will Make You Free
31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “A)">(A)If you continue in My word, then you are truly B)">(B)disciples of Mine; 32 and C)">(C)you will know the truth, and D)">(D)the truth will make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “E)">(E)We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, F)">(F)everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 G)">(G)The slave does not remain in the house forever; H)">(H)the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son I)">(I)makes you free, you will be free indeed.
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP: HUMILITY, TEAMWORK
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: LOVING THE UNLOVABLE
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT WILL LEAD TO LOVING ALL MEN WITH GOD’S LOVE
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY LOVE FOR OTHERS?:
I. DETERMINED FUTURE (VS. 51)
EXPLANATION: LUKE HIGHLIGHTS JESUS’ PASSION FOR OBEDIENCE
JESUS “SET” HIS FACE TOWARD JERUSALEM (CF. ISAIAH 50:7)
SET - DETERMINED PRIORITY
JERUSALEM - DEATH AWAITED JESUS
ILLUSTRATION: DETERMINATION FOR RETIREMENT
APPLICATION: SET YOUR FACE ON GLORY WITH GOD (COL 3:1-4)
II. DESTINATION THROUGH DIFFICULTY (VV. 52-54)
EXPLANATION: JESUS SENT DISCIPLES TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS
HIS MEN WENT TO A SAMARITAN VILLAGE (52)
SAMARITANS REFUSED TO HELP JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES
THOSE HEADING TO JERUSALEM (53)
NOT ALL SAMARITANS REJECTED JESUS (WOMAN @ SYCAR)
WAY THE DISCIPLES WERE TO HANDLE REJECTION (LUKE 9:4-5)
JAMES / JOHN OFFERED TO CALL FIRE FROM HEAVEN (2 KINGS 1)(54)
ILLUSTRATION: NOT ALL WILL ACCOMMODATE THE GOSPEL
APPLICATION: DON’T LET DIFFICULTY STOP YOU FROM MINISTRY
III. DISCERNMENT FOR SALVATION (VV. 55-56)
EXPLANATION: JESUS REBUKED JAMES & JOHN
JAMES AND JOHN WERE STILL SPIRITUALLY IMMATURE (55)
(WIERSBE NOTES) THE DISCIPLES HAD NO LOVE FOR:
EACH OTHER (46-48), OTHER BELIEVERS (49-50), ENEMIES (51-56)
JESUS HAD COME TO SAVE, NOT DESTROY (56A) (JOHN 3:17)
JESUS AND THE DISCIPLES CONTINUED THEIR JOURNEY (56B)
APPLICATION: LET US NEVER JUDGE WHO GOD WILL SAVE
SHARING CHRIST ON DEPLOYMENT
REMEMBER THIS: THE DESIRE OF JESUS IS FOR HIS FOLLOWERS TO LOVE AND SERVE OTHERS IN HUMILITY, SEEKING TO LEAD THEM TO CHRIST.REFERENCES (page 1)
INTRODUCTION: “ATTITUDE DETERMINES ALTITUDE”
Someone once told me that a person’s attitude determined their altitude. I did not initially understand what the statement meant. However, as I thought about it, I discovered that the statement carried great truth. During my initial enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, I hated life. I was separated from those whom I loved very much, with military leadership commanding my every move. My attitude was not good. Thus, I felt miserable and lonely. However, when I chose to go off base on a Sunday morning to visit a local church, God gained my attention and began to change my attitude. Since then, God has changed my attitude toward Him and life, giving me joy and peace I had never experienced. In looking back over my life, I can see where God has changed my attitude and, as a result, has changed my altitude. I am flying high with Him and His church, as long as I keep my face set on glory! Is your face set on glory?
Isaiah 50:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
“For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore (A)I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 If then you were (A)raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, (B)where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the (C)earth. 3 (D)For you died, (E)and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 (F)When Christ who is (G)our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in (H)glory.
Luke 9:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 (A)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 (B)And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, (C)shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
2 Kings 1:12-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 So Elijah answered and said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and [a]fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him: “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours (A)be precious in your sight. 14 Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.”
15 And the [b]angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king.
John 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (A)For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Luke 9:51-56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
51 When the days were approaching for (A)His [a]ascension, He [b]was determined (B)to go to Jerusalem;
52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the (C)Samaritans to [c]make arrangements for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, (D)because [d]He was traveling toward Jerusalem.
54 When His disciples (E)James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to (F)command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, [[e]and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.
Luke 9:51 Lit taking up
Luke 9:51 Lit set His face
Luke 9:52 Or prepare
Luke 9:53 Lit His face was proceeding toward
Luke 9:55 Early mss do not contain bracketed portion
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS JUST DECLARED HIS DESTINY AGAIN (22, 44)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: DEFINING WHO IS GREAT
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT WILL ENABLE GOD’S GREATNESS IN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS PLEASED WITH MY FAITH?:
I. REFUSING TO EXERCISE PRIDEFUL LEADERSHIP (VS. 46)
EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ARGUED FOR STATUS
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (44) LED TO AN ELECTION
SONS OF THUNDER (JAMES AND JOHN)?
THE REVEALER OF CHRIST (PETER)?
ILLUSTRATION: MARKETING SKILLS (WHAT GET’S YOU THE JOB)
WE WANT A KING! (1 SAMUEL 8)
APPLICATION: STRIVE NOT FOR LEADERSHIP DUE TO YOUR ABILITIES
ISAIAH 64:6 - OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS = FILTHY RAGS
II. REMEMBERING WHO CHRIST IS (VS. 47)
EXPLANATION: LUKE DEMONSTRATES THE DEITY OF JESUS
JESUS KNEW HIS DISCIPLES WERE ARGUING (47A) (HEART ISSUE)
JESUS CHOSE TO PRESENT AN OBJECT LESSON (CHILD) (47B)
APPLICATION: THOUGH JESUS DIED, REMEMBER HIS RESURRECTION:
ENABLED YOUR SONSHIP (PAID FOR YOUR SIN DEBT)
SENT HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE IN ALL FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
LEADS US THROUGH THE SPIRIT’S POWER
INTERCEDES FOR US BEFORE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
HE’S COMING BACK TO TAKE ALL BELIEVERS TO GLORY
III. RESOLVING TO BE GOD’S SERVANT TO ALL (VS. 48)
EXPLANATION: JESUS POINTED TO THE KEY TO GREATNESS
JESUS HIGHLIGHTED CARING FOR CHILDREN IN HIS NAME
THE STATUS OF A CHILD IN THE DAYS OF JESUS (NOTES)
RECEIVING A CHILD, MEANT RECEIVING/SERVING JESUS (NOTES)
WHATEVER YOU DO IN JESUS’ NAME, YOU’VE DONE IT TO HIM (MATT 25:31-40)
JESUS CAME TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED (MARK 10:45)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SERVE ALL MEN, CHRISTIAN OR NOT
“ON HELPING OTHERS” BY RANDY KILGORE
REMEMBER THIS: YOUR GREATNESS RESTS ON SERVING JESUS!REFERENCES (page 1)
Leadership by example
“Semper Fidelis,” a famous saying used to enable Marines to remember their allegiance to one another, kept me focussed during my time in the Marine Corps. I was to be always faithful to the leadership under which I served, even if the leadership did not set the example for me to follow. As elders in the church, we are exhorted and admonished by God not to lord it over those whom are entrusted to our care, but to be examples to our flock, following the leadership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today's message takes a brief look at what Jesus teaches us about leadership. If you have your Bibles with you please turn with me to Luke 9. We will be looking at verses 46-48.
Dress code - look neat; dress conservative
Attitude - be confident in the Lord
Hygiene - no bedheads; teeth brushed; mouthwash; breath mints
Resume - convince without presence.
Respect - be cordial, with yes and no completed with ma’m or sir
We want a king!!! (1 Samuel 8)
If you read the scripture surrounding and including 1 Samuel 8, you will find that the children of God were fed up with His leadership and representatives. They wanted a man to make decisions for their future, a man who would be their king! The nation sought to be like the other nations around them. An earthly king is what they thought they needed. Samuel mourned over the situation, but God encouraged Samuel, identifying that the nation was not rejecting the leadership of Samuel or his sons, but God’s leadership as their king.
Isaiah 64:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
New International Greek Testament Commentary
The status of a child in the days of Jesus
It is the one who is least in importance who is really the greatest. This principle is illustrated in the fact that Jesus regards the person who welcomes and pays attention to a child, commonly regarded in the ancient world as of no importance, as receiving Jesus, and thus receiving God himself.
Receiving a child meant receiving / serving Jesus
At this point the saying takes a surprising turn. Instead of affirming the greatness of the person who is prepared to serve in this way, or of stating that he is like Jesus, Jesus states that to receive a child is to receive himself. This shows that the original point of the saying is concerned with the worth of the child, and that it affirms the importance of serving the child by saying that to do so is to serve Jesus himself. The thought is the same as in Mt. 25:35–40 where it is developed at length with regard to the needy and afflicted with whom Jesus identifies himself.
Matthew 25:31-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Luke 9:46-48 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Test of Greatness
46 (A)An argument [a]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
47 But Jesus, (B)knowing [b]what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side,
48 and said to them, “(C)Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; (D)for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
Luke 9:48 : Luke 22:26On Helping Others by Randy Kilgore (ODB)
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. —Leviticus 19:9
When snowstorms bury the grazing lands, ranchers must feed their herds by hand. As hay is tossed from wagons and trucks, the strongest animals bull their way to the front. Timid or sickly animals get little or no feed unless the rancher intervenes.
Workers in refugee camps and food pantries report a similar pattern. When they open their stores to those in need, the weak and timid may not make it to the front of the line. Like the ranchers, these human lifelines must take steps to ensure that their services reach the feeble, weary, and sick at the edge of society’s attention.
They are carrying out a principle set forth by God long ago. In Leviticus 19, Moses instructed Israel’s farmers and vintners to leave portions of their crops so the poor and the stranger could have something to eat (vv.9-10).
We too can serve as caretakers to the weak and weary. Whether we’re teachers coaxing quiet students to open up, workers coming alongside a struggling co-worker, prisoners looking out for new arrivals, or parents showing attention to their children, we have ways to honor God by helping others.
As we seek to serve those in need, may the grace of God that reached us in our need move us to reach out to others in theirs.
Father, open my eyes to those struggling to have
enough food, enough love, enough hope; then open my
heart to find ways to help them receive love, using my
hands in service to them—and through them, to You.
