MARCH 2010 SERMONS
I JOHN 3:1-10
1 John 3:1-3
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. And
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth
himself, even as he is pure.
As a young boy growing up in a home without a
father, I was always looking for some one to be
Who’s Your Daddy?
It is wonderful to
know who our earthly father is but it is far
great to know that we are a child of the King.
There are several
important points that are found in this passage.
We are a child of God
The world does not understand us
We are going through a process
I. WE ARE A CHILD OF GOD.
For as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye
have not received the spirit of bondage again to
fear; but ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:
Being a child of God has many advantages.
When Ken Griffey Jr. was a young boy.
A. GOD LOVES US.
God loved us before we loved Him.
1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first
God loved us before we were
capable to love Him.
For when we were yet without
strength, in due time Christ died for the
God loved us while we were
unworthy of His love.
But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
B. KID’S PRIVILEGES.
But the father said to his
servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it
on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on
The robe of Christ’s
When we come to Christ we come clothed in the
rags of self-righteousness.
Now Joshua was clothed with
filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
And he answered and spake unto those that stood
before him, saying, Take away the filthy
garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold,
I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee,
and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his
head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head,
and clothed him with garments. And the angel of
the Lord stood by.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin
for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in him.
The ring of authority.
God gives His kids authority over Satan and sin.
Thou shalt be over my house, and
according unto thy word shall all my people be
ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than
thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I
have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and
put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in
vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain
about his neck;
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my
name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son.
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me, the works that I do
shall he do also; and greater works than these
shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The shoes of sonship.
Slaves went barefoot. Thus, we have here a
threefold symbol of
restored, as the fruit of
C. THE KID’S INHERITANCE.
And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so
be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
II. THE WORLD DOES NOT UNDERSTAND
The world did not understand Jesus nor did they
He was in the world, and the
world was made by him, and the world knew him
not. He came unto his own, and his own
received him not. But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on his name:
Those of the world
cannot understand why a Christian seeks to live
that life that different from the world.
1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
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.
Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater than his
lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they
will keep yours also.
III. WE ARE GOING THROUGH A
1 John 3:2
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
We must not get impatient with our spiritual
But let patience have her perfect
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
Be patient therefore, brethren,
unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the
husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it, until he
receive the early and latter rain.
As for me, I will behold thy face
in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I
awake, with thy likeness.
We cannot become lackadaisical in our spiritual
1 John 3:3
And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Living a Christian
life is a work in progress and it takes true
Not as though I had already
attained, either were already perfect: but I
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for
which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I
press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The only gift a father could give to his son
when he left for college was his name.
How does the chose’s
we make reflect on God’s Name?
HIM IS TO LOVE HIM”
Philippians 3:10 (NLT)
As a result, I can really know
Christ and experience the mighty power that
raised him from the dead. I can learn what it
means to suffer with him, sharing in his death,
There are many people who try to rely on their
religiosity instead of experiencing personal
relationship with Christ.
They want to know
about Christ but they have no desire to know Him
in a deep and intimate way.
There was a song
back in the fifties that every time I hear it I
sing the first few lines for Jesus.
To know know know him, Is to love
love love him, Just to see him smile, Makes my
life worthwhile, To know know know him, Is to
love love love him, And I do.
Paul had one
consuming desire, and that was to know Jesus
better than he already did.
Do you have a strong
desire to know Jesus more than you do now?
It is the desire of
Jesus that we might know God better.
And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
The better we know
Jesus the more we will love Him.
The more we love
Jesus the less we will love other things.
There are three
steps to knowing Jesus better:
I. READING GOD’S WORD.
Jeremiah 9:24 (NLT)
Let them boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am
the Lord who is just and
righteous, whose love is
unfailing, and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
By reading God’s Word we can begin to develop a
knowledge base of Who He is and His attributes.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We must not just
read God’s Word; we must study it and allow it
to become a part of us.
Thy words were found, and I did
eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and
rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy
name, O Lord God of hosts.
It is through the
knowledge of God’s Word that we can discern His
will for our lives.
Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT)
So we have continued
praying for you ever since we first heard about
you. We ask God to give you a complete
understanding of what he wants to do in your
lives, and we ask him to make you wise with
spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will
always honor and please the Lord, and you will
continually do good, kind things for others. All
the while, you will learn to know God better and
As studying God’s Word will give us knowledge of
Who He is and what He has done, it is through
prayer that we can begin to develop an intimate
relationship with Him.
