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NOVEMBER 14, 2004

THE BEGINNING AND END OF GOD’S LOVE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 3:1-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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.  

INTRO: Do you remember when it was that you first realized that you were in love with the one you married?   

   For many it was over a period of time, for some and extended period of time.   

   For a few it was over night, “Love at first sight”. 

   Do you know when God first loved you?  

   When did God’s love for you begin? 

v      When you were born?

v      When you began to love Him?

v      When you accepted Him as your Savior? 

   Have you ever thought about this question? 

I.  THE BEGINNING OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US. 

   A.  IT WAS BEFORE WE ACCEPTED HIM AS OUR SAVIOR. 

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;)  

   B.  IT WAS BEFORE WE BEGAN TO LOVE HIM. 

1 JOHN 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.  

   C.  IT WAS BEFORE WE WERE BORN. 

Psalm 139:15-16 (NIV) My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.   All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 

JEREMIAH 1:5 (KJV)  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  

D.  GOD’S LOVE FOR US IS ETERNAL (IT HAS NO BEGINNING). 

NOTE: God is eternal He has no beginning. 

   Before time began God was. 

   In the Pre-eternities, before Heaven was created, before the angels were created, God was. 

   Before the creation of anything, God loved us.   

2 TIMOTHY 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  

TITUS 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  

1 PETER 1:18-20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  

REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  

   These Scripture show to us that God’s love for us began before the world was created and long before we came into existence. 

II.  GOD LOVED US IN SPITE OF WHAT HE KNEW HIS LOVE FOR US

      WOULD COST HIM. 

   A.  GOD KNEW WHEN HE CREATED LUCIFER THAT HE WOULD FALL. 

ISAIAH 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  

   B.  GOD KNEW BEFORE HE CREATED ADAM AND EVE THAT SATAN

         WOULD TEMPT THEM AND THEY WOULD SIN. 

NOTE: God foreknew the fall of man and in His love for man He predestined the plan of Salvation. 

   There is a vast difference between foreknowledge and predestination. 

v      Foreknowledge God knows what is going to happen. (Free-will is present)

v      Predestination God makes it happen. (No free-will is available) 

   C.  GOD SET THE PLAN OF CREATION AND THE  REDEMPTION OF

         FALLEN MAN IN MOTION BEFORE HE CREATED ANY THING. 

NOTE: We cannot begin to imagine that kind of love. 

III.  WHEN DOES THE LOVE OF GOD END? 

JOHN 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end*. (Lit. to the uttermost; or, eternally

NOTE: Because God is eternal and has no beginning He also has no ending. 

   As the love God has for us has no beginning it also has no end. 

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.  

Romans 8:35-39 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.  

NOTE: Not only is God’s love eternal it is also inclusive.  

JOHN 3:16-21 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.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  

   In order for us to benefit from God’s love we must accept it. 

   If we accept God’s love we will seek to please Him and not ourselves. 

CONCLUSION: Have you accepted God’s love?

NOVEMBER 21, 2004

POSSESSING A GRATEFUL SPIRIT” 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 17:11-19 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Psalm 100:4  

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  

INTRO:  One of the most prevalent sins found in the Church today is the sin of ingratitude. 

   We spend so much time asking God for blessings and very little time thanking Him for them when they come. 

   The miracle of the Ten Lepers tells us a story of both gratitude and ingratitude. 

   Within this story is another story, the story of the Church especially in America. 

I.  THE CONDITION OF THESE TEN LEPERS. 

   A.  THEY ALL HAD LEPROSY. 

NOTE: Through out the Bible leprosy is a type of sin. “Leprosy is a terrible disease.  It starts with a white patch of skin that becomes numb, so much so that the victims cannot even feel a needle piercing the spot. The patch begins to spread all over the body and often manifests itself on the face, so the disease is impossible to hide. It then begins to form spongy tumors on the face and, at the same time, attacks the internal organs as well. The nerve endings become numb so the victim cannot tell when something is hurting him, like fire burning his hand. The leprosy itself was not fatal, but more lepers died from other diseases they contracted because of their weakened condition.”  

   Sin is like leprosy, it begin small and grows.  It numbs our conscience until we can no longer feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. 

   B.  THEY WERE SEPARATED FROM THOSE WHO DIDN’T HAVE LEPROSY. 

v      Separated from family.

v      Separated from friends.

v      Separated from the church.

v      Separated from God. 

NOTE:  Sin will take far from God but God is always near those who call out to Him for salvation.   

   C.  THEY RECOGNIZED THEIR CONDITION AND SOUGHT HELP. 

NOTE:  A person can know their need but unless they seek help their condition will not change. 

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

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

   They called out to the only one who could meet their need. 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

II.  THEY WERE ALL HEALED. 

NOTE: Everyone who calls out to God for salvation in sincerity will be saved. 

JOHN 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  

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

   A.  THEIR HEALING CAME AFTER THEY OBEYED. 

NOTE: Faith cannot stand by itself.  Faith cannot be faith until it is obeyed. 

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  

 

III.  TEN PERCENT SHOWED GRATITUDE, NINETY PERCENT DID NOT. 

NOTE: How often people pray and seek God’s help and when He answers their prayer the fail to show any gratitude towards Him. 

   We should expend the same amount of energy in praising God for what He has done as asking Him to do something for us. 

   A.  THERE ARE THOSE WHO VIEW GOD AS A SANTA CLAUS. 

NOTE: These possess a spirit of ingratitude that demands God meet their request and gets angry with Him when He doesn’t, never taking in the consideration of His sovereignty. 

   They ask Christ to be their Savior but fail to bring to Him their worship and service. 

