INTRODUCTION: FAMILY LIFE?!
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:19-21
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE FAITH?
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS TRUE FAMILY
CTS: GOD IS GROWING HIS FAMILY, AS PEOPLE HEAR AND OBEY THE GOSPEL
I. CAN HERITAGE PLACE ME IN GODâ€™S FAMILY? (VV. 19-20)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE FAMILY OF JESUS SOUGHT HIM
o THE MOTHER AND BROTHERS OF JESUS CAME TO SEE HIM (19A)
o THEY WERE UNABLE TO GET TO HIM BECAUSE OF THE CROWD (19B)
o THE CROWD INFORMED JESUS OF THE SITUATION (20)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: MISSIONARIES . . . NOT!!
Â· APPLICATION: BE CAREFUL WITH FAMILY PRIORITIES;
CHRIST MUST BE FIRST (1 CORINTHIANS 15:50)
II. HOW DO I ACCESS GODâ€™S FAMILY? (VS. 21)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS CLARIFIED HIS FAMILY LINEAGE
o THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD
â–ª JOHN 10:26-28; PSALM 1:1-2; 2 TIM 2:15, 3:16-17; PSALM 119:9-11
o THOSE WHO OBEY THE WORD OF GOD
â–ª JAS 1:19-25, PSALM 1:3-6, PSALM 119:97-105
Â· APPLICATION: CHOOSE GODâ€™S WORD AS PRIORITY # 1 IN YOUR LIFE
Â· MEMBERSHIP IN GODâ€™S FAMILY = JOHN 1:11-14; JOHN 14:6
Â· BE A FAMILY MEMBER NOT ONLY IN NAME, BUT IN DEED!
Â· WITHOUT GODâ€™S WORD, THE FAMILY SUFFERS
Â· WITH GODâ€™S WORD, HIS FAMILY CANNOT FAIL!!
REMEMBER THIS: MEMBERSHIP IN GODâ€™S FAMILY = HEAR & OBEYâ€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
Family life, for many in our world today, is quite rough from childhood to becoming an adult. Such was the life for an individual who was born and raised in an unstable family environment. From early childhood, the young boy experienced a great deal of what we call â€œbullyingâ€ today. childhood peers used to make fun of his rather large ears. He was the only one among 4 children that was not classified as mentally handicapped. An interesting event took place in his life at the age of 12. He became aware of his need for a Savior. It was during a Sunday morning service, while singing the hymn â€œThe Old Rugged Cross,â€ that he prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. He was introduced to a new family, the family of God. A short time later, he lost his father to lung cancer. He entered his teen years without a physical father, but was somewhat aware that he had a heavenly Father. His teen years were a bit rough, as he was moved around to a number of different foster homes. During that time, he was not attending church much. A dramatic change took place in his life at the age of 18 that forced him to place his focus on his heavenly Father. He entered the United States Marine Corps. He began to pursue family communication through chapel services and praying to God at night. After a period of about three years, God mysteriously moved this young man to begin attending a local church in the area of the base in which he was stationed. Until that moment, he had been experiencing much loneliness. He had no family in the area up until he began attending church. It was then that God began to introduce the young man to other members in the family of God, one of which ultimately became his wife. Almost 33 years have passed since the young man met the woman God entrusted to his care. It is during these years that the man discovered that the family of God is His source of love and care for all people. He discovered that a physical family cannot provide the love and support that is provided by God through His family. The question today is, â€œAre you a member of the family of God?â€ God offers you the opportunity of peace and love for eternity. Our text for today enables us to fully understand who is in that family and how one can become a member.
A quick overview of the letter Luke is writing to Theophilus reveals a large quantity of evidence proving that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Specifically, we see in chapter 8 of his letter that Luke is presenting the picture of what it means to have legitimate faith in Christ. Unfortunately, for many, they refuse to believe in the gospel and the teachings of Jesus. However, for those who listen to His testimony and strive to obey the teachings of Jesus, they have an amazing life of rejoicing, as they begin their walk toward eternity with God. Today we shall hear the personal testimony of Jesus in regards to who He deems to be in His family.
1 Corinthians 15:50 New King James Version (NKJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
John 10:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.[a] 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
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;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.
Psalm 119:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
James 1:19-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Psalm 1:3-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 119:97-105 New King James Version (NKJV)
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Luke 8:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 (A)And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.
20 And it was reported to Him, â€œYour mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.â€
21 But He answered and said to them, â€œMy mother and My brothers are these (B)who hear the word of God and do it.â€
A Luke 8:19 : Luke 8:19-21: Matt 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35
B Luke 8:21 : Luke 11:28
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:26-39
INTRODUCTION: â€œTHE INVISIBLE WARâ€ (THOUGHTS FROM CHIP INGRAM)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE POWER OF JESUS OVER NATURE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: POWER OVER DEMONS
CTS: NO EVIL CAN STAND AGAINST THOSE WHO BELONG TO GOD
I. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY? (VV. 26-29)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOUNTERED A MAN WITH DEMONS
o JESUS & HIS DISCIPLES LANDED IN A GENTILE LAND (26)
o THE MAN WAS BEING TERRORIZED WITH DEMONS (27, 29B)
â–ª 1 TIM 4:1-2; JAS 4:8; 1 PET 5:6-10
o SEEING JESUS, HE CRIED OUT & FELL AT HIS FEET (28 - 29A)
o DO YOU FEAR EVIL? NEWS REPORT ON FLORIDA SWIMMERS
Â· APPLICATION: DO NOT HANDLE EVIL ON YOUR OWN; GO TO JESUS
II. HOW DID JESUS DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY (VV. 30-33)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS CONFRONTED THE EVIL
o JESUS ASKED THE DEMON FOR ITS NAME (30A)
o DEMONâ€™S RESPONSE: LEGION (6,000 IN ROMAN ARMY) (30B)
o THE DEMON BEGGED JESUS NOT TO JUDGE (31)
o JESUS ALLOWED THE DEMON TO ENTER SWINE (32 - 33)
Â· APPLICATION: JESUS POSSESSES THE POWER OVER ALL EVIL
III. HOW DO MOST PEOPLE RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 34-37)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE LOCAL PEOPLE WERE AFRAID; GO AWAY!!
o WORD TRAVELED ALL AROUND: A MAN CHANGED; PIGS DEAD (34)
o PEOPLE CAME TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED (35-36)
o THEY ASKED JESUS TO LEAVE; THEY FEARED HIM; HE OBEYED (37)
Â· APPLICATION: WE MUST ACCEPT THAT MOST WILL NOT BELIEVE
IV. HOW SHOULD BELIEVERS RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 38-39)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE CHANGED MAN SOUGHT JESUS
o THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN CHANGED PURSUED JESUS (38)
o JESUS SENT HIM HOME TO BE A WITNESS FOR CHRIST (39)
Â· APPLICATION: YOU BELONG TO JESUS; TELL YOUR WORLD ABOUT HIM
Â· WE ARE CONFRONTED BY EVIL EVERY DAY; IT BEGINS WITHIN
Â· ANY MAN CAN AND IS TEMPTED BY EVIL; DONâ€™T BE!
Â· EVIL IS DONE! CHRIST HAS WON! TRUST IN HIM! YOU WILL WIN!
REMEMBER THIS: DELIVERANCE THROUGH EVIL: ONLY IN CHRIST!â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
The Invisible War By Chip Ingram (Thoughts from Intro)
The Bible clearly teaches us that Satan is on a mission to destroy Godâ€™s people. And the problem is, Satan doesnâ€™t telegraph his temptations and schemes. Instead, heâ€™s very secretive as he attempts to lead Christians down a delicate, subtle, gradual path of deception.