INTRODUCTION: OVERCOMING A MULTITUDE OF SINS (1 PETER 4:7-9)
SCRIPTURE: 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-7
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE PURPOSE OF CHAPTER 13 (ADMONITION)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: DEFUSING ANGER GOD’S WAY: BIBLICAL STEPS (PART 3)
CTS: 2 TRUTHS ABOUT GOD’S LOVE AND ITS EFFECT ON ANGER
WHAT CAN I DO TO CONSISTENTLY GLORIFY GOD WITH MY ANGER?:
I. CHOOSING NOT TO BE USELESS FOR GOD (VV. 1-3)
EXPLANATION: PAUL EXPLORES THE ABSENCE OF GOD’S LOVE
WITHOUT LOVE, SPEECH IS NOTHING BUT NOISE! (1)
WITHOUT LOVE, MAN’S WISDOM IS USELESS (2)
WITHOUT LOVE, GIVING TO OTHERS IS IN VAIN (3)
WITHOUT LOVE, LIFE IS WORTH NOTHING
ILLUSTRATION: GOD IS OUR SOURCE OF LOVE (1 JOHN 4:7-12)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE TO OTHERS
II. CONSIDERING WAYS TO EXERCISE GOD’S LOVE (VV. 4-7)
EXPLANATION: PAUL COMPARES AND CONTRASTS GOD’S LOVE
LOVE IS NOT:
JEALOUS (4B) —————————————————-(ENVY)
BRAGGING (4C) ———————-————————-(PRIDEFUL)
ARROGANT (4D) ———————-————————(DEMANDING)
ACTING UNBECOMINGLY (5A) ————————-(DECEPTION)
SEEKING ITS OWN (5B) ————————————(SELFISHNESS)
PROVOKED (5C) ——————-—————————(NOT FORCED)
AN ACCOUNTANT OF SINS (5D) —————-———(LEGALISM)
REJOICING IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (6A) ————(NOT PART OF EVIL)
REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH (6B)
BEARS ALL THINGS (7A)
BELIEVES ALL THINGS (7B)
HOPES ALL THINGS (7C)
ENDURES ALL THNGS (7D)
APPLICATION: TRUST GOD, HE WILL TRANSFORMS ANGER INTO LOVE
THE QUICK ANSWER TO ANGER (NOTES)
HOW TO ALLEVIATE YOUR PRESENT ANGER (NOTES)
AN ALTERNATIVE TO ANGER BY JENNIFER BENSON SCHULT (ODB)
REMEMBER THIS: Without God’s love as an ingredient to the Christian life, all efforts to please God amount to nothing.REFERENCES (page 1)
Chapter 11 - Abuse of the Lord’s Supper (vv. 17-22)
Chapter 12 - The use of Spiritual gifts in the church (vv. 27-31)
Some have taken Chapter 13 out of context; It is counsel for the church
1 Peter 4:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
1 John 4:7-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
REFERENCES (page 2)
The Quick Answer to Anger by June Hunt
The possibility of out-of-control anger remains ever present. A spark of irritation can be ignited intentionally by hurtful people or even unintentionally by those who love you. God wants you to seek His answer for
anger quickly before it burns the bridges of your relationships because “human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires”(James 1:20).
If we had to boil down all efforts to manage anger to the most basic steps, the solution could be reduced to two points: one question and one action step.
Step 1. Ask - Can I change this situation?
Step 2. Action - If you can, change it.
If you can’t, release it.
Let’s go back to the first step: Can you change what angers you? Answer yes or no—that’s it.
Now consider the second step: If you answered yes, you are angry about something you can change—so change it.
If the door squeaks, oil it.
If the faucet leaks, fix it.
If you answered no, you are angry about something you cannot change—so release it.
How do you release anger? First, list what angers you—every person, every situation. The, humbly go to God, refusing to demand your rights, rejecting any thought of revenge, and surrendering the situation and yourself to the Lord—past, present, and future. Although you may feel completely powerless, the truth is you have the power to release your pain and anger to Him.
REFERENCES (page 3)
How To Alleviate Your Present Anger by June Hunt
Acknowledge Your Anger.
Be willing to admit you have anger.
Be aware of when you feel angry.
Become aware of how you suppress anger either because of fear or pride.
Be willing to take responsibility for any inappropriate anger.
Realize, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces
them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
Ascertain Your Style.
How often do you feel angry? Often? Sometimes? Seldom? Never?
How do you know when you are angry?
How do others know when you re angry?
How do you release your anger?
Pray, “Test me Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2)
Assess the Source.
Hurt. Is the source of your anger hurt feelings from the words or actions of others.
Injustice. Is the source of your anger the unjust actions of someone toward your or another person?
FEAR. Is the source of your anger fear because of a recent or anticipated loss?
Frustration. Is the source of your anger frustration over blocked plans, hopes, or dreams?
Commit to total honesty before God. “I know, my God, that you test the heart
and are pleased with integrity” (1 Chronicles 29:17)
Appraise Your Thinking.
Are you expecting others to meet your standards?
Are you guilty of distorted thinking (assuming, exaggerating, generalizing, labeling, etc.)
Are you believing lies about God or about yourself?
Are you blaming God or others?
Remember, “The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways” (Proverbs 21:29).
REFERENCES (page 4)
Admit Your Needs.
Do you use manipulative anger as a ploy in an attempt to feel loved?
Do you use explosive anger, insisting on certain conditions in order to feel significant?
Do you use controlling anger to demand your way in order to feel secure?
Do you know that only Christ can ultimately meet all of your inner needs for love, significance, and security?
Rest assured, “My God will meet all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Abandon Your Demands.
Instead of demanding that others meet your inner needs for love, significance, and security, learn to look to the Lord for to meet your needs. Look to the Lord to meet your needs for . . .
“Lord, though I would like to feel more love from others, I know You love me unconditionally, and You will love me forever.”
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“Lord, though I would like to feel more significant to those around me, I know I am significant in Your eyes.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Lord, though I wish I felt more secure in my relationships, I know I am secure in my relationship with You.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
Life and godliness
“Lord, though I wish others would be more responsive to my needs, I know You have promised to meet all my needs.”
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).
REFERENCES (page 5)
Constantly remind yourself,
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”
(2 Corinthians 9:8).
Address Your Anger.
Determine whether your anger is really justified.
Has a wrong been committed?
Has anyone suffered hurt or injury?
Has an injustice occurred?
“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways” (Haggai 1:5).
Decide on the appropriate response.
How important is the issue?
Would a good purpose be served if I mentioned it?
Should I acknowledge my anger only to the Lord?
[There is] a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak, (Ecclesiastes 3:7)
Depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Ask for counsel about your anger.
Ask for insight about your anger.
ask for wisdom about your anger.
Be assured that,
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13)
Develop constructive dialogue if you need to confront the offender.
Don’t speak rashly with a heart of un-forgiveness. Think carefully before you speak.
Don’t use “you” phrases such as: “How could you . . .?” or “Why can’t you . . .?” Use personal statement s such as “I feel . . .” or “I need. . .”
Don’t bring up past grievances. Stay focussed on the present issue.
Don’t assume the other person is wrong. Listen for feedback from another point of view.
Don’t expect instant understanding. Be patient and respond with a gentle tone of voice.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”(Proverbs 15:1).
REFERENCES (page 6)
Alter Your Attitudes
Read Philippians 2:2-8.
Have the goal to be like-minded with Christ. (2)
Do not think of yourself first. (3)
Give the other person preferential treatment. (3)
Consider the interests of the other person (4)
Have the attitude of Jesus Christ. (5)
Do not emphasize your position or rights. (6)
Look for ways to serve others. (7)
Speak and act with a humble spirit. (8)
Obey the Word of God, and submit your will to His will. (8)
Be willing to die to your own desires. (8)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 If I speak with the (A)tongues of men and of (B)angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a (C)clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of (D)prophecy, and know all (E)mysteries and all (F)knowledge; and if I have (G)all faith, so as to (H)remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I (I)give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I (J)surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love (K)is patient, love is kind and (L)is not jealous; love does not brag and is not (M)arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it (N)does not seek its own, is not provoked, (O)does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 (P)does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but (Q)rejoices with the truth; 7 [b](R)bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:3 Early mss read that I may boast
An Alternative to Anger by Jennifer Benson Schuldt
One morning in Perth, Australia, Fionn Mulholland discovered his car was missing. That’s when he realized he had mistakenly parked in a restricted zone and his car had been towed away. After considering the situation—even the $600 towing and parking fine—Mulholland was frustrated, but he decided not to be angry with the person he would work with to retrieve his car. Instead of venting his feelings, Mulholland wrote a humorous poem about the situation and read it to the worker he met at the tow yard. The worker liked the poem, and a possible ugly confrontation never took place.
The book of Proverbs teaches, “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife” (20:3). Strife is that friction that either simmers under the surface or explodes in the open between people who disagree about something.
God has given us the resources to live peacefully with other people. His Word assures us that it’s possible to feel anger without letting it boil over into rage (Eph. 4:26). His Spirit enables us to override the sparks of fury that prompt us to do and say things to strike out at people who upset us. And God has given us His example to follow when we feel provoked (1 Peter 2:23). He is compassionate, gracious, and slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ps. 86:15).
Dear God, Please help me to manage my anger in a way that does not lead me into sin. Give me self-control through the power of Your Holy Spirit.
God's Way of Defusing Anger:Biblical Steps(Step 2)
FIRST STEP IN FREEDOM FROM ANGER: YOU BELONG TO GOD (COL 3:10-11)
ARE YOU ANGRY AT GOD? THE PROPER PERSPECTIVE (SEE NOTES)
DAVID’S APPROACH TO GOD (GOD’S RELIABILITY & SOVEREIGNTY)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: DEFUSING ANGER GOD’S WAY: BIBLICAL STEPS (PART 2)
CTS: TWO WAYS TO ENABLE FREEDOM FROM ANGER
HOW CAN GOD SET ME FREE FROM ANGER?:
I. TRUST GOD’S POWER TO DELIVER YOU (VV. 1-6)
EXPLANATION: DAVID IS DEPENDENT ON HIS GOD
NOTE: “O LORD” X 7 - DAVID IS AWARE OF GOD’S RELIABILITY (1,3,4,5,6,8, AND 9)
NOTICE DAVID’S DESPERATION FOR GOD’S ATTENTION (1, 6)
THE NATURE OF DAVID’S REQUESTS / PRAISES:
I AM AFFLICTED AND NEEDY (1B)
SAVE YOUR SERVANT, THE ONE WHO WALKS WITH YOU (2)
DAVID TRUSTS IN GOD (2B) (PSALM 11)
I NEED YOUR GRACE (3)
YOU ARE MY SOURCE OF JOY (4)
GOD IS GOOD, READY TO FORGIVE, & ABUNDANT IN LOVINGKINDNESS TO ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM (5)
APPLICATION: LET GOD USE YOUR ANGER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
HOW TO ACCEPT GOD’S AIM FOR ANGER (SEE NOTES)
II. THINK ON HIS SOVEREIGNTY (ALL POWERFUL) (VV. 4-10)
EXPLANATION: DAVID VOICES HIS TRUST / CONFIDENCE IN GOD
WHEN DAVID IS IN TROUBLE = CALL GOD = GET AN ANSWER
ILLUSTRATION: AUTOMATED OPERATORS
NO GOD LIKE OUR GOD; NO COMPARABLE WORKS (8)
ALL NATIONS WILL WORSHIP GOD (9A)
ALL NATIONS WILL GLORIFY GOD’S NAME (9B)
GOD IS GREAT & DOES WONDROUS THINGS (10A)
YOU ALONE ARE GOD! (10B)
APPLICATION: IF GOD IS TRULY SOVEREIGN, LET HIM HAVE YOUR ANGER
“AN ANGRY GOD” BY LINDA WASHINGTON ODB
REMEMBER THIS: GOD IS THE ONLY WAY TO EFFECTIVELY HANDLE YOUR ANGER. GIVE ANGER TO GOD, TRUST HIM, AND WATCH WHAT HE WILL DO FOR YOU AND OTHERS!REFERENCES (page 1)
How to Resolve Your Anger Toward God (notes by June Hunt)
Know God’s Character.
He is Just.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. Deut. 32:4 (NKJV)
His ways are just.
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Rev. 15:3 (NKJV)
He is love.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NKJV)
He loves us
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NKJV)
Know God’s Purposes.
He brings good out of evil.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
He turns sorrow into joy.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, Psalms 30:11 (NKJV)
He uses suffering to produce perseverance, character, and hope.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom. 5:3-5 (NKJV)
He uses your troubles to teach you compassion.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 1 Cor. 1:3-4 (NKJV)
Know God’s plan.
He will grant eternal life to you and all who entrust their lives to Christ.
And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40 (NKJV)
He will bless you if you persevere under trial.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 (NKJV)
He will bring His righteous judgment on those who are evil.
then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
2 Pet. 2:9 (NKJV)
He will, one day, make everything new for His people.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,[a] “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Rev. 21:3-5 (NKJV)
How to accept God’s aim for your anger(notes by June Hunt)
Forest Rangers who care for and protect national parks occasionally say they have to “start a fire to stop a fire.” Known as backfires, these fires help deprive the main fire of fuel and better enable forest rangers and fire fighters to contain the blaze. At times, God works for your good in much the same way.