   These are ones most likely to fail to bring their tithe and offerings to God or become involved in service within the church. 

   B.  THEY FAILED TO TAKE THE TIME TO RETURN AND GIVE THANKS. 

NOTE: They are quick to accept the blessings God gives to them but they fail to show their appreciation for what He has done. 

   They went home and had a wonderful life with their friends but never developed and great life with Jesus. 

   This would be like a boy who was having a birthday party failing to invite the boy who saved his life. 

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  

   C.  ONE TOOK THE TIME TO RETURN TO JESUS AND GIVE HIM THANKS. 

NOTE:  He came back to Jesus even before he went home to his family. 

   He had much to be thankful for and he knew where his thankfulness belonged. 

ILL:  The Robbery of Mathew Henry. Thankful After Robbery “I am thankful that during these years I have never been robbed before. Also, even though they took my money, they did not take my life. Although they took all I had, it was not much. Finally, I am grateful that it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” 

   We as Christian should possess a grateful spirit for all the things that God has done for us. 

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

   He took the time to worship at Jesus feet. 

Luke 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  

   He received something the others did not. 

LUKE 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.  

NOTE: When we take the time to worship and serve the one who has redeemed us, salvation is only the beginning of the blessings we will receive.   

CONCLUSION:  “There was a father and mother of a young man killed in the military in a little church. One day they came to the pastor and told him the wanted to give a monetary gift as a memory to our son who died in battle. The pastor said, ‘That’s a wonderful gesture on your part.’ He asked if it was ok to tell the congregation and they said that it was. So the next Sunday he told the congregation of the gift given in memory of the dead son.

   On the way home from church, another couple were driving down the highway when the father said to his wife, ‘Why don’t we give a gift because of our son?’ And his wife said, ‘But our son didn’t die in any conflict! Our son is still alive!" Her husband replied, "That’s exactly my point! That’s all the more reason we ought to give in thanks to God.’”

LESSONS FROM A LEPER: David Dykes; Green Acres Baptist Church: Tyler, Texas

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 7000 ILLUSTRATIONS: Paul Lee Tan; Assurance Publishers, Rockville, Maryland 20851

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: by Michael Belcher

 

NOVEMBER 28, 2004

GO FLY YOUR KITE”

or

“LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM A KITE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 5:3-16 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  MATTHEW 5:16 

   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.  

INTRO:  One of the greatest responsibilities and privileges we have as Christians is to attract others to Jesus Christ. 

   The most productive way we do this is through our daily living. 

   How we conduct ourselves each day and how we react to different and sometimes-difficult situations in our lives can either cause others to have a desire to know Jesus or turn them away from seeking Him. 

   Through out the Scriptures, God used different symbols and objects to teach a spiritual lesson. 

   I want to show you today how our life as shown in by a kite can draw people to Jesus. 

I.  THE SHAPE OF A KITE: 

NOTE: The first thing I want you to notice is the shape of this kite. 

   What is its shape?  DIAMOND 

   What do we know about a diamond? 

v      It is very beautiful. (Christian should be very beautiful)

v      It is very hard.  (God make us stronger than Satan & sin)

v      It is very valuable.  (God considered us so valuable He gave His only son to

                                          redeem 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.  

   Where do diamonds come from?  Coal 

   What changes a dirty lump of coal into a priceless diamond? 

ISAIAH 1:18 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.  

NOTE: Jesus went through the pressure for us that enables us to be changed from a sinner into a saint. 

II.  THE SPINE & SPAR: 

NOTE: When a kite is flying people very seldom see the braces that gives the kite it strength. 

   A.  THE VERTICAL BRACE (SPINE): 

NOTE: This brace represents our relationship with God. 

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.  

NOTE: Until we have a right relationship with God we will never be able to fly our kite. 

   B.  THE HORIZONTAL BRACE (SPAR): 

NOTE: The horizontal brace shows the proper relationship we as Christians are to have towards one another. 

JOHN 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  

   How can we attract others to Jesus if we can’t get along with each other? 

NOTE: The two braces together form a cross.  It is our faith in Jesus’ death on the cross that brings us salvation and gives us the love of God in our hearts towards one another. 

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  

III.  THE FRAME. 

NOTE: It is the Holy Spirit that unites us with one another and holds us together that we might us as a kite.

IV.  THE BRIDLE. 

NOTE:  This connects the flying line to the kite and helps give the kite stability.   

   I call this prayer. 

V.  THE FLYING LINE. 

NOTE: The flying line is what connects the kite to the one who is flying the kite.  

   This is our faith and obedience to God as we allow Him to direct our lives. 

VI.  THE TAIL. 

NOTE:  This kind of kites cannot fly if it doesn’t have a tail. 

   The tail gives the kite its stability. 

   It is the Word of God that gives the Christian stability and the ability to live a godly life that will help guide others to Him. 

PSALM 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

PSALM 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  

VI.  THE COVER. 

NOTE: This is what people see. 

MATTHEW 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  

   It is through our daily lives that other people see God and are pointed towards Him. 

VII.  THE AIR THAT LIFTS US UP. 

NOTE: A Kite cannot fly if the air is still. 

   A.  STRONG WINDS OF ADVERSITY. 

NOTE:  The eagle allows the wind of the storm to lift them above the storm. 

   We can either allow the storms of life to life us above the clouds or drive us into the ground. 

   B.  THE GENTLE BREEZES OF GOD’S BLESSINGS. 

NOTE: When we acknowledge God as the source of our blessings it will lift us up. 

VIII.  THE HANDS THAT CONTROL THE FLIGHT OF THE KITE. 

NOTE: We must allow God to control us by His letting out the line, increasing our faith or by drawing in the line in so that we might be closer to Him. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

 

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