INTRODUCTION: â€œSWEET SCENTâ€ BY SHERIDAN VOYSEY
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 4:42-44
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS DEMONSTRATING HIS AUTHORITY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: THE PRIORITY OF PREACHING
CTS: 3 TASKS THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO DO WHAT GOD SENT YOU TO DO
WHAT BEHAVIOR WILL INFLUENCE MY OBEDIENCE TO GOD?:
I. PRAYER (VS. 42)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS DEMONSTRATED HIS DEPENDENCE ON GOD
o JESUS WENT TO A SECLUDED PLACE (42A) (MK 1:35) (JOHN 6:13-15)
o PEOPLE WENT LOOKING FOR HIM (42B) (MK 1:36-37)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: ACTS 4:23-31 (THE POWER OF EFFECTUAL PRAYER)
â€¢ APPLICATION: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING; GOD WILL RESPOND
II. PRESENTING THE GOSPEL (VS. 43)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS SHARED HIS MAIN PRIORITY: PREACHING
o JESUS TOLD THEM HIS PRIORITY OF PREACHING (43A)(MK 1:38)
o WHY PREACH? BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT JESUS WAS SENT TO DO (43B)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: THE GOSPEL STATION IN BRAZIL
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD DESIRES THAT WE SHARE THE GOSPEL
o JESUS COMMANDED HIS FOLLOWERS MAKE DISCIPLES
â–ª MATT 28:18-20, ACTS 1:8
III. PERSISTENCE IN HONORING YOUR FATHER (VS. 44)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS KEPT HIS FOCUS IN OBEYING HIS FATHER
o JESUS PREACHED IN SYNAGOGUES THROUGHOUT JUDEA
â–ª MATT 9:35-38, 10;1, 5-8
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: PROBLEMS WITH TAKING MEDICINE
â€¢ APPLICATION: THE GOSPEL IS NOT A FAD; ITS FOR LIFE
â€¢ IN TIMES OF WEAKNESS, JESUS SOUGHT STRENGTH THROUGH PRAYER
â€¢ WE MUST CONSTANTLY PURSUE GODâ€™S WILL IN PRAYER
â€¢ JESUS KEPT THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL HIS MAIN PRIORITY
â€¢ ASK GOD FOR LEADERSHIP THROUGH YOU TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL
REFERENCES (page 1)
Mark 1:35 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
John 6:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, â€œThis is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.â€
Jesus Walks on the Sea
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.
Mark 1:36-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, â€œEveryone is looking for You.â€
Prayer for Boldness
Acts 4:23-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: â€œLord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David[a] have said:
â€˜Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.â€™[b]
27 â€œFor truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.â€
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
INTRODUCTION: THE MEANING OF RESURRECT / RAISING OF JESUS
WITHOUT RESURRECTION, THERE IS NO HOPE (1 COR 15:16-20)
SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 8:1-11
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS CLARIFYING THE MEANING OF FAITH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: NO CONDEMNATION!
CTS: 3 REASONS FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE EASTER
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF MY CELEBRATING EASTER?:
I. YOU ARE FREE OF CONDEMNATION (VV. 1-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THOSE â€œIN CHRISTâ€ ARE NO LONGER CONDEMNED
o NO LONGER CONDEMNATION (SEE VS 34) FOR THOSE IN CHRIST (1-2)
â–ª SET FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH (2) (ROM 6:23)
o BECAUSE WHAT THE LAW COULDNâ€™T DO, GOD DID (3-4)
â–ª SENT HIS SON AS AN OFFERING FOR SIN (3C) (2 COR 5:21)
â–ª CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH (3D) (EPH 1:7, 2:1-6)
â–ª REQUIREMENT OF THE LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED IN US (4A)
â–ª OUR ABILITY TO DO IT: ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT (4B)
o YOUR MINDSET MAKES THE DIFFERENCE (5) (ROM 12:1-2)
â€¢ APPLICATION: DONâ€™T LIVE IN FEAR OR GUILT; LIVE IN PEACE & JOY
II. YOU ARE NO LONGER CONTROLLED BY SATAN (VV. 6-8, 9B)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: YOUR FOCUS OF HEART MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
o THE MINDSET OF EVERY HUMAN:
â–ª MIND SET ON THE FLESH = DEATH (6A), HOSTILITY (7), CANNOT PLEASE GOD (8) ( 1 COR 2:14-16)
â–ª MIND SET ON THE SPIRIT = LIFE AND PEACE (6B)
o ANYONE WITHOUT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST = NOT GODâ€™S (9B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD IS IN CONTROL OF YOU; LET HIM HAVE CONTROL
III. YOU ARE AND WILL BE RESURRECTED (VV. 9A, 10-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL DEFINES â€œIN THE SPIRITâ€
o IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, YOU ARE IN THE SPIRIT (9A) (GAL 2:20)
o IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, YOU ARE ALIVE B/C OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (10)
o IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST, YOU, AS HE WAS, WILL BE RESURRECTED (11)
â€¢ APPLICATION: CELEBRATE YOUR FUTURE; LEAD OTHERS TO JESUS
â€¢ CELEBRATE EASTER: REFLECT ON YOUR RESURRECTION
â€¢ TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS RESURRECTION
â€¢ GOD MAY USE YOUR TESTIMONY TO RESURRECT OTHERS FROM DEATHâ€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
Definition of resurrect for English Language Learners
: to bring (a dead person) back to life
: to cause (something that had ended or been forgotten or lost) to exist again, to be used again, etc.
1 Corinthians 15:16-20 The Message (MSG)
16-20 If corpses canâ€™t be raised, then Christ wasnâ€™t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ werenâ€™t raised, then all youâ€™re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. Itâ€™s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because theyâ€™re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, weâ€™re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
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.
2 Corinthians 5:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Ephesians 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 2:1-6 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,
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
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?â€[a] But we have the mind of Christ.
Galatians 2:20 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.â€ƒ
Romans 8:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Deliverance from Bondage
8 Therefore there is now no (A)condemnation for those who are (B)in (C)Christ Jesus. 2 For (D)the law of the Spirit of life [a]in (E)Christ Jesus (F)has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For (G)what the Law could not do, [b](H)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (I)the likeness of [c]sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the (J)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who (K)do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on (L)the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, (M)the things of the Spirit. 6 (N)For the mind set on the flesh is (O)death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is (P)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are (Q)in the flesh cannot please God.
9 However, you are not (R)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (S)dwells in you. But (T)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 (U)If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is [d]alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who (V)raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, (W)He who raised (X)Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [e]through His Spirit who dwells in you.
a Romans 8:2 Or has set you free in Christ Jesus
b Romans 8:3 Lit in which it was weak
c Romans 8:3 Lit flesh of sin
d Romans 8:10 Lit life
e Romans 8:11 One early ms reads because of
A Romans 8:1 : Rom 5:16; 8:34
B Romans 8:1 : Rom 8:9f
C Romans 8:1 : Rom 8:2, 11, 39; 16:3
D Romans 8:2 : 1 Cor 15:45
E Romans 8:2 : Rom 8:1, 11, 39; 16:3
F Romans 8:2 : John 8:32, 36; Rom 6:14, 18; 7:4
G Romans 8:3 : Acts 13:39; Heb 10:1ff
H Romans 8:3 : Rom 7:18f; Heb 7:18
I Romans 8:3 : Phil 2:7; Heb 2:14, 17; 4:15
J Romans 8:4 : Luke 1:6; Rom 2:26
K Romans 8:4 : Gal 5:16, 25
L Romans 8:5 : Gal 5:19-21
M Romans 8:5 : Gal 5:22-25
N Romans 8:6 : Gal 6:8
O Romans 8:6 : Rom 6:21; 8:13
P Romans 8:7 : James 4:4
Q Romans 8:8 : Rom 7:5
R Romans 8:9 : Rom 7:5
S Romans 8:9 : John 14:23; Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Gal 4:6; Phil 1:19; 2 Tim 1:14; 1 John 4:13
T Romans 8:9 : John 14:17
U Romans 8:10 : John 17:23; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17; Col 1:27
V Romans 8:11 : Acts 2:24; Rom 6:4
W Romans 8:11 : John 5:21
X Romans 8:11 : Rom 8:1, 2, 39; 16:3
BEHOLD, YOUR KING HAS ARRIVED
9 April 2017 (Palm Sunday)
One of the true stories I enjoy reading in the Old Testament part of the Bible is the story about how King David came to power. David was the second king of Israel, and came to power in a difficult way. After being anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be king, David had a problem. The first king of Israel was still ruling. The story line reflects that this was not of concern to David. David just sought to honor God with his life. Unfortunately, after faithfully serving King Saul as a mighty warrior in the army of Israel, as well as playing soothing music for King Saul, Saul sought to kill David to the point of even chasing him. 1 Samuel 24:1-7 relates how David had the opportunity to kill King Saul. If he could do this, he could assume his kingship over Israel. However, being a man after Godâ€™s own heart, David decided not to lift his hand against a man whom God had anointed to be king over Israel. As long as Saul was alive, David sought to honor the king.
Iâ€™d like to spend a few moments talking to you about a king whom God has appointed over all mankind, a king who will not only reign for a short time, but a king who will reign eternally over the heavens and the earth. The Old Testament in the Bible told that He would come and provided some significant signs to enable those alive at His coming to recognize Him as Godâ€™s anointed king for eternity. We have the privilege of reading about this king in various places throughout the Bible. The question is whether people today will believe that this king is Godâ€™s anointed, and will choose to honor Him with their lives. If you have your Bible with you, please turn with me to Luke 19. We will be studying verses 28-40.
It is believed that Luke, who is believed to be a physician, was the writer of this gospel. It is believed to be the third gospel written, following Mark and Matthew.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:28-40
CTS: 4 reasons to believe that Jesus is the King of Kings.
You should believe that Jesus is your King because of His:
I. DETERMINED OBEDIENCE TO HIS FATHER (VS. 1)
When initially looking at verse 28, it appears that Luke is just providing general thoughts about what was happening at this moment in the life of Jesus. However, if we take a look back at an earlier point in the gospel, we see luke providing a unique thought about the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 speaks of Jesus being aware that His â€œascensionâ€ was soon approaching, and He â€œset His face toward Jerusalem.â€ It is important to note at this point that Jesus was aware of what was about to happen to Him. The gospel of Mark relates to us that Jesus actually told His disciples that He was going to be arrested, murdered and resurrected on the third day after His death (Mark 8:31-33). Itâ€™s amazing to think that the determination of this â€œwould-be-kingâ€ was not focused on His opportunity to rule, which certainly could have taken place, but was determined to follow His Fatherâ€™s perfect plan. Philippians 2:8-11 highlights the example Jesus set forth in regards to seeking to honor His Father.
Philippians 2:8-11 â€“ In exchange for Jesus being obedient to His Fatherâ€™s will, God the Father exalted Jesus above all names, giving Him the privilege of being the eternal king.
What does this say for those who believe in Jesus? They have placed their belief / faith in the only one who can give them eternal life (John 14:6), and have acknowledged Him as Godâ€™s anointed King, the One whom every believer is to honor and serve in humility.
The point of application for every believer in Christ is to reaffirm allegiance to Jesus as the king of the kingdom in which you belong, the kingdom of God. Like King David, we should have the attitude of honoring the king whom God has placed over us. Unlike King Saul, who turned against Godâ€™s leadership through Samuel, the King we serve is perfect in every way.
If you donâ€™t know Jesus as your king and Savior, you can today. Realize that without faith (heart belief) in Jesus, you are an enemy of God (Romans 5:6, 8) and will experience wrath from the King of Kings in the future, unless you place your faith in Him today. Ask God for the forgiveness of your sins and for Jesus to save you. In doing so, you will become a member of the kingdom of God, with Jesus as your loving, saving King!
Are there other indicators that Jesus is Godâ€™s chosen King to reign forever? The remainder of our text will give significant confirmation to Jesus being Godâ€™s chosen King. This brings us to our next point in the message. You should believe that Jesus is your king because of His demonstration of deity.
II. DEMONSTRATION OF DEITY (VV. 29-34)
As Jesus continued His journey to Jerusalem, He came to the communities of Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount which is called Olivet (29a). Once in this location, Jesus sent two of His disciples to retrieve a donkey and its foal (29b-31). It is amazing to see how the situation progressed. Here we can see the omniscience of Christ, as the Son of God, in action. After giving the disciples the â€œwho, what, where, when, and whyâ€ concerning the foal of a donkey He would be riding on, the disciples go and find everything just as Jesus said, to include the permission of the owners to let the disciples take the animals (vv. 32-34). This is not the only place that Christâ€™s deity is being demonstrated.
Matthew 21:1-9 relate that the obedience of these disciples was leading to the fulfillment of scripture, identifying that their long awaited King had arrived. Additionally, the forthcoming praises of the King, as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, would also bring fulfillment to the â€œHalelâ€ of Psalm 118:26, which was sang during the week of every Passover, worshipping the One who has come in the name of the Lord.
Unfortunately, too many people today, as many did then, treat Jesus as just another man. In other words, they refuse to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, the One whom God the Father has made to be King over Creation. John gives a picture of Christâ€™s kingship in the opening words of his gospel.
John 1:1-3, 11-14 â€“ These verses make it quite clear that Jesus is not just another man, but the Son of God, the only begotten of God. He has been given the privilege to reign eternally as king and Lord!
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to affirm Jesus as your king because of the deity demonstrated before man, providing indisputable evidence of His being Godâ€™s chosen king to reign over all believers eternally.
After demonstrating the deity of Christ through the omniscience of Jesus and the fulfillment of scripture, Luke continues to assert the kingship of Jesus through a taste of what worship will be like in the future. You should believe that Jesus is your king because of His display of kingship.
III. DISPLAY OF HIS KINGSHIP (VV. 35-38)
Verses 35-38 display the reverential attitude that every man should have before their eternal king, that is for those who believe in Jesus as their king. After the disciples bring the donkeys to Jesus, they place their garments on the colt and place Jesus on it (35). Warren Wiersbe presents an interesting point here. He identifies that:
â€œWe think of the donkey as a lowly animal, but to the Jew it was a beast fit for a king (1 Kings 1:33, 44). Jesus rode the colt (Luke 19:35) while the mother walked along with it. The fact that the colt had never been ridden and yet submitted to Jesus indicates our Lordâ€™s sovereignty over His creation. The laying of garments on the animals and on the road and the waving and spreading of branches were all part of a traditional Jewish reception for royalty.â€
Once again the picture of Christâ€™s deity is noted. In additional reverence, the people threw their garments on the road, along with palm branches, for the colt to walk on, demonstrating their efforts to honor this king (36). Here, once again, we see the fulfillment of scripture, where Zechariah the prophet identifies the way Israel would recognize their coming king (Zechariah 9:9). That wasnâ€™t all! As the colt carrying Jesus approached the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God joyfully and in a loud manner for all the miracles they had seen (37), another indication of Christâ€™s deity. They were joyfully calling Jesus King, another mention of Psalm 118:26, which gives unity with the testimony of Matthew 21:1-9.
Psalm 2 â€“ The psalmist highlights the installation of this king prophets have written about, identifying this king as Godâ€™s only begotten Son. Woe be to those who refuse to acknowledge and worship His Son as the King of Kings.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to reaffirm Jesus as your King, because He has been installed by God, and is the only king worthy of your worship and loyalty.
The text, up to this point, has revealed in multiple ways that Jesus is the King of Kings sent by God to save those who are lost. The natural response of those who recognize Jesus as the King of Kings and choose to believe in Him is reverent worship and loyalty. This leads us to the final point of our message. You should believe that Jesus is your king because of His declaration of oneness with God.
IV. DECLARATION OF ONENESS WITH GOD (VV. 39-40)
The last two verses of our text present an interesting point about Jesus. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd, possibly followers, tell Jesus to rebuke His disciples (39). In other words, they were telling Jesus to tell those who were passionately worshipping Him to stop. Such a request is impossible for those who believe in God. Human beings were created to worship God. The next words out of the mouth of Jesus asserts His being one with God. Jesus tells the Pharisees that if they do shut their mouths, the literal rocks would cry out in worship! Psalm 96:11-13 provide some valuable thought to the idea of creation worshipping God.
Psalm 96:11-13 â€“ All of creation worships God, with the exception of those who choose not to recognize Jesus as their king. With Jesus stating that the rocks would cry out in worship, the idea is asserted that He is God in the flesh!
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to acknowledge Jesus as being one with God, and choosing to worship Him as King of Kings.
As displayed by the text studied in this message, Luke is asserting that Jesus is the foretold King sent by God to save His people from their sins and establishing His kingdom in the hearts of all who will believe in Jesus as Savior. Jesus demonstrated his kingship through His obedience, deity, royalty, and unity with God.
Believers in Christ must acknowledge Christ as their eternal king, and demonstrate their loyalty to Him through faithfully living their lives for His glory.
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 9:51 (New King James Version)
51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
Mark 8:31-33 (New King James Version)
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, â€œGet behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.â€
Philippians 2:8-11 (New King James Version)
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew 21:1-9 (New King James Version)
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a] at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, â€œGo into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, â€˜The Lord has need of them,â€™ and immediately he will send them.â€
4 All[b] this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 â€œ Tell the daughter of Zion,
â€˜ Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.â€™â€[c]
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d] on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
â€œ Hosanna to the Son of David!
â€˜ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!â€™[e]
Hosanna in the highest!â€
Psalm 118:21-26 (New King James Version)
21 I will praise You,
For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the LORDâ€™s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I pray, O LORD;
O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
John 1:1-3, 11-14
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.
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.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Warren Wiersbe comments about a colt:
â€œWe think of the donkey as a lowly animal, but to the Jew it was a beast fit for a king (1 Kings 1:33, 44). Jesus rode the colt (Luke 19:35) while the mother walked along with it. The fact that the colt had never been ridden and yet submitted to Jesus indicates our Lordâ€™s sovereignty over His creation. The laying of garments on the animals and on the road and the waving and spreading of branches were all part of a traditional Jewish reception for royalty.â€
Zechariah 9:9 (New King James Version)
9â€œ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Psalm 2 (New King James Version)
1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 â€œLet us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.â€
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 â€œYet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.â€
7 â€œI will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
â€˜You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break[a] them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potterâ€™s vessel.â€™â€
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,[b] lest He[c] 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.
Psalm 96:11-13 (New King James Version)
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
13 before the LORD.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.
