Description BACKGROUND THOUGHT: FAITH IN CHRIST REJECTS FAVORITISM (2:1-7)
INTRODUCTION: BRING YOUR BOATS BY KIRSTEN HOLMBERG (ODB)
SCRIPTURE: JAMES 2:8-13 TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE BIBLE: GOD’S HELP FOR YOUR LIFE: IMPARTIALITY 2 CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT ENHANCE GOD’S MERCY IN YOUR FAITH HOW CAN I MINIMIZE GOD’S JUDGMENT IN MY LIFE?: I. AVOID PARTIALITY (VS. 8)
EXPLANATION: JAMES PINPOINTS THE WAY TO FULFILL THE LAW
“IF, HOWEVER” – POINTS BACK TO VV 5-7
FULFILLING THE ROYAL LAW ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE (8A)
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (8B)(NOTES)
(LEV 19:18, 1 JOHN 4:7-11, JOHN 13:34-35)
YOU ARE DOING WELL ( THE GOOD SAMARITAN) (LUKE 10:25-37)
ILLUSTRATION: THE MERCY IN NON JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT (NJP)
THE TRUTH ABOUT ADULTERY AND MURDER = GUILTY (11)(NOTES)
ILLUSTRATION: JESUS: “BE PERFECT” (MATT 5:43-48)(JUST DO IT)
APPLICATION: OUR PERFECTION IS ROOTED IN BEING IMPARTIAL
III. ATTACK PARTIALITY (VV. 12-13)
EXPLANATION: JAMES’ PLEA: FULFILL THE LAW: WORD AND ACTION
“SO SPEAK & ACT” = FULFILLING BOTH LAWS!! (12)
THE HIDDEN ABILITY TO DO SO: MERCY (13)
JUDGMENT IS WITHOUT MERCY TOWARD THE MERCILESS (13A)
JUDGMENT IS MINIMIZED THROUGH THE MERCIFUL
GOD IS MERCIFUL (DEUT 4:31, ROM 5:6-8)
GOD’S PEOPLE ARE TO BE MERCIFUL (MICAH 6:8, ZC 7:9)
APPLICATION: BE PERFECT: FULFILL THE LAW OF LIBERTY
SHOWING MERCY = RECEIVING MERCY (NOTES)
REMEMBER THIS: BEING HEARERS AND DOERS OF GOD’S WORD REQUIRES A SPIRITUALLY MERCIFUL LIFE. REFERENCES (page 1) LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
This point in the teaching of Jesus was meant as that supreme antidote to favoritism and hypocrisy. No one is outside the boundary of neighbor love, not even the poor and unlovely, indeed, especially not them. When this royal law of neighbor love is obeyed, no more excellent deed can be done. In this actively loving way, and in this way alone, the rich believer and the believers who enjoy life above the poverty line can overcome the stumbling blocks to their faith.
Leviticus 19:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
1 John 4:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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.” THE TRUTH ABOUT ADULTERY AND MURDER
A close connection is made throughout the prophets and the Gospels between neglecting the poor and contributing to their demise—therefore murdering them through neglect of basic needs. In 5:6 James made this connection explicit: by defrauding the poor of their wages and keeping the wealth to yourselves, “You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.” But there is another connection between adultery and murder. The killing and coveting of James’s hearers made them “adulterous people” (4:2, 4). Because of the complexity of sin, one offense entails the other offenses.
Matthew 5:43-48 New King James Version (NKJV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Deuteronomy 4:31 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. Romans 5:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Micah 6:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Zechariah 7:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother. CONCLUSION
The lives of early Christians showed that accusations against them were lies (see 1 Pet. 2:15). They fed the needy, accepted outcasts, buried the poor, cared for orphans and the aged, encouraged prisoners and victims of disasters, and showered compassion on the persecuted. Their lives proved that Christianity produced a superior character. This is still the best proof of the reality of our faith. May God enable us today to make a bold demonstration of our mercy to others!
James 2:8-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 If, however, you (A)are fulfilling the [a]royal law according to the Scripture, “(B)You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you (C)show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the [b]law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole [c]law and yet (D)stumbles in one point, he has become (E)guilty of all.11 For He who said, “(F)Do not commit adultery,” also said, “(G)Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the [d]law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by (H)the law of liberty. 13 For (I)judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy [e]triumphs over judgment.
