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THE SECRET OF BEING A GOOD SOLDIER” 

JULY 4, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING:  2 TIMOTHY 2:1-13 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 2:4 

   No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  

INTRO: Anything and everything we have in Christ Jesus must be attributed to God’s Grace. 

   We rely on God’s Grace for everything we have. 

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 

   It is only through God’s Grace that we can serve Him as a good soldier. 

   Most anyone can join the military, but it takes a real special person to become a good soldier. 

Three things it takes to be a good soldier: 

v      We must be strong.

v      We must be faithful.

v      We must be focused. 

I.  WE MUST BE STRONG. 

2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  

   A.  WE MUST FIRST BECOME WEAK BEFORE WE CAN BECOME STRONG. 

NOTE: In order for us to be strong in the Grace of the Lord, we must become weak within ourselves. 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And 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.  Therefore 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.  

NOTE: It is in our weakness that God produces strength in our lives. 

   B.  IT IS ONLY IN THE STRENGTH OF GRACE THAT WE CAN BECOME

        STRONG. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 

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

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  

Colossians 1:10-11 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  

II.  WE MUST BE FAITHFUL IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. 

NOTE: “Faithful men [are those] who will sincerely aim at the glory of God, the honour of Christ, the welfare of souls, and the advancement of the kingdom of the Redeemer among men” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Vol.5, pg. 837). 

2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  

2 Timothy 2:11-13 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  

NOTE: What is the god that Satan is trying to get you to worship? 

   In America we do not face persecution nearly as much as we face temptation. 

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  

NOTE: The cross we are often called to bear is that of self-denial. 

III.  WE MUST BE FOCUSED. 

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  

   A.  MUST BE FOCUSED ON JESUS. 

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  

Hebrews 12:2 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.  

   B.  MUST NOT ALLOW ANYONE OR ANYTHING TO INTERFERE WITH HIS

         FOCUS. 

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.  

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  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.  

2 Timothy 4:9-10 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…  

   C.  MUST BE FOCUSED ON HIS TASK. 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

2 Peter 3:13-14 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.  

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  

Matthew 25:20-21 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  

 CONCLUSION: The retirement plan for a Good Soldier of the Lord is out of this world. 

2 Timothy 4:5-8 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

TRACING THE BLOOD COVENANT

 JULY 11, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 11:23-32 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 10:16-17  

   This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

NOTE: The Bible tells us many TRUTHS but three of the most important are: 

  1. That we are all sinners separated from God.
  2. That we are unable to cleanse ourselves from sin and reunite ourselves with God.
  3. That God, through His Grace and the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, has provided away that we can be restored.

NOTE: Until we believe the first Truth we will never be concerned with the second Truth, and until we believe the first two Truths we will never seek to find redemption in the third Truth

   The central theme throughout the Bible is the redemption of fallen man. 

   This central truth is revealed in the Blood Covenant. 

   It is only by allowing God to apply the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ to our lives that we can be cleansed from our sins. 

Hebrews 9:22 (GW) As Moses' Teachings tell us, blood was used to cleanse almost everything, because if no blood is shed, no sins can be forgiven.  

We worship and serve a Covenant God. 

   The Covenant of Blood is an agreement between God and all sinners who chose to accept this agreement, that all their sins are thoroughly cleanses through the Blood of Jesus Christ. 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  

i.  TRACING THE BLOOD COVENANT. 

A.      THE BLOOD COVENANT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN. 

NOTE:  The Covenant of Blood had its beginning in the Garden of Eden. 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 

NOTE: All though the shedding of blood in not mentioned it is implied by the fact that God makes them clothes of skins. 

B.       THE BLOOD COVENANT AND ABEL. 

Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  

NOTE: The first time a blood sacrifice is mentioned is the sacrifice of Abel. 

C.       THE BLOOD COVENANT AND NOAH. 

Genesis 8:20-21 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  

NOTE: The next account of a blood sacrifice is when Noah left the Ark. 

D.      THE BLOOD COVENANT AND ABRAHAM. 

NOTE: The Bible is silent about blood sacrifices until Abraham, several hundreds of years later. 

   Abraham made blood sacrifices several times before his great sacrifice, that of his son Isaac. 

Genesis 22:7-8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  

E.       THE BLOOD COVENANT AND MOSES. 

Exodus 12:5, 7, 12-13 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats… And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

NOTE: Moses was instructed by God to institute the Passover. 

Throughout the rest of the books of the Law there are many incidences and instructions concerning blood sacrifices. 

