INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS CRUCIFIED: DISCIPLES HIDING
SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 28:1-10
TITLE OF MESSAGE: LOSING YOUR FEAR AT EASTER
CTS: 2 WAYS TO GAIN CONTROL OF FEAR IN YOUR LIFE
HOW CAN EASTER REDUCE MY FEARS?:
I. LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS (VV. 1-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WOMEN CAME IN SORROW / LEFT IN JOY
o MARY & MARY COME TO ANOINT JESUS FOR BURIAL (1)
o EARTHQUAKE (AT HIS DEATH (27:61) / RESURRECTION) (2A)
o ANGEL â€“ APPEARANCE / GODâ€™S MESSENGER (2B)
ï‚§ TOMB OPENED TO LET IN, NOT OUT (2C-3)
o EVERYONE IN FEAR â€“ SOLDIERS AS DEAD (4)
o WOMEN ENCOURAGED â€“ DO NOT BE AFRAID (5)
o HEâ€™S NOT HERE, JUST AS HE SAID (6A)
o EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION â€“ COME & SEE (6B)
o GO & TELL â€“ HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD (7)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BELIEVE THE MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS; TELL OTHERS
II. RESOLVE TO FOLLOW JESUS (VV. 8-10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WOMEN BELIEVED & TOOK ACTION
o THE LADIES LEFT WITH FEAR & GREAT JOY (8)
o JESUS APPEARED (1 COR. 15:1-6) / THEY WORSHIPPED HIM (9)
o DO NOT BE AFRAID (10A)
o GO TELL MY BRETHREN (10B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: OBEY THE COMMANDMENT OF JESUS (ACTS 1:8)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO HIS PEOPLE:
o JESUS HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD â€“ DO NOT BE AFRAID
o WITHOUT BELIEF IN JESUS, THERE IS CAUSE TO BE AFRAID
o JESUS HAS RISEN; GO AND TELL OTHERS OF HIS LOVE
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO US:
o MAKE TODAY A SPECIAL DAY TO REJOICE: JESUS HAS RISEN!
o TAKE GODâ€™S WORDS TO HEART. ACT ON WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD
REFERENCES (page 1)
1 Corinthians 15:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to youâ€”unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
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.â€
Matthew 28:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Is Risen!
28 (A)Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, (B)Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for (C)an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away (D)the stone and sat upon it.3 And (E)his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, â€œ[a](F)Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, (G)just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you (H)into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.â€
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them [b]and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, â€œ[c](I)Do not be afraid; go and take word to (J)My brethren to leave (K)for Galilee, and there they will see Me.â€
a. Matthew 28:5 Or Stop being afraid
b. Matthew 28:9 Lit saying hello
c. Matthew 28:10 Or Stop being afraid
A. Matthew 28:1 : Matt 28:1-8: Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-10; John 20:1-8
B. Matthew 28:1 : Matt 27:56, 61
C. Matthew 28:2 : Luke 24:4; John 20:12
D. Matthew 28:2 : Matt 27:66; Mark 16:4
E. Matthew 28:3 : Dan 7:9; 10:6; Mark 9:3; John 20:12; Acts 1:10
F. Matthew 28:5 : Matt 14:27; 28:10; Rev 1:17
G. Matthew 28:6 : Matt 12:40; 16:21; 27:63
H. Matthew 28:7 : Matt 26:32; 28:10, 16; Mark 16:7
I. Matthew 28:10 : Matt 14:27; 28:5
J. Matthew 28:10 : John 20:17; Rom 8:29; Heb 2:11f, 17
K. Matthew 28:10 : Matt 26:32; 28:7, 16
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS ADDRESSING CONCERN FOR OTHERS
SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 15:1-6
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: OTHERS FIRST
CTS: 3 REASONS GOD HAS CALLED US TO SERVE OTHERS
WHY IS PUTTING OTHERS FIRST IMPORTANT TO GOD?:
I. GOD EXPECTS US TO MINISTER TO OTHERS (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL ASSERTS THE CONCERN FOR VALUEING OTHERS
o WE MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE BODY OF CHRIST (1)
ï‚§ SEE WUESTâ€™S & HOLMAN COMMENTARY COMMENTS
o EACH IS TO SEEK GROWING HIS NEIGHBOR (2) (SEE MSG VERSION)
II. GOD PROVIDED THE EXAMPLE IN JESUS CHRIST (VV. 3-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES OUR EXAMPLE TOWARD OTHERS
o HE DID NOT PLEASE HIMSELF (3A) (MARK 10:45: 2 COR 8:9)
o OUR SHORTCOMINGS FELL ON JESUS AT CALVARY (3B)
ï‚§ HOW CAN WE EMULATE JESUS â€“ ROM 12:1-2
o SCRIPTURES ARE:
ï‚§ WRITTEN FOR OUR INSTRUCTION (4A)
ï‚§ PROVIDE PERSEVERANCE & ENCOURAGEMENTâ€“â€“HOPE (4B)
III. GOD PROVIDES THE MEANS FOR YOU TO DO IT (VV. 5-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROVIDES THE ABILITY FOR UNITY
o THE SOURCE OF PERSEVERANCE & ENCOURAGEMENT = GOD (5A)
ï‚§ MEDITATE ON ROM 5:1-5
o GODâ€™S GIFT â€“ SAME MIND WITH ONE ANOTHER (5B)
ï‚§ JESUS SOUGHT UNITY WITH HIS FATHER & FOR US â€“ JOHN 17:1-5, 20-23
o RESULT OF BEING IN ONE ACCORD: GLORIFY GOD W/ ONE VOICE (6)
â€¢ PAUL CHALLENGED THE STRONG BELIEVERS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE WEAK
â€¢ PAUL POINTED TO CHRIST AS THE EXAMPLE OF SERVING OTHERS
â€¢ PAUL RECOGNIZED GODâ€™S PROVISION FOR SERVING OTHERS
â€¢ GOD HAS EQUIPPED US AND EXPECTS US TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER
REFERENCES (page 1)
Wuestâ€™s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament
â€œOughtâ€ is opheilÅ (á½€Ï†ÎµÎ¹Î»Ï‰), â€œto be a debtor, to be under obligation, bound by duty.â€ The word speaks of a moral obligation as contrasted to a necessity in the nature of the case as is dei (Î´ÎµÎ¹). â€œBearâ€ is bastazÅ (Î²Î±ÏƒÏ„Î±Î¶Ï‰) â€œto bearâ€ what is burdensome. When an informed believer foregoes an action which he knows is right, but which a weaker Christian thinks to be wrong, and does it for the sake of not offending that weaker Christian, he curtails his own freedom of action, denies himself something that is legitimately his, and this is a burden to him.
Holman New Testament Commentary
Carrying another personâ€™s weakness in the spiritual sense is the same as carrying their burden in the physical senseâ€”we help them get where they are going with what they have in their hand or heart. Instead of criticizing them, we encourage them in their desire to glorify and thank God for his provision and blessing (Rom. 14:6). Instead of tearing them down with theological explanations for why they are wrong, we build [them] up in the Lord.
Romans 15:1-2 The Message (MSG)
15 1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, â€œHow can I help?â€
Mark 10:45 New King James Version (NKJV)
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.â€
2 Corinthians 8:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
John 17:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: â€œFather, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
John 17:20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 â€œI do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Romans 15:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Self-denial on Behalf of Others
15 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of (A)those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to (B)please his neighbor [a]for his good, to his (C)edification.
3 For even (D)Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, â€œ(E)The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.â€ 4 For (F)whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 Now may the(G)God [b]who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you (H)to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one [c]voice glorify (I)the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
a. Romans 15:2 Lit for what is good to edification
INTRODUCTION: CHRIST'S UNFINISHED WORK HENRY G. BOSCH (ODB)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAHAMâ€™S BLESSING / GODâ€™S BLESSING
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 18:16-33
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: MERCIFUL INTERCESSION
CTS: 2 WAYS TO INCREASE MERCIFUL INTERCESSION IN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN MERCIFUL INTERCESSION INCREASE MY FAITH?:
I. DEVELOP A CLOSE WALK WITH GOD (VV. 16-21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CONSIDERED SHARING PROPHECY WITH ABRAHAM
o ABRAHAM BEGAN ESCORTING HIS VISITORS ON THEIR WAY (16)
o GOD CONSIDERS TELLING ABRAHAM WHAT GOD WAS ABOUT TO DO (17)
o GOD HIGHLIGHTS HIS PURPOSE IN CALLING ABRAHAM:
ï‚§ GOD WOULD MAKE A GREAT NATION OUT OF ABRAHAM (18A)
ï‚§ OTHER NATIONS WOULD BE BLESSED THROUGH ABRAHAM (18B)
ï‚§ GOD CHOSE ABRAHAM TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (19A)
ï‚§ RIGHTEOUSNESS = GOD DOING WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO (19B)
o GOD TELLS ABRAHAM WHAT HE IS ABOUT TO DO:
ï‚§ JUDGE THE SINFULNESS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH (20-21)
II. DEVOTE YOURSELF TO INTERCESSION (VV. 22-33)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM SPOKE TO GOD ON BEHALF OF SODOM
o THE TWO MEN / ANGELS HEADED FOR SODOM (22A)
o ABRAHAM WAS LEFT STANDING WITH THE LORD (22B)
o ABRAHAM BEGAN INTERCEDING FOR THE CITY WITH GOD (23-33)
ï‚§ THOUGHT: ABRAHAM KNEW LOT WAS THERE
ï‚§ ABRAHAM ASKS ABOUT GODâ€™S JUSTICE IN THE CITYâ€™S DESTRUCTION
â€¢ WILL YOU SWEEP AWAY THE WICKED WITH THE RIGHTEOUS? (23B)
â€¢ ABRAHAM BEGINS TO ASK FOR GODâ€™S MERCY FOR THE CITY (24)
â€¢ FAR BE IT FROM GOD TO DO SUCH A THING (X2) (25)
o ABRAHAM IS INTERCEDING FOR BOTH (WICKED & RIGHTEOUS)
â€¢ NOTE ABRAHAMâ€™S HUMILITY IN THE PROCESS (27, 30, 32)
â€¢ NOTE ABRAHAMâ€™S CONCERN FOR THE LOST / OTHER BELIEVERS(25)
â€¢ GOD ACKNOWLEDGES & AGREES WITH ABRAHAMâ€™S REQUEST(26-33)
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S HUMILITY RESULTED IN PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S CLOSENESS TO GOD RESULTED IN INTERCESSION FOR OTHERS
â€¢ HUMILITY + CLOSENESS TO GOD = CONCERN FOR OTHERS
Genesis 18:16-33 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 Then (A)the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. 17 (B)The LORD said, â€œShall I hide from Abraham (C)what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and [a]mighty nation, and in him (D)all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19 For I have [b](E)chosen him, so that he may (F)command his children and his household after him to (G)keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham (H)what He has spoken about him.â€ 20 And the LORD said, â€œ(I)The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will (J)go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.â€
22 Then (K)the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before (L)the LORD. 23 Abraham came near and said, â€œ(M)Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not[c]spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from You to do [d]such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not (N)the Judge of all the earth [e]deal justly?â€ 26 So the LORD said, â€œ(O)If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will [f]spare the whole place on their account.â€ 27 And Abraham replied, â€œNow behold, I have [g]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but (P)dust and ashes. 28 Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.â€ 29 He spoke to Him yet again and said, â€œSuppose forty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not do it on account of the forty.â€ 30 Then he said, â€œOh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not do it if I find thirty there.â€ 31 And he said, â€œNow behold, I have [h]ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it on account of the twenty.â€ 32 Then he said, â€œ(Q)Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it on account of the ten.â€ 33 As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham (R)the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.
a. Genesis 18:18 Or populous
b. Genesis 18:19 Lit known
c. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive
d. Genesis 18:25 Lit after this manner
e. Genesis 18:25 Lit do justice
f. Genesis 18:26 Or forgive
g. Genesis 18:27 Lit undertaken
h. Genesis 18:31 Lit undertaken
A. Genesis 18:16 : Gen 18:2, 22; 19:1
B. Genesis 18:17 : Gen 18:22, 26, 33; Amos 3:7
C. Genesis 18:17 : Gen 18:21; 19:24
D. Genesis 18:18 : Gen 12:3; 22:18; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8
E. Genesis 18:19 : Neh 9:7; Amos 3:2
F. Genesis 18:19 : Deut 6:6, 7
G. Genesis 18:19 : Gen 17:9
H. Genesis 18:19 : Gen 12:2, 3
I. Genesis 18:20 : Gen 19:13; Ezek 16:49, 50
J. Genesis 18:21 : Gen 11:5; Ex 3:8; Ps 14:2
K. Genesis 18:22 : Gen 18:16; 19:1
L. Genesis 18:22 : Gen 18:1, 17
M. Genesis 18:23 : Ex 23:7; Num 16:22; 2 Sam 24:17; Ps 11:4-7
N. Genesis 18:25 : Deut 1:16, 17; 32:4; Job 8:3, 20; Ps 58:11; 94:2; Is 3:10, 11; Rom 3:5, 6
O. Genesis 18:26 : Jer 5:1
P. Genesis 18:27 : Gen 3:19; Job 30:19; 42:6
Q. Genesis 18:32 : Judg 6:39
R. Genesis 18:33 : Gen 17:22; 35:13
Christ's Unfinished Work Last used: 6 Dec 2015
April 17, 2005 â€” by Henry G. Bosch
Read: Hebrews 7:23-8:2
He always lives to make intercession for them. â€”Hebrews 7:25
We often hear of the salvation Christ provided at Calvary when He died for our sins. But little is said of His continuing ministry of prayer for our spiritual growth. Just as Jesus prayed for Peter in a time of severe temptation (Luke 22:31-32), so also He intercedes before the Fatherâ€™s throne on our behalf. This vital work of the Savior will go on as long as we are in need of His help, comfort, and blessing.
Robert Murray McCheyne, the beloved Scottish minister of the 19th century, wrote, â€œIf I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference. He is praying for me!â€
During a deep personal crisis, I realized the truth of Hebrews 7 in a new and wonderful way. Satan seemed to be attacking me on every side. So I asked the Lord to plead for me. The next day the problem was solved, and I knew it was the Lordâ€™s special intervention. Never before had I been so conscious of the Saviorâ€™s high-priestly ministry (8:1).