October 19, 2018
Read: Proverbs 3:21–31 | Bible in a Year: Isaiah 56–58; 2 Thessalonians 2
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27
Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to eastern Texas in 2017. The onslaught of rain stranded thousands of people in their homes, unable to escape the floodwaters. In what was dubbed the “Texas Navy,” many private citizens brought boats from other parts of the state and nation to help evacuate stranded people.
The actions of these valiant, generous men and women call to mind the encouragement of Proverbs 3:27, which instructs us to help others whenever we are able. They had the power to act on behalf of those in need by bringing their boats. And so they did. Their actions demonstrate a willingness to use whatever resources they had at their disposal for the benefit of others.
We may not always feel adequate for the task at hand; often we become paralyzed by thinking we don’t have the skills, experience, resources, or time to help others. In such instances, we’re quick to sideline ourselves, discounting what we do have that might be of assistance to someone else. The Texas Navy couldn’t stop the floodwaters from rising, nor could they legislate government aid. But they used what they had within their power—their boats—to come alongside the deep needs of their fellow man. May we all bring our “boats”—whatever they may be—to take the people in our paths to higher ground. By Kirsten Holmberg Lord, all that I have is from You. Help me to always use what You’ve given me to help others. God provides for His people through His people.
Helping others by doing good when it’s in our power to act (Proverbs 3:27–28) is also the focus of Paul’s instructions to believers. Encouraging us to live meaningful and purposeful lives before a watching, non-believing world, Paul tells us to “be very careful, then, how [we] live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15–16). Careful living means we are to live godly lives as “children of light” pleasing to the Lord (vv. 8, 10). Paul expects “those who have trusted in God [to] devote themselves to doing what is good” (Titus 3:8). We are to adopt a never-give-up attitude when it comes to serving others: “Let us not become weary in doing good . . . . As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9–10).
 Kurt A. Richardson, James, vol. 36, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997), 119–127.
 Kurt A. Richardson, James, vol. 36, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997), 119–127.
 Thomas D. Lea, Hebrews, James, vol. 10, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 283–285.
Description BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JAMES’ THRUST: WORKS SHOW FAITH
SCRIPTURE: JAMES 1:9-11 TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE BIBLE: GOD’S HELP FOR YOUR LIFE: CONTENTMENT CTS: 3 THOUGHTS TO ENCOURAGE THE CONTENTMENT OF YOUR FAITH HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE TRUE CONTENTMENT IN MY FAITH?: I. MEDITATE ON YOUR FUTURE WITH GOD (VS. 9)
EXPLANATION: JAMES POINTS TO FAITH AS OUR CONTENTMENT
BELIEVERS ARE TO SET THEIR FOCUS ON THEIR FUTURE:
A RESERVATION IN HEAVEN (EPHESIANS 2:1-7)
AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE AWAITS THEM (1 PETER 1:3-4)
ILLUSTRATION: 20 YEARS TO RETIREMENT!!
APPLICATION: WORLDLY POSSESSIONS WILL PASS. YOU WON’T
II. MIND WHAT IS OF THE GREATEST VALUE TO GOD (VS. 10)
EXPLANATION: JAMES ASSESSES THE CHARACTER OF THE RICH:
THE RICH BELIEVER IS TO GLORY IN HIS HUMILIATION (10A)
REALIZE HIS WORTH WITHOUT EARTHLY RICHES (IN TRIALS)
THE RICH BELIEVER WON’T TAKE HIS RICHES WITH HIM/HER (10B)
RICHES FLY AWAY (PROVERBS 23:4-5)
ILLUSTRATION: BURIED WITH POSSESSIONS: FUTILITY
APPLICATION: PLACE YOUR GREATEST VALUE ON GOD;
GIVE WITH A CHEERFUL HEART TO OTHERS (2 COR 9:6-11)
III. MINIMIZE WHAT IS OF TEMPORAL VALUE (VS. 11)
EXPLANATION: JAMES ILLUSTRATES WHAT HAPPENS TO THE RICH
THE GREEDY RICH MAN WILL PASS
ILLUSTRATION: THE READING OF THE WILL (WHAT DO I GET?!!)
APPLICATION: HOLD WHAT YOU HAVE LOOSELY: GIVE IT AWAY!!