F.       THE BLOOD COVENANT AND RAHAB. 

Joshua 2:17-19 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.  Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.  And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.  

NOTE: The scarlet cord saved Rahab, the harlot, and her family, which is a symbol of the Blood Covenant. 

   G.  THE BLOOD COVENANT AND DAVID. 

2 Samuel 24:18, 24-25 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.  

NOTE: David made a Blood Sacrifice to stop the plague that God sent because David had number Israel. 

ii.  What does each of these accounts teach us about the

      Blood Covenant? 

A.      THE GARDEN OF EDEN. 

   It was God who initiated the blood sacrifice. 

B.       THE SACRIFICE OF ABEL. 

   A blood sacrifice is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin. 

C.       THE SACRIFICE OF NOAH. 

   It allows us a new beginning. 

D.      THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM. 

      God, Himself will provide the sacrifice 

E.       THE PASSOVER. 

   The sacrifice must be perfect. 

F.       THE SCARLET CORD. 

   The Blood Covenant is available to all who will accept it. 

G.       THE SACRIFICE OF DAVID. 

   God chose to give His very best. 

III.  THE FULFILLMENT OF THE BLOOD COVENANT. 

1 Corinthians 11:25 (NLT) In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it."  

Hebrews 9:11-14 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.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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?  

Revelations 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER

 JULY 18, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING:  COLOSSIANS 3: 8-17 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:14 (NASB)  

   And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 

INTRO: One of the greatest contributors to bring success to any given group is unity, and one of the greatest contributors to failure is the lack of unity. 

   If we are to be a successful church we must have unity. 

I.  UNITY THE MUSCLE OF THE CHURCH. 

NOTE: It is in our unity that we have the power to be a positive influence in our community for Christ. 

   A.  UNITY IS BLESSED BY GOD. 

Psalm 133:1-3 A Song of degrees of David. 

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.  

NOTE: It is through our unity that we become more like Christ. 

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  

   B.  UNITY OF THE FAITH. 

Ephesians 4:11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  

1 Corinthians 1:10 Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agree with each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in your understanding and opinions.  

   C.  UNITY OF PURPOSE. 

NOTE: The purpose of the Church has always been and will always be, to win souls to Christ. 

   The method may change but the goal must remains the same, reach the unsaved with the Gospel of Salvation. 

Philippians 1:27 (GW) Live as citizens who reflect the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I'll hear all about you. I'll hear that you are firmly united in spirit, united in fighting for the faith that the Good News brings.  

   It is through a unity front and effort that the Gospel can be sent forth that will produce the results that God desires. 

II.  DISUNITY WILL PRODUCE FAILURE.  

NOTE: As unity will bring victory, disunity will produce failure. 

LUKE 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.  

NOTE:  How is disunity shown in a church? 

   The Old Testament is filled with examples how Israel continued to frustrate the desires of God for them, by their unwillingness to work together in unity. 

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife (discord) among brothers. 

v      Murmuring & complaining.

v      Critical of the leadership.

v      Withholding support. 

   A church that is constantly fighting among itself will never achieve the success that God has planned for them.   

   When new people come to a church that is filled with disunity, they will not stay. 

III.  WHAT WILL PRODUCE UNITY AND DISPEL DISUNITY? 

NOTE: God has given us the glue that will produce the unity we need in order to fulfill the task He have given us to do. 

LOVE 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.   If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.  

NOTE: Love is the key to living the Christian life, as God wants us to live. 

   A.  LOVE FOR GOD. 

NOTE: Until we love God, as we ought we will never be able to the brethren, the lost or ourselves, as we should. 

Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT) Jesus replied, " 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  

   God is Love and the more we love God the more that God is in us, and the more of God that is in us, the more love we have. 

   B.  LOVE FOR OURSELVES. 

NOTE: One of the great contributors to disunity within the Church is the kind of love many have for themselves. 

v      How can we truly love others unless we lean to love ourselves? 

NOTE: If we do not love ourselves, we will have no desire to see other being blessed. 

v      If we love ourselves too much this will also effect how we love others. 

NOTE: We will seek to have our own way and will fail to seek the betterment of others. 

   C.  LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN. 

John 13:35 (NLT) Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."  

1 Corinthians 10:33 (NLT) That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do. I don't just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them so they may be saved. 

1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT) Don't think only of your own good. Think of other Christians and what is best for them.  

1 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) Love does not demand its own way.  

   D.  LOVE FOR THE LOST. 

NOTE: A person who does not have a burden or love for the unsaved must question his love for God. 

