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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

 SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

 WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: I Corinthians 1:17-25

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 INTRO: We are being bombarded with message signs with symbols, many without words.

    Message road signs have been in Europe for quite some time.

    Some messages are easy to understand while others can be quite confusing.

    When you see the cross, what message does it say to you?

 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 NOTE: Failure to take heed to the message of certain signs can bring great suffering and even death.

    We must make sure that the message of the cross we bring is the true message.

 1 Corinthians 14:7-8 (NIV) Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?  Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

    What is the message of the cross we need to share with others?

    The message of the cross has many facets.

 1. THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A MESSAGE OF JOY.

    A. THE JOY OF KNOWING OUR SINS ARE WASHED AWAY.

 Isaiah 12:3 (NLT) With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!

 Psalm 51:12 (NLT) Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

 Psalm 103:12 (NLT) He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.

 Isaiah 43:25 (NLT) "I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.

   B. JOY OF KNOWING WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE PENTALY OF DEATH.

 John 5:24 (NLT) "I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

 Romans 8:1 (KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 2. THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A MESSAGE OF PEACE.

 Colossians 1:20 (NLT) and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.

    A. WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD

 Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!

 Romans 5:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

    B. WE HAVE PEACE ONE WITH ANOTHER

 Ephesians 2:14 (NLT) For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.

 3. THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A MESSAGE OF LOVE.

 NOTE: The cross shouts of God’s love. 

Deuteronomy 7:8 (KJV) But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 John 3:16 (KJV) 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.

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

 Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

 1 John 3:1 (KJV) 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.

 4. THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A MESSAGE OF HOPE.

 NOTE: The message of the cross is the hope we have of eternal life.

 1 Peter 1:3 (KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

    A. WE HAVE HOPE IN DEATH.

 Proverbs 14:32 (KJV) The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

 Proverbs 14:32 (NLT) The wicked are crushed by their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they die.

    B. WE HAVE HOPE IN THE RETURN OF CHRIST.

 Titus 2:13 (KJV) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

    C. WE HAVE HOPE IN OUR RESURRECTION TO ETERNAL LIFE.

 Acts 24:15 (KJV) And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 Revelation 20:5-6 (KJV) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

CONCLUSION: The message of the cross brings us joy, peace, love and hope.  Have you heard the message of the cross?

  

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 AM SERVICE

 “STRESSED SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS”

 SCRIPTURE READING: JAMES 1:2-12

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: James 1:2 (NLT)

     Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.

 INTRO: Bury me with a fork, the best is yet to come.

 

   Stress is something we all face and most of our stress comes from two different sources; trials and temptations.

   Trials come in many different forms: sickness, work, disappointments, the economy, family, world condition, accidents, sorrow, death and even church.

   Temptations come when sin presents itself to us seeking us to disobey God.

    Regardless, whether we are facing a trial or temptation we experience stress.

    If God really loves us, why does He allow trials and temptations to come into our lives?

    The purpose of trials and temptations is to cause us to mature into strong victorious Christians.

 James 1:3-4 (NLT) For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

 NOTE: The question is how do we handle the stress that comes into our lives?

 I. GREAT MEN OF FAITH SOMETIMES ALLOW STRESS OF OVERCOME THEM.

 ·         Some seek to hide from the stress in life by doing activities they think will take away the stress.

·             A. TWICE ABRAHAM SAID SARAH WAS HIS SISTER INSTEAD

       OF HIS WIFE.  Genesis 12 & 20

    B. ABRAHAM HAD A CHILD BY HAGAR. Genesis 16

 ·         Some run from stress

    C.  ELIJAH RAN FROM JEZEBELL. I Kings 19

 ·         Some seek to handle stress through their own abilities

    D.  KING SAUL OFFERED UP A SACRIFICE  

 1 Samuel 13:8-12 (GW) He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel. But Samuel had not come to Gilgal, and the troops began to scatter.  Then Saul said, "Bring me the animals for the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." So he sacrificed the burnt offering.  As he finished sacrificing the burnt offering, Samuel came, and Saul went to greet him.

