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OCTOBER 1, 2006 AM 

WHOSE TABLE ARE YOU FEASTING?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 11:23-32 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's Table, and of the table of devils.  

INTRO:  One of the strongest temptations facing Christians in the Western World is trying to keep one foot in the Church and the other in the world. 

   Throughout the Scriptures, God’s Word tells us that we must make a choice between the things of God and the things of Satan or this world. 

   Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  

Matthew 6:24 (KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 The choice is clear. Do we serve God or material things? 

   There are only two treasures: the earth and its treasures or God and His treasures, physical and material things or spiritual and eternal things. 

   The more we find ourselves eating from the devil’s table the further we have travel down the road of backsliding. 

Revelation 3:15-17 (KJV)  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  

   Joshua set forth this challenge to the Children of Israel just before his death. 

Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

   Elijah gave the same challenge to the Children of Israel at the top of Mount Carmel.

 1 Kings 18:21 (GW) Elijah stood up in front of all the people and asked them, “How long will you try to have it both ways? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal is God, follow him.” The people didn't say a word.  

James 1:8 (KJV) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 1:8 (NLT) They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.

 I.  THE TABLE OF SATAN. 

NOTE: The table of devils, Satan, is made up of the things that we worship; hold as more important, than God. 

   The Christians in the church at Corinth was faced with the problem of physical idolatry, today’s Christians are faced with the problem of spiritual idolatry. 

   What is idolatry?  

   Exodus 20:3-6 (KJV) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  

   Anything that comes between us and our relationship with God is idolatry. 

   The table that Satan sets before us is filled with many different kinds of delicious looking food. 

Genesis 3:6 (NLT) The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.  

  • Self-indulgence
  • Money
  • Relationships
  • Entertainment
  • Possessions
  • Religion
  • Worldly Pleasures
  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • Popularity

    We receive our strength, both physical & spiritual from what we eat. 

   The more we eat at the devil’s table the less room we have to eat from the Table of the Lord. 

II.  THE TABLE OF THE LORD. 

1 Corinthians 10:16 (KJV) The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (KJV)  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.”  

NOTE: Unlike the devil’s table that is attractive to the natural eye, the Table of the Lord is repulsive to the natural eye. 

Isaiah 53:1-3 (KJV)  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  

John 6:53-58 (KJV) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.  

John 6:66 (KJV) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

 III.  THE CHOICE IS UP TO US WHICH TABLE WE FEAST FROM. 

NOTE: The thing we must not forget is that we can’t eat from both tables. 

DEVIL’S TABLE

LORD’S TABLE

Immorality

Holiness

Dishonesty

Truth

Bitterness and Anger

Forgiveness & Peace

Hatred & revenge

Love and forgiveness

Selfish Gratifications

Self-denial

Gossip & Backbiting

Encouragement & Support

Lust

Compassion

Greed

Generosity

Materialism

Spirituality

Temporal

Eternal

 1 Corinthians 10:21-24 (NLT)  You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord's Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do you dare to rouse the Lord's jealousy as Israel did? Do you think we are stronger than he is? You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is helpful. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is beneficial. Don't think only of your own good. Think of other Christians and what is best for them.  

Philippians 2:3-8 (NLT) Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross.  

CONCLUSION: The table of the devil is centered on self and what is in it for me, the Table of the Lord is centered on God and others. 

   The life of a true Christian is a life of, service, self-sacrifice and obedience just as the life of Jesus was. 

   Which table will you feast from? 

OCTOBER 1, 2006 (PM) 

GOOD THOUGHTS DURING DIFFICULT TIMES 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 12 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 12:6-7  

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.  

INTRO:  We often wear a mask of faith to hide what is really going on in our lives. 

Times of: 

v     Fear and doubt

v     Loneliness and despair

v     Failure and defeat 

   Everyone, sooner or later will go through difficult times. 

