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Do Not Be Deceived

December 16, 2013

During the Christmas season, there are all kinds of movies on television emphasizing love, family and relationships.  Often there is no reference to God or Jesus.  I am reminded of a saying that I once heard (or read)  “For the unsaved, this world is as close as they will get to heaven.  For the saved, this world is a close as they will get to hell.”

I.  Do Not Be Deceived:  II Timothy 3:1-5 & I Timothy 4:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

I am concerned about people who have been deceived.  Perhaps they have been lulled into a false sense of security because of some casual connection with some church.  Certainly, I see in some people many of the traits that are listed in the first scripture reading.  I am concerned.  I hope and pray that people are not deceived, having only a “form of godliness”.  May we have a true connection with the living God.  May He be Lord of our life, not simply a part of our vocabulary.

How can we avoid deception?

II.  Let The Word Guide You:  II Timothy 3:16-17

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.

I am a firm believer in reading the Word of God.  If your only exposure to scripture is what you hear on Sunday morning, then you are not getting anywhere near enough.  Would you eat only one meal a week?  Of course not!  Neither should you only be fed from the Word once a week. Also, your exposure to the Word should not always consist of what other people think and say.  Do not just listen to sermons, read devotionals, and so forth.  Read the Word for yourselves.  If you don’t understand, talk about it with other believers.  Ask your pastor questions. Seek to understand.  Our growth in knowledge and understanding is a lifelong process. Regular time in the Word is an important factor in spiritual growth.

III.  Grow in the Lord:  I Timothy 4:12-15

 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Our lives should be continuing to change.  We should be growing in godliness, not merely a form, but the real thing.  In word, in conduct, in love,spirit, faith and purity, we should be changed by the presence of God in our lives.  

Conclusion:  How would we sum up our lives?  How will we be remembered?   I read a line in scripture that struck me.  It was not particularly impressive sounding, but when I thought more about it, I was impressed.

II Chronicles 17:16

 and next to him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.

May we be like Amasiah, and willingly offer ourselves to the Lord.  May God do with our lives what He wants done.  May His will be done in us.

These are the sermon notes from 12/1/13.  Feel free to ask questions or make comments.

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A Simple Choice

February 6, 2012

Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday.

Introduction:  Today is Superbowl Sunday.  As the playoffs were underway there was a lot of discussion over a commercial that had aired during one of the games.  The commercial featured children reciting John 3:16.  Apparently some people found that to be offensive.  I thought it was cute.  I just think that some people don’t get it.

I.  John 1:1-5  The Light Shines in the Darkness

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  Jesus is the Word.  Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness, but some people do not comprehend it.  They don’t understand.

II.  John 3:14-17  The Good News

Almost certainly someone in the crowd today at the game will be holding up a sign with John 3:16 written on it.  Many people will know the reference.  Some will not.  The good news is that Jesus came into the world to save the world, not to condemn the world.  It is the ultimate demonstration of the love of God for the people in the world.

III.  The Sad Truth

There are those who do not believe.  In not believing, they are condemned already, for they have not accepted the forgiveness offered by God in Christ.  The truth is that they prefer the darkness over the light, because their deeds are evil.

This does not mean that we are saved by our works.  Rather we are saved by our faith in Jesus, which in turn, will produce lives marked by righteousness.  (See I John 5:3-5)

Conclusion:  This past week I had been reading in Leviticus.  In chapter 26 there are two conditional statements.  If you obey me, I will bless you; and if you disobey, I will punish you.  This idea of a simple choice is set before us over and over again in scripture.  Belief and obedience are rewarded.  Disbelief and disobedience are punished.

Which will you choose?

Don’t be Distracted

January 16, 2012

Here are Sunday’s sermon notes.

I.  Luke 3:7-14  John’s Message

I wonder how well it would work for any modern preacher or evangelist to start off by calling their audience a bunch of snakes?  I can’t imagine that it would go over well.

Bear fruit worthy of repentance.  OK, this makes sense.  The basic message of the early church was to repent and believe the gospel.  So an introductory message of repentance makes sense.

To the people, John tells those who have enough to share with those who do not have anything.  Again, this message makes sense, especially when we remember that at that time the government did not help those in need.  Starvation was a very real possibility and helping others is clearly an act of compassion.

There are still people starving today, especially if we look beyond our borders, and across the sea.  Contributing to organizations, Convoy of Hope, that feed those in desperate need is a good idea.

The tax collectors were told to do what was right.  They were not told to find another line of work, but simply not to collect more than they were assigned.  They were not to be greedy.

The soldiers also were not told to find another career.  They were simply told not to take things from people by force, and to be content with their wages.

