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MAY 3, 2008 

FULFILLING GOD’S PERFECT PLAN

SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 53:7-12
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 53:10 (NLT)  

   But it was the LORD's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's plan will prosper in his hands.  

INTRO: Have you ever made plans only to see them destroyed by unforeseen circumstances?  

   Often times the inventions of man come through happenstance or trail and error. 

   The plan and fulfillment of our salvation did not come by happenstance or trial and error. 

   God had a perfect plan for our redemption but it was not a plan without cost. 

   The price we are willing to pay for something reveals the value we have placed on the item we purchase.  

I. GOD’S PERFECT PLAN 

A.   THE BEGINNING OF HIS PLAN 

NOTE: God carefully laid out His Perfect Plan long before it was even needed. 

   The death of Christ was foreknown and foreordained by God. 

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.  

   Jesus’ death was predetermined, planned by God long before human history began. 

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  

   The word ordained is taken from the Greek word, Promeletao to premeditate: - meditate before Taken from two Greek words: Pro:  meaning, in front of/prior and meletao: meaning revolve in the mind

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 (KJV) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  

   Even before God had created the heaven and earth He has set forth His plan to redeem us. 

Ephesians 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  

NOTE: This was God’s plan from the very beginning and man was only acting out what God had foreordained. 

   No one could have taken Jesus life from Him, He gave it freely. 

John 10:17-18 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.  

NOTE: Jesus had the power and authority from His Father to refuse to go to the cross. 

B.   THE TIMING OF HIS PLAN WAS PERFECT. 

Galatians 4:4-5 (GW) But when the right time came, God sent his Son {into the world}. A woman gave birth to him, and he came under the control of God's laws. God sent him to pay for the freedom of those who were controlled by these laws so that we would be adopted as his children.

NOTE: Christ came at the right time. 

·         Roman Peace

o    No outside threat of invading armies.

o    All religions were acceptable as long as they would also worship the emperor.

·         Roman Roads & control of the seas

·         One language

II. THE PERFECT SACRIFICE. 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  

NOTE: The sacrificial lamb had to be perfect. 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  

A.   THE BRUISING OF CHRIST. 

NOTE: In verse 10 it says that it pleased God to bruise Him 

Chaphets (khaw-fates'); figurative to be pleased with, 

   This means that God was satisfied with the sacrifice of His Son for the payment of man’s sin. 

Isaiah 53:5 (GW) He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds.

B.   PUTTING CHRIST TO GRIEF. 

NOTE: The physical suffering Christ experience was not as difficult to endure as the grief he bore by taking our sins. 

   All the sins from Adam & Eve taking the forbidden fruit to the last sin committed before the return of Christ, God placed on His Son. 

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

C.   MAKING CHRIST AN OFFERING FOR SIN. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 (GW) God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God's approval through him.  

Hebrews 9:28 (GW) Likewise, Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of humanity, and after that he will appear a second time. This time he will not deal with sin, but he will save those who eagerly wait for him.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (GW) Realize that you weren't set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. [19] Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.

 Revelation 1:5 (GW) And from Jesus Christ, the witness, the trustworthy one, the first to come back to life, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Glory and power forever and ever belong to the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood  

III. THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PLAN 

Titus 2:14 (GW) He gave himself for us to set us free from every sin and to cleanse us so that we can be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good things.  

A.   HE SHALL SEE HIS SEED. 

1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

B.   GOD’S PLAN SHALL BE SUCCESSFUL 

Isaiah 53:11-12 (GW) He will see and be satisfied because of his suffering. My righteous servant will acquit many people because of what he has learned {through suffering}. He will carry their sins as a burden.  So I will give him a share among the mighty, and he will divide the prize with the strong, because he poured out his life in death and he was counted with sinners.  He carried the sins of many.  He intercedes for those who are rebellious.

CONCLUSION: If God’s plan for our redemption is perfect so then is His plan for our individual lives and for the life of our church. 

 

MAY 11, 2008 

GUESS WHO’S GOING TO BE IN HEAVEN

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 2:1-22

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 1:5-6 (GW)  

   Salmon and Rahab were the father and mother of Boaz.  Boaz and Ruth were the father and mother of Obed.  Obed was the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of King David... 

INTRO: Have you ever said, “That person will never be in heaven”? 

ILL: Zacchaeus, Saul of Tarsus.  

   It is very easy to put on our judicial robes. 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.  

   Too often we judge people by what we see and think we know. 

ILL: The preacher son who married a questionable girl. 

   Rahab is a lot like this girl. 

ILL: The three surprises in heaven. 

I. THREE REASONS WHY RAHAB SHOULD NOT BE IN HEAVEN. 

NOTE: When we judge others we can always come up with reasons why they will never be in  Heaven. 

A.   SHE WAS A HARLOT 

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.  

James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

   There are those who would seek to remove the term harlot and say she was an innkeeper. 

   In both references the world harlot means whore. 

NOTE: Why did these men enter into a harlot’s house? 