C. S. Lewis wrote, â€œIndeed, the safest road to hell is the gradual one â€” the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turns, without milestones, without signposts.â€
Satan wants to get an unnoticeable foothold in our lives by triggering relational conflicts; weighing us down with fear, anxiety, depression, or insecurity; increasing our selfishness; tempting us with escape mechanisms such as rugs and alcohol; and seducing us through the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and boastful pride of life.â€
Ingram goes on to relate that we are in an invisible war, and must give proper respect to what God has to say about the war. Let me ask you a few questions. Are you aware that there is an invisible war going on in and around you today? Do you laugh in the face of evil? Are you terrorized by Satanâ€™s efforts to destroy you? Listen to what Godâ€™s Word has to say about His ability to address your fears and the evil attacks against you.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Peter 5:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[b] the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Luke 8:26-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Demoniac Cured
26 (A)Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, â€œ[a](B)What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of (C)the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.â€ 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, â€œWhat is your name?â€ And he said, â€œ(D)Legionâ€; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into (E)the abyss.32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter [b]the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into (F)the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down (G)at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was (H)demon-possessed had been [c]made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
38 (I)But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might [d]accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 39 â€œReturn to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.â€ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
a Luke 8:28 Lit What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)
b Luke 8:32 Lit them
c Luke 8:36 Or saved
d Luke 8:38 Lit be with
A Luke 8:26 : Luke 8:26-37: Matt 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-17
B Luke 8:28 : Matt 8:29
C Luke 8:28 : Mark 5:7
D Luke 8:30 : Matt 26:53
E Luke 8:31 : Rom 10:7; Rev 9:1f, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3
F Luke 8:33 : Luke 5:1f; 8:22
G Luke 8:35 : Luke 10:39
H Luke 8:36 : Matt 4:24
I Luke 8:38 : Luke 8:38-39: Mark 5:18-20
INTRODUCTION: GROWING A BEAUTIFUL LAWN
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:4-15
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THEOPHILUS: EMBRACING JESUS IS DIFFICULT
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: THE SOWER OF THE SEED
CTS: GOD IS CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH THE FRUIT OF HIS CHILDREN
I. WHAT HINDERS GODâ€™S FRUIT IN ME? (VV. 5-7, 11-14)
Â· EXPLANATION: PLANTING IN POOR SOIL PRODUCES
o THE SEED - THE WORD OF GOD (11)
o THE VARIETY OF SOILS THAT DO NOT PRODUCE FRUIT
1. THE ROAD - TRAMPLED BY FOOT; BIRDS CONSUME (5, 12)
2. ROCKY SOIL - RECEIVE W/ JOY; NO ROOT; FALL AWAY (6, 13)
3. AMONG THE THORNS - THORNS CHOKED IT OUT (7, 14)
o OVERVIEW OF SOIL IN JESUSâ€™ DAY (BIBLE KNOWLEDGE CMTY)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: IDEAS FOR PLANTING SEED (6 Ps)
Â· APPLICATION: WITHOUT FAITH IN CHRIST, FRUIT IS IMPOSSIBLE
II. WHAT ENABLES GODâ€™S FRUIT THROUGH ME? (VV. 8, 15)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD PLANTING HIS SEED IN A FERTILE HEART
o THE SEED IN GOOD SOIL - PRODUCES A HUNDRED FOLD (8, 15)
o THEY HAVE:
1. HEARD THE WORD IN AN HONEST AND GOOD HEART (15A)
2. HOLD IT FAST (15B)
3. BEAR FRUIT WITH PERSEVERANCE (15C)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: PLANTING SEED IN THE RIGHT SOIL; FRUIT!!
Â· APPLICATION: ASK GOD TO WEAD YOUR HEART & MAKE IT FRUITFUL
III. HOW CAN I KNOW AND PRODUCE GODâ€™S FRUIT? (VV. 9-10)
Â· EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S POWER IS THE KEY TO BEARING FRUIT
o THE DISCIPLES QUESTIONED JESUS ABOUT THE PARABLE (9)
o JESUS TELLS THEM OF THE INSIGHT FRUIT BEARERS HAVE (10A)
o JESUS ALSO TELLS OF WHY MANY DONâ€™T PRODUCE FRUIT (10B)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: GUIDANCE FOR GROWTH
Â· APPLICATION: BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE POWER TO BEAR FRUIT;
Â· GODâ€™S SEED (HIS WORD) IS SOWN IN MANY PLACES
Â· UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY A FEW WILL BELIEVE AND BEAR FRUIT
Â· IF YOU BELIEVE, ASK GOD TO BEAR FRUIT THROUGH YOU; HE WILL
Â· IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS OF FRUIT BEARING, ASK GOD TO INTERVENE
REMEMBER THIS: MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW BELIEVE AND BEAR FRUITâ€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
Thoughts for a New Lawn
I recall having an absolutely beautiful lawn in the front and side of our home just a few short years ago. However, in the Fall of 2016, I permitted the local power company to cut down a few trees in front of my home to help protect power lines close to the trees. What I did not know, is that the lawn around those trees was seeded with a â€œshadeâ€ grass seed. Needless to say, the summer of 2016 revealed a parched / dead lawn. I recently decided to replace a good portion of the dead lawn with new life. I contemplated whether to sow new seed or plant sod. After pricing the sod (inexpensive) and considering past hardships of getting new grass seed to grow, I chose to lay sod. As I progressed through the project with a member of our church (a landscaper), I realized that much care was required for preparing the soil to receive the sod with fresh germinated grass. Such care was mandatory, if I expected the grass to take root in its new home and for it to grow well.
I thought for a moment, while preparing for this message, if I had planted sod on the sidewalk in front of our home, or just laid the sod over a bed of marble rock in my yard, or planted it without regard to the danger of other plant life that could hinder the life and growth of the grass, I wouldnâ€™t have to worry much about a healthy lawn. WRONG!! So it is, when Godâ€™s seed (His Word) is sown into the lives of people. Many will reject the seed or not give it priority in their lives, resulting in ultimate death. However, for the seed that lands in rich soil, soil that has been prepared for the seed, it will produce amazing growth and ultimately bear fruit. Can I ask you a question? What is the progress of the seed God has sown in your life?
The Bible Knowledge Commentary
As Jesusâ€™ ministry progressed, it was evident that each of these groups surfaced: (1) The Pharisees and religious leaders refused to believe. (2) Some people rallied around Jesus because of His miracles of healing and feeding but refused to stay with His message (e.g., John 6:66). (3) Others, such as the rich ruler (Luke 18:18â€“30), were interested in Jesus but would not accept Him because of the strong pull of materialism. (4) Others followed Him and were committed to His Word regardless of the cost (e.g., 8:1â€“3). â€ƒ
Luke 8:4-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Parable of the Sower
4 (A)When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 5 â€œThe sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the [a]air ate it up. 6 Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. 8 Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.â€ As He said these things, He would call out, â€œ(B)He who has ears to hear, [b]let him hear.â€
9 (C)His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10 And He said, â€œ(D)To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that (E)seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
11 â€œNow the parable is this: (F)the seed is the word of God. 12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; [c]they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with [d]perseverance.
a Luke 8:5 Lit heaven
b Luke 8:8 Or hear! Or listen!
c Luke 8:13 Lit who believe
d Luke 8:15 Or steadfastness
A Luke 8:4 : Luke 8:4-8: Matt 13:2-9; Mark 4:1-9
B Luke 8:8 : Matt 11:15; Mark 7:16; Luke 14:35; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9
C Luke 8:9 : Luke 8:9-15: Matt 13:10-23; Mark 4:10-20
INTRODUCTION: â€œTHE GREAT HEALERâ€ BY JULIE ACKERMAN LINK
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:40-56
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: IS JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD? (4:18-19)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: GODâ€™S HEALER
CTS: GOD HAS GIVEN HIS SON VICTORY OVER DISEASE AND DEATH!
I. WHAT IS KEY FOR VICTORY OVER DIFFICULTY? (VV. 40-42)
Â· EXPLANATION: A SYNAGOGUE OFFICIAL CAME TO JESUS FOR HELP
o RETURNING FROM THE GENTILES, JEWS ANXIOUS TO SEE JESUS (40)
o JAIRUS CAME TO JESUS (41A): (SEE ROLE OF OFFICIAL (13:10-16))
â–ª FELL AT JESUSâ€™ FEET (41B)
â–ª IMPLORED JESUS TO COME; HIS DAUGHTER WAS DYING (41-42)
â–ª CROWDS SLOWED JESUSâ€™ JOURNEY TO JAIRUSâ€™ HOME (43)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF BODY GUARDS
Â· APPLICATION: HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE JESUS; HE WILL RESPOND
II. CAN JESUS HEAL THE INCURABLE? (VV. 43-48)
Â· EXPLANATION: AS JESUS MOVED, HE FELT POWER LEAVE HIM
o A WOMAN WITH A 12 YR HEMORRHAGE TOUCHED JESUS (43-44)(IVP)
â–ª â€œIF I COULD ONLY TOUCH HIM . . .â€ (MARK 5:25-29)(SEE IVP NOTES)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: WHAT DID A LIFE OF HEMORRHAGE LOOK LIKE?