I.  WE OFTEN FEEL ALONE DURING THESES DIFFICULT TIMES. 

NOTE:   Satan wants to convince us that we are the only ones going through these kinds of struggles.

    He wants us to believe that we are all alone. 

   He than wants to makes us feel guiltily for feeling this way. 

   In the end he wants us to give up. 

   A.  WE ARE NOT ALONE IN FEELING THIS WAY. 

NOTE:     God wants you to know that you are not alone in your hour of pain.  Others have gone down this road before you. 

   David felt alone in his struggle. 

PSALM 12:1 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

     Elijah felt that he was the only one left who had not turned away from God. 

1 Kings 19:10 & 14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  

   It is easy during these times to feel totally lost, not knowing what to do or which way to turn.

    It is in these times we need a compass to guide us through these turmoil’s of life. 

II.  THE PROMISES OF THIS WORLD ARE EMPTY. 

Psalm 12:2-4 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?  

   A.  THE PROMISES OF THIS WORLD TELLS US WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR. 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  

NOTE: There are those who would rather listen to what sounds good than what is true. 

ILL: It all began in the Garden of Eden. 

Genesis 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  

B.     THEY EXALT THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHILE HIDING THEIR TRUE  CHARACTER AND PURPOSE. 

Proverbs 7:6-23 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.  I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.  Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.   For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.  With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.  He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

 NOTE: If we seek to fulfill our lives through the promises of the world, they will turn our hearts from God and will lead us into destruction. 

Proverbs 14:12 & Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  

III.  IT IS THE PROMISES OF GOD THAT MUST BE OUR COMPASS. 

Psalm 12:5-7 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

    A.  THE LORD HEARS OUR CRIES. 

PSALM 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry

PSALM 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

ISAIAH 59:1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  

ISAIAH 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  

1 PETER 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  

   B.  HE WILL DELIVER US. 

Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.  

Psalm 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  

Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.  

1 CorINTHIANS 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  

2 Tim. 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.  

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

   C.  HIS WORD IS PRECIOUS. 

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.  

NOTE: Hiding the promises of God in our hearts is like having a saving account for a rainy day. 

   D.  GOD’S PROMISES ADDRESS ALL OUR NEEDS. 

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

NOTE:  We often limit this promise to just our financial needs but it covers much more. 

   In the Thomson-Chain Reference Bible there are over 45 different categories of Divine promises.

    E.  HE WILL KEEP ALL HIS PROMISES. 

Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

E.  HIS PROMISES CAN NEVER RUN OUT. 

EphesIANS 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  

CONCLUSION God ends this Psalm with a warning. 

Psalm 12:8  The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.  

   Who or what a person is is far more important that what they have promised or accomplished. 

   Do we put our trust in the false promises of this world or do we rely on the precious promises of God?

  

OCTOBER 8, 2006 

WHAT BRINGS TEARS TO YOUR EYES?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 19:37-44 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 9:1 (KJV) Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!  

INTRO:  Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet.   

   He spent much of his time weeping over the condition of the hearts and lives of the people of Judah. 

   We can tell all about a person by knowing what makes them laugh and what makes them cry. 

   There are some who seemed to have no sense of humor and there are those who never seemed to be moved to tears. 

   Why do people try and keep their emotions under raps? 

   God has given us our emotions for a purpose. 

   Our emotions are a way of releasing what we are feeling. 

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  

   It is good to laugh and enjoy life but there comes a time when we should weep and mourn. 

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (KJV) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

   There may be many things that may stir our human emotions, but the question I want to ask you today is, “What stirs your spiritual emotions to tears?” 

Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  

   What are some of the things that should touch our heart stir our emotions and bring tears to our (spiritual) eyes? 

I.  SIN 

NOTE:  Above all else, sin should break our hearts and cause us to morn. 

   A.  SIN IN OUR OWN LIVES. 

Joel 2:12-13 (KJV) Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.  