If you are having great difficulty, tell Jesus about it. He will present your needs to the Father. Through His intercessory work, youâ€™ll experience the remarkable results that only His prayers can accomplish.
In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me,
Lest, by base denial, I depart from Thee;
When Thou seest me waver, with a look recall;
Nor for fear or favor suffer me to fall. â€”Montgomery
Satan is powerless against the power of Christ's prayer.
INTRODUCTION: THE PRODIGAL SON’S BROTHER (LUKE 15:20-32)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE APOSTLE PAUL IS FOCUSED ON LOVE
SCRIPTURE: 1 CORINTHIANS 13:5D
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH RESENTMENT?
CTS: 3 THOUGHTS THAT REVEAL THE DANGER OF RESENTMENT.
RESENTMENT IS DANGEROUS, WHEN YOU CONSIDER ITS:
I. CONSTRUCTION (VS. 5D)
• EXPLANATION: RESENTMENT IS NOT PART OF GOD’S LOVE
o “DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT” – DEFINED (SEE NOTES)
o SEE DR. JEREMIAH COMMENTS ON RESENTMENT
• APPLICATION: CHOOSE NOT TO BUILD SIN LISTS
II. CONTROL (1 KINGS 2:5-6)
• EXPLANATION: KING DAVID CARRIED RESENTMENT FOR JOAB
o DAVID’S RESENTMENT RESULTED IN JOAB’S ULTIMATE DEATH
o DANGER OF ALLOWING RESENTMENT CONTROL
SEE DR JEREMIAH COMMENTS
• APPLICATION: SEEK GOD’S POWER TO RELEASE RESENTMENT
III. COST (EPHESIANS 4:31)
• EXPLANATION: RESENTMENT CAN DESTROY YOU
o PHYSICALLY & PSYCHOLOGICALLY
SEE DR JEREMIAH COMMENTS
• APPLICATION: CHOOSE A HEALTHY LIFE OVER RESENTMENT
• FIVE STEPS TO DEFEATING RESENTMENT: (SEE NOTES PAGE)
1. THINK IT THROUGH
2. WRITE IT DOWN
3. WORK IT OUT
4. TALK IT OVER
5. GIVE IT UP
• KEEPING TRACK OF WRONGS BY OTHERS IS NOT PART OF GOD’S LOVE
• STRIVE TO ALWAYS FORGIVE, AS YOU HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN (EPH 4:32)
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Luke 15:20-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[a] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”
Definitions of “think” (Logizetai (Logizomai)):
Word Pictures in the New Testament
Taketh not account of evil (οὐ λογιζεται το κακον [ou logizetai to kakon]). Old verb from λογος [logos], to count up, to take account of as in a ledger or note-book, “the evil” (το κακον [to kakon]) done to love with a view to settling the account.
The Bible Exposition Commentary
The phrase thinketh no evil means “does not keep any record of wrongs.” One of the most miserable men I ever met was a professed Christian who actually kept in a notebook a list of the wrongs he felt others had committed against him. Forgiveness means that we wipe the record clean and never hold things against people (Eph. 4:26, 32).
DR DAVID JEREMIAH COMMENTS ON RESENTMENT:
While there are many situations in which record keeping is essential, in personal relationships it is not only unnecessary but harmful. Love, Paul says, does not take into account wrongs that are suffered. Love doesn’t write down and keep records of wrongs that are done. Love looks for the chance to erase the record of wrongs at every opportunity, to forgive and keep a clean slate.
1 Kings 2:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 “Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed. And he shed the blood of war in peacetime, and put the blood of war on his belt that was around his waist, and on his sandals that were on his feet. 6 Therefore do according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to the grave in peace.
DR DAVID JEREMIAH COMMENTS ON RESENTMENT’S CONTROL
Joab had unlawfully killed two commanders in the army on the basis of his own resentments, and David had not forgotten it. David had remembered Joab’s actions for years but had never avenged the deaths of his two commanders by killing Joab. So David called Solomon in and corrupted his mind by commanding that Joab not be allowed to die a natural death. In other words, David wanted Solomon to kill Joab. David had nurtured his resentment for years and finally decided to act on it.
Hebrews 12:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
Ephesians 4:31 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
DR DAVID JEREMIAH COMMENTS ON THE COST OF RESENTMENT
. . . doctors are documenting more and more instances in which anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness are the causative factors in physical diseases. S. I. McMillan, in his book None of These Diseases (Fleming H. Revello, 1963) says the estimates vary from 60 to 100 percent. Hypertension and heart disease are a major illness influenced by the stress brought about by unforgiveness.
Psychologically we are imprisoned by our past. We think we have put another person under our control by our unwillingness to forgive, but it is really we who become the slaves of resentment. We become the embodiment of our resentment. Our life revolves around that which we refuse to let go of.
Five Steps to Defeating Resentment:
1. Think it through – First, it is important to take a step back from the trees and try to get a picture of the whole forest. Just as we get absorbed in reading a book or watching a movie or working on a hobby that we lose track of time, so too we can lose track of the destructive nature of resentment.
2. Write it down – If you will write down on a piece of paper in simple terms why you are resentful and read it out loud to yourself, it will sound totally different to you than it does when you rehearse it in your mind. Not only will it sound different, it won’t have the emotion attached to it that you feel when you think about it.
3. Work it out – I’m not suggesting you can overpower anger with exercise. But there is a significant amount of research that suggests people who get regular physical exercise handle conflicts better than those who don’t.
4. Talk it over – If you are a Christian, I know one of your friends—the Lord Jesus Christ. So I want to suggest to you that you talk over your resentments with Him in prayer. Perhaps you should read to Him what you wrote down on the piece of paper.
5. Give it up – (Matthew 6:12, 14-15) God’s method for getting rid of resentments is through forgiveness. The Bible tells us that we are to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us. If we do this, it says, we will demonstrate that we are truly children of God.
Matthew 6:12, 14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
INTRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF A NATURAL DISASTER
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A SONG OF TRIUMPH (MACARTHUR NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 46:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€S: DISASTER
CTS: 3 REASSURING TRUTHS OF GODâ€™S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISASTERS
HOW SHOULD GODâ€™S PEOPLE RESPOND TO DISASTER?:
I. FACE DISASTERS WITH COURAGE (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD IS THE REFUGE AND STRENGTH OF HIS PEOPLE
o GOD IS THE SOURCE OF REFUGE AND STRENGTH FOR HIS PEOPLE (1A)
o GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE (1B):
o THEREFORE, WE WILL NOT FEAR (2-3)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOB WORSHIPPED GOD; LOST ALL (JOB 1)
II. FACE DISASTERS WITH HOPE (VV.4-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S PRESENCE GIVES HOPE IN ADVERSITY
o THERE IS A RIVER. . . (4A)â€“â€“ CONTRAST WITH TORRENTIAL STORMS (3A)
o (GODâ€™S PRESENCE)â€“â€“MAKES THE CITY OF GOD GLAD (4B-5-6)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (7)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S RESPONSE TO HIS CALAMITY / HIS FUTURE (1:20-21; 42)
III. FACE DISASTERS WITH TRUST (VV. 8-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD BECKONS ALL TO SEE HIS POWER OVER ALL
o NOT ONLY NATURAL, BUT ALSO KINGDOMS ON THE EARTH
o GODS MAKES WARS TO CEASE TO THE END OF THE EARTH (9):
o CEASE STRIVING: KNOW THAT I AM GOD (10) (SEE PSALM 2)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (11)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S TRUST IN GOD (JOB 13:15)
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ PSALMLISTâ€™S ASSERTION: GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRONGHOLD FOR LIFE
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
REFERENCES (page 1)
The MacArthur Study Bible (Background)
Psalm 46 was the scriptural catalyst for Martin Lutherâ€™s great hymn, â€œA Mighty Fortress Is Our God.â€ This psalm also launches a trilogy of psalms (i.e., 46, 47, 48); they are all songs of triumph. Furthermore, it has also been grouped among the so-called â€œsongs of Zionâ€ (cf. Pss 48, 76, 84, 87, 122). Psalm 46 extols the adequacy of God in facing threats from nature and the nations.
Job 1:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
â€œNaked I came from my motherâ€™s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.â€
Job 13:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (DAVID JEREMIAH)
â€¢ GOD CANNOT BE:
o DIVORCED FROM DISASTERS
Some people divorce God from disasters through a view called Deismâ€“â€“the theology that God created the world but then left it to run on its own. Therefore, He neither causes nor allows disasters; the world is simply taking its natural course. . . Other try to blame all disasters on Satan. But Satan would needs God permission as seen in Job. Neither of these views is the biblical view. We must take into account two biblical realities to explain Godâ€™s relationship to disasters.
1. God Employs the Elements of Nature in the Operation of the World
Psalm 135:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
Other similar passages include Job 37:6, 10-13; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 45:6-7; Matthew 5:45. These and other verses show God to be actively involved, especially in the natural processes we call weather, all over our planet.
2. God Employs the Elements of Nature in His Opposition to Evil
God brought a flood upon the earth to judge the sinfulness of earthly humanity (Genesis 6-8). And He used what we might call today a â€œsinkholeâ€â€“â€“a giant opening in the earthâ€“â€“to swallow up Korah and those associated with him when they rebelled against the Lord (Numbers 16:30-33).
o DISCREDITED BY DISASTERS
â€œIf God sees evil but cannot prevent it, He is not all powerful and therefore not God. If He sees evil but chooses not to prevent it, He is not all-good and therefore not God.â€
Such thinking is not truth, but man making judgments based upon the wisdom of men.
o DEFINED BY DISASTERS
â€œA third misconception that must be corrected goes like this: â€˜I could never believe in a God who would allow such awful things to happen to those He created.â€™ That is people defining God in their own image. They imagine who God is or isnâ€™t, then choose to believe or not believe in Him.
What many who raise this argument fail to consider is just the opposite: Why do so many good things continue to happen in the world? And who is responsible for them?â€
o DEFEATED BY DISASTERS
â€œSometimes we wonder if natural disasters are circumventing Godâ€™s purposes, whether events outside His control have defeated His plans.â€
We only see a tiny, limited part of what God is doing in the universe, so our judgments about Him and what happens in the word are presumptuous at best unless clearly stated in scripture. Romans 8:28 says that God causes everything that happens to work together for good (whether we understand it, or agree with it, or not). That doesnâ€™t mean that bad things are good, or that everything ultimately turns into something good. Rather, it means God is ceaselessly active in working out good things in the lives of those who love Him.â€
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MAN
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
â€œ. . .God is free to judge sin, and man needs to live a repentant life in order to avoid such judgment. Every disaster, whether it touches our life or not, should be a reminder to examine our own life and repent of sin where necessary.â€
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
â€œOur hearts go out to those who are touched by disasters. But when we escape such events, do we pause and thank God for our safety and protectionâ€“â€“not just from that event but from all the occasions in life which we might have suffered harm? Disasters are the exception in life, not the rule. And we should daily thank God that the â€œruleâ€ is safety and provision.
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
â€œDisaster reminds us to reach out in love to those who are hurting.â€
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
Revelation 21:4 reminds believers that there is coming a day when disasters will be over. God will wipe away every tear from they eyes of His children.
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
When we consider the end of Jobâ€™s trials, we see that he received something better than answers for the disasters he experiencedâ€“â€“a deeper and fuller revelation of the person of God and His sovereign rule over the affairs of mankind. By the end of the book, Job had humbled himself before God and put his questions to rest in the knowledge that God is God.
Psalm 46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God the Refuge of His People.
46 God is our (A)refuge and strength,
[b]A very (B)present help (C)in [c]trouble.
2 Therefore we will (D)not fear, though (E)the earth should change
And though (F)the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea;
3 Though its (G)waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.
4 There is a (H)river whose streams make glad the (I)city of God,
The holy (J)dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is (K)in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will (L)help her [f]when morning dawns.
6 The [g]nations (M)made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He [h](N)raised His voice, the earth (O)melted.
7 The LORD of hosts (P)is with us;
The God of Jacob is (Q)our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, (R)behold the works of the LORD,
[i]Who has wrought (S)desolations in the earth.
9 He (T)makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He (U)breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He (V)burns the chariots with fire.
