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
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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
â€¢ EXPLANATION: STEWARDSHIP IS THE HALLMARK OF A BELIEVER
â€¢ THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ THE BENEFITS OF GIVING (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ DISCIPLESHIP IS GODâ€™S WAY OF LIFE FOR THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST
â€¢ PURSUING DISCIPLESHIP ENABLES BELIEVERS TO GLORIFY GOD
â€¢ DISCIPLESHIP IS BEST EXPERIENCED WITHIN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 3:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Deuteronomy 17:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,
Job 23:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food.
Acts 17:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures dailyto find out whether these things were so.
Proverbs 7:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
James 5:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Hebrews 10:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
5 REASONS TO ACTIVELY FELLOWSHIP:
1. I belong in Godâ€™s family with other believers (Rom 12:5)
2. I need to grow spiritually (Eccl 4:9-10, 12)
3. I need accountability to grow spiritually (Prov 27:17)
4. Fellowship is a witness to the world (John 13:34-35)
5. I am obligated to every other Christian (1 Pet 4:10)
Luke 6:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.â€
THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING:
1. Give willingly
2. Give joyfully
3. Give sacrificially
4. Give generously
THE BENEFITS OF GIVING
1. Giving draws me closer to God
2. Giving is the antidote to materialism
3. Giving strengthens my faith
4. Giving is an investment for eternity
5. Giving blesses me in return
6. Giving makes me happy
Matthew 28:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 [a](A)Go therefore and (B)make disciples of (C)all the nations, (D)baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, (E)I am with you [b]always, even to (F)the end of the age.â€
a. Matthew 28:19 Or Having gone; Gr aorist part.
b. Matthew 28:20 Lit all the days
A. Matthew 28:19 : Mark 16:15f
B. Matthew 28:19 : Matt 13:52; Acts 1:8; 14:21
C. Matthew 28:19 : Matt 25:32; Luke 24:47
D. Matthew 28:19 : Acts 2:38; 8:16; Rom 6:3; 1 Cor 1:13, 15ff; Gal 3:27
INTRODUCTION: DOUBTING THOMAS (JOHN 20:24-29)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: WHAT WE BELIEVE
SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 3:15-17
CTS: THE CORE BELIEFS OF NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (NHCF)
WHAT BELIEFS ENABLE MEMBERSHIP AT NHCF?:
I. THE BIBLE FORMS WHAT WE BELIEVE (1 PETER 1:19-21)
• EXPLANATION: GOD’S WORD IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR BELIEFS
o THE BIBLE CONFIRMS THE FOLLOWING BELIEFS:
2. GOD THE FATHER
3. GOD THE SON
4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
7. THE CHURCH
8. ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
9. THE RETURN OF CHRIST FOR HIS CHURCH
10. THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
11. EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
12. COOPERATION OF THE CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY
13. THE FAMILY
• THE BELIEVER’S FOUNDATION FOR BELIEF IS THE BIBLE
• NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP’S BELIEFS ARE BIBLE DRIVEN
• NEW HOPE’S BELIEFS ARE POSTED ON THE CHURCH WEB SITE
• BIBLICAL BELIEFS AND OBEDIENCE HONOR GOD AND ARE BLESSED
• JOIN NEW HOPE IN ITS QUEST TO HONOR GOD’S WORD IN THIS WAY?
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 20:24-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seeing and Believing
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[a] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
2 Peter 1:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed,[a] which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,[b] 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God[c] spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 and that (A)from childhood you have known (B)the sacred writings which are able to (C)give you the wisdom that leads to (D)salvation through faith which is in (E)Christ Jesus. 16 (F)All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness; 17 so that (G)the man of God may be adequate, (H)equipped for every good work.
a. 2 Timothy 3:16 Lit God-breathed
b. 2 Timothy 3:16 Lit training which is in
A. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 2 Tim 1:5
B. 2 Timothy 3:15 : John 5:47; Rom 2:27
C. 2 Timothy 3:15 : Ps 119:98f
D. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 1 Cor 1:21
E. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 2 Tim 1:1
F. 2 Timothy 3:16 : Rom 4:23f; 15:4; 2 Pet 1:20f
G. 2 Timothy 3:17 : 1 Tim 6:11
H. 2 Timothy 3:17 : 2 Tim 2:21; Heb 13:21
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INTRODUCTION: MEMBERSHIP IS IMPORTANT (DISCOUNTS?!)