KEEP YOUR EYES ON GLORY: AN INHERITANCE AWAITS YOU AT HOME
REMEMBER THIS: TRUE CONTENTMENT IS ONLY FOUND WITH GOD
REFERENCES (page 1)
Ephesians 2:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:3-4 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, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
JOHN MACARTHUR COMMENTS ON THE RICH CHRISTIAN:
“The idea is that a believer who is materially well off, healthy, and otherwise physically blessed should rejoice when trials come, for they teach him the transitory nature of those material things and their inability to give inner and lasting satisfaction or help, especially spiritual help. . .Because men, including believers, have a natural tendency to trust in material things, James gives special attention to the dangers of wealth.
Proverbs 23:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease! 5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
James 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 (A)But the [a]brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because (B)like [b]flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with [c](C)a scorching wind and (D)withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
August 10, 2010
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18
A poet once wrote: “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.”
What an insightful observation on human nature! So when we read in Philippians 4:11, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” we wonder, Can this be possible?
For Paul it was. Philippians 4:12-13 describes Paul’s response to life: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (NIV). Paul’s relationship with God superseded whatever he did or did not have. His contentment was not based on his circumstances, but on his relationship with Christ.
Paul reminds us that contentment doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something that we learn. As our relationship with God develops over time and through experiences, we learn to trust God more and ourselves less. Paul knew that Christ would give him the strength to persevere in whatever situation he encountered (v.13).
No matter what you’re facing today, through prayer you can receive the strength to be content. The world is filled with so much good
That brings us joy and pleasure,
But true fulfillment only comes
When Christ we love and treasure. —Sper We find contentment at the same place we find salvation—in Christ.
INTRODUCTION: QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA)?!
SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH 13:1-30
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WALL / WORD / WILLING OBEDIENCE?
TITLE OF MESSAGE: BUILDING OUR TOMORROWS: ACCOUNTABILITY
CTS: 4 WAYS TO PRESERVE CHURCH ACCOUNTABILITY BEFORE GOD
WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY LOOK LIKE WITHIN THE CHURCH?:
I. CONCERN FOR PURITY (VV. 1-9)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH LED THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
o GOD’S WORD INITIATED THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (1-3)
o “NOW PRIOR TO THIS . . .” – TOBIAH WAS AN AMMONITE (4A)
o ELIASHIB PROVIDED TOBIAH A HOME – THE TEMPLE (4B-5)
o ALL WAS DONE IN NEHEMIAH’S ABSENCE (6-7)
o NEHEMIAH TOOK ACTION TO HONOR GOD (8-9)
II. CONCERN FOR CHURCH MINISTRY (VV. 10-14)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH ADDRESSED TEMPLE NEEDS
o THE TEMPLE LEADERSHIP WAS GONE; NO SUPPORT (10)
o NEHEMIAH RESTORED THE SUPPORT W/ LEADERSHIP (11-13)
o NEHEMIAH SHOWED CONCERN FOR GOD’S MERCY (14) (X4)
III. CONCERN FOR GOD’S SABBATH (VV. 15-22)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH CONFRONTED SABBATH VIOLATIONS
o GOD’S PEOPLE WERE DOING BUSINESS ON THE SABBATH (15)
o THE GENTILES WERE ACTIVE W/ THE JEWS ON THE SABBATH (16)
o NEHEMIAH TOOK ACTION AGAINST THE BEHAVIOR (17-22A)
o NEHEMIAH’S CONCERN FOR GOD’S MERCY AGAIN (22B)
IV. CONCERN FOR CHURCH FUTURE (VV. 23-30)
• EXPLANATION: NEHEMIAH CONFRONTED MARITAL INFIDELITY
o JEWS MARRIED AMMONITE AND MOABITE WOMEN; EFFECTS (23-24)
o NEHEMIAH VERBALLY AND PHYSICALLY REPRIMANDS (25-28)
o NEHEMIAH TWICE INTERCEDES WITH GOD FOR MERCY (29-30)
• GOD’ WORD PLAYS THE VITAL ROLE IN ACCOUNTABILITY
• ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD IS KEY IN A HEALTHY FAITH
• ACCOUNTABILITY IS VITAL TO PERSONAL AND CHURCH GROWTH
• LET US ENSURE CHURCH GROWTH THROUGH ACCOUNTABILITY
• ALL ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE EXERCISED IN LOVE (GAL 6:1-2)?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share the Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Nehemiah 13:1-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 On that day (A)they read aloud from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and there was found written in it that (B)no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God, 2 because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but (C)hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, (D)our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 So when they heard the law, (E)they excluded (F)all foreigners from Israel.