10 â€œ[j]Cease striving and (W)know that I am God;
I will be (X)exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.â€
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
a. Psalm 46:1 Possibly for soprano voices
b. Psalm 46:1 Or Abundantly available for help
c. Psalm 46:1 Or tight places
d. Psalm 46:2 Lit seas
e. Psalm 46:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
f. Psalm 46:5 Lit at the turning of the morning
g. Psalm 46:6 Or Gentiles
h. Psalm 46:6 Lit gave forth
i. Psalm 46:8 Or Which He has wrought as desolations
j. Psalm 46:10 Or Let go, relax
k. Psalm 46:10 Or Gentiles
A. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 14:6; 62:7, 8
B. Psalm 46:1 : Deut 4:7; Ps 145:18
C. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 9:9
D. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 23:4; 27:1
E. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 82:5
F. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 18:7
G. Psalm 46:3 : Ps 93:3, 4; Jer 5:22
H. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 36:8; 65:9; Is 8:6; Rev 22:1
I. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 48:1; 87:3; 101:8; Is 60:14; Rev 3:12
J. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 43:3
K. Psalm 46:5 : Deut 23:14; Is 12:6; Ezek 43:7, 9; Hos 11:9; Joel 2:27; Zech 2:5
L. Psalm 46:5 : Ps 37:40; Is 41:14; Luke 1:54
M. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 2:1, 2
N. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 18:13; 68:33; Jer 25:30; Joel 2:11; Amos 1:2
O. Psalm 46:6 : Amos 9:5; Mic 1:4; Nah 1:5
P. Psalm 46:7 : Num 14:9; 2 Chr 13:12
Q. Psalm 46:7 : Ps 9:9; 48:3
R. Psalm 46:8 : Ps 66:5
S. Psalm 46:8 : Is 61:4; Jer 51:43
T. Psalm 46:9 : Is 2:4; Mic 4:3
U. Psalm 46:9 : 1 Sam 2:4; Ps 76:3
V. Psalm 46:9 : Is 9:5; Ezek 39:9
W. Psalm 46:10 : Ps 100:3
X. Psalm 46:10 : Is 2:11, 17
INTRODUCTION: A FINAL WORD TO BE STRONG IN FAITH (JOHN 14:1-6)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: REMINDERS OF THE FIRMNESS OF FAITH
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 5:8-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: GODâ€™S GRACE
CTS: 4 WAYS TO HONOR GOD WITH YOUR FUTURE
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY FUTURE?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE POWER OF YOUR ADVERSARY (VS. 8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: STAY ALERT: SATAN IS AFTER YOU
o SATANâ€™S POWER - SEE COMMENTS BY C.S. LEWIS (EPH 2:1-7)
o THE ROAR OF A LION CANNOT HURT YOU, UNLESS YOU YIELD TO IT
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: RESPECT FOR SATANâ€™S POWER (SEE WIERSBE COMMENTS)
II. ASSERTIVELY STAND STRONG IN YOUR FAITH (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: RESIST SATAN (9A); FIRM IN FAITH (9B) OTHERS HAVE (9C)
o THE POWER TO RESIST SATAN (SOBER & ALERT(8AB), FIRM IN FAITH (9B))
ï‚§ SEE HOLMAN COMMENTARY COMMENTS & 1 PETER 1:5
o SAME SUFFERINGS BEING ACCOMPLISHED â€“ VICTORY (9C) (HEBREWS 11)
III. ACCEPT GODâ€™S PROMISE FOR YOUR FUTURE (VV. 10-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUFFERING LEADS TO GODâ€™S GLORY IN YOU
o SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD IS TEMPORAL (10A)
o THE GOD OF ALL GRACE â€“ NO OTHER RESOURCE FOR GRACE (10B)
o WHO CALLED YOU TO HIS GLORY (10C) (SEE 1:3)
o GOD WILL PERFECT, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN AND ESTABLISH YOU (10D)
o HE ALONE HAS THE POWER (11)
IV. ABSORB YOURSELF INTO GODâ€™S GRACE (VV. 12-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FINAL SALUTATION OR CHARGE
o EXAMPLES OF GODâ€™S GRACE:
ï‚§ SILVANUS, PETER, OTHER BELIEVERS, AND MARK (12AB, 13)
o EXHORTATION TO STAND FIRM IN GODâ€™S GRACE (12C) (HEB 4:15-16)
o GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH A KISS OF LOVE (14A)
o PEACE BE TO ALL WHO ARE IN CHRIST (14B)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S FINAL CHALLENGE TO GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o SATAN â€“ BE AWARE OF HIS POWER AND RESPECT IT
o POWER TO RESIST SATAN â€“ BE SOBER, ALERT, AND FIRM IN FAITH
o OTHERS HAVE SUFFERED AND SUCCEEDED â€“ YOU CAN AND WILL
o GODâ€™S GRACE IS YOUR POWER TO SUCCEED
o ENDURANCE IS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF GODâ€™S LOVE AND PEACE
â€¢ OUR CHALLENGE TODAY â€“ TAKE PETERâ€™S WORDS TO HEART â€“ ACT ON THEM
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 â€œLet not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 In My Fatherâ€™s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.â€
5 Thomas said to Him, â€œLord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?â€
6 Jesus said to him, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Background)
First Peter overflows with reminders of the firmness of the faith of believers. We have been chosen by God the Father (1:2), given a new birth into a living hope (1:3), and provided with an inheritance that can never perish (1:4) because we are shielded by Godâ€™s power (1:5). Furthermore, we have been called out of darkness into Godâ€™s wonderful light (2:9). God himself is building up individual believers into a spiritual house (2:5). He views his followers as a holy and royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people belonging to [him] (2:5, 9).
Holman New Testament Commentary (C.S. Lewis on Satan)
C. S. Lewis once suggested that the two mistakes Christians make in talking about Satan are that we either joke about him or we ignore him. According to this verse, neither of these is an option. In essence, this verse says, â€œWake up! Pay attention! We are involved in a spiritual battle. You need to know the enemy and his characteristics. You need to understand that we are in a life-and-death battle.â€
Biblically, Satan or the devil (diabolos, the slanderer) is described as the prince of this world. His residence is on this earth, and he moves from place to place. Because this earth is the devilâ€™s territory, believers are constantly under attack. Additionally, the Bible speaks of the devil as a personal spiritual being in active rebellion against God. He leads many demons like himself. Peter envisions the devil as a cunning and evil personal being who has the ability to attack Christians and to disrupt the life and unity of the church.
The Bible Exposition Commentary
Since I have no mechanical ability, I admire people who can build and repair things. During a church building program, I was watching an electrician install a complex control panel. I said to the man, â€œIt just amazes me how you fellows can calmly work on those lines with all of that power there. How do you do it?â€ The electrician smiled and said, â€œWell, the first thing you have to do is respect it. Then you can handle it.â€
Satan is a dangerous enemy. He is a serpent who can bite us when we least expect it. He is a destroyer (Rev. 12:11; Abaddon and Apollyon both mean â€œdestructionâ€) and an accuser (Zech. 3:1â€“5; Rev. 12:9â€“11). He has great power and intelligence, and a host of demons who assist him in his attacks against Godâ€™s people (Eph. 6:10ff). He is a formidable enemy; we must never joke about him, ignore him, or underestimate his ability. We must â€œbe soberâ€ and have our minds under control when it comes to our conflict with Satan.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Power to resist Satan)
To resist the devil effectively, we must draw on the power of Christ and not yield to Satan in our lives. Furthermore, to resist the devil, the believer must be standing firm in the faith. We should draw strength from what we believe.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Hebrews 4:15-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Peter 5:8-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 (A)Be of sober spirit, (B)be on the alert. Your adversary, (C)the devil, prowls around like a roaring (D)lion, seeking someone to devour.
9 [a](E)But resist him, (F)firm in your faith, knowing that (G)the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your [b]brethren who are in the world.
10 After you have suffered (H)for a little while, the (I)God of all grace, who (J)called you to His (K)eternal glory in Christ, will Himself (L)perfect, (M)confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 (N)To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 Through (O)Silvanus, our faithful brother [c](for so I regard him), (P)I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is (Q)the true grace of God. (R)Stand firm in it!
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, (S)Mark. 14 (T)Greet one another with a kiss of love.
(U)Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
a. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit whom resist
b. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit brotherhood
c. 1 Peter 5:12 Lit (as I consider)
A. 1 Peter 5:8 : 1 Pet 1:13
B. 1 Peter 5:8 : Matt 24:42
C. 1 Peter 5:8 : James 4:7
D. 1 Peter 5:8 : 2 Tim 4:17
E. 1 Peter 5:9 : James 4:7
F. 1 Peter 5:9 : Col 2:5
G. 1 Peter 5:9 : Acts 14:22
H. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 1:6
I. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 4:10
J. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:9; 1 Thess 2:12
K. 1 Peter 5:10 : 2 Cor 4:17; 2 Tim 2:10
L. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:10; Heb 13:21
M. 1 Peter 5:10 : Rom 16:25; 2 Thess 2:17; 3:3
N. 1 Peter 5:11 : Rom 11:36; 1 Pet 4:11
O. 1 Peter 5:12 : 2 Cor 1:19
P. 1 Peter 5:12 : Heb 13:22
Q. 1 Peter 5:12 : Acts 11:23; 1 Pet 1:13; 4:10
R. 1 Peter 5:12 : 1 Cor 15:1
S. 1 Peter 5:13 : Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39; Col 4:10; Philem 24
T. 1 Peter 5:14 : Rom 16:16
U. 1 Peter 5:14 : Eph 6:23
INTRODUCTION: THE PERFECT STORM
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS JUST CALLED HIS DISCIPLES (3:14-15)
SCRIPTURE: MARK 4:35-39
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DANGER
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT ENABLE CONTROL OF FEAR IN LIFEâ€™S STORMS
HOW CAN FEAR BE MIMIMIZED IN THE MIDST OF DANGER?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP (VV. 35-37)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ENCOUNTERED A DANGEROUS SITUATION
o JESUS HAD TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO CROSS THE LAKE (35) (SEE 5:1)
o THE PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN TOOK CARE OF JESUS (36A)
ï‚§ OTHER BOATS WENT ALONG (36B)
o THEY ENCOUNTERED A STORM; THE LIVES OF ALL WERE IN DANGER (37)
II. ADMIT YOUR FAITH IN THE CAPTAIN (VV. 38-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES; THEY SOUGHT JESUS
o JESUS WAS ASLEEP IN THE STERN OF THE BOAT (38A)
o THE DISCIPLES WOKE JESUS; DONâ€™T YOU CARE IF WE PERISH? (38B)
o JESUS REBUKED THE STORM AND CALMED THE SEA (39)
III. ACCEPT THE CAPTAINâ€™S LEADERSHIP BY FAITH (VV. 40-41)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES HAVE A NEW REVERENCE FOR JESUS
o JESUS QUESTIONED THE REALITY OF THE DISCIPLESâ€™ FAITH (40)
o THE DISCIPLES BECAME VERY FEARFUL (41A)
o THE DISCIPLES BEGAN TO REALIZE THE TRUE POWER OF CHRIST (41B)
â€¢ JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO GO (38); THEY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE (5:1)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ALERTS US TO STORMY SEAS (JAMES 1:2)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ANNOUNCES THAT THE SAVIOR IS WITH US (JOHN 14:23)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD AFFIRMS THAT GOD DRIVES OUT FEAR (PSALM 118:6)
REFERENCES (page 1)
David Jeremiah. What are You Afraid of?
Hurricane Grace decimated the eastern seaboard of the United States in October 1991, causing more than a billion dollars worth of damage. Nine people lost their lives, six of whom were the crew of a fishing boat named Andrea Gail that sank in a â€œperfect stormâ€ off the New England sea coast. In fact, The Perfect Storm was the title of a book and movie about the Andrea Gail and her crew.
Weather-wise, a perfect storm happens when several weather events converge on the same spot. Individually, none of the events would be catastrophic. But when those separate weather events collide, the effect can be devastating.
Sometimes, â€œperfect stormsâ€ happen in our lives. Financial events, relationship events, emotional events, family eventsâ€”they all happen at the same time; and before we know it, we are overwhelmed by one of lifeâ€™s perfect storms.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
John 14:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, â€œIf anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Psalm 118:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
Mark 4:35-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Stills the Sea
35 (A)On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, â€œLet us go over to the other side.â€ 36 [a]Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them (B)in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37 And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, â€œTeacher, do You not care that we are perishing?â€ 39 And He got up and (C)rebuked the wind and said to the sea, â€œHush, be still.â€ And the wind died down and [b]it became perfectly calm.
40 And He said to them, â€œWhy are you [c]afraid? (D)Do you still have no faith?â€ 41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, â€œWho then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?â€
a. Mark 4:36 Or Sending away
b. Mark 4:39 Lit a great calm occurred
c. Mark 4:40 Or cowardly
A. Mark 4:35 : Mark 4:35-41: Matt 8:18, 23-27; Luke 8:22, 25
B. Mark 4:36 : Mark 3:9; 4:1; 5:2, 21
C. Mark 4:39 : Ps 65:7; 89:9; 107:29; Matt 8:26; Luke 8:24
D. Mark 4:40 : Matt 14:31; Luke 8:25
INTRODUCTION: GOOD OUT OF EVIL?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A PAGAN IS CALLED TO FORM GODâ€™S NATION
â€¢ THE NEED FOR GODâ€™S CALL (WIERSBE COMMENTS)
â€¢ WHY STUDY THE CHARACTER OF ABRAHAM?
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:1-3
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES
CTS: 3 WAYS TO RELATE GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES TO YOUR FAITH
WHAT MEANING DOES THE CALL OF ABRAM HAVE TO MY LIFE?:
I. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS UNCONDITIONAL (VS. 1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD TOLD ABRAM TO GO
o GO FORTH FROM:
ï‚§ YOUR COUNTRY
ï‚§ YOUR RELATIVES
ï‚§ YOUR FATHERâ€™S HOUSE (JOSHUA 24:2)
o NOTES: NELSONâ€™S COMMENTARY; WIERSBE (WHY GOD CALLED)
II. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS PERSONAL (VS. 2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROMISES 7 BLESSINGS TO ABRAM (2-3)
o GOD WOULD:
ï‚§ MAKE A GREAT NATION THROUGH ABRAM
ï‚§ BLESS THE LIFE OF ABRAM
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAMâ€™S NAME GREAT
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAM A BLESSING TO OTHERS
III. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IMPACTS OTHERS (VS. 3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S ALLEGIANCE TO GOD WOULD EFFECT OTHERS
o OTHERS WOULD:
ï‚§ BE BLESSED FOR BLESSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE CURSED FOR CURSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE BLESSED WORLD-WIDE THROUGH ABRAM
â€¢ GOD CALLED A PAGAN IDOL WORSHIPPER TO BECOME THE FIRST JEW
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO ABRAM AND TOLD HIM TO GO
â€¢ IN RESPONSE TO GODâ€™S CALL, ABRAM WOULD BE BLESSED 7 FOLD
â€¢ GOD CALLED US, WHO WERE HIS ENEMIES, TO BECOME HIS CHILDREN
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO US THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST
â€¢ AS WE CHOOSE TO RESPOND TO GODâ€™S CALL, GOD CONTINUALLY BLESSES US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
If the other planets are inhabited,â€ quipped George Bernard Shaw, â€œthen they must be using the earth for their insane asylum.â€
We may chuckle at that statement, but it reminds us of a sad fact: The world is in a mess, and it does not seem to be getting any better. What is wrong?
It all goes back to events recorded in the Book of Genesis. Except for the account in chapters 1 and 2, the first eleven chapters of Genesis record one failure of man after another, failures that are being repeated today. The first man and woman disobeyed God and were cast out of the Garden (chap. 3). Cain murdered his brother Abel and lied about it (chap. 4). Humanity became so corrupt that God cleansed the earth with a flood (chaps. 6â€“8). Noah got drunk and exposed himself to his son Ham (chap. 9). In their defiance of God, men built a city and a tower; and God had to send confusion to end the rebellion (chap. 10).