God intends for you to experience the emotion of anger and to use it for some positive purpose. For example, He can use your anger to spark your awareness of a blazing spiritual problem that needs to be snuffed out. God often allows fiery trials to test your faith and to develop the perseverance necessary to sustain your faith.
As you seek to allow God to direct your anger and use it for His purposes, remember . . .
•Anger can bring your true feelings into light.
•Anger can uncover your need to set healthy boundaries.
•Anger can be used to bring positive change into your life.
•Anger can help you gain insight into past hurts.
•Anger can be the spark that encourages healthy, appropriate, honest communication in relationships.
•Anger can be used by God, when expressed appropriately, to convict others of sin.
•Anger can reveal your inappropriate ways of trying to meet your own needs.
•Anger can be used by God to motivate others to make responsible decisions.
•Anger can help you realize your need for the Lord.
Colossians 3:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Psalm 11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith in the Lord’s Righteousness
In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
Shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.[a]
Psalm 86:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
A Psalm of Supplication and Trust.
A Prayer of David.
(A)Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me;
For I am (B)afflicted and needy.
(C)Preserve my [a]soul, for I am a (D)godly man;
O You my God, save Your servant who (E)trusts in You.
Be (F)gracious to me, O Lord,
For (G)to You I cry all day long.
Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, (H)I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are (I)good, and (J)ready to forgive,
And (K)abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
(L)Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And give heed to the voice of my supplications!
In (M)the day of my trouble I shall call upon You,
For (N)You will answer me.
There is (O)no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works (P)like Yours.
(Q)All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
THE PROPER MINDSET, AS A BELIEVER; IDOL WORSHIP DEFINED
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GOD’S WAY OF DEFUSING ANGER: BIBLICAL STEPS (PART 1)
CTS: 3 STEPS TO FREEDOM FROM THE CONTROL OF ANGER
HOW CAN I GET CONTROL OF MY SINFUL BEHAVIOR?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S CHANGE IN YOU (VV. 5-7)
EXPLANATION: PAUL CALLS FOR COMMITTING PHYSICAL MURDER
“THEREFORE” - SINCE YOU ARE FOCUSED ON PLEASING GOD (1-4)
PUT THE EXTERNAL SINFUL BEHAVIOR TO DEATH (5A)
SEXUAL PASSIONS - 5 NAMED (5B) = IDOLATRY (5C)
WHY PUT THE CONDUCT TO DEATH? GOD’S WRATH IS PRESENT (6)
ROMANS 1:18 (NOT SPIRITUAL, BUT HISTORICAL (NAC))
YOU “ONCE” WALKED IN THEM!? THE PASSION TO SIN IS DEAD (7)
EPHESIANS 2:1-6, ROMANS 6:6, 1 JOHN 3:4-9
ILLUSTRATION: RECRUIT TRAINING: LEAVING THE OLD BEHIND
APPLICATION: SALVATION: GOD HAS CHANGED YOU! LET HIM WORK!
II. PERMIT GOD TO HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OF YOU (VS. 8)
EXPLANATION: PAUL CALLS FOR EMOTIONAL MURDER
“BUT” - NOT ONLY EXTERNAL, BUT INTERNAL AS WELL (8A)
PUT THE INTERNAL SINFUL BEHAVIOR TO DEATH (8B)
SINFUL HEART ISSUES - 5 NAMED = FRUITS OF EVIL (8C)
ANGER (SLOW BURN & EXPLOSIVE)
APPLICATION: GOD’S WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ANGER:
ANALYZE YOUR ANGER (SEE NOTES)
RESOLVE YOUR PAST ANGER (SEE NOTES)
III. PURSUE GOD’S TRUTH FOR YOUR LIFE (VV. 9-11)
EXPLANATION: PAUL ADDRESSES A ROOT OF SINFUL ANGER
DON’T LIE; YOU LAID ASIDE YOUR OLD SELF (9)
YOU HAVE PUT ON THE NEW SELF (10)
BEING RENEWED TO A TRUE KNOWLEDGE (10A) (2 TIM 2:15)
TRUE KNOWLEDGE = THE IMAGE OF YOUR CREATOR (10B)
RENEWAL - CHRIST IS ALL AND IS IN ALL (11)
APPLICATION: GOD’S TRUTH = YOUR WAY TO EMULATE CHRIST
PRINCIPLE ON THE EFFECTS OF ANGER ARTICLE
ESCAPE FROM SINFUL ANGER BEGINS WITH WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST
ESCAPE FROM SINFUL CONDUCT = LETTING GOD HAVE CONTROL
ESCAPE FROM THIS WORLD’S INFLUENCE = PURSUE GOD’S WORD
REMEMBER THIS: FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST HAVE BEEN MADE NEW IN CHRIST; THE OLD HAS PASSED AWAY (2 COR 5:17)
REFERENCES (page 1)
Romans 1:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Ephesians 2:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Romans 6:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
1 John 3:4-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Colossians 3:5-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 (A)Therefore [a]consider (B)the members of your earthly body as dead to [b](C)immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [c]amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that (D)the wrath of God will come [d]upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and (E)in them you also once walked, when you were living [e]in them.
8 But now you also, (F)put them all aside: (G)anger, wrath, malice, slander, and (H)abusive speech from your mouth.
9 [f](I)Do not lie to one another, since you (J)laid aside the old [g]self with its evil practices, 10 and have (K)put on the new self who is being [h](L)renewed to a true knowledge (M)according to the image of the One who (N)created him— 11 a renewal in which (O)there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, (P)circumcised and uncircumcised, [i](Q)barbarian, Scythian, (R)slave and freeman, but (S)Christ is all, and in all.
Colossians 3:5 Lit put to death the members which are upon the earth
Colossians 3:5 Lit fornication
Colossians 3:5 Lit is
Colossians 3:6 Two early mss do not contain upon the sons of disobedience
Colossians 3:7 Or among these
Colossians 3:9 Or Stop lying
Colossians 3:9 Gr anthropos
Colossians 3:10 Lit renovated
Colossians 3:11 I.e. those who were not Greeks, either by birth or by culture
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAD DIED AND WAS BURIED; GRIEVING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: EASTER: A TIME OF REJOICING & SHARING
CTS: 4 STEPS TO A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
OF WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS TO ME?:
I. ASSESS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS (VV. 11-13)
EXPLANATION: MARY IS DISTRAUGHT OVER ABSENCE OF JESUS
THOUGHTS ABOUT MARY - AT THE CROSS & BURIAL
(MATT 27:56, 28:61; MARK 16:1, PRESENT TEXT)
EMOTIONAL STATE: EMOTIONALLY BROKEN (11)
PURSUED HER STOLEN MASTER (12-13)
ILLUSTRATION: RELATIONAL ASSESSMENTS MATTER
APPLICATION: ASSESS WHERE YOU ARE WITH JESUS; JESUS IS THE ONLY HEALER OF BROKENNESS
II. AWARENESS OF JESUS’ LOVE FOR YOU (VV. 14-16A)
EXPLANATION: JESUS RESCUES MARY FROM HER STRUGGLE
AWARE OF MARY’S PAIN, JESUS COMES TO MARY (14-15A)
MARY DID NOT RECOGNIZE JESUS (15B)
JESUS REVEALS HIS IDENTITY TO MARY (16A) (OTHERS: 1 COR 15:3-5)
THE IMPORTANCE OF JESUS’ RESURRECTION (1 COR 15:12-19)
APPLICATION: KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES YOU; HE DIED TO PROVE IT
III. ACTIVE PURSUIT OF LOVING JESUS (VV. 16B-17A)
EXPLANATION: WHEN MARY RECOGNIZED JESUS, SHE GRABBED HIM
MARY RECOGNIZED JESUS AND CALLED HIM “TEACHER” (16B)
JESUS TOLD HER TO STOP CLINGING TO HIM (17A) (LUKE 24:36-43)
APPLICATION: UNDERSTANDING JESUS’ LOVE FOR YOU, LOVE HIM
IV. ANNOUNCING THE LOVE OF JESUS TO OTHERS (VV. 17B-18)
EXPLANATION: JESUS GAVE MARY A MISSION - GO TELL OTHERS
JESUS CHARGED MARY TO DELIVER A MESSAGE OF HOPE (17B)
MARY OBEYED JESUS, TELLING THE DISCIPLES HE HAS RISEN (18)
APPLICATION: ALLOW GOD TO USE YOU TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS
MARY WAS JOYFUL AND WILLING TO TELL OTHERS JESUS HAD RISEN
GOD’S DESIRE IS THAT WE WOULD REJOICE OVER OUR SALVATION
GOD’S DESIRE IS THAT WE TELL OTHERS THAT JESUS IS RISEN
REMEMBER THIS: GOD’S SALVATION PLAN IS COMPLETE IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.REFERENCES (page 1)
1 Corinthians 15:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Our Hope
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
Luke 24:36-43 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.[a] 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.[b] 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
John 20:11-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 (A)But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she (B)stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw (C)two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “(D)Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because (E)they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14 When she had said this, she turned around and *(F)saw Jesus standing there, and (G)did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “(H)Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and *said to Him (I)in [a]Hebrew,“(J)Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to (K)My brethren and say to them, ‘I (L)ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”
18 (M)Mary Magdalene *came, (N)announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WALK WITH GOD / SIN ENTERS THE WORLD
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GOD’S WAY OF DEFUSING ANGER: CAUSES OF ANGER
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING FAITH AND THE CAUSES OF ANGER
HOW CAN I REMOVE ABUSIVE ANGER FROM MY FAITH?:
I. ANGER IS NOT GENETICALLY RELATED (VV. 1-2)
EXPLANATION: ADAM AND EVE BORE 2 SONS
ABEL - A SHEPHERD OF FLOCKS (2A)
CAIN - A TILLER OF THE GROUND (2B)
APPLICATION: WE CANNOT BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR ANGER
II. ANGER IS LINKED TO A PRIDEFUL DISPOSITION (VV. 3-5)
EXPLANATION: CAIN AND ABLE OFFERED SACRIFICES TO GOD
CAIN - BROUGHT SOME OF HIS FRUITS FROM THE FIELD (3)
ABEL - BROUGHT 1ST BORN OF HIS FLOCK & FAT PORTIONS (4A)(HEB 11:4)
GOD HAD REGARD FOR ABEL’S OFFERING, BUT NONE FOR CAIN’S (4B-5A)
CAIN BECAME ANGRY WITH GOD (5B)
ILLUSTRATION: THE ROOTS OF BEING ANGRY WITH GOD (ROM. 1:28-32)
APPLICATION: ANYONE CAN GET ANGRY; DEFENSE ENHANCES SELF CONTROL
SEE NOTES ON 4 SOURCES OF ANGER
III. ANGER CAN ONLY BE CONTROLLED BY GOD (VV. 6-8)
EXPLANATION: GOD GAVE CAIN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT
GOD COUNSELED CAIN CONCERNING CAIN’S ANGER (6-7)
CAIN CHOSE NOT TO REPENT, BUT CHOSE TO REBEL AGAINST GOD (8)
CAIN PLANNED AND EXECUTED ABEL (8) (1 JOHN 3:11-12) (JUDE 10-13)
APPLICATION: WHEN TEMPTED WITH ABUSIVE ANGER, CHOOSE REPENTANCE
A WRONG “RIGHT” TO BE ANGRY (WRONG VS. RIGHT BELIEF)(NOTES)
ALL MEN ARE BORN INTO THIS WORLD IN SIN (ROM 3:23)
GOD GIVES EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT (ROM 6:23)
GIVING GOD OUR FIRST FRUITS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART = GOD’S REGARD FOR OUR OFFERINGS. GIVE GOD YOUR BEST!