SCRIPTURE: HEBREWS 10:24-26
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: NEH 7 (CENSUS), NEH 10 (SIGNED COVENANT)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: WHO WE ARE
CTS: 3 CHARACTERISTIC ELEMENTS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?:
I. NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION (EPH. 2:19)
• EXPLANATION: ORIENTATION GIVES THE “WHY” TO MEMBERSHIP
o PURPOSES OF NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
1. DEVELOP A BIBLICAL CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.
2. DEEPEN A NEW MEMBER’S UNDERSTANDING AND COMMITMENT
3. SEEK MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT OF NEW CHURCH MEMBERS.
“ATTENDANCE IS NOT THE SAME AS MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT.”
II. THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH (ACTS 2:42)
• EXPLANATION: WHAT DEFINES CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
o NEW HOPE’S UNDERSTANDING OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:
1. THE CHURCH IS A FELLOWSHIP
• FELLOWSHIP MEANS PARTICIPATING IN GOD’S FAMILY.
• WHY FELLOWSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT (SEE NOTES)
2. THE CHURCH IS A FAMILY
3. THE CHURCH IS A BODY (SEE NOTES)
4. THE CHURCH IS A FLOCK
III. THE VISION OF THE CHURCH (ACTS 1:8)
• EXPLANATION: NEW HOPE’S VISION STATEMENT:
“WE EXIST TO SHARE THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL PEOPLE!”
o NEW HOPE LIVES OUT A FOUR STEP PROCESS:
1. HONORING GOD
2. GROWING BIBLICALLY
3. SERVING TOGETHER
4. SHARING TRUTH
o AFFILIATION WITH THE NHBA / BCNE (PG 11)
• EVERY BELIEVER NEEDS ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IN A LOCAL CHURCH?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Ephesians 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Acts 2:42 New King James Version (NKJV)
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Why Fellowship is So Important
1. WE BELONG IN GOD'S FAMILY WITH OTHER BELIEVERS. (ROMANS 12:5)
2. WE NEED ENCOURAGEMENT TO GROW SPIRITUALLY. (ECCLESIASTES 4:9-10, 12)
3. WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY TO GROW SPIRITUALLY.(PROVERBS 27:17)
4. FELLOWSHIP IS A WITNESS TO THE WORLD. (JOHN 13:34-35)
5. WE ARE OBLIGATED TO EVERY OTHER CHRISTIAN! (1 PETER 4:10)
1. THE CHURCH IS A BODY
• WE ARE A BODY—NOT A BUSINESS! WE ARE AN ORGANISM—NOT AN ORGANIZATION! THEREFORE, WE FUNCTION ON THE BASIS OF: SPIRITUAL GIFTS NOT ELECTED OFFICES.
• IN AN ORGANIZATION, MAINTENANCE BECOMES THE FOCUS.
• BUT IN AN ORGANISM, MINISTRY IS THE FOCUS.
Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Hebrews 10:24-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 and let us consider how (A)to stimulate one another to love and (B)good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own(C)assembling together, as is the habit of some, but (D)encouraging one another; and all the more as you see(E)the day drawing near.
Christ or Judgment
26 For if we go on (F)sinning willfully after receiving (G)the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
A. Hebrews 10:24 : Heb 13:1
B. Hebrews 10:24 : Titus 3:8
C. Hebrews 10:25 : Acts 2:42
D. Hebrews 10:25 : Heb 3:13
E. Hebrews 10:25 : 1 Cor 3:13
F. Hebrews 10:26 : Num 15:30; Heb 6:4-8; 2 Pet 2:20f
G. Hebrews 10:26 : 1 Tim 2:4
INTRODUCTION: THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? (PS 19:10, 119:11, 105)
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 8:1-12
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WALLS AROUND JERUSALEM REBUILT & SECURE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: CLINGING TO GODâ€™S WORD
CTS: 2 REASONS TO PURSUE KNOWING GODâ€™S WORD
WHAT RELEVANCE DOES GODâ€™S WORD HAVE TO CHURCH GROWTH?:
I. THE BIBLE IS THE KEY TO GROWTH AND REVIVAL (VS. 1-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PEOPLE KNEW WHAT THEY NEEDED
o THE PEOPLE GATHERED TOGETHER (1A)
o THEY ASKED EZRA TO BRING THE BOOK OF THE LAW (1B)
o EZRA CARRIED OUT THEIR REQUEST; EVERYONE WAS THERE (2AB)
o THE DAY OF READING: FIRST DAY OF SEVENTH MONTH (2C)
ï‚§ DAY FOR BLOWING TRUMPETS (NUM 29:1)
o EZRA READ THE BOOK @ THE WATER GATE
ï‚§ IN THE PRESENCE OF MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN (3A)
ï‚§ ALL OF THE PEOPLE WERE ATTENTIVE TO THE READING (3B)
ï‚§ NOTE: SIGNIFICANCE OF WHERE THE READING TOOK PLACE
ï‚§ EZRA STOOD ON A PODIUM TO READ THE BOOK (4A)
ï‚§ 12 PRIESTS STOOD ON THE PODIUM WITH EZRA (4B)
ï‚§ AS EZRA OPENED THE BOOK, THE PEOPLE WORSHIPPED (5-6)
ï‚§ LEVITES PROVIDED UNDERSTANDING (7-8)
II. THE BIBLE STIRS GODâ€™S PEOPLE TO OBEDIENCE (VV. 9-12)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PEOPLE WERE MOURNING
o LEADERS HIGHLIGHTED THE DAY AS BEING HOLY TO GOD (9A)
o THE PEOPLE WERE BROKEN BY THE READING OF GODâ€™S WORD (9B)
o NEHEMIAH PROVIDED GUIDELINES FOR CELEBRATING (10AB)
o THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH (10C)
o THE LEVITES REPEATED THE LEADERSHIP GUIDANCE (11)
o THE PEOPLE OBEYED, UNDERSTANDING GODâ€™S WORD (12)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD INSPIRED AND ENABLED REVIVAL IN NEHEMIAHâ€™S DAY
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD WILL DO THE SAME FOR HIS CHURCH TODAY
â€¢ REVIVAL IN THE CHURCH WILL ENABLE GROWTH
â€¢ ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR GODâ€™S WORD TO REVIVE YOUR SOUL?
