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The Progressive Nine Commandments

The Progressive Nine Commandments

February 11, 2017

Everybody lives by a moral code.

  • It is very important you know where you are getting your moral code.
  • Do you get your moral code from TV, Celebrities and Facebook?
  • What if you moral code is in conflict with God’s moral code?
  • Does your moral code collide with the oldest moral code in recorded human history?
  • Does your moral code consist of three-syllable words that were never used ten years ago?

 

The Progressive Nine Commandments

First Commandment: Truth is Yours To Decide (Be your own god)

Thou Shalt Not Be A . . . .

Bigot (Disapproval of a lifestyle in opposition to God’s Moral Code)

Racist (Disapproval to give special entitlements to select groups of the One Human Race)

Misogynist (Disapproval of infanticide; murdering children inside their mother’s womb)

Homophobe (Disapproval of sodomy)

Sexist (Disapproval of gender bending)

Xenophobe (Disapproval of illegal entry into our country)

Intolerant (Unwilling to Approve & Endorse the breaking God’s Ten Commandments)

Islamophobia (Disapproval of any religious group that wants to convert you or kill you)

 

Progressive 9 Commandments

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How Did The Devil Fall?

How Did The Devil Fall?

January 21, 2017

In this study, we seek answers to the following questions.

Where did evil come from?
How did the devil fall?
How can God make everything, yet not be “to blame” for the evil?

These are the following foundational universal truths that lead us to the answer.

All Creation is Obligated, Indebted to Its Creator.
God Actively sustains all Creation.
God is not obligated to Sustain a Creatures “holiness” yet, a creature remains obligated to its Creator.

Please listen carefully and study the Scriptures like good Bereans.

Let me know your thoughts!

Semper Stabilis! James 1:12

Where did evil come from?

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New Year, New You, Think About It

New Year, New You, Think About It

January 14, 2017

Happy New Year! New Year, New Creation!

New Years is a Great times to stop and think.
Youth group story: prayer and meditation challenge at camp.
Oh how we hate silence.

Atheists and existentialism: They have nothing to look forward to, they have no hope.

God wants to
[Isa 1:16 ESV] Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
[Isa 1:17 ESV] learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
[Isa 1:18 ESV] "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Hebrew
Pro 6:6 Observe: the ant
to learn thoroughly, examine carefully
to consider well

Psalm 77: Meditate
to meditate, devise, muse, imagine
to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak

Greek
Consider/observe Matt 6:28 “consider the lilies”
to learn thoroughly, examine carefully
to consider well

Consider = Luke 12:24. consider the ravens. . .
to perceive, remark, observe, understand
to consider attentively, fix one's eyes or mind upon

Actively THINK ABOUT IT

[Psa 8:1 ESV] To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

O LORD (יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah), our Lord (דֹנָי 'Adonay),
how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Jehovah = "the existing One"
the proper name of the one true God
unpronounced except with the vowel

Adony “Lord”
Lord - title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence

how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Majestic:
great, majestic
of waters of sea
of a tree
of kings, nations, gods
great one, majestic one

[Psa 8:2 ESV] Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

Babies & Infants?
[1Co 1:26 ESV] For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
[1Co 1:27 ESV] But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
[1Co 1:28 ESV] God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
[1Co 1:29 ESV] so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
[1Co 1:30 ESV] And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
[1Co 1:31 ESV] so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

[Psa 8:3 ESV] When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
[Rom 1:19 ESV] For what can be known about God is plain to them (ungodly, unrighteous men), because God has shown it to them.
[Rom 1:20 ESV] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

[Psa 8:4 ESV] what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
[Psa 8:5 ESV] Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
[Psa 8:6 ESV] You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,

The Typological Interpretation.
Near/immediate fulfillment & a Christ Fulfillment. Hebrews 2:6-8

[Psa 8:7 ESV] all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
[Psa 8:8 ESV] the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
[Psa 8:9 ESV] O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

[Psa 19:1 ESV] To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
[Psa 19:2 ESV] Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
[Psa 19:3 ESV] There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

[Psa 19:4 ESV] Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
[Psa 19:5 ESV] which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
[Psa 19:6 ESV] Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

[Psa 19:7 ESV] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

[Psa 19:8 ESV] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

[Psa 19:9 ESV] the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

[Psa 19:10 ESV] More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
[Psa 19:11 ESV] Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

[Psa 19:12 ESV] Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

[Psa 19:13 ESV] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

[Psa 19:14 ESV] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Celebrate Communion: we are called to examine our self.

[1Co 11:28 ESV] Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
[1Co 11:29 ESV] For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
[1Co 11:30 ESV] That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
[1Co 11:31 ESV] But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

[1Co 11:23 ESV] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,

[1Co 11:24 ESV] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:25 ESV] In the same way also he took the cup, after supper,
saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:26 ESV] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

New Year New You 2017

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The Importance of The Incarnation

The Importance of The Incarnation

January 7, 2017

The first week of December, Andy Stanley stated the following.