It is through prayer
that we can communicate with God and He can
communicate with us.
When we read and
study God’s Word we must do it in an attitude of
prayer so we can discern what His Word is
There are at least
six parts of prayer that we should practice
We need to praise Him for Whom He
Let the people praise thee, O
God; let all the people praise thee.
Let them give glory unto the
Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
By him therefore let us offer the
sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is,
the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
We need to thank Him
for what He has done.
Enter into his gates with
thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
We often forget the first two and begin with
number 3 or 4.
We need to seek for the needs of
Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Asking for our own needs
Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you:
Telling God how much we love Him
As the hart panteth after the
water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire
My soul longeth, yea, even
fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart
and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
I love the Lord, because he hath
heard my voice and my supplications.
This may be the most difficult
and yet the most necessary part of prayer.
Have you ever been
involved in conversation with someone who didn’t
allow you to get in a word edgewise?
III. WORSHIPING WITH FELLOW
It is of vital importance that we gather
together with others in worshiping God.
99% of us would much
rather watch a ballgame, listen to a concert, or
go to a class with others than to do it by
Those who claim they
don’t need to go to church will never develop
into the Christian God wants them to be.
We are shortchanging
ourselves and others when we fail to gather with
others to worship God.
I was glad when they said unto
me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
If we truly love God, coming to His house to
worship will be a pleasure and not drudgery.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (GW)
We must also consider how to
encourage each other to show love and to do good
things. We should not stop gathering together
with other believers, as some of you are doing.
Instead, we must continue to encourage each
other even more as we see the day of the Lord
God is a God of variety; He doesn’t reveal
Himself to everyone the same way.
As we share with one
another our experiences with God, we gain a
greater understanding of Him.
The more we know who
God is and what He has done, our love for Him
Let us spend more time reading
and study God Word, praying and worshiping
together with fellow believers.
POWER OF REPENTANCE”
2 Chronicles 7:14
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
What made the difference between King Saul
sinning (I Samuel 15)
and King David sinning (2
He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy.
ILL: Helping fix a flat tire &
Bill Gates’ gifts.
We are all held
under the power of sin and wrong.
Sin against God and
the wrong we do towards one another.
There is only one
thing that we have the power to do that will set
The starting line to
enjoy proper relationship with God and others is
Jesus began His ministry with the
call to repentance.
From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand.
we cannot live in the kingdom of heaven.
God has provided
salvation through His Son Jesus but the only way
we can experience it is by repenting.
Repentance is the hammer that breaks the power
of guilt and salves our wounded soul with
Repentance is a
matter of choice.
We can choose to
repent and allow its power to reign in our lives
or we can refuse to repent and live under the
domination of sin and wrong.
I. WHAT IS THE POWER OF
There is a false repentance.
Sorry I got caught.
does not produce the desire or determination to
keep from doing it again.
caught will produce true repentance as it did
A. TRUE REPENTANCE
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.
Until we repent for
our sins, salvation is like a gift left
B. TRUE REPENTANCE
BRINGS GOD’S BLESSINGS.
Repent ye therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
when the times of refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord;
Before we repented we were under the curse of
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye
are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by
the Spirit of our God.
our trust in the blood of Jesus Christ instead
of the dead works of man.
How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living
Repentance brought a
cleansing that makes us fit to be used by God.
2 Timothy 2:21
If a man therefore purge himself
from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour,
sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and
prepared unto every good work.
Repentance brings us into a
peaceful relationship with God.
Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
C. TRUE REPENTANCE
BRINGS A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE.
I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.
The oppression of guilt will cause us to react
in a way that is often negative.
We become defensive
We become fearful
We often withdraw
We can react in anger for no
RESTORES BROKE RELATIONSHIPS.
Sin separates, whether it is sin against God, or
a wrong done against another.
Behold, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear: But your
iniquities have separated between you and your
God, and your sins have hid his face from you,
that he will not hear.
comes there is a barrier that blocks us from
experiencing proper relationship.
II. WHO NEEDS TO REPENT?
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 repentance.