REMEMBER THIS: THOUGH BORN IN SIN, REPENTANCE BEFORE GOD WINS HIS FAVOR.REFERENCES (page 1)
heavy equipment gone mad (union leader article dtd 7 march 18)
A Wolfboro man is facing a charge of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used a front-end loader to overturn a pickup truck and push it down Route 16.
When questioned about the event, Sgt Robert King of the Ossipee Police reported, “It was some family situation that just blew out of control. I don’t know what set it off, or what would prompt someone to take such dramatic action,” said King.
The situation appeared to escalate, when Edward Evans became upset with his sister-in-law about matters with the business that he and his brother shared in ownership. The article demonstrated how anger can easily become a tool to intimidate others to get your way. As also demonstrated by the article, the incident in Ossipee, as well as events in everyday life, can result in emotional, psychological, and physical damage that is difficult to repair. Imagine how many relationships were damaged by Mr. Evans’ using anger in an abusive way. Today’s text provides an example of how Such abusive anger can be avoided.
Hebrews 11:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith at the Dawn of History
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
Romans 1:28-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
4 Sources of Anger
Hurt (Your heart is wounded)- Everyone has a God-given inner need for unconditional love. When you experience rejection or emotional pain, anger can become a protective wall keeping people and pain away. (Gen. 37:3-4)
Injustice (Your right is violated)- Everyone has knowledge of right and wrong, fair and unfair, just and unjust. When you perceive that an injustice has occurred to you or to others (especially to those you love), you may feel angry. If you hold on to the offense, the unresolved anger can begin to take root in your heart. (1 Samuel 20:32-34)
Fear (Your future is threatened) - Everyone is created with a God-given inner need for security. When you begin to worry, feel threatened, or get angry because of a change in circumstances, you may be responding to fear. A fearful heart can reveal a lack of trust in God’s perfect plan for your life. (1 Samuel 18:8, 12)
Frustration (Your performance is not accepted) - Everyone has a God-given inner need for significance. When your efforts are thwarted or do not meet your own personal expectations, your sense of significance can be threatened. Frustration over unmet expectations of yourself or others is often a major source of anger. (Genesis 4:3-5, 8)
Having unrealistic expectations is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. It makes things worse.
The more you expect God and people to do what you want, the angrier you become when your expectations are not met.
The more you try to control others, the more control you give to them over yourself.
The more demands you put on others, the more power you give them to anger you.
1 John 3:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
Jude 10-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah 12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[a] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
A wrong “right” to be angry
Prolonged anger is typically based on a wrong premise about rights. When we feel that our perceived rights have been violated, we can easily respond with anger. And in turn, we may come to believe that we have a right to hold on to that anger for as long as we choose.
Wrong belief: “When I feel hurt, fearful, frustrated, or have been treated unfairly, I have the right to be angry until the situation changes. It is only natural for me to be angry about the disappointments in my life and to express my anger any way I choose.”
Right belief: “ Since I have trusted Christ with my life and have yielded my rights to Him, I choose not to be controlled by anger. My human disappointments are now God’s appointments to increase my faith and develop His Character in me.”
Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Genesis 4:1-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Cain and Abel
4 Now the man [a]had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to [b]Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a [c]manchild with the help of the Lord.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And (A)Abel was (B)a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 So it came about [d]in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. 4 (C)Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And (D)the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but (E)for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So (F)Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “(G)Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 (H)If you do well, [e]will not your countenance be lifted up? (I)And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, (J)but you must master it.” 8 Cain [f]told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and (K)killed him.
INTRODUCTION: “CAN ANGER CAUSE ANY SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS?”
SCRIPTURE: JAMES 1:19-21
TITLE OF MESSAGE: DEFUSING ANGER GOD’S WAY: CHARACTERISTICS OF ANGER
CTS: 4 OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING ANGER
I. WHAT ARE YOUR “ANGER CUES” (VS. 19)
EXPLANATION: JAMES GIVES THE PROPER RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD
“KNOW THIS” - THE VALUE OF GOD’S WORD (19A) (SEE VS 18)
COMPARISON OF SELF CONTROL TO BEING UNDISCIPLINED:
GOD’S WAY (19b) MAN’S WAY
BE QUICK TO LISTEN SPEAK BEFORE LISTENING
SLOW TO SPEAK SPEAK WITHOUT THE FACTS
SLOW TO ANGER (DEUT 32:35) USE ANGER TO SPEAK
DETERMINE YOUR ANGER CUES (SEE INSERT)
ILLUSTRATION: MOSES GREW IN FAITH (DISLOYAL KORAH) (NU. 16)
APPLICATION: LEARN YOUR CUES; TAKE SITUATIONS TO GOD
HOW ANGER CUES CAN HELP YOU (SEE NOTES)
II. WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF UNRESOLVED ANGER? (VS. 20)
EXPLANATION: JAMES POINTS TO MAN’S PROBLEM WITH ANGER
IF BELIEVERS DISREGARD VS 19, THEIR ANGER WILL LEAD TO SIN
ANGER DOES NOT ACHIEVE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD (20)
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANO SYMPTOMS (SEE NOTES) (MATT. 5:22)
SEE HUMAN SYMPTOM NOTES ON INSERT
APPLICATION: GOOD SELF CONTROL OF ANGER = GOOD HEALTH
III. DO YOU HAVE HIDDEN ANGER? (VS. 21A)
EXPLANATION: JAMES GIVES A “PUT OFF” ANSWER TO ANGER
PUTTING ASIDE ALL FILTHINESS & ALL REMAINING WICKEDNESS
HIDDEN ANGER CHECKLIST (ON INSERT)
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANIC HIDDEN DANGER (SEE NOTES)
APPLICATION: REVIEW YOUR CHECKLIST TO AVOID EXPLOSIONS
IV. DO YOU ACT OR REACT WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY? (VV. 21B)
EXPLANATION: JAMES POINTS TO GOD’S WORD AS THE ANSWER
RECEIVE THE WORD IN HUMILITY = SALVATION OF SOULS
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANO (SPIDERS) PROBING FOR DANGER
APPLICATION: USE CAUTION (LISTEN, CARE W/ WORDS, CONCERN)
GOD IS IN TOTAL CONTROL: USE HIS WORD - IT WILL SAVE YOU
MAN’S WRATH IS BOUND TO FAIL; GOD’S WRATH WILL PREVAIL
REMEMBER THIS: GOD’S WORD ENABLES US TO CONQUER SINFUL ANGERREFERENCES (page 1)
“CAN ANGER CAUSE ANY SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS?”
Yes, anger can trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms in certain vulnerable people as stated in a study published in March 2009 out of Yale University. According to the American College of Cardiology, sudden cardiac death acounts for 400,00 deaths each year in the United States.
Dr. Rachel Lampert and colleagues of Yale University studied 62 patients with heart disease and implantable defibrillators that can detect dangerous heart arrhythmias and deliver an electrical shock to restore a normal heartbeat. The electrical activity of the heart was measured as each patient recounted a recent angry episode. Results showed that the anger did increase the electrical instability of the heart in these patients. After following these patients for three years, Dr. Lampert said the study suggests that anger really does impact the heart’s electrical system in ways that can lead to sudden death.
Anger Cues Checklist Examples:
I have a decreased appetite
I become silent, shutting down verbally
I use language that is inappropriate, harsh, or coarse, including gossip and sarcasm
I feel my heart racing
See the list in the handout for additional cues
How Anger Cues Can Help
“. . . the human body has a physical reaction when it experiences anger. These anger cues can alert you when you begin to feel angry. Discerning your own anger cues can help you avoid trouble. Likewise, being aware of the signs of anger in others can alert you to defend yourself, just like a fire fighter defends himself by wearing fire-retardant clothing.
A Volcanic crater contains toxic gases, a steaming underbelly, and razor-sharp rock fragments.Deep within the heart of unresolved anger, the darkened deposits of a critical spirit — bitterness and depression (among others)— can be found.
When volcanologists excavate and analyze material inside a crater, they work as quickly and efficiently as possible, being aware that the longer they sty, the higher the risk of injury or even death. And so it is with unresolved anger. . . The longer its allowed to fume and fester, the more dangerous—and even deadly—it can be for you and those around you.
Unresolved anger not only creates a rift between you and God, but also damages your body, destroys your emotions, and demoralizes your relationships. Whether you recognize it or not, extended anger can cause significant physical, emotional, and spiritual problems.
Symptoms of unresolved anger
Physical Symptoms - Blurred vision, headaches, heart disease, high blood
pressure, insomnia, intestinal disorders, overeating, and stomach disorders
Do you smile on the outside, yet feel upset inside?
Do you deny ever being impatient?
Do you have to have the last word?
Do those close to you say that you blame others?
Do you feel emotionally flat?
Do you become easily frustrated?
Volcanic Hidden Danger
Most volcanic craters are about as deep as a football field is long—100 yards. They are dark, mysterious places with deposits tracing eruptions from hundreds, even thousands, of years before. One of the most well-known valcanoes in recent history has been Mount Saint Helens in Washington State. The rumbling and raging mountain sent a pyrotechnic blast of ash and molten rock over more than 230 square miles and, in May 1980, killed 57 people.
In similar ways, the hidden anger from childhood hurts can directly affect present-day outbursts. Many people live life unaware that they have hidden anger—suppressed anger that only occasionally surfaces. While this hidden anger is rooted in past childhood hurts, the underlying effects are always ready yo surface and can sizzle up an already simmering scenario.
Volcano (spiders) probing for danger
Scientists are continually developing technology to help them “act” in preparation for a volcanic eruption, rather than simply “react” to its deadly blast and lava . . . after the fact.
In recent years monitoring devices known as “spiders” (because of their spindly legs) have been used to crawl around the interior of craters and measure seismic activity. The creator of the device, Rick LaHusen, a hydrologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Canada, observed: “They can analyze their data in real time and decide what’s important and what’s not important and prioritize it.”
People who choose to act rather than react to anger share some similarities with the analytical “spiders”—reason rules the day, and predetermined preparedness can help avert great tragedy.James 1:18-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 In the exercise of (A)His will He (B)brought us forth by (C)the word of truth, so that we would be [a]a kind of (D)first fruits [b]among His creatures.
19 [c]This (E)you know, (F)my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, (G)slow to speak and (H)slow to anger;
20 for (I)the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
21 Therefore, (J)putting aside all filthiness and all [d]that remains of wickedness,
in [e]humility receive (K)the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
APPLICATION: BE AWARE OF DANGEROUS ANGER = SELFISHNESS
III. CAUTION ABOUT ITS ABUSE (VV. 4-5)
EXPLANATION: JAMES IDENTIFIES THE FRUITS OF ANGER
WE CAN MAKE OURSELVES ADULTERESSES (4A)
WE CAN SET OURSELVES HOSTILE TOWARD GOD (4B)
FRIEND OF THE WORLD = ENEMY OF GOD (4C)
GOD IS JEALOUS FOR OUR DEVOTION (5)
APPLICATION: ANGER CAN TURN YOU AGAINST GOD; DON’T LET IT
THE MOST DANGEROUS ANGER - PROFUSE (SEE NOTES)
WHY HURT OTHERS? (NOTES)
GOD HAS GIVEN US ANGER FOR GOOD, NOT ABUSE (BE CAREFUL)
THE WRONGFUL USE OF ANGER WILL DAMAGE YOUR WALK WITH GOD
REMEMBER THIS: FOLLOWING YOUR HEART WILL LEAD AWAY FROM GODREFERENCES (page 1)
The Symphony of the EKG
When I think of a symbol of multiple resources combining to present one message, I think of the Electro Kardio Gram (EKG). I have been a recipient of a number of EKG tests. Its quite interesting to watch the test technician place stickers with leads on them in various areas of the chest near the heart. I find it amazing to see that impulses from all of the leads provide a single read-out to the technician, identifying the wellness of my heart.