â–ª SHE TOUCHED JESUSâ€™ GARMENT (43)
â–ª SHE WAS HEALED OF HER HEMORRHAGE (44)
o JESUS FELT HEALING POWER LEAVE HIM (45-46)
o THE ONCE DISEASED WOMAN FELL AT JESUSâ€™ FEET (47)
o JESUS PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED HER FAITH (48)
Â· APPLICATION: COME TO JESUS (REGARDLESS); HE WILL HEAL
III. CAN JESUS GIVE US VICTORY OVER DEATH? (VV. 49-56)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS RAISES JAIRUSâ€™ DAUGHTER FROM THE DEAD
o JAIRUS RECEIVES A HOPELESS MESSAGE: DAUGHTER IS DEAD (49)
o JESUS: â€œDONâ€™T BE AFRAID; ONLY BELIEVE,
& SHE WILL BE MADE WELL (50)
o IN SPITE OF DEATH, JESUS RAISED JAIRUSâ€™ DAUGHTER (51-56)
Â· APPLICATION: AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, VICTORY IS YOURS!!
Â· JESUS WAS RESPONSIVE TO THOSE WHO PURSUED HM BY FAITH
Â· HEALING FOR EVERY LIFE BEGINS WITH FAITH IN CHRIST
HUMILITY & TRUST IN CHRIST ENABLES HEALING BEYOND UNDERSTANDINGâ€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
â€œTHE GREAT HEALERâ€ by Julie Ackerman Link (Intro)
The doctors I know are smart, hard-working, and compassionate. They have relieved my suffering on many occasions, and I am grateful for their expertise in diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medication, setting broken bones, and stitching up wounds. But this does not mean that I place my faith in physicians rather than in God.
For reasons known only to God, He appointed humans to be His partners in the work of caring for creation (Gen. 2:15), and doctors are among them. Doctors study medical science and learn how God designed the body. They use this knowledge to help restore us to a healthy condition. But the only reason doctors can do anything to make us better is that God created us with the ability to heal. Surgeons would be useless if incisions didnâ€™t heal.
Scientists can learn how God created our bodies to function, and they devise therapies to help restore or cure us, but they are not healers; God is (Ex. 15:26). Doctors simply cooperate with Godâ€™s original intent and design.
So I am grateful for science and doctors, but my praise and thanksgiving go to God, who designed an orderly universe and who created us with minds that can discover how it works. I believe, therefore, that all healing is divine because no healing takes place apart from God.
Luke 4:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.â€[b]
Luke 13:10-16New King James Version (NKJV)
A Spirit of Infirmity
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, â€œWoman, you are loosed from your infirmity.â€ 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, â€œThere are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.â€
15 The Lord then answered him and said, â€œHypocrite![a] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has boundâ€”think of itâ€”for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?â€
The IVP Bible Background Commentary
8:43. This womanâ€™s sickness was reckoned as if she had a menstrual period all month long; it made her continually unclean under the law (Lev 15:19â€“33)â€”a social problem on top of the physical one. Just as Jewish interpreters linked texts by a common word, Lukeâ€™s source may use â€œtwelve yearsâ€ to emphasize the relatedness of these stories (vv. 42â€“43).
8:44â€“45. If she touched anyone or anyoneâ€™s clothes, she rendered that person ceremonially unclean for the rest of the day (cf. Lev 15:26â€“27). She therefore should not have even been in this heavy crowd. Many teachers avoided touching women altogether, lest they become accidentally contaminated. Thus this woman could not touch or be touched, was probably now divorced or had never married, and was marginal to the rest of Jewish society.
Mark 5:25-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worseâ€” 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His [a]cloak. 28 For she [b]thought, â€œIf I just touch His garments, I will [c]get well.â€ 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her (A)affliction.
Luke 8:40-56New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Miracles of Healing
40 (A)And as Jesus returned, the [a]people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. 41 (B)And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an [b](C)official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesusâ€™ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an [c]only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.
43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His [d]cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, â€œWho is the one who touched Me?â€ And while they were all denying it, Peter said, â€œ(D)Master, the [e]people are crowding and pressing in on You.â€ 46 But Jesus said, â€œSomeone did touch Me, for I was aware that (E)power had gone out of Me.â€ 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, â€œDaughter, (F)your faith has [f]made you well; (G)go in peace.â€
49 While He was still speaking, someone *came from the house of (H)the synagogue official, saying, â€œYour daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.â€ 50 But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, â€œ(I)Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be [g]made well.â€ 51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girlâ€™s father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and (J)lamenting for her; but He said, â€œStop weeping, for she has not died, but (K)is asleep.â€ 53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. 54 He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, â€œChild, arise!â€ 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were amazed; but He (L)instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
a Luke 8:40 Lit crowd
b Luke 8:41 Lit ruler
c Luke 8:42 Or only begotten
d Luke 8:44 Or outer garment
e Luke 8:45 Lit crowds
f Luke 8:48 Or saved you
g Luke 8:50 Or saved
A Luke 8:40 : Matt 9:1; Mark 5:21
B Luke 8:41 : Luke 8:41-56: Matt 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43
C Luke 8:41 : Mark 5:22; Luke 8:49
D Luke 8:45 : Luke 5:5
E Luke 8:46 : Luke 5:17
F Luke 8:48 : Matt 9:22
G Luke 8:48 : Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50
H Luke 8:49 : Luke 8:41
I Luke 8:50 : Mark 5:36
J Luke 8:52 : Matt 11:17; Luke 23:27
K Luke 8:52 : John 11:13
L Luke 8:56 : Matt 8:4
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUSâ€™ MIGHTY WORKS; TIME TO PASS IT ON
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: SENDING MISSIONARIES
CTS: 6 THOUGHTS ABOUT SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS
HOW DOES GOD USE ME IN SHARING THE GOSPEL?:
I. RESPONDING TO HIS CALL AND PROVISION (VS. 1)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS DISCIPLES OR SERVICE
o JESUS CALLED THE DISCIPLES TO HIMSELF (1A)
â–ª APP - YOU AND I HAVE BEEN CALLED THROUGH SALVATION
o JESUS GAVE POWER OVER ALL DEMONS & TO HEAL DISEASES (1B)
â–ª GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND I THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT
Â· ILLUSTRATION: DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
Â· APPLICATION: ACKNOWLEDGE GODâ€™S CALL & LEAD IN YOUR LIFE
II. ENGAGING IN WHAT GOD IS DOING (VS. 2)
Â· EXPLANATION: AFTER EQUIPPING, JESUS SENDS DISCIPLES OUT
o JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES OUT TO PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM (2A)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE COMMANDED TO SHARE ABOUT JESUS
o JESUS ADDRESSED THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF HIS AUDIENCE (2B)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE CALLED TO MEET NEEDS, AS WE SHARE
â–ª BRIDGE TO SALVATION: MEETING NEEDS / RELATIONSHIPS
Â· APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY GET INVOLVED IN HIS WORK
III. PROVIDING FOR GODâ€™S WORK (VS. 3)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS HIGHLIGHTS THE FRUIT OF THE MISSION
o JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES NOT TO PLAN FOR PROVISION (3)
â–ª GOD OFTEN USES OUR PROVISION TO OPEN EARS
o IMPLICATION: THOSE WHO RECEIVE WOULD MEET THEIR NEEDS
â–ª GOD USES THOSE HE SAVES TO PROVIDE FOR MINISTRY
Â· APPLICATION: ALLOW GOD TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR WORK
IV. OPERATING WITHOUT RESPECT TO LODGING (VS. 4)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOURAGES A STABLE OPERATIONAL BASE
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO STAY AT THE HOUSE THAT RECEIVED (3)
â–ª LET US NOT BE PREFERENTIAL WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª LET US SOCIALLY LOWER OURSELVES TO LIFT OTHERS UP
o IMPLICATION: RELATIONSHIPS / CENTRAL LOCATION FOR GOSPEL
Â· APPLICATION: DEDICATE TIME TO THOSE WHO LISTEN
V. RELEASING UNBELIEVERS TO GOD (VS. 5)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS JUDGES THOSE WHO WONâ€™T LISTEN
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO LEAVE THOSE WHO WOULD NOT LISTEN
â–ª LET US NOT HARASS OTHERS WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª JESUS COULD NOT DO MUCH IN HIS HOME TOWN - MARK 6:1-5
Â· APPLICATION: THOSE WHO REJECT YOU ARE REJECTING JESUS
VI. TAKING GODâ€™S GREAT COMMISSION SERIOUS (VS. 6, 10)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES, WITHOUT QUESTION, OBEYED JESUS
o THE DISCIPLES OBEYED JESUS, ABLE TO DO THE APPOINTED WORK
â–ª JESUS ENABLES OUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE HIS WORK
o THE DISCIPLES GAVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR ALL THEY HAD DONE
Â· APPLICATION: PRAY FOR GODâ€™S LEADING; HE WILL EMPOWER YOU
Â· JESUS HAS ENTRUSTED HIS WORK TO HIS FOLLOWERS
Â· AS YOU PURSUE HIS POWER, HE WILL GIVE COURAGE TO SHARE
Â· A SINCERE HEART TO PLEASE GOD WILL BE USED TO TELL THE GOSPEL
REMEMBER THIS: GOD WORKS THROUGH US TO BRING OTHERS TO HIS KINGDOM.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
New International Greek Testament Commentary
In the previous main section the emphasis has been largely on the ministry of Jesus among the people, in the course of which he taught them and performed mighty works which demonstrated his divine power and compassion. Throughout this period the Twelve are to be thought of as accompanying Jesus and observing what he said and did. But from now onwards the emphasis falls increasingly upon the relationship of Jesus to the disciples and the teaching which he gave to them through which they were to come to some understanding of his person and work; his revelation to them was not fully understood at this stage, but its significance would become apparent to them later when he had been openly identified by God as Lord and Christ through the resurrection (cf. Acts 2:36).