   Salvation is only available because God has a love for the lost. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV) Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.  If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? 

Matthew 25:41-46 (NIV)  "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'   "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'  "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'  "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."  

CONCLUSION:  Let us strive for unity through Love. 

   1 Corinthians 13:13 There are three things that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 

FROM THE GUTTERMOST TO THE UTTERMOST

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 7:36-50 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  1 TimOTHY 1:15  

   This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 

INTRO:  One thing we must remember, God’s Grace reaches to all men and women regardless of who or what there are. 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 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: Repentance involves two turns.  

1.  There is a negative turn away from sin, whether sins of thought or action. 

v      The change is turning away from lying, stealing, cheating, immorality, cursing, drunkenness, and the other so-called glaring sins of the flesh. But the change is also turning away from the silent sins of the spirit such as self-centeredness, selfishness, envy, bitterness, pride, covetousness, anger, evil thoughts, hopelessness, laziness, jealousy, and lust. 

2.  And a positive turn toward God in faith, trust and obedience. 

v      Many people have tried to turn away from a life of sin but have failed to turn towards God. 

   Repentance is more than sorrow. Sorrow may or may not be involved in repentance. A person may repent simply because he wills and acts to change; or a person may repent because he senses an agonizing sorrow within. But the sense or feeling of sorrow is not repentance. Repentance is both the change of mind and the actual turning of one’s life away from sin and toward God. 

   God does not want anyone to be lost but that doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved. 

   Only those who truly repent, turn away from sin and turn towards God, will be saved.    

Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  

   There are those who feel they are beyond Salvation. 

   There are those who believe there are certain types of sinners who are beyond Salvation. 

   I wish to share with you several who many consider beyond Salvation, and who may have considered themselves beyond redemption. 

I.  RAHAB THE HARLOT.  JOSHUA 2 

NOTE: There are two major reasons why people thought she was beyond Salvation. 

     1.  Because of her nationality

     2.  Because of her life style 

   These two reasons are still used today to claim someone is beyond redemption. 

v      She was not an Israelite. 

NOTE:  God had told them that they were to destroy all the inhabitance of the land, men, women and children. 

Deuteronomy 20:16-17 But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: but thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee: 

   There are people found within ‘Christianity’ who hate those of a different nationality and consider them beyond God’s grace. 

v      She was a Harlot 

NOTE: Again God spoke against her lifestyle. 

   A priest was not allowed to marry a harlot. 

Leviticus 21:14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or a harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife. 

   God’s Grace always precedes His judgment. 

   Often God chooses the most unlikely to do His greatest work. 

   Three of the five women named in the genealogy of Jesus were either a harlot or an adulterous and the fourth was of a condemned nationality.  

NOTE: Too often we judge very harshly those whose life style does not agree with ours. 

II.  ZACCHAEUS THE TAX COLLECTOR.  LUKE 19:1-10 

NOTE:  There were three things that made Zacchaeus an unlikely candidate for Salvation: 

v      HIS OCCUPATION: TAX COLLECTOR 

NOTE:  The tax collector was the most despised person in the Jewish community. 

   We often consider a person unable to be saved because of the kind of work they do. 

1.      Entertainer

2.      Sports figure

3.      Politician

4.      Bar Tender

5.      Casino Worker 

v      HE WAS A TRAITOR TO HIS OWN COUNTRY. 

NOTE: In order to be a tax collector you had to turn you back on your own countrymen and join forces with the enemy. 

v      HIS FINANCIAL STATUS: HE WAS VERY RICH 

NOTE: Even Jesus said it would be hard for a rich man to enter into Heaven. 

Matthew 19:23, 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

(Mark 10:25 & Luke 18:25) 

   Compare Zacchaeus with the Rich Young Rule:  Matthew 19:16-22 

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  

NOTE: Our reasoning that the rich cannot be saved is often bred out of jealousy. 

   It does not say they cannot be saved, but rather it is very difficult, yet God’s Grace can do what we consider as impossible.  

III.  SAUL OF TARSUS: A MURDERER.  ACTS 9:1-17 

NOTE: Saul fought against the very God who offered His Saving Grace. 

   There are four reasons why Saul should not be able to be saved: 

v      HE WAS A HIGHLY EDUCATED RELIGIOUS MAN

v      HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS

v      HE WAS A MURDERER

v      HE PERSECUTED THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS 

CONCLUSION: When true repentance comes, turning away from sin and turning to Jesus, anyone can and will be saved.

The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible 2 Peter 3:9

Ibid.

 

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