Similarly, the Bible reports that the heart is desperately wicked above all things (Jer. 17:9). In fact, Jesus describes all of the various things that come from the heart that determine it to be wicked. He states that,
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:21-23) (NKJV)
Our message today begins a series of messages on the subject of anger. These messages are designed to enable us to see how anger is quite dangerous and when it moves within us, we must exercise care, as it influences our actions. Anger is an influential tool used by an evil heart to get its way.
Acts 7:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
Exodus 2:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Proverbs 6:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
Romans 2:5-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;
Definitions of Anger
Anger is a strong emotion of irritation or agitation that occurs when a need or expectation is not met.
Proverbs 29:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.
Angry people in the Bible are often describe as hot-tempered and quick-tempered. . .
Proverbs 15:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
Mark 3:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Healing on the Sabbath
3 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.[a] 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Levels of Anger:
Indignation is a simmering anger (Mark 10:14) - Justified
Wrath is burning anger (Romans 1:18) - Desire to avenge
Fury is a fiery anger (Proverbs 27:4) - Destroys common sense
Rage is a blazing anger (Proverbs 19:3) - Loss of self control
Profuse anger - The “volatile volcano” - . . . is powerful, destructive, hard to control. This way of releasing anger is characterized by contempt, violence, and abuse toward others, ultimately cremating close relationships.
Question: “Why do so many people take their anger out on an innocent bystander—those who have nothing to do with the problem?”
Answer: Imagine, after having a flat tire, the boss begins yelling at his employee . . who in turn arrives home an yells at his wife . . . who then screams at their son . . . who in turn kicks the cat! This could be called “The Blame Game.”James 4:1-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Things to Avoid
4 [a]What is the source of quarrels and (A)conflicts among you? [b]Is not the source your pleasures that wage (B)war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have; so you (C)commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and (D)do not receive, because you ask [c]with wrong motives, so that you may spend it [d]on your pleasures.
4 You (E)adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with (F)the world is (G)hostility toward God? (H)Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture (I)speaks to no purpose: “[e]He [f]jealously desires (J)the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?
a James 4:1 Lit From where wars and from where fightings
b James 4:1 Lit Are they not from here, from your
c James 4:3 Lit wickedly
d James 4:3 Lit in
e James 4:5 Or The spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DENY SELF; THE CROSS; FOLLOW JESUS; SHAME
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: AFFIRMED SON OF GOD
CTS: 3 WAYS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE GOD’S TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR LIFE
HOW ARE WE TRANSFIGURED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?:
I. ATTITUDE OF DEVOTED PRAYER (VV. 28-29)
EXPLANATION: JESUS & THREE DISCIPLES DEPARTED TO A MOUNTAIN
JESUS TOOK PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN TO A MOUNTAIN TO PRAY (28)
WHILE JESUS WAS PRAYING, HIS COUNTENANCE CHANGED (29)
ILLUSTRATION: HOW ATTITUDE EFFECTS YOUR HEALTH (HARVARD)
APPLICATION: GOD CHANGES YOU THROUGH DEVOTED PRAYER
II. COMMITMENT TO FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS (VV. 30-31)
EXPLANATION: JESUS FELLOWSHIPS IN THE KINGDOM
MOSES AND ELIJAH APPEAR TO ENCOURAGE JESUS (30)
MOSES WAS / IS VITAL TO ISRAEL (LAW)
ELIJAH WAS A MIGHTY PROPHET (PROPHET OF OLD)
RESPECTED BY ISREAL
HAD ALREADY COME (SPIRIT IN JOHN THE BAPTIST)
THEY WERE SPEAKING TO JESUS ABOUT HIS SOON DEPARTURE (31A)
JESUS WOULD ACCOMPLISH THIS IN JERUSALEM (31B)
ILLUSTRATION: COMPLETING A DOCTORATE: ENCOURAGEMENT!
APPLICATION: WE NEED EACH OTHER’S FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST
III. TOTAL DEVOTION TO GOD’S WORD (VV. 32-36)
EXPLANATION: PETER ATTEMPTS TO SHOW HONOR TO THE KINGDOM
THE DISCIPLES HAD BEEN OVERCOME BY FATIGUE AND SLEPT (32A)
WHEN THEY WERE FULLY AWAKE, THEY SAW THE KINGDOM (32B)
PETER SOUGHT TO EQUALLY HONOR THE THREE MEN (33A):
PETER WAS UNAWARE OF WHAT HE WAS IMPLYING (33B)
GOD AFFIRMED WHO JESUS IS: HIS SON (LISTEN TO HIM) (34-35)
EXPERIENCING GOD SILENCED THE DISCIPLES (36) (SEE VV. 20-21)
APPLICATION: LET’S STRIVE TO HEAR & HONOR JESUS ABOVE ALL
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
GOD HAS HONORED JESUS AS HIS SON. WE ARE TO LISTEN TO HIM
TRANSFIGURATION: PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
REMEMBER THIS: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD: HEAR AND OBEY HIS WORDREFERENCES (page 1)
How your attitudes affect your health
A positive view of life and aging may help you live longer.
Published: May, 2016
Do you look forward to the next week? Do you feel younger than your age? Do you have a sense of purpose? If so, you may already have done something to reduce your risk of degenerative diseases and may even be adding years to your life.
"Your outlook—having a sense of optimism and purpose—seems to be predictive of health outcomes," says Dr. Laura Kubzansky, professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has studied the health effects of several forms of psychological well-being. She has found that emotional vitality—characterized by enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life's stresses with emotional balance—is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
THOSE WHO ARE ASHAMED: JESUS WILL BE ASHAMED OF THEM (26)
SOME WON’T TASTE DEATH UNTIL THEY SEE THE KINGDOM (27)
“TASTE DEATH . . .” - JOHN 8:52, HEBREWS 2:9
“SEE THE KINGDOM” - TRANSFIGURATION / BIRTH OF CHURCH
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN YOU - LUKE 17:20-21, 2 COR 4:16
APPLICATION: LET GOD CONTROL YOU. YOU WON’T BE ASHAMED
RESPONDING TO GOD FOR SALVATION - HARDEST THING TO DO
GIVE GOD WHAT YOU HAVE. HE WILL MULTIPLY & GIVE IT BACK
IF YOU ARE ACTIVELY LIVING FOR GOD, YOU WON’T BE ASHAMED
REMEMBER THIS: FOLLOWING CHRIST REQUIRES SELF-DENIAL, DAILY CROSS BEARING, AND LIVING A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE. CHRIST MUST BE FIRST IN YOUR LIFE.REFERENCES (page 1)
INABILITY TO ACCESS ALL GOD HAS FOR YOU (DR EVANS)
“When you look around at the Christian community tody, you frequently see chaos. Marriages are falling apart; singles are struggling to be content. Debt rules. Addictions run amuck. And yet so many people are faithfully in church, leaving many to conclude, “My Christianity is just not working.” They are worn out, lonely, miserable, and frustrated, to say the least.”
“Many have come to conclude that either this thing called Christianity is not real, or it is simply not real for them. However, there is a reason why so many well-intentioned believers are falling short of God’s best in their lives. This is because without the password called “priority,” they cannot access all that God has in store for them. The way that you express priority is through surrender.”
Hebrews 12:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Philippians 3:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
John MacArthur on “Self-Denial”
“The self-denial in view is not merely of material things, but of anything that merits salvation (Rom. 7:18) or is more important to a person than God. His point is that coming to Him involves full submission to His lordship and willingness to abandon whatever He asks for His purpose.
John MacArthur on “The Power for Self-Denial”
It must be noted that repentance is not a meritorious human work. Sinners who are dead in their sins (Eph. 2:1), spiritually blind (Luke 4:18; cf. 2 Cor. 4:4) and trapped in Satan’s domain of darkness (Col. 1:13) cannot repent of their own accord. Repentance comes when the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to awaken sinners to their lost condition by convicting them of their sin (John 16:8-11).
Dr. Tony Evans on “Placing God first in your life.”
“If you have a smart phone, it is likely that you have a password restriction on it so if you inadvertently left it somewhere, a stranger — or a friend — couldn’t pick it up and take advantage of the personal information. Passwords are often critical to the whole process called access, and the password for victorious kingdom living is the word: first.”
“When you place God first in your life, you will be granted access to the rightful blessings, authority, and provision that is in store for you. He will meet your needs and satisfy your desires. But His standard as King cannot be lowered. His position as first cannot be altered, or else it would cheapen Him, and He is not cheap. Salvation may be free, but it cost Jesus Christ a dear price. It was not cheap.”
Acts 20:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Matthew 6:31-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Not Carnality but Christ
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
John 8:52 New King James Version (NKJV)
52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’
Hebrews 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Luke 17:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[a] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seeing the Invisible
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.Luke 9:23-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 And He was saying to them all, “(A)If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24 For (B)whoever wishes to save his [a]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [b]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and (C)loses or forfeits himself?
26 (D)For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I say to you truthfully, (E)there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
INTRODUCTION: MISTAKEN IDENTITY BY BILL CROWDER (ODB, 4/14/14)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:18-22 BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS GROWING IN POPULARITY TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: WHO HE IS CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE IDENTITY OF CHRIST HOW CAN I CONVINCE OTHERS OF WHO JESUS IS?: I. ASSESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF JESUS (VV. 18-19)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROBES HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT HIS IDENTITY
JESUS & THE DISCIPLES ARE PRAYING ALONE (18A)
JESUS ASKS, “WHO DO THE PEOPLE SAY THAT I AM?” (18B)
ANSWER: JOHN THE BAPTIST, ELIJAH, A RISEN PROPHET OF OLD (19)
APPLICATION: ASK OTHERS WHO JESUS IS; IT IS GOOD TO KNOW
II. BE SURE OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS (VV. 20-21)
EXPLANATION: JESUS ASKS OF THEIR PERSONAL OPINION
JESUS ASKS,“BUT, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?” (20A)
PETER ANSWERS, “THE CHRIST OF GOD.” (20B) (CF. MATT 16:15-18)
JESUS WARNED: DO NOT TELL THIS TO ANYONE (21) (JOHN 6:14-15)
ILLUSTRATION: CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
APPLICATION: JESUS IS UNCLASSIFIED: TELL OTHERS
MATT 28:19-20, ACTS 1:8
III. CLARIFY THE ROLE OF JESUS IN SALVATION (VS. 22)
EXPLANATION: JESUS WOULD BE A SUFFERING SAVIOR FOR US
JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES OF HIS FORTHCOMING SUFFERING
THE DISCIPLES NEEDED: NOT BY FORCE, BUT THROUGH HUMILITY
JAS 4:10, 1 PET 5:5-7, PS 55:22, HEB 13:11-13, IS. 53:10-11
APPLICATION: GLORIFY GOD THROUGH WILLFUL SUFFERING
JESUS’ DESIRE WAS TO PLEASE HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN
LET US DESIRE TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST; IT WILL MODEL CHRIST
WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT SUFFERING, TELL ABOUT JESUS
REMEMBER THIS: GOD HAS REVEALED JESUS TO BE HIS SON, A SUFFERING SERVANT FOR GOD’S GLORY.
REFERENCES (page 1)
INTRODUCTION: Mistaken Identity by Bill Crowder (14 Apr 2014)
My youngest brother, Scott, was born when I was a senior in high school. This age difference made for an interesting situation when he grew to college age. On his first trip to his college campus, I went along with him and our mom. When we arrived, people thought we were Scott Crowder and his dad and his grandmom. Eventually, we gave up correcting them. No matter what we said or did, our actual relationships were overridden by this humorous case of mistaken identity.
Jesus questioned the Pharisees about His identity: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They replied, “The Son of David” (Matt. 22:42). The identity of Messiah was critical, and their answer was correct but incomplete. The Scriptures had affirmed that Messiah would come and reign on the throne of His father David. But Jesus reminded them that though David would be Christ’s ancestor, He would also be more—David referred to Him as “Lord.”