â€¢ ARE WE HUNGRY FOR GOD TO REVIVE NEW HOPE FOR GROWTH?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Psalm 19:10 The Message (MSG)
10 Godâ€™s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond set between emeralds.
Youâ€™ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
better than red, ripe strawberries.
Psalm 119:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:105 New King James Version (NKJV)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Numbers 29:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets
29 â€˜And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.
The New American Commentary
The fall season of festivals commenced with the Day of the Blowing [of Trumpets], later called Rosh Ha-Shanahâ€”The New Year. This instrument was the ramâ€™s horn (Å¡Ã´pÄr) rather than the silver trumpets blown over the burnt and fellowship offerings at other festivals (Num 10:1â€“10). Ethanim, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar (Teshritu or Tishri of Babylonian derivation), accommodated two other important holy days, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths, making it the most festive (or commemorative) time of the year. In late postexilic times the ten days through Yom Kippur were set apart for penitence and personal remorse, followed by the week-long Feast of Booths beginning on the fifteenth, a total of eighteen days of remembrance and celebration. Rosh Ha-Shanah today is considered the second most holy day of the Jewish calendar.
Nehemiah 8:1-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Ezra Reads the Law
8 And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of (A)the Water Gate, and they [a]asked (B)Ezra the scribe to bring(C)the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had [b]given to Israel.2 Then (D)Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on (E)the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it before the square which was in front of (F)the Water Gate from [c]early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4 Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 Ezra opened (G)the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people (H)stood up. 6 Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, â€œ(I)Amen, Amen!â€ while lifting up their hands; then (J)they bowed low and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place. 8 They read from the book, from the law of God, [d]translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
â€œThis Day Is Holyâ€
9 Then Nehemiah, who was the [e](K)governor, and Ezra (L)the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, â€œ(M)This day is holy to the Lord your God; (N)do not mourn or weep.â€ For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.10 Then he said to them, â€œGo, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and(O)send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.â€11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, â€œBe still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.â€ 12 All the people went away to eat, to drink,(P)to send portions and to [f]celebrate a great festival, (Q)because they understood the words which had been made known to them.
a. Nehemiah 8:1 Lit said to
b. Nehemiah 8:1 Lit commanded
c. Nehemiah 8:3 Lit the light
d. Nehemiah 8:8 Or explaining
e. Nehemiah 8:9 Heb Tirshatha, a Persian title
f. Nehemiah 8:12 Lit make a great rejoicing
A. Nehemiah 8:1 : Neh 3:26
B. Nehemiah 8:1 : Ezra 7:6
C. Nehemiah 8:1 : 2 Chr 34:15
D. Nehemiah 8:2 : Deut 31:9-11; Neh 8:9
E. Nehemiah 8:2 : Lev 23:24
F. Nehemiah 8:3 : Neh 8:1
G. Nehemiah 8:5 : Neh 8:3
H. Nehemiah 8:5 : Judg 3:20; 1 Kin 8:12-14
I. Nehemiah 8:6 : Neh 5:13
J. Nehemiah 8:6 : Ex 4:31
K. Nehemiah 8:9 : Neh 7:65, 70
L. Nehemiah 8:9 : Neh 12:26
M. Nehemiah 8:9 : Neh 8:2
N. Nehemiah 8:9 : Deut 12:7, 12
O. Nehemiah 8:10 : Deut 26:11-13
P. Nehemiah 8:12 : Neh 8:10
Q. Nehemiah 8:12 : Neh 8:7, 8
INTRODUCTION: “TOO CLOSE” BY DAVID MCCASLAND (ODB.ORG)
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 6:1-14
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DISCOURAGEMENT ABATED; UNITY REVIVED