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
A friend once shared with me an idea that resonates with serving our Lord in ministry. He stated that part of our purpose, when entrusted with a leadership role is to train up others to potentially fill our role in our absence. His maxim is as follows: invite those seeking leadership to watch what you are doing, as you serve. Then, have the individual(s) assist you with the work of service you are conducting. Next, you have them do the service while you observe. Finally, you give them the privilege to lead, while you redirect your attention to developing other leaders.
Luke 9:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Ministry of the Twelve
9 (A)And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
2 And He sent them out to (B)proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
3 And He said to them, â€œ(C)Take nothing for your journey, (D)neither a staff, nor a [a]bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have [b]two tunics apiece.
4 Whatever house you enter, stay there [c]until you leave that city.
5 And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, (E)shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.â€
6 Departing, they began going [d]throughout the villages, (F)preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
a Luke 9:3 Or knapsack or beggarâ€™s bag
b Luke 9:3 Or inner garments
c Luke 9:4 Lit and leave from there
d Luke 9:6 Or from village to village
A Luke 9:1 : Matt 10:5; Mark 6:7
B Luke 9:2 : Matt 10:7
C Luke 9:3 : Luke 9:3-5: Matt 10:9-15; Mark 6:8-11; Luke 10:4-12; 22:35
INTRODUCTION: CARING FOR THE MULTITUDES: LOG CHIEF
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:10-17
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DISCIPLES DISPATCHED; REPUTATION GROWING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FEEDING THE 5000
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING JESUSâ€™ ABILITY TO MEET EVERY NEED
WHEN IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL?:
I. AVAILABILITY (VV. 10-11)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS TOOK HIS DISCIPLES ASIDE; WORK FOLLOWED
o COMPLETING THEIR MISSION, THE DISCIPLES GAVE A REPORT (10A)
o JESUS TOOK THEM TO BETHSAIDA TO REST (10B) (MARK 6:31-32)
o THE CROWDS FOLLOWED; JESUS TAUGHT AND HEALED (11)
o ALL BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO MINISTRY
o YOU ARE GODâ€™S MINISTER TO YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
II. AWARENESS OF NEEDS (VV. 12-13)
Â· EXPLANATION: DISCIPLES TO JESUS: SEND THEM AWAY
o IT WAS LATE IN THE DAY (12A)
o PEOPLE WERE HOMELESS & GETTING HUNGRY (12B)
o NO PLACE TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT (12C)
o RESPONSE OF JESUS: â€œYOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT!â€ (13A)
o NOT ENOUGH TO FEED ALL (ONLY 5 LOAVES & 2 FISH) (13B)
Â· APPLICATION: ASSESS THE NEEDS AROUND YOU / PRAY / TAKE ACTION
III. ALLOWING JESUS TO WORK THROUGH YOU (VV. 14-17)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS MEETS THE NEED
o LUKE IDENTIFIES THE HEAD COUNT (ABOUT 5000 MEN) (14A)
â–ª HOW MANY? (MACARTHUR NOTES)
o JESUS ORGANIZED THE PEOPLE FOR A FEAST (14B - 15)
o JESUS BLESSED THE FOOD AND KEPT GIVING IT OUT (16)
â–ª PRE-WEDDING FEAST (SEE MACARTHUR NOTES)
o EVERYONE ATE AND WAS SATISFIED (17A) (chortazo - SATIATED)
o 12 BASKETS OF PIECES GATHERED (17B)(FOOD FOR DISCIPLES?!)
Â· APPLICATION: AS WE WORK TOGETHER GOD WILL MEET NEEDS
Â· THE DISCIPLES WERE EMPOWERED, BUT STILL NEEDED TO LEARN
Â· JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE; EVERY MAN NEEDS HIM
Â· THOUGH WE HAVE GODâ€™S SPIRIT, WE NEED DISCIPLESHIP
Â· AS WE LEAN UPON JESUS, HE WILL PREPARE US TO SHARE HIS BREAD
REMEMBER THIS: WE ARE OBLIGED TO MEET NEEDS AS WE SHARE CHRIST.â€ƒ
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MacArthur notes on the 5000:
â€œAs Lukeâ€™s parenthetical note indicates, there were about five thousand men present. Including the women and children (Matt 14:21), there could have been twenty to twenty-five thousand people present. The five loaves (small biscuits and crackers) and two small dried fish were obviously intended as a protest if not a mockery of the Lordâ€™s request.
MacArthur notes on the banquet:
The feeding of the five thousand men, along with surely an equal number of women and children, was the largest work of divine creative power since creation week and the restructuring of the earth after the flood (Gen. 6-8). It was also the highpoint and culmination of Christâ€™s ministry in Galileeâ€”and the last great opportunity for its people.
MacArthur notes on who gets the bread:
This miraculous provision of food on a massive scale is a striking exhibition of Godâ€™s concern for even the most mundane issues of life. That Jesus fed people who would ultimately reject Him illustrates Godâ€™s common grace, because of which â€œHe causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteousâ€ (Matt 5:45). It also previews Christâ€™s power to usher in the blessings of the earthly millennial kingdom (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9)
Isaiah 25:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day:
â€œBehold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.â€
Luke 9:10-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 (A)When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. (B)Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called (C)Bethsaida.11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Five Thousand Fed
12 Now the day [a]was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, â€œSend the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get [b]something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.â€ 13 But He said to them, â€œYou give them something to eat!â€ And they said, â€œWe have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.â€
14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, â€œHave them [c]sit down to eat (D)in groups of about fifty each.â€ 15 They did so, and had them all [d]sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the [e]people. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and [f]the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve (E)baskets full.
A. Luke 9:10 : Mark 6:30
B. Luke 9:10 : Luke 9:10-17: Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; John 6:5-13
C. Luke 9:10 : Matt 11:21
D. Luke 9:14 : Mark 6:39
E. Luke 9:17 : Matt 14:20
INTRODUCTION: MISTAKEN IDENTITY BY BILL CROWDER (ODB, 4/14/14)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:18-22 BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS GROWING IN POPULARITY TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: WHO HE IS CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE IDENTITY OF CHRIST HOW CAN I CONVINCE OTHERS OF WHO JESUS IS?: I. ASSESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF JESUS (VV. 18-19)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROBES HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT HIS IDENTITY
JESUS & THE DISCIPLES ARE PRAYING ALONE (18A)
JESUS ASKS, “WHO DO THE PEOPLE SAY THAT I AM?” (18B)
ANSWER: JOHN THE BAPTIST, ELIJAH, A RISEN PROPHET OF OLD (19)
APPLICATION: ASK OTHERS WHO JESUS IS; IT IS GOOD TO KNOW
II. BE SURE OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS (VV. 20-21)
EXPLANATION: JESUS ASKS OF THEIR PERSONAL OPINION
JESUS ASKS,“BUT, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?” (20A)
PETER ANSWERS, “THE CHRIST OF GOD.” (20B) (CF. MATT 16:15-18)
JESUS WARNED: DO NOT TELL THIS TO ANYONE (21) (JOHN 6:14-15)
ILLUSTRATION: CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
APPLICATION: JESUS IS UNCLASSIFIED: TELL OTHERS
MATT 28:19-20, ACTS 1:8
III. CLARIFY THE ROLE OF JESUS IN SALVATION (VS. 22)
EXPLANATION: JESUS WOULD BE A SUFFERING SAVIOR FOR US
JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES OF HIS FORTHCOMING SUFFERING
THE DISCIPLES NEEDED: NOT BY FORCE, BUT THROUGH HUMILITY
JAS 4:10, 1 PET 5:5-7, PS 55:22, HEB 13:11-13, IS. 53:10-11
APPLICATION: GLORIFY GOD THROUGH WILLFUL SUFFERING
JESUS’ DESIRE WAS TO PLEASE HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN
LET US DESIRE TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST; IT WILL MODEL CHRIST
WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT SUFFERING, TELL ABOUT JESUS
REMEMBER THIS: GOD HAS REVEALED JESUS TO BE HIS SON, A SUFFERING SERVANT FOR GOD’S GLORY.