INTRODUCTION: HEâ€™S NOT MY PRESIDENT!!
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LUKE IS PERSUADING THEOPHOLIS OF
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 19:28-40
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: EVIDENCE OF KINGSHIP
CTS: 4 FACTORS INDICATING JESUS AS GODâ€™S ANOINTED KING
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT JESUS IS MY ETERNAL KING?:
I. DETERMINED OBEDIENCE TO HIS FATHER (VS. 28)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS ON HIS WAY TO DIE FOR HIS OWN
o LUKE 9:51 â€“ ASCENSION COMING / SET HIS FACE FOR JERUSALEM
o MARK 8:31-33 â€“ JESUS FORETELLS HIS DEATH
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: PHILIPPIANS 2:8-11
â€¢ APPLICATION: CHOOSE OBEDIENCE TO GOD, REGARDLESS OF COST
II. DEMONSTRATION OF HIS DEITY (VV. 29-34)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS GAVE THE 5 â€œWâ€S; IT CAME TO PASS
o MATT. 21:1-9 â€“ FULFIILED SCRIPTURE / PSALM 118:21-26
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOHN 1:1-3, 12-14 JESUS â€“ THE ONLY SON OF GOD
â€¢ APPLICATION: BELIEVE THE EVIDENCE OF HIS DEITY
III. DISPLAY OF WORSHIP TOWARD JESUS (VV. 35-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED KINGLY REVERENCE
o WARREN WIERSBE â€“ THE SUBMISSIVE COLT; ROYALTY
o GARMENTS ON THE ROAD â€“ RESERVED FOR KINGS (35-36) ZECH 9:9
o PRAISED GOD FOR HIS POWER, CALLING HIM A KING (37-38)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: PSALM 2
â€¢ APPLICATION: CONFESS CHRIST AS YOUR KING
IV. DECLARATION OF JESUSâ€™ ONENESS WITH GOD (VV. 39-40)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PEOPLE VS STONES WORSHIPPING THE SON
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: PSALM 96:11-13 â€“ CREATION WORSHIPS GOD
â€¢ APPLICATION: DECLARE HIM AS YOUR PRESENT KING
â€¢ LUKE DEMONSTRATES THAT JESUS IS GODâ€™S APPOINTED KING & MESSIAH
â€¢ BECAUSE OF HIS OBEDIENCE, DEITY, ROYALTY, & ONENESS WITH GOD, BELIEVERS IN CHRIST MUST ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS KING.
â€¢ IS HE YOUR KING? IF SO, ARE YOU WORSHIPPING HIM THROUGH OBEDIENCE?
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
CTS: 2 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH FOR THE CONCERNS YOU FACE
HOW CAN MY FAITH INFLUENCE MY STRUGGLES?:
I. TAKE ALL OF YOUR CONCERNS TO GOD (VV. 38-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS BECOMES AWARE OF ILLNESS AND HEALS
o JESUS LEFT THE SYNAGOGUE FOR SIMON PETERâ€™S HOME (38A)
o PETERâ€™S MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS EXPERIENCING A HIGH FEVER (38B)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: RECENT SINUS CONGESTION (10-14 DAY RECOVERY)
o THE PEOPLE PRESENT ASKED JESUS TO HELP HER (38C)
o JESUS YIELDS TO THEIR REQUEST AND HEALS HER (39A)
o SHE IMMEDIATELY GOT UP AND WAITED ON THEM (39B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: TAKE ALL CONCERNS TO GOD; HE IS OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT, AND OMNIPOTENT
II. TRUST IN HIS POWER TO HEAL YOUR SITUATIONS (VV. 40-41)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS HEALED ALL WHO CAME TO HIM
o WHILE THE SUN WAS SETTING (AFTER THE SABBATH) (40A)
o MANY CAME TO EXPERIENCE / SEE JESUSâ€™ HEALING (40B)(MK 1:32-34)
o JESUS HEALED EVERY SITUATION (40C) (MT 8:16-17)
o JESUS ALSO DEMONSTRATED POWER OVER DEMONS (40D)
â–ª HE SHUT THEIR MOUTHS
â–ª REASON: PEOPLE WERE TO PROCLAIM HIM MESSIAH
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) DOESNâ€™T ALWAYS WORK
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD IS IN CONTROL; TRUST ONLY IN HIS POWER
â€¢ GOD WORKED THROUGH JESUS TO DEMONSTRATE HIS LOVE
â€¢ GOD ALONE POSSESSES THE POWER TO HEAL ALL SITUATIONS
â€¢ GOD HAS GIVEN US FAITH TO LEAD US THROUGH LIFE. TRUST HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Mark 1:32-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Matthew 8:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
â€œHe Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.â€[a]
Luke 4:38-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Many Are Healed
38 (A)Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simonâ€™s home. Now Simonâ€™s mother-in-law was (B)suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him [a]to help her. 39 And standing over her, He (C)rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and [b]waited on them.
40 (D)While (E)the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and (F)laying His hands on each one of them, He was (G)healing them. 41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, â€œYou are (H)the Son of God!â€ But (I)rebuking them, He would (J)not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be [c]the Christ.
a Luke 4:38 Lit about her
b Luke 4:39 Or served
c Luke 4:41 I.e. the Messiah
A Luke 4:38 : Luke 4:38-39: Matt 8:14, 15; Mark 1:29-31
B Luke 4:38 : Matt 4:24
C Luke 4:39 : Luke 4:35, 41
D Luke 4:40 : Luke 4:40-41: Matt 8:16, 17; Mark 1:32-34
INTRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF REJECTION
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 4:16-30
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS LAUNCHED HIS MINISTRY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FULFILLING SCRIPTURE
CTS: 2 FACTS FOLLOWERS CAN EXPECT, WHEN LIVING FOR JESUS
WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF MY LIVING FOR GOD?:
I. YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD FULFILLS SCRIPTURE (VV. 16-22A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS TELLS FAMILY AND FRIENDS HE IS MESSIAH
o JESUS RETURNED TO HIS HOME TOWN (16A)
o â€œAS WAS HIS CUSTOMâ€ â€“ JESUS WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUE (16B)
o NOTES ON SYNAGOGUE ACTIVITY
o JESUS READ FROM ISAIAH (16C-17):
ï‚§ MESSIAHâ€™S CHARACTERISTIC QUALITIES:
â€¢ SPIRIT OF THE LORD ON HIM (18A)
â€¢ ANOINTED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR (18B)
â€¢ SENT TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES (18D)
â€¢ RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND (18E)
â€¢ FREEDOM TO THE OPPRESSED (18F)
â€¢ PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD (19)
o JESUS ACQUIRED THE UNDIVIDED ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE (20)
o JESUS ANNOUNCED THE FULFILLMENT OF WHAT HE HAD READ (21)
o ALL WERE AMAZED AT HIS MANOR OF SPEECH (22A)
â€¢ APPLICATION: WE FULFILL SCRIPTURE THROUGH OBEYING GOD
II. YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD WILL BRING SUFFERING (VV. 22B-30)
o THE FAVOR TOWARD JESUS CHANGED TO DISBELIEF (22B)
ï‚§ â€œIS THIS NOT JOSEPHâ€™S SON?â€ (23A)
o JESUS READ THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE: SHOW US A SIGN (23B)
o JESUS CLARIFIED WHO WOULD RECEIVE GODâ€™S FAVOR (24-27)
ï‚§ GOD WOULD BRING THE GENTILES TO HIS KINGDOM
o THE PEOPLE BECAME ANGRY & ATTEMPTED TO KILL JESUS (28-29)
o JESUS ESCAPED HIS ATTACKERS (30)
â€¢ APPLICATION: AS WE OBEY JESUS, WE CAN COUNT ON SUFFERING
â€¢ JESUS OBEYED HIS FATHER, EVEN IN MOMENTS OF REJECTION
â€¢ GOD ENABLES OUR OBEDIENCE IN THE FACE OF REJECTION
â€¢ TRUST GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Wiersbe. The Bible Exposition Commentary
A typical synagogue service opened with an invocation for Godâ€™s blessing and then the recitation of the traditional Hebrew confession of faith (Deut 6:4â€“9; 11:13â€“21). This was followed by prayer and the prescribed readings from the Law and from the Prophets, with the reader paraphrasing the Hebrew Scriptures in Aramaic.
This was followed by a brief sermon given by one of the men of the congregation or perhaps by a visiting rabbi (see Acts 13:14â€“16). If a priest was present, the service closed with a benediction. Otherwise, one of the laymen prayed and the meeting was dismissed.
Jesus was asked to read the Scripture text and to give the sermon. The passage He read included Isaiah 61:1â€“2, and He selected it for His â€œtext.â€ The Jewish rabbis interpreted this passage to refer to the Messiah, and the people in the synagogue knew it. You can imagine how shocked they were when Jesus boldly said that it was written about Him and that He had come to usher in the â€œacceptable year of the Lord.â€
The reference here is the â€œYear of Jubileeâ€ described in Leviticus 25. Every seventh year was a â€œSabbatical yearâ€ for the nation, when the land was allowed to rest; and every fiftieth year (after seven Sabbaticals) was set apart as the â€œYear of Jubilee.â€ The main purpose of this special year was the balancing of the economic system: slaves were set free and returned to their families, property that was sold reverted to the original owners, and all debts were canceled. The land lay fallow as man and beast rested and rejoiced in the Lord.
Jesus applied all of this to His own ministry, not in a political or economic sense, but in a physical and spiritual sense. He had certainly brought Good News of salvation to bankrupt sinners and healing to brokenhearted and rejected people. He had delivered many from blindness and from bondage to demons and disease. Indeed, it was a spiritual â€œYear of Jubileeâ€ for the nation of Israel!
The problem was that His listeners would not believe in Him. They saw Him only as the son of Mary and Joseph, the Boy they had watched grow up in their own city.
A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament
The people of Nazareth at once caught on and saw the point of these two Old Testament illustrations of how God in two cases blessed the heathen instead of the Jewish people. The implication was evident. Nazareth was no better than Capernaum if as good. He was under no special obligation to do unusual things in Nazareth because he had been reared there. Town pride was insulted and it at once exploded in a burst of rage.
Luke 4:16-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 And He came to (A)Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, (B)He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and (C)stood up to read. 17 And the [a]book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the [b]book and found the place where it was written,
18 â€œ(D)THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19 (E)TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.â€
20 And He (F)closed the [c]book, gave it back to the attendant and (G)sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, â€œToday this Scripture has been fulfilled in your [d]hearing.â€ 22 And all were [e]speaking well of Him, and wondering at the [f]gracious words which [g]were falling from His lips; and they were saying, â€œ(H)Is this not Josephâ€™s son?â€ 23 And He said to them, â€œNo doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, â€˜Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done (I)at Capernaum, do here in (J)your hometown as well.â€™â€ 24 And He said, â€œTruly I say to you, (K)no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel (L)in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but (M)only to [h]Zarephath, in the land of (N)Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but (O)only Naaman the Syrian.â€ 28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and (P)drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But (Q)passing through their midst, He went His way.
a. Luke 4:17 Or scroll
b. Luke 4:17 Or scroll
c. Luke 4:20 Or scroll
d. Luke 4:21 Lit ears
e. Luke 4:22 Or testifying
f. Luke 4:22 Or words of grace
g. Luke 4:22 Lit were proceeding out of His mouth
h. Luke 4:26 Gr Sarepta
A. Luke 4:16 : Luke 2:39, 51
B. Luke 4:16 : Matt 13:54; Mark 6:1f
C. Luke 4:16 : Acts 13:14-16
D. Luke 4:18 : Is 61:1; Matt 11:5; 12:18; John 3:34
E. Luke 4:19 : Is 61:2; Lev 25:10
F. Luke 4:20 : Luke 4:17
G. Luke 4:20 : Matt 26:55
H. Luke 4:22 : Matt 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 6:42
I. Luke 4:23 : Matt 4:13; Mark 1:21ff; 2:1ff; Luke 4:35ff; John 4:46ff
J. Luke 4:23 : Mark 6:1; Luke 2:39, 51; 4:16
K. Luke 4:24 : Matt 13:57; Mark 6:4; John 4:44
L. Luke 4:25 : 1 Kin 17:1; 18:1; James 5:17
M. Luke 4:26 : 1 Kin 17:9
N. Luke 4:26 : Matt 11:21
O. Luke 4:27 : 2 Kin 5:1-14
P. Luke 4:29 : Num 15:35; Acts 7:58; Heb 13:12
Q. Luke 4:30 : John 10:39
10 Surprising Facts About Rejection
We know that rejection really hurts, but they can also inflict damage to our psychological well-being that goes well beyond mere emotional pain. Here are 10 lesser known facts that describe the various effects rejection has on our emotions, thinking, and behavior. Letâ€™s begin by examining why rejection hurts as much as it does:
1. Rejection piggybacks on physical pain pathways in the brain. MRI studies show that the same areas of the brain become activated when we experience rejection as when we experience physical pain. This is why rejection hurts so much (neurologically speaking).
2. Tylenol reduces the emotional pain rejection elicits. In a study testing the hypothesis that rejection mimics physical pain, researchers gave some participants acetaminophen (Tylenol) before asking them to recall a painful rejection experience. The people who received Tylenol reported significantly less emotional pain than subjects who took a sugar pill.
3. Rejection served a vital function in our evolutionary past. In our hunter/gatherer past, being ostracized from our tribes was akin to a death sentence, as we were unlikely to survive for long alone. Evolutionary psychologists assume the brain developed an early warning system to alert us when we were at risk for ostracism. Because it was so important to get our attention, those who experienced rejection as more painful (i.e., because rejection mimicked physical pain in their brain) gained an evolutionary advantageâ€”they were more likely to correct their behavior and consequently, more likely to remain in the tribe.
4. We can relive and re-experience social pain more vividly than we can physical pain. Try recalling an experience in which you felt significant physical pain and your brain pathways will respond, "Meh." In other words, that memory alone wonâ€™t elicit physical pain. But try reliving a painful rejection (actually, donâ€™tâ€”just take my word for it), and you will be flooded with many of the same feelings you had at the time (and your brain will respond much as it did at the time, too). Our brain prioritizes rejection experiences because we are social animals who live in "tribes."
5. Rejection destabilizes our "Need to Belong." We all have a fundamental need to belong to a group. When we get rejected, this need becomes destabilized and the disconnection we feel adds to our emotional pain. Reconnecting with those who love us, or reaching out to members of groups to which we feel strong affinity and who value and accept us, has been found to soothe emotional pain after a rejection.
6. Rejection creates surges of anger and aggression. In 2001, the Surgeon General of the U.S. issued a report stating that rejection was a greater risk for adolescent violence than drugs, poverty, or gang membership. Countless studies have demonstrated that even mild rejections lead people to take out their aggression on innocent bystanders. School shootings, violence against women, and fired workers going "postal" are other examples of the strong link between rejection and aggression.
7. Rejections send us on a mission to seek and destroy our self-esteem. We often respond to romantic rejections by finding fault in ourselves, bemoaning all our inadequacies, kicking ourselves when weâ€™re already down, and smacking our self-esteem into a pulp. Most romantic rejections are a matter of poor fit and a lack of chemistry, incompatible lifestyles, wanting different things at different times, or other such issues of mutual dynamics. Blaming ourselves and attacking our self-worth only deepens the emotional pain we feel and makes it harder for us to recover emotionally.
8. Rejection temporarily lowers our IQ. Being asked to recall a recent rejection experience and relive the experience was enough to cause people to score significantly lower on subsequent IQ tests, tests of short-term memory, and tests of decision making. Indeed, when we are reeling from a painful rejection, thinking clearly is just not that easy.
9. Rejection does not respond to reason. Participants were put through an experiment in which they were rejected by strangers. The experiment was riggedâ€”the "strangers" were confederates of the researchers. Surprisingly, though, even being told that the "strangers" who had "rejected" them did not actually reject them did little to ease the emotional pain participants felt. Even being told that the strangers belonged to a group they despised such as the KKK did little to soothe people's hurt feelings.
10. There are ways to treat the psychological wounds rejection inflicts. It is possible to treat the emotional pain rejection elicits and to prevent the psychological, emotional, cognitive, and relationship fallouts that occur in its aftermath. To do so effectively we must address each of our psychological wounds (i.e., soothe our emotional pain, reduce our anger and aggression, protect our self-esteem, and stabilize our need to belong).
INTRODUCTION: CHOOSING YOUR VOCATION (ACTS 9:1-6)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 4:14-15
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: OBSERVATIONS ABOUT JESUSâ€™ MINISTRY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: LAUNCHING HIS MINISTRY
CTS: 3 WAYS TO EMULATE THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST
WHAT IS GODâ€™S DESIRE FOR ME IN MINISTRY WORK?:
I. BE FILLED WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT (VS. 14A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS BEGINS MINISTRY THROUGH GODâ€™S POWER
o JESUS RETURNED TO GALILEE (14A)
o NOTE: GENTILE AUDIENCE (MATT 4:12-17)
o JESUS WAS â€œIN THE POWER OF THE SPIRITâ€ (14A)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: PETER-REPENT, BE BAPTIZED, BE FILLED (ACTS 2:38-39)
â€¢ APPLICATION: WITHOUT GOD, WE CAN DO NOTHING - BE FILLED!!
II. SEEK PASSION FROM GOD TO FOLLOW HIM (VS. 14B)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NEWS ABOUT JESUS SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE
o PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED JESUS TOLD OTHERS
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JONAH IN NINEVEH(GOD DRAWS PEOPLE)(JON 3:1-10)
â€¢ APPLICATION: FALL IN LOVE WITH GOD; TELL OTHERS ABOUT HIM
III. TEACH OTHERS ABOUT GOD IN THE MOMENT (VS. 15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDED WELCOMED TEACHING
o JESUSâ€™ MINISTRY - TEACHING OTHERS; PRAISED BY ALL
â€¢ PEOPLE WERE SEEKING GODâ€™S WISDOM (SYNAGOGUES)
â€¢ APPLICATION: SHARE GODâ€™S LOVE & GOSPEL CONSCIENTIOUSLY
â€¢ GODâ€™S SON CONDUCTED MINISTRY THROUGH GODâ€™S POWER
â€¢ GODâ€™S POWER IS IN EVERYONE WHOM HE CALLS TO SALVATION
â€¢ GODâ€™S WILL IS THAT WE FOLLOW HIS SONâ€™S EXAMPLE
â€¢ WE MUST TEACH OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST & HIS SALVATION
â€¢ GOD WILL MOVE PEOPLE HE IS DRAWING TO LISTEN TO YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Acts 9:1-6New King James Version (NKJV)
The Damascus Road: Saul Converted
9 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, â€œSaul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?â€
5 And he said, â€œWho are You, Lord?â€
Then the Lord said, â€œI am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.â€
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, â€œLord, what do You want me to do?â€
Then the Lord said to him, â€œArise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.â€
Matthew 4:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
â€œThe land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.â€[a]
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, â€œRepent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.â€
Acts 2:38-39 The Message (MSG)
38-39 Peter said, â€œChange your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far awayâ€”whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.â€
Jonah 3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jonah Preaches at Nineveh
3 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 â€œArise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.â€ 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey[a] in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first dayâ€™s walk. Then he cried out and said, â€œYet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!â€
The People of Nineveh Believe
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
Luke 4:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesusâ€™ Public Ministry
14 And (A)Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and (B)news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15 And He began (C)teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.