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: KEEPING OUR FOCUS
CTS: 3 CAUSES OF DISTRACTION FROM BUILDING GOD’S KINGDOM
WHAT DISTRACTIONS HINDER PERSONAL OR CHURCH GROWTH?:
I. WORLDLY TEMPTATIONS (VV. 1-4)
• EXPLANATION: OUTSIDERS INVITED NEHEMIAH TO MEETINGS
o NEHEMIAH’S MISSION WAS ALMOST COMPLETE (1)
o NEHEMIAH’S OPPONENTS INVITED HIM TO MEET WITH THEM (2AB)
o NEHEMIAH KNEW THEIR DESIRE TO HARM HIM (2C) (PROV 4:14-17)
o NEHEMIAH COMMUNICATED THROUGH STRATEGY (3-4)
II. GOSSIP NETWORKS (VV. 5-9)
• EXPLANATION: OUTSIDERS ATTEMPTED TO START GOSSIP
o SANBALLAT SENDS AN “OPEN LETTER” TO NEHEMIAH (5)
o THE LETTER MADE FALSE ACCUSATIONS ABOUT NEHEMIAH (6-7)
o NEHEMIAH IMMEDIATELY REFUTES THE ALLEGATIONS (8)
o NEHEMIAH KNEW THE EFFORTS WERE TO FRIGHTEN THEM (9A)
o NEHEMIAH CALLS UPON GOD FOR STRENGTH (9B)
III. GODLY PEOPLE (VV. 10-14)
• EXPLANATION: OUTSIDERS HIRED RELIGION TO DISTRACT
o SHEMAIAH ATTEMPTS TO GIVE A MESSAGE FROM GOD (10)
o NEHEMIAH QUESTIONED THE MESSAGE (11)
? SHOULD I FLEE? (11A); SHOULD I GO TO THE TEMPLE? (11B)
o NEHEMIAH KNEW THE MESSAGE WAS FALSE (12-13)
o NEHEMIAH PRAYS TO GOD ABOUT HIS ENEMIES (14)
• NEHEMIAH DID NOT ALLOW PEOPLE OR EVENTS TO DISTRACT HIM
• NEHEMIAH KEPT IN CONTACT WITH GOD
• NEHEMIAH KEPT HIS FOCUS ON THE MISSION (WALL / GLORIFY GOD)
• WE MUST KEEP PERSONAL AND CHURCH FOCUS ON CHRIST
• FOCUS ON CHRIST AND HIS WORD WILL ENABLE GROWTH
REFERENCES (page 1)
Proverbs 4:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
Nehemiah 6:1-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, (A)although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, 2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at [a]Chephirim in the plain of(B)Ono.” But they were planning to [b]harm me. 3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” 4 They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand. 6 In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and [c]Gashmu says, that (C)you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. 7 You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning [d]you, ‘A king is in Judah!’ And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together.” 8 Then I sent a message to him saying, “Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are (D)inventing them [e]in your own mind.” 9 For all of them were trying to frighten us, [f]thinking, “[g]They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, (E)O God, strengthen my hands.
10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, (F)who was [h]confined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.” 11 But I said, “(G)Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple [i]to save his life? I will not go in.”12 Then I perceived [j]that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.13 He was hired for this reason, (H)that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. 14 (I)Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah (J)the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.
a. Nehemiah 6:2 Another reading is, one of the villages
b. Nehemiah 6:2 Lit do evil to me
c. Nehemiah 6:6 In v 1 and elsewhere, Geshem
d. Nehemiah 6:7 Lit you, saying
e. Nehemiah 6:8 Lit from your heart
f. Nehemiah 6:9 Lit saying,
g. Nehemiah 6:9 Lit Their hands will drop from
h. Nehemiah 6:10 Lit shut up
i. Nehemiah 6:11 Lit and live
j. Nehemiah 6:12 Lit and behold God
A. Nehemiah 6:1 : Neh 3:1, 3
B. Nehemiah 6:2 : 1 Chr 8:12
C. Nehemiah 6:6 : Neh 2:19
D. Nehemiah 6:8 : Job 13:4; Ps 52:2
E. Nehemiah 6:9 : Ps 138:3
F. Nehemiah 6:10 : Jer 36:5
G. Nehemiah 6:11 : Prov 28:1
H. Nehemiah 6:13 : Neh 6:6
I. Nehemiah 6:14 : Neh 13:29
J. Nehemiah 6:14 : Ezek 13:17
“Too Close!” by David MCCasland 2 Apr 16
I grew up in Oklahoma where severe weather is common from early spring through the end of summer. I recall one evening when the sky boiled with dark clouds, the TV weather forecaster warned of an approaching tornado, and the electricity went out. Very quickly, my parents, my sister, and I climbed down the wooden ladder into the storm cellar behind our house where we stayed until the storm passed by.