Tobiah Expelled and the Temple Cleansed
4 Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, (G)who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being [a]related to (H)Tobiah, 5 had prepared a large [b]room for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine and oil (I)prescribed for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the [c]contributions for the priests. 6 But during all this time I was not in Jerusalem, for in (J)the thirty-second year of (K)Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had gone to the king. After some time, however, I asked leave from the king, 7 and I came to Jerusalem and [d]learned about the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, (L)by preparing a [e]room for him in the courts of the house of God. 8 It was very displeasing to me, so I (M)threw all of Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. 9 Then I gave an order and (N)they cleansed the rooms; and I returned there the utensils of the house of God with the grain offerings and the frankincense.
10 I also [f]discovered that (O)the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had [g]gone away, (P)each to his own field. 11 So I [h](Q)reprimanded the officials and said, “(R)Why is the house of God forsaken?” Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts. 12 All Judah then brought (S)the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses. 13 In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for (T)they were considered reliable, and it was [i]their task to distribute to their [j]kinsmen. 14 (U)Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.
15 In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses (V)on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, (W)and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So (X)I admonished them on the day they sold food. 16 Also men of Tyre were living [k]there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. 17 Then (Y)I [l]reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing you are doing, [m]by profaning the sabbath day? 18 (Z)Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath.”
19 (AA)It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut [n]and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day. 20 Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem. 21 Then (AB)I [o]warned them and said to them, “Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will [p]use force against you.” From that time on they did not come on the sabbath. 22 And I commanded the Levites that (AC)they should purify themselves and come as gatekeepers to sanctify the sabbath day. For this also (AD)remember me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Mixed Marriages Forbidden
23 In those days I also saw that the Jews had [q](AE)married women from (AF)Ashdod, (AG)Ammon and Moab. 24 As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but [r]the language of his own people. 25 So (AH)I contended with them and cursed them and (AI)struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and (AJ)made them swear by God, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. 26 (AK)Did not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? (AL)Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and (AM)he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin.27 [s]Do we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil (AN)by acting unfaithfully against our God by [t]marrying foreign women?” 28 Even one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of (AO)Sanballat the Horonite, so I drove him away from me. 29 (AP)Remember them, O my God, [u]because they have defiled the priesthood and the (AQ)covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
30 (AR)Thus I purified them from everything foreign and appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his task,
a. Nehemiah 13:4 Lit close to
b. Nehemiah 13:5 Or chamber
c. Nehemiah 13:5 Lit heave offerings
d. Nehemiah 13:7 Or understood
e. Nehemiah 13:7 Or chamber, and so in vv 8, 9
f. Nehemiah 13:10 Or knew
g. Nehemiah 13:10 Lit fled
h. Nehemiah 13:11 Or contended with
i. Nehemiah 13:13 Lit on them to
j. Nehemiah 13:13 Lit brothers
k. Nehemiah 13:16 Lit in it
l. Nehemiah 13:17 Or contended with
m. Nehemiah 13:17 Lit and
n. Nehemiah 13:19 Lit and commanded
o. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit witnessed against
p. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit send a hand against
q. Nehemiah 13:23 Lit given dwelling to
r. Nehemiah 13:24 Lit according to the tongue of people and people
s. Nehemiah 13:27 Or Is it reported
t. Nehemiah 13:27 Lit giving dwelling to
u. Nehemiah 13:29 Lit for the defilings of
A. Nehemiah 13:1 : Neh 9:3