2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV) For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  

   B.  SIN IN THE LIFE OF OTHERS. 

Joel 2:17 (KJV)  Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 

NOTE: We cannot shut our eyes and close our hearts to those who are dying and going to hell all around us. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 (KJV)  If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?  

   C.  FOR WHAT SIN PUT JESUS THROUGH. 

Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  

Galatians 3:13 (KJV)  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  

1 Peter 3:18 (KJV)  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  

   D.  SIN HINDERS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. 

Psalms 66:18 (KJV)  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  

Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 II.  THOSE WHO REJECT THE SALVATION GOD OFFERS. 

Luke 13:34 (KJV) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  

NOTE: Our hearts should break as we see time after time, those who reject the Salvation that God has provided through Jesus Christ. 

Jeremiah 9:1 (KJV) Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!  

Philippians 3:18 (KJV) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 NOTE: It should break our hearts when we see those who come against Christianity, not for ourselves but rather for their souls.

 III.  WE SHOULD WEEP BECAUSE OF THE ETERNAL HELL THE UNGODLY   WILL OCCUPY. 

Matthew 13:41-42 (KJV)  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  

Luke 16:22-23 (KJV) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  

Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

CONCLUSION:  We have the awesome responsibility and privilege, through prayers and tears, to reach out to those who are bound for hell. 

Psalms 30:5 (KJV)  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  

Psalms 126:5-6 (KJV) 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.  

   Are we willing to weep for our own relationship with God and for those who are lost in sin? 

 

OCTOBER 15, 2006 AM 

FIVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BELIEVERS” 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 3:1-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:18 (KJV) 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.  

INTRO: What kind of believer are you? 

   There are five different kinds of believers. 

   What kind of believer they are, are reflected in their lives. 

   Hypocrisy is one of the great sins of our day. 

   Many claim to be one kind of believer yet in reality they are another kind all together. 

I.  THE  CARNAL BELIEVER. 

Romans 8:7 (KJV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  

NOTE: The Carnal Believer never considers God and there is no place in their lives for God. 

Psalms 14:1 (KJV)  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  

   We can divide the Carnal Believer into two main groups. 

A.     A BELIEVING ATHEIST 

NOTE: A believing atheist is someone who believes there is no God. 

B.  A PRACTICING ATHEIST 

NOTE: A practicing atheist says, “There is no God for me”. 

   The carnal believer never considers God in anything they do.

   One denies the existences of God the other never considers God. 

II.  THE CASUAL BELIEVER. 

NOTE: The casual believer is one who says they believe in God but does very little to demonstrate their belief. 

   I often call this kind of believer, a C E Christian. 

   They come to church only once in awhile. 

   They say they believe but there is no fruit in their lives to demonstrate their belief. 

III.  THE CONVENIENT BELIEVER. 

NOTE: This kind of believer uses God and the Church for their convenience.

 They want all the blessings of being a believer but refuse to accept any responsibilities.

 IV.  THE CONTENTED BELIEVER. 

NOTE: This kind of believer is contented in their own personal relationship with God and their position in the church. 

   They have no desire to grow into a deeper relationship with God. 

ILL:  Its like someone who is engaged but never wants to get married. 

   Their attitude is, leave well enough alone. 

   They see no reason to grow in their faith. 

   They don’t want to be disturbed. 

   They resist change in either their personal life with God or their collective life in the church.

 V.  THE COMMITTED BELIEVER. 

NOTE: The committed believer is the back bone of the Church. 

   There are committed in two different ways: 

A.     THEY ARE COMMITTED TO A PERSONAL DEEPER WALK WITH CHRIST. 

·        Their relationship with God is top priority.

·        They seek ways to grow in to a closer relationship with Jesus.

·        They are daily into the Word of God.

·        They spend time in prayer each day. 

B.     THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THE CHURCH. 

NOTE: A committed believer rejoices in the good times and weeps in the bad but remains faithful in site of difficult circumstances. 

   A committed believer is not control by the winds of adversity or the storms of conflict. 