“If somebody can predict their own death and then their own resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world.”

“Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the Birth of Jesus.”

Does it matter “Who” was born that day? Why and How?

Also if people might struggle with the “incarnation story” wouldn’t they also struggle with the “resurrection story”?

1 John 4:2
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

[1Ti 3:16 ESV] Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Necessity that God had to provide a solution to Genesis Rebellion
The proto-evangelium — the first Gospel (e- van –gel – yum)

[Gen 3:14 NASB] The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
[Gen 3:15 NASB] And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
More than a talking snake; Great Cosmic battle, where the seed of Eve will have the tactical advantage.

Long Ago, many times, many ways, God spoke to our fathers.
[Heb 1:1 ESV] Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
[Heb 1:2 ESV] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Did He? Oh Yes!
[Isa 9:6 ESV] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
[Isa 9:7 ESV] Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

[Mat 1:22 ESV] All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
[Mat 1:23 ESV] "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

[Heb 1:3 ESV] He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
[Heb 1:4 ESV] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
[Heb 1:5 ESV] For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?
[Heb 1:6 ESV] And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him.”

Why couldn’t Jesus just step out of Heaven, go the cross and call it done?

The necessity of a God/Man!
[Heb 2:10 ESV] For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
[Heb 2:11 ESV] For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

[Heb 2:14 ESV] Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
[Heb 2:15 ESV] and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

[Heb 2:17 ESV] Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Propitiate 1.
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.

[Heb 2:18 ESV] For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

“Jesus does this not only by dying the death we justly deserve but by living the life we should have lived.”

Imputation: God imputes our sinful life to Jesus account and Imputes Jesus’ Sinless life to our account.

Federal Headship
First Adam, Last Adam
We are condemned with our Father Adam,
We are Redeemed, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

More Than That!
[Rom 5:11 ESV] More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Son of Man Must Suffer
[Mar 8:27 ESV] And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
[Mar 8:28 ESV] And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
[Mar 8:29 ESV] And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
[Mar 8:30 ESV] And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
[Mar 8:31 ESV] And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

The “Who” is important! The Son of Man; The Messiah! MUST SUFFER
Also, Matt 1 & Luke 3:23; Emphasis that Jesus had to be of the line of David.
Why all the work to demonstrate Who Jesus was, if it’s not important?

When Joseph heard that Mary was pregnant, Joseph was considering to call of the marriage.
[Mat 1:20 NASB] But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
[Mat 1:21 NASB] "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

It matters very much “Who” and it matters “How”!

John the Baptist,
[Jhn 1:29 NASB] The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

One more thing!
Be Thankful that God chose you to understand! Who are we?
[Luk 2:10 NASB] But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

Just like the blue collar works of Jesus’ time. God sent angels to shepherds who were working outside of town, working the night shift.

Of all the smart and popular and famous people,
[1Co 2:12 ESV] Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

God gathered you here at this church at this time, His Christmas morning, so we can celebrate!
So that you may know truths that is hidden from the “wise of this world”.

God wants you to know that a Savior is Born!
Who is Messiah! The Lord! The kü'-rē-os “cor-re-aws”

 

Christmas 2016

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The Five Solas!

The Five Solas!

December 17, 2016

Reformation Sunday: The Five Solas

During the 16th Century. The reformers were protesting

Protestants . Protestors against Catholicism.

Battle Lines:
Authority: Church Authority VS Biblical Authority
Salvation: Synergy VS Monergy.

God’s Word is interconnected. You can’t talk about one theology with it leading to another theology.

The Five Guides protect us from man-made religion which war against Jesus Christ.

The goal of the world is simple

Anything but Jesus Christ. Pagan religions, secular humanism.
Or Jesus Christ +. . . . . Cults, heresies, TBN, prosperity preachers

Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone
[2Ti 3:16 ESV] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
[2Ti 3:17 ESV] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Concerning divisions in the church:
[1Co 4:6 ESV] I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

Written Word Inspired by the Holy Spirit.
[2Pe 1:19 ESV] And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
[2Pe 1:20 ESV] knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.
[2Pe 1:21 ESV] For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Sola Christus - Christ alone
Jesus Christ is the only mediator. Penal Substitutionary atonement

[Jhn 14:5 ESV] Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
[Jhn 14:6 ESV] Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
[Jhn 14:7 ESV] If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."

[1Ti 2:5 ESV] For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
[1Ti 2:6 ESV] who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Sola Gratia - Grace alone
Unmerited Grace:

[Eph 2:8 ESV] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
[Eph 2:9 ESV] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
[Eph 2:10 ESV] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

God saved me, Despite Me, not because of me.
[Psa 14:2 ESV] The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
[Psa 14:3 ESV] They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Paul Reveals how Grace Works.
[2Co 12:9 ESV] But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
[2Co 12:10 ESV] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sola Fide - Faith alone
[Rom 5:1 ESV] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Rom 5:2 ESV] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

You do not create faith. God gives you Faith
[Rom 12:3 ESV] For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

[1Co 12:9 ESV] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

The Disciples Ask Jesus for more Faith.
[Luk 17:5 ESV] The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
[Luk 17:6 ESV] And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

[Mar 9:23 ESV] And Jesus said to him, "'If you can'! All things are possible for one who believes."
[Mar 9:24 ESV] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!"

