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October 2, 2005
“IN CHRIST’S IMAGE”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 127
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
The purchasing or
building a house is the largest single expense most
of us make.
When we want a
house built, how selective are we in whom we hire to
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in
vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city,
the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you
to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread
of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
For both parent and church, the greatest investment
we ever make is raising our children.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and
when he is old, he will not depart from it.
responsibility we have in regards to our children is
raising them in the Fear of the Lord.
EPHESIANS 6:4 (NLT)
And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your
children angry by the way you treat them. Rather,
bring them up with the discipline and instruction
approved by the Lord.
It should be the desire of every Christian parent
and adult to see their children and the children of
the church raised to love the Lord and to grow into
the image of Christ.
We often start very early training our children to
pursue a certain occupation, but how diligent are we
at training our children to grow into the image of
The name Christopher means, “In Christ’s Image”.
There are several ways that we as adults can help
the children that come under our care to grow into
the image of Christ.
I. WE TEACH
THEM TO LOVE AND CHERISH GOD & HIS WORD.
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and
the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to
teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither
ye go to possess it: that thou mightest fear the
Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his
commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy
son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear
therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it
may be well with thee, and that ye may increase
mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath
promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk
and honey. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is
one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy might. And these words, which I
command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and
thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when
thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Our children soon
learn what we consider important by how much time
and money we put into it.
It is when we make God the builder of our home and
the keeper of our household that we will prosper
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain
that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the
watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to
rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of
sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
My mother left no
doubt how important God was in her life by how much
time she spent in God’s Word teaching us and in His
House showing us. She also showed us through
The Teenager and His
Sunday School Teacher
II. HOW WE
TREAT ONE ANOTHER.
By this shall
all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another.
eight times, “Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”
is repeated in God’s Word.
For all the
law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Leviticus 19:18 ,
Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke
10:27, Romans 13:9, James 2:8
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And when ye
stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against
any: that your Father also which is in heaven may
forgive you your trespasses.
And if he trespass
against thee seven times in a day, and seven times
in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou
shalt forgive him.
And be ye kind
one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel against any: even as
Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
III. WE TEACH
BY EXAMPLE MORE THAN BY SPEECH.
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.
A foolish saying,
“Do as I say, not as I do”.
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd
rather one should walk with me than merely tell the
Edgar A. Guest,
Christian Reader, Vol. 33, no. 2.
Children are great
They follow bad examples
1 KINGS 22:52
And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and
walked in the way of his father, and in the way of
his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
The preacher and Lost Dog.
We need to give them good examples to follow
2 CHRONICLES 17:3
And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he
walked in the first ways of his father David, and
sought not unto Baalim;
2 TIMOTHY 1:5
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith
that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy
grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am
persuaded that in thee also.
In My Mother’s House, there is God
If we want our children and the children of our
church to grow into “The Image of Christ”, we must
set the example by loving God, His Word and His
Church and loving others as ourselves.
October 9, 2005
“LIFTING UP JESUS”
SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 1:18-31
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 12:32
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will
draw all men unto me.
The primary task of
every Christian and every church is to lift up Jesus
so that others will be drawn unto Him.
We are unable to exalt Jesus before others unless He
is first exalted in our own hearts and life.
We as individual Christians and as a church
collectively must posses a view of Jesus as He truly
is and have an attitude of gratefulness for what He
has done for us.
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.
is Jesus to us personally; how much do we rely on
Him, how much do we seek to please Him?
How often through the week do we think of Him and
our relationship with Him?
If Jesus is not important to us personally, how will
we be able to attract others to Him?
I. REASONS WHY JESUS
SHOULD BE LIFTED UP IN OUR LIVES.
It is only we begin
to appreciated the things that Jesus has done for
us, that we will begin to lift Him up for the world
A. THE CROSS - SALVATION
What importance do we
place on the cross?
Everything that Christ has done for us is centered
in the cross.
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.
It is only through the cross that we can obtain
When we begin to promote our church or our
organization we are distracting from the cross.
The Church of God, Anderson, Indiana, is unique in
You are a member of the Church when you accept Jesus
Christ as your personal Savior. “Every Blood
Washed One” is a member of the Church of God.
B. GOD’S PROVISIONS
But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
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
There are those who
call themselves Christian who never give God the
praise and glory, they take it all for themselves.
The Farmer and the
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not
keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his
statutes, which I command thee this day: lest when
thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly
houses, and dwelt therein; and when thy herds and
thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is
multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; …
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might
of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But
thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he
that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may
establish his covenant which he sware unto thy
fathers, as it is this day.
We need to take every
opportunity to lift up Jesus by sharing how He has
blessed us beyond measure.
PSALM 103:1-4 A Psalm
Bless the Lord, O my
soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy
name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget
not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth
thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
II. LIFTING UP
JESUS IN OUR CHURCH.
Some people would say
that Jesus is always lifted up in church but that is
not necessarily true.
A. PROGRAMS vs. THE GOSPEL
What a church puts its emphasis on determines if
Jesus is lifted up.
There is nothing
wrong with programs but when programs supplant the
Gospel the church is no longer lifting up Jesus.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him
that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: which is not another; but there be
some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel
of Christ. But though we, or an angel from
heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed. As we said before, so say I now
again, if any man preach any other gospel
unto you than that ye have received, let him be
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for
it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
B. CHARISMA vs. ANOINTING
A church that lifts
up Jesus desires the anointing above talent and
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his
burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder,
and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall
be destroyed because of the anointing.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This
is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not
by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the
Lord of hosts.
C. SAINT vs. SINNER
A church that lifts
up Jesus is constantly reaching out to the unsaved.
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he
lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine
in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost,
until he find it? And when he hath found it, he
layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And
when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends
and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me;
for I have found my sheep which was lost. I
say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth, more than over
ninety and nine just persons, which need no
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save
that which was lost.
D. SELF-WILL vs. GOD’S WILL
When we stubbornly
put our will above God’s will Jesus will not be
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.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and
depart from evil. It shall be health to thy
navel, and marrow to thy bones.
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the
vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may
run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for
an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak,
and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because
it will surely come, it will not tarry.
How can we lift
Jesus up in our personal life and in the life of our
For the move
of God’s Spirit
For the vision
of God for ourselves and for our church
leadership of our church
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