·        In their fellowship. 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  

NOTE: We should be committed to the Church not only for our own benefit but for the benefit of others.

 ·        In their service. 

NOTE: A committed believe is one who seeks to get involved in furthering the work of the Church and is not contented with sitting on the sidelines.  

   Not all service is what some would call Spiritual service. 

   None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. 

·        In their giving.

 

Malachi 3:10 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (KJV) But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  

CONCLUSION: The driving force behind a committed believer is love; love for God and love for God’s Church. 

 

OCTOBER 15, 2006 PM 

THE SUMMER IS OVER” 

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 4:1-42 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Jeremiah 8:20  

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.  

NOTE:  There have been many people who have experienced missed opportunities and have spent a lifetime regretting them.

 v     Business

 ILL:  Walt Disney gave Art Linkletter the chance to buy property next to Disney Land. 

v     Financial

v     Relationships

v     Family matters

 ILL“Who I Am Makes A Difference” 

   The greatest lost opportunity is a person’s salvation. 

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;  

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

    There are countless people around us everyday that are missing the opportunity of Salvation because they have not been told. 

Romans 10:13-14 (GW)  So then, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."   But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News?  

   Not only are there many who are missing out on Salvation, many of us are miss out on the opportunity to tell them of God’s love. 

   There are three things I want us to consider in this story: 

1.      What the Woman Did.

2.      The Result of Her Actions.

3.      Jesus’ Instruction to His Disciples.

I.  WHAT THE WOMAN DID. 

   A.  SHE BELIEVED WHAT JESUS SAID. 

NOTE:  You will never be able to convince some else of something you do not believe yourself. 

v     Do we believe that all are lost?

v      Do we believe that there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun?

v     Do we believe that the cross of Christ is the only way of Salvation? 

   If we truly believe this, than why are we more involved in share this news with others.

    B.  SHE LEFT HER WATER POT. 

NOTE:  The spiritual became more important that the natural. 

   The things of the natural man are temporal while those of the spiritual man are eternal. 

   Yet we spend more time with the natural things than we do with the spiritual. 

   C.  SHE SHARED WHAT SHE HAD EXPERIENCED.

 NOTE:  She went back to those who knew her and that she knew. 

   Our first and strongest area of influence is among those closes to us. 

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

    If we are unwilling to share the Gospel with those we love and hold dear, how then will we share the Gospel with those we do not know.

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 II.  THE RESULTS OF WHAT THE WOMAN DID.

 NOTE:  The disciples had just returned from the very town the woman went back to, but no crowd followed them. 

   Often times it is the newly converted that bring others to Christ. 

   A.  MANY CAME TO HEAR JESUS.

 NOTE:  Often, people only need a little nudge to come to Church. 

B.     SOME BELIEVED BECAUSE OF THE WOMAN TESTIMONY. 

NOTE:  Our daily lives is the Bible that many read and we can lead many to Christ if we will live a Godly life in front of those around us.  

C.    SOME BELIEVED BECAUSE THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF JESUS. 

NOTE:  Often time’s people will come to church and hear the Gospel and accept Christ as their Savior, but remember they were there because someone invited them. 

III.  JESUS INSTRUCTIONS TO HIS DISCIPLES. 

John 4:35-38 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.  

NOTE:  Jesus gave His disciples three instructions. 

   A.  OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE NEED. 

NOTE:  The disciples were more concerned with their own physical needs than with the spiritual needs of those around them.

    B.  DO NOT DELAY.

 NOTE:  The longer we delay the more will go into a Christ less eternity. 

Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  

   There will come a day when God will close the door. 

   C.  GO AND GATHER IN THE HARVEST. 

NOTE:  “Those fields will be sacrificed, the fruit will be wasted, the souls will be lost, unless they are reaped and brought into the Heavenly harvest.” 