    Samuel asked, "What have you done?" Saul replied, "I saw the troops were scattering. You didn't come when you said you would, and the Philistines were assembling at Michmash.  So I thought, 'Now, the Philistines will come against me at Gilgal, but I haven't sought the Lord's favor.' I felt pressured into sacrificing the burnt offering."

 

NOTE: Stress will affect our lives in many ways; physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually.

 Psalm 127:2 (KJV) 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.

    Both trials and temptations have to do with our faith; do we trust God to delivers us and give us the victory?

    Stress comes into the life of the Believer when they fail to trust God and seek to find the solution outside of Him.

 Philippians 4:6 (GW) Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.

II. WE MUST TURN OUR STRESS OVER TO GOD.

 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

NOTE: We must remember that God loves us and He is guiding our steps to draw us closer to Him.

 Job 23:10 (KJV) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 ·         We are to accept all our trials and temptations with joy knowing that God is allowing us to grow in Him.

 ·         By facing and overcoming trials we become a stronger Christian, more steadfast and enduring.

 ·         By facing and overcoming temptations we become more pure, holy and righteous.

 ·         By overcoming both trials and temptations we become more like Christ, and a much more dynamic witness to the Grace of God.

    A.  PAUL FOUND THE JOY OF TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS.

 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (KJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

   B. JESUS GIVES TO US HIS EXAMPLE OF FINDING JOY IN

       TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS.

 Hebrews 12:1-7 (KJV) Wherefore 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.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

 NOTE: The Greek word paideia, translated to chasteneth in the KJV means: tutorage, i.e. education or training; by implication disciplinary correction:- chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.

 CONCLUSION: So when were are faced with trials and temptations that bring stress into our lives, let us seek to find the joy of knowing that God loves us, and is seeking to make us stronger and more like Him.

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 PM SERVICE

 GETTING TO KNOW JESUS

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:1-14

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 INTRO: The strength of our faith is totally dependent on our understanding of Who Jesus is.

 Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV) "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

    Each of the four Gospels portrays Jesus in a different way.

 ·         Matthew: Jesus as the King of the Jews

·         Mark: Jesus as a servant

·         Luke: Jesus as the Son of Man

·         John: Jesus as the Son of God

 John 20:31 (KJV) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

    The Gospel of John reveals Jesus in at least 12 distinctive ways:

 ·         HE IS THE MESSIAH.

 John 4:25-26 (KJV) The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

 ·         HE IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.

John 6:35 (KJV) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 ·         HE IS FROM HEAVEN ABOVE.

 John 8:23 (KJV) And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

 ·         HE IS ETERNAL.

 John 8:58 (KJV) Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 ·         HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

 John 9:5 (KJV) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 ·         HE IS THE DOOR TO THE SHEEP FOLD.

 John 10:7 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

·         HE IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD.

 John 10:11,14 (KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

 ·         HE IS THE SON OF GOD.

 John 10:36 (KJV) Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

 ·         HE IS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.

 John 11:25 (KJV) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 ·         HE IS OUR MASTER AND LORD.

 John 13:13 (KJV) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

  ·         HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

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

 ·         HE IS THE TRUE VINE.

 John 15:1 (KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

 NOTE: In our Scripture reading Jesus is revealed in several different ways.

 A. JESUS IS ETERNAL, HE WAS WITH GOD AND HE IS GOD

 John 1:1 (NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God.

 ·         Jesus is eternal

NOTE:   It is vital to our Faith to believe that Jesus is eternal; He has neither beginning nor end.

 Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 Revelation 1:8 (NLT) "I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One."

 Revelation 1:11a (KJV) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

 Revelation 1:17 (KJV) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 ·         Jesus was with God

 NOTE: This teaches us that Jesus is part of the Godhead, the Trinity.

Genesis 1:26 (NLT) Then God said, "Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life—the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals."

 Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Romans 1:20 (KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 Colossians 1:13-19 (KJV) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

 Colossians 2:9 (KJV) For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 ·         Jesus is God

 Luke 22:70 (KJV) Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

 John 3:16 (KJV) 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.

 John 10:30 (KJV) I and my Father are one.

 John 17:22 (KJV) And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 Romans 1:4 (NLT) And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.

 Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,        being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 AM SERVICE

“WHAT IS THE PRICE OF TRUTH?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: GALATIANS 1:6-9

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 23:23 (KJV)

    Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

 INTRO: The Galatians were being turned away from the truth by false teaching.

       How important is to you to know the truth?

    Satan’s first attempt to get man to sin was by challenging the truth of God’s Word.

 Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

    And the woman said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”  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.”

 

   Satan seeks to get us to buy into his lies, and to deny the Truths of God.

 

   Today there are those who claim to preach the Gospel but are teaching Satan’s lies.

 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (NLT) These people are false apostles. They have fooled you by disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.

    The cost of buying Satan’s lies is far more costly than buying the Truth.

    "It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to believe the truth that hurts and then heals, then falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for believing the truth than to be loved for believing a lie.

   "It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It's better to stand alone with the truth than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better ultimately to succeed with truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie."

(Adrian Rogers)

 I. THERE IS A COST IN BUYING THE TRUTH.

 ILL: Pilgrim’s Progress in Vanity Fair.

    If we wish to buy the Truth we must give up all the un-truths of this world, both secular and religious.

    The Galatians were in the process of selling the Truth of God’s Grace for the lie of the legalism of the Law.

    Satan is the father of lies.

 John 8:44 (NIV) You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    Satan told the first lie in the garden, and he will tell his last lie at Gog and Magog.

 Revelation 20:7-8 (KJV) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

    A. THE TRUTH OF SALVATION

 ·         We are all sinners.

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

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

 NOTE: The cost involved is to repent of our sin and to turn away from sin.

 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.

 ·         Salvation is only through the blood of Jesus Christ.

 Acts 4:12 (NIV) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

 1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 NOTE: Satan’s lie is that we don’t need to be saved but if we do we are saved through attending church, water baptism, communion and good works.

    B. THE TRUTH OF GOD’S LOVE.

 John 3:16 (KJV) 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.

 1 John 3:1-3 (KJV) 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.

 

NOTE: One of Satan’s favorite lies is to question God’s love by asking, “If God loves you why is this happing to you?

    C.  THE TRUTH OF ETERNAL LIFE.

 John 3:14-15 (KJV) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 John 3:36 (KJV) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 II. DO NOT SELL THE TRUTH.

 NOTE: It is said that everything has its price, what is the price of selling the Truth?

   We lose God’s protection.

 Psalm 91:4 (KJV) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

   We will not sell what we highly value.

    A. GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH

 Psalm 119:160 (KJV) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

 John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    B. THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE FROM SATAN & SIN.

 John 8:31-32 (KJV) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 CONCLUSION: Let us value the Truth of God’s Word so that we will never sell it for the trinkets of this world.

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 PM SERVICE

 GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 2

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:1-14

 SCRIPTURE TEXT:  John 1:3 (NLT) He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make.

I. JESUS IS THE CREATER OF ALL THINGS.

 NOTE: The Bible is very plain, it was God Who created the heaven and the earth, it didn’t just happen.

 Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 Exodus 20:11 (NLT) For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

 Nehemiah 9:6 (NLT) You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve and give life to everything, and all the angels of heaven worship you.

 Job 12:7-10 (NLT) "Ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.  Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish of the sea speak to you.  They all know that the Lord has done this.  For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of all humanity.

 Job 26:7 (NLT) God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.

 Psalm 24:2 (NLT) For he laid the earth's foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.

 Psalm 33:6 (NLT) The Lord merely spoke,and the heavens were created.  He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

 Psalm 95:5 (NLT) The sea belongs to him, for he made it.  His hands formed the dry land, too.

