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THE ART OF TEACHING OTHERS

 MAY 9, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: TITUS 2:1-15 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Titus 2:3-5 (GW) Tell older women to live their lives in a way that shows they are dedicated to God. Tell them not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of virtue.  In this way they will teach young women to show love to their husbands and children, to use good judgment, and to be morally pure. Also, tell them to teach young women to be homemakers, to be kind, and to place themselves under their husbands' authority. Then no one can speak evil of God's word.  

INTRO: The greatest role in our society today is that of WOMEN. 

   God set forth His plan for the role of women in the very beginning and Satan has sought to change, corrupt and destroy that role. 

   God has placed great importance on the role of women, as a wife, as a mother as a teacher and example to others.

   Not all women are wives nor are all women mothers, but all are examples and teachers. 

   All of us are examples and teachers regardless if we are female or male. 

   Charles Barkley did not want to be a role model but he was in spite of his wishes. 

   In our text, the older women are to be proper role models, teachers or examples to the younger women, I want to expand this to all Christian, we are to be positive role models, teachers and examples to younger Christians. 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  

   How we as Christians share our faith with others, through word, action and attitude goes a long way towards how we affect those who are learning from us. 

   There are three major ways we teach others the truth about Jesus Christ. 

v      We teach Truth without Grace.

v      We teach Grace without Truth.

v      We teach Truth with Grace. 

I.  TEACHING TRUTH WITHOUT GRACE. 

NOTE: There are those who enjoy speaking the truth but there is no redemptive value in the attitude in which they speak. 

   They seek to condemn and not to redeem. 

   They are much like the “Hell Fire, Brimstone” preachers of the past and of Hollywood tradition. 

Matthew 23:1-5 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees teach with Moses' authority.  So be careful to do everything they tell you. But don't follow their example, because they don't practice what they preach.  They make loads that are hard to carry and lay them on the shoulders of the people. However, they are not willing to lift a finger to move them.  "They do everything to attract people's attention…” 

   There are those who wish to teach the letter of the law but are unwilling to consider the spirit of the law. 

Mark 7:6-8 (GW) Jesus told them, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.'  "You abandon the commandments of God to follow human traditions."  

v      Teaching without Grace lacks compassion.

v      Teaching without Grace lacks gentleness.

v      Teaching without Grace lacks understanding.

v      Teaching without Grace lacks forgiveness.

v      Teaching without Grace lacks restoration. 

   There is a time when our teaching of the Truth must be accompanied with toughness but it always must be tempered with grace. 

Hebrews 12:5-6 You have forgotten the encouraging words that God speaks to you as his children: "My child, pay attention when the Lord disciplines you.  Don't give up when he corrects you.  The Lord disciplines everyone he loves.  He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child." 

II.  TEACHING GRACE WITHOUT TRUTH. 

NOTE: These seek to be man pleasers and not God pleasers. 

2 Tim. 4:3 (GW) A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear.  

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?  

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.  

v      They teach the benefits of Grace but not the consequences of sin.

v      They teach of God’s love but not of His demand for holiness.

v      They teach of forgiveness but not accountability.

v      They teach of blessings but not responsibilities.

v      They teach of Heaven but not of Hell. 

III.  TEACHING TRUTH WITH GRACE. 

NOTE:  We must always teach the Truth tempered with Grace. 

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 

   Consider the example of Jesus as He taught those who came to Him. 

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.  

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  

This does not give us a license to close the eyes to sin but we seek restoration instead of condemnation.  

Psalm 15:1-2 A Psalm of David.

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  

NOTE:  Teaching truth with grace will not always be popular, but it will always be beneficial.  

v      To those who properly respond

v      To those who obey the call. 

   Our calling is not to be popular but to be faithful. 

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.  

1 Tim. 1:18-19 (GW) Timothy, my child, I'm giving you this order about the prophecies that are still coming to you: Use these prophecies in faith and with a clear conscience to fight this noble war.   Some have refused to let their faith guide their conscience and their faith has been destroyed like a wrecked ship.  

 

GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

 MAY 16, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 3:19-26

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 INTRO:  There is no word more meaningful to man than the word Grace.

    There are many uses for the word Grace,  

v      We name our children Grace

v      We say Grace before we eat our meals

v      Someone enters a room with Grace

v      There is a Grace period in paying our bills 

   There is a vast difference between what the world means by grace and the Grace that God has provided for us. 

   What does the word Grace mean to you? 

   How would you describe the word Grace to someone who had never heard of the word Grace? 

   Sometimes as Christians the word Grace can become so common that we lose sight of what it truly means. 

   I wish to share my acronym of what Grace means to me. 

I.  WHAT IS GRACE?

GOD’S GENEROSITY TO SINFUL MAN 

NOTE: There are two parts of understanding Grace: 

v      Who it is that is providing Grace 

   If we have a low concept of God we will not have a high appreciation of His Grace. 

1.       God is holy and righteous

2.       God is perfect and without flaw or sin

3.       God hates sin and will not tolerate sin

4.       God is just and demands punishment for sin 

ILL: The Professor Took the Test” 

v      To whom the Grace is being offered 

NOTE:  In order to benefit from God’s Grace we must view ourselves as we truly are. 

1.       Man is sinful and corrupt

2.       Man is unable to change his sinful nature

3.       Man is unable to pay the penalty of sin outside of his own death.

4.       Man is doomed to spend eternity in hell 

ILL: The Little Girl Shop Lifter” 

II.  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GRACE?

THE REDEMPTION OF FALLEN MAN 

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.  