A Luke 4:14 : Matt 4:12
B Luke 4:14 : Matt 9:26; Luke 4:37
C Luke 4:15 : Matt 4:23
INTRODUCTION: â€œLURED AWAYâ€ BY LINDA WASHINGTON OF ODB
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 4:1-13
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD HAS EMPOWERED JESUS FOR HIS CALLING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: VICTORY OVER SATAN
CTS: 4 WAYS TO HONOR GOD IN TIMES OF TEMPTATION.
HOW CAN I CONSISTENTLY HAVE VICTORY OVER SATAN?:
I. POSSESSING THE POWER OF GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKE POINTS TO HOLY SPIRITâ€™S WORK IN JESUS
o HOLY SPIRIT POSSESSED CONTROL OF JESUS (1)
o DURING 40 DAYS IN THE DESERT, JESUS WAS TEMPTED BY SATAN (2A)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: FAITH IN CHRIST = ALL OUT WAR
o GAL 5:16-17;1 COR 9:25-27
â€¢ APPLICATION: YOU CANNOT WIN AGAINST SATAN W/O HOLY SPIRIT
II. PUTING GOD BEFORE SELFISH GRATIFICATION (VV. 3-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS REFUTES SELFISH DESIRES OVER GOD
o IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD, TURN THIS STONE TO BREAD (3)
â–ª NOTE - JESUS WAS VERY HUNGRY (VS 2)
o JESUSâ€™ ANSWER - MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE (4)
â–ª NOTE SATANâ€™S TEMPTATION AT A TIME OF WEAKNESS - HUNGER
â–ª NOTE - JESUSâ€™ RESPONSE IN WEAKNESS - SCRIPTURE
â€¢ APPLICATION: CHOOSE OBEDIENCE TO GODâ€™S WORD OVER SELF
III. PLACING GOD AT THE CENTER OF ALL GLORY (VV. 5-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SATAN ATTEMPTS TO USURP GODâ€™S PLAN FOR JESUS
o JESUS IS OFFERED EARLY REIGN, BUT MUST WORSHIP SATAN (5-7)
o JESUSâ€™S ANSWER - MAN IS TO WORSHIP GOD ALONE (8)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD (EXODUS 20:4-6)
â€¢ APPLICATION: WORSHIP GOD ALONE - IN WORD, ATTITUDE, & ACTION
IV. PROPER RESPECT TOWARD GOD (VV. 9-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SATAN CHALLENGES JESUS TO PUT GOD TO THE TEST
o SATAN LEADS JESUS TO THE TOP OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM (9)
o IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD, THROW YOURSELF DOWN (10)
o GOD WILL KEEP YOU FROM INJURY (10-11)
o JESUSâ€™ ANSWER - DONâ€™T PUT GOD TO THE TEST (12)
o FINISHING EVERY TEMPTATION, SATAN LEFT JESUS ALONE (13)
â€¢ APPLICATION: SUBMIT TO GOD. SATAN WILL FLEE (JAMES 4:7)
â€¢ TEMPTED BY SATAN, JESUS WAS VICTORIOUS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
â€¢ JESUS SET THE EXAMPLE FOR US TO HAVE VICTORY OVER SATAN
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR SOURCE OF VICTORY
â€¢ VICTORY OVER SATAN IS ASSURED THROUGH PRAYER, BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS.
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 5:16-17 Living Bible (TLB)
16 I advise you to obey only the Holy Spiritâ€™s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you wonâ€™t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. 17 For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Living Bible (TLB)
25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup,[a] but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. 26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. Iâ€™m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. 27 Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
Exodus 20:4-6 The Message (MSG)
4-6 No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Donâ€™t bow down to them and donâ€™t serve them because I am God, your God, and Iâ€™m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But Iâ€™m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.
James 4:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Luke 4:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Temptation of Jesus
4 (A)Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, (B)returned from the Jordan and was led around [a]by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for (C)forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, â€œIf You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.â€ 4 And Jesus answered him, â€œIt is written, â€˜(D)Man shall not live on bread alone.â€™â€
5 (E)And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of [b](F)the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, â€œI will give You all this domain and [c]its glory; (G)for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore if You [d]worship before me, it shall all be Yours.â€ 8 Jesus answered him, â€œIt is written, â€˜(H)You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.â€™â€
9 (I)And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, â€œIf You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written,
â€˜(J)He will command His angels concerning You to guard You,â€™
â€˜(K)On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.â€™â€
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, â€œIt is said, â€˜(L)You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.â€™â€
13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
a Luke 4:1 Or under the influence of; lit in
b Luke 4:5 Lit the inhabited earth
c Luke 4:6 Lit their (referring to the kingdoms in v 5)
d Luke 4:7 Or bow down before
end of footnotes
A Luke 4:1 : Luke 4:1-13: Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13
But there is good news. We can escape the lure of temptation by talking to God about the things that tempt us. Though â€œGod cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone,â€ as James explains in 1:13, He understands our human desire to do whatâ€™s wrong. We have only to ask for the wisdom God promised to provide (1:1â€“6) to avoid losing more than a video game.
INTRODUCTION: MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, I WANT TO. . .
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:21-38
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JOHN POINTING TO JESUS (VV. 15-17)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS BAPTISM
CTS: 3 WAYS JESUS DEMONSTRATES IDENTITY W/ MAN @ HIS BAPTISM
HOW DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS IDENTIFY WITH MY FAITH?:
I. IDENTITY IN REPENTANCE (VS. 21AB)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKE POINTS TO JESUSâ€™ IDENTITY W/ MAN & GOD
o THOSE WHO LISTENED TO THE GOSPEL WERE BAPTIZED (21A)
o BAPTISM OF JESUS - NOT IN REPENTANCE FROM SIN (21B)
â–ª JESUSâ€™ BAPTISM - FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS (MATT 3:13-15)
â–ª JESUS WAS BAPTIZED BY JOHN (MARK 1:9)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: BEGINNING MISSIONARY WORK (IDENTITY MATTERS)
â€¢ APPLICATION: DONâ€™T FORGET WHO YOU WERE & WHO YOU ARE
II. IDENTITY IN PRAYER (VS. 21C)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKEâ€™S THRUST - PRAYER IS IMPORTANT
o AS JESUS COMPLETED BAPTISM, HE PRAYED (21C)
â–ª GODâ€™S RESPONSE TO JESUSâ€™ PRAYER
â€¢ HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDED ON JESUS IN BODILY FORM (22A)
o NOTE: â€œUPON,â€ NOT â€œWITHINâ€; US - â€œFILLEDâ€ (ACTS 9:17-19)
â€¢ GOD SPOKE TO HIM â€œ. . . IN YOU I AM WELL-PLEASEDâ€ (22B)
o MATT 17:5; OUR PLEASING GOD: HEB 13:14-16
â€¢ APPLICATION: JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE FOR A STRONG PRAYER LIFE
o PRAY - GOD WILL SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH HIS WORD
III. IDENTITY WITHOUT RESPECT OF PERSONS (VV. 22-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS SENT BY GOD FOR ALL BELIEVERS
o LUKEâ€™S GENEALOGY OF JESUS IS REVERSED ICT MATT 1:1-17
o GENEALOGY OF JESUS IN MATTHEW IS MOSTLY JEWS:
â–ª BEGINNING WITH ABRAHAM, PROVIDES JEWISH LINEAGE
o GENEALOGY OF JESUS IN LUKE INCLUDES JEWS AND GENTILES:
â–ª BEGINNING WITH JOSEPH, GOES BACK TO ADAM
o NOTE: JESUSâ€™ GENEALOGY SIMILARITY TO MOSESâ€™ (EX 6:14-25)
â€¢ APPLICATION: REPENTANCE & BAPTISM APPLIES TO ALL MEN
o MATTHEW 28:19-20 - MAKE DISCIPLES, BAPTIZE, AND TEACH
â€¢ JESUS IDENTIFIED WITH EVERY SINNER AT HIS BAPTISM
â€¢ THOUGH HE NEVER SINNED, JESUS SUBMITTED TO BAPTISM
â€¢ JESUSâ€™ BAPTISM IS OUR EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD
â€¢ OUR LIFE OF REPENTANCE MUST BE IMMERSED IN PRAYER
â€¢ SALVATION IS NOT FOR SOME, BUT FOR ALL WHO REPENT & BELIEVE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 3:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, â€œI need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?â€
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, â€œPermit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.â€ Then he allowed Him.
Mark 1:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Acts 9:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, â€œBrother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[a] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.â€ 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Matthew 17:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, â€œThis is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!â€
Hebrews 13:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Luke 3:21-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Is Baptized
21 (A)Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was (B)praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, â€œ(C)You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.â€
Genealogy of Jesus
23 (D)When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, [a]as was supposed, the son of (E)Joseph, [b]the son of [c]Eli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of [d]Hesli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, (F)the son of Zerubbabel, the son of [e]Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of [f]Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of [g]Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 (G)the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of [h]Salmon, the son of [i]Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of [j]Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, (H)the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of [k]Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of [l]Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, (I)the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
a Luke 3:23 Lit as it was being thought
b Luke 3:23 Lit of Eli, and so throughout the genealogy
c Luke 3:23 Also spelled Heli
d Luke 3:25 Also spelled Esli
e Luke 3:27 Gr Salathiel; names of people in the Old Testament are given in their Old Testament form through v 38
f Luke 3:29 Gr Jesus
g Luke 3:30 Gr Judas
h Luke 3:32 Gr Sala
i Luke 3:32 Gr Naasson
j Luke 3:33 Gr Arni
k Luke 3:35 Gr Ragau
l Luke 3:35 Gr Eber
end of footnotes
A Luke 3:21 : Luke 3:21-22: Matt 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11
B Luke 3:21 : Matt 14:23; Luke 5:16; 9:18, 28f
C Luke 3:22 : Ps 2:7; Is 42:1; Matt 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 9:35; 2 Pet 1:17
D Luke 3:23 : Matt 4:17; Acts 1:1
E Luke 3:23 : Matt 1:16; Luke 3:23-27
F Luke 3:27 : Matt 1:12
G Luke 3:32 : Luke 3:32-34: Matt 1:1-6
H Luke 3:34 : Luke 3:34-36: Gen 11:26-30; 1 Chr 1:24-27
I Luke 3:36 : Luke 3:36-38: Gen 5:3-32; 1 Chr 1:1-4
More Than Anything Else in the World I Want â€¦
Fan mail poured in from all over the country. Everyone wanted to congratulate Pepper Martin. He had just led the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the World Series, making them world champions of baseball. After the final game, reporters crowded around Martin wanting an interesting quote to headline the next dayâ€™s newspaper. Finally, one enterprising reporter asked Pepper, â€œHaving won the World Series single-handedly, now, what do you want more than anything else in the world?â€
Martin stopped to think for a few moments, then startled the gathered newsmen with his answer: â€œAbove everything else in the world I want to go to heaven.â€ The reporters laughed vigorously. Martin stared them into silence, then asked calmly, â€œWhatâ€™s so funny about that? I do want above everything else to go to heaven. I want to live so right that when I come to the end of life there will not be any question about where I am going to spend eternity.â€
The picture of John the Baptist would be funny if his message were not so strong and pertinent. He called people to get ready for the final judgment. The only way to be ready was to repent, but repent meant to change oneâ€™s way of living. Unexpectedly, hundreds of people mobbed him daily, wanting to know more, and wanting to be baptized to show they had truly repented.
Todayâ€™s generation may have heard the story too often. Maybe we have been told we need to repent too many times. Perhaps the call seems always to be for the other fellow and not for us. Jesus and John kept telling self-secure, religious people that the call to repentance was for them, not someone else. Are you willing to hear Godâ€™s call to your life today? Are you willing to repent, change your course, and become who God wants you to be? Will you follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God? This is the most important question of life. To put it off is to miss life itself. To apply it to someone else is to turn a deaf ear to God. To repent and follow Jesus is to find assurance that when you die you will go to heaven.
INTRODUCTION: ABILITY TO CHANGE?!!
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:1-20
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PARALLEL BETWEEN JESUS AND JOHN
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS HERALD IN ACTION
CTS: 4 REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING SALVATION
WHAT DEMONSTRATES THE REALITY OF SALVATION IN MY LIFE?:
I. RECOGNIZING YOUR NEED OF SALVATION (VV. 1-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME PREACHING
o BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS (3)
o JOHN WAS FULFILLING PROPHECIES OF OLD (4-6)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: â€œHE / SHE WILL STRAIGHTEN EVERYTHING OUT.â€
â€¢ APPLICATION: WITHOUT SALVATION, NOTHING STRAIGHTENS OUT
II. EXPERIENCING THE CONVICTION OF GOD (VV. 7-9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN CONFRONTS THE SIN OF GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o â€œYOU BROOD OF VIPERSâ€ - WITHOUT CHRIST, ALL ARE VIPERS (7)
o JOHN CALLS FOR REPENTANCE (8) (ISAIAH 64:6, JEREMIAH 17:9)
o JOHN REVEALS GODâ€™S JUDGMENT TOWARD THOSE WHO REFUSE (9)
â€¢ APPLICATION: ADMIT YOUR SINFUL STATE; CHOOSE TO REPENT
III. ACCEPTING THE WAY OF REPENTANCE (VV. 10-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN PROVIDED EXAMPLES OF REPENTANCE
o CROWDS WERE ASKING, â€œWHAT SHALL WE DO?â€ (10) (ACTS 2:37-38)
o START LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS (11)
o EVEN TAX COLLECTORS AND SOLDIERS CAN REPENT (12-14)
â€¢ APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO TURN FROM SIN; FOLLOW JESUS (JAS 1:22)
IV. LEANING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (VV. 15-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN POINTED TO ONE GREATER THAN HIMSELF
o CROWDS WERE WONDERING IF JOHN WAS THE CHRIST (15)
o JOHN CLARIFIED, â€œI BAPTIZE WITH WATER.â€ (16A)
o â€œONE MIGHTIER THAN I IS COMINGâ€ (16B) (JOHN 1:28-31)
â–ª â€œI AM UNWORTHY TO UNTIE THE THONG OF HIS SANDALSâ€ (16C)
o HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE (16D)
o ALL MEN WILL BE JUDGED BY HIM (17)
o CHRIST MUST INCREASE, JOHN MUST DECREASE (18-20)
â€¢ APPLICATION: REPENT, BELIEVE, AND BE BAPTIZED (X2)
â€¢ JOHN FULFILLED PROPHECY THROUGH PREACHING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ JOHNâ€™S MESSAGE TO THE JEWS: REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED
â€¢ HIS MESSAGE TO YOU AND ME: REPENT, BELIEVING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ REPENTANCE REQUIRES BELIEF AND FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
â€¢ REPENTANCE IS ENABLED THROUGH GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT
REFERENCES (page 1)
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.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe 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.
Acts 2:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, â€œMen and brethren, what shall we do?â€
38 Then Peter said to them, â€œRepent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
John 1:28-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 These things were done in Bethabara[a] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, â€œBehold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, â€˜After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.â€™ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.â€
Luke 3:1-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
John the Baptist Preaches
3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when (A)Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and (B)Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high priesthood of (C)Annas and (D)Caiaphas, (E)the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all (F)the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
â€œ(G)The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
â€˜Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
â€˜(H)Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be [a]brought low;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
(I)And all [b]flesh will (J)see the salvation of God.â€™â€
7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, â€œ(K)You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and (L)do not begin to say [c]to yourselves, â€˜(M)We have Abraham for our father,â€™ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so (N)every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.â€
10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, â€œ(O)Then what shall we do?â€ 11 And he would answer and say to them, â€œThe man who has two tunics is to (P)share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.â€ 12 And some (Q)tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, â€œTeacher, what shall we do?â€ 13 And he said to them, â€œ[d]Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.â€ 14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, â€œAnd what about us, what shall we do?â€ And he said to them, â€œDo not take money from anyone by force, or (R)accuse anyone falsely, and (S)be content with your wages.â€
15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were [e]wondering in their hearts about John, (T)as to whether he was [f]the Christ, 16 (U)John answered and said to them all, â€œAs for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you [g]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His (V)winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with (W)unquenchable fire.â€
18 So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But when (X)Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of (Y)Herodias, his brotherâ€™s wife, and because of all the wicked things which (Z)Herod had done, 20 Herod also added this to them all: (AA)he locked John up in prison.
a Luke 3:5 Or leveled
b Luke 3:6 Or mankind
c Luke 3:8 Or in
d Luke 3:13 Or Exact
e Luke 3:15 Or reasoning or debating
f Luke 3:15 I.e. the Messiah
g Luke 3:16 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by
end of footnotes
A Luke 3:1 : Matt 27:2
B Luke 3:1 : Matt 14:1
C Luke 3:2 : John 18:13, 24; Acts 4:6
D Luke 3:2 : Matt 26:3
E Luke 3:2 : Luke 3:3-10: Matt 3:1-10; Mark 1:3-5
F Luke 3:3 : Matt 3:5
G Luke 3:4 : Is 40:3
H Luke 3:5 : Is 40:4
I Luke 3:6 : Is 40:5
J Luke 3:6 : Luke 2:30
K Luke 3:7 : Matt 12:34; 23:33
L Luke 3:8 : Luke 5:21; 13:25, 26; 14:9
M Luke 3:8 : John 8:33
N Luke 3:9 : Matt 7:19; Luke 13:6-9
O Luke 3:10 : Luke 3:12, 14; Acts 2:37, 38
P Luke 3:11 : Is 58:7; 1 Tim 6:17, 18; James 2:14-20
Q Luke 3:12 : Luke 7:29
R Luke 3:14 : Ex 20:16; 23:1
S Luke 3:14 : Phil 4:11
T Luke 3:15 : John 1:19f
U Luke 3:16 : Luke 3:16-17: Matt 3:11, 12; Mark 1:7, 8
V Luke 3:17 : Is 30:24
W Luke 3:17 : Mark 9:43, 48
X Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Y Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Z Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:1; Luke 3:1
A Luke 3:20 : John 3:24
The Ability to Influence Change
The six sources of influence model is a powerful model for change.