 Psalm 102:25 (NLT) In ages past you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

 Psalm 104:5 (NLT) You placed the world on its foundation

so it would never be moved.

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT) Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

 Isaiah 45:12 (NLT) I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command.

 Isaiah 48:13 (NLT) It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth. The palm of my right hand spread out the heavens above. I spoke, and they came into being.

 Acts 4:24 (NLT) Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer: "O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—

 Acts 7:50 (NLT) Didn't I make everything in heaven and earth?'

 Acts 14:15 (NLT) "Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings like yourselves! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

 Acts 17:24 (NLT) "He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples,

 Hebrews 11:3 (NLT) By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

NOTE: It is plain that the Bible teaches us that it the Godhead that created all things, but it also shows us that it was Jesus, part of the Godhead, that was the one Who created all things.

 Ephesians 3:9 (KJV) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 Colossians 1:16 (NLT) Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him.

 Hebrews 1:1-2 (NLT) Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.

 Revelation 4:11 (KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 II. JESUS BROUGHT LIFE AND LIGHT.

 John 1:4 (NLT) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

    A. JESUS IS THE LIFE OF MAN.

 Genesis 2:7 (NLT) Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.


Job 32:8 (NLT) Surely it is God's Spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

Job 33:4 (NLT) For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

 Job 33:6 (NLT)  "Look, you and I are the same before God. I, too, was formed from clay.

 

Psalm 139:14 (NLT) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.

NOTE: God took two things to create man, the dust of the earth and His own breath of life.

    Jesus breathed into man at creation and made him a living soul, He breaths into us in Salvation and gives us eternal life.

 John 20:22 (KJV) And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

John 10:10 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 John 11:25 (KJV) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

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

Romans 5:21 (KJV) That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 2 Tim. 1:10 (KJV) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 1 John 5:12 (KJV) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 AM SERVICE

IS IT CONVICTION OR CONDEMNATION?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 8:1-6

 SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 8:1 (KJV)

    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 INTRO: We all at one time or another have come under conviction or condemnation and sometimes both.

    Have you ever thought of the difference between conviction and condemnation?  Is there a difference?

    The difference between conviction and condemnation is twofold; its source and it desired results.  

    Conviction comes from God and its desired results are repentance and fellowship.

   Condemnation comes from Satan and its desired results are despair and the bondage of guilt.

 I. THE BLESSING OF CONVICTION

NOTE: One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to bring conviction to our hearts and will turn us to God.

John 16:7-11 (GW) However, I am telling you the truth: It's good for you that I'm going away. If I don't go away, the helper won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God's approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.  He will convict the world of sin, because people don't believe in me.  He will show the world what has God's approval, because I'm going to the Father and you won't see me anymore.  He will convince the world that God judges it, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

    The whole purpose of conviction is to bring us to God.

 ILL: Abraham Lincoln: "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of those about me seemed insufficient for the day."

    A. CONVICTION REVEALS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN GOD

       AND MAN.

 NOTE: “When the Spirit of God brings this type of conviction it reveals your total bankruptcy before God. The burden of that sin can only be overcome by realizing God’s blessing of salvation.                                                      Oswald Chambers

    It was conviction of his sin with Bathsheba that caused David to repent.

 Psalm 51:1-3 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

     Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

 NOTE: Conviction leads to Godly sorrow, Godly sorrow leads to repentance.

 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 (NLT) For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.

    Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish the wrongdoer. You showed that you have done everything you could to make things right.

    B. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR CONVICTION.

Psalm 119:67 (KJV) Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

 NOTE: We are incapable in ourselves to know what is really in our hearts.

 Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) "The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?  But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."

    We need God to search out our hearts and reveal through conviction the things we need to repent of.

 Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

 II. WE ARE FREE FROM CONDEMNATION

 NOTE: Condemnation comes when we are guilty or thought guilty of doing wrong.

    Because Christ has taken away our guilt we no longer come under condemnation.