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INTRODUCTION: Mistaken Identity by Bill Crowder (14 Apr 2014)
My youngest brother, Scott, was born when I was a senior in high school. This age difference made for an interesting situation when he grew to college age. On his first trip to his college campus, I went along with him and our mom. When we arrived, people thought we were Scott Crowder and his dad and his grandmom. Eventually, we gave up correcting them. No matter what we said or did, our actual relationships were overridden by this humorous case of mistaken identity.
Jesus questioned the Pharisees about His identity: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They replied, “The Son of David” (Matt. 22:42). The identity of Messiah was critical, and their answer was correct but incomplete. The Scriptures had affirmed that Messiah would come and reign on the throne of His father David. But Jesus reminded them that though David would be Christ’s ancestor, He would also be more—David referred to Him as “Lord.”
Matthew 16:15-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. John 6:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b] Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” James 4:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 1 Peter 5:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[a] 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Psalm 55:22 New King James Version (NKJV) 22
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Hebrews 13:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Isaiah 53:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV) 10
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11
He shall see the labor of His soul,[a] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Luke 9:18-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 (A)And it happened that while He was (B)praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the [a]people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”
20 And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “(C)The [b]Christ of God.” 21 But He [c](D)warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone,
22 (E)saying, “(F)The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”
THOSE WHO ARE ASHAMED: JESUS WILL BE ASHAMED OF THEM (26)
SOME WON’T TASTE DEATH UNTIL THEY SEE THE KINGDOM (27)
“TASTE DEATH . . .” - JOHN 8:52, HEBREWS 2:9
“SEE THE KINGDOM” - TRANSFIGURATION / BIRTH OF CHURCH
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN YOU - LUKE 17:20-21, 2 COR 4:16
APPLICATION: LET GOD CONTROL YOU. YOU WON’T BE ASHAMED
RESPONDING TO GOD FOR SALVATION - HARDEST THING TO DO
GIVE GOD WHAT YOU HAVE. HE WILL MULTIPLY & GIVE IT BACK
IF YOU ARE ACTIVELY LIVING FOR GOD, YOU WON’T BE ASHAMED
REMEMBER THIS: FOLLOWING CHRIST REQUIRES SELF-DENIAL, DAILY CROSS BEARING, AND LIVING A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE. CHRIST MUST BE FIRST IN YOUR LIFE.REFERENCES (page 1)
INABILITY TO ACCESS ALL GOD HAS FOR YOU (DR EVANS)
“When you look around at the Christian community tody, you frequently see chaos. Marriages are falling apart; singles are struggling to be content. Debt rules. Addictions run amuck. And yet so many people are faithfully in church, leaving many to conclude, “My Christianity is just not working.” They are worn out, lonely, miserable, and frustrated, to say the least.”
“Many have come to conclude that either this thing called Christianity is not real, or it is simply not real for them. However, there is a reason why so many well-intentioned believers are falling short of God’s best in their lives. This is because without the password called “priority,” they cannot access all that God has in store for them. The way that you express priority is through surrender.”
Hebrews 12:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Philippians 3:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
John MacArthur on “Self-Denial”
“The self-denial in view is not merely of material things, but of anything that merits salvation (Rom. 7:18) or is more important to a person than God. His point is that coming to Him involves full submission to His lordship and willingness to abandon whatever He asks for His purpose.
John MacArthur on “The Power for Self-Denial”
It must be noted that repentance is not a meritorious human work. Sinners who are dead in their sins (Eph. 2:1), spiritually blind (Luke 4:18; cf. 2 Cor. 4:4) and trapped in Satan’s domain of darkness (Col. 1:13) cannot repent of their own accord. Repentance comes when the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to awaken sinners to their lost condition by convicting them of their sin (John 16:8-11).
Dr. Tony Evans on “Placing God first in your life.”
“If you have a smart phone, it is likely that you have a password restriction on it so if you inadvertently left it somewhere, a stranger — or a friend — couldn’t pick it up and take advantage of the personal information. Passwords are often critical to the whole process called access, and the password for victorious kingdom living is the word: first.”
“When you place God first in your life, you will be granted access to the rightful blessings, authority, and provision that is in store for you. He will meet your needs and satisfy your desires. But His standard as King cannot be lowered. His position as first cannot be altered, or else it would cheapen Him, and He is not cheap. Salvation may be free, but it cost Jesus Christ a dear price. It was not cheap.”
Acts 20:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Matthew 6:31-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Not Carnality but Christ
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
John 8:52 New King James Version (NKJV)
52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’
Hebrews 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Luke 17:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[a] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seeing the Invisible
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.Luke 9:23-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 And He was saying to them all, “(A)If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24 For (B)whoever wishes to save his [a]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [b]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and (C)loses or forfeits himself?
26 (D)For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I say to you truthfully, (E)there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DENY SELF; THE CROSS; FOLLOW JESUS; SHAME
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: AFFIRMED SON OF GOD
CTS: 3 WAYS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE GOD’S TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR LIFE
HOW ARE WE TRANSFIGURED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?:
I. ATTITUDE OF DEVOTED PRAYER (VV. 28-29)
EXPLANATION: JESUS & THREE DISCIPLES DEPARTED TO A MOUNTAIN
JESUS TOOK PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN TO A MOUNTAIN TO PRAY (28)
WHILE JESUS WAS PRAYING, HIS COUNTENANCE CHANGED (29)
ILLUSTRATION: HOW ATTITUDE EFFECTS YOUR HEALTH (HARVARD)
APPLICATION: GOD CHANGES YOU THROUGH DEVOTED PRAYER
II. COMMITMENT TO FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS (VV. 30-31)
EXPLANATION: JESUS FELLOWSHIPS IN THE KINGDOM
MOSES AND ELIJAH APPEAR TO ENCOURAGE JESUS (30)
MOSES WAS / IS VITAL TO ISRAEL (LAW)
ELIJAH WAS A MIGHTY PROPHET (PROPHET OF OLD)
RESPECTED BY ISREAL
HAD ALREADY COME (SPIRIT IN JOHN THE BAPTIST)
THEY WERE SPEAKING TO JESUS ABOUT HIS SOON DEPARTURE (31A)
JESUS WOULD ACCOMPLISH THIS IN JERUSALEM (31B)
ILLUSTRATION: COMPLETING A DOCTORATE: ENCOURAGEMENT!
APPLICATION: WE NEED EACH OTHER’S FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST
III. TOTAL DEVOTION TO GOD’S WORD (VV. 32-36)
EXPLANATION: PETER ATTEMPTS TO SHOW HONOR TO THE KINGDOM
THE DISCIPLES HAD BEEN OVERCOME BY FATIGUE AND SLEPT (32A)
WHEN THEY WERE FULLY AWAKE, THEY SAW THE KINGDOM (32B)
PETER SOUGHT TO EQUALLY HONOR THE THREE MEN (33A):
PETER WAS UNAWARE OF WHAT HE WAS IMPLYING (33B)
GOD AFFIRMED WHO JESUS IS: HIS SON (LISTEN TO HIM) (34-35)
EXPERIENCING GOD SILENCED THE DISCIPLES (36) (SEE VV. 20-21)
APPLICATION: LET’S STRIVE TO HEAR & HONOR JESUS ABOVE ALL
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
GOD HAS HONORED JESUS AS HIS SON. WE ARE TO LISTEN TO HIM
TRANSFIGURATION: PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
REMEMBER THIS: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD: HEAR AND OBEY HIS WORDREFERENCES (page 1)
How your attitudes affect your health
A positive view of life and aging may help you live longer.
Published: May, 2016
Do you look forward to the next week? Do you feel younger than your age? Do you have a sense of purpose? If so, you may already have done something to reduce your risk of degenerative diseases and may even be adding years to your life.
"Your outlook—having a sense of optimism and purpose—seems to be predictive of health outcomes," says Dr. Laura Kubzansky, professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has studied the health effects of several forms of psychological well-being. She has found that emotional vitality—characterized by enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life's stresses with emotional balance—is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS JUST DECLARED HIS DESTINY AGAIN (22, 44)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: DEFINING WHO IS GREAT
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT WILL ENABLE GOD’S GREATNESS IN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS PLEASED WITH MY FAITH?:
I. REFUSING TO EXERCISE PRIDEFUL LEADERSHIP (VS. 46)
EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ARGUED FOR STATUS
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (44) LED TO AN ELECTION
SONS OF THUNDER (JAMES AND JOHN)?