I first learned about the Six Sources of Influence from my Influencer Training.
The Influencer Training is based on the book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.
The more I walk through the model, the more I appreciate it.
One of the main things I like about the model is that itâ€™s easy to remember and itâ€™s easy to whiteboard.
Change Anything with Skill
When I whiteboard the 6 Sources of Influence for people, I simply make a 2-column table. The one column is motivation and the other is ability. I then slice the table into 3 rows: personal, social, and structural.
Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s all it takes to frame out and analyze your worst problems that you want to change.
ILLUSTRATION: GODâ€™S CALL OF KING DAVID (1 SAMUEL 16)
APPLICATION: PARENTS: ALLOW GOD TO LEAD; CHILDREN: OBEY GOD
â€œI AM TO BE ABOUT MY FATHERâ€™S BUSINESS.â€
JESUSâ€™ OBEDIENCE OF HIS PARENTS HONORED HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN
JESUS DEMONSTRATED A CHILDâ€™S ZEAL TO HONOR HIS FATHER
AS PARENTS AND AS CHILDREN, WE MUST HONOR GOD
GOD IS HONORED & GLORIFIED IN A FAMILYâ€™S SUBMISSION TO HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Proverbs 22:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.
Ephesians 6:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4Â And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Greatest Commandment
6Â â€œNow this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2Â that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3Â Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised youâ€”â€˜a land flowing with milk and honey.â€™[a]
4Â â€œHear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one![b] 5Â You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6Â â€œAnd these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7Â You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8Â You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9Â You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Mark 3:31-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesusâ€™ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
31Â Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32Â And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, â€œLook, Your mother and Your brothers[a] are outside seeking You.â€
33Â But He answered them, saying, â€œWho is My mother, or My brothers?â€ 34Â And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, â€œHere are My mother and My brothers! 35Â For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.â€
John 10:37-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
37Â If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38Â but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.â€ 39Â Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
Luke 2:41-52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Visit to Jerusalem
41Â Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at (A)the Feast of the Passover. 42Â And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43Â and as they were returning, after spending the (B)full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44Â but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a dayâ€™s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45Â When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46Â Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47Â And all who heard Him (C)were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48Â When they saw Him, they were astonished; and (D)His mother said to Him, â€œ[a]Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, (E)Your father and I [b]have been anxiously looking for You.â€ 49Â And He said to them, â€œWhy is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that (F)I had to be in My Fatherâ€™s [c]house?â€ 50Â But (G)they did not understand the statement which He [d]had made to them. 51Â And He went down with them and came to (H)Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and (I)His mother (J)treasured all these [e]things in her heart.
52Â And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and [f]stature, and in (K)favor with God and men.
a Luke 2:48 Or Child
b Luke 2:48 Lit are looking
c Luke 2:49 Or affairs; lit in the things of My Father
d Luke 2:50 Lit had spoken
e Luke 2:51 Lit words
f Luke 2:52 Or age
end of footnotes
A Luke 2:41 : Ex 12:11; 23:15; Deut 16:1-6
B Luke 2:43 : Ex 12:15
C Luke 2:47 : Matt 7:28; 13:54; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 6:2; 11:18; Luke 4:32; John 7:15
INTRODUCTION: CHARACTER WITNESS - DEFENDANT CREDIBILITY
(ANGEL, ZACHARIAS, JOHN, MARY, YOU? - HOLY SPIRIT)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:21-40
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD IS WITH US; WITNESSES HAVE SEEN HIM
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: CONFIRMATION OF HIS ROLE
CTS: 4 TRUTHS CONFIRMING THE ROLE OF JESUS AS MESSIAH
WHAT PROOF IDENTIFIES JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION FOR MAN?:
I. GOD’S CARE FOR JESUS (VV. 21-24, 39-40)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH & MARY PRESENT JESUS AT THE TEMPLE
o THE HOLY CHILD WAS NAMED “JESUS” (21B)
o IMPLIED - JESUS WAS CIRCUMCISED (21A)
o PURIFICATION COMPLETED, JESUS BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM (22-23)
o SACRIFICED OFFERED (IAW THE LAW OF THE LORD) (24)
o RETURNED TO NAZARETH & CARED FOR JESUS (39-40)
• APPLICATION: GOD WILL ENABLE YOU TO FULFILL HIS LAW (GAL 4:4-6)
II. GOD’S AFFIRMING OF JESUS AS SALVATION FOR MAN (VV. 25-35)
• EXPLANATION: SIMEON AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION
o RIGHTEOUS & DEVOUT (25A)
o LOOKING FOR THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL (25B)
o HOLY SPIRIT WAS UPON HIM (25C) (5TH TIME MENTIONED)
o HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED: NO DEATH BEFORE SEEING CHRIST (26)
o CAME BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE TEMPLE (27)
o TOOK JESUS IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED GOD (28-32)
o JOSPEH & MARY AMAZED BY SIMEON’S TESTIMONY (33)
o BLESSES THEM AND WARNS MARY (34-35)
• APPLICATION: GOD’S WORD AFFIRMS SALVATION (JOHN 1:11-13, 3:16)
III. GOD’S WITNESS TO THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM (VV. 36-38)
• EXPLANATION: ANNA AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S REDEMPTION
o POSSIBLY 106 YEARS OLD (36-37)
? MARRIED AT 15 (CONCEIVABLY)
? MARRIED 7 YEARS
? WIDOW FOR 84 YEARS (ALWAYS AT THE TEMPLE)
o GAVE GOD THANKS
o TOLD ALL LOOKING FOR JERUSALEM’S REDEMPTION (38)
• APPLICATION: REDEMPTION IS AVAILABLE IN CHRIST (1 PET 1:17-19)
• GOD GRACIOUSLY CARES FOR THOSE WHO ARE HIS
• THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS EXPERIENCE GOD’S SALVATION
• THOSE WHO HAVE GOD’S SALVATION HAVE BEEN REDEEMED
• TRUSTING IN GOD’S SALVATION AND REDEMPTION = PEACE & HOPE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 4:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
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.
1 Peter 1:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Luke 2:21-40New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Presented at the Temple
21 And when (A)eight days had passed, [a]before His circumcision, (B)His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22 (C)And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “(D)Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “(E)A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (F)righteous and devout, (G)looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And (H)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (I)see death before he had seen the Lord’s [b]Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, [c](J)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
(K)According to Your word;
For my eyes have (L)seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
(M)A Light [d]of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And His father and (N)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary (O)His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for (P)the fall and [e]rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a (Q)prophetess, [f]Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of (R)the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in [g]years (S)and had lived with her husband seven years after her [h]marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with (T)fastings and prayers. 38 At that very [i]moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were (U)looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Return to Nazareth
39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to (V)their own city of Nazareth. 40 (W)The Child continued to grow and become strong, [j]increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
a Luke 2:21 Lit so as to circumcise Him
b Luke 2:26 I.e. Messiah
c Luke 2:27 Lit to do for Him according to
d Luke 2:32 Or for
e Luke 2:34 Or resurrection
f Luke 2:36 Or Hannah
g Luke 2:36 Lit days
h Luke 2:36 Lit virginity
i Luke 2:38 Lit hour
j Luke 2:40 Lit becoming full of
end of footnotes
A Luke 2:21 : Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3; Luke 1:59
B Luke 2:21 : Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 1:31
C Luke 2:22 : Lev 12:6-8
D Luke 2:23 : Ex 13:2, 12; Num 3:13; 8:17
E Luke 2:24 : Lev 5:11; 12:8
F Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6
G Luke 2:25 : Mark 15:43; Luke 2:38; 23:51
H Luke 2:26 : Matt 2:12
I Luke 2:26 : Ps 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5
J Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:22
K Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26
L Luke 2:30 : Ps 119:166, 174; Is 52:10; Luke 3:6
M Luke 2:32 : Is 9:2; 42:6; 49:6, 9; 51:4; 60:1-3; Matt 4:16; Acts 13:47; 26:23
N Luke 2:33 : Matt 12:46
O Luke 2:34 : Matt 12:46
P Luke 2:34 : Matt 21:44; 1 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8
Q Luke 2:36 : Luke 2:38; Acts 21:9
R Luke 2:36 : Josh 19:24
S Luke 2:36 : 1 Tim 5:9
T Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Acts 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim 5:5
U Luke 2:38 : Luke 1:68; 2:25
V Luke 2:39 : Matt 2:23; Luke 1:26; 2:51; 4:16
W Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80; 2:52
INTRODUCTION: MOVING IN THE DARKNESS CAN BE DANGEROUS
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GODâ€™S PROVIDENCE; JESUS BORN IN BETHLEHEM
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:8-20
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: WITNESSES TO HIS BIRTH
CTS: 3 WAYS YOU CAN RESPOND TO THE COMING OF JESUS
HOW AM I TO RESPOND TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF JESUSâ€™ BIRTH?:
I. RECEIVE THE MESSAGE (VV. 8-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ANGEL APPEARANCE TO SHEPHERDS
o SHEPHERDS â€“ WARREN WIERSBE COMMENTS
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€“ A SAVIOR IS BORN (9-12)
â–ª HOW TO FIND THE SAVIOR (12)
â–ª EXAMPLE OF HOW TO RESPOND â€“ ANGELS (13)
â€¢ â€¦WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED (14) - FAITH
â€¢ APPLICATION: REFLECT / REJOICE / GOD IS AFTER YOU
o COME OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO GODâ€™S LIGHT - SALVATION
II. RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE (VV. 15-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NO TIME TO WASTE â€“ LETâ€™S GO TO JESUS
o SHEPHERDS IMMEDIATELY GO WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS (15)
o THEY ALREADY BELIEVED - THEY WENT TO SEE
o THEY FOUND WHAT THEY WERE SEEKING (16)
â€¢ APPLICATION: RESPOND â€“SHARE GODâ€™S LOVE WITH OTHERS
III. REPORT THE MESSAGE (VV. 17-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SHEPHERD TESTIMONY AND ACTIONS
o SHEPHERDS TOLD; EVERYONE WONDERED (17-18)
o MARY PONDERED (ANGELâ€™S MESSAGE & SHEPHERDâ€™S WORD) (19)
o SHEPHERDS SHOWED THE TESTIMONY IN THEM (20)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: MARK 5:18-20 (JESUS: GO AND TELL)
â€¢ APPLICATION: TELL OTHERS ABOUT WHY JESUS CAME
â€¢ SON OF GOD WITNESS: SHEPHERDS â€“ RECEIVED / RESPONDED / REPORTED
â€¢ BELIEVERS IN CHRIST: RECEIVE / RESPOND / REPORT (LIVE BY WORD / ACTION)
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€
Mark 5:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, â€œGo home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.â€ 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
Luke 2:8-20 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€
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, â€œLet us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.â€ 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the[d]manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary(J)treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, (K)glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
a. Luke 2:11 I.e. Messiah
b. Luke 2:12 Or feeding trough
c. Luke 2:14 Lit of good pleasure; or of good will
d. Luke 2:16 Or feeding trough
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
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING GODâ€™S PROVIDENCE IN YOUR LIFE
HOW CAN I BE SURE GOD IS WITH ME AT ALL TIMES?:
I. GOD IS AT WORK IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD USED THE ROMANS TO MOVE JOSEPH & MARY
o CAESAR AUGUSTUS DECREED A CENSUS TAKE PLACE (1-2)
o PEOPLE RETURNED TO THEIR HOME CITY TO REGISTER (3)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: THE BEGINNING OF NEW HOPE
â€¢ APPLICATION: CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD WITH YOU: PEACE & HOPE
II. GOD WILL GUIDE YOU TO DO HIS WILL (VV. 4-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOSPEH & MARY WENT TO BETHLEHEM
o THEY LEFT GALILEE / NAZARETH (4A) (ISAIAH 9:1, MATT 2:22-23)
o THEY WENT UP TO BETHLEHEM (UPHILL CLIMB) (4B) (MICAH 5:2)
o DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES: UNWED EXPECTING COUPLE
o NOTE â€“ JOSEPH & MARY OBEYED THROUGH DIFFICULTY
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: GODâ€™S GUIDANCE AT NEW HOPE (S.O.F, EXP. PRCHG)
â€¢ APPLICATION: PURPOSEFUL OBEDIENCE TO GOD = DOING HIS WILL
III. GOD WILL KEEP HIS WORD (VV. 6-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS BORN, FULFILLING PROPHECY
o TIME CAME FOR GOD TO PHYSICALLY ENTER THIS WORLD (6-7A)
o NOTE â€“ SETTING AND CLOTHING â€“ LOWLY (7BC) (HUMILITY)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD WILL KEEP HIS WORD / PROMISES TO YOU
â€¢ GOD WORKED THROUGH LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES TO DO HIS WILL
â€¢ GOD FAITHFULLY FULFILLED HIS WORD IN THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
â€¢ GOD IS BEING FAITHFUL TO YOU, IF YOU BELONG TO HIM
Isaiah 9:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
As when at first He lightly esteemed
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
And afterward more heavily oppressed her,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
Matthew 2:22-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, â€œHe shall be called a Nazarene.â€
Micah 5:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 â€œBut you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
Luke 2:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesusâ€™ Birth in Bethlehem
2 Now in those days a decree went out from (A)Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of (B)all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of (C)Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because (D)he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she (E)gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
a. Luke 2:1 I.e. the Roman empire
b. Luke 2:2 Or This took place as a first census
c. Luke 2:2 Gr Kyrenios
d. Luke 2:7 Or feeding trough
A. Luke 2:1 : Matt 22:17; Luke 3:1
B. Luke 2:1 : Matt 24:14
C. Luke 2:2 : Matt 4:24
D. Luke 2:4 : Luke 1:27
E. Luke 2:7 : Matt 1:25
Hanging On Nothing
June 22, 2013 â€” by David C. McCasland
Read: Job 26:5-14
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. â€”Job 26:7
A world map published by the National Geographic Society has this notation: â€œEarthâ€™s mass is 6.6 sextillion tons.â€ And what supports all that weight? Nothing. The planet we inhabit spins on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour as it hurtles through space in its orbit around the sun. But itâ€™s easy for that to remain unnoticed in the midst of our daily concerns about health, relationships, and how to pay the bills.
The Old Testament character Job repeatedly considered Godâ€™s creation in his struggle to make sense of the numbing loss of his health, his wealth, and his children. â€œ[God] stretches out the north over empty space,â€ Job said. â€œHe hangs the earth on nothingâ€ (Job 26:7). Job marveled at the clouds that did not break under the heavy water inside them (v.8) and the horizon â€œat the boundary of light and darknessâ€ (v.10), but called them â€œthe mere edges of His waysâ€ (v.14).
Creation itself did not answer Jobâ€™s questions, but the heavens and the earth pointed him to God the Creator, who alone could respond with help and hope.
The Lord who upholds the universe by the â€œword of His powerâ€ (Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:17) is in control of our everyday lives. Experiences that seem â€œempty placesâ€ are all undergirded by our heavenly Fatherâ€™s power and love.
Dear Lord, we praise You for Your infinite power.
You created the world out of nothing and uphold
it by Your word. Help me to remember that You
are also in control of every part of my life.
When we reflect on the power of Godâ€™s creation, we see the power of His care for us.
INTRODUCTION: RUNNING OF THE BULLS
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:67-80
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE MESSIAHâ€™S HERALD HAS BEEN BORN!!
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS ROLE AS MESSIAH
CTS: 2 TRUTHS POINTING TO JESUS AS GODâ€™S SALVATION PLAN FOR MAN
HOW DOES THE PROPHECY ABOUT JESUS AND JOHN EFFECT MY FAITH?:
I. JESUS IS OUR WAY OF SALVATION (VV. 67-75)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S MESSAGE (X3) ELIZABETH, MARY, ZACHARIAS
o NOTE: FILLING OF GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT - ENTIRE FAMILY & MARY
o ZACHARIASâ€™ MESSAGE:
ï‚§ GOD HAS:
â€¢ VISITED HIS PEOPLE & ACCOMPLISHED REDEMPTION (68)
â€¢ RAISED UP A HORN OF SALVATION FOR US (69) (1 SAM 2:1, 10)
(IMAGERY â€“ DAN 7, REV 12, 13, AND 17)
â€¢ FULFILLING THE TESTIMONY OF HIS PROPHETS (70)
o SALVATION FROM ENEMIES / THOSE WHO HATE US (71)
â€¢ SHOWN MERCY / REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT (72-73)
â€¢ GIVEN US THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING (74A):
o WITHOUT FEAR IN HOLINESS & RIGHTEOUSNESS (74B-75A)
o BEFORE HIM ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES (75B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BE ENCOURAGED: GODâ€™S PEACE IS IN CHRIST (ROM 5:1)
II. JOHN IS OUR EXAMPLE FOR SHARING THE GOSPEL (VV. 76-80)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZACHARIAS SPEAKS OF HIS SONâ€™S ROLE IN SALVATION
o JOHN WOULD:
ï‚§ BE CALLED PROPHET OF THE HIGHEST (76A)
ï‚§ GO BEFORE THE FACE OF THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS (76B)
ï‚§ GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION & FORGIVENESS (77)
ï‚§ HIGHLIGHT THE MERCY OF GOD IN SALVATION (78)
ï‚§ SHINE THE LIGHT OF SALVATION INTO DARKNESS (79A)
ï‚§ PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE PATH OF PEACE (79B)
â€¢ JESUS IS GODâ€™S MEANS FOR HIS VISITATION AND REDEMPTION
â€¢ GOD SPECIALIZES IN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: TRUST HIM
â€¢ PEOPLE NEED OUR EXAMPLE AND TESTIMONY OF SALVATION
Running of the Bulls
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Running of the Bulls (in Spanish: encierro, from the verb encerrar, "to corral, to enclose") is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets.
The most famous running of the bulls is held during the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and southern France during the summer.