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  

 

OCTOBER 22, 2006 AM 

HAVE TRIED REASONING WITH GOD?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 1:1-20 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 1:18-20 (KJV) 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.  

INTRO: The book of Isaiah is sometimes called, “The Gospel of the Old Testament”. 

   The book of Isaiah has three main issues:  History, Prophecies of God’s Judgment on Israel and Judea as well as different Gentile nations, and Prophecies concerning God’s redemption plan.

    Jesus quoted from Isaiah several times during His earthly ministry. 

   The name Isaiah means JEHOVAH IS HELPER or SALVATION IS OF THE LORD. 

   How does the book of Isaiah fit in with the Church today? 

   There are three groups of people in the world today: 

1.      Those who have never accepted Jesus as their personal Savior.

2.      Those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior.

3.      Those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior but are no longer seeking to serve Him.

   The book of Isaiah addresses each one of these groups. 

   In the first chapter, Isaiah is addressing those who once had followed the will of God but were no longer doing so. 

   God, through Isaiah, invites them to come and reason with Him considering their state.

   But with this invitation there is a warning of danger.

    Our daily lives are filled with many dangers: 

·         Accidents

·         Sudden sickness

·         Terrorist

   There is one danger that we experience over and over again but we seldom recognize our vulnerability. 

ILL: The Danger of Delay. 

DANGER OF DELAY 

   A lady had a very important lawsuit on hand for which she needed the services of an advocate.  She was strongly urged to secure the help of a very prominent and well known lawyer, but she could no make up her mind to entrust her case to anyone.  Time passed on, and at last she was compelled to take steps to secure an advocate, and called upon the great lawyer who had been mentioned to her.

   He listened whil3 she expressed her wish to engage his help, but in a few minutes he said with a grave face: “Madam, you afraid too late; had you come to me before, I would gladly have been your advocate, but not I have been called to the bench, and am a judge, and all I can do is to pass judgment upon your case.”

   Now is the day of grace, and the Lord Jesus Christ is our Advocate, ever pleading the merits of His precious blood, but the day will come when He will be the Judge of sinner, and must pass sentence upon them.

HEARTWARMING BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS: AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422 pg. 288 

   In the first 20 verses of the first chapter of Isaiah can be divided into three sections: 

1.      THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE.

2.      THE EMPTINESS OF THEIR WORSHIP.

3.      THE INVITATION GOD OFFERS.

I.  THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE. 

Isaiah 1:2-9 (KJV) Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.  Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.  

NOTE: In Isaiah’s day this was directed to the nation of Judea, today it could be addressed to the United States, to the church in general and to us as individuals.  

A.     THE PEOPLE ARE REFERRED TO AS GOD’S CHILDREN. Vs. 2 

NOTE: They were born of God. 

1.      Israel was born of God following the exodus from Egypt. 

   Israel became a great nation under the leadership of David but from his death until Isaiah, Israel than Judea began a downward spiral.  

2.      The United States was born as a godly nation following the revolution.

    Our nation is no longer a God fearing nation. 

3.      The Christian Church in general has turned their backs to the teaching of the Bible. 

   In many churches across America today, the Bible is no longer consider the guideline we must follow.

    The Blood of Christ has been removed from their hymnal. 

   They no longer teach the virgin birth.

    Salvation is by membership or good works. 

4.      Individual Christian that had started their walk with Christ has turned away back into the world. 

2 Timothy 4:10 (KJV) For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica… 

II. THE EMPTINESS OF THEIR WORSHIP.

 Isaiah 1:11-15 (KJV) To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

NOTE: There are many who are living in sin and think that just because the come to church that everything is OK.

Isaiah 29:13 (KJV) Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (Matt. 15:8 & Mark 7:6) 

Titus 1:15-16 (KJV) Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  

NOTE: We cannot continually practice sin and remain in fellowship with God. 