Disobedience, murder, deception, drunkenness, nudity, and rebellion sound pretty up-to-date, donâ€™t they? If you were God, what would you do with these sinners, men and women you had created in your own image? â€œIâ€™d probably destroy them!â€ you might reply; but thatâ€™s not what God did. Instead, God called a man and his wife to leave their home and go to a new land, so that He might give humanity a new beginning. Because of Godâ€™s call and their obedient faith, Abraham and Sarah* ultimately gave to the world the Jewish nation, the Bible, and the Savior. Where would we be today if Abraham and Sarah had not trusted God?
â€œAbrahamâ€ by Charles R. Swindoll: Why study the Character of Abraham?
â€œIn recent years, we have witnessed the rise of what some have called â€˜radical atheism,â€™ led by authors like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. They donâ€™t simply reject the existence of God; they aggressively attack belief in God as an evil that must be eradicated. Some worry about where this trend will take our twenty-first century Western civilization. I donâ€™t worry. While the movement might be radical, its certainly nothing new.â€
â€œToday this man is revered by the majority of the world as the â€˜father of faith.â€ His story is preserved in Genesis, and it tells us much of what we need to know about faith. While each personâ€™s faith journey is unique, Abraham blazed a trail for the rest of us; his faith journey tells us about our own. The biography of Abraham has much to teach anyoneâ€”even an atheistâ€”who wants to know the true Creator.â€
Joshua 24:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And Joshua said to all the people, â€œThus says the Lord God of Israel: â€˜Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods.
Nelsonâ€™s New Illustrated Bible Commentary
Here are three levels of ever-increasing demands on the life of Abram and Sarai. The country was the region of his dwelling, the family was his clan, and his fatherâ€™s house was where he had responsibility and leadership.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
Why God called. There are at least three reasons why God called Abraham and Sarah. In His love, God was concerned about their salvation; so He revealed His glory and shared His gracious promises. But even beyond their personal salvation was Godâ€™s purpose in blessing the whole world. This was accomplished when God sent His Son into the world through the Jewish nation. Christ died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; 4:14) and wants His church to tell the good news to the whole world (Mark 16:15).
But there is a third reason: The life of Abraham is an example for all Christians who want to walk by faith. Abraham was saved by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:1â€“5; Gal. 3:6â€“14) and lived by faith (Heb. 11:8â€“19), and his obedience was the evidence of his faith (James 2:14â€“26). Abraham obeyed when he did not know where (Heb. 11:8â€“10), how (vv. 11â€“12), when (vv. 13â€“16), or why (vv. 17â€“19); and so should we.
Genesis 12:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 Now (A)the LORD said to Abram,
â€œ[a]Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your fatherâ€™s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And (B)I will make you a great nation,
And (C)I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so [b](D)you shall be a blessing;
3 And (E)I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who [c]curses you I will [d]curse.
(F)And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.â€
a. Genesis 12:1 Lit Go for yourself
b. Genesis 12:2 Lit be a blessing
c. Genesis 12:3 Or reviles
d. Genesis 12:3 Or bind under a curse
A. Genesis 12:1 : Gen 15:7; Acts 7:3; Heb 11:8
B. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 17:4-6; 18:18; 46:3; Deut 26:5
C. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 22:17
D. Genesis 12:2 : Zech 8:13
E. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 24:35; 27:29; Num 24:9
F. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8
The Power to Crush Suffering: Submission to Authority
INTRODUCTION: REBELLION AGAINST AUTHORITY (DANIEL 3:13-18)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: SUBMISSION TO GOD RELIEVES SUFFERING
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 2:13-17
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITIES
CTS: 2 TRUTHS ABOUT AUTHORITY THAT FEED VICTORY OVER SUFFERING
SUBMITTING TO AUTHORITY ENABLES VICTORY, AS WE:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE ITS SOURCE (VV. 13-15)
• EXPLANATION: PETER IS EXHORTING SUBMISSION & WITNESS
o SUBMIT (DEFINITION) YOURSELVES TO EVERY INSTITUTION (13A)
KINGS (13B) / GOVERNORS (14A):
• PUNISH EVIL-DOERS (14B)
• PRAISE THOSE WHO DO RIGHT (14C)
o ROM 13:1-5
o SUCH BEHAVIOR IS THE WILL OF GOD & GLORIFIES HIM (15)
• APPLICATION: PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT – WISDOM / GOD @ WORK
II. ACT IN OBEDIENCE (VV. 16-17)
• EXPLANATION: PETER CHALLENGES TO LIVE IN FREEDOM
o ACT AS FREE MEN (16A) / BOND SLAVES OF GOD (16C) (MATT 22:34-40)
o DON’T ABUSE THE FREEDOM GIVEN BY GOD (16B)
o HONOR ALL PEOPLE (17A)
o LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD (17B) – “AGAPAO” (DIVINE LOVE)
SEE 1:22-23, JOHN 13:34-35, GAL 5:13
o FEAR GOD (17C) (SEE 1:17-18)
o HONOR THE KING (17D)
• ILLUSTRATION: YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR (USA / GOD’S) (2 COR 5:16-21)
• APPLICATION: SEEK GOD’S WISDOM & POWER TO REPRESENT HIM WELL
• PETER’S COUNSEL:
o SUBMITTING TO AUTHORITIES HONORS GOD & SPARES SUFFERING
o DO NOT ABUSE THE FREEDOM GOD HAS GIVEN YOU
o USE GOD’S FREEDOM IN CHRIST TO GLORIFY HIM & HONOR OTHERS
• GOD’S COUNSEL TO US:
o DO THE SAME
o GOD IS USING HIS AMBASSADORS TO BRING OTHERS TO HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Daniel 3:13-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who isthe god who will deliver you from my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver usfrom your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Romans 13:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
Matthew 22:34-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This isthe first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
1 Peter 1:22-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Enduring Word
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[a] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[b]
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.”
Galatians 5:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not useliberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
1 Peter 1:17-18 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,
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 Peter 2:13-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 (A)Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent [a]by him (B)for the punishment of evildoers and the (C)praise of those who do right. 15 For [b](D)such is the will of God that by doing right you may (E)silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16 Act as (F)free men, and [c]do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as (G)bond slaves of God. 17 (H)Honor all people, (I)love the brotherhood, (J)fear God, (K)honor the [d]king.
a. 1 Peter 2:14 Lit through
b. 1 Peter 2:15 Lit so
c. 1 Peter 2:16 Lit not having
d. 1 Peter 2:17 Or emperor
A. 1 Peter 2:13 : Rom 13:1
B. 1 Peter 2:14 : Rom 13:4
C. 1 Peter 2:14 : Rom 13:3
D. 1 Peter 2:15 : 1 Pet 3:17
E. 1 Peter 2:15 : 1 Pet 2:12
F. 1 Peter 2:16 : John 8:32; James 1:25
G. 1 Peter 2:16 : Rom 6:22; 1 Cor 7:22
H. 1 Peter 2:17 : Rom 12:10; 13:7
I. 1 Peter 2:17 : 1 Pet 1:22
J. 1 Peter 2:17 : Prov 24:21
K. 1 Peter 2:17 : Matt 22:21; 1 Pet 2:13
INTRODUCTION: KEEPING DARKNESS AT BAY (DR. JOSEPH STOWELL)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CHARACTER OBSERVATION OF PETER
• SHORTCOMINGS: LUKE 5:8, MATT 16:21-23, MATT 26:74-75
• USED BY GOD: MATT 28:18-20, JOHN 21:15-19, ACTS 2:14-39, ACTS 10
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 1:1-2
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING
CTS: 4 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING
THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING INCLUDES:
I. ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR CITIZENSHIP (VS. 1)
• EXPLANATION: PETER IS WRITING TO BELIEVERS IN CHRIST
o PETER – AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST TO MAKE DISCIPLES (1A)
o ALIENS – FELLOW JEW / GENTILE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST (1B)
ALIENS? – LIVING AMONG UNBELIEVERS ( SEE HEB 11:13-16)
• APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON THIS: THIS WORLD IS NOT YOUR HOME
II. ADMITTING GOD’S AWARENESS OF YOU (VS. 2A)
• EXPLANATION: GOD IS AWARE OF EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE
o FOREKNOWLEDGE: SEE BAKER’S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY
o THE ALIEN SITUATION WAS PRE-ORDAINED BY GOD
PSALM 139:15-17; JEREMIAH 1:4-5
• APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON THIS: GOD KNEW YOU BEFORE BIRTH
III. ACCEPTING THE FACT OF GOD’S POWER IN YOU (VS. 2B)
• EXPLANATION: CONNECTING TO GOD: HIS SANCTIFYING HOLY SPIRIT
o SANCTIFICATION: SEE BAKER’S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY
o HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK: JOHN 14:15-18, 25-26
• APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON THIS: GOD’S POWER IS WITHIN YOU
IV. ALIGNING WITH GOD’S CALL TO OBEDIENCE (VS. 2C & D)
• EXPLANATION: HOLY SPIRIT = POWER TO BELIEVE IN JESUS(2C)
o JOHN 1:12-14
o FORGIVENESS OF SIN IS THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS (EPH 1:7)
o PETER PRONOUNCES A BLESSING TO THE FAITHFUL ALIENS (2D)
• APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON THIS: GOD’S POWER LEADS TO OBEDIENCE
• PETER IS ENCOURAGING GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF DIFFICULTY:
o GOD KNEW THEM BEFORE THEY WERE BORN, DREW THEM TO HIMSELF THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, AND LED THEM TO OBEDIENCE
o GOD’S BLESSING FOR HIS PEOPLE IS GRACE AND PEACE.
THE SAME ENCOURAGEMENT APPLIES TO BELIEVERS TODAY.
REFERENCES (page 1)
Observation of Peter’s Character:
Shortcomings Used by God
Depart from me – Luke 5:8 Great Commission – Matt 28:18-20
Rebuked Jesus – Matt 16:21-23 Jesus restores Peter - John 21:15-19
Denied Jesus 3 times – Matt 26:74-75 Peter preaches at Pentecost – Acts 2:14-29
God used Peter to reach the Gentiles – Acts 10
Hebrews 11:13-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Heavenly Hope
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[a] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenlycountry. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Bakers Evangelical Dictionary: Foreknowledge
In his omniscience God knows what the future holds both for individuals and for nations. He knows and sees everything in advance and his will is carried out in accord with his plans and purposes.
Psalm 139:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
Jeremiah 1:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Bakers Evangelical Dictionary: Sanctification
The generic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. A pen is "sanctified" when used to write. Eyeglasses are "sanctified" when used to improve sight. In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God's design and purpose.
John 14:15-18, 25-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 1:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
1 Peter 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 (A)Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who reside as (B)aliens, (C)scattered throughout (D)Pontus,(E)Galatia, (F)Cappadocia, (G)Asia, and (H)Bithynia,(I)who are chosen
2 according to the (J)foreknowledge of God the Father, (K)by the sanctifying work of the Spirit,
[a]to (L)obey Jesus Christ and be (M)sprinkled with His blood:
(N)May grace and peace [b]be yours in the fullest measure.
a. 1 Peter 1:2 Lit unto obedience and sprinkling
b. 1 Peter 1:2 Lit be multiplied for you
A. 1 Peter 1:1 : 2 Pet 1:1
B. 1 Peter 1:1 : 1 Pet 2:11
C. 1 Peter 1:1 : James 1:1
D. 1 Peter 1:1 : Acts 2:9
E. 1 Peter 1:1 : Acts 16:6
F. 1 Peter 1:1 : Acts 2:9
G. 1 Peter 1:1 : Acts 2:9
H. 1 Peter 1:1 : Acts 16:7
I. 1 Peter 1:1 : Matt 24:22; Luke 18:7
J. 1 Peter 1:2 : Rom 8:29; 1 Pet 1:20
K. 1 Peter 1:2 : 2 Thess 2:13
L. 1 Peter 1:2 : 1 Pet 1:14, 22
M. 1 Peter 1:2 : Heb 10:22; 12:24
N. 1 Peter 1:2 : 2 Pet 1:2
Keeping Darkness At Bay
By Joe Stowell
Read: Matthew 5:11-16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father. —Matthew 5:16
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
That’s what Jesus teaches us as well. Warning us that we would live in dark times, He reminded us that because of Him we are “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14) and that our good deeds would be the power against the darkness for the glory of God (v.16). And Peter, writing to believers in Christ who were facing severe persecution, told them to live so that those accusing them would “by [their] good works which they observe, glorify God” (1 Peter 2:12).
There is one force that the darkness cannot conquer—the force of loving acts of kindness done in Jesus’ name. It is God’s people who turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, and forgive and even love their enemies who oppose them who have the power to turn the tide against evil. So look for the privileged opportunity to perform acts of kindness today to bring the light of Christ to others.
Lord, teach me the folly of trying to repay evil for
evil. May I be so grateful to You for the loving acts
of kindness that You have shown me that I gladly
look to share good deeds with others as well!
Light up your world with an act of kindness.
Taken from the Sermon on the Mount, today’s passage presents some of the behavioral expectations of the kingdom of God and stresses authenticity. Using the recognizable images of salt and light, Jesus tells His listeners that they cannot follow Him in secret. Salt must be salty and light must illuminate. However, we must be careful not to assume that it is goodness for goodness’ sake that is expected of God’s people. Good deeds are what bring God glory and reflect His character to the world (v.16).