The origin of this event comes from the need to transport the bulls from the fields outside the city, where they were bred, to the bullring, where they would be killed in the evening. During this 'run', youngsters would jump among them to show off their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.
Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created and stands to this day.
Romans 5:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Samuel 2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And Hannah prayed and said:
â€œMy heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn[a] is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
1 Samuel 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder against them.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
â€œHe will give strength to His king,
And exalt the horn of His anointed.â€
Luke 1:67-80 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
67 And his father Zacharias (A)was filled with the Holy Spirit, and (B)prophesied, saying:
68 â€œ(C)Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished (D)redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a (E)horn of salvation for us
In the house of David (F)His servantâ€”
70 (G)As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets (H)from of oldâ€”
71 [a](I)Salvation (J)from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 (K)To show mercy toward our fathers,
(L)And to remember His holy covenant,
73 (M)The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 (N)In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 â€œAnd you, child, will be called the (O)prophet of (P)the Most High;
For you will go on (Q)before the Lord to (R)prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
[b]By (S)the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which (T)the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 (U)To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the (V)way of peace.â€
80 (W)And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
a. Luke 1:71 Or Deliverance
b. Luke 1:77 Or Consisting in
A. Luke 1:67 : Luke 1:41; Acts 2:4, 8; 9:17
B. Luke 1:67 : Joel 2:28
C. Luke 1:68 : 1 Kin 1:48; Ps 41:13; 72:18; 106:48
D. Luke 1:68 : Luke 1:71; 2:38; Heb 9:12
E. Luke 1:69 : 1 Sam 2:1, 10; Ps 18:2; 89:17; 132:17; Ezek 29:21
F. Luke 1:69 : Matt 1:1
G. Luke 1:70 : Rom 1:2
H. Luke 1:70 : Acts 3:21
I. Luke 1:71 : Luke 1:68
J. Luke 1:71 : Ps 106:10
K. Luke 1:72 : Mic 7:20
L. Luke 1:72 : Ps 105:8f, 42; 106:45
M. Luke 1:73 : Gen 22:16ff; Heb 6:13
N. Luke 1:75 : Eph 4:24
O. Luke 1:76 : Matt 11:9
P. Luke 1:76 : Luke 1:32
Q. Luke 1:76 : Mal 3:1; Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27
R. Luke 1:76 : Luke 1:17
S. Luke 1:77 : Jer 31:34; Mark 1:4
T. Luke 1:78 : Mal 4:2; Eph 5:14; 2 Pet 1:19
U. Luke 1:79 : Is 9:2
V. Luke 1:79 : Is 59:8; Matt 4:16
W. Luke 1:80 : Luke 2:40
What is our response to blessing?
- Zacharias muted, told by God to name son John
- Elizabeth blessed with pregnancy
- Mary has visited and left
- Historicity of â€œneighbors and relativesâ€
- Dr. Luke, again, doing his research and speaking, presumably to those who had been present
- Again, he is drawing on the authority of eye witnesses
- And if we can believe the testimony of those concerning John the Baptist and the miracle that led to HIS existence, then it becomes easier to believe Johnâ€™s Testimony about Jesus, which is that He is the Christ
- Godâ€™s blessing is individual and communal
- Elizabeth is pregnant beyond her years
- The stigma of the time for not producing a child is removed
- They know the Lord will be a blessing through their son
- Jenâ€™s cousin Dennis
- Individually (with family) called to pastoral ministry
- Given tools and trust of church
- Blessed in teaching and church growth
- A sense of purpose revealed to Dennis
- We were also able to see Godâ€™s hand in these events and rejoice/gawk at Godâ€™s work.
- The neighbors and family are rejoicing with her
- When the Lord acts in a personâ€™s life, he WILL be seen
- And when the Lord acts in a personâ€™s life, he does so with a purpose toward his plan for creation/his people
- All stories of God empowering/blessing individuals who then had a massive communal impact.
- We should always remember that the blessings God gives us are not only for us.
- A home
- The gift of life.
- TRANSITION: When the Lord blesses his servants, he expects that blessing to impact his people. Therefore, our response to blessing must be obedience. Letâ€™s keep reading
- Obeying God requires sacrifice
- Circumcision was the ritual by which babies were initiated into the Jewish faith
- At the ceremony, the baby would be named.
- Names are important
- They are symbolically jumping off point for identifying a personâ€™s future.
- Less the case now than back in Biblical times, but nonetheless, we see it done
- Customary for parents to name a son after the father or some other male relative as a way of setting the beginning of their path in life.
- He SHOULD be named Zacharias
- Would carry the family name
- Would be set on the path toward priesthood
- Would continue to edify the familyâ€™s good work for the faith/community
- But God told Zacharias to call the baby John.
- Zacharias mute (possibly deaf?) so Elizabeth must make the call.
- Mention of Ephesians 5
- Beautiful model of marriage
- Never to be that the husband dominates the wife, but that they are attentive to God and God directs the husband who in turn points his family back to God
- Elizabeth submits to Zacharias here, firmly, resolutely, and in obedience of God.
- Consequence of naming son John
- abandoning the good work of the family
- Setting their child up NOT to follow father into priesthood
- Essentially fully surrendering the future of their son to the one who named him, God
- Obeying God may confuse those around you
- This level of sacrifice is scary.
- To Parents:
- Even with reassurance from God, they are the ones with the most to lose
- To onlookers
- All they see is two people essentially abandoning the future of their son.
- When God calls you, we must obey, not out of fear of consequence, but out of hope and earned trust in that calling.
- Dennis leaving very well paying Job
- Missionaries who abandon comfort to work in foreign lands
- Local families who open their homes to those in need
- Families who adopt unwanted children to bring them up in the Lord
- A dating person who leaves a relationship because they are unequally yoked.
TRANSITION: So Elizabeth intends to make this sacrifice in obedience to God, deferring her right to name her child to God. But Zacharias must still complete the act of obedience.
- Obedience is freeing, not enslaving
- Zacharias drops the mic and in this fully obeys, in trust, what God had commanded him to do in the Temple.
- When Zacharias disobediently doubts the Lord, the Lord responds by silencing Zacharias
- Answers Zachariasâ€™ doubts in dramatic fashion
- Showing Godâ€™s power
- Removes the gift of speech since it was given to Zacharias to praise God and tell of what he had seen, and he was not fully obedient with it
- When Zacharias obeys God by being Godâ€™s scribe for Johnâ€™s name, he showed that he was ready to use his gift of speech for Godâ€™s appointed purpose again, and thus is granted his voice.
- We often think of the idea of obedience as limiting and binding
- And in many cases it can be
- A boss giving unjust orders or punishments, such is the nature of human sin
- However, in obedience to God, we have nothing but blessing to look forward to.
- Our gifts
- Gifts are powerless and fruitless if not used for the purposes of God
- A pastor will often have the gift of public speaking
- If the pastor does not trust the Lord in obedience, then the gift has no eternal power and the Church will die
- A craftsman will have the gift of creating or mending
- If the craftsman cheapens his work or swindles his customers, then the gift has no eternal power and the witness of the craft dies.
- All these people have gifts, but are the gifts being used in obedience?
- People will succeed on a worldly level in disobedience (read habbakuk for a wrestling with this problem)
- But those who encounter the gift will see from where the power of the gift comes.
- A preacher who preaches a false gospel shows people the way to transient happienss, but not into the arms of God
- A craftsman who cheats and swindles shows people a path to wealth, but not into the arms of God
- A musician who sings about and lustful desires shows people the path to self-actualization, but not into the arms of God.
- We are given our gifts to witness to the goodness of our savior and let us pray that when we forget that fact, that the Lord would make our gifts powerless
- In this act of obedience, Zacharias allows the Lord to name his Son. When the Lord names you, you are called into blessing
- â€œWhat will this child be?â€
- John is named by God and chosen for a specific purpose
- He will be given the gift of speaking, and he will use this obediently
- He will herald the coming of the Christ
- He will meet, identify, and baptize Jesus
- He will set the model for those empowered by the Holy Spirit who come after him â€œChrist must increase, I must decreaseâ€ even though he has been gifted exceptionally
- He will continue to baptize and preach forgiveness in Jesus until he is imprisoned and beheaded.
- Who are we called to be?
- Well, this is all well and good, but I havenâ€™t been named by God. I have the name my parents gave me!
- We were named by God and claimed as his children when Jesus died on the cross for our sin.
- In that naming, we are given the gift of eternal life
- In that naming, we are given the gift of knowing what THIS life is for
- In that naming, we are given the privilege to herald the second coming of our redeemer
- In that naming, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit to once again know God intimately as Adam and Eve did in Eden.
- If you know Christ, remember that you have been named by the Holy Spirit and no valley in life or faith will separate you from the freedom you have in Jesus.
- If you do not, know Christ and have always been afraid of what it would mean to live a life of obedience to a God above yourself, please know that God invites us into that obedience out of his love for us here and now as well as eternally. He will never coerce, he will only invite into blessing
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CONFIRMATION OF GODâ€™S MESSAGE TO MARY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS FATHER
CTS: 2 WAYS THAT GOD INFLUENCES OUR FAITH
HOW DOES JESUSâ€™ FATHER INFLUENCE OUR FAITH?:
I. HE HAS GIVEN FAVOR TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 46-50)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY EXPRESSES HUMBLE GRATITUDE
ï‚§ SOUL EXALTED GOD (46B) (PS 34:2)
ï‚§ SPIRIT REJOICED IN GOD HER SAVIOR (47) (1 TIM 1:1)
ï‚§ SLAVERY TO HER LORD; GOD HONORED HER FOR IT (48) (PS 138:6)
ï‚§ SALUTATION OF GODâ€™S POWER AND HOLINESS (49)
ï‚§ SOLACE IN GODâ€™S MERCY FOR ALL WHO FEAR HIM (50) (PS 103:17)
II. HE HAS GIVEN MERCY TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 51-56)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY SPEAKS OF GODâ€™S MIGHTY WORKS
o GOD HAS:
ï‚§ DONE MIGHTY DEEDS WITH HIS ARM (51A) (PS 98:1)
ï‚§ SCATTERED THE PROUD IN HEART (51B)
ï‚§ CHIASTIC STRUCTURE:
ï‚§ BROUGHT DOWN RULERS FROM THEIR THRONES (52A)
ï‚§ EXHALTED THE HUMBLE (52B) (JOB 5:11)
ï‚§ FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS (53A) (PS 107:9)
ï‚§ SENT AWAY THE RICH EMPTY HANDED (53B)
ï‚§ FAITHFUL MERCY TOWARD HIS PEOPLE (54-55) (GEN 17:7)
o MARY REMAINED WITH ELIZABETH FOR THREE MONTHS (56)
â€¢ GOD CONTINUES TO EXERCISE HIS WORK THROUGH JESUS
â€¢ JESUS FAITHFULLY DOES HIS FATHERâ€™S WORK (JOHN 10:37-38)
â€¢ AS WE SUBMIT TO GOD, HE WILL WORK THROUGH US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Psalm 34:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
1 Timothy 1:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
Psalm 138:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.
Psalm 103:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to childrenâ€™s children,
Psalm 98:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
98 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Job 5:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Psalm 107:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Genesis 17:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
John 10:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.â€
Luke 1:46-56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
46 And Mary said:
â€œ(A)My soul [a](B)exalts the Lord,
47 And (C)my spirit has rejoiced in (D)God my Savior.
48 â€œFor (E)He has had regard for the humble state of His [b]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me(F)blessed.
49 â€œFor the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 â€œ(G)AND HIS MERCY IS [c]UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 â€œ(H)He has done [d]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [e]thoughts of their heart.
52 â€œHe has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has (I)exalted those who were humble.
53 â€œ(J)HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 â€œHe has given help to Israel His servant,
[f]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 (K)As He spoke to our fathers,
(L)To Abraham and his [g]descendants forever.â€
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
a. Luke 1:46 Lit makes great
b. Luke 1:48 I.e. female slave
c. Luke 1:50 Lit unto generations and generations
d. Luke 1:51 Lit might
e. Luke 1:51 Lit thought, attitude
f. Luke 1:54 Lit So as to remember
g. Luke 1:55 Lit seed
A. Luke 1:46 : Luke 1:46-53: 1 Sam 2:1-10
B. Luke 1:46 : Ps 34:2f
C. Luke 1:47 : Ps 35:9; Hab 3:18
D. Luke 1:47 : 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: AN ANGEL TOLD MARY OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE
CTS: 3 PIECES OF EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS
HOW CAN WE BE SURE THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS IS TRUE?:
I. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (VV. 39-40)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY PHYSICALLY VERIFIED GODâ€™S TRUTH
o MARY HURRIED TO ELIZABETHâ€™S HOME (39-40)
ï‚§ APPROXIMATELY A 40 MILE JOURNEY
II. SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE (VV. 41, 44)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT GAVE MARY REASSURANCE
o MARYâ€™S VOICE CAUSED ELIZABETHâ€™S BABY TO LEAP (41A, 44)
o ELIZABETH WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT (41B)
III. TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE (VV. 42-45)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ELIZABETH TESTIFIED TO MARYâ€™S MOTHERHOOD
ï‚§ PRONOUNCED BLESSINGS ON MARY (42)
ï‚§ DEMONSTRATED HUMILITY BEFORE MARY (43)
ï‚§ SPOKE OF HER CHILDâ€™S RESPONSE TO MARYâ€™S VOICE (44)
ï‚§ BLESSED IS MARY, BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED GODâ€™S MESSAGE (45)
â€¢ GODâ€™S PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS THE CHURCH
â€¢ GODâ€™S SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS HIS SALVATION
â€¢ GODâ€™S TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Exodus 4:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Then Moses answered and said, â€œBut suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, â€˜The LORD has not appeared to you.â€™â€
2 So the LORD said to him, â€œWhat is that in your hand?â€
He said, â€œA rod.â€
3 And He said, â€œCast it on the ground.â€ So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, â€œReach out your hand and take it by the tailâ€ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 â€œthat they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.â€
6 Furthermore the LORD said to him, â€œNow put your hand in your bosom.â€ And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, â€œPut your hand in your bosom again.â€ So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. 8 â€œThen it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. 9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river[a] and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.â€
10 Then Moses said to the LORD, â€œO my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.â€
11 So the LORD said to him, â€œWho has made manâ€™s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.â€
13 But he said, â€œO my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.â€
Judges 6:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 So Gideon said to God, â€œIf You will save Israel by my hand as You have saidâ€” 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.â€ 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, â€œDo not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.â€ 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
Luke 1:39-45 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 Now [a]at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to (A)the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Maryâ€™s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was (B)filled with the Holy Spirit.42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, â€œBlessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 And [b]how has it happened to me, that the mother of (C)my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And (D)blessed is she who [c]believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [d]by the Lord.â€
INTRODUCTION: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: SPECIAL BIRTH
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ISAIAH 7:14, 9:6, & GAL 4:3-5
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:26-38
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS IDENTITY
CTS: 3 REASONS TO BELIEVE JESUS TO BE THE SON OF GOD
WHAT EVIDENCE SUPPORTS JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD?:
I. GOD SENT A MESSAGE TO MAN (VV. 26-29)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AN ANGEL APPEARED TO A YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL
o AN ANGEL WAS SENT BY GOD TO AN UNIMPORTANT TOWN (26)
ï‚§ GABRIEL WAS SENT TO A TEENAGE VIRGIN IN NAZARETH
ï‚§ MARY WAS A DESCENDANT OF KING DAVID (27)
o GABRIEL GREETED MARY:
ï‚§ â€œFAVORED ONEâ€; â€œTHE LORD IS WITH YOUâ€ (28)
o MARY WAS VERY PERPLEXED AND CONFUSED
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO SHARE HIS GOSPEL
II. GOD SPOKE OF JESUSâ€™ COMING BIRTH (VV. 30-35)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GABRIEL MADE GODâ€™S PLAN KNOWN TO MARY
o DO NOT BE AFRAID; YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD (30)
o GODâ€™S PLAN FOR MARY: BEAR A SON & NAME HIM JESUS (31)
o GODâ€™S PLAN FOR HER SON:
1. HE WILL BE GREAT (32A)
2. HE WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF THE MOST HIGH (32B)
3. GOD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF DAVID (32C)
4. HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER (33A)
5. HIS KINGDOM WILL HAVE NO END (33B)
6. THE HOLY CHILD SHALL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD(35B)
o MARY ASKED, â€œHOW IS THIS POSSIBLE, SINCE I AM A VIRGIN?â€ (34)
o GOD WOULD DO SO THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT (35A) (TRINITY)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GODâ€™S DESIRE IS FOR US TO SHARE HIS GOSPEL
III. GOD SUPPLIED PROOF OF HIS TRUTH (VV. 36-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GABRIEL PROVIDED PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF MIRACLES
o ELIZABETH WAS EXPECTING A CHILD (IMPOSSIBLE) (36)
o NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD (37)
o MARY DECLARED HER WILLINGNESS TO BE USED BY GOD (38)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GODâ€™S GOAL: SHOW PROOF OF HIS SALVATION
REFERENCES (page 1)
Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[a]
Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Galatians 4:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
â€¢ God has enlisted you to bear the glory of His Son to others
â€¢ God has established His plan of salvation in your heart
â€¢ God has enabled the impossible: your friends and loved ones to be saved
â€¢ God has equipped you to share his salvation plan with others; trust & obey
Luke 1:26-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesusâ€™ Birth Foretold
26 Now in the sixth month the angel (A)Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called (B)Nazareth, 27 to (C)a virgin [a]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, (D)of the [b]descendants of David; and the virginâ€™s name was [c]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, â€œGreetings, [d]favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.â€ 29 But she(E)was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
30 The angel said to her, â€œ(F)Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you (G)shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of(H)the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him (I)the throne of His father David; 33 (J)and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, (K)and His kingdom will have no end.â€ 34 Mary said to the angel, â€œHow [f]can this be, since I [g]am a virgin?â€ 35 The angel answered and said to her, â€œ(L)The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (M)the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason (N)the [h]holy Child shall be called (O)the Son of God.