Today “storm chasing” has become a hobby for many people and a profitable business for others. The goal is to get as close as possible to a tornado without being harmed. Many storm chasers are skilled forecasters with accurate information, but I won’t sign up for a tornado tour anytime soon.
In moral and spiritual areas of my life, however, I can foolishly pursue dangerous things God tells me to avoid because of His love for me, all the time believing I won’t be harmed. A wiser approach is to read the book of Proverbs, which contains many positive ways to elude these snares of life.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” Solomon wrote. “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6).
Our Lord is the master of the adventure of living, and following His wisdom leads us to fullness of life.
Father, Your wisdom leads us along the path of life.
Help us to follow Your guidance today.
How can you trust the Lord today?
Every temptation is an occasion to trust God.
INTRODUCTION: GIVING WITHOUT EXPECTING RETURN (LUKE 6:34-36)
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 5:1-15
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: SACRIFICIAL CARE
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: EXTERNAL / INTERNAL DISCOURAGEMENT
CTS: 3 WAYS TO STIMULATE UNITY WITHIN THE CHURCH
WHAT HELPS STIMULATE UNITY WITHIN THE CHURCH?:
I. AVOID ABUSING THE MISFORTUNE OF OTHERS (VV. 1-6)
• EXPLANATION: JEWS WERE ABUSING EACH OTHER WITH USURY
o MOST SOCIAL CLASSES WERE EFFECTED (SEE GETZ NOTES) (1-5)
o NEHEMIAH BECAME VERY ANGRY (6)
o OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE SITUATION (WIERSBE)
II. ACTIVELY HONOR GOD IN CARING FOR OTHERS (VV. 7-13)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH TOOK ACTION AGAINST THE ABUSE
o “I CONSULTED WITH MYSELF” (7A) – POSSIBLY PRAYED
o DEFINITION OF USURY
o NEHEMIAH CONFRONTED THOSE COMMITTING ABUSE (7B)
o NEHEMIAH GATHERED A GREAT ASSEMBLY AGAINST THEM (7C)
o NOTE: MATTHEW 18:15-20; GALATIANS 6:1-2
? ACTING LIKE THE GENTILE NATIONS; NO RESPONSE (8)
? YOUR CONDUCT: NOT WALKING IN THE FEAR OF GOD (9)
o NEHEMIAH WAS SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR THEM (10A)
o NEHEMIAH HUMBLY REQUESTED: LEAVE OFF THIS USURY (10B)
o HOW TO ABANDON THE USURY (11) (SEE NOTE ON JUBILEE)
o REPENTANCE INITIATED (12-13)
III. ALWAYS HAVE A REVERENTIAL FEAR OF GOD (VV. 14-15)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH IDENTIFIED THE MOTIVE FOR HIS ACTIONS
o NEHEMIAH’S EXAMPLE SHOWED CONCERN FOR OTHERS (14-15B)
o NEHEMIAH’S MOTIVE FOR BEHAVIOR: FEAR OF GOD (15C)
• NEHEMIAH’S MOTIVE FOR LEADERSHIP & BEHAVIOR: FEAR OF GOD
• DISUNITY IN THE CHURCH WARRANTS OUR SACRIFICIAL LOVE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 6:34-36 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Usury
Usury [N] [S]
the sum paid for the use of money, hence interest; not, as in the modern sense, exorbitant interest. The Jews were forbidden to exact usury (Leviticus 25:36 Leviticus 25:37), only, however, in their dealings with each other (Deuteronomy 23:19 Deuteronomy 23:20). The violation of this law was viewed as a great crime (Psalms 15:5 ; Proverbs 28:8 ; Jeremiah 15:10). After the Return, and later, this law was much neglected (Nehemiah 5:7 Nehemiah 5:10).
Gene A. Getz in The Bible Knowledge Commentary
First, the people face a food shortage. They said they needed to get grain for food to keep themselves and their families alive (v. 2). The work on the wall hindered their tending their crops. And this crop failure was called a famine. Second, others had grain (buying it from others), but to get it they had to mortgage their fields … vineyards, and homes (v. 3). Third, others, not wanting to mortgage their property, had to borrow money from their Jewish brothers to pay property taxes to King Artaxerxes (v. 4). This problem was compounded by the fact that they were charged exorbitant interest rates by their own Jewish brothers. This led to a fourth problem. To repay their creditors they had to sell their children into slavery (v. 5; cf. Ex. 21:2–11; Deut. 15:12–18). This of course left them in a hopeless state.