God is more concerned about those
who need repentances than those who do not.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to
And Jesus answering said unto
them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were
sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they
suffered such things? I tell you, Nay:
but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower
in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that
they were sinners above all men that dwelt in
Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so
that your sins may be wiped out, that times of
refreshing may come from the Lord,
There can be no salvation without repentance.
1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I write this to
you so that you will not sin. But if anybody
does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father
in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and
not only for ours but also for the sins of the
We as followers of
Christ should not sin, but when we do we must
confess and repent of our sins in order that
they be forgiven.
C. OUR NATION
We as Christians need to repent for the sins of
Let thine ear now be attentive,
and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the
prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee
now, day and night, for the children of Israel
thy servants, and confess the sins of the
children of Israel, which we have sinned against
thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
O Lord, though our iniquities
testify against us, do thou it for thy name's
sake: for our backslidings are many; we have
sinned against thee.
Let us repent and live in the
victory the God has for us.
MARTHA LIKE FAITH”
But I know, that even now,
whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give
Most of us, when we think of Mary and Martha,
think of the time Jesus came and Martha spent
her time and energy fixing food for Jesus and
His disciples, while Mary sat at His feet.
Luke 10: 38-42
The account in John 11 paints a
different picture of Maratha.
The Black Hole
Most all of us have
experienced times when we feel that God has let
experience these times when:
When we believe that God has not
answered our request.
When God does not answered our
requests as we envision.
When God does not answered our
requests in the time frame we think He should.
Such it was with
Martha and Mary when the sent word to Jesus that
Lazarus was sick,
I. MARTHA & MARY HAD A PLAN.
John 11:1-3, 5-6
Now a certain man was sick, named
Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her
sister Martha. (It was that Mary which
anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his
feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was
sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him,
saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is
sick … Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister,
and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he
was sick, he abode two days still in the same
place where he was.
God does not always work according to our plans.
It is God’s plan not
ours that must prevail.
Jesus could have said the word
and healed Lazarus from where He was.
They expected Jesus to be
concerned about Lazarus’ enough to come, but He
They expected Jesus to heal
Lazarus, but Jesus didn’t heal Lazarus.
They expected Jesus to come
immediately but He came four days after Lazarus’
Think of the turmoil
that must have gone through their minds as they
watch their brother die and Jesus didn’t come.
They could have
easily questions Jesus love.
All though we may
not understand God’s methods or time table, we
can still put our trust in His love.
II. GOD HAD A GREATER PLAN.
When Jesus heard that, he said,
This sickness is not unto death, but for the
glory of God, that the Son of God might be
And I am glad for your sakes that
I was not there, to the intent ye may believe;
nevertheless let us go unto him.
God had a plan that would
accomplish several things:
It would place Martha and Mary in
a situation that only God would deliver them
Had He just healed Lazarus there would have been
those who would have said, Lazarus was already
It would teach great lessons
That time is not an issue with
That God has power over life and
When there seems to be no hope,
there is God.
It would bring glory to God.
That they might believe in Who He
is and what He can do.
What we truly believe about God is revealed in
the darkest hours.
III. HAVING MARTHA LIKE FAITH.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard
that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but
Mary sat still in the house.
It was Martha not Mary that ran to Jesus.
We may not
understand the purpose of our circumstances
until we see Jesus face to face.
A. MARATHA HAD FAITH
FOR WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
Then said Martha unto Jesus,
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had
B. MARATHA HAD FAITH
FOR WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.
Martha saith unto him, I know
that he shall rise again in the resurrection at
the last day.
C. THE FAITH MARATHA
NEEDED WAS THE FAITH FOR WHAT IS
Jesus said, Take ye away the
stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead,
saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh:
for he hath been dead four days. Jesus
saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if
thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the
glory of God?
God’s plan is fulfilled when we believe and
Faith and obedience
goes hand in hand. It takes faith to be
obedient and sometimes it takes obedient to
Waiting four days
made Jesus late for a healing, but right on time
for a resurrection.
There is a pattern that is often found in the
life of a Christian.
The shortest verse in the Bible
can be a source of great strength to us.
Whatever we may be
going though we can find strength in knowing
that God is watching over us and that He is
touched by the circumstances we are in.
Seeing then that we have a great
high priest, that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
profession. For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
as we are, yet without sin. Let us
therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need.