B. Nehemiah 13:1 : Deut 23:3-5; Neh 13:23
C. Nehemiah 13:2 : Num 22:3-11
D. Nehemiah 13:2 : Deut 23:5
E. Nehemiah 13:3 : Neh 9:2; 10:28
F. Nehemiah 13:3 : Ex 12:38
G. Nehemiah 13:4 : Neh 12:44
H. Nehemiah 13:4 : Neh 2:10; 6:1, 17, 18
I. Nehemiah 13:5 : Num 18:21
J. Nehemiah 13:6 : Neh 5:14
K. Nehemiah 13:6 : Ezra 6:22
L. Nehemiah 13:7 : Neh 13:5
M. Nehemiah 13:8 : John 2:13-16
N. Nehemiah 13:9 : 2 Chr 29:5, 15, 16
O. Nehemiah 13:10 : Deut 12:19; Neh 10:37
P. Nehemiah 13:10 : Neh 12:28, 29
Q. Nehemiah 13:11 : Neh 13:17, 25
R. Nehemiah 13:11 : Neh 10:39
S. Nehemiah 13:12 : Neh 10:37; 12:44; Mal 3:10
T. Nehemiah 13:13 : Neh 7:2
U. Nehemiah 13:14 : Neh 5:19; 13:22, 31
V. Nehemiah 13:15 : Ex 20:8; 34:21; Deut 5:12-14; Jer 17:22
W. Nehemiah 13:15 : Neh 10:31; Jer 17:21
X. Nehemiah 13:15 : Neh 9:29; 13:21
Y. Nehemiah 13:17 : Neh 13:11, 25
Z. Nehemiah 13:18 : Ezra 9:13; Jer 17:21
AA. Nehemiah 13:19 : Lev 23:32
BB. Nehemiah 13:21 : Neh 13:15
CC. Nehemiah 13:22 : 1 Chr 15:12; Neh 12:30
DD. Nehemiah 13:22 : Neh 13:14, 31
EE. Nehemiah 13:23 : Ex 34:11-16; Deut 7:1-5; Ezra 9:2; Neh 10:30
FF. Nehemiah 13:23 : Neh 4:7
GG. Nehemiah 13:23 : Ezra 9:1; Neh 13:1
HH. Nehemiah 13:25 : Neh 13:11, 17
II. Nehemiah 13:25 : Deut 25:2
JJ. Nehemiah 13:25 : Neh 10:29, 30
KK. Nehemiah 13:26 : 1 Kin 11:1
LL. Nehemiah 13:26 : 1 Kin 3:13; 2 Chr 1:12
MM. Nehemiah 13:26 : 2 Sam 12:24, 25
NN. Nehemiah 13:27 : Ezra 10:2; Neh 13:23
OO. Nehemiah 13:28 : Neh 2:10, 19; 4:1
PP. Nehemiah 13:29 : Neh 6:14
QQ. Nehemiah 13:29 : Num 25:13
RR. Nehemiah 13:30 : Neh 10:30
INTRODUCTION: ABILITY TO CHANGE?!!
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:1-20
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PARALLEL BETWEEN JESUS AND JOHN
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS HERALD IN ACTION
CTS: 4 REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING SALVATION
WHAT DEMONSTRATES THE REALITY OF SALVATION IN MY LIFE?:
I. RECOGNIZING YOUR NEED OF SALVATION (VV. 1-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME PREACHING
o BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS (3)
o JOHN WAS FULFILLING PROPHECIES OF OLD (4-6)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: â€œHE / SHE WILL STRAIGHTEN EVERYTHING OUT.â€
â€¢ APPLICATION: WITHOUT SALVATION, NOTHING STRAIGHTENS OUT
II. EXPERIENCING THE CONVICTION OF GOD (VV. 7-9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN CONFRONTS THE SIN OF GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o â€œYOU BROOD OF VIPERSâ€ - WITHOUT CHRIST, ALL ARE VIPERS (7)
o JOHN CALLS FOR REPENTANCE (8) (ISAIAH 64:6, JEREMIAH 17:9)
o JOHN REVEALS GODâ€™S JUDGMENT TOWARD THOSE WHO REFUSE (9)
â€¢ APPLICATION: ADMIT YOUR SINFUL STATE; CHOOSE TO REPENT
III. ACCEPTING THE WAY OF REPENTANCE (VV. 10-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN PROVIDED EXAMPLES OF REPENTANCE
o CROWDS WERE ASKING, â€œWHAT SHALL WE DO?â€ (10) (ACTS 2:37-38)
o START LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS (11)
o EVEN TAX COLLECTORS AND SOLDIERS CAN REPENT (12-14)
â€¢ APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO TURN FROM SIN; FOLLOW JESUS (JAS 1:22)
IV. LEANING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (VV. 15-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN POINTED TO ONE GREATER THAN HIMSELF
o CROWDS WERE WONDERING IF JOHN WAS THE CHRIST (15)
o JOHN CLARIFIED, â€œI BAPTIZE WITH WATER.â€ (16A)
o â€œONE MIGHTIER THAN I IS COMINGâ€ (16B) (JOHN 1:28-31)
â–ª â€œI AM UNWORTHY TO UNTIE THE THONG OF HIS SANDALSâ€ (16C)
o HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE (16D)
o ALL MEN WILL BE JUDGED BY HIM (17)
o CHRIST MUST INCREASE, JOHN MUST DECREASE (18-20)
â€¢ APPLICATION: REPENT, BELIEVE, AND BE BAPTIZED (X2)
â€¢ JOHN FULFILLED PROPHECY THROUGH PREACHING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ JOHNâ€™S MESSAGE TO THE JEWS: REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED
â€¢ HIS MESSAGE TO YOU AND ME: REPENT, BELIEVING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ REPENTANCE REQUIRES BELIEF AND FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
â€¢ REPENTANCE IS ENABLED THROUGH GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT
REFERENCES (page 1)
Isaiah 64:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
Acts 2:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, â€œMen and brethren, what shall we do?â€
38 Then Peter said to them, â€œRepent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
John 1:28-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 These things were done in Bethabara[a] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, â€œBehold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, â€˜After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.â€™ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.â€