36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [i]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For [j](P)nothing will be impossible with God.â€ 38 And Mary said, â€œBehold, the [k]bond slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.â€ And the angel departed from her.
a. Luke 1:27 Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
b. Luke 1:27 Lit house
c. Luke 1:27 Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
d. Luke 1:28 Or woman richly blessed
e. Luke 1:28 Or be
f. Luke 1:34 Lit will
g. Luke 1:34 Lit know no man
h. Luke 1:35 Lit the holy thing begotten
i. Luke 1:36 Lit this is the sixth month to her who
j. Luke 1:37 Lit not any word
k. Luke 1:38 I.e. female slave
A. Luke 1:26 : Luke 1:19
B. Luke 1:26 : Matt 2:23
C. Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:18
D. Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:16, 20; Luke 2:4
E. Luke 1:29 : Luke 1:12
F. Luke 1:30 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:13
G. Luke 1:31 : Is 7:14; Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 2:21
H. Luke 1:32 : Mark 5:7; Luke 1:35, 76; 6:35; Acts 7:48
I. Luke 1:32 : 2 Sam 7:12, 13, 16; Is 9:7
J. Luke 1:33 : Matt 1:1
K. Luke 1:33 : 2 Sam 7:13, 16; Ps 89:36, 37; Dan 2:44; 7:14, 18, 27; Matt 28:18
INTRODUCTION: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (MATTHEW 19:23-26)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:5-25
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LUKE PRESENTING A HISTORICAL BIO OF JESUS
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: PREPARING FOR HIM
CTS: 3 STEPS GOD TOOK TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR JESUS.
HOW CAN YOU PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS?:
I. BELIEVE GOD CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE (VV. 5-17)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD WAS PREPARING FOR HIS SONâ€™S ARRIVAL
o ZACHARIAS & ELIZABETH: RIGHTEOUS, YET BARREN (5-7)
o GOD ARRANGED A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ZACHARIAS (8-17)
ï‚§ GOD ARRANGED FOR A SPECIAL MEETING (8-10)
ï‚§ AN ANGEL APPEARED TO ZACHARIAS (11-12)
ï‚§ A SPECIAL MESSAGE GIVEN: YOU WILL BE EXPECTING (13)
ï‚§ HIS SON, JOHN, WOULD BRING JOY TO MANY (14-15)
ï‚§ MANY WOULD REPENT IN RESPONSE TO JOHNâ€™S MESSAGE (16)
ï‚§ HE WOULD MAKE THE PEOPLE READY FOR JESUS (17)
II. RESIST DOUBTING WHAT GOD CAN DO (VV. 18-23)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZACHARIAS QUESTIONED THE MESSAGE
o HE AND ELIZABETH WERE BEYOND CHILD BEARING YEARS (18)
o GABRIEL REASSURED ZACHARIAS & ADMONISHED HIM (19-20)
o THE CROWD KNEW SOMETHING SPECIAL HAD HAPPENED (21-22)
o WHEN ZACHARIASâ€™ MINISTRY WAS COMPLETE, HE WENT HOME (23)
III. TRUST GOD TO FOLLOW THROUGH (VV. 24-25)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO
o ELIZABETH BECAME PREGNANT (24)
o ELIZABETH NO LONGER GRIEVED OVER BEING BARREN (25)
â€¢ GOD DID THE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS
â€¢ AS WE TRUST GOD, HE WILL ENABLE US TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
â€¢ AS WE SERVE GOD, HE WILL USE US TO PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 1:5-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 (A)In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [a]Zacharias, of the (B)division of [b]Abijah; and he had a wife [c]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both (C)righteous in the sight of God, walking (D)blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [d]years.
8 Now it happened that while (E)he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot (F)to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer (G)outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And (H)an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and (I)fear [e]gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, â€œ(J)Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and (K)you will [f]give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will (L)drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit [g]while yet in his motherâ€™s womb. 16 And he will (M)turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will (N)go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of (O)Elijah, (P)TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to (Q)make ready a people prepared for the Lord.â€
18 Zacharias said to the angel, â€œHow will I know this for certain? For (R)I am an old man and my wife is advanced in [h]years.â€ 19 The angel answered and said to him, â€œI am (S)Gabriel, who [i](T)stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.â€
21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he (U)kept [j]making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she [k]kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 â€œThis is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to (V)take away my disgrace among men.â€
a. Luke 1:5 I.e. Zechariah
b. Luke 1:5 Gr Abia
c. Luke 1:5 I.e. of priestly descent
d. Luke 1:7 Lit days
e. Luke 1:12 Or fell upon
f. Luke 1:13 Lit call his name
g. Luke 1:15 Lit from
h. Luke 1:18 Lit days
i. Luke 1:19 Lit stand beside
j. Luke 1:22 Or beckoning to or nodding to
k. Luke 1:24 Lit was hidden
A. Luke 1:5 : Matt 2:1
B. Luke 1:5 : 1 Chr 24:10
C. Luke 1:6 : Gen 7:1; Acts 2:25; 8:21
D. Luke 1:6 : Phil 2:15; 3:6; 1 Thess 3:13
E. Luke 1:8 : 1 Chr 24:19; 2 Chr 8:14; 31:2
F. Luke 1:9 : Ex 30:7f
G. Luke 1:10 : Lev 16:17
H. Luke 1:11 : Luke 2:9; Acts 5:19
I. Luke 1:12 : Luke 2:9
J. Luke 1:13 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:30
K. Luke 1:13 : Luke 1:60, 63
L. Luke 1:15 : Num 6:3; Judg 13:4; Matt 11:18; Luke 7:33
M. Luke 1:16 : Matt 3:2, 6; Luke 3:3
N. Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76
O. Luke 1:17 : Matt 11:14
P. Luke 1:17 : Mal 4:6
Q. Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76
R. Luke 1:18 : Gen 17:17
S. Luke 1:19 : Dan 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:26
T. Luke 1:19 : Matt 18:10
U. Luke 1:22 : Luke 1:62
V. Luke 1:25 : Gen 30:23; Is 4:1; 25:8
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTIGATIONS
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:1-4
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: AUTHOR: PHYSICIAN / TIME WITH PAUL / GOSPEL
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: VERIFYING THE TRUTH
CTS: 2 FACTORS THAT CONFIRM THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
WHAT EVIDENCE SUPPORTS THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST?:
I. THE TESTIMONY OF OTHER BELIEVERS (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MANY SPOKE / WROTE ABOUT JESUS
o MANY SOUGHT TO COMPILE EVIDENCE OF JESUSâ€™ WORK (1)
o THE EVIDENCE CAME FROM EYE WITNESSES (2A)
o THE EYE WITNESSES WERE SERVANTS OF THE GOSPEL (2B)
ï‚§ 2 PETER 1:16-17; 1 JOHN 1:1-4; HEBREWS 2:1-4
II. THE INVESTIGATIVE TESTIMONY OF LUKE (VV. 3-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKE WAS COMPELLED TO INVESTIGATE
o HE INVESTIGATED EVERYTHING FROM THE BEGINNING (3A)
o HE WROTE HIS RESULTS IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER (3B)
o HE WROTE TO FURTHER PERSUADE THEOPHILUS OF TRUTH (4)
â€¢ AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE MUST SEEK GODâ€™S TRUTH
â€¢ GOD PROVIDES THE TRUTH WE NEED THROUGH HIS WITNESSES
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD AND SPIRIT LED SERVANTS = RESOURCES OF THE TRUTH
â€¢ TRUST GODâ€™S WORD AS THE TRUTH â€“ HE WILL GUIDE YOU (PROV 3:5-6)
REFERENCES (page 1)
2 Peter 1:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Trustworthy Prophetic Word
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: â€œThis is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.â€
1 John 1:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of lifeâ€” 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to usâ€” 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your[a] joy may be full.
Hebrews 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Neglect Salvation
2 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
Luke 1:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things [a](A)accomplished among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who (B)from the beginning [b]were (C)eyewitnesses and [c](D)servants of (E)the [d]word,
3 it seemed fitting for me as well, (F)having [e]investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you (G)in consecutive order, (H)most excellent (I)Theophilus; 4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been [f](J)taught.
a. Luke 1:1 Or on which there is full conviction
b. Luke 1:2 Lit became
c. Luke 1:2 Or ministers
d. Luke 1:2 I.e. gospel
e. Luke 1:3 Or followed
f. Luke 1:4 Or orally instructed in
A. Luke 1:1 : Rom 4:21; 14:5; Col 2:2; 4:12; 1 Thess 1:5; 2 Tim 4:17; Heb 6:11; 10:22
B. Luke 1:2 : John 15:27; Acts 1:21f
C. Luke 1:2 : 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:1
D. Luke 1:2 : Acts 26:16; 1 Cor 4:1; Heb 2:3
E. Luke 1:2 : Mark 4:14; 16:20; Acts 8:4; 14:25; 16:6; 17:11
F. Luke 1:3 : 1 Tim 4:6
G. Luke 1:3 : Acts 11:4; 18:23
H. Luke 1:3 : Acts 23:26; 24:3; 26:25
I. Luke 1:3 : Acts 1:1
J. Luke 1:4 : Acts 18:25; Rom 2:18; 1 Cor 14:19; Gal 6:6
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOWING APPRECIATION
SCRIPTURE: 1 CHRONICLES 16:8-16
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DAVID HAS BROUGHT THE ARK TO JERUSALEM
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE WAY TO EXPRESS THANKSGIVING TO GOD
CTS: 2 TRUTHS TO ENHANCE YOUR THANKSGIVING TOWARD GOD
HOW CAN I SHOW THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR MY LIFE?:
I. RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO GIVE HIM THANKS (VS. 8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DAVID CALLS FOR THANKSGIVING TO GOD
o GIVE THANKS TO GOD (8A) (PS 100:4, PHIL 4:6, COL 2:6-7)
o TELL OTHERS THE REASON FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING (8B)
II. RESOLVE TO GIVE THANKS IN MULTIPLE WAYS (VV. 9-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DAVID TELLS HOW TO SHOW THANKS TO GOD
o WITH THE MOUTH â€“ SING / TESTIFY ABOUT OUR LORD (9)
o SEEKING THE LORD = GLADNESS (10); STRENGTH (11) (COL 3:1-4)
o REMEMBER: HIS DEEDS (12-14) AND HIS COVENANT (15-16)
ï‚§ DEUT 8:17-19
â€¢ AN ATTITUDE OF THANKSGIVING BEGINS WITH FAITH IN CHRIST
â€¢ THANKSGIVING IS RENEWED, AS WE CHOOSE TO GIVE THANKS
â€¢ THANKSGIVING IS MORE THAN WORDS, . . . IT INCLUDES ACTION
â€¢ PRAY FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU A LIFE OF THANKSGIVING
REFERENCES (page 1)
Psalm 100:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Philippians 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Colossians 2:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it[a] with thanksgiving.
Colossians 3:1-4 The Message (MSG)
3 1-2 So if youâ€™re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Donâ€™t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christâ€”thatâ€™s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real lifeâ€”even though invisible to spectatorsâ€”is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, youâ€™ll show up, tooâ€”the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
Deuteronomy 8:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 then you say in your heart, â€˜My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.â€™
18 â€œAnd you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.â€ƒ
1 Chronicles 16:8-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Psalm of Thanksgiving
8 (A)Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
(B)Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
[a]Speak of all His [b]wonders.
10 [c]Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
11 (C)Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12 (D)Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
(E)His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
13 O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
14 He is the LORD our God;
(F)His judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
16 (G)The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
a. 1 Chronicles 16:9 Or Meditate on
b. 1 Chronicles 16:9 I.e. wonderful acts
c. 1 Chronicles 16:10 Or Boast
A. 1 Chronicles 16:8 : 1 Chr 16:8-36; Ps 105:1-15
B. 1 Chronicles 16:8 : 1 Kin 8:43; 2 Kin 19:19
C. 1 Chronicles 16:11 : Ps 24:6
D. 1 Chronicles 16:12 : Ps 103:2
E. 1 Chronicles 16:12 : Ps 78:43-68
F. 1 Chronicles 16:14 : Ps 48:10
G. 1 Chronicles 16:16 : Gen 12:7; 17:2; 22:16-18; 26:3
INTRODUCTION: QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA)?!
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 13:1-30
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WALL / WORD / WILLING OBEDIENCE?
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: ACCOUNTABILITY
CTS: 4 WAYS TO PRESERVE CHURCH ACCOUNTABILITY BEFORE GOD
WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY LOOK LIKE WITHIN THE CHURCH?:
I. CONCERN FOR PURITY (VV. 1-9)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH LED THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
o GOD’S WORD INITIATED THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (1-3)
o “NOW PRIOR TO THIS . . .” – TOBIAH WAS AN AMMONITE (4A)
o ELIASHIB PROVIDED TOBIAH A HOME – THE TEMPLE (4B-5)
o ALL WAS DONE IN NEHEMIAH’S ABSENCE (6-7)
o NEHEMIAH TOOK ACTION TO HONOR GOD (8-9)
II. CONCERN FOR CHURCH MINISTRY (VV. 10-14)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH ADDRESSED TEMPLE NEEDS
o THE TEMPLE LEADERSHIP WAS GONE; NO SUPPORT (10)
o NEHEMIAH RESTORED THE SUPPORT W/ LEADERSHIP (11-13)
o NEHEMIAH SHOWED CONCERN FOR GOD’S MERCY (14) (X4)
III. CONCERN FOR GOD’S SABBATH (VV. 15-22)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH CONFRONTED SABBATH VIOLATIONS
o GOD’S PEOPLE WERE DOING BUSINESS ON THE SABBATH (15)
o THE GENTILES WERE ACTIVE W/ THE JEWS ON THE SABBATH (16)
o NEHEMIAH TOOK ACTION AGAINST THE BEHAVIOR (17-22A)
o NEHEMIAH’S CONCERN FOR GOD’S MERCY AGAIN (22B)
IV. CONCERN FOR CHURCH FUTURE (VV. 23-30)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH CONFRONTED MARITAL INFIDELITY
o JEWS MARRIED AMMONITE AND MOABITE WOMEN; EFFECTS (23-24)
o NEHEMIAH VERBALLY AND PHYSICALLY REPRIMANDS (25-28)
o NEHEMIAH TWICE INTERCEDES WITH GOD FOR MERCY (29-30)
• GOD’ WORD PLAYS THE VITAL ROLE IN ACCOUNTABILITY
• ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD IS KEY IN A HEALTHY FAITH
• ACCOUNTABILITY IS VITAL TO PERSONAL AND CHURCH GROWTH
• LET US ENSURE CHURCH GROWTH THROUGH ACCOUNTABILITY
• ALL ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE EXERCISED IN LOVE (GAL 6:1-2)?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share the Burdens
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.
Nehemiah 13:1-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 On that day (A)they read aloud from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and there was found written in it that (B)no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God, 2 because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but (C)hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, (D)our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 So when they heard the law, (E)they excluded (F)all foreigners from Israel.
Tobiah Expelled and the Temple Cleansed
4 Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, (G)who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being [a]related to (H)Tobiah, 5 had prepared a large [b]room for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine and oil (I)prescribed for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the [c]contributions for the priests. 6 But during all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in (J)the thirty-second year of (K)Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had gone to the king. After some time, however, I asked leave from the king, 7 and I came to Jerusalem and [d]learned about the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, (L)by preparing a [e]room for him in the courts of the house of God. 8 It was very displeasing to me, so I (M)threw all of Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. 9 Then I gave an order and (N)they cleansed the rooms; and I returned there the utensils of the house of God with the grain offerings and the frankincense.
10 I also [f]discovered that (O)the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had [g]gone away, (P)each to his own field. 11 So I [h](Q)reprimanded the officials and said, “(R)Why is the house of God forsaken?” Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts. 12 All Judah then brought (S)the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses. 13 In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for (T)they were considered reliable, and it was [i]their task to distribute to their [j]kinsmen. 14 (U)Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.
15 In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses (V)on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, (W)and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So (X)I admonished them on the day they sold food. 16 Also men of Tyre were living [k]there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. 17 Then (Y)I [l]reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing you are doing, [m]by profaning the sabbath day? 18 (Z)Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath.”
19 (AA)It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut [n]and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day. 20 Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem. 21 Then (AB)I [o]warned them and said to them, “Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will [p]use force against you.” From that time on they did not come on the sabbath. 22 And I commanded the Levites that (AC)they should purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the sabbath day. For this also (AD)remember me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Mixed Marriages Forbidden
23 In those days I also saw that the Jews had [q](AE)married women from (AF)Ashdod, (AG)Ammon and Moab. 24 As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but [r]the language of his own people. 25 So (AH)I contended with them and cursed them and (AI)struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and (AJ)made them swear by God, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. 26 (AK)Did not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? (AL)Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and (AM)he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin.27 [s]Do we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil (AN)by acting unfaithfully against our God by [t]marrying foreign women?” 28 Even one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of (AO)Sanballat the Horonite, so I drove him away from me. 29 (AP)Remember them, O my God, [u]because they have defiled the priesthood and the (AQ)covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
30 (AR)Thus I purified them from everything foreign and appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his task,
a. Nehemiah 13:4 Lit close to
b. Nehemiah 13:5 Or chamber
c. Nehemiah 13:5 Lit heave offerings
d. Nehemiah 13:7 Or understood
e. Nehemiah 13:7 Or chamber, and so in vv 8, 9
f. Nehemiah 13:10 Or knew
g. Nehemiah 13:10 Lit fled
h. Nehemiah 13:11 Or contended with
i. Nehemiah 13:13 Lit on them to
j. Nehemiah 13:13 Lit brothers
k. Nehemiah 13:16 Lit in it
l. Nehemiah 13:17 Or contended with
m. Nehemiah 13:17 Lit and
n. Nehemiah 13:19 Lit and commanded
o. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit witnessed against
p. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit send a hand against
q. Nehemiah 13:23 Lit given dwelling to
r. Nehemiah 13:24 Lit according to the tongue of people and people
s. Nehemiah 13:27 Or Is it reported
t. Nehemiah 13:27 Lit giving dwelling to
u. Nehemiah 13:29 Lit for the defilings of
A. Nehemiah 13:1 : Neh 9:3
B. Nehemiah 13:1 : Deut 23:3-5; Neh 13:23
C. Nehemiah 13:2 : Num 22:3-11
D. Nehemiah 13:2 : Deut 23:5
E. Nehemiah 13:3 : Neh 9:2; 10:28
F. Nehemiah 13:3 : Ex 12:38
G. Nehemiah 13:4 : Neh 12:44
H. Nehemiah 13:4 : Neh 2:10; 6:1, 17, 18
I. Nehemiah 13:5 : Num 18:21
J. Nehemiah 13:6 : Neh 5:14
K. Nehemiah 13:6 : Ezra 6:22
L. Nehemiah 13:7 : Neh 13:5
M. Nehemiah 13:8 : John 2:13-16
N. Nehemiah 13:9 : 2 Chr 29:5, 15, 16
O. Nehemiah 13:10 : Deut 12:19; Neh 10:37
P. Nehemiah 13:10 : Neh 12:28, 29
Q. Nehemiah 13:11 : Neh 13:17, 25
R. Nehemiah 13:11 : Neh 10:39
S. Nehemiah 13:12 : Neh 10:37; 12:44; Mal 3:10
T. Nehemiah 13:13 : Neh 7:2
U. Nehemiah 13:14 : Neh 5:19; 13:22, 31
V. Nehemiah 13:15 : Ex 20:8; 34:21; Deut 5:12-14; Jer 17:22
W. Nehemiah 13:15 : Neh 10:31; Jer 17:21
X. Nehemiah 13:15 : Neh 9:29; 13:21
Y. Nehemiah 13:17 : Neh 13:11, 25
Z. Nehemiah 13:18 : Ezra 9:13; Jer 17:21
AA. Nehemiah 13:19 : Lev 23:32
BB. Nehemiah 13:21 : Neh 13:15
CC. Nehemiah 13:22 : 1 Chr 15:12; Neh 12:30
DD. Nehemiah 13:22 : Neh 13:14, 31
EE. Nehemiah 13:23 : Ex 34:11-16; Deut 7:1-5; Ezra 9:2; Neh 10:30
FF. Nehemiah 13:23 : Neh 4:7
GG. Nehemiah 13:23 : Ezra 9:1; Neh 13:1
HH. Nehemiah 13:25 : Neh 13:11, 17
II. Nehemiah 13:25 : Deut 25:2
JJ. Nehemiah 13:25 : Neh 10:29, 30
KK. Nehemiah 13:26 : 1 Kin 11:1
LL. Nehemiah 13:26 : 1 Kin 3:13; 2 Chr 1:12
MM. Nehemiah 13:26 : 2 Sam 12:24, 25
NN. Nehemiah 13:27 : Ezra 10:2; Neh 13:23
OO. Nehemiah 13:28 : Neh 2:10, 19; 4:1
PP. Nehemiah 13:29 : Neh 6:14
QQ. Nehemiah 13:29 : Num 25:13
RR. Nehemiah 13:30 : Neh 10:30
INTRODUCTION: HAVE YOU DEDICATED YOUR LIFE TO GOD?