INTRODUCTION: THE TRAGEDY OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA
BACKGROUND THOUGHT ON THE SUBJECT OF DEATH:
THE FACT OF DEATH â€“ EVERYONE WILL DIE (UNLESS JESUS RETURNS)
THE FACES OF DEATH â€“ PHYSICAL / SPIRITUAL / SECOND
THE FEAR OF DEATH â€“ REASONS NOT TO FEAR
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 23:4
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DYING
CTS: 3 ENCOURAGING TRUTHS IN THE FACE OF DEATH
HOW CAN MY FAITH BE REASSURED IN THE FACE OF DEATH?:
I. DEATH IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION (VS. 4A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST IS GOING THROUGH THE VALLEY
o EVEN THOUGH â€“ THE PSALMIST HAS HOPE AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD
o THE PSALMIST IS WALKING, NOT STANDING STILL
o A VALLEY HAS A BEGINNING AND AN END (2 COR 5:8)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: OBSERVATIONS OF DEATH ( BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS)
II. DEATH IS A SHADOW, NOT A REALITY (VS. 4B)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DEATH FOR THE PSALMIST, IS BUT A SHADOW
o DEATH IS NOT A PHYSICAL BEING, BUT A PORTAL / DOORWAY
o SHADOWS CANNOT HARM ANYONE
III. DEATH IS LONELY, BUT YOUâ€™RE NEVER ALONE (VS. 4CD)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST DOESNâ€™T FEAR DEATH
o NOTE THE PSALMISTâ€™S CHANGE FROM â€œHEâ€ TO â€œYOUâ€
o GOD IS WITH HIM
o GOD IS PROTECTING HIM DURING HIS JOURNEY (1 PETER 1:5)
â€¢ THOUGH THE PSALMIST IS AWARE OF DEATH, HE DOES NOT FEAR
â€¢ THE ELIMINATION OF FEAR IS ROOTED IN GODâ€™S PRESENCE & PROTECTION
â€¢ WE DONâ€™T HAVE TO FEAR DEATH, IF WE KNOW JESUS AS SAVIOR
â€¢ GOD IS WITH US AND WILL PROTECT US IN THE VALLEYS WE TRAVEL
REFERENCES (page 1)
The tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia by Dr. Jeremiah
In the mid 1970s, high-tech workers in Los Angeles began constructing a new generation of spaceships. The first to be launched was the Space Shuttle Columbia, the flagship of NASAâ€™s new fleet.
Columbia blasted off April 12, 1981, and orbited the earth thirty-six times. Twenty-seven missions followed, but Columbiaâ€™s final trip was a flight to tragedy. While reentering earthâ€™s atmosphere at nine oâ€™clock (EST) on the morning of February 1, 2003, the shuttle broke apart. A piece of insulating foam the size of a small briefcase had peeled off during launch sixteen days earlier and punctured one of the vesselâ€™s wings. The intense of reentry caused gases to penetrate the wing, triggering the catastrophe that killed the seven astronauts. Debris fell across large parts of Texas and Louisiana as thousands of people gazed upward in horror.
As part of a report later released about the destruction of Columbia, the flight director on the ground had asked the question, â€œYou know, thereâ€™s nothing we can do about damage to the TPS (thermal protection system). If it has been damaged its probably better not to know. Donâ€™t you think it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly during entry than to stay on orbit, knowing there was nothing to be done, until the air ran out?â€
After a further analysis of the damage before Columbiaâ€™s destruction, it was determined that they could safely reenter the earthâ€™s atmosphere, but, as history revealed, the analysis was faulty.
The Faces of Death â€“ Physical / Spiritual / Second
â€¢ Physical face of death â€“ James 2:26
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also (A)faith without works is dead. (NASB)
â€¢ Spiritual Death â€“ Romans 5:12, 6:23
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinnedâ€” (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
â€¢ Second Death â€“ Revelation 20:13-15
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[a] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Reasons not to Fear Death
â€¢ The Prince of Death has been Defeated â€“ Hebrews 2:14-15
Hebrews 2:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
â€¢ The Power of Death has been Destroyed â€“ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 New King James Version (NKJV)
55 â€œO Death, where is your sting?[a]
O Hades, where is your victory?â€[b]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks beto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
â€¢ The Process of Death has been Described â€“ Luke 16:19-31
This passage is a parable about what happens after an individual dies. Dr Jeremiah points out that â€œIn this parable, the lesson is about the different destinations of Lazarus and the rich man. But one of the truths employed is that angels are sent from Heaven to escort Godâ€™s people to His presence when those people die. That should be a great comfort to every Christian, another reason to have no fear of the experience of death.â€
2 Corinthians 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Psalm 23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmistâ€™s Shepherd.
23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd,
I [a]shall (B)not want.
2 He makes me lie down in (C)green pastures;
He (D)leads me beside [b](E)quiet waters.
3 He (F)restores my soul;
He (G)guides me in the [c](H)paths of righteousness
For His nameâ€™s sake.
4 Even though I (I)walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I (J)fear no [e]evil,
for (K)You are with me;
Your (L)rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You (M)prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have (N)anointed my head with oil;
My (O)cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely (P)goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h](Q)dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.
a. Psalm 23:1 Or do
b. Psalm 23:2 Lit waters of rest
c. Psalm 23:3 Lit tracks
d. Psalm 23:4 Or valley of deep darkness
e. Psalm 23:4 Or harm
f. Psalm 23:5 Or anoint
g. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
h. Psalm 23:6 Another reading is return to
i. Psalm 23:6 Lit for length of days
A. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 78:52; 80:1; Is 40:11; Jer 31:10; Ezek 34:11-13; John 10:11; 1 Pet 2:25
B. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 34:9, 10; Phil 4:19
C. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 65:11-13; Ezek 34:14
D. Psalm 23:2 : Rev 7:17
E. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 36:8; 46:4
F. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 19:7
G. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 5:8; 31:3
H. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 85:13; Prov 4:11; 8:20
I. Psalm 23:4 : Job 10:21, 22; Ps 107:14
J. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 3:6; 27:1
K. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 16:8; Is 43:2
L. Psalm 23:4 : Mic 7:14
M. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 78:19
N. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 92:10; Luke 7:46
O. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 16:5
P. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 25:7, 10
Q. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 27:4-6
3. ABRAHAMâ€™S CONCERN â€“ â€œI GIVE IT TO YOUâ€ (11)
4. ABRAHAMâ€™S TRANSACTION â€“ PUBLIC AND HONEST (13-16)
5. ABRAHAM RECEIVED A PIECE OF GODâ€™S PROMISED LAND (17-20)
o FUTURE OCCUPANTS: ABRAHAM, ISAAC, REBEKAH, LEAH, & JACOB
o GODâ€™S CARE FOR BELIEVERS TODAY â€“ SEE ROSS COMMENTS
â€¢ SARAH WAS THE FIRST TO REST IN GODâ€™S PROMISED LAND
â€¢ GOD GAVE PROMISED LAND TO ABRAHAM BEFORE DEATH: TOMB
â€¢ ABRAHAM HONORED ALL MEN WITH HIS LIFE, ESPECIALLY FAMILY
â€¢ ABRAHAM IS AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR CONDUCT IN DIFFICULTY
â€¢ OUR TRUST IN GOD WILL ENABLE US TO HONOR GOD IN DEATH
â€¢ GOD HAS PROMISED A LAND FOR YOU AND ME IN CHRIST. TRUST HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary
A Eulogy for Sarah
Sarah had been a good wife to Abraham and a good mother to Isaac. Yes, she had her faults, as we all do; but God called her a princess (Gen. 17:15) and listed her with the heroes and heroines of faith (Heb. 11:11). The Apostle Peter named her as a good example for Christian wives to follow (1 Peter 3:1â€“6), and Paul used her to illustrate the grace of God in the life of the believer (Gal. 4:21â€“31).
Sarah died in faith (Heb. 11:11, 13), so Abraham knew that she was in the Lordâ€™s care. In the Old Testament, very little was revealed about the afterlife; but Godâ€™s people knew that God would receive them when they died (Ps. 73:24).
Appropriate Weeping for Abraham
How often in my pastoral ministry I have heard well-meaning but ignorant people say to grieving friends or relatives, â€œNow, donâ€™t cry!â€ That is very poor counsel, for God made us with the ability to weep; and He expects us to cry. Even Jesus wept (John 11:35). Grieving is one of Godâ€™s gifts to help heal broken hearts when people we love are taken from us in death. Paul did not tell the Thessalonian Christians not to weep; he cautioned them not to sorrow â€œas others who have no hopeâ€ (1 Thes. 4:13â€“18). The grief of a believer should be different from that of an unbeliever.
Abraham loved his wife, and her death was a painful experience for him. He showed his love and his grief by his weeping. These are the first recorded tears in the Bible, and tears will not end until God wipes them away in glory (Rev. 21:4). Even though he was a man of faith, Abraham did not feel that his tears were an evidence of unbelief.
Philippians 1:22-26 The Message (MSG)
22-26 As long as Iâ€™m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which Iâ€™d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that itâ€™s better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. Weâ€™ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.
Allen P. Ross, The Bible Knowledge Commentary
The patriarchs and others died, not receiving the promises; yet they died in faith (Heb. 11:39â€“40). It was not Godâ€™s plan to give them the promised rest without the participation of New Testament believers. A Sabbath-rest yet remains; yet those who believe enter into it even now and will fully realize it in the future (Heb. 4:8â€“10). The point is that Godâ€™s promises to those in the faith are not exhausted in this life. As Abraham in hope bought a grave site in the land, so believers today have a hope beyond this life. The time of deathâ€”when oneâ€™s natural inclination is to mourn as the world mournsâ€”should be the time of a believerâ€™s greatest demonstration of faith, for the recipient of Godâ€™s promises has a hope beyond the grave. Jesus Himself referred to Abraham when discussing the resurrection with the Sadducees (Matt. 22:31â€“32). Godâ€™s promises demand resurrection!
Genesis 23:1-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Death and Burial of Sarah
23 Now [a]Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 Sarah died in (A)Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham [b]went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the (B)sons of Heth, saying, 4 â€œI am (C)a stranger and a sojourner among you; (D)give me [c]a (E)burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight.â€
5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 â€œHear us, my lord, you are a [d](F)mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.â€ 7 So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying, â€œIf it is your [e]wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach (G)Ephron the son of Zohar for me, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in [f]your presence for [g]a burial site.â€ 10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth;even (H)of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 â€œNo, my lord, hear me; (I)I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.â€12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, â€œIf you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there.â€ 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 â€œMy lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred (J)shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.â€ 16 Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham (K)weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [h]hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, [i]commercial standard.
17 So (L)Ephronâ€™s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were [j]within all the confines of its border, [k]were deeded over 18 to Abraham for a possession (M)in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave that is in it, [l]were (N)deeded over to Abraham for [m]a burial site by the sons of Heth.
a. Genesis 23:1 Lit the life of Sarah was
b. Genesis 23:2 Or proceeded
c. Genesis 23:4 Lit possession of a grave
d. Genesis 23:6 Lit prince of God
e. Genesis 23:8 Lit soul
f. Genesis 23:9 Lit the midst of you
g. Genesis 23:9 Lit possession of a burial place
h. Genesis 23:16 Lit ears
i. Genesis 23:16 Lit current according to the merchant
j. Genesis 23:17 Lit in all its border around
k. Genesis 23:17 Or were ratified
l. Genesis 23:20 Or were ratified
m. Genesis 23:20 Lit possession of a burial place
A. Genesis 23:2 : Josh 14:15; 15:13; 21:11
B. Genesis 23:3 : Gen 10:15; 15:20
C. Genesis 23:4 : Gen 17:8; Lev 25:23; 1 Chr 29:15; Ps 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Heb 11:9, 13
D. Genesis 23:4 : Acts 7:16
E. Genesis 23:4 : Gen 49:30
F. Genesis 23:6 : Gen 14:14; 20:7
G. Genesis 23:8 : Gen 25:9
H. Genesis 23:10 : Gen 23:18; 34:20, 24; Ruth 4:1, 11
I. Genesis 23:11 : 2 Sam 24:21-24
J. Genesis 23:15 : Ex 30:13; Ezek 45:12
K. Genesis 23:16 : 2 Sam 14:26; Jer 32:9, 10; Zech 11:12
L. Genesis 23:17 : Gen 25:9; 49:29, 30; 50:13
M. Genesis 23:18 : Gen 23:10
N. Genesis 23:20 : Jer 32:10-14
Precious In Godâ€™s Eyes
January 30, 2014 â€” by David C. McCasland
Read: Psalm 116
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. â€”Psalm 116:15
In response to the news that a mutual friend of ours had died, a wise brother who knew the Lord sent me these words, â€œPrecious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saintsâ€ (Ps. 116:15). Our friendâ€™s vibrant faith in Jesus Christ was the dominant characteristic of his life, and we knew he was home with God in heaven. His family had that assurance as well, but I had been focused only on their sorrow. And itâ€™s appropriate to consider others during their grief and loss.
But the verse from Psalms turned my thoughts to how the Lord saw the passing of our friend. Something â€œpreciousâ€ is something of great value. Yet, there is a larger meaning here. There is something in the death of a saint that transcends our grief over their absence.
â€œPrecious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones)â€ (The Amplified Bible). Another paraphrase says, â€œHis loved ones are very precious to him and he does not lightly let them dieâ€ (The Living Bible). God is not flippant toward death. The marvel of His grace and power is that, as believers, our loss of life on earth also brings great gain.
Today we have only a glimpse. One day weâ€™ll understand it in the fullness of His light.
INTRODUCTION: MILK FOR THE NEWBORN
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD’S POWER IN THE CHURCH: LOVE + ?