THE REVEALER OF CHRIST (PETER)?
ILLUSTRATION: MARKETING SKILLS (WHAT GET’S YOU THE JOB)
WE WANT A KING! (1 SAMUEL 8)
APPLICATION: STRIVE NOT FOR LEADERSHIP DUE TO YOUR ABILITIES
ISAIAH 64:6 - OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS = FILTHY RAGS
II. REMEMBERING WHO CHRIST IS (VS. 47)
EXPLANATION: LUKE DEMONSTRATES THE DEITY OF JESUS
JESUS KNEW HIS DISCIPLES WERE ARGUING (47A) (HEART ISSUE)
JESUS CHOSE TO PRESENT AN OBJECT LESSON (CHILD) (47B)
APPLICATION: THOUGH JESUS DIED, REMEMBER HIS RESURRECTION:
ENABLED YOUR SONSHIP (PAID FOR YOUR SIN DEBT)
SENT HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE IN ALL FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
LEADS US THROUGH THE SPIRIT’S POWER
INTERCEDES FOR US BEFORE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
HE’S COMING BACK TO TAKE ALL BELIEVERS TO GLORY
III. RESOLVING TO BE GOD’S SERVANT TO ALL (VS. 48)
EXPLANATION: JESUS POINTED TO THE KEY TO GREATNESS
JESUS HIGHLIGHTED CARING FOR CHILDREN IN HIS NAME
THE STATUS OF A CHILD IN THE DAYS OF JESUS (NOTES)
RECEIVING A CHILD, MEANT RECEIVING/SERVING JESUS (NOTES)
WHATEVER YOU DO IN JESUS’ NAME, YOU’VE DONE IT TO HIM (MATT 25:31-40)
JESUS CAME TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED (MARK 10:45)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SERVE ALL MEN, CHRISTIAN OR NOT
“ON HELPING OTHERS” BY RANDY KILGORE
REMEMBER THIS: YOUR GREATNESS RESTS ON SERVING JESUS!REFERENCES (page 1)
Leadership by example
“Semper Fidelis,” a famous saying used to enable Marines to remember their allegiance to one another, kept me focussed during my time in the Marine Corps. I was to be always faithful to the leadership under which I served, even if the leadership did not set the example for me to follow. As elders in the church, we are exhorted and admonished by God not to lord it over those whom are entrusted to our care, but to be examples to our flock, following the leadership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today's message takes a brief look at what Jesus teaches us about leadership. If you have your Bibles with you please turn with me to Luke 9. We will be looking at verses 46-48.
Dress code - look neat; dress conservative
Attitude - be confident in the Lord
Hygiene - no bedheads; teeth brushed; mouthwash; breath mints
Resume - convince without presence.
Respect - be cordial, with yes and no completed with ma’m or sir
We want a king!!! (1 Samuel 8)
If you read the scripture surrounding and including 1 Samuel 8, you will find that the children of God were fed up with His leadership and representatives. They wanted a man to make decisions for their future, a man who would be their king! The nation sought to be like the other nations around them. An earthly king is what they thought they needed. Samuel mourned over the situation, but God encouraged Samuel, identifying that the nation was not rejecting the leadership of Samuel or his sons, but God’s leadership as their king.
Isaiah 64:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
New International Greek Testament Commentary
The status of a child in the days of Jesus
It is the one who is least in importance who is really the greatest. This principle is illustrated in the fact that Jesus regards the person who welcomes and pays attention to a child, commonly regarded in the ancient world as of no importance, as receiving Jesus, and thus receiving God himself.
Receiving a child meant receiving / serving Jesus
At this point the saying takes a surprising turn. Instead of affirming the greatness of the person who is prepared to serve in this way, or of stating that he is like Jesus, Jesus states that to receive a child is to receive himself. This shows that the original point of the saying is concerned with the worth of the child, and that it affirms the importance of serving the child by saying that to do so is to serve Jesus himself. The thought is the same as in Mt. 25:35–40 where it is developed at length with regard to the needy and afflicted with whom Jesus identifies himself.
Matthew 25:31-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Luke 9:46-48 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Test of Greatness
46 (A)An argument [a]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
47 But Jesus, (B)knowing [b]what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side,
48 and said to them, “(C)Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; (D)for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
Luke 9:48 : Luke 22:26On Helping Others by Randy Kilgore (ODB)
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. —Leviticus 19:9
When snowstorms bury the grazing lands, ranchers must feed their herds by hand. As hay is tossed from wagons and trucks, the strongest animals bull their way to the front. Timid or sickly animals get little or no feed unless the rancher intervenes.
Workers in refugee camps and food pantries report a similar pattern. When they open their stores to those in need, the weak and timid may not make it to the front of the line. Like the ranchers, these human lifelines must take steps to ensure that their services reach the feeble, weary, and sick at the edge of society’s attention.
They are carrying out a principle set forth by God long ago. In Leviticus 19, Moses instructed Israel’s farmers and vintners to leave portions of their crops so the poor and the stranger could have something to eat (vv.9-10).
We too can serve as caretakers to the weak and weary. Whether we’re teachers coaxing quiet students to open up, workers coming alongside a struggling co-worker, prisoners looking out for new arrivals, or parents showing attention to their children, we have ways to honor God by helping others.
As we seek to serve those in need, may the grace of God that reached us in our need move us to reach out to others in theirs.
Father, open my eyes to those struggling to have
enough food, enough love, enough hope; then open my
heart to find ways to help them receive love, using my
hands in service to them—and through them, to You.
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP: HUMILITY, TEAMWORK
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: LOVING THE UNLOVABLE
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT WILL LEAD TO LOVING ALL MEN WITH GOD’S LOVE
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY LOVE FOR OTHERS?:
I. DETERMINED FUTURE (VS. 51)
EXPLANATION: LUKE HIGHLIGHTS JESUS’ PASSION FOR OBEDIENCE
JESUS “SET” HIS FACE TOWARD JERUSALEM (CF. ISAIAH 50:7)
SET - DETERMINED PRIORITY
JERUSALEM - DEATH AWAITED JESUS
ILLUSTRATION: DETERMINATION FOR RETIREMENT
APPLICATION: SET YOUR FACE ON GLORY WITH GOD (COL 3:1-4)
II. DESTINATION THROUGH DIFFICULTY (VV. 52-54)
EXPLANATION: JESUS SENT DISCIPLES TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS
HIS MEN WENT TO A SAMARITAN VILLAGE (52)
SAMARITANS REFUSED TO HELP JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES
THOSE HEADING TO JERUSALEM (53)
NOT ALL SAMARITANS REJECTED JESUS (WOMAN @ SYCAR)
WAY THE DISCIPLES WERE TO HANDLE REJECTION (LUKE 9:4-5)
JAMES / JOHN OFFERED TO CALL FIRE FROM HEAVEN (2 KINGS 1)(54)
ILLUSTRATION: NOT ALL WILL ACCOMMODATE THE GOSPEL
APPLICATION: DON’T LET DIFFICULTY STOP YOU FROM MINISTRY
III. DISCERNMENT FOR SALVATION (VV. 55-56)
EXPLANATION: JESUS REBUKED JAMES & JOHN
JAMES AND JOHN WERE STILL SPIRITUALLY IMMATURE (55)
(WIERSBE NOTES) THE DISCIPLES HAD NO LOVE FOR:
EACH OTHER (46-48), OTHER BELIEVERS (49-50), ENEMIES (51-56)
JESUS HAD COME TO SAVE, NOT DESTROY (56A) (JOHN 3:17)
JESUS AND THE DISCIPLES CONTINUED THEIR JOURNEY (56B)
APPLICATION: LET US NEVER JUDGE WHO GOD WILL SAVE
SHARING CHRIST ON DEPLOYMENT
REMEMBER THIS: THE DESIRE OF JESUS IS FOR HIS FOLLOWERS TO LOVE AND SERVE OTHERS IN HUMILITY, SEEKING TO LEAD THEM TO CHRIST.REFERENCES (page 1)
INTRODUCTION: “ATTITUDE DETERMINES ALTITUDE”
Someone once told me that a person’s attitude determined their altitude. I did not initially understand what the statement meant. However, as I thought about it, I discovered that the statement carried great truth. During my initial enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, I hated life. I was separated from those whom I loved very much, with military leadership commanding my every move. My attitude was not good. Thus, I felt miserable and lonely. However, when I chose to go off base on a Sunday morning to visit a local church, God gained my attention and began to change my attitude. Since then, God has changed my attitude toward Him and life, giving me joy and peace I had never experienced. In looking back over my life, I can see where God has changed my attitude and, as a result, has changed my altitude. I am flying high with Him and His church, as long as I keep my face set on glory! Is your face set on glory?