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: DEDICATION TO GOD SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 12:27-47
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED; NOW WHAT?
CTS: 3 WAYS DEDICATION TO GOD INFLUENCES CHURCH GROWTH
HOW DOES DEDICATION TO GOD EFFECT CHURCH GROWTH?:
I. DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE INITIATED (VV. 27-30)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH INITIATED A CELEBRATION
o THE LEADERSHIP SOUGHT GIFTED PEOPLE TO LEAD (27A)
â–ª LEVITES TO SING AND PLAY INSTRUMENTS (27BC-29)
o THE PRIESTS LED IN PURIFICATION FOR THE CELEBRATION (30)
II. DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE ORGANIZED (VV. 31-43)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH ORGANIZED TWO WORSHIP CHOIRS
o THE STEPS TO ORGANIZATION:
â–ª CALLED THE LEADERSHIP TO THE TOP OF THE WALL (31A)
â–ª APPOINTED TWO GREAT CHOIRS (31B)
â€¢ 1/2 TO THE RIGHT W/ EZRA (31C-37)
â€¢ 1/2 TO THE LEFT W/ NEHEMIAH (38-39)
â–ª THE TWO CHOIRS WENT INTO THE HOUSE OF GOD (40A)
â–ª THE LEADERSHIP WENT IN WITH THE CHOIRS (40B-42)
o EVERYONE PARTICIPATED IN WORSHIP (43)
â–ª GREAT SACRIFICES OFFERED ON THAT DAY (43a)
â–ª REJOICING BY ALL BECAUSE GOD HAD GIVEN THEM JOY (43B)
III. DEDICATION TO GOD MUST INCLUDE THE CHURCH (VV. 44-47)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LEADERS WERE APPOINTED FOR THE TEMPLE:
o OPERATIONS OF THE TEMPLE (44AB)
o CARE FOR THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES (44CD)
â–ª REASON FOR PRIESTLY CARE:
â€¢ JUDAH REJOICED OVER THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES (44E)
â€¢ PRIESTS AND LEVITES HONORED THE LAW (45-46)
â€¢ THE PEOPLE HONORED & CARED FOR GODâ€™S LEADERSHIP (47)
â€¢ DEDICATION OF NEW HOPEâ€™S ACHIEVEMENTS TO GOD:
o GLORIFIES GOD
o DEMONSTRATES OUR DEPENDENCE ON GOD
o PRESERVES OUR HUMILITY BEFORE GOD
o PLACES OUR CHURCH IN GODâ€™S HANDS TO CHANGE OUR WORLD
REFERENCES (page 1)
Simple Definition of dedication
: a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.
: a message at the beginning of a book, song, etc., saying that it was written or is being performed in order to honor or express affection for someone
: the act of officially saying that something (such as a new building) was created for a particular purpose (such as worship) or to remember or honor a particular person
Nehemiah 12:27-47 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Dedication of the Wall
27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs (A)to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres. 28 So the sons of the singers were assembled from the district around Jerusalem, and from (B)the villages of the Netophathites, 29 from Beth-gilgal and from their fields in Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built themselves villages around Jerusalem. 30 The priests and the Levites (C)purified themselves; they also purified the people, the gates and the wall.
Procedures for the Temple
31 Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great [a]choirs, [b](D)the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward (E)the Refuse Gate. 32 Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed them, 33 with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, 35 and some of the sons of the priests with trumpets; and Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph, 36 and his [c]kinsmen, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani, (F)with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them. 37 At (G)the Fountain Gate they went directly up (H)the steps of the city of David by the stairway of the wall above the house of David to (I)the Water Gate on the east.
38 (J)The second [d]choir proceeded to the [e]left, while I followed them with half of the people on the wall, (K)above the Tower of Furnaces, to (L)the Broad Wall, 39 and above (M)the Gate of Ephraim, by (N)the Old Gate, by the (O)Fish Gate, (P)the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped at (Q)the Gate of the Guard. 40 Then the two choirs took their stand in the house of God. So did I and half of the officials with me; 41 and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah, with the trumpets; 42 and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam and Ezer. And the singers [f]sang, with Jezrahiah their leader, 43 and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because (R)God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar.
44 On that day (S)men were also appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions required by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who [g]served. 45 For they performed the [h]worship of their God and the service of purification, together with the singers and the gatekeepers (T)in accordance with the command of David and of his son Solomon. 46 For in the days of David and (U)Asaph, in ancient times, there were [i](V)leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. 47 So all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah gave the portions due the singers and the gatekeepers (W)as each day required, and (X)set apart the consecrated portion for the Levites, and the Levites set apart the consecrated portion for the sons of Aaron.
a Nehemiah 12:31 Lit thanksgiving choirs
b Nehemiah 12:31 Heb and processions to the right
c Nehemiah 12:36 Lit brothers
d Nehemiah 12:38 Lit thanksgiving choir
e Nehemiah 12:38 Lit front
f Nehemiah 12:42 Lit caused their voices to be heard
g Nehemiah 12:44 Lit stood
h Nehemiah 12:45 Lit service
i Nehemiah 12:46 Lit heads
end of footnotes
A Nehemiah 12:27 : 1 Chr 15:16, 28
B Nehemiah 12:28 : 1 Chr 9:16
C Nehemiah 12:30 : Neh 13:22, 30
D Nehemiah 12:31 : Neh 12:38
E Nehemiah 12:31 : Neh 2:13
F Nehemiah 12:36 : Neh 12:24
G Nehemiah 12:37 : Neh 2:14
H Nehemiah 12:37 : Neh 3:15
I Nehemiah 12:37 : Neh 3:26
J Nehemiah 12:38 : Neh 12:31
K Nehemiah 12:38 : Neh 3:11
L Nehemiah 12:38 : Neh 3:8
M Nehemiah 12:39 : Neh 8:16
N Nehemiah 12:39 : Neh 3:6
O Nehemiah 12:39 : Neh 3:3
P Nehemiah 12:39 : Neh 3:1
Q Nehemiah 12:39 : Neh 3:25
R Nehemiah 12:43 : Ps 9:2; 92:4
S Nehemiah 12:44 : Neh 13:4, 5, 12, 13
T Nehemiah 12:45 : 1 Chr 25:1
U Nehemiah 12:46 : 2 Chr 29:30
V Nehemiah 12:46 : 1 Chr 9:33
W Nehemiah 12:47 : Neh 11:23
X Nehemiah 12:47 : Num 18:21
INTRODUCTION: IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP A COVENANT WITH GOD?
ABRAHAMâ€™S EXAMPLE: GENESIS 15:5-21
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: COVENANT WITH GOD
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GODâ€™S WORD MOVED HIS PEOPLE TO CONFESSION
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 9:38 / 10:28-39
CTS: 2 TRUTHS CONCERNING GODâ€™S COVENANT WITH HIS CHURCH
HOW IS A COVENANT WITH GOD IMPORTANT TO THE CHURCH?:
I. A COVENANT WITH GOD SHOWS COMMITMENT (9:38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: CONFESSING SIN LEADS TO REPENTANCE
o â€œNOW BECAUSE OF ALL THIS. . .â€ (38A) (AWARENESS OF SIN)
o THE PEOPLE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT (2BC) (SEE WIERSBE NOTES)
II. A COVENANT WITH GOD INSPIRES ACTION (10:28-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE NEW COVENANT INCLUDED ACTION
o EVERYONE WHO UNDERSTOOD COMMITTED TO THE OATH (28-29A)
o TO A CURSE AND OATH (29BCDE):
ï‚§ TO WALK IN GODâ€™S LAW (29B)
ï‚§ TO KEEP AND OBSERVE ALL OF GODâ€™S COMMANDMENTS (29CDE)
o TO PURITY WITHIN THE NATION (30)
o TO HONOR THE SABBATH (31) (DEUT 15:1)
o TO REGULARLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEMPLE (32-39)
ï‚§ FUNDING (32-33)
ï‚§ LOGISTICAL NEEDS OF THE TEMPLE (34-36)
ï‚§ FIRST FRUITS OF ALL THEY HAD (FOOD, DRINK, OIL, ETC)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD POINTS BELIEVERS TO CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE
â€¢ GODâ€™S PERSUASION TO CONFESS WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO REPENTANCE
â€¢ REPENTANCE INCLUDES VERBAL COMMITMENT BACKED BY ACTION
â€¢ GOD ENABLES CONFESSION, COMMITMENT, AND ACTION
â€¢ CONFESSION, COMMITMENT, AND ACTION BRINGS GLORY TO GOD
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Determined
Should believers today bind themselves with oaths as they seek to walk with the Lord and serve Him? Probably not. Our relationship to the Lord is that of children to a Father, and our Father wants our obedience to be based on love. I donâ€™t know of any examples in the New Testament of believers taking oaths of obedience to the Lord. Our obedience should be a joyful response to all that He has done for us in Christ (Col. 3:1ff). We donâ€™t succeed as Christians because we make promises to God, but because we believe the promises of God and act upon them. Oaths are often based on fear (â€œI had better do it or God will judge me!â€), and fear is not the highest motivation for godly living, although it does play a part (2 Cor. 7:1).
Deut 15:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Sabbatic Year
15 â€œ(A)At the end of every seven years you shall [a]grant a remission of debts. 2 This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the Lordâ€™s remission has been proclaimed.
Nehemiah 9:38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
A Covenant Results
38 â€œ[a]Now because of all this
(A)We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the (B)sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.â€
a. Nehemiah 9:38 Ch 10:1 in Heb
A. Nehemiah 9:38 : Neh 10:29
B. Nehemiah 9:38 : Neh 10:1
Nehemiah 10:28-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Obligations of the Document
28 Now (A)the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and (B)all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding, 29 are joining with their[a]kinsmen, their nobles, and are [b](C)taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in Godâ€™s law, which was given through Moses, Godâ€™s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of [c]GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes; 30 and (D)that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons. 31 As (E)for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the (F)seventh year and the (G)exaction of every debt.
31 As (A)for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the (B)seventh year and the(C)exaction of every debt.
32 We also [a]placed ourselves under obligation to contribute yearly (D)one third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God: 33 for the (E)showbread, for the continual grain offering, for the continual burnt offering, the sabbaths, the new moon, for the appointed times, for the holy things and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.
34 Likewise (F)we cast lots (G)for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites and the people so that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathersâ€™ households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law; 35 and that they might bring the first fruits of our ground and (H)the first fruits of all the fruit of every tree to the house of the Lord annually, 36 and(I)bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God. 37 (J)We will also bring the first of our [b]dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil(K)to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the (L)tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns. 38 (M)The priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of (N)the storehouse. 39 For the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the (O)contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus (P)we will not[c]neglect the house of our God.
INTRODUCTION: WHY CONFESSING IS GOOD FOR YOU (PSALM 32:1-11)
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 9:1-5
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GODâ€™S WORD HAS BROUGHT CHANGE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: CONFESSING SIN
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE CONFESSION OF SIN TO GOD
HOW DOES CONFESSING SIN ENABLE CHURCH GROWTH?:
I. CONFESSING SIN SHOWS YOUR NEED FOR GOD (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE JEWS UNDERSTOOD THEIR PAST & NEED FOR GOD
o THEIR HUMILITY AND DESIRE FOR REPENTANCE SHOWED:
ï‚§ IN THEIR DIET â€“ THEY FASTED (1A)
ï‚§ IN THEIR DRESS â€“ THEY DRESSED IN SACKCLOTH & ASHES (1B)
ï‚§ IN THEIR BEHAVIOR:
â€¢ SEPARATED FROM ALL FOREIGNERS (2A)
â€¢ STOOD (1/4 OF THE DAY) (3 HOURS?!) (2B) (12 HR DAY)
â€¢ CONFESSED THEIR SINS & FATHERS INIQUITIES (2C)
o SEE NOTES FOR EXAMPLES
o CONFESSION BRINGS HEALING
ï‚§ 2 CHRON 7:14; 1 JOHN 1:9; ROM 10:9-10
II. CONFESSING SIN IS DIRECTED BY GODâ€™S WORD (VS. 3AB)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: HEARING GODâ€™S WORD ENABLED CONFESSION
o Â¼ OF THE DAY â€“ THE PEOPLE HEARD GODâ€™S WORD (3A)
o Â¼ OF THE DAY â€“ THEY CONFESSED THEIR SINS (3B)
III. CONFESSING SIN LEADS TO WORSHIP OF GOD (VV. 3C - 5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE JEWS CONFESSED & WORSHIPPED GOD
o Â¼ OF THE DAY â€“ THE CONFESSED AND WORSHIPPED GOD (3C)
o THE PRIESTS LED GODâ€™S PEOPLE IN CRYING OUT TO GOD (4)
o THE PRIESTS THEN CALLED ON THE PEOPLE TO BLESS GOD (5)
â€¢ CONFESSING SIN TO GOD AND ONE ANOTHER ENABLES HEALING
â€¢ CONFESSING SIN INSPIRES WORSHIP OF GOD
â€¢ CONFESSING SIN RESULTS IN GODâ€™S BLESSING
â€¢ CONFESSING SIN INSPIRES PURITY AND GROWTH OF THE CHURCH
â€¢ CONFESSING SIN BEGINS WITH SALVATION
REFERENCES (page 1)
Examples of sins committed by the forefathers of the Jews (vv. 16-17):
1. Became arrogant
3. Did not obey
4. Refused to listen
5. Failed to remember the miracles
6. Appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery
In spite of their behavior, God behaved as a â€œforgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love; and you did not forsake them (17).â€
Other moments of rebellion:
40 years in the wilderness â€“ God provided for them (vv. 19-21)
Entrance into the promised land (they forgot God) â€“ God blessed righteousness (vv. 22-25)
The steady pattern of life for Israel â€“ sin, judgment, confess, repent, blessing, sin, etc. (26-31)
1. They were disobedient and rebelled
2. They put Your law behind their backs
3. They killed Your prophets
4. They committed awful blasphemies
5. They again did what was evil in Your sight
6. They became arrogant and disobeyed Your commands
7. They paid no attention
Yet, God was merciful and gracious toward His people (vs. 31)
2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
1 John 1:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Nehemiah 9:1-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The People Confess Their Sin
9 Now on the twenty-fourth day of (A)this month the sons of Israel assembled (B)with fasting, in sackcloth and with (C)dirt upon them.2 The[a](D)descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and (E)confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 While (F)they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.
4 (G)Now on the Levitesâ€™ platform stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, â€œArise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever!
O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!
a. Nehemiah 9:2 Lit seed
A. Nehemiah 9:1 : Neh 8:2
B. Nehemiah 9:1 : Ezra 8:23
C. Nehemiah 9:1 : 1 Sam 4:12
D. Nehemiah 9:2 : Ezra 10:11; Neh 13:3
E. Nehemiah 9:2 : Prov 28:13; Jer 3:13
F. Nehemiah 9:3 : Neh 8:4
G. Nehemiah 9:4 : Neh 8:7
Why Confessing Is Good for You
New research shows why taking full responsibility feels better.
Posted Jan 19, 2015
When you do something wrong, there are two typical reactions that pull in opposite directions. On the one hand, you might want to hide what you have done. If nobody finds out, then it may feel like you didnâ€™t do it at all. On the other hand, you might just want to confess what you have done wrong. That gets the problem out into the open and helps people to move forward.
A middle ground between these possibilities is the partial confession.
In a partial confession, you admit to what you did wrong, but donâ€™t admit to the full extent of it. The partial confession seems like a great compromise: You get the benefit of admitting what you have done, but you can make your transgression seem less extreme than it was.
A paper in the February, 2014 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Eyal Peer, Alessandro Acquisti, and Shaul Shalvi suggests that partial confessions may actually be worse than either a full confession or not confessing at all.
First, one study looked at whether people have a tendency to make partial confessions. Participants in an on-line study performed a variety of tasks. In one task, they went to another website that allowed people to flip a virtual coin and predict how the coin would come out. They were asked to flip the coin 10 times. Then, they were told to report the number of guesses they got right. They got paid 10 cents for each correct guess.