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 2:1-3
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE CORPORATE INFUSION OF GOD’S POWER: HIS WORD
CTS: 3 CONDITIONS TO UNLEASH GOD’S POWER THROUGH HIS WORD
GOD WILL EMPOWER THE CHURCH TO FACE SUFFERING, AS WE:
I. PUT OFF DISHONORABLE BEHAVIOR (VS. 1)
• EXPLANATION: PETER GAVE A CONDITION FOR PURSUING GOD’S WORD
• CHALLENGED THE FOCUS OF GOD’S PEOPLE
o PUT ASIDE PAST SINS; SEEK THE WORD OF GOD (COL 3:5-11)
SEE NOTES (HOLMAN NT COMMENTARY)
• ILLUSTRATION: BAD CONDUCT DISCHARGE (BCD); CHURCH KO
• APPLICATION: A DESIRE FOR GOD’S WORD = FORSAKING BAD BEHAVIOR
II. PASSIONATELY SEEK TO KNOW GOD’S WORD (VS. 2)
• EXPLANATION: PETER PROVIDED AN ATTITUDE FOR SUSTAINING LOVE
o LIKE “NEW BORN BABIES” – A DESPARATE DESIRE TO EAT
3 CHECKS IN RESPONSE TO CRYING
• FOOD, DIAPER, OR SLEEP
MILK – AN IMPORTANT SUBSTANCE FOR LIFE
• EXODUS 3:8, JOEL 3:18
o THE MILK OF GOD’S WORD ENABLES SPIRITUAL MATURITY
2 TIM 2:15, 2 TIM 3:16-17, JOSH 1:8-9, PSALM 1:1-3
• ILLUSTRATION: SERMON DELIVERY (IS GOD’S WORD ENOUGH?)(PS 19:7)
• APPLICATION: A STRONG DESIRE TO KNOW GOD’S WORD WILL RESULT
IN GOD’S POWER FOR THE CHURCH TO FACE SUFFERING
III. PURSUE THE TASTE OF GOD’S KINDNESS (VS. 3)
• EXPLANATION: PETER GIVES THE KEY TO DESIRING GOD’S WORD
o THE TASTE OF KNOWING GOD - PSALM 19:9-10, PSALM 34:8
o THE KINDNESS OF GOD TOWARD HIS PEOPLE - TITUS 3:4-7
• ILLUSTRATION: KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS IN NH
• APPLICATION: TASTING OF GOD’S KINDNESS = DESIRE FOR HIS WORD
• CONSIDERING THE ETERNAL VALUE OF GOD’S WORD, PETER ASSERTED THE NEED FOR BELIEVERS TO:
o RID THEMSELVES OF SINFUL BEHAVIORS WITHIN THE CHURCH
o POSSESS A PASSIONATE DESIRE TO KNOW GOD’S WORD
o FUEL THEIR DESIRE THROUGH REMEMBRANCE OF SALVATION
• THESE CHALLENGES DIRECTLY APPLY TO OUR LIVES TODAY
REFERENCES (page 1)
David Walls and Max Anders (Holman New Testament Commentary)
These verses list five sins of attitude and speech that we must rid ourselves of if spiritual growth is to proceed. “Rid” is a forceful word that calls us to “cast off or aside” certain practices that are deterrents to spiritual growth. What needs to be cast off “is not the grosser vices of paganism, but community destroying vices that are often tolerated by the modern church. When a community is under pressure, there is a tendency to begin bickering and division, which only makes the community that much more vulnerable to outside pressure” (Davids, 80).
Malice, an attitude similar to hatred, is the desire to inflict pain, harm, or injury on another person. It includes the holding of grudges and acting out of these grudges against others.
Deceit refers to deliberate dishonesty, to speaking or acting with ulterior motives. Anything less than speaking the full and honest truth from the heart is deceit. This vice is the selfish, two-faced attitude that deceives and hurts others for personal gain.
Hypocrisy has an intriguing history. It comes from a verb meaning “to answer.” A hypocrite originally was simply a person who answered. Then the word came to mean “an actor,” a person who takes part in a stage drama, specifically the interactive narrative parts of question and answer in the play. From there, this word came to mean a person who is acting out a part and concealing his true motives.
Envy must also be cast aside. Envy begins with a desire to possess what belongs to someone else. But it is more than this. It is a resentful discontent. Envy is “the feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others” (Hiebert, 111).
Envy often finds expression through slander of every kind—the final behavior attitude that Peter mentions in verse 1. “Slander” (katalaleo) literally means “to speak against someone.” It suggests running others down verbally. It is speech that deliberately assaults the character of other persons. It is any speech that harms another person’s status or reputation.
Colossians 3:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Exodus 3:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
Joel 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And it will come to pass in that day
That the mountains shall drip with new wine,
The hills shall flow with milk,
And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water;
A fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord
And water the Valley of Acacias.
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.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Joshua 1:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 1:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalm 19:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
Psalm 19:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalm 34:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Titus 3:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Peter 2:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
As Newborn Babes
2 Therefore, (A)putting aside all [a]malice and all deceit and[b]hypocrisy and [c]envy and all [d](B)slander,
2 (C)like newborn babies, long for the [e](D)pure [f]milk of the word, so that by it you may(E)grow [g]in respect to salvation, 3 if you have (F)tasted [h](G)the kindness of the Lord.
a. 1 Peter 2:1 Or wickedness
b. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
c. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
d. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
e. 1 Peter 2:2 Or unadulterated
f. 1 Peter 2:2 Or spiritual (Gr logikos) milk
g. 1 Peter 2:2 Or up to salvation
h. 1 Peter 2:3 Lit that the Lord is kind
A. 1 Peter 2:1 : Eph 4:22, 25, 31; James 1:21
B. 1 Peter 2:1 : James 4:11
C. 1 Peter 2:2 : Matt 18:3; 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; 1 Cor 14:20
D. 1 Peter 2:2 : 1 Cor 3:2
E. 1 Peter 2:2 : Eph 4:15f
F. 1 Peter 2:3 : Heb 6:5
G. 1 Peter 2:3 : Ps 34:8; Titus 3:4
INTRODUCTION: BE PREPARED BY DAVE BRANON (ODB MINISTRIES)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE CONNECTION OF JOSEPH WITH JESUS
SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 1:18-25
TITLE OF MESSAGE: IS GOD WITH YOU?
CTS: 3 WAYS TO KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH YOU.
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH ME?:
I. YOUR DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD (VV. 18-19)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN
o HE WAS BETROTHED TO MARY (LEGALLY MARRIED) (18A)
o MARY APPEARED TO VIOLATE THE BETROTHAL; PREGNANCY (18B)
? CONCEIVED OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (SEE LUKE 1:30-32)
o JOSEPH SOUGHT TO PRIVATELY DISMISS MARY
? JOSEPH SOUGHT TO HONOR GOD (19A)
? JOSEPH DID NOT WANT TO DISGRACE MARY (19B)
? JOSEPH PLANNED TO SEND HER AWAY SECRETLY (19C)
II. GOD’S DESIRE TO USE YOU FOR HIS GLORY (VV. 20-23)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH WAS TOLD TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE
o AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO JOSEPH IN A DREAM (20A)
o JOSEPH WOULD GLORIFY GOD BY CARING FOR MARY (20BC)
? JOSEPH WAS TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE (20B)
? MARY’S CHILD WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (20C)
? MARY WOULD BARE A SON (21A):
• HER SON WOULD BE NAMED JESUS (21B)
• JESUS WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS (21C)
• THE BIRTH OF JESUS WOULD FULFILL SCRIPTURE (22-23)
• A VIRGIN WOULD GIVE BIRTH TO A SON (23A)
• HE SHALL BE CALLED IMMANUEL: GOD WITH US (23B)
III. YOUR YIELDING TO GOD IN OBEDIENCE (VV. 24-25)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH IMMEDIATELY OBEYED THE ANGEL’S COUNSEL
o JOSEPH DID AS THE ANGEL COMMANDED (24A)
o JOSEPH TOOK MARY AS HIS WIFE (24B)
o JOSEPH PRESERVED MARY’S VIRGIN PURITY UNTIL JESUS’ BIRTH (25A)
o JOSEPH CALLED HIS NAME JESUS (25B)
• JOSEPH HAD A STRONG DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD IN ALL THINGS
• UPON DISCOVERING MARY’S PREGNANCY, JOSEPH SOUGHT DIVORCE
• AN ANGEL TOLD JOSEPH TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE; HE OBEYED
• JOSEPH DEMONSTRATED GOD BEING WITH HIM (HEART & OBEDIENCE)
• THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IN YOU = GOD WITH YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 1:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
Matthew 1:18-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His (A)mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was (B)found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c](C)to send her away secretly.
20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “(D)Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and (E)you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He (F)will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was (G)spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “(H)BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH (I)CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME [h]IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “(J)GOD WITH US.”
24 And Joseph [i]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she (K)gave birth to a Son; and (L)he called His name Jesus.
a. Matthew 1:18 I.e. The Messiah
b. Matthew 1:18 The first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night, more legal than an engagement
c. Matthew 1:19 Or to divorce her
d. Matthew 1:20 Lit that which
e. Matthew 1:20 Lit begotten
f. Matthew 1:21 Lit He Himself
g. Matthew 1:22 Lit has happened
h. Matthew 1:23 Or Emmanuel
i. Matthew 1:24 Lit got up
j. Matthew 1:25 Lit and was not knowing her
A. Matthew 1:18 : Matt 12:46; Luke 1:27
B. Matthew 1:18 : Luke 1:35
C. Matthew 1:19 : Deut 22:20-24; 24:1-4; John 8:4, 5
D. Matthew 1:20 : Luke 2:4
E. Matthew 1:21 : Luke 1:31; 2:21
F. Matthew 1:21 : Luke 2:11; John 1:29; Acts 4:12; 5:31; 13:23, 38, 39; Col 1:20-23
G. Matthew 1:22 : Luke 24:44; Rom 1:2-4
H. Matthew 1:23 : Is 7:14
I. Matthew 1:23 : Is 9:6, 7
J. Matthew 1:23 : Is 8:10
K. Matthew 1:25 : Luke 2:7
L. Matthew 1:25 : Matt 1:21; Luke 2:21
March 31, 2012 — by Dave Branon
Read: Romans 5:1-11
Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. —Romans 5:9
Just as her friends were doing, my daughter Melissa was busily preparing for adulthood. At school, she was getting ready for college by taking the right courses and had signed up for the ACT college entrance test.
Outside of class, Melissa was learning the socialization skills it takes to get along with people by spending time with friends, classmates, and teammates. At her job, she was learning the relational skills needed for a future career of work. At home, Mell was preparing for future family life by experiencing the way a Christian family would interact.
Getting ready for life as an adult takes work, and Melissa was making good progress.
But none of that preparation was what she would need. In 2002, when she died in a car accident at age 17, the only preparation that mattered was her readiness for heaven.
When the truest test of preparedness came so suddenly on that beautiful June evening—when eternity’s door opened for Melissa—she was prepared. She had put her faith in Jesus and trusted His sacrifice on the cross for her sins (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8-9).
When she faced the ultimate test of being prepared, Melissa was ready. Are you?
God’s time is now, for the days fly fast,
And swiftly the seasons roll;
Today is yours, it may be your last;
Choose life for your priceless soul! —Fithian
If death comes today, will you be prepared to meet God?
INTRODUCTION: A STORY OF IMPATIENCE
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD HAS REASSURED ABRAM OF HIS PROMISES
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 16:1-16
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GETTING AHEAD OF GOD
CTS: 2 TRUTHS CONCERNING IMPATIENCE WITH GOD
HOW DOES IMPATIENCE EFFECT MY FAITH?:
I. IT DISMISSES GODâ€™S WILL (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAM AND SARAI BECAME IMPATIENT WITH GOD
o SARAI WAS BARREN AT THE AGE OF 75 (1)
o SARAI ASSESSED HER SITUATION AND ACTED (2):
ï‚§ THE LORD HAS PREVENTED ME FROM HAVING CHILDREN (2A)
ï‚§ MAYBE I WILL HAVE CHILDREN THROUGH MY MAID (2B)
ï‚§ ABRAM LISTENED TO SARAI & TOOK HAGAR AS HIS WIFE (2C - 3)
II. IT DOESNâ€™T HINDER GODâ€™S LOVING CARE (VV. 4-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SARAIâ€™S & ABRAMâ€™S IMPATIENCE = FAMILY HOSTILITY
o HAGAR BECAME PREGNANT; HAGAR LOST RESPECT FOR SARAI (4)
o SARAI BLAMES ABRAM FOR THE PROBLEM (5)
o ABRAM TAKES A PASSIVE POSITION (6A)
o SARAI TREATS HAGAR WITH CONTEMPT; HAGAR FLEES (6B)
o GOD INTERVENES IN AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
ï‚§ THE ANGEL OF THE LORD SPEAKS TO HAGAR
â€¢ HE FINDS HER AT A SPRING IN THE WILDERNESS (7A)
â€¢ HAGAR WAS ON HER WAY HOME TO EGYPT (7B)
â€¢ HE ASKED HAGAR ABOUT HER SITUATION; SHE EXPLAINS (8)
â€¢ THE ANGEL TELLS HER TO RETURN & SUBMIT TO SARAI (9)
â€¢ THE ANGEL TELLS HAGAR OF GODâ€™S PLANS FOR HER (10-12)
o HAGAR RESPONDS TO THE ANGEL OF THE LORD IN HUMILITY (13-14)
o HAGAR BEARS A SON (ISHMAEL) TO ABRAM (86 YEARS OLD) (15-16)
â€¢ ABRAM AND SARAI DECIDED TO PURSUE GODâ€™S PROMISED CHILD
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S TAKING HAGAR AS HIS WIFE PRODUCED PROBLEMS
â€¢ THOUGH HAGAR HAD LEFT THE FAMILY, GOD CAME TO HER
â€¢ GOD TOLD HAGAR TO RETURN TO THE FAMILY AND BLESSED HER
â€¢ OUR PLANS MAY GET AHEAD OF GOD, BUT HIS PLAN WILL PREVAIL
â€¢ REMEMBER: OUR WAYS ARE NOT GODâ€™S WAYS (ISAIAH 55:8-9)
Genesis 16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 Now (A)Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife had borne him no children, and she had (B)an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, â€œNow behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children.(C)Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will [a]obtain children through her.â€ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3 After Abram had [b]lived (D)ten years in the land of Canaan, Abramâ€™s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.5 And Sarai said to Abram, â€œ(E)May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your [c]arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her [d]sight. (F)May the LORD judge between[e]you and me.â€ 6 But Abram said to Sarai, â€œBehold, your maid is in your [f]power; do to her what is good in your [g]sight.â€ So Sarai treated her harshly, and (G)she fled from her presence.
7 Now (H)the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to (I)Shur. 8 He said, â€œHagar, Saraiâ€™s maid, (J)where have you come from and where are you going?â€ And she said, â€œI am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.â€ 9 Then the angel of the LORD said to her, â€œReturn to your mistress, and submit yourself [h]to her authority.â€ 10 Moreover, the (K)angel of the LORD said to her, â€œ(L)I will greatly multiply your [i]descendants so that [j]they will be too many to count.â€ 11 The angel of the LORD said to her further,
â€œBehold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name [k]Ishmael,
Because (M)the LORD [l]has given heed to your affliction.