All these difficulties created an internal crisis in Judah. And they meant “double trouble” for Nehemiah. Not only were their enemies a constant threat to their security and state of well-being, but now many Jews were actually taking advantage of other Jews. Morale, which was already low (Neh. 4:10–12) because of external pressures, physical exhaustion, and fear, now took another plunge because of these internal problems.
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Determined
Why didn’t Nehemiah know about this scandalous economic problem sooner? Probably because he was so immersed in the one thing he came to do—the rebuilding of the walls—that he had no time to get involved in the internal affairs of the community. His commission as governor was to repair the walls and restore the gates, not to reform the community. Furthermore, Nehemiah had not been in the city long enough to learn all that was going on.
It is important to note that the building of the wall did not create these problems; it revealed them. Often when a church enters into a building program, all sorts of problems start to surface that people didn’t even know were there. A building program is a demanding thing that tests our faith, our patience, and our priorities; and while it brings out the best in some people, it can often bring out the worst in others.
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Determined (Year of Jubilee)
One reason for the “Year of Jubilee” (Lev. 25) was to balance the economic system in Israel so that the rich could not get richer as the poor became poorer. All debts had to be forgiven in the fiftieth year, all land restored to its original owners, and all servants set free.
INTRODUCTION: THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF DISCOURAGEMENT: DEATH
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 4:10-23
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY: TROUBLE AHEAD
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: INTERNAL DISCOURAGEMENT
CTS: 3 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE ENDURANCE THROUGH HARDSHIP
HOW CAN WE MINIMIZE DISCOURAGEMENT WITHIN THE CHURCH?:
I. STRIVE FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS (VV. 10-12)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: EXTERNAL FUELED INTERAL DISCOURAGEMENT
o THE WALL SITUATION DISCOURAGED THE WORKERS (10)
o THE RUMORS CAUSED WORKERS TO LOSE FOCUS (11-12)
II. BE PROACTIVE FOR GOD TO ENCOURAGE (VV. 13, 16-23)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH ENCOURAGED HIS PEOPLE THROUGH ACTION
o NEHEMIAH STATIONED GUARDS AT ALL CITY ENTRANCES (13)
ï‚§ GUARDS INCLUDED FAMILIES (13C)
o NEHEMIAH ALSO EQUIPPED HIS SERVANTS FOR BATTLE:
ï‚§ 1/2 @ WORK, 1/2 ON GUARD (KINGâ€™S MEN) (16)
ï‚§ TROWEL IN ONE HAND, A WEAPON IN THE OTHER (17)
ï‚§ BUILDERS (REQUIRED BOTH HANDS) WORE A SWORD (18AB)
ï‚§ TRUMPET ASSISTANCE â€“ EMERGENCY RESPONSE (18C-20B)
ï‚§ EXTENDED WORK HOURS (21)
ï‚§ EMPLOYED VISITING JEWS INTO THE GUARD FORCE (22)
o NEHEMIAH LED BY EXAMPLE (23)
III. KEEP GOD IN THE CENTER OF THE PROCESS (VV. 14-15, 20C)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAHâ€™S LEADERSHIP POINTED TO GOD
o REMEMBER THE LORD WHO IS GREAT AND AWESOME (14)
o GOD FRUSTRATED THE PLANS OF HIS OPPOSITION (15) (SEE NOTES)
o GOD WILL FIGHT FOR US (20C)
â€¢ NEHEMIAH CONSISTENTLY TOOK HIS DISCOURAGEMENT TO GOD
â€¢ AFTER PRAYING, NEHEMIAH LED HIS PEOPLE TO DO GODâ€™S WORK
â€¢ NEHEMIAH PRAYERS AND ACTIVE FAITH ENABLED ENDURANCE
â€¢ FINAL THOUGHT: SEE NOTES
REFERENCES (page 1)
THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF DISCOURAGEMENT: DEATH
Discouragement is a key weapon in Satanâ€™s arsenal. It was discouragement that kept Israel from entering the Promised Land at Kadesh-Barnea (Num. 13). â€œWe be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than weâ€ (v. 31). The ten unbelieving spies â€œdiscouraged the heart of the children of Israelâ€ (32:9); and as a result, the nation wandered in the wilderness forty years until the new generation was ready to conquer the land.
III. KEEP GOD IN THE CENTER OF THE PROCESS
Verse 15 shows the results of Nehemiahâ€™s prayer and action. When the enemies realized they could not surprise the Jews, their plot withered away because â€œGod had frustrated it.â€ Again, Nehemiah gave God the credit. God used Nehemiahâ€™s faith and leadership, but it was God who brought success (Phil 2:13). So they â€œall returned to the wall.â€ It was necessary to sacrifice some time and effort to confront the crisis, but Nehemiah never took his eyes off the goal.