Luke 3:1-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
John the Baptist Preaches
3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when (A)Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and (B)Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high priesthood of (C)Annas and (D)Caiaphas, (E)the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all (F)the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
â€œ(G)The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
â€˜Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
â€˜(H)Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be [a]brought low;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
(I)And all [b]flesh will (J)see the salvation of God.â€™â€
7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, â€œ(K)You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and (L)do not begin to say [c]to yourselves, â€˜(M)We have Abraham for our father,â€™ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so (N)every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.â€
10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, â€œ(O)Then what shall we do?â€ 11 And he would answer and say to them, â€œThe man who has two tunics is to (P)share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.â€ 12 And some (Q)tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, â€œTeacher, what shall we do?â€ 13 And he said to them, â€œ[d]Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.â€ 14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, â€œAnd what about us, what shall we do?â€ And he said to them, â€œDo not take money from anyone by force, or (R)accuse anyone falsely, and (S)be content with your wages.â€
15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were [e]wondering in their hearts about John, (T)as to whether he was [f]the Christ, 16 (U)John answered and said to them all, â€œAs for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you [g]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His (V)winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with (W)unquenchable fire.â€
18 So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But when (X)Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of (Y)Herodias, his brotherâ€™s wife, and because of all the wicked things which (Z)Herod had done, 20 Herod also added this to them all: (AA)he locked John up in prison.
a Luke 3:5 Or leveled
b Luke 3:6 Or mankind
c Luke 3:8 Or in
d Luke 3:13 Or Exact
e Luke 3:15 Or reasoning or debating
f Luke 3:15 I.e. the Messiah
g Luke 3:16 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by
end of footnotes
A Luke 3:1 : Matt 27:2
B Luke 3:1 : Matt 14:1
C Luke 3:2 : John 18:13, 24; Acts 4:6
D Luke 3:2 : Matt 26:3
E Luke 3:2 : Luke 3:3-10: Matt 3:1-10; Mark 1:3-5
F Luke 3:3 : Matt 3:5
G Luke 3:4 : Is 40:3
H Luke 3:5 : Is 40:4
I Luke 3:6 : Is 40:5
J Luke 3:6 : Luke 2:30
K Luke 3:7 : Matt 12:34; 23:33
L Luke 3:8 : Luke 5:21; 13:25, 26; 14:9
M Luke 3:8 : John 8:33
N Luke 3:9 : Matt 7:19; Luke 13:6-9
O Luke 3:10 : Luke 3:12, 14; Acts 2:37, 38
P Luke 3:11 : Is 58:7; 1 Tim 6:17, 18; James 2:14-20
Q Luke 3:12 : Luke 7:29
R Luke 3:14 : Ex 20:16; 23:1
S Luke 3:14 : Phil 4:11
T Luke 3:15 : John 1:19f
U Luke 3:16 : Luke 3:16-17: Matt 3:11, 12; Mark 1:7, 8
V Luke 3:17 : Is 30:24
W Luke 3:17 : Mark 9:43, 48
X Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Y Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Z Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:1; Luke 3:1
A Luke 3:20 : John 3:24
The Ability to Influence Change
The six sources of influence model is a powerful model for change.
I first learned about the Six Sources of Influence from my Influencer Training.
The Influencer Training is based on the book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.
The more I walk through the model, the more I appreciate it.
One of the main things I like about the model is that itâ€™s easy to remember and itâ€™s easy to whiteboard.
Change Anything with Skill
When I whiteboard the 6 Sources of Influence for people, I simply make a 2-column table. The one column is motivation and the other is ability. I then slice the table into 3 rows: personal, social, and structural.
Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s all it takes to frame out and analyze your worst problems that you want to change.
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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: 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
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
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.