12 â€œHe will be a (N)wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyoneâ€™s hand will be against him;
And he will [m]live [n](O)to the east of all his brothers.â€
13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, â€œ[o]You are [p]a God who seesâ€; for she said, â€œ(P)Have I even [q]remained alive here after seeing Him?â€ 14 Therefore the well was called [r]Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between (Q)Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.16 Abram was (R)eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to [s]him.
a. Genesis 16:2 Lit be built from her
b. Genesis 16:3 Lit dwelt
c. Genesis 16:5 Lit bosom
d. Genesis 16:5 Lit eyes
e. Genesis 16:5 Lit me and you
f. Genesis 16:6 Lit hand
g. Genesis 16:6 Lit eyes
h. Genesis 16:9 Lit under her hands
i. Genesis 16:10 Lit seed
j. Genesis 16:10 Or it shall not be counted for multitude
k. Genesis 16:11 I.e. God hears
l. Genesis 16:11 Lit has heard
m. Genesis 16:12 Lit dwell
n. Genesis 16:12 Lit before the face of; or in defiance of
o. Genesis 16:13 Or You, God, see me
p. Genesis 16:13 Heb Elroi
q. Genesis 16:13 Lit seen here after the one who saw me
r. Genesis 16:14 I.e. the well of the living one who sees me
s. Genesis 16:16 Lit Abram
A. Genesis 16:1 : Gen 11:30
B. Genesis 16:1 : Gen 12:16
C. Genesis 16:2 : Gen 30:3, 4, 9, 10
D. Genesis 16:3 : Gen 12:4
E. Genesis 16:5 : Jer 51:35
F. Genesis 16:5 : Gen 31:53; Ex 5:21
G. Genesis 16:6 : Gen 16:9
H. Genesis 16:7 : Gen 21:17, 18; 22:11, 15; 31:11
I. Genesis 16:7 : Gen 20:1; 25:18
J. Genesis 16:8 : Gen 3:9; 1 Kin 19:9, 13
K. Genesis 16:10 : Gen 22:15-18
L. Genesis 16:10 : Gen 17:20
M. Genesis 16:11 : Ex 2:23, 24; 3:7, 9
N. Genesis 16:12 : Job 24:5; 39:5-8
O. Genesis 16:12 : Gen 25:18
P. Genesis 16:13 : Gen 32:30; Ps 139:1-12
Q. Genesis 16:14 : Gen 14:7
R. Genesis 16:16 : Gen 12:4; 16:3
1 Samuel 13:7-14
Samuel said to Saul, â€œYou have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lordyour God, which He commanded you.â€ â€”1 Samuel 13:13
In an act of impatience, a man in San Francisco, California, tried to beat traffic by swerving around a lane of cars that had come to a stop. However, the lane he pulled into had just been laid with fresh cement, and his Porsche 911 got stuck. This driver paid a high price for his impatience.
The Scriptures tell of a king who also paid a high price for his impatience. Eager for God to bless the Israelites in their battle against the Philistines, Saul acted impatiently. When Samuel did not arrive at the appointed time to offer a sacrifice for Godâ€™s favor, Saul became impatient and disobeyed Godâ€™s command (1 Sam. 13:8-9,13). Impatience led Saul to think he was above the law and to take on an unauthorized position of priest. He thought he could disobey God without serious consequences. He was wrong.
When Samuel arrived, he rebuked Saul for his disobedience and prophesied that Saul would lose the kingdom (vv.13-14). Saulâ€™s refusal to wait for the development of Godâ€™s plan caused him to act in haste, and in his haste he lost his way (see Prov. 19:2). His impatience was the ultimate display of a lack of faith.
The Lord will provide His guiding presence as we wait patiently for Him to bring about His will.
Tune your anxious heart to patience,
Walk by faith where sight is dim;
Loving God, be calm and trustful
And leave everything to Him. â€”Chambers
Patience means awaiting Godâ€™s time and trusting Godâ€™s love.
The Corporate Infusion of God's Power: A Royal Priesthood
INTRODUCTION: A KEY ROLE FOR A PRIEST
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WORD / LOVE / DESIRE FOR GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 2:4-10
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE INFUSION OF GOD’S POWER: A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
CTS: 3 KEYS TO A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD WITHIN GOD’S CHURCH
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD INCLUDES A:
I. SOLID FOUNDATION (VV. 4-7A)
• EXPLANATION: PETER PRESENTS A PICTURE OF BEING LIKE CHRIST
o “AND COMING TO HIM”: NOT SALVATION, BUT DRAWING CLOSE (4A)
o NOT “AS TO,” BUT TO “THE LIVING STONE” (WUEST)
o REJECTED BY MEN, BUT PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT (4B)
o PARALLEL BETWEEN CHRIST AND BELIEVERS – “LIVING STONES”(5A)
o “FOR” A PRIESTHOOD “TO” OFFER UP SPRITUAL SACRIFICES (5B)
o BELIEVING IN THE “LIVING STONE” = NEVER FORSAKEN (6)
o THIS “PRECIOUS STONE” IS OF GREATEST VALUE TO BELIEVERS (7A)
• ILLUSTRATION: CORNERSTONE OF A BUILDING (SEE NOTES)
• APPLICATION: AS GOD’S CALLED PRIEST, BE A LIVING STONE
II. STRONG FAITH (VV. 7B-8)
• EXPLANATION: PETER POINTS OUT THE DIFFICULTY OF UNBELIEF
o DISBELIEF STANDS OPPOSED TO BELIEF (7B)
o DISBELIEF REJECTS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE (7C)
o GOD MAKES THE STONE PRECIOUS IN THE FACE OF DISBELIEF (7D)
o THE PRECIOUS STONE IS OFFENSIVE TO DISBELIEF (8A)
o DISBELIEF WILL CAUSE UNBELIEVERS TO STUMBLE (8B)
• APPLICATION: ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH / INCREASE YOUR BELIEF
III. SINCERE LIGHT (VV. 9-10)
• EXPLANATION: PETER PROVIDES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BELIEVERS
o IN GOD’S EYES, YOU ARE:
A CHOSEN RACE (ETERNAL) (9A)
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD (SERVANTS OF GOD) (9B)
A HOLY NATION (OUTFLOW OF BEING HOLY (1:16))(9C)
A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S OWN POSSESSION (9D, 10)
CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS LIGHT (9F)
o PURPOSE – TO PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF GOD (9E)
• APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO BE GOD’S LIGHTHOUSE TO ALL MEN
• CHRIST IS THE LIVING STONE TO WHOM ALL MUST COME
• WE ARE LIVING STONES: WE ARE TO EMULATE JESUS W/ OUR LIVES
• ALL BELIEVERS ARE PRIESTS IN GOD'S KINGDOM: SERVE OTHERS
• WE ARE GOD'S PRIEST REPRESENTATIVES TO ALL MEN
REFERENCES (page 1)
David Walls and Max Anders, Holman New Testament Commentary
Notes on cornerstone of a building
2:6–8. Peter wove together two strands of Old Testament prophecy to further illustrate the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life of the individual Christian and the corporate church. He drew the picture of the precious cornerstone from Isaiah 28:16 and the rejected capstone from Psalm 118:22. The cornerstone or foundation stone established the design and structure of the building. The capstone might describe a foundation stone or, more likely, the topmost piece, the finishing or crowning touch to the building. The point is that from beginning to end, the church is built on Jesus Christ. Jesus is both the foundation cornerstone on which his church is built and the capstone up to which it grows. Jesus Christ is always the foundation of all that the individual Christian—as well as the church as a whole—believes.
In the position of preeminence, Christ is unique. He is a fortress; he is a refuge or stronghold; he is the foundation for every generation; he is eternal. We should build our lives on this rock and continually turn to him—the one who holds us together during difficult times.
Psalm 27:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
1 Peter 2:4-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
As Living Stones
4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been (A)rejected by men, but is [a]choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 (B)you also, as living stones, [b]are being built up as a (C)spiritual house for a holy (D)priesthood, to (E)offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.6 For this is contained in [c]Scripture:
“(F)BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A (G)PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN [d]HIM WILL NOT BE [e]DISAPPOINTED.”
7 (H)This precious value, then, is for you who believe;
but for those who disbelieve,
“(I)THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS (J)REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,”
“(K)A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;
(L)for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, (M)and to this doom they were also appointed.
9 But you are (N)A CHOSEN RACE, A royal (O)PRIESTHOOD, A (P)HOLY NATION, (Q)A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you (R)out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (S)for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
The Power to Crush Suffering:Sharing Christ's Sufferings
INTRODUCTION: THE FIRM FOUNDATION
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PETERâ€™S CHARGE: WELCOME SUFFERING (4:1-2)
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 4:12-19
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING:
SHARING THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST
CTS: 4 TRUTHS THAT ENCOURAGE ENDURANCE THROUGH SUFFERING
HOW SHOULD A CHRISTIAN HANDLE SUFFERING TODAY?:
I. ACCEPT IT AS A PART OF FAITH. (VV. 12-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DONâ€™T LET PHYSICAL SUFFERING SURPRISE YOU
o â€œBELOVEDâ€ â€“ RECIPIENTS OF GODâ€™S DIVINE LOVE (12A)
o DONâ€™T BE SURPRISED BY â€œFIERY ORDEALâ€ â€“ ITâ€™S A TEST (12BCD)
o THE PRESCRIPTION FOR SUFFERING: REJOICE (13) (ROM 8:16-17, JAS 1:2-4)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: TO SUCCEED, YOU MUST STRUGGLE (COCOON)
II. ACKNOWLEDGE GODâ€™S SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE (VS. 14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PERSECUTION FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN = BLESSED
o IF YOU ARE PERSECUTED FOR CHRISTâ€™S SAKE (14A)
o THE SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF GOD RESTS ON YOU (14B)
III. AVOID UNNECESSARY SUFFERING (VV. 15-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUFFERING FOR SINNING IS NOT BLESSED BY GOD
o CONTRAST OF SUFFERING FOR EVIL AND FOR CHRIST:
o WILLFULLY SINNING AGAINST GOD = PAINFUL SORROW (GAL 6:7-8)
o SUFFERING FOR CHRIST = GIVING GLORY TO GOD IN CHRIST (SEE 11)
IV. AWAIT GODâ€™S VENGEANCE (VV. 17-19)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD IS AWARE OF SUFFERING; HE WILL TAKE VENGEANCE
o GOD IS FAITHFUL TO JUDGE HIS CHILDREN (HEB 12:4-11) (17A)
o WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO REFUSE THE GOSPEL? (17B)
o COMING TO CHRIST FOR SALVATION IS DIFFICULT (18A)
o SALVATION FOR THE GODLESS MAN / SINNER IS IMPOSSIBLE (18B)
o THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR CHRIST CHOOSE TO TRUST GOD (19)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SUFFERING BELIEVERS:
o ACCEPT SUFFERING AS A PART OF YOUR FAITH: BE LIKE CHRIST
o DONâ€™T ALLOW SUFFERING TO OVERTAKE YOU: TURN FROM SIN
o TRUST IN GOD TO REWARD EVIL DOERS
â€¢ GODâ€™S COUNSEL FOR BELIEVERS TODAY:
o HAS NOT CHANGED: TRUST & OBEY = JOYFUL FAITH
o YOUR INHERITANCE AWAITS YOU â€“ 1 PETER 1:3-5
o OFFER GODâ€™S DELIVERANCE FROM SUFFERING TO OTHERS TODAY!
REFERENCES (page 1)
Romans 8:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirsâ€”heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Galatians 6:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
1 Peter 4:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 12:4-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
â€œMy son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.â€[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastenedus as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
1 Peter 4:12-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Share the Sufferings of Christ
12 (A)Beloved, do not be surprised at the (B)fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you (C)share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the (D)revelation of His glory (E)you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled [a](F)for the name of Christ, (G)you are blessed,(H)because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 Make sure that (I)none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a [b](J)troublesome meddler;16 but if anyone suffers as a (K)Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to (L)glorify God in this name.
17 For it is time for judgment (M)to begin [c]with(N)the household of God; and if it (O)begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those (P)who do not obey the (Q)gospel of God? 18 (R)AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, [d]WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE (S)GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?
19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to (T)the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
a. 1 Peter 4:14 Lit in
b. 1 Peter 4:15 Lit one who oversees othersâ€™ affairs
c. 1 Peter 4:17 Lit from
d. 1 Peter 4:18 Lit where will appear
A. 1 Peter 4:12 : 1 Pet 2:11
B. 1 Peter 4:12 : 1 Pet 1:6f
C. 1 Peter 4:13 : Rom 8:17; 2 Cor 1:5; 4:10; Phil 3:10
D. 1 Peter 4:13 : 2 Tim 2:12
E. 1 Peter 4:13 : 1 Pet 1:7; 5:1
F. 1 Peter 4:14 : John 15:21; Heb 11:26; 1 Pet 4:16
G. 1 Peter 4:14 : Matt 5:11; Luke 6:22; Acts 5:41
H. 1 Peter 4:14 : 2 Cor 4:10f, 16
I. 1 Peter 4:15 : 1 Pet 2:19f; 3:17
J. 1 Peter 4:15 : 1 Thess 4:11; 2 Thess 3:11; 1 Tim 5:13
K. 1 Peter 4:16 : Acts 5:41; 28:22; James 2:7
L. 1 Peter 4:16 : 1 Pet 4:11
M. 1 Peter 4:17 : Jer 25:29; Ezek 9:6; Amos 3:2
N. 1 Peter 4:17 : 1 Tim 3:15; Heb 3:6; 1 Pet 2:5
O. 1 Peter 4:17 : Rom 2:9
P. 1 Peter 4:17 : 2 Thess 1:8
Q. 1 Peter 4:17 : Rom 1:1
R. 1 Peter 4:18 : Prov 11:31; Luke 23:31
S. 1 Peter 4:18 : 1 Tim 1:9
T. 1 Peter 4:19 : 1 Pet 3:17
Read: Matthew 7:21-27
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. â€”Matthew 7:24
Earthquakes are prevalent in the Pacific Rim region known as the â€œRing of Fire.â€ Ninety percent of the worldâ€™s earthquakes and 81 percent of the worldâ€™s largest earthquakes occur there. I learned that many buildings in the city of Hong Kong have been built on granite, which could help minimize damage in the event of an earthquake. The foundation of buildings is especially important in earthquake-prone regions of the world.
Jesus Christ told His followers that a stable foundation is critical in building lives. He said, â€œTherefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rockâ€ (Matt. 7:24-25). The foundation of Jesus Christ is what will give us the stability our hearts and lives need now and into the future.
By allowing the Lordâ€™s wisdom to guide us in our relationships, decisions, and priorities, we find that He provides the most trustworthy foundation any life could be built upon.
