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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sermon text and notes for 4-22-12

DON'T GIVE UP
 
            Text: 2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him.
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
 
            1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
 
            The great revival in the fourth chapter of Acts was followed by great persecution.
            The apostle Paul tells of his persecution;   2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
32In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
33And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
           
            Let's look at the other side of the coin;  2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth ;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth ;)
4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
 
Don't get puffed up
6For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
 
God can bring us down
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, (the thorn was a messenger of Satan) the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (what are our priorities?)
10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
 
 
 
 
There are benefits of being a Christian
 
            Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psalm 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
 
           

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sermon text and notes for 4-15-12

WHAT FOLLOWS EASTER?
 
          Text: Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
            What about the Jews? Are they forever lost? Do they have a future with God?  Let's take a look at what the scripture says.
            We will start with the first verse of this chapter.
            Verse one; Peter and John ministers to a man that has been lame from his birth. He is at the gate beautiful begging panhandling. This is his only way of making a living.
            Peter and John wanted to help this man, but didn't have any money to give to him, so they gave what they had. Their faith in God.
            Verse six; Peter and John didn't ask what church he attended or even if he believed in God. There were no prerequisites or conditions. Peter and John seen that he had a need and knew that Jesus was the healer. So they ministered to him.
             Verse seven; Peter assisted the lame man.
             Verse eight; The lame man is REALY excited.
            Verse thirteen – fifteen; The peoples sins are exposed. They are confronted with the death of Jesus. They MUST face their sins. Everyone MUST face the truth of sin.
            Verse seventeen-eighteen; Peter softens the blow of quilt.
            Verse nineteen; There is a solution. Repentance is the answer for ALL who sin and that means ALL because All have sinned.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
 
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Every creature would include the Jews as well as all other human beings.
 
            Verse 21; Jesus must remain in the heavens until the restitution of all things is made. Then he will return.
 
What about the Jews today?
            Does God hold the Jewish people responsible for the death of Jesus. The answer is NO.
            Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sermon text and notes for 4-8-12

THE REST OF THE STORY
 
          Text: John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
 
            Easter is a time to reflect. What is the real story of Easter? Is it egg hunts?
Is it about new cloths?  What is the real story?
           
THE RESSURECTION STORY
 
          Woman anointed the head of Jesus.
            Give to the poor.
            Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
            The last supper (Passover meal).
            Jesus foretells the disciple's denial.
            Prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.
            The betrayal of Judas.
            Peter defends Jesus with his sword.
            Jesus trail before the high priest.
            Jesus trail before Pilate.
            Judas repents.
            Barabbas is released.
            Jesus is scourged ridiculed and beaten.
Simon carries Jesus cross.
            Jesus is crucified.
            The two thieves.
            The vial is rent, the earth quake etc…
            The resurrection.
           
 
THE REST OF THE STORY
 
            Text: John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
 
           
            The story begins with SIN. God hates sin. Sin hurts people. God loves people. Something MUST be done about sin because ALL have sinned.
God has decreed that the penalty for sin is death. The penalty must be paid.
 
            The greatest thing we can read about in the bible is the story of love that God has for us.
            John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 
            What does this verse mean? The real explanation is found in Isaiah 53.
 
            Isaiah 53:4-8 (New Life Version) For sure He took on Himself our troubles and carried our sorrows. Yet we thought of Him as being punished and hurt by God, and made to suffer. 5 But He was hurt for our wrong-doing. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so we would have peace. He was beaten so we would be healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone the wrong way. Each of us has turned to his own way. And the Lord has put on Him the sin of us all.
7 Men made it very hard for Him and caused Him to suffer, yet He did not open His mouth. He was taken like a lamb to be put to death. A sheep does not make a sound while its wool is cut and He did not open His mouth. 8 He was taken away as a prisoner and then judged. Who among the people of that day cared that His life was taken away from the earth? He was hurt because of the sin of the people who should have been punished.
 
            Jesus was crucified and died for you and me. We deserve to die for the sin we commit. He took our place.
 
FINAL EPASODE
 
            Acts 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
 
            Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 
          John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
 
         
             John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.