 Romans 8:33-34 (NLT) Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.

 Romans 8:1 (KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 NOTE: Condemnation comes upon those who have failed to put their trust in Jesus Christ.

 John 3:17-19 (KJV) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 5:24 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 NOTE: Because we are free from condemnation we must be careful that we do not condemn others.

 Isaiah 50:9 (KJV) Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

 Luke 6:37 (KJV) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 Romans 14:4 (NLT) Who are you to condemn God's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord's power will help them do as they should.

 CONCLUSION: Let us ask God to convict us of sin, and bring us to repentance so that we will not come under condemnation.

  

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 PM SERVICE

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 3

JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:1-9 (NLT Second addition)

 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He existed in the beginning with God.  God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:4-5 (NLT Second addition)

 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 INTRO: Before God spoke there was only darkness and chaos throughout the world.

 Genesis 1:2 (NLT) The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.

 Jeremiah 4:23 (NLT) I looked at the earth, and it was empty and formless. I looked at the heavens, and there was no light.

    God spoke and there was light.

 Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT) Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  And God saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.

 NOTE: God did not create darkness; darkness is the absence of light.

    Light will always dispel darkness, darkness can never dispel light.

 I. THE LIFE OF JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 John 1:4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

 John 8:12 (NLT) Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."

    A. A LIFE WITHOUT JESUS IS A LIFE OF DARKNESS

 John 3:19-20 (NLT) Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.  They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished.

 NOTE: It is not that there is no light but rather that the world has rejected the light and shut it out, by rejecting Jesus Who’s life is the light of the world.

 ·         By rejecting the life that reveals God love for the world.

·         By rejecting the life that gives us the pattern we are to live.

·         By rejecting the life that was given that we might have eternal life.

·         By rejecting the True light and living in the false light.

 John 1:9 (NLT) The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.

 NOTE: If Jesus is the True Light there must be a false light.

    Satan comes as an angel of light.

 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NLT) But I am not surprised! Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.

 There are many false lights:

  • Philosophy

  •  Religion

  • Humanism

  •  Atheism

    None of these lights reveal the truth of sin and it results.

 II. WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

 NOTE: We are not the light its self but we are to reveal the True light to this darken world.

 John 9:5 (NLT) But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.

 NOTE: When Jesus returned to heaven He left us as the light of the world.

 Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    We are to carry the Light of Jesus Christ (life) so that men might see Christ and be saved.

 John 1:6-8 (NLT) God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light.

    This is what the woman at the well did.

 John 4:28-29, 39 (NLT) The woman left her water jar beside the well and went back to the village and told everyone,  "Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?" Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I ever did!"

 NOTE: Andrew brought Peter, Philip brought Nathaniel.

 John 1:40-41 (NLT) Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of these men who had heard what John said and then followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon, and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means the Christ).

 John 1:43, 45 (NLT) The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Come, be my disciple.  Philip went off to look for Nathanael and told him, "We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth."

   Jesus sends us out to be the light that reveals Jesus to this darken word.

 John 20:21 (KJV) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 Matthew 10:16 (KJV) Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

 Matthew 28:19 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:15 (NLT) And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.

 Acts 1:8 (NLT) But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AM SERVICE

 “GRACE FOUND IN THE MOST UNEXPECTING HEARTS”

 SCRIPTURE READING: EPHESIANS 2:1-13

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 

     For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

NOTE: Two of the most un-likely to succeed.

   We are often guilty of judging people as too wicked or evil to experience God’s Grace.

    Is there anyone who you feel could never experience the Grace of God?

    Is there anyone who you would not want to experience the Grace of God?

    But God’s Grace can reach into the deepest and filthiest pit of sin and save the person we consider most unlikely.

 NOTE: Six of the most unlikely to experience God’s Grace.

 I. A HARLOT

 Joshua 2 The story of Rahab.

 Matthew 1:5-6 (NLT) Salmon was the father of Boaz (his mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (his mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon (his mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).