NOTE: God has one desire for fallen man, that mankind might be restored to proper fellowship with Him, and that is what Grace is all about. 

ILL: Wynton Marsalis “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  

   Without God’s Grace, man would be domed and lost forever. 

III.  TO WHO IS THIS GRACE OFFERED?

ALL INCLUSIVE 

NOTE: There is no one who is out of reach of God’s Grace. 

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  

Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

NOTE: God’s Grace is not depended on our abilities. 

ILL: “Fill in the Blanks” 

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  

Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.  

IV.  WHAT IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GRACE?

GOD’S COMPASSION FOR US 

NOTE: This is the hardest part of God’s Grace for me to understand, that God should love me at all, let alone enough to send His son to die in my place that I might be saved. 

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.  

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  

1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  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.  

V.  WHAT IS THE LONGEVITY OF GOD’S GRACE?

ETERNITY 

   God’s Grace has provided us a place with Him throughout eternity. 

John 14:1-6 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

   God not only wants us to be restored to fellowship with Him on this earth but He wants us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. 

ILL:  God Wants Us to Score a Touchdown” 

   God’s Grace is so strong there is nothing on this earth that can take His Grace from us. 

Romans 8:31-39 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

CONCLUSION: Have you taken advantage of God’s Grace or are you still struggling in your own strength and righteousness?

 

JUSTIFIED BY GRACE & GRACE ALONE

 MAY 23, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING:  GALATIANS 2:15-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Galatians 2:16  

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  

INTRO:  The greatest work of Grace is JUSTIFICATION.  

   What is justification? 

NOTE: JUSTIFICATION is when God looks at us and He sees no sin. 

   It means to count someone as righteousness, “Just as if they hadn’t sinned” 

   When we are justified in the sight of God, it means that He no longer sees our sin but He views us as being righteous and without sin. 

   Yet there are those who contend that we obtain JUSTIFICATION only through our works. 

   Where does Grace end and works begin? 

   The Galatians were being taught that in order to be truly saved they had to keep the Law. 

   They were being taught that it was through the keeping of the Law that they were JUSTIFIED in the sight of God. 

   There are many Christians like that today, they believe they are saved by Grace but its by keeping rules and regulations (the Law) that they are JUSTIFIED in the sight of God. 

Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?  

   We do good works when we obtain salvation we do not do good works to obtain salvation. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  

I.  WHY DO WE NEED TO BE JUSTIFIED? 

   A.  WE ARE ALL SINNERS. 

Psalm 130:3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.  

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  

   B.  GOD IS GOING TO BRING JUDGMENT AGAINST ALL SIN. 

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death… 

II.  WHY DOES GOD JUSTIFY FALLEN MAN? 

   A.  BECAUSE HE LOVES MAN. 

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 For thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  

   B.  BECAUSE MAN IS UNABLE TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF. 

Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  

III.  HOW DOES GOD JUSTIFY FALLEN MAN? 

   A.  THROUGH GRACE & GRACE ALONE. 

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  

Hebrews 9:11-12, 14, 28  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? … So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  

Isaiah 1:18-20 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.  

CONCLUSION: The choice is ours, we can obtain JUSTIFICATION by resting in God’s Grace and His Grace alone or we can insist in doing it ourselves and die in our sins.

 

REMEMBERING

MAY 30, 2004 

SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 11:32-12:3 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 51:1  

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.  

INTRO: Winston Churchill “Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few” 

   Plaque in Bastogne, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge) “Seldom has so much American blood been she in the course of a single action.  Oh, Lord, help us to remember!” 

   There are times to remember and there are times to should forget. 

   Willie Nelson sang a song, “I remember the things I should forget and I forget the things I should remember.” 

   Too whom is this Scripture addressed?    

   Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord 

   As Christians I would like to encourage us to remember three things. 

v      Remembering from what we have been delivered.

v      Remembering our Christian heritage.

v      Remembering the one who made it all possible. 

I.  REMEMBERING FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED. 

NOTE: We need to remember that before we accepted Jesus as our Savior we were lost sinners bound for eternity in Hell. 

   A.  A LIFE OF SIN. 

LUKE 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  

NOTE: By remembering the sin we have been delivered from helps us to be more compassionate with those who have not yet accepted God’s Grace. 

   B.  REMEMBER THE HOPELESSNESS OF OUR LIFE OF SIN. 

NOTE:  In our life of sin our hope was based on what we possessed not Whom we possessed.  

ECCLESIASTES 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.  

ECCLESIASTES 5:10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.  

ECCLESIASTES 6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.  

   C.  REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE HEADED BEFORE GRACE. 

II.  REMEMBERING OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE. 

HEBREWS 11 

NOTE: As we consider our Salvation there are many contributing factor that brought us to where we are now and that allow us to worship God as we do now. 

   A.  OUR PERSONAL HERITAGE. 

   As I look back at my Christian heritage there are many people that have had a great part of my spiritual life. 

v      My mother

v      The church I grew up in

v      My Biblical training

v      The unknown black lady who spoke words of encouragement to me

v      The Chaplains and friends in the Army

v      Pastor friends

v      Members of the different congregations which I served

v      My family 

      B.  OUR COLLECTIVE HERITAGE. 

v      Biblical saints

v      Historical saints 

o        Those who help form our Theology

o        Those who help develop our Bible

o        Those who help form our denomination

o        Those who have pastored this church

o        Those who help build this church

o        Those who have served in this church as members of the congregation 

III.  REMEMBERING THE ONE WHO MADE IT ALL  POSSIBLE 

Exodus 17:14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.  

Judges 5:11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.  

Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.  

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.  

HEBREWS 12:1-3 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

 

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