Matthew 16:15-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. John 6:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b] Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” James 4:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 1 Peter 5:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[a] 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Psalm 55:22 New King James Version (NKJV) 22
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Hebrews 13:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Isaiah 53:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV) 10
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11
He shall see the labor of His soul,[a] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Luke 9:18-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 (A)And it happened that while He was (B)praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the [a]people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”
20 And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “(C)The [b]Christ of God.” 21 But He [c](D)warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone,
22 (E)saying, “(F)The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”
INTRODUCTION: CARING FOR THE MULTITUDES: LOG CHIEF
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:10-17
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DISCIPLES DISPATCHED; REPUTATION GROWING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FEEDING THE 5000
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING JESUSâ€™ ABILITY TO MEET EVERY NEED
WHEN IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL?:
I. AVAILABILITY (VV. 10-11)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS TOOK HIS DISCIPLES ASIDE; WORK FOLLOWED
o COMPLETING THEIR MISSION, THE DISCIPLES GAVE A REPORT (10A)
o JESUS TOOK THEM TO BETHSAIDA TO REST (10B) (MARK 6:31-32)
o THE CROWDS FOLLOWED; JESUS TAUGHT AND HEALED (11)
o ALL BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO MINISTRY
o YOU ARE GODâ€™S MINISTER TO YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
II. AWARENESS OF NEEDS (VV. 12-13)
Â· EXPLANATION: DISCIPLES TO JESUS: SEND THEM AWAY
o IT WAS LATE IN THE DAY (12A)
o PEOPLE WERE HOMELESS & GETTING HUNGRY (12B)
o NO PLACE TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT (12C)
o RESPONSE OF JESUS: â€œYOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT!â€ (13A)
o NOT ENOUGH TO FEED ALL (ONLY 5 LOAVES & 2 FISH) (13B)
Â· APPLICATION: ASSESS THE NEEDS AROUND YOU / PRAY / TAKE ACTION
III. ALLOWING JESUS TO WORK THROUGH YOU (VV. 14-17)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS MEETS THE NEED
o LUKE IDENTIFIES THE HEAD COUNT (ABOUT 5000 MEN) (14A)
â–ª HOW MANY? (MACARTHUR NOTES)
o JESUS ORGANIZED THE PEOPLE FOR A FEAST (14B - 15)
o JESUS BLESSED THE FOOD AND KEPT GIVING IT OUT (16)
â–ª PRE-WEDDING FEAST (SEE MACARTHUR NOTES)
o EVERYONE ATE AND WAS SATISFIED (17A) (chortazo - SATIATED)
o 12 BASKETS OF PIECES GATHERED (17B)(FOOD FOR DISCIPLES?!)
Â· APPLICATION: AS WE WORK TOGETHER GOD WILL MEET NEEDS
Â· THE DISCIPLES WERE EMPOWERED, BUT STILL NEEDED TO LEARN
Â· JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE; EVERY MAN NEEDS HIM
Â· THOUGH WE HAVE GODâ€™S SPIRIT, WE NEED DISCIPLESHIP
Â· AS WE LEAN UPON JESUS, HE WILL PREPARE US TO SHARE HIS BREAD
REMEMBER THIS: WE ARE OBLIGED TO MEET NEEDS AS WE SHARE CHRIST.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
MacArthur notes on the 5000:
â€œAs Lukeâ€™s parenthetical note indicates, there were about five thousand men present. Including the women and children (Matt 14:21), there could have been twenty to twenty-five thousand people present. The five loaves (small biscuits and crackers) and two small dried fish were obviously intended as a protest if not a mockery of the Lordâ€™s request.
MacArthur notes on the banquet:
The feeding of the five thousand men, along with surely an equal number of women and children, was the largest work of divine creative power since creation week and the restructuring of the earth after the flood (Gen. 6-8). It was also the highpoint and culmination of Christâ€™s ministry in Galileeâ€”and the last great opportunity for its people.
MacArthur notes on who gets the bread:
This miraculous provision of food on a massive scale is a striking exhibition of Godâ€™s concern for even the most mundane issues of life. That Jesus fed people who would ultimately reject Him illustrates Godâ€™s common grace, because of which â€œHe causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteousâ€ (Matt 5:45). It also previews Christâ€™s power to usher in the blessings of the earthly millennial kingdom (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9)
Isaiah 25:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day:
â€œBehold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.â€
Luke 9:10-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 (A)When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. (B)Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called (C)Bethsaida.11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Five Thousand Fed
12 Now the day [a]was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, â€œSend the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get [b]something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.â€ 13 But He said to them, â€œYou give them something to eat!â€ And they said, â€œWe have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.â€
14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, â€œHave them [c]sit down to eat (D)in groups of about fifty each.â€ 15 They did so, and had them all [d]sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the [e]people. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and [f]the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve (E)baskets full.
A. Luke 9:10 : Mark 6:30
B. Luke 9:10 : Luke 9:10-17: Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; John 6:5-13
C. Luke 9:10 : Matt 11:21
D. Luke 9:14 : Mark 6:39
E. Luke 9:17 : Matt 14:20
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUSâ€™ MIGHTY WORKS; TIME TO PASS IT ON
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: SENDING MISSIONARIES
CTS: 6 THOUGHTS ABOUT SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS
HOW DOES GOD USE ME IN SHARING THE GOSPEL?:
I. RESPONDING TO HIS CALL AND PROVISION (VS. 1)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS DISCIPLES OR SERVICE
o JESUS CALLED THE DISCIPLES TO HIMSELF (1A)
â–ª APP - YOU AND I HAVE BEEN CALLED THROUGH SALVATION
o JESUS GAVE POWER OVER ALL DEMONS & TO HEAL DISEASES (1B)
â–ª GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND I THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT
Â· ILLUSTRATION: DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
Â· APPLICATION: ACKNOWLEDGE GODâ€™S CALL & LEAD IN YOUR LIFE
II. ENGAGING IN WHAT GOD IS DOING (VS. 2)
Â· EXPLANATION: AFTER EQUIPPING, JESUS SENDS DISCIPLES OUT
o JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES OUT TO PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM (2A)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE COMMANDED TO SHARE ABOUT JESUS
o JESUS ADDRESSED THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF HIS AUDIENCE (2B)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE CALLED TO MEET NEEDS, AS WE SHARE
â–ª BRIDGE TO SALVATION: MEETING NEEDS / RELATIONSHIPS
Â· APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY GET INVOLVED IN HIS WORK
III. PROVIDING FOR GODâ€™S WORK (VS. 3)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS HIGHLIGHTS THE FRUIT OF THE MISSION
o JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES NOT TO PLAN FOR PROVISION (3)
â–ª GOD OFTEN USES OUR PROVISION TO OPEN EARS
o IMPLICATION: THOSE WHO RECEIVE WOULD MEET THEIR NEEDS
â–ª GOD USES THOSE HE SAVES TO PROVIDE FOR MINISTRY
Â· APPLICATION: ALLOW GOD TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR WORK
IV. OPERATING WITHOUT RESPECT TO LODGING (VS. 4)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOURAGES A STABLE OPERATIONAL BASE
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO STAY AT THE HOUSE THAT RECEIVED (3)
â–ª LET US NOT BE PREFERENTIAL WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª LET US SOCIALLY LOWER OURSELVES TO LIFT OTHERS UP
o IMPLICATION: RELATIONSHIPS / CENTRAL LOCATION FOR GOSPEL
Â· APPLICATION: DEDICATE TIME TO THOSE WHO LISTEN
V. RELEASING UNBELIEVERS TO GOD (VS. 5)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS JUDGES THOSE WHO WONâ€™T LISTEN
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO LEAVE THOSE WHO WOULD NOT LISTEN
â–ª LET US NOT HARASS OTHERS WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª JESUS COULD NOT DO MUCH IN HIS HOME TOWN - MARK 6:1-5
Â· APPLICATION: THOSE WHO REJECT YOU ARE REJECTING JESUS
VI. TAKING GODâ€™S GREAT COMMISSION SERIOUS (VS. 6, 10)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES, WITHOUT QUESTION, OBEYED JESUS
o THE DISCIPLES OBEYED JESUS, ABLE TO DO THE APPOINTED WORK
â–ª JESUS ENABLES OUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE HIS WORK
o THE DISCIPLES GAVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR ALL THEY HAD DONE
Â· APPLICATION: PRAY FOR GODâ€™S LEADING; HE WILL EMPOWER YOU
Â· JESUS HAS ENTRUSTED HIS WORK TO HIS FOLLOWERS
Â· AS YOU PURSUE HIS POWER, HE WILL GIVE COURAGE TO SHARE
Â· A SINCERE HEART TO PLEASE GOD WILL BE USED TO TELL THE GOSPEL
REMEMBER THIS: GOD WORKS THROUGH US TO BRING OTHERS TO HIS KINGDOM.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
New International Greek Testament Commentary
In the previous main section the emphasis has been largely on the ministry of Jesus among the people, in the course of which he taught them and performed mighty works which demonstrated his divine power and compassion. Throughout this period the Twelve are to be thought of as accompanying Jesus and observing what he said and did. But from now onwards the emphasis falls increasingly upon the relationship of Jesus to the disciples and the teaching which he gave to them through which they were to come to some understanding of his person and work; his revelation to them was not fully understood at this stage, but its significance would become apparent to them later when he had been openly identified by God as Lord and Christ through the resurrection (cf. Acts 2:36).
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
A friend once shared with me an idea that resonates with serving our Lord in ministry. He stated that part of our purpose, when entrusted with a leadership role is to train up others to potentially fill our role in our absence. His maxim is as follows: invite those seeking leadership to watch what you are doing, as you serve. Then, have the individual(s) assist you with the work of service you are conducting. Next, you have them do the service while you observe. Finally, you give them the privilege to lead, while you redirect your attention to developing other leaders.
Luke 9:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Ministry of the Twelve
9 (A)And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
2 And He sent them out to (B)proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
3 And He said to them, â€œ(C)Take nothing for your journey, (D)neither a staff, nor a [a]bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have [b]two tunics apiece.
4 Whatever house you enter, stay there [c]until you leave that city.
5 And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, (E)shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.â€
6 Departing, they began going [d]throughout the villages, (F)preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
a Luke 9:3 Or knapsack or beggarâ€™s bag
b Luke 9:3 Or inner garments
c Luke 9:4 Lit and leave from there
d Luke 9:6 Or from village to village
A Luke 9:1 : Matt 10:5; Mark 6:7
B Luke 9:2 : Matt 10:7
C Luke 9:3 : Luke 9:3-5: Matt 10:9-15; Mark 6:8-11; Luke 10:4-12; 22:35
INTRODUCTION: THE ON / OFF SWITCH: IN WHICH POSITION ARE YOU?