AS YOU AND I TAKE OUR DISCOURAGING MOMENTS TO GOD IN PRAYER, AND CHOOSE TO LIVE BY FAITH, GOD WILL LEAD YOU / US THROUGH DISCOURAGEMENT, GIVING US A MIND TO DO HIS WORK.
Nehemiah 4:10-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Thus [a]in Judah it was said,
â€œThe strength of the burden bearers is failing,
Yet there is much [b]rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable
To rebuild the wall.â€
11 Our enemies said, â€œThey will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.â€ 12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, â€œ[c]They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,â€ 13 then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the [d]exposed places, and I(A)stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: â€œ(B)Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and (C)fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.â€
15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that (D)God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. 16 From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. 18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while[e]the trumpeter stood near me. 19 I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, â€œThe work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another. 20 At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, [f]rally to us there. (E)Our God will fight for us.â€
21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from[g]dawn until the stars [h]appeared. 22 At that time I also said to the people, â€œLet each man with his servant spend the night within Jerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and a laborer by day.â€ 23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.
a. Nehemiah 4:10 Lit Judah said
b. Nehemiah 4:10 Lit dust
c. Nehemiah 4:12 So Gr; Heb omits they...up
d. Nehemiah 4:13 Lit bare
e. Nehemiah 4:18 Lit he who sounded the trumpet
f. Nehemiah 4:20 Lit assemble yourselves
g. Nehemiah 4:21 Lit rising of the dawn
h. Nehemiah 4:21 Lit came out
A. Nehemiah 4:13 : Neh 4:17, 18
B. Nehemiah 4:14 : Num 14:9; Deut 1:29, 30
C. Nehemiah 4:14 : 2 Sam 10:12
D. Nehemiah 4:15 : 2 Sam 17:14
E. Nehemiah 4:20 : Ex 14:14; Deut 1:30
INTRODUCTION: “MUSTER A 50 MAN NAVY/ 50 MAN MARINE WORKING PARTY!”
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 3:1-10
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: NEHEMIAH HAS CALLED FOR GOD’S PEOPLE TO ACT
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: UNITING FOR THE CHALLENGE
CTS: 3 WAYS TO INSPIRE GOD’S PEOPLE TO SERVE IN UNITY
HOW CAN THE CHURCH UNITE FOR THE CHALLENGE OF GROWTH?:
I. ALLOW EVERYONE TO BE INVOLVED (VV. 1-5, 8)
• EXPLANATION: PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS TRADES GOT INVOLVED
o THE HIGH PRIEST LED BY EXAMPLE, BUILDING THE SHEEP GATE (1)
o MEN FROM JERICHO HELPED (2A)
o ZACCUR WAS NEXT TO THE MEN FROM JERICHO (2B)
o SONS OF HASSENAAH BUILT THE FISH GATE (3)
o MEREMOTH MADE REPAIRS (4)
o THE TEKOITES MADE REPAIRS (5)
o UZZIEL (AFFILIATED WITH GOLDSMITHS) MADE REPAIRS (8)
o HANANIAH (ONE OF THE PERFUMERS) MADE REPAIRS)
• APPLICATION: THOUGH DIVERSE, WE MUST WORK IN UNITY (EPH 4:11-13)
• NOTE BOICE’S COMMENTS ON CHURCH UNITY
II. CONSIDER THE VESTED INTEREST OF WORKERS (VV. 1, 10A)
• EXPLANATION: SOME HAD A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN THE WORK
o THE PRIESTS REBUILT THE GATE WHERE SACRIFICES PASSED (1)
o JEDAIAH MADE REPAIRS OPPOSITE HIS HOUSE (10A)
III. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NOT ALL WILL HELP (VS. 5B)
• EXPLANATION: THOUGH THE TEKOITES WORKED, SOME WOULD NOT
o THE NOBLES OF TEKOA DID NOT SUPPORT THE WORK (5B)
• CHAPTER 3 DEMONSTRATES THAT UNITY IS REQUIRED FOR VICTORY
• NEHEMIAH DID NOT CONTROL, BUT ALLOWED OTHERS TO LEAD
• AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, UNITY IS VITAL IN FACING THE FUTURE
• AS NOTED IN THE TEXT, GOD’S PEOPLE ARE GIFTED IN VARIOUS WAYS
• GOD ENABLES HIS DIVERSE CHURCH VICTORY THROUGH UNITY
REFERENCES (page 1)
Ephesians 4:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Boice’s comments on the unity of the Church:
This is the basis of what Bible teachers today call “an every-member ministry.” It means that the ministers in the churches are to prepare the people in the churches to do the churches’ work. That is, clergy are to teach the laity, and the laity are to do the work of serving each other and the world.
Unfortunately, many churches have it completely turned around. It is said that today the churches resemble more than anything else a football game played in a large stadium. There are eighty thousand spectators in the stands who badly need some exercise, and there are twenty-two men on the field who badly need a rest.”