Isaiah 50:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
“For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore (A)I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 If then you were (A)raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, (B)where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the (C)earth. 3 (D)For you died, (E)and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 (F)When Christ who is (G)our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in (H)glory.
Luke 9:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 (A)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 (B)And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, (C)shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
2 Kings 1:12-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 So Elijah answered and said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and [a]fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him: “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours (A)be precious in your sight. 14 Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.”
15 And the [b]angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king.
John 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (A)For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Luke 9:51-56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
51 When the days were approaching for (A)His [a]ascension, He [b]was determined (B)to go to Jerusalem;
52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the (C)Samaritans to [c]make arrangements for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, (D)because [d]He was traveling toward Jerusalem.
54 When His disciples (E)James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to (F)command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, [[e]and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.
Luke 9:51 Lit taking up
Luke 9:51 Lit set His face
Luke 9:52 Or prepare
Luke 9:53 Lit His face was proceeding toward
Luke 9:55 Early mss do not contain bracketed portion
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU LIVING A PROFITABLE LIFE? (MATT 16:25-27)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:57-62
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS PREPARING HIS FOLLOWERS FOR FAITH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: COUNSEL FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
CTS: 3 INDICATORS OF A WEAK OR FALSE FAITH
WHAT BEHAVIOR IS A HINDERANCE TO MY FAITH?:
I. LONGING FOR THE COMFORTABLE LIFE (VV. 57-58)
EXPLANATION: A MAN IS WILLING TO SELL OUT TO JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!” (57)
JESUS ENLIGHTENS THE MAN TO THE COMFORTS OF FAITH (58)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO HIS DISCIPLES (9:3-4)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO ALL FOLLOWERS (JOHN 14:1-3)
ILLUSTRATION: PREPARING FOR MINISTRY (DOWNSIZING)
APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER LIVING ON LESS TO MAKE MORE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CAN YOU LIVE ON LESS?
II. LUSTING FOR WEALTH (VV. 59-60)
EXPLANATION: A MAN WHO LOVES MONEY MORE THAN JESUS
“COME FOLLOW ME!,” SAID JESUS (59A)
THE MAN’S CONCERN: “LET ME BURY MY FATHER!” (59B)
PEOPLE WERE BURIED WITHIN A SHORT TIME AFTER DEATH
THE MAN WANTED TO WAIT TO HONOR JEWISH TRADITION
THE MAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE RICHES
CONSIDER THE RICH YOUNG RULER (MARK 10:17-22)
APPLICATION: FOLLOW THE COUNSEL OF JESUS: STORE UP YOUR TREASURE IN HEAVEN AND FOR GOD’S WORK ON EARTH (MATT 6:19-21)
III. LOOKING TO WORLDLY RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 61-62)
EXPLANATION: A MAN CHOOSES WORLD RELATIONSHIPS OVER JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU, BUT FIRST LET ME SAY FAREWELL” (61)
JESUS REFINES WHO IS IN HIS KINGDOM: FOCUSSED ONES (62)
2 TIMOTHY 4:10 - DEMAS LEFT PAUL FOR THIS PRESENT WORLD
APPLICATION: WORLDLY RELATIONS OFFER NOTHING, WHEN COMPARED TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST
DEAN - A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
REMEMBER THIS: TRUE FAITH IS PLACING GOD AS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. MAKE HIM SO.REFERENCES (page 1)
Introduction: Are you living a profitable life?
DO YOU EVER THINK about profit? often times, when we think of profit, we tend to think of money related statistics. However, have you thought about why you participate in the activities of life? We often look at the opportunities that are before us and ask ourselves the question, “Is this worth my time?” When someone asks us to donate or to participate in a program, we often ask, “What profit will I gain from this?” Going back to the thought of finances, what is the smart thing to do with financial investments, if the investment is not performing well or may even be losing value? A smart investor will usually ditch the investment and look for an investment that has a proven track record and transfer their funds accordingly. So, the big question is, “Has your life been profitable?” How can I determine if it has been, is presently, and will be for eternity? Thankfully, Jesus provides an answer to the profitability of life. He says:
Matthew 16:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For (A)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (B)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (C)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For(D)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (E)with His angels, (F)and then He will reward each according to his works.
Luke 9:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 (A)And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 (B)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let (A)not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. (B)I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, (C)I will come again and receive you to Myself; that (D)where I am, there you may be also.
Mark 10:17-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (B)Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I (C)do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, (D)God. 19 You know the commandments: (E)‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have (F)kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, (G)sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have (H)treasure in heaven; and come, (I)take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 6:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 (B)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20 (C)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Ministry of Dean: A man after God’s heart
I am grateful for a young man whom God has brought into and inspired my life. His name is Dean. I met Dean during my initial role as an associate pastor at a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As we grew in our friendship and fellowship, I discovered something exciting about Dean. He had a passionate love for God. He was quite the example in sacrificing his personal time in the service of others. One evening, while I was at home, my children alerted me to someone at the entrance of our driveway. I went outside to find a pair of headlights shining down my driveway with someone digging near my mailbox. I went to see who it was. It was Dean. He was planting tulip flowers. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “Justing being a servant to my pastor.” Not long after that evening, I woke up on a Saturday morning to the sound of a riding lawn mower outside our bedroom window. I looked outside only to see Dean on a riding mower cutting our lawn. He testified again that he was just trying to provide loving service to his pastor. Dean did not do such things as these only for my family, but for many he saw in need. He clearly has a passion to honor God in his life. His self control has enabled him to resist the temptations we have discussed today. What about you? Are you struggling with a life of comfort? Is the pursuits of this world’s wealth choking out your ability to live a joyful life for Christ? Is relating to others in this world above your relating to your Creator, your Savior, Your Lord? God will set your priorities straight, as you ask, trust, and obey His lead.
Luke 9:57-62 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Cost of Discipleship(A)
57 (B)Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man (C)has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 (D)Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, (E)I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is (F)fit for the kingdom of God.”
INTRODUCTION: PERSONAL TESTIMONY: GOSPEL PROCRASTINATION
SCRIPTURE: SELECT TEXTS
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ARE YOU BEING CONTROLLED BY PROCRASTINATION?
CTS: 4 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE DANGER OF PROCRASTINATION
PROCRASTINATION ROBS YOU OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR:
I. SERVING GOD (LUKE 9:59-62)
• EXPLANATION: JESUS WARNS AGAINST PROCRASTINATION
o LIFE IN CHRIST TAKES PRIORITY OVER WORLDLY CONCERNS
• APPLICATION: PRAYER, THE BIBLE, AND FELLOWSHIP: TOP PRIORITY
II. SUCCESSFULLY HONORING GOD
• EXPLANATION: PROCRASTINATION
1. CHARLES SWINDOLL’S PICTURE OF PROCASTINATION
2. THE FRUITS OF PROCRASTINATION: PROVERBS 6:6-11
3. GOOD WORKS = AN HONORABLE LIFE BEFORE GOD - TITUS 2:11-15
• APPLICATION: SOW GOOD WORKS = RIGHTEOUSNESS & SUCCESS
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL ARRESTED FOR THE GOSPEL
III. SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (ACTS 24: 22-27)
• EXPLANATION: FELIX IS A PROCRASTINATOR
1. HIS DECISION CONCERNING JUDGMENT OF PAUL (22-23, 27)
2. HIS DECISION TO RECEIVE CHRIST (24-25)
3. SELF PLEASURE WAS HIS SALVATION (26)
• APPLICATION: TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!
IV. SEEKING GOD’S CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
• EXPLANATION: TWO BIG PROBLEMS WITH PROCRASTINATION:
1. FALSE SENSE OF CONTROL – PROVERBS 27:1 / JAMES 4:13-17
2. IGNORES THE UNIQUENESS OF CONVICTION – ISAIAH 55:6-7
• APPLICATION: SEEK GOD’S CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE, WHILE YOU CAN
• PROCRASTINATION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DESTROY YOUR LIFE:
o ROBBING YOU OF OPPORTUNTIES FOR
SUCCESSFULLY HONORING GOD
SALVATION IN CHRIST
• DON’T PROCRASTINATE! OBEY THE GOSPEL TODAY!
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 9:59-62 New King James Version (NKJV)
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Charles Swindoll’s personification of procrastination:
Procrastination comes out a winner every time. . . . He can outtalk any student when it comes to homework. He can outthink any executive when it comes to correspondence. He can outwork any homemaker when it comes to vacuuming or doing dishes. He can outlast any parent when it comes to discipline. He can outsmart any salesman when it comes to selling. He has one basic product and he centers all his energy toward that single goal: defeat! By the sheer genius of suggestion, he becomes the epitome of what he destroys: success.