Gracious Father, You are the Lord God, the King of heaven, and I choose to place my hope in You because You alone are worthy of my trust.
Jesus is the best foundation upon which to build a solid life.
INTRODUCTION: THE COWARDLY LION (THE WIZARD OF OZ)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LOT AND HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN CAPTURED
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 14:13-24
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: BEING COURAGEOUS
CTS: 3 WAYS TO ADAPT GODâ€™S COURAGE TO YOUR CHARACTER
WHAT CAN I DO TO FUEL BEING COURAGEOUS FOR GOD?:
I. DEVOTED CARE FOR OTHERS (VV. 13-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: HEARING OF LOTâ€™S CAPTIVITY, ABRAM TOOK ACTION
o A FUGITIVE CAME AND TOLD ABRAM OF LOTâ€™S DIFFICULTY (13)
o HEARING OF LOTâ€™S DIFFICULTY, ABRAM SPRUNG INTO ACTION (14)
o ABRAM STRATEGIZED AND CONQUERED THE ENEMY (15)
ï‚§ 150 MILES OF TRAVEL
o ABRAM BROUGHT BACK EVERYTHNG THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN (16)
II. DEPENDING ON GODâ€™S BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE (VV. 17-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AFTER HIS VICTORY, ABRAM IS MET WITH TEMPTATION
o AS HE RETURNED IN VICTORY, THE KING OF SODOM MEETS ABRAM (17)
o ABRAM WAS ALSO MET BY GODâ€™S REP, MELCHIZEDEK (18)
ï‚§ SEE HEB 7:1-4
ï‚§ BLESSES ABRAM (19)
ï‚§ BLESSES GOD (20A)
ï‚§ GIVES GOD GLORY FOR THE VICTORY (20B)
o ABRAM GIVES MELCHIZEDEK A TENTH OF ALL HE HAD (20C)
III. DEFENDING THE CONVICTIONS OF YOUR FAITH (VV. 21-24)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE KING OF SODOM OFFERED ABRAM A REWARD
o THE KING OFFERED ALL OF THE SPOILS OF WAR, EXCEPT THE PEOPLE (21)
o ABRAM HAD MADE A COVENANT WITH GOD: (22)
ï‚§ HE WOULD NOT TAKE THE SPOILS OF WAR (23-24)
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S COURAGE BECAME APPARENT IN HIS RESPONSE TO SAVE LOT
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S STRATEGY ENABLED HIM TO WIN THE BATTLE AND SAVE LOT
â€¢ ABRAM RETURNED FROM THE BATTLE WITH ALL THAT WAS TAKEN
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S COURAGE AND VICTORY WAS ENABLED BY GOD
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S GROWTH IN FAITH ENABLED HIM TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT REWARD
â€¢ ABRAM GAVE A TENTH OF ALL THE SPOILS TO GOD
â€¢ OUR COURAGE IS REALIZED AND GROWS AS WE TRUST GOD AND HONOR HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Hebrews 7:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated â€œking of righteousness,â€ and then also king of Salem, meaning â€œking of peace,â€ 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
Genesis 14:13-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Then [a]a fugitive came and told Abram the (A)Hebrew. Now he was [b]living by the [c](B)oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were [d](C)allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that (D)his [e]relative had been taken captive, he [f]led out his trained men, (E)born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as (F)Dan. 15 (G)He divided [g]his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and [h]defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is [i]north of (H)Damascus. 16 He (I)brought back all the goods, and also brought back (J)his[j]relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.
Godâ€™s Promise to Abram
17 Then after his return from the [k]defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, (K)the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, (L)the Kingâ€™s Valley). 18 And(M)Melchizedek king of Salem brought out (N)bread and wine; now he was a (O)priest of [l]God Most High.19 He blessed him and said,
â€œBlessed be Abram of [m]God Most High,
[n](P)Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be [o]God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.â€
(Q)He gave him a tenth of all.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, â€œGive the [p]people to me and take the goods for yourself.â€ 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, â€œI have [q]sworn to the LORD [r](R)God Most High,[s](S)possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that (T)I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, â€˜I have made Abram rich.â€™ 24 [t]I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, (U)Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.â€
a. Genesis 14:13 Lit the
b. Genesis 14:13 Lit abiding
c. Genesis 14:13 Or terebinths
d. Genesis 14:13 Lit possessors of the covenant
e. Genesis 14:14 Lit brother
f. Genesis 14:14 Or mustered
g. Genesis 14:15 Lit himself
h. Genesis 14:15 Lit smote
i. Genesis 14:15 Lit on the left
j. Genesis 14:16 Lit brother
k. Genesis 14:17 Lit smiting
l. Genesis 14:18 Heb El Elyon
m. Genesis 14:19 Heb El Elyon
n. Genesis 14:19 Or Creator
o. Genesis 14:20 Heb El Elyon
p. Genesis 14:21 Lit soul
q. Genesis 14:22 Lit lifted up my hand
r. Genesis 14:22 Heb El Elyon
s. Genesis 14:22 Or Creator
t. Genesis 14:24 Lit Not to me except
A. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 40:15; Ex 3:18
B. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 13:18; 14:24
C. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 21:27, 32
D. Genesis 14:14 : Gen 14:12
E. Genesis 14:14 : Gen 12:5; 15:3; 17:27; Eccl 2:7
F. Genesis 14:14 : Deut 34:1; Judg 18:29; 1 Kin 15:20
G. Genesis 14:15 : Judg 7:16
H. Genesis 14:15 : Gen 15:2
I. Genesis 14:16 : 1 Sam 30:8, 18, 19
J. Genesis 14:16 : Gen 14:12, 14
K. Genesis 14:17 : Gen 14:10
L. Genesis 14:17 : 2 Sam 18:18
M. Genesis 14:18 : Heb 7:1-10
N. Genesis 14:18 : Ps 104:15
O. Genesis 14:18 : Ps 110:4; Heb 5:6, 10
P. Genesis 14:19 : Gen 14:22
Q. Genesis 14:20 : Heb 7:4
R. Genesis 14:22 : Gen 14:19
S. Genesis 14:22 : Ps 24:1
T. Genesis 14:23 : 2 Kin 5:16
U. Genesis 14:24 : Gen 14:13
The Life of the Called: Trusting God with the Impossible
INTRODUCTION:THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF SALVATION (MATT 19:23-26, HEB 11:6)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD RECENTLY APPEARED TO ABRAHAM
â€¢ NEW NAMES FOR ABRAM AND SARAI: ABRAHAM & SARAH (17:5, 15)
â€¢ PROMISE OF A SON: ISAAC (ABRAHAM LAUGHED)(17:17-19)
â€¢ REASSURANCES OF PROMISES TO BE FULFILLED
o LAND & DESCENDANTS (17:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 18:1-15
TITLE OF MESSAGE:
THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE
CTS: 2 REASONS TO FAITHFULLY SERVE GOD IN THE FACE OF IMPOSSIBILITY
HOW CAN I TRUST GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE?:
I. SERVING OTHERS IN HUMILITY (VV. 1-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM & SARAH: INDUSTRIOUS SERVANTS
o GOD APPEARED TO ABRAHAM IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY (1)
ï‚§ APPLICATION: MINISTERING TO ANGELS (HEB 13:1-2)
o WHEN ABRAHAM SAW THREE MEN APPROACHING, HE ACTED (2-8)
ï‚§ HE MOVED INTO ACTION QUICKLY (SEE WIERSBE NOTES)
II. BELIEVING THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING (VV. 9-15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CLARIFIED HIS PROMISE OF A SON (WHEN)
o GOD REMINDED ABRAHAM OF SARAH HAVING A SON (9-10A) (17:19)
o SARAH WAS LISTENING IN ON THE CONVERSATION (10B)
o CHILD BEARING WAS IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO AGE (11)
o SARAH LAUGHED IN DISBELIEF; HAVING A CHILD: IMPOSSIBLE (12)
o GOD QUESTIONED SARAHâ€™S LAUGHTER / DISBELIEF (13)
o GOD ASKS IF ANYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE LORD (14A)
o GOD REAFFIRMS THE PROMISE OF A SON AND WHEN (14B)
o OUT OF FEAR, SARAH DENIES HER LAUGHING DISBELIEF (15A)
o GOD REVEALED HER HEART: YES, YOU DID LAUGH (15B)
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = FAITHFUL HUMBLE SERVICE
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = NO FEAR OF THE FUTURE
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = GOD WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 19:23-26 The Message (MSG)
23-24 As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, â€œDo you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter Godâ€™s kingdom? Let me tell you, itâ€™s easier to gallop a camel through a needleâ€™s eye than for the rich to enter Godâ€™s kingdom.â€
25 The disciples were staggered. â€œThen who has any chance at all?â€
26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, â€œNo chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.â€
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 13:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series
He ministered to the Lord (Gen. 18:1â€“8). All ministry must first be to the Lord; for if we fail to be a blessing to the Lord, we will never be a blessing to others. This was true of the Jewish priests (Ex. 28:1, 3â€“4, 41; 29:1) and of Godâ€™s servants in the early church (Acts 13:1â€“2). â€œAnd whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men â€¦ for you serve the Lord Christâ€ (Col. 3:23â€“24, NKJV).
Abraham was taking his daily rest during the heat of the day when he saw three strangers approaching. Few people ever traveled when the sun was so hot, so Abraham was immediately both curious and courteous. Hospitality is the first law of the East, and Abraham faithfully obeyed it.
The three strangers were the Lord Jesus Christ and two of His angels (Gen. 18:1, 22; 19:1). There was nothing about their appearance that told Abraham who they were; but as he fellowshipped with them, he learned that he was entertaining royal visitors. His ministry to the Lord was so acceptable that we ought to follow his example today.
To begin with, he served the Lord personally. Remember, Abraham was ninety-nine years old and a wealthy sheikh, and he could have entrusted this task to his chief steward or one of his more than 300 servants (14:14). Instead, he decided to minister to his Lord personally.
He also ministered immediately. Abraham could have ignored them by pretending to be asleep, or he could have asked them to sit down and wait until he had finished his siesta. But Abraham was a man of faith, and faith does not delay when it comes to serving the Lord.
This chapter emphasizes that Abraham ministered to the Lord speedily. He ran to meet the visitors (18:2) and hastened to tell Sarah to bake some bread (18:6). He ran to get a tender calf and saw to it that the young man hastened to dress the meat (18:7). Keep in mind that this is an old man running around in the heat of the day! Only after he had served his guests did Abraham stand still (18:8).
Abraham served the Lord generously and gave Him the best that he had. Sarah baked bread from â€œfine mealâ€ (18:6), and the meat was â€œtender and goodâ€ (18:7). No leftovers or second-rate fare for such important guests! What a contrast to the priests in Malachiâ€™s day, who did not give God their best (Mal. 1:6â€“14).
Abrahamâ€™s service was marked with humility. He bowed to his guests (Gen. 18:2), called himself a servant (18:3, 5), and called the feast only â€œa morsel of bread.â€ He served the three visitors and then stood near to be available if needed. He interrupted a comfortable afternoon nap to become a servant to three strangers; but because of that service, he received tremendous blessings for himself and his wife.
Finally, he served the Lord cooperatively and involved the ministries of others. Sarah baked the bread; a young man dressed the meat; and no doubt other servants brought Abraham the butter and milk. â€œI would rather put ten men to work than do the work of ten men,â€ said evangelist D.L. Moody; and he was right.
Genesis 18:1-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Now (A)the LORD appeared to him by the [a](B)oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three (C)men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, 3 and said, â€œ[b]My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not [c]pass Your servant by. 4 Please let a little water be brought and (D)wash your feet, and [d]rest yourselves under the tree; 5 and I will [e](E)bring a piece of bread, that you may [f]refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have [g]visited your servant.â€ And they said, â€œSo do, as you have said.â€ 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, â€œ[h]Quickly, prepare three [i]measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.â€ 7 Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and [j]choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. 8 He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree [k]as they ate.
9 Then they said to him, â€œWhere is Sarah your wife?â€ And he said, â€œThere, in the tent.â€ 10 He said, â€œ(F)I will surely return to you [l]at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.â€ And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now (G)Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was (H)past [m]childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed [n]to herself, saying, â€œ(I)After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my (J)lord being old also?â€ 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, â€œWhy did Sarah laugh, saying, â€˜Shall I indeed [o]bear a child, when I am so old?â€™ 14 (K)Is anything too [p]difficult for the LORD? At the (L)appointed time I will return to you, [q]at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.â€ 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, â€œI did not laughâ€; for she was afraid. And He said, â€œNo, but you did laugh.â€
a. Genesis 18:1 Or terebinths
b. Genesis 18:3 Or O Lord
c. Genesis 18:3 Lit pass away from Your servant
d. Genesis 18:4 Lit support
e. Genesis 18:5 Lit take
f. Genesis 18:5 Lit sustain your heart
g. Genesis 18:5 Lit come to
h. Genesis 18:6 Lit Hasten three measures
i. Genesis 18:6 Heb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx eleven qts
j. Genesis 18:7 Lit good
k. Genesis 18:8 Lit and
l. Genesis 18:10 Lit when the time revives
m. Genesis 18:11 Lit the manner of women
n. Genesis 18:12 Lit within
o. Genesis 18:13 Lit surely bear
p. Genesis 18:14 Or wonderful
q. Genesis 18:14 Lit when the time revives
A. Genesis 18:1 : Gen 12:7; 17:1
B. Genesis 18:1 : Gen 13:18; 14:13
C. Genesis 18:2 : Gen 18:16, 22; 32:24; Josh 5:13; Judg 13:6-11; Heb 13:2
D. Genesis 18:4 : Gen 19:2; 24:32; 43:24
E. Genesis 18:5 : Judg 6:18, 19; 13:15, 16
F. Genesis 18:10 : Gen 21:2; Rom 9:9
G. Genesis 18:11 : Gen 17:17; Rom 4:19
H. Genesis 18:11 : Heb 11:11
I. Genesis 18:12 : Gen 17:17; Luke 1:18
J. Genesis 18:12 : 1 Pet 3:6
K. Genesis 18:14 : Jer 32:17, 27; Zech 8:6; Matt 19:26; Luke 1:37; Rom 4:21
L. Genesis 18:14 : Gen 17:21; 18:10