SCRIPTURE: EPHESIANS 4:17-24
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAULâ€™S GUIDANCE FOR LIFE IN A SINFUL CULTURE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GODâ€™S CALL TO HIS CHURCH AT NEW HOPE
CTS: 2 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
WHATâ€™S GODâ€™S DESIGN FOR MY LIFE OF FAITH?:
I. CHOOSE TO FORSAKE WORLDLY THINKING (VV. 17-19)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD HAS ENABLED BELIEVERS TO FORSAKE SIN
o â€œWALKâ€ (17) - â€œNO LONGER ORDER YOUR BEHAVIORâ€ (WUEST)
â–ª SEE 4:1-3 (TOTAL CONTRAST TO THE WALK OF EVIL)
o â€œDARKENED UNDERSTANDING / IGNORANT / HARDENED HEART(18)
o â€œHAVING BECOME CALLOUSâ€ - NO CONSCIENCE (19A)
o BUSINESS COMMITMENT TO SINNING W/ GREEDY MINDS (19B)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: WE WERE DEAD IN SIN; GOD GAVE US LIFE (EPH 2:1-7)
Â· APPLICATION: GOD HAS MADE US ALIVE; ABANDON THE DEAD
II. OBSERVE GODâ€™S TEACHING IN CHRIST (VV. 20-21)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD ENABLES OUR UNDERSTANDING IN CHRIST
o BELIEVERS DONâ€™T LEARN ABOUT GOD FROM THE WORLD (20)
o BELIEVERS KNOW CHRIST AT SALVATION (1 COR 2:12-16)
o â€œJUST AS TRUTH IS IN JESUS,â€ IT IS IN US (JOHN 17:14-19)
Â· APPLICATION: THE WORLD HAS NOTHING TO OFFER; FOLLOW CHRIST
III. MAKE LIFE CHANGES TO SHOW LIFE IN CHRIST (VS. 22)
Â· EXPLANATION: CHOOSE TO LET GOD PUT AWAY YOUR OLD WAYS
o â€œLAY ASIDE THE OLD SELF,â€ BECAUSE YOU ARE IN CHRIST (22A)
o THE OLD SELF IS POISON TO YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST (22B)
Â· APPLICATION: ASK GOD TO CHANGE YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT
IV. MEET WITH GOD DAILY (VS. 23)
Â· EXPLANATION: IN CHRIST, GOD IS RENEWING YOUR MIND
o GOD WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND, AS YOU GIVE HIM YOUR MIND
â–ª GIVE GOD YOUR BODY AND MIND (ROM 12:1-2)
Â· APPLICATION: PURSUE GOD: PRAYER, HIS WORD, FELLOWSHIP
V. INTENTIONALLY LIVE FOR GODâ€™S GLORY (VS. 24A)
Â· EXPLANATION: PUT ON THE NEW SELF
o GODâ€™S GIVEN YOU THE MIND AND SPIRIT - LIVE FOR HIM
Â· APPLICATION: LIVE WITH THE HOPE OF SHARING CHRIST
VI. TRUST GOD FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU (VS. 24B)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD HAS CREATED YOU IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
o BELIEVERS ARE CREATED IN GODâ€™S LIKENESS (24B)
o GODâ€™S LIKENESS = RIGHTEOUSNESS & HOLINESS OF TRUTH (24B)
Â· APPLICATION: TRUST THAT GOD IS PREPARING YOU FOR GLORY
Â· BEFORE WE CAN LIVE FOR GOD, WE MUST HAVE A MIND SET ON GOD
Â· SHOW THE WORLD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TURNED ON BY GOD
Â· WITHOUT CHRIST, THERE IS NO POWER FOR YOU TO CHANGE
REMEMBER THIS: GOD ENABLES A PERSON TO CHANGE FOR HIS GLORY THROUGH THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT IN CHRIST.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
Ephesians 2:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
By Grace Through Faith
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which manâ€™s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[a] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For â€œwho has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him. But we have the mind of Christ.
John 17:14-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Living Sacrifices to God
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ephesians 4:17-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Christianâ€™s Walk
17 (A)So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, (B)that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the (C)futility of their mind, 18 being (D)darkened in their understanding, [a](E)excluded from the life of God because of the (F)ignorance that is in them, because of the (G)hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having (H)become callous, (I)have given themselves over to (J)sensuality [b]for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
20 But you did not (K)learn [c]Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you (L)have heard Him and have (M)been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you (N)lay aside the (O)old [d]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the (P)lusts of deceit,
23 and that you be (Q)renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and (R)put on the (S)new [e]self,
which [f](T)in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
a Ephesians 4:18 Or alienated
b Ephesians 4:19 Or greedy for the practice of every kind of impurity
c Ephesians 4:20 I.e. the Messiah
d Ephesians 4:22 Lit man
e Ephesians 4:24 Lit man
f Ephesians 4:24 Lit according to God
A Ephesians 4:17 : Col 2:4
B Ephesians 4:17 : Eph 2:2; 4:22
C Ephesians 4:17 : Rom 1:21; Col 2:18; 1 Pet 1:18; 2 Pet 2:18
D Ephesians 4:18 : Rom 1:21
E Ephesians 4:18 : Eph 2:1, 12
F Ephesians 4:18 : Acts 3:17; 17:30; 1 Cor 2:8; Heb 5:2; 9:7; 1 Pet 1:14
G Ephesians 4:18 : Mark 3:5; Rom 11:7, 25; 2 Cor 3:14
H Ephesians 4:19 : 1 Tim 4:2
I Ephesians 4:19 : Rom 1:24
J Ephesians 4:19 : Col 3:5
K Ephesians 4:20 : Matt 11:29
L Ephesians 4:21 : Rom 10:14; Eph 1:13; 2:17; Col 1:5
M Ephesians 4:21 : Col 2:7
N Ephesians 4:22 : Eph 4:25, 31; Col 3:8; Heb 12:1; James 1:21; 1 Pet 2:1
O Ephesians 4:22 : Rom 6:6
P Ephesians 4:22 : 2 Cor 11:3; Heb 3:13
Q Ephesians 4:23 : Rom 12:2
R Ephesians 4:24 : Rom 13:14
S Ephesians 4:24 : Rom 6:4; 7:6; 12:2; 2 Cor 5:17; Col 3:10
T Ephesians 4:24 : Eph 2:10
INTRODUCTION: OVERWHELMING SITUATIONS (FLOOD OF 1972)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: MOSES HAD DIED; JOSHUAâ€™S IN CHARGE (NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA 1:1-9
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GODâ€™S OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU IN 2018
CTS: 4 WAYS TO SEE GOD AT WORK IN NEW HOPE IN 2018
WHAT IS THE BEST RESOURCE FOR CONFIDENCE IN MY FUTURE?:
I. TRUST IN GODâ€™S PROMISES (VV. 1-5)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES JOSHUA THE LEADERSHIP MANTLE
o EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAD PROMISED WOULD BE CARRIED OUT (1-2)
o GOD PROVIDED THE DEED; HIS PEOPLE NEEDED TO OCCUPY (3-4)
o GOD WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA AS WITH MOSES (5)
II. TURN TO GODâ€™S STRENGTH AND COURAGE (VV. 6-7A)
Â· EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S PROVIDES CONFIDENCE FOR THE JOURNEY
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (6, 7, 9): YOU WILL GIVE WHAT I SWORE (6)
o HONORING GODâ€™S PROMISES:BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (7A)
III. TAKE GODâ€™S WORD SERIOUSLY (VV. 7B-8)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES THE SECRET TO STRENGTH AND COURAGE
o OBEYING GODâ€™S LAW IS KEY (7B)
o THE KEY TO OBEDIENCE: MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT; TALK ABOUT IT (8A)
â–ª PSALM 1:1-2, 119:11,14, 105-106
o MEDITATION + CONVERSATION = PROSPEROUS WAY / SUCCESS (8B)
IV. TELL OTHERS OF GODâ€™S ENCOURAGEMENT (VS. 9)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD WILL BE WITH JOSHUA WHEREVER HE GOES
o GODâ€™S COMMANDS TO JOSHUA (9A):
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (9B) (ROMANS 5:1-5, 6:23) (MATT 28:19-20)
o ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO EXPERIENCE GODâ€™S PRESENCE ALWAYS (9CD)
Â· GODâ€™S ENCOURAGEMENT ENABLES GREAT ACHIEVEMENT
Â· GODâ€™S WORD IS HIS CHIEF SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR LIFE
Â· GOD WORKS THROUGH HIS FAMILY TO ENCOURAGE EACH CHILD OF GOD
Â· GOD WILL ENABLE YOU/US TO DO GREAT THINGS IN THE FUTURE; TRUST HIM
REMEMBER THIS: OUR ABILITY TO DO GODâ€™S WILL BEGINS WITH HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Background thought on Moses and Joshua:
1. Led godâ€™s people out of Egypt
2. More humble than any man on the earth in his day (Numbers 12:3)
3. Spoke with God face to face as with a friend (Exodus 33:11)
4. God buried Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)
1. Servant to Moses
2. Experienced the Israelites rebellion to enter the promised land
a. 1 of 2 spies that spied out the land and recommended entry (Numbers 14:6-9)
b. Possible candidate for stoning (Numbers 14:10)
c. Conceivable doubts about entering the promise land?
3. Was filled with the Spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9)
Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 119:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:105-106 New King James Version (NKJV)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and confirmed
That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 28:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, â€œAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.â€ Amen.[b]
Joshua 1:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Mosesâ€™ [a]servant, saying, 2 â€œMoses (A)My servant is dead; now therefore arise, (B)cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 (C)Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 (D)From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5 (E)No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; (F)I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 (G)Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous;
[b](H)be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may[c]have success wherever you go. 8 (I)This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [d]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; (J)for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will[e]have success.
9 Have I not commanded you? (K)Be strong and courageous! (L)Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.â€
a. Joshua 1:1 Or minister
b. Joshua 1:7 Lit observe
c. Joshua 1:7 Or act wisely
d. Joshua 1:8 Lit observe
e. Joshua 1:8 Or act wisely
A. Joshua 1:2 : Num 12:7; Deut 34:5
B. Joshua 1:2 : Josh 1:11
C. Joshua 1:3 : Deut 11:24
D. Joshua 1:4 : Gen 15:18; Num 34:3
E. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 7:24
F. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 31:6, 7; Heb 13:5
G. Joshua 1:6 : Deut 31:6, 7, 23
H. Joshua 1:7 : Deut 5:32
I. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 31:24; Josh 8:34
J. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 29:9; Ps 1:1-3
K. Joshua 1:9 : Josh 1:7
L. Joshua 1:9 : Deut 31:8
INTRODUCTION: WHEN _____________ SPEAKS, PEOPLE LISTEN!
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GODâ€™S MESSAGE; JESUS BORN IN BETHLEHEM
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:8-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GODâ€™S MESSAGES FOR CHRISTMAS: HIS MESSAGE TO SHEPHERDS
HOW CAN I RELATE THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS TO OTHERS?:
I. RECOGNIZE THE MESSENGER OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 8-9)
Â· EXPLANATION: ANGEL APPEARANCE TO SHEPHERDS
o SHEPHERDS â€“ WARREN WIERSBE COMMENTS
â–ª OUTCASTS IN ISRAEL
â–ª WORK MADE THEM CEREMONIALLY UNCLEAN
o WORKING IN THE DARK / LIGHT APPEARS / FEAR (8)
â–ª MAN DWELLS IN DARKNESS IN NEED OF GODâ€™S LIGHT
â–ª JOHN 1:4-5, 3:19-21
o ANGEL MESSENGER â€“ DO NOT FEAR â€“ GOOD NEWS HAS COME (9)
â–ª AN ANGEL APPEARED BEFORE THE SHEPHERDS (9A)
â–ª THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHOWN ROUND ABOUT THEM (9B)
â–ª THEY WERE VERY SCARED (9C)
Â· APPLICATION: GODâ€™S MESSENGER FOR TODAY: HIS PEOPLE
II. REJOICE IN THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSENGER (VV. 10-11)
Â· EXPLANATION: ANGEL HAD A PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR THE SHEPHERDS
â–ª THE ANGEL CALMED THE FEARS OF THE SHEPHERDS (10A)
â–ª THE ANGEL HAD A MESSAGE:
â€¢ THE MESSAGE WAS GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY! (10B)
â€¢ FOR ALL PEOPLE (10C) (JOHN 1:11-13, 3:16, ROM 10:13)
â–ª A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU IN THE CITY OF DAVID (11)
Â· APPLICATION: GODâ€™S MESSAGE - ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST
III. RELY ON THE PROOF OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 12-14)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE ANGEL VALIDATED HIS MESSAGE
â–ª THIS WILL BE A SIGN FOR YOU (12A)
â€¢ ZACHARIAHâ€™S - ELIZABETH / MARYâ€™S - ELIZABETH)
â–ª THE SHEPHERDS COULD GO AND VERIFY THE MESSAGE (12B)
â–ª THE ANGELâ€™S MESSAGE WAS BACKED BY THE HOST OF HEAVEN (13)
â€¢ GLORIFYING GOD IN THE HIGHEST (14A)
â€¢ FOR GRANTING PEACE TO MEN ON EARTH W/ WHOM HE IS PLEASED (14B)
Â· APPLICATION: RESOND AS THE ANGELS: GLORIFY GOD; ENJOY HIS PEACE
Â· MANY ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
Â· THE BIBLE PRESENTS GODâ€™S MESSAGE CLEARLY; JESUS IS SAVIOR
Â· LETâ€™S WORK THROUGH PRAYER AND LOVE TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE
REMEMBER THIS: GOD HAS SPOKEN THROUGH HIS MESSENGERS: JESUS IS SAVIOR AND GIVES PEACE TO ALL WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED.
