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SERMONS FOR FEBRUARY 2015

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2015

 

JESUS: THE SCAPEGOAT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LEVITICUS 16:5-10, 20-22

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

INTRO: This is one of the most fascinating chapters found in the Bible.

 

   There are three types or symbols of Jesus revealed in this chapter.

 

v  THE HIGH PRIEST

v  THE SIN GOAT

v  THE SCAPEGOAT

 

I.  JESUS THE HIGH PRIEST

 

NOTE: Only the High Priest could enter into the Holy of Holies and then only once a year.

 

   He had to take special preparations in order to enter without being killed.

 

Leviticus 16:3-4 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.  He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

 

v  He had to make a sacrifice for himself.  (This is one thing Jesus did not have to do)

v  He had to wash himself.  (Jesus’ Water Baptism)

v  He had to lay aside his High Priest robe and put on a plain linen garment.

 

NOTE: The High Priest had to lay aside his priestly clothing (Exodus 28) and put on a plain linen garment and mitre.

 

PHILIPPIANS 2:6-7 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

 

HEBREWS 2:16-18 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

 

HEBREWS 4:14-16 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.

 

JOHN 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 

II. JESUS THE SIN GOAT

 

NOTE: Not only is the High Priest a symbol of Who Jesus is but the sin goat that the High Priest slew is also a symbol of who Jesus is and what He has done.

 

Leviticus 16:9, 15-16  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering… Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: and he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

 

HEBREWS 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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 God?

 

NOTE: The blood of the Sin Goat only pertained to the sins of the people.

 

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.

 

   None of the sacrifices made by man were able to cleanse from sin, only cover until Jesus died on the cross and cleansed us from our sins.

 

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.

 

III. JESUS THE SCAPEGOAT

 

Leviticus 16:20-22 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

 

NOTE: Not only is Jesus the Sin Goat that paid the penalty for our sins but He is also the Scapegoat that removes our sins so that they can never be held against us again.

 

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.

 

1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

 

   He has cast our sins into the sea of His forgetfulness and will bring them to remembrance no more.

 

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

HEBREWS 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

 

Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

 

CONCLUSION:  Jesus as our High Priest offer the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins that is He as the Sin Goat paid the full penalty for our sins, than as the Scapegoat He removed our sins so that they can never be used against us.

 

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

FEBRUARY 8, 2015

 

A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE CLOSES THE DOOR TO SUCCESS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: NUMBERS 13:17-20, 31-33

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 13:58 (KJV) And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 

INTRO: The Children of Israel stood on the brink of entering the Promise Land, yet not one age of twenty or older entered the Promise Land

 

   We are a lot like the Children of Israel, no matter how often God has met our needs when we face a new test we often display a negative attitude.

 

I. WHAT PRODUCES A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE?

 

v  Fear

v  Unbelief

v  A lack of trust

v  A lack of self-esteem

v  A lack of faith in God

 

II. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE?

 

v  Rebellion

v  Loss of God’s blessings

v  Failure

v  Living in defeat

NOTE: One of the best illustrations of a negative attitude and its results is found in the Parable of the Talents.

 

Matthew 25:24-25 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

 

NOTE: A person who has a spiritual negative attitude is most likely negative about almost everything.

 

v  Complaining

v  Criticizing

v  Not willing to try something new or different

 

III. HOW DO WE GET RID OF A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE?

 

NOTE: To get rid of a negative attitude we must change the way we think.

 

Romans 12:1-3 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. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

   A. WE MUST GIVE OURSELVES TO GOD FOR SERVICE

 

Romans 12:1b…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 

   B. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE WORLD TO CONTROL US

 

Romans 12:2a And be not conformed to this world:

 

NOTE: There will always be those who seek to discourage us from stepping out and trusting God

 

Numbers 13:31-33 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

 

   C. WE MUST TRUST GOD IN SPITE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES

 

Genesis 45:5 (NLT) But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

 

   Instead of trying to find blame for the situation we are in we must remember that God is in charge and He is directing our steps.

 

   The more you trust God the more you will find Him faithful

 

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

 

   D. WE MUST CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK

 

Romans 12:2b but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

v  The way we think about God

 

   It is our view of God and Who He is that determines our attitude

 

   The more you think about God and Who He is and what He can do your negative thoughts will change into positive thoughts

 

   Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death

 

v  The way we think about ourselves

NOTE:   The problem in the way we think of ourselves is twofold, we either think to highly of ourselves or too low.

 

Romans 12:3 to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

   The more we think highly of ourselves the less we think we need God.

 

   If we think too low of ourselves we have the tendency to become discouraged and negative.

 

   We need to do our best and allow God to do the rest.

 

Ephesians 3:16-20 (NLT) I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

NOTE: There is a vast difference between living by faith and wishful thinking

 

   Once we find God’s will, we must trust Him completely

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

CONCLUSION: We have a choice; we can live in negativity and defeat, or we can trust God and dwell in victory.