I think the key word here is “content”  It reminds me of another verse.

II.  I Timothy 6:5-12  Godliness with Contentment

I know that I have started right in the middle of one of Paul’s rambling, run-on sentences.  I get a kick out of verse 5 because is makes me think of philosophy.  You do know that I am a philosophy instructor, right?  The philosophy of man will never lead anyone to Christ, but Christ can work through a person who speaks the language of philosophy.

In these verses we are warned against the love of money.  We are told that godliness with contentment is great gain.

III.  The Point of John the Baptist’s  Message

John was sent to prepare the way.  People tend to be caught up the things of this world.  John was calling the people to repent, to change.  The call was not just to turn away from sin, but to refocus on what was more important.  Yes, we need to take care of the necessities of life, but our focus should be on our relationship with God.

This message is still important today.  We are to place a higher value on the things of God, to “lay up treasure in heaven’, to “seek first the kingdom of God” rather than to rejoice in the newest, brightest or best that this world has to offer.  Don’t be distracted by the world, keep your eyes on Jesus.

Holy Fear

January 9, 2012

Here is the sermon outline from yesterday. I encourage you to look up the Bible references.

Introduction:  We had a lot of answered prayers in 2011.  It is good to know that we can bring our requests to God.  (Philippians 4:6)  We also enjoyed spending time in the presence of God this morning in worship.  We have come a long way as the people of God.

I.  Exodus 19:16-20 & Exodus 20:18-21  The Fear of the Lord

This is an account of when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.  There was thunder, lightening, fire, smoke and the sound of a trumpet.  It was very frightening.  The people’s response was to tell Moses to speak to God for them.  For a long time, priests went to God on behalf of the people.

II.  Hebrews 10:19-22  We Can Enter the Presence of God with Confidence

Because of Jesus we can come into the presence of God.  It is no longer necessary to go through a priest.  This dramatically changes the relationship that we have with God.

III.  Extremes

There are two extremes in our relationship with God.  On one hand, we could be afraid of God to the point that we are not willing, or able to come before Him with our requests.   This is not desirable.  God wants us to come into His presence.

The other extreme is to treat God as if He was an equal, a good friend.  It is possible to become too casual in our approach to God, to forget who He is, and what is our place.  I have even heard it said, that we are to “tell God what to do”.   This attitude of casual contempt is very wrong.

American Christianity, in general, leans to the  casual side  in its’ approach to God.  We should, as individuals, evaluate our own attitude, and maintain a healthy respect for the power, and majesty, the glory, and the honor of our Lord.

Restore Joy

August 22, 2011

Here is the basic outline of yesterday’s sermon.  You will need your Bible to be able to read the references.

Introduction:  Jeremiah was living in a city under siege.  He had proclaimed that judgement would come, and now he was living through the attack on Jerusalem.  It was a dangerous and stressful time.  During this time he had a dream in which he received a vision of restoration.

I.  A Word of Restoration  Jeremiah 31:23-26

A.  There is a promise that the city would again be known for justice and holiness.

B.  There is a promise that every weary soul would be fully satisfied.

C.  There is a promise that every sorrowful soul would be replenished.

Remember Psalms 35:5 “Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. ”  In our own lives, we may experience times of testing or turmoil, but we can trust that God will not abandon us if we continue in our walk with Him.

D. Jeremiah awoke from his dream and was able to go back to sleep, and his sleep was ‘sweet’.   He was at peace.

II.  A New Covenant:  Jeremiah 31:31-34 

There is another promise of restoration.  Christ will come and a new covenant will be established.  Remember how at the last supper Christ said that “This cup is the new covenant in My blood” .  This covenant shifts the focus from obedience to an external law to having the law written upon our hearts.  This is accomplished by our relationship with Christ.  As the Spirit of Christ  comes into our hearts at salvation we begin the process of learning to ‘walk in the Spirit’ so that we do not give in to the ‘lusts of the flesh’.

The promises given in this section are fulfilled in part now and will be completed when Christ returns.

III.  A New Heart  Psalms 51:7-13

God has always been interested in our heart.  King David was not called a ‘man after God’s own heart’ , because of his moral perfection.  At times he had very serious sin in his life, for which he paid a price.  However, when confronted with his sin he repented and turned to God for forgiveness.  His prayer for forgiveness has become a model for generations to come.

We may have lost the ‘joy of our salvation’ through sin, or simply through the ongoing rigors of life.  It is good to pray the words of David.  “Create in me a clean heart, and restore the joy of my salvation.”  We recognize that the “joy of the Lord is our strength”  and it is available to us daily.