Isaiah 1:16-17 (KJV) Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  

III. THE INVITATION GOD OFFERS. 

Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) 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: God invites us to come and reason with Him.   

yakach, yaw-kahh'; Hebrew 3198, Strong’s

a primitive root; to be right (i.e. correct); reciprocal to argue; causative to decide, justify or convict :- appoint, argue, chasten, convince, correct (-ion), daysman, dispute, judge, maintain, plead, reason (together), rebuke, reprove (-r), surely, in any wise.  

   When we come and begin to reason with God we see how futile our position is. 

   Once we recognize our true position, God offers us an opportunity to be restored to Him. 

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

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  

CONCLUSION: Not only does God offer us a chance of being restored to Him but He also warns us of what will happen if we fail to heed His warning.

 Isaiah 1:19-20 (KJV) 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.

    If we find ourselves drifting back into a life of sin, we must come to God and confess our backsliding and seek to be restored to Him.

 

OCTOBER 29, 2006 AM 

GOD’S SANDWICH OF JUDGMENT OR MERCY

 SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 2:2-5 & 4:2-6 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 4:2 (KJV) In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

 INTRO: What is your favorite sandwich? 

   This is one of the great Messianic Prophecies of Isaiah.  

   This prophecy is divided into two parts; Isaiah 2:2-5 & Isaiah 4:2-6. 

   I liken it to two slices of delicious bread; the promises of God. 

   The problem is that there is some very bitter meat between these two slices of bread.  Isaiah 2:6 - 4:1 (II Chronicles 28 Ahaz’s sin) 

·         Given to idolatry

·         Possess great prosperity but give no glory to God

·         Cloth with self-righteousness

   Prophecies may have many touch points before they are fully fulfilled. 

   This prophecy first touched Judea, it also touches the birth of Jesus, the Church and it will reach its fulfillment at the second coming of Christ. 

I.  THE PROMISE OF A GREAT INGATHERING.  

Isaiah 2:2-3 (KJV) And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 NOTE: I believe this is referring to the Church.

   The Church age is often referred to as the last days. 

Acts 2:17 (KJV) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Matthew 5:14 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  

   We as His Church, individually, and as a church collectively, are to attract others to Christ. 

   Whenever we gather together is should be with the desire to win souls to Christ. 

Isaiah 4:2 (KJV) In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

 John 15:1-2, 4-5 (KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit… Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 NOTE: Jesus is the only source of spiritual life and growth.

   The only way we can attract others to Christ is when we grow spiritually as individuals and as a church.

    That brings us to the second great promise. 

II. THE PROMISE OF PEACE AND HARMONY. 

Isaiah 2:4 (KJV) And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 NOTE: The weapons of adversity are turned into the tools of growth.

   When we allow the Holy Spirit to control our hearts and minds we will all have the same goal and purpose: to win the lost to Christ. 

   We may not all agree on how is should be done, but the bottom line will be, win the lost at any cost.

 Ephesians 4:11-16, 29-32 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love… Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  

III. THE PROMISE OF A CLEANSING.

 Isaiah 4:3-4 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.  

A.     FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN FAITHFUL 

B.     FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CLEANSE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. 

C.    THERE WILL BE A SEPARATION BETWEEN THE TRUE BELIEVER AND THE FALSE. 

IV.  THE PROMISE OF GOD’S PRESENCE. 

Isaiah 4:5-6 (KJV) And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.  

A.     HE WOULD GUIDE US. 

Exodus 13:21 (KJV) 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  

John 16:13 (KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 B.     HE WOULD BE OUR DEFENSE. 

Psalms 91:1-8 (KJV) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  

CONCLUSION: How can we get rid of the bitter meat that is between the promises of God? 

Isaiah 2:5 (KJV) O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.  

1.      Sin must not be merely repented of and pardoned: it must be put away.

2.      We must choose between the judgment Jesus has taken for us or we must face our own judgment.

    The invitation is open to all who would come.  Do you want to eat Gods sandwich of Judgment or His sandwich of mercy?

 

 

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