Although the participants didnâ€™t know it, their actual predictions and coin flips were monitored, so the experimenters knew whether a particular participant told the truth or cheated. Overall about 35 percent of the participants over-reported the number of flips they predicted correctly. (Almost nobody under-reported the number of correct guesses, so this is cheating and not bad memory.)
Later in the study, participants were given a chance to confess whether they cheated. They were told that they would be paid based on what they reported even if they now admitted they had cheated. They were also told that there would be no negative consequences of admitting that they had cheated.
Only about 18 percent of the participants who cheated confessed. Of those who did confess, the ones who cheated most were also the ones most likely to give partial confessions. That is people who over-reported by just a few guesses tended to give a full confession, while those who over-reported a lot tended to give a partial confession.
As we begin to give our church covenant consideration in regards to how we are to honor it, Iâ€™d like to share a few passages of scripture to give us the frame of mind that give purpose to honoring it. Jesus gave His disciples valuable counsel in regards to how people would know that they were His disciples. He identified that they must have love for one another (John 13:34-35). Jesus also gave them the depth of the love they were to show for each other. Their love should be characterized by a willingness to lay down their lives for their friends (John 15:12-14). The apostle Paul also emphasized the importance of love in what we do. He identifies that acts of service without being driven by love are meaningless (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). As demonstrated by these passages, love is of the utmost importance when it comes to living responsible lives before God and others (Christian or not). In choosing our text for today, our Lord led me to a chapter from the book of Romans that addresses the behavior of the believer in Christ. If you have your Bible with you, turn with me to Romans 12. We will be studying the entire chapter.
If you were to read the book of Romans, you would find that the first eleven chapters of the book are addressing the basic doctrine of faith in Christ, as well as the magnificence of Godâ€™s compassion demonstrated upon mankind. Chapter twelve introduces the practical application of the doctrine that has been presented. If someone has just placed their faith in Christ, this would be a wonderful starting place for discovering how to live what you believe. It certainly is not a black and white set of rules that must be followed to please God. However, when a believer allows Godâ€™s Holy Spirit to have control of his or her life, and strives to honor God with a life of loving service in word and deed, these perceived rules become life principles that enable the believer to bring glory to God and blessing into the believerâ€™s life.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1-21
CTS: 3 principles that enable the honoring of Godâ€™s covenant.
How Can I Honor God Through a Church Covenant?:
I. COMMIT YOUR BODY AND MIND TO GOD (VS. 1-2)
Paul begins the chapter by highlighting that what he is about to say is a direct result in view of what he has just explained. In other words, Paulâ€™s pretext identifies that everything that happens in this life is about God, not about man. Therefore, while we have the mercies of God abiding upon us, believers are urged to present their bodies in total commitment to and holy sacrificial service for God (1a&b). Paul identifies this behavior as acceptable to God, and that it is the appropriate service of worship before God.
Additionally, the believer in Christ is called not to allow the world to be his or her source of influence (2a), but to be renewed by the transformation of the mind (2b). In other words, the ways and teachings of this world are to be exchanged for the righteous teachings of God (the Bible). In doing this, the believer will better understand what Godâ€™s will is for his or her life in this world. Only Godâ€™s will is good, acceptable, and perfect (2c).
It is interesting that these two verses are at the beginning of the instruction of how to apply Godâ€™s word to daily life. Its as if they are the foundation that enables the believer to live out the instruction in the remainder of the chapter.
Colossians 3:1-2 â€“ Paul gives an excellent assertion of how the believers in Colossae should think and act in the midst of heretical rituals and temptations. If they belong to Christ, they are to set their minds on the things above and seek them.
The point of application for every believer in Christ is to seek God for wisdom and strength at all times. If we are not subjecting ourselves to God, we are subjecting ourselves to Satan.
If you do not know Christ as your Savior, you can today. Everyone who comes to Christ must be willing to personally offer their body as a living sacrifice to God (live in obedience to Him through His power) and allow Godâ€™s word to penetrate their minds (turning away from the teaching of the world to the teaching of Christ). Such change cannot happen without the power of God through faith in Christ. I hope that you will pray and ask God to save you from your sin and experience the change of your mind and life activity from a life of meaninglessness to a life of abundant joy (John 10:10) and hope for your future.
When God draws a person into His kingdom, his purpose is not for them to isolate themselves from everyone and everywhere, awaiting His return. God intends for the new believer to be connected with His church, the believerâ€™s new family. This leads us to the next point of our message. Godâ€™s covenant within His church is honored, as you connect yourself with His body.
II. CONNECT YOURSELF TO HIS BODY (VV. 3-8)
When a believer allows God to live through him and for the mind of the believer to be transformed, God gives the believer a gift(s) to be used for encouraging His body, the church, and to be intimately connected with the body in fulfilling its mission on Earth until He returns.
Paul warns that no one is to think of himself to be any more of use to God than other members of Godâ€™s body (3a). The believer is to think with sound judgment (3b), according to the measure of faith God has given the believer (3c). Paul is not speaking of the maturity of oneâ€™s faith, but of how God has gifted each believer differently (4), designing the gifts to complement each other. Such a design fosters interdependence and unity in the body (5). Each believer is to exercise his or her gift(s) according to the grace given by God (6a&b). Paul then provides a few examples of the many gifts God bestows upon those who call upon His name for salvation (prophecy (6c), service (7a), teaching (7b), exhortation (8a), material giving (8b), diligent leadership (8c), and Mercy (8d)). Thus, Paul demonstrates that Godâ€™s expectation of a believer is to actively be involved in His body (actively exercising their God-given gift) in humility, striving for unity. Each person in the body is functioning in dependence upon God for grace in the use of their gift and upon fellow believers in the body for assistance in their walk where they are not gifted.
The human body â€“ The human is the simplest, yet most sophisticated demonstration of how many different parts work together for common purposes. Every part works together with other parts to do what is necessary for the needs of the body to be met. If a part of the body is injured, other parts of the body nurture the injured part back to health. When all of the parts are working together well, much is accomplished. So it is when the body of Christ is united in its efforts to accomplish Godâ€™s mission for the church.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to strive for unity in the body of Christ with Godâ€™s Spirit in humility. The church covenant helps to enable the humble unity to be identified and to take place.
When a person yields his body to God as a living sacrifice and submits to the renewing of his mind, he not only is united with the body of Christ, but also has a consciousness to love others. This brings us to the final point of the message. Godâ€™s covenant in the church is honored as you consciously love others.
III. CONSCIOUSLY LOVE OTHERS (VV. 9-21)
Paul identifies that the love that flows through a believer in Christ is one that is without hypocrisy (9a). Such love consists of rejecting of evil (9b) and clinging to what is good (9c). Such loves involves being totally devoted to loving others in the body (10a), giving preference to one another in honor (10b), and being diligent in the effort of serving others (as to the Lord) (11). Paul turns, for a moment, to personal qualities of this love. This love also involves rejoicing in hope (the hope one has in Christ) (12a), willing to persevere in tribulation (12b), and being devoted to prayer. There is also a determined effort in looking for needs to meet, as well as being hospitable to others in the body of Christ (13).
For a brief moment, Paul begins to point to another area where love is to be shown, toward those who are evil (14). Paul calls for the believer to bless those who persecute the believer. Retaliating comments are not part of the believerâ€™s vocabulary. Additionally, in looking down at verse 17a, we see Paul advising never to pay evil for evil to anyone (believer or unbeliever). Instead, the believer is to do what is right in the sight of all men (17b). If possible, Paul identifies that believers should strive to be at peace with all men (18).
Verses 19-20 explain why believers should not pay evil for evil. Those who practice evil will answer to Godâ€™s wrath. God is the One who will repay those who are evil toward believers. The idea of blessing those who persecute is that they may come to their senses because of the believerâ€™s loving response and repent of their sinful behavior (20). Believers are not to dwell upon the thought of their adversaries having hot coals poured on their heads. The way for believers to overcome evil is through the believer doing good (21).
Touching on his comments made earlier about rejoicing and persevering, Paul challenges believers to rejoice with those who rejoice (15a), and to weep with those who weep (15b). In order to do these things, the believer would need to have somewhat of a close relationship with those rejoicing or weeping. Connected with this thought is Paulâ€™s assertion for the believers to be of the same mind toward each other without the presence of haughtiness (prideful spirit) and without respect of persons (associating with the lowly) (16).
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to be Godâ€™s love to others. Believers in Christ should not be at war with each other or unbelievers. Believers in Christ strive for unity in the body, as well as striving to be at peace with all men.
Paul demonstrated in the text today that with a life of holy sacrificial service and a renewed mind in Godâ€™s righteousness, believers will be known for their unity, love for each other and love for those who are evil.
The application of our text today coincides with the covenant adopted by our church membership. In other words, as we seek to reaffirm our commitment to the church covenant, God love will flow between us and toward those who come our way.
REFERENCES (page 1)
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.â€
John 15:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down oneâ€™s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am 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.
Colossians 3:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 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.
INTRODUCTION: SCRIPTURAL LOVE (JOHN 13:34-35, 15:12-14, 1COR 13:1-7)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: Characteristics of a Church Covenant
CTS: 3 PRINCIPLES THAT ENABLE THE HONORING OF GODâ€™S COVENANT
How Can I honor God through a Church Covenant?:
I. COMMIT YOUR BODY AND MIND TO GOD (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUBMIT YOURSELF TO GOD
o BODY â€“ AS A LIVING SACRIFICE
o MIND â€“ TRANSFORMED (FROM WORLD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: COLOSSIANS 3:1-2
â€¢ APPLICATION: SEEK GOD FOR WISDOM & STRENGTH ALWAYS
II. CONNECT YOURSELF TO HIS BODY (VV. 3-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD HAS GIFTED; USE IN HUMILITY
o MEASURE OF FAITH â€“ DIFFERENT GIFTS
o DIFFERENCES WORK AS ONE â€“ WE NEED EACH OTHER
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: HUMAN BODY FUNCTION - INTERDEPENDENCE
â€¢ APPLICATION: STRIVE FOR UNITY IN HUMILITY
III. CONSCIOUSLY LOVE OTHERS (VV. 9-21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LOVE FOR BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS
o LOVING BELIEVERS:
ï‚§ LOVE WITHOUT HYPOCRISY (9A)
â€¢ EJECT EVIL / CLING TO GOOD (9B&C)
ï‚§ DEVOTION TO EACH OTHER OUT OF LOVE (10A)
ï‚§ GIVE PREFERENCE TO EACH OTHER IN HONOR (1OB)
ï‚§ BE DILIGENT (11)
ï‚§ REJOICE / PERSEVERE / DEVOTED (12)
ï‚§ MEETING NEEDS (13)
o LOVING UNBELIEVERS:
ï‚§ BLESS PERSECUTORS (14, 17-20)
ï‚§ SENSITIVITY TO OTHERS â€“ REJOICE / WEEP (15)
ï‚§ UNITY OF MIND â€“ AVOID PRIDE â€“ ASSOCIATE W/ LOWLY (16)
ï‚§ OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (21)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BE GODâ€™S LOVE TO OTHERS
â€¢ WITH A SACRIFICIAL BODY & TRANFORMED MIND, BELIEVERS CAN LOVE
â€¢ OUR CHURCH COVENANT REFLECTS GODâ€™S LOVE; HONOR IT
Excerpt from New Hope Christian Fellowshipâ€™s constitution (adopted 12 Dec 2010)
Article V â€“ Member Responsibilities
We the members of New Hope Christian Fellowship, having received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and having been baptized by immersion following our profession of faith, relying on Godâ€™s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the Bible as our guide:
Will walk harmoniously together in Christian love, seeking to edify and uphold one another in the spirit of unity and the bonds of peace. (Rom. 14:19; I Thess. 5:11)
Will pray for one another, sharing in each otherâ€™s joys and bearing one anotherâ€™s burdens and sorrows. (Gal. 6:2; Rom. 8:26; Col. 1:9; I Thess. 5:25)
Will observe church ordinances of Believerâ€™s Baptism and the Lordâ€™s Supper, in accordance with the scriptures. (Mat. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27; Acts 2:41; 8:13; 16:15; Luke 22:15-19; I Cor. 11:24-25)
Will endeavor to attend worship services faithfully, to regularly study Godâ€™s word, and to adhere to the principles of doctrine and discipline as delineated in our statement of faith. (Heb. 10:25)
Will contribute our offerings regularly and cheerfully to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spreading of the gospel at home and abroad. (2 Cor. 9:7)
Will support the ministry through use of our God-given gifts and talents for the work of the church, the assistance of one another, and the furtherance of the gospel. (Luke 4:18; Mark 10:29)
Agree to encourage personal and family devotions, and to educate our children according to our faith. We will strive to teach by example, denying ungodly practices or attitudes while aspiring to godliness and holy living. (2 Tim. 2:15)
Will seek the salvation of unbelievers by word and example, striving to be just in our dealings, reliable in our responsibilities, and caring toward others. (Acts 1:8)
Will be affectionate toward and watch out for one another, being slow to anger and quick to forgive; always eager for reconciliation and seeking it without delay. (Prov. 16:32; 2 Cor. 6:6, Col. 3:12; 2 Pet. 1:7)
Romans 12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Therefore (A)I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to (B)present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,[a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not (C)be conformed to (D)this[c]world, but be transformed by the (E)renewing of your mind, so that you may [d](F)prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.
3 For through (G)the grace given to me I say to everyone among you (H)not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to (I)each a measure of faith. 4 For (J)just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,5 so we, (K)who are many, are (L)one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that (M)differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if (N)prophecy,[f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g](O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching;8 or he who (Q)exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h](R)liberality; (S)he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with (T)cheerfulness.
9 Let (U)love be without hypocrisy. (V)Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be (W)devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another (X)in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, (Y)fervent in spirit, (Z)serving the Lord; 12 (AA)rejoicing in hope, (AB)persevering in tribulation, (AC)devoted to prayer, 13(AD)contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l](AE)practicing hospitality.
14 (AF)Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 (AG)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 (AH)Be of the same mind toward one another; (AI)do not be haughty in mind, but[n]associate with the lowly. (AJ)Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 (AK)Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o](AL)Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, (AM)so far as it depends on you,(AN)be at peace with all men. 19 (AO)Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, â€œ(AP)VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,â€ says the Lord. 20 â€œ(AQ)BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.â€ 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
a. Romans 12:1 Or well-pleasing
b. Romans 12:1 Or rational
c. Romans 12:2 Or age
d. Romans 12:2 Or approve
e. Romans 12:2 Or well-pleasing
f. Romans 12:6 Or in agreement with the faith
g. Romans 12:7 Or office of service
h. Romans 12:8 Or simplicity
i. Romans 12:8 Or gives aid
j. Romans 12:10 Or outdo one another in showing honor
k. Romans 12:13 Or holy ones
l. Romans 12:13 Lit pursuing
m. Romans 12:14 Two early mss do not contain you
n. Romans 12:16 Or accommodate yourself to lowly things
o. Romans 12:17 Lit Take thought for
p. Romans 12:19 Lit give a place
A. Romans 12:1 : 1 Cor 1:10; 2 Cor 10:1-4; Eph 4:1; 1 Pet 2:11
B. Romans 12:1 : Rom 6:13, 16, 19; 1 Cor 6:20; Heb 13:15; 1 Pet 2:5
C. Romans 12:2 : 1 Pet 1:14
D. Romans 12:2 : Matt 13:22; Gal 1:4; 1 John 2:15
E. Romans 12:2 : Eph 4:23; Titus 3:5
F. Romans 12:2 : Eph 5:10, 17; Col 1:9
G. Romans 12:3 : Rom 1:5; 15:15; 1 Cor 3:10; 15:10; Gal 2:9; Eph 3:7f
H. Romans 12:3 : Rom 11:20; 12:16
I. Romans 12:3 : 1 Cor 7:17; 2 Cor 10:13; Eph 4:7; 1 Pet 4:11
J. Romans 12:4 : 1 Cor 12:12-14; Eph 4:4, 16
K. Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 10:17, 33
L. Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 12:20, 27; Eph 4:12, 25
M. Romans 12:6 : Rom 12:3; 1 Cor 7:7; 12:4; 1 Pet 4:10
N. Romans 12:6 : Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 12:10
O. Romans 12:7 : Acts 6:1; 1 Cor 12:5, 28
P. Romans 12:7 : Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 12:28; 14:26
Q. Romans 12:8 : Acts 4:36; 11:23; 13:15
R. Romans 12:8 : 2 Cor 8:2; 9:11, 13
S. Romans 12:8 : 1 Cor 12:28; 1 Tim 5:17
T. Romans 12:8 : 2 Cor 9:7
U. Romans 12:9 : 2 Cor 6:6; 1 Tim 1:5
V. Romans 12:9 : 1 Thess 5:21f
W. Romans 12:10 : John 13:34; 1 Thess 4:9; Heb 13:1; 2 Pet 1:7
X. Romans 12:10 : Rom 13:7; Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 2:17
Y. Romans 12:11 : Acts 18:25
Z. Romans 12:11 : Acts 20:19
AA. Romans 12:12 : Rom 5:2
BB. Romans 12:12 : Heb 10:32, 36
CC. Romans 12:12 : Acts 1:14
DD. Romans 12:13 : Rom 15:25; 1 Cor 16:15; 2 Cor 9:1; Heb 6:10
EE. Romans 12:13 : Matt 25:35; 1 Tim 3:2
FF. Romans 12:14 : Matt 5:44; Luke 6:28; 1 Cor 4:12
GG. Romans 12:15 : Job 30:25; Heb 13:3
HH. Romans 12:16 : Rom 15:5; 2 Cor 13:11; Phil 2:2; 4:2; 1 Pet 3:8
II. Romans 12:16 : Rom 11:20; 12:3
JJ. Romans 12:16 : Prov 3:7; Rom 11:25
KK. Romans 12:17 : Prov 20:22; 24:29; Rom 12:19
LL. Romans 12:17 : 2 Cor 8:21
MM. Romans 12:18 : Rom 1:15
NN. Romans 12:18 : Mark 9:50; Rom 14:19
OO. Romans 12:19 : Prov 20:22; 24:29; Rom 12:17
PP. Romans 12:19 : Deut 32:35; Ps 94:1; 1 Thess 4:6; Heb 10:30
QQ. Romans 12:20 : 2 Kin 6:22; Prov 25:21f; Matt 5:44; Luke 6:27