Nehemiah 3:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 Then (A)Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built (B)the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and (C)hung its doors. They consecrated [a]the wall to (D)the Tower of the Hundred and (E)the Tower of Hananel. 2 Next to him (F)the men of Jericho built, and next to [b]them Zaccur the son of Imri built.
3 Now the sons of Hassenaah built (G)the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. 4 Next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah the son of Hakkoz made repairs. And next to him Meshullam the son of Berechiah the son of Meshezabel made repairs. And next to [c]him Zadok the son of Baana also made repairs. 5 Moreover, next to [d]him the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not[e]support the work of their masters.
6 Joiada the son of Paseah and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah repaired (H)the Old Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars. 7 Next to them Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, [f]also made repairs for the official seat of the (I)governor of the province beyond the River. 8 Next to him Uzziel the son of Harhaiah of the (J)goldsmiths made repairs. And next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, made repairs, and they restored Jerusalem as far as (K)the Broad Wall. 9 Next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, (L)the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs. 10 Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph made repairs opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs.
a. Nehemiah 3:1 Lit it
b. Nehemiah 3:2 Lit him
c. Nehemiah 3:4 Lit them
d. Nehemiah 3:5 Lit them
e. Nehemiah 3:5 Lit bring their neck to
f. Nehemiah 3:7 Or which was under the jurisdiction of the governor of the province beyond the River, also made repairs
A. Nehemiah 3:1 : Neh 3:20; 13:28
B. Nehemiah 3:1 : Neh 3:32; 12:39
C. Nehemiah 3:1 : Neh 6:1; 7:1
D. Nehemiah 3:1 : Neh 12:39
E. Nehemiah 3:1 : Jer 31:38
F. Nehemiah 3:2 : Neh 7:36
G. Nehemiah 3:3 : Neh 12:39
H. Nehemiah 3:6 : Neh 12:39
I. Nehemiah 3:7 : Neh 2:7
J. Nehemiah 3:8 : Neh 3:31, 32
K. Nehemiah 3:8 : Neh 12:38
L. Nehemiah 3:9 : Neh 3:12, 17
INTRODUCTION: BEANS, BULLETS, BANDAIDS, AND BAD GUYS (4 BS)
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 2:9-20
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: NEHEMIAH HAS PRAYED; GOD IS ANSWERING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: ESTIMATING THE CHALLENGE
CTS: 3 CONSIDERATIONS IN TRUSTING GOD WITH FUTURE ENDEAVORS
HOW CAN WE FACE THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE?:
I. RELY ON GOD AS OUR PROVIDER (VV. 9-10)
• EXPLANATION: THE KING HONORED HIS WORD TO NEHEMIAH
o THE KING GAVE LETTERS TO NEHEMIAH (9A)
o THE KING PROVIDED NEHEMIAH WITH A MILITARY ESCORT (9B)
II. CONSTRUCT A PLAN FOR THE CHALLENGE (VV. 11-16)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH CONSTRUCTED A PLAN FOR THE WALL
o UPON ARRIVING IN JERUSALEM, NEHEMIAH WAITED 3 DAYS (11)
o NEHEMIAH TOURED THE WALL (12-16)
? NEHEMIAH CONDUCTED HIS TOUR BY NIGHT (12A)
? NEHEMIAH DID NOT TELL ANYONE OF GOD’S PLAN IN HIM (12B)
? NEHEMIAH INSPECTED THE WALL (13-15)
? NEHEMIAH DID NOT TELL ANYONE OF HIS TOUR RESULTS (16)
III. PUT THE PLAN IN GOD’S HANDS (VV. 17-20)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH EXHORTS GOD’S PEOPLE TO REBUILD
o NEHEMIAH MAKES THE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE BAD SITUATION (17)
? THEIR CITY WAS IN A STATE OF REPROACH (17AB)
? COME, LET US REBUILD TO END OUR REPROACH! (17C)
o NEHEMIAH INFORMS EVERYONE OF GOD’S HAND ON HIM (18A)
o NEHEMIAH RELATES THE TESTIMONY OF THE KING (18B)
o THE PEOPLE SAID “LET US REBUILD!” (18C)
o NEHEMIAH REFUTES THE VERBAL ATTACKS OF HIS ENEMIES (19-20)
• NEHEMIAH FACED A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE THROUGH PLANNING
• NEHEMIAH’S TESTIMONY ABOUT GOD INSPIRED HIS PEOPLE TO ACT
• GOD’S PEOPLE FACED THE CHALLENGE WITH CONFIDENCE
• THE OBEDIENCE OF GOD’S PEOPLE BROUGHT VERBAL PERSECUTION
• AS WE PRAY AND ACT IN FAITH, GOD WILL GIVE US VICTORY