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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 8-28-11

EXAMINE YOURSELVES

 

          Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

          How do you go about examining yourself? Let's take a look at what the scripture says.

 

We have eternal life if we;

 

1.    Believe on the name of the son of God.

          1 John 4:15  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  

 

              Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

2.    Are honoring Christ as Lord of our lives and sincerely seeking to keep his commandments.                                                                                

          1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

          1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 

          4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

          5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

 

Psalm 119:47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    If we love the father and the son rather than the world.

 

1 John 2:15-17 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.

 

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.

 

4.    If we habitually and consistently practice righteousness rather than sin.

          1 John 3:3-11 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

          4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

           5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

           6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

           7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

           8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

           9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

          10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

5. If we love the brethren.

           

           John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Not love one for another, but one TO another.

           

 

 

 

          1 John 2:11-18 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

          10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

          11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

 

          1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

           15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

           16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

           17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

           18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 

         

6. If we are aware of the spirit of Christ dwelling in us.

1 John 2:24-25 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

 

Revelation 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

 

          25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

          29If ye know that he is righteous; ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

 

           

 

 

 

          7. If we are determined to follow the example that Jesus lived.

                   1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

 

          8. If we abide in the word.

          John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

 

          9. If we are longing for the second coming of Jesus.

          1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

           3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

Where do we go from here?

 

          1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

 

 

 

 

           

         

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 8-21-11

EXAMINE YOURSELVES

 

          Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

          How do you go about examining yourself? Let's take a look at what the scripture says.

 

We have eternal life if we;

 

1.    Believe on the name of the son of God.

          1 John 4:15  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  

 

              Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

2.    Are honoring Christ as Lord of our lives and sincerely seeking to keep his commandments.                                                                                

          1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

          1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 

          4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

          5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

 

Psalm 119:47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    If we love the father and the son rather than the world.

 

1 John 2:15-17 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.

 

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.

 

4.    If we habitually and consistently practice righteousness rather than sin.

          1 John 3:3-11 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

          4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

           5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

           6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

           7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

           8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

           9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

          10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

5. If we love the brethren.

           

           John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Not love one for another, but one TO another.

           

 

 

 

          1 John 2:11-18 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

          10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

          11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

 

          1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

           15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

           16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

           17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

           18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 

         

6. If we are aware of the spirit of Christ dwelling in us.

1 John 2:24-25 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

          25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

          29If ye know that he is righteous; ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

 

           

 

 

 

          7. If we are determined to follow the example that Jesus lived.

                    1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

 

          8. If we abide in the word.

          John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

 

          9. If we are longing for the second coming of Jesus.

          1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

           3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

         

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 8-14-11

 

HARD TIMES

 

          Text: 2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

           9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

           10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

           11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

          We are going through difficult times. What is your problem?

Is it?

 

 

Money?

 

          Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

 

Health?

 

          James 5:14-15 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

          15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

 

Family problems?

 

           Husbands love your wives. Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands. Children obey your parents.

          How about adult children?  The word now is HONOR your parents and parents love your children.

 

 

 

 

 

Mental problems and fear?

 

          2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

          If you have fear or mental problems, you didn't get them from God, but God is able to take them away.

 

 

Spiritual problems?

 

          Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

           11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

           12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

           13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

         

 

Problems with neighbors?

 

 

Think about Job. Were his comforters sincere?

 

 

Where do we go from hear?

 

          1 Peter 2:5-10 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

          6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

 

           9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

          10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

 

          We are God's covenant people. A spiritual house, a holy nation,   a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 8-7-11







ZACCHAEUS

Text: Luke 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
          2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
           3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
           4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
           5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
          6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
          7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
           8And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
           9And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
          10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

          2 Corinthians Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.


          Luke 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
          2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

A publican was a tax collector and was not liked very munch. As a matter of fact they were considered to be the worst kind of sinner.
          Tax collectors overcharged and made life very hard on people.
          People traveling were made to stop and their goods were examined very closely. This delayed their journeys and sometimes damaged their property. The tax collector would take a bribe instead of delaying people's journeys. Zacchaeus was chief among the publicans.

           3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

          Perhaps the spirit of God was drawing him to the Lord.

           4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
           5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

          Jesus wants to abide with everyone. He stands at the door and knocks.

          6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

          A great change was made in the life of Zacchaeus that day. This change isn't understood by most people but to the one receiving it, it is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

          1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
          9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
           10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
           11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
          12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.




           Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

          Unless you experience Jesus in your life, you can't understand it when it happens to others.

           8And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
           9And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

          When someone accepts Jesus in their life,  there is always a change.

          A tree is known by its fruit. Zacchaeus demonstrated good works.

          10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


Paul's story

         
          Acts And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
           11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
           12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
           13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
          14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
          15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
          16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

          Notice the difference between Ananias and those around Zacchaeus.

          17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
          18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
          19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
           20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
          21But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
          22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.