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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 5-29-11

WHAT ABOUT SIN

 

          Text:    John 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

           2And early in the morning he came again into the temple and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

           3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

           4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

           5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

           6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

           7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

           8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

           9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

           10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

          11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

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          John 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

 

          It seems that Jesus spent the night on the Mount of Olives. Maybe he prayed all night or perhaps he wasn't invited to stay in anyone's home.

 

           2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

 

          Why the temple? Jesus taught in a lot of different places. By the seaside, on a mountain side etc… He taught here because this is where the people was.

 

           3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

 

          These Scribes and Pharisees not only didn't attend these lessons of Jesus, but they interrupted those that wanted to learn.

 

           4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

 

          Here they call him master. The day before they call him deceiver.

Perhaps they thought flattery would puff him up and catch him off guard.

         

           5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

 

           It is common for those living in sin to be severe in others sins.

 

          What sayest thou that pretendest to be a teacher sent from God? Will you repeal old laws or enact new ones?

 

           6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

 

          What did he write? Was he ignoring them?

          We should be slow to speak. Think twice and speak once.

 

           7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

          Here Jesus turns the conviction of the accursed to the accusers.

 

          8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

 

          Perhaps he wrote the sins of the accusers.

 

           9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

 

This woman had no defence, she was caught. If she wasn't caught, she might have continued in sin. This way she repented and was freed from sin.

         

 

          10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?

 

          We should be favorable not to the sin but to the person.

 

          11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her. Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

 

          Let's see what the bible says about judging another.

 

          Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

          2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

           3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 

          John 3:17   For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

          4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

           5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

          6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

           7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

           8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

          9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

 

          This verse is for today as well as for eternity.

 

           10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

 

          This verse is also for this life as well as for eternity.

 

          11For there is no respect of persons with God.

          12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

 

          Jeremiah 17:1 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars.

 

            God does not forget our sin unless we confess and forsake it.

 

          Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

 

 

         

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 5-22-11

LOVE NOT THE WORLD

 

          Text: 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

          16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

           17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

         

Lust of the flesh

 

          Lust of the flesh is indulging in pleasures of the body. Those things that excite and inflame fleshly pleasures. Lust is usually called luxury.

Luxury is comforts that excel the normal lifestyle. These can be sexual or material possessions.

 

Lust of the eyes

 

          The eye is delighted with treasures, possessions and rich possessions are craved by an extravagant eye. This is the lust of covetousness.

 

Pride of life

 

          A vain mind craves the grandeur, and pomp of a vain glorious life style. This is ambition and thirsting after honor and applause. Flatteries,

Admiration and praise sought after.

 

 

Does this apply to everyone?

 

          1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

          13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

          14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

 

          There are three categories in these verses. Little children, young men and fathers.

          Little children are new believers. There sins are forgiven. They need to be aware of the dangers of this world. They are new, novices. There are pitfalls they need to be aware of.

 

          Young men and strong in the Lord. These are adults. They have arrived at maturity. These have overcome the wicked one. He who can overcome the devil can overcome the world; even conquer the world for Christ.

 

          Fathers are those that are grounded and settled in their walk with the Lord. They have avoided the pitfalls for a long time now. However, don't get to confident. You can stumble and fall too. Don't let the world trip you up. Paul tells Timothy of Demas who stumbled and fell.

 

 

          2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

         

 

          Remember the words of Solomon;

          Proverbs 6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

 

          The Apostle Paul agrees with John. Let the mind of Christ be in you. Think on the things of God and the things of this world will not be very important to you.

 

          Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

         

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 5-15-11

LET US PRAY

 

          Text: James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

          Let's take a walk through the book of Acts and see all the wonderful things that God did for his people. I want to focus on the affect of prayer.

 

          Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

          The church was brand new at this time, just getting started. Here they prayed before having a business meeting. They appointed a replacement for Judas.

 

          The next thing we read about is the giving of the Holy Ghost.

 

          Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

          2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

          3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

          4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

          The results of prayer are seen in chapter four. They gave all their passions to those that had need.

         

          Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

          32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

          Seven men were chosen to wait on tables. Prayer was made for them before they accepted their positions.

 

          Acts 6:3-6 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

          4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

           5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

          6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

 

          Peter raised the dead when he prayed.

 

          Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

           41And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

          42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

 

          Prayers are heard from a non-Christian man.

 

          Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

           2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

          3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

           4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

 

 

 

          Cornelius receives the Holy Ghost and is baptized.

 

          Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

          No matter how much we pray or how much good works we have, we need Jesus to be saved.

 

          Peter was a bigot until he heard from God.

 

          Acts 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

 

          Prayer is made of the church for Peter, for Peter was in prison.

 

           Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

 

            God answers prayer, even when we don't believe.

 

            Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

 

          Were people praying in other houses?

 

          13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

          14And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

          15And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

           16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

 

 

          Prayer is made when Barnabas and Paul is sent forth on their missionary trip.

 

           Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

 

          When we pray, God will show us the work of the devil.

 

           Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

          17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

          18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

 

          Pray when in distress.

 

           Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

          26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

 

          The disciples prayed when they departed for other parts, and as they began new adventures also.

 

          Prayer changes things. He that prays does not sin. The two will not mix.