Proverbs 6:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
Titus 2:11-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Trained by Saving Grace
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Proverbs 27:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
James 4:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[a] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Isaiah 55:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
Acts 24:22-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 But Felix, [a]having a more exact knowledge about (A)the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the [b]commander comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be (B)kept in custody and yet (C)have some freedom, and not to prevent any of (D)his friends from ministering to him.
24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his [c]wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about (E)faith in Christ Jesus. 25 But as he was discussing (F)righteousness, (G)self-control and (H)the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.” 26 At the same time too, he was hoping that (I)money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix [d]was succeeded by Porcius (J)Festus, and (K)wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul (L)imprisoned.
a. Acts 24:22 Lit knowing more accurately
b. Acts 24:22 I.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troops
c. Acts 24:24 Lit own wife
d. Acts 24:27 Lit received a successor, Porcius Festus
A. Acts 24:22 : Acts 24:14
B. Acts 24:23 : Acts 23:35
C. Acts 24:23 : Acts 28:16
D. Acts 24:23 : Acts 23:16; 27:3
E. Acts 24:24 : Acts 20:21
F. Acts 24:25 : Titus 2:12
G. Acts 24:25 : Gal 5:23; Titus 1:8; 2 Pet 1:6
H. Acts 24:25 : Acts 10:42
I. Acts 24:26 : Acts 24:17
J. Acts 24:27 : Acts 25:1, 4, 9, 12; 26:24f, 32
K. Acts 24:27 : Acts 12:3; 25:9
L. Acts 24:27 : Acts 23:35; 25:14
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: 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?
God's Messages for Christmas: His Message to Joseph
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
â€¢ EXPLANATION: STEWARDSHIP IS THE HALLMARK OF A BELIEVER
â€¢ THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ THE BENEFITS OF GIVING (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ DISCIPLESHIP IS GODâ€™S WAY OF LIFE FOR THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST
â€¢ PURSUING DISCIPLESHIP ENABLES BELIEVERS TO GLORIFY GOD
â€¢ DISCIPLESHIP IS BEST EXPERIENCED WITHIN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 3:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Deuteronomy 17:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,
Job 23:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food.
Acts 17:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures dailyto find out whether these things were so.
Proverbs 7:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
James 5:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Hebrews 10:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
5 REASONS TO ACTIVELY FELLOWSHIP:
1. I belong in Godâ€™s family with other believers (Rom 12:5)
2. I need to grow spiritually (Eccl 4:9-10, 12)
3. I need accountability to grow spiritually (Prov 27:17)
4. Fellowship is a witness to the world (John 13:34-35)
5. I am obligated to every other Christian (1 Pet 4:10)
Luke 6:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.â€
THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING:
1. Give willingly
2. Give joyfully
3. Give sacrificially
4. Give generously
THE BENEFITS OF GIVING
1. Giving draws me closer to God
2. Giving is the antidote to materialism
3. Giving strengthens my faith
4. Giving is an investment for eternity
5. Giving blesses me in return
6. Giving makes me happy
Matthew 28:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 [a](A)Go therefore and (B)make disciples of (C)all the nations, (D)baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, (E)I am with you [b]always, even to (F)the end of the age.â€
a. Matthew 28:19 Or Having gone; Gr aorist part.
b. Matthew 28:20 Lit all the days
A. Matthew 28:19 : Mark 16:15f
B. Matthew 28:19 : Matt 13:52; Acts 1:8; 14:21
C. Matthew 28:19 : Matt 25:32; Luke 24:47
D. Matthew 28:19 : Acts 2:38; 8:16; Rom 6:3; 1 Cor 1:13, 15ff; Gal 3:27
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: SERMON ON THE MOUNT: INSTRUCTION FOR LIFE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ARE YOU LIGHTING YOUR WORLD
CTS: 3 WAYS TO RECOGNIZE YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LIGHT TO MY WORLD?:
I. BELIEVERS ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (VS. 14A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE LIFE OF BELIEVERS ARE A WITNESS OF JESUS
o JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR LIGHT â€“ JOHN 9:5, 12:36, 8:12
o ABILITY TO LIGHT THE WORLD: RIGHTEOUSNESS â€“ PROV 4:18
II. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD HAS A PURPOSE (VV. 14B-15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS EXAMPLES OF HOW LIGHT IS USED
o A CITY â€œSETâ€ ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN (14B)
o A LAMP IS NOT PLACED UNDER A BASKET, BUT ON A STAND (15)
â€¢ CONTRASTING LIGHT WITH DARKNESS: WHITE STAR PARACHUTE
â€¢ AVOIDING THE LIGHT â€“ JOHN 3:16-20
III. JESUS COMMANDS THAT YOU SHINE YOUR LIGHT (VS. 16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS EXPECTS US TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
o â€œLETâ€; â€œSHINEâ€ â€“ IMPERATIVE / SINGULAR (16A)
ï‚§ LOOK BACK AT THE BEATTITUDES (3-12) (EPH 4-5, COL 3)
o â€œYOUR GOOD WORKSâ€(LIGHT) / GODâ€™S GOOD WORKS (EPH 2:10) (16B)
o GODâ€™S WITNESS / LIGHT IS SPREAD AND HE IS GLORIFIED (16C)
â€¢ JESUS IDENTIFIED HIS FOLLOWERS AS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
â€¢ THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD DOES NOT HIDE ITSELF
â€¢ THE LIGHTâ€™S PURPOSE:THOSE IN THE DARK ARE DRAWN TO GOD
â€¢ THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: THOSE WHO PLACE FAITH IN JESUS
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 9:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.â€
John 12:36 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.â€ These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
John 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, â€œI am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.â€
Proverbs 4:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[a]
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
John 3:16-21 The Message (MSG)
16-18 â€œThis is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didnâ€™t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that personâ€™s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
19-21 â€œThis is the crisis weâ€™re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and wonâ€™t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.â€
Ephesians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Matthew 5:14-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 â€œYou are (A)the light of the world. A city set on a [a]hill cannot be hidden; 15 (B)nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a [b]basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may (C)see your good works, and (D)glorify your Father who is in heaven.
A. Matthew 5:14 : Prov 4:18; John 8:12; 9:5; 12:36
B. Matthew 5:15 : Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33; Phil 2:15
ILLUSTRATION: JESUS’ RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION: “IT IS WRITTEN. . .”
APPLICATION: GOD’S WAY OUT: TRUST AND OBEY HIS WORD
DEVELOPING IMMUNITY TO TEMPTATION
REMEMBER THIS: GOD IS OUR SOURCE AND ABILITY FOR ESCAPING TEMPTATION, NOT THE SOURCE FOR LEADING US INTO IT.REFERENCES (page 1)
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.
James 1:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Genesis 22:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
REPLAY SIGNIFICANT LIFE ISSUES (Dr Jeremiah)
“When men travel on the road in business, they face all sorts of moral temptations. What keeps a strong Christian man from sinning is reviewing what is truly important to him: his wife, his children, his family’s future, his reputation, the Lord’s reputation, his influence for Christ among others. A review of the most important issues will often be the water needed to douse the flame of temptation.”
Matthew 4:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
REINFORCE OUR WILL (Dr Jeremiah)
“When we are tempted and are victorious in the power of the Holy Spirit, it builds strength and fiber in us so that we are strong in the Lord. As a result, there are some things that should present less and less temptation for us as we grow in the Lord. The temptations don’t go away, but our will to resist them, exercised over the years, grows stronger.”
1 Timothy 4:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and (B)exercise yourself toward godliness.
REMIND OTHERS OF HIS GRACE AND GOODNESS (Dr Jeremiah)
“When we ask the Lord not to bring tests and temptations into our lives, that prayer becomes a beautiful confession of our own weakness. We know that we are liable to sin given the chance, and we would be foolish to boast that we weren’t. As the scripture says, ‘Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’ (1 Corinthians 10:12). That’s why we don’t pray, ‘Lord lead us into temptation,’ because we know we might fall.”
Job 1:13-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
James 1:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
EXAMPLE OF THE STAGES OF TEMPTATION IN ACTION (Dr Jeremiah)
“Adam and Eve went through these six stages when they were tempted in the Garden of Eden. Deceit occurred when they believed Satan’s lie about the consequences of disobeying God. They were delighted with the fruit, which they desired. They deliberated, though not for long, and then they were defeated when they took the fruit and ate it. Their despair was obvious when they hid from God after their sin. And the same could easily happen to us. That’s why we pray, “Father, lead us not into temptation.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
James 4:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
1 Peter 2:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
James 4:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Corinthians 10:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
2 Timothy 2:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Romans 13:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.