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren Wiersbe comments on the shepherds. He tells that:
The first announcement of the Messiahâ€™s birth was given by an angel to some anonymous shepherds. Why shepherds? Why not to priests or scribes? By visiting the shepherds, the angel revealed the grace of God toward mankind. Shepherds were really outcasts in Israel. Their work not only made them ceremonially unclean, but it kept them away from the temple for weeks at a time so that they could not be made clean. God does not call the rich and mighty; He calls the poor and the lowly (Luke 1:51â€“53; 1 Cor. 1:26â€“29).
John 1:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.
John 3:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.â€
John 1:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He came to His own,[a] and His own[b] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 For â€œwhoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.â€[a]
Luke 2:8-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And (A)an angel of the Lord suddenly (B)stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, â€œ(C)Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a (D)Savior, who is [a](E)Christ (F)the Lord. 12 (G)This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [b]manger.â€ 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 â€œ(H)Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men [c](I)with whom He is pleased.â€
A. Luke 2:9 : Luke 1:11; Acts 5:19
B. Luke 2:9 : Luke 24:4; Acts 12:7
C. Luke 2:10 : Matt 14:27
D. Luke 2:11 : Matt 1:21; John 4:42; Acts 5:31
E. Luke 2:11 : Matt 1:16; 16:16, 20; John 11:27
F. Luke 2:11 : Luke 1:43; Acts 2:36; 10:36
G. Luke 2:12 : 1 Sam 2:34; 2 Kin 19:29; 20:8f; Is 7:11, 14
H. Luke 2:14 : Matt 21:9; Luke 19:38
I. Luke 2:14 : Luke 3:22; Eph 1:9; Phil 2:13
INTRODUCTION: SEPARATING LIGHT AND DARKNESS (GEN 1:1-5)(JN 1:1-5)
SCRIPTURE: ISAIAH 9:1-7
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GODâ€™S JUDGMENT & MERCY TOWARD HIS PEOPLE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: NEW HOPE @ CHRISTMAS
CTS: GOD HAS ESTABLISHED HIS SON AS THE COMING ETERNAL KING
I. WHAT HOPE DOES CHRISTMAS HAVE TO OFFER? (VV. 1-2)
Â· EXPLANATION: ISAIAH SPEAKS OF LIGHT IN A DARK & HOPELESS LAND
o DESPITE JUDGMENT AGAINST GODâ€™S PEOPLE, THERE IS HOPE (1A)
o GOD JUDGED THE LAND OF ZEBULUN & NAPHTALI SEVERELY (1B)
o â€œBUTâ€ LATER ON, HE WILL MAKE IT GLORIOUS (1C)
o HIGHLIGHT: GALILEE OF THE GENTILES (1D)
o GODâ€™S LIGHT WILL SHINE IN THE DARKNESS (2)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: CHRISTMAS IS A MOST INFLUENTIAL TIME OF YEAR
Â· APPLICATION: RELATE GODâ€™S LIGHT TO OTHERS IN DARKNESS
II. WHAT RESPONSE IS APPROPRIATE TO THIS HOPE? (VS. 3)
Â· EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S ACTIVITY IN HIS LIGHT OFFERS GREAT JOY
o GOD IS GOING TO MULTIPLY HIS NATION (JEW & GENTILE) (3A)
o SUCH GROWTH WILL BRING GREATER JOY (3B)
o THE JOY DEFINED: HARVEST & SPOIL (CD)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: CHURCH GROWTH = INCREASED JOY
Â· APPLICATION: BE JOYFUL FOR WHAT GOD DOES IN YOUR LIFE DAILY
III. WHY IS JOYFUL HOPE IMPORTANT AT CHRISTMAS? (VV. 4-7)
Â· EXPLANATION: ISAIAH PRESENTS REASONS TO REJOICE:
o NOTICE â€œFORâ€ X3
o GOD IS GOING TO DESTROY THE ENEMIES OF HIS PEOPLE (4)
o HE WILL BRING AN END TO ALL WARS (5) (PSALM 2:1-12)
o HIS SON WILL RULE IN PEACE (6-7) (ROMANS 5:1)
Â· APPLICATION: REJOICE IN GODâ€™S PLAN THROUGH HIS SON; SHARE IT
Â· THOUGH LIFE MAY APPEAR DARK, GODâ€™S LIGHT IS UPON US
Â· CHRISTMAS IS A GREAT TIME TO SHARE GODâ€™S LIGHT W/ OTHERS
Â· BEING JOYFUL IN ALL THINGS IS A WAY GOD DRAWS PEOPLE TO HIM
REMEMBER THIS: GOD IS BRINGING HIS PERFECT PLAN TO PASS!
NOTHING CAN STOP IT! ARE YOU IN HIS PLAN FOR ETERNITY?â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
Genesis 1:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The History of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, â€œLet there be lightâ€; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
John 1:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Eternal Word
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.
Psalm 2:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Messiahâ€™s Triumph and Kingdom
Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
â€œLet us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.â€
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
â€œYet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.â€
â€œI will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
â€˜You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break[a] them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potterâ€™s vessel.â€™â€
Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,[b] lest [c] He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Romans 5:1New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Isaiah 9:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 [a]But there will be no more (A)gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He (B)treated the (C)land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the [b]Gentiles.
[c](D)The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
(E)You shall multiply the nation,
You (F)shall [d]increase [e]their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness [f]of harvest,
As [g](G)men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For (H)You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their (I)oppressor, as [h]at the battle of (J)Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
For a (K)child will be born to us, a (L)son will be given to us;
And the (M)government will [i]rest (N)on His shoulders;
And His name will be called (O)Wonderful Counselor, (P)Mighty God,
Eternal (Q)Father, Prince of (R)Peace.
There will be (S)no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the (T)throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with (U)justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
(V)The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
INTRODUCTION: BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE (HAPPIERHUMAN.COM)
SCRIPTURE: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-22
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LIVING FOR “THE DAY OF THE LORD”
TITLE OF MESSAGE: LIVING WITH A THANKFUL HEART
CTS: AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE ENABLES A HEALTHY CHURCH
I. HOW DOES GRATITUDE IMPACT LEADERSHIP (VV. 12-13)
· EXPLANATION: PAUL’S REQUEST: APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERS
o APPRECIATE THOSE WHO:
? WORK DILIGENTLY AMONG YOU (12B)
? HAVE CHARGE OVER YOU IN THE LORD (12C)
? GIVE YOU INSTRUCTION (12D)
· APPLICATION: GOD CALLS US TO APPRECIATE HIS GIFTED WORKERS
II. HOW DOES GRATITUDE IMPACT CHURCH LIFE? (VV. 14-16)
· EXPLANATION: PAUL EXHORTS BELIEVERS CARE FOR EACH OTHER
o BELIEVERS ARE TO:
? ADMONISH THE UNRULY (14A) (ROMANS 15:14)
? ENCOURAGE THE FAINT-HEARTED (14B)
? HELP THE WEAK (14C)
? BE PATIENT WITH EVERYONE (14D) (GAL 6:1-2)
? DON’T ALLOW EVIL FOR EVIL (15A)
? ALWAYS SEEK THAT WHICH IS GOOD FOR ALL PEOPLE (15B)
? REJOICE ALWAYS (16)
· ILLUSTRATION: LOVING ONE ANOTHER IS IMPERATIVE (JN 14:34-35)
· APPLICATION: SEEK TO BE A COUNSELOR TO THE CHURCH FAMILY
III. HOW DOES GRATITUDE IMPACT MY BELIEFS (VV. 17-22)
· EXPLANATION: PAUL ENCOURAGES CARE WITH BELIEFS
o MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE (17)
o IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS! ITS GOD’S WILL!! (18) (SEE NOTES)
o DO NOT QUENCH THE HOLY SPIRIT (19) (EPH 4:29-32)
o DO NOT DESPISE PROPHETIC UTTERANCES (20); BUT EXAMINE (21A)
o HOLD FAST TO WHAT IS GOOD (21B); ABSTAIN FROM ALL EVIL (22)
· APPLICATION: RECEIVE TEACHING / PREACHING GRATEFULLY/ VERIFY
· GOD USES ATTITUDES OF GRATITUDE TO GROW HIS CHURCH
· ATTITUDES OF GRATITUDE BEGIN THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST
REMEMBER THIS: GRATITUDE TOWARD GOD IS KEY TO A PERSONAL WALK WITH
GOD AND FOR A HEALTHY CHURCH?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Romans 15:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Galatians 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
John 13:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Holman New Testament Commentary
A thankful spirit does not come naturally to most of us. Certainly it pushes us beyond our natural capacities when difficult or painful situations invade our life. This command to be thankful, no matter what happens, is possible only by God’s grace. When we can agree with God that he works all things out for good to those who love him and are committed to obedience (Rom. 8:28), then we can thank him.
For those who wonder about God’s will, here it is emphatically stated: this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. There is no need for searching, seminars, books, or “fleeces.” God’s will is that we are to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful because we are his children.
Ephesians 4:29-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 But we request of you, brethren, that you [a](A)appreciate those (B)who diligently labor among you, and (C)have charge over you in the Lord and give you [b]instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (D)Live in peace with one another.
14 We urge you, brethren, admonish (E)the [c]unruly, encourage (F)the fainthearted, help (G)the weak, be (H)patient with everyone. 15 See that (I)no one repays another with evil for evil, but always (J)seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 (K)Rejoice always;
17 (L)pray without ceasing; 18 in everything (M)give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 (N)Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise (O)prophetic [d]utterances. 21 But (P)examine everything carefully; (Q)hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every [e]form of evil.
a 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Lit know
b 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or admonition
c 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or undisciplined
d 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Or gifts
e 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or appearance
A 1 Thessalonians 5:12 : 1 Cor 16:18; 1 Tim 5:17
B 1 Thessalonians 5:12 : Rom 16:6, 12; 1 Cor 15:10; 16:16
C 1 Thessalonians 5:12 : Heb 13:17
D 1 Thessalonians 5:13 : Mark 9:50
E 1 Thessalonians 5:14 : 2 Thess 3:6, 7, 11
F 1 Thessalonians 5:14 : Is 35:4
G 1 Thessalonians 5:14 : Rom 14:1f; 1 Cor 8:7ff; Rom 15:1
H 1 Thessalonians 5:14 : 1 Cor 13:4
I 1 Thessalonians 5:15 : Matt 5:44; Rom 12:17; 1 Pet 3:9
J 1 Thessalonians 5:15 : Rom 12:9; Gal 6:10; 1 Thess 5:21
K 1 Thessalonians 5:16 : Phil 4:4
L 1 Thessalonians 5:17 : Eph 6:18
M 1 Thessalonians 5:18 : Eph 5:20
N 1 Thessalonians 5:19 : Eph 4:30
O 1 Thessalonians 5:20 : Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 14:31
P 1 Thessalonians 5:21 : 1 Cor 14:29; 1 John 4:1
Q 1 Thessalonians 5:21 : Rom 12:9; Gal 6:10; 1 Thess 5:15