 NOTE: The morality of all the women named in the genealogy of Jesus is questionable.

    This is a great example of God’s Grace saving those the world sees as un-save able.

 II. AN ENEMY SOLDIER

 II Kings 5 Naaman the Syrian captain

 2 Kings 5:1-2 (KJV) Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.  And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

 2 Kings 5:17 (NLT) Then Naaman said, "All right, but please allow me to load two of my mules with earth from this place, and I will take it back home with me. From now on I will never again offer any burnt offerings or sacrifices to any other god except the Lord.

 III. A WOMAN SHACKING UP

 John 4 The woman at the well

 John 4:16-18 (NLT) "Go and get your husband," Jesus told her.  "I don't have a husband," the woman replied. Jesus said, "You're right! You don't have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with now."

 IV. A TAX COLLECTOR

 Luke 19 Zacchaeus

Luke 19:5-7 (NLT) When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. "Zacchaeus!" he said. "Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today."

    Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the crowds were displeased. "He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner," they grumbled.

 Luke 19:8-10 (NLT) Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!"

    Jesus responded, "Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham. And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost."

 V. A WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY

 John 8:3-5 (NLT) As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

    "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"

 John 8:10-11 (KJV) When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

VI. A MURDER AND ENEMY OF THE CHURCH

   Acts 7:56-60 (KJV) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 Acts 9:1-2 (NLT) Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord's followers, so he went to the high priest.  He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (KJV) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 CONCLUSION: I am so grateful that God does not consider and to un-likely to be saved.

 Mark 2:17 (NLT) When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."

 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT) The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 PM SERVICE

 GETTING TO KNOW JESUS 4

 RECOGNIZING WHO JESUS IS

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:10-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:10-12 (KJV) 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:

 INTRO: Do you know Jesus and Who He is?

    The key to where we will spend eternity depends on our recognition of Who Jesus is.

 Matthew 16:15 (KJV) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    In this portion of Scripture the Duel Nature of Jesus is revealed.

 I. HE IS FULLY GOD & HE IS FULLY MAN.

 John 1:14 (NLT) So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.

 NOTE: Why is it critical to believe in the Dual Nature of Jesus?

    A. THE HUMANITY OF JESUS.

 1 John 4:2 (GW) This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every person who declares that Jesus Christ has come as a human has the Spirit that is from God.

 1. He was born a man to be our example

 Hebrews 2:16-18 (NLT) We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels.  Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.  Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.

 Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.  So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

 2. That He might die for our sins.

 NOTE: God is eternal therefore He cannot die, Jesus had be man that He could die.

 

Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,        being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

    B. THE DEITY OF JESUS.

 1 John 2:23 (ASV) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that confesseth the Son hath the Father also.

 1 John 4:15 (ASV) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.

 1. He had to be divine to be without sin.

 NOTE: He had to be born a virgin in order that He would be sinless.

 Romans 5:12 (NLT) When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

 Hebrews 7:26 (NLT) He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has now been set apart from sinners, and he has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.

 Hebrews 9:14 (NLT) Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT) For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.  He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

 1 Peter 2:22 (NLT) He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone.

 1 John 3:5 (NLT) And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, for there is no sin in him.

             2. He had to be sinless to be the acceptable sacrifice.

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

 Exodus 12:5 (KJV) Your lamb shall be without blemish*, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

 NOTE: Young’s translation says a perfect* one.

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

 NOTE: Yeast is a symbol of sin; we are to get rid of the sin in our lives because Jesus our Passover Lamb was sinless.

 Isaiah 53:12 (NLT) I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.

 Hebrews 9:28 (NLT) so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time he will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.

 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)  He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!

 NOTE: Those who recognize and accept His Dual Nature are saved those who reject His Dual Nature are lost.

 John 1:11-12 (NLT) Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted.  But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

    Because of the rejection by the Jews, this opened the door for the Gentiles to become the children of God.

 CONCLUSION: Let us not be like those who have rejected Him but let us fully accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

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