   God sends His people to the sinners of this world in order that He might redeem them. 

   Jesus is His great example. 

   How did she become a harlot? 

·         She had been raped.

·         She used it to make money

·         She enjoyed what she did.

 

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  

NOTE: There are many reasons why a person may enter into a life of sin. 

B.   SHE WAS NOT OF THE HEBREW RACE. 

NOTE: How often are people excluded because they are not of the same race, or faith? 

C.   HER PEOPLE WERE THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  

II. WHAT MADE THE CHANGE? 

NOTE: The story of Rahab is a story of God’s great Grace. 

   A. SHE HEARD ABOUT ISRAEL’S EXPLOITS.

Joshua 2:10-11  For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you:  

NOTE: It may be that it was by the men that Rahab knew that she leaned of Israel’s exploits. 

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  

NOTE: It is important that we share the Good News of God’s Grace with sinners. 

   B. SHE HAD FAITH. 

Joshua 2:9, 11b And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you… for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 

NOTE: Not only did she have faith in God’s power but she also had faith in God’s mercy. 

Joshua 2:12-13 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: and that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.  

NOTE: There are those who seek to portray God as either a God of love or a God of judgment. 

   A true Child of God portrays God as both. 

   God’s Grace does not give us a license to sin. 

D.   HER FAITH PRODUCE ACTION. 

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

NOTE: There are many people who claim to have faith but have never acted upon it. 

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  

·         She hid the spies. Vs. 4 & 6

·         She lied. Vs. 4, 5

NOTE: This does not mean that God approves of lying. 

·         She asked for mercy. Vs. 12-13

·         She let them down the wall. Vs. 15

·         She gave the spies good instruction. Vs. 16

·         She obeyed the instructions of the spies. Vs. 17-21

III. RAHAB IS IN HEAVEN.

NOTE: The story of Rahab shows to us that God will take the worst sinner and turn them into a saint.

   Rahab the one time heathen harlot became the Great-grandmother of King David. 

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.  

   God’s grace brought Rahab into the lineage of Jesus. 

CONCLUSION: Regardless how long we have lived in sin, or how deep we sunk in sin, God invites us to come and become part of His family. 

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

 

MAY 25, 2006 

THE BLESSING OF REMEMBERING

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 22:14-20

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 63:6 (KJV)   

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

INTRO: Memorial Day is a time for remembering.

   Those we need to remember: 

I. THOSE THAT HAVE PROVIDED OUR FREEDOM. 

NOTE: There are those who would deny the need for someone to give their lives for freedom. 

1.      THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE PAST

2.      THOSE WHO ARE GIVING THEIR LIVES TODAY

II. THOSE THAT HAVE HELPED SHAPE US. 

1.      PARENTS

2.      TEACHERS

3.      FRIENDS

4.      NEIGHBORS & RELATIVES

III. THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR SPIRITUAL HERITAGE. 

1.      PASTORS & PREACHERS

2.      SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS

3.      CHURCH LEADERS & MEMBERS

IV. WHAT GOD HAD DONE FOR US. 

Psalm 63:6-7 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.  

NOTE: In our busy life, how often do we stop and reflect on the things God has done for us. 

   The failure to reflect will produce indifference. 

   A.  GOD CREATED US. 

Psalm 139:13-17 (GW) You alone created my inner being.  You knitted me together inside my mother.  I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.     Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.  My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.   Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus.   Every day {of my life} was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place. How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God!  How vast in number they are!  

NOTE: God created us with our limitations so that our lives could bring glory and honor to Him. 

John 9:3 (NIV) "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.  

ILL: True Trust (Our Daily Bread; May 14, 2008) 

   B. IN TIMES OF TROUBLE 

Jonah 2:7 (NIV) "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

NOTE: Too often we seek our own solution to our troubles instead of turning to God. 

ILL: Asa made a league with the Syrians. 

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.  

   C. IN TIMES OF BLESSINGS.

Deuteronomy 8:10-18 (NIV) When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.  He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

   D. WHEN WE ARE YOUNG. 

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  

NOTE: Failure to remembering God while we are young will lead us into a life filled with regret. 

   E. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR AND WITH OTHERS.

 Hebrews 11 

NOTE: These were ordinary people whom God used in extraordinary ways. 

   F. REMEMBERING THE GRACE OF GOD. 

Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.  

·         Remember that we were and are sinners.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Don't you know that wicked people won't inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God.  That's what some of you were! But you have been washed and made holy, and you have received God's approval in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

NOTE: We need to remember that once we were the sinner in need of salvation. 

·         Remember we all deserve God’s judgment.

 

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

Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;  

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

·         Remember that God loves us and has provided salvation for all who would come.

John 3:16-17 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.  

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

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

·         Remember it’s only by Grace that we are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (GW) God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it.  God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.

NOTE: There is a danger in forgetting that it is through Grace that we were saved and not because of things we have done. 

CONCLUSION: It as we come to the Communion Table that we should be reminded of God’s Grace.

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