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

 

“HAVING A DIFFERENT SPIRIT”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: NUMBERS 14:11-25

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Numbers 14:24

   But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

 

INTRO: Tempted to try it, follow your hunch…

 

   The great achievements are made by those who have a different spirit from those who are around them.

 

   If Caleb and Joshua had the same experiences as the other ten spies why did they give a different report?

 

   It was because of the spirit within them, they saw things through spiritual eyes

 

   It’s easy to be controlled by the crowd.

 

   The Bible is filled with stories of men and women who had a different spirit and were willing to stand against the crowd.

 

I. WOMEN WITH A DIFFERENT SPIRIT

 

NOTE: There have been women who have been willing to stand up in the hour of need.

 

   A.  DEBORAH:  Judges 4 & 5

 

NOTE: Barak refused to lead the army unless Deborah went with him.

 

Judges 4:8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

 

   Israel won the victory but the honor of victory went to a women.

 

Judges 4:9 (GW) Deborah replied, “Certainly, I'll go with you. But you won't win any honors for the way you're going about this, because the LORD will use a woman to defeat Sisera.”

 

Judges 4:21 (KJV) Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

 

  B. ESTHER

 

Esther 4:16 (NIV) …I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

 

NOTE: Esther was willing to put her life on the line in two ways; she could die because she enters into the presence of the king without permission, or she might die because she revealed herself as a Jew.

 

   C. MARY

 

Luke 1:38 (KJV) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

 

NOTE: Mary was willing to stand up and be used for God in a way that would bring her rejection and shame.

 

II. MEN WITH A DIFFERENT SPIRIT

 

   A. CALEB

 

Numbers 14:24 (BBE) But my servant Caleb, because he had a different spirit in him, and has been true to me with all his heart, him I will take into that land into which he went, and his seed will have it for their heritage.

 

NOTE: Caleb served God with his whole heart

 

Numbers 32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.

 

   B. DAVID

 

NOTE: David as a young shepherd boy found Israel’s army petrified in fear.

 

1 Samuel 17:32-37 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

 

1 Samuel 17:45 (KJV) Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

 

   C. DANIEL

 

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

 

NOTE: Just because we are of a different spirit does not mean that we go through life without difficulties.

 

   Remember of the Disciples of Jesus only one, John, die of natural causes.

 

III. GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO HAVE A DIFFERENT SPIRIT

 

NOTE: God will bless and honor those who have a different spirit.

 

1.     Deborah: Israel won the victory

2.     Esther: the Jews were delivered from death

3.     Mary: gave birth to the Son of God

4.     Caleb: enter into the Promise Land and received his inheritance.

5.     David: defeated Goliath and became King of Israel

6.     Daniel: Was saved from the lion’s den and was given great vision of what was to come.

 

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 

Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us seek to be of a different spirit than those who do not believe in the power of God.

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015 PM

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NAPAVINE ASSEMBLY

 

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 32:17-22 (KJV) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;  And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 32:17 (KJV) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

 

INTRO: The Children of Judah were facing very dark days.

 

   Yet, Jeremiah spoke of God’s greatness

 

   Jeremiah was recounting great things God had done

 

   Judah was facing these difficult days because they had turned away from God and sought the gods of this world.

 

   What gods are we serving and putting our trust in?

 

   We are facing dark days and we need to remember how God has met our needs in the past to give us hope for the future.

 

   Too many Christians fail to understand God’s greatness

 

I. GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH

 

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

 

NOTE: There is a God a Supreme Person, a Supreme Intelligence and Force—who has created the universe and God has given the universe purpose and meaning.

 

   When we begin to question the role God played in the existence of the Heavens & earth it begins to erode our faith in God.

 

   Remember, the first temptation was questioning the Word of God.


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.

 

   When we question God, it gives the devil an opening.

 

   A. GOD HAS THE POWER TO CONTROL NATURE

 

Ø  The Flood

Ø  The Ten Plagues

Ø  The Rea Sea

Ø  Jonah and the great fish

Ø  Storms on the Sea of Galilee

 

   B.  GOD HAS POWER OVER EVERYTHING

 

1 Chronicles 29:12 (KJV) Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

 

Psalm 62:11 (KJV) God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

 

Luke 1:37 (KJV) For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

Ø  Power to heal

 

Exodus 15:26 (KJV) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

 

Ø  Power to forgive sin

 

Psalm 130:3-4 (KJV) If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 

Micah 7:18-19 (KJV) Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

Ø  Power to meet our needs

 

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

 

II. GOD’S NAME Is GREAT

 

   A. HIS NAME IS A PLACE OF REFUGE

 

Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 

2 Samuel 22:2-4 (KJV) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

 

   B. ONLY HIS NAME BRINGS SALVATION

 

Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

   C. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW BEFORE HIS NAME

 

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

CONCLUSION: God’s greatness is worthy to be praised

 

Psalm 48:1 (KJV) Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

 

 

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