[Heb 12:1 ESV] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
[Heb 12:2 ESV] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Soli Deo Gloria - the Glory of God alone

Definition of Glory:
noun, plural glories
1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent;renown:
to win glory on the field of battle.
2. something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; adistinguished ornament or an object of pride:
a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.
3. adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
Give glory to God.
4. resplendent beauty or magnificence:
the glory of autumn.

Here is a clue if your theology is heading the wrong way.
You make the case for some inherited goodness.
When I. . .
But Then I . . . .
I am so thankful I. . . . .

It should be.
When God. . . .
In His Mercy, God. . . . .
But then God. . . . .

[1Pe 2:24 ESV] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
[1Pe 2:25 ESV] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

An Angel declares to the World. Fear God & Give Him Glory!
[Rev 14:6 ESV] Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
[Rev 14:7 ESV] And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give Him Glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water."

[Jhn 15:7 ESV] If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
[Jhn 15:8 ESV] By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
[Jhn 15:9 ESV] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
[Jhn 15:10 ESV] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
[Jhn 15:11 ESV] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Jesus’ after Judas went off to betray Him.
[Jhn 13:31 ESV] When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
[Jhn 13:32 ESV] If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

[Psa 96:4 ESV] For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
[Psa 96:5 ESV] For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
[Psa 96:6 ESV] Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
[Psa 96:7 ESV] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[Psa 96:8 ESV] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!
[Psa 96:9 ESV] Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth!
[Psa 96:10 ESV] Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity."
[Psa 96:11 ESV] Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
[Psa 96:12 ESV] let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
[Psa 96:13 ESV] before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

[1Co 10:31 ESV] So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

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Intro to the Gospel of Mark

Intro to the Gospel of Mark

December 10, 2016

Gospel Survey of Mark; the Action Gospel!

Who Wrote it and when?

Mark: No name in the book. So how do we know.
Early church fathers.
It is cited by Papias, Irenaeus, the Muratorian Canon (most likely), Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, and Jerome.
Papias, for example, writes:3
And the elder said this: “Mark became an interpreter of Peter; as many things as he remembered he wrote down accurately (though certainly not in order4) the things said or done by the Lord. For he neither heard the Lord nor followed him, but he came later—as he said with reference to Peter who taught whenever the need arose,5 but he did not [teach] according to the arrangement of the oracles of the Lord,6 with the result that Mark did not err7 when he thus wrote certain things as he recalled them. For he planned out one goal ahead of time,8 namely, to leave out nothing which he heard and not to falsify any [of the words of Peter].”9

When & Where
The earliest gospel with an authorship of between A.D. 55 to A.D. 70. In Rome.

Mark has connections
Peter
[Act 12:12 ESV] When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Peter mentions Mark.
[1Pe 5:13 ESV] She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.

Paul and Barnabas
[Act 13:13 ESV] Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem,

Big Fight because of Mark.
[Act 15:37 ESV] Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.
[Act 15:38 ESV] But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
[Act 15:39 ESV] And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus,
[Act 15:40 ESV] but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

Paul trusts Mark again.
[2Ti 4:11 ESV] Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.

The preparation for Jesus’ ministry - Mk 1:2-13

[Mar 1:1 ESV] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
[Mar 1:2 ESV] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,
[Mar 1:3 ESV] the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'"

[Mar 1:4 ESV] John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
[Mar 1:5 ESV] And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

[Mar 1:6 ESV] Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

[Mar 1:7 ESV] And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
[Mar 1:8 ESV] I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
[Mar 1:9 ESV] In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
[Mar 1:10 ESV] And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
[Mar 1:11 ESV] And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
[Mar 1:12 ESV] The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
[Mar 1:13 ESV] And he was in

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Thanksgiving Gospel

Thanksgiving Gospel

December 3, 2016

Thanksgiving

It’s easier to overflow or spill over with Thankfulness when you know why God put you here on earth and you are in sync with God’s purpose.

Thanksgiving: Family, Friends, Food, Football
A comfortable home, a working car, a favorite toy; gun, atv, tv. . .
God gives us these things for our enjoyment.
But here is the one thing God gives man, that truly gives a rich meaning to everything. Jesus!

The Gospel:
[Mar 10:45 ESV] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

[Rom 6:23 ESV] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you ever broke any of the 10 commandments even once, you sinned against God.
God is Good / He is Just, He is obligated by His nature to punish evil. Your evil and you with it.

[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.

[1Jo 4:10 ESV] In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

You must trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ as your only reason why God would let you into Heaven.
Jesus paid your evil debt to God. Jesus was punished for your rebellion, Jesus was killed for your hatred of God.

[Act 2:37 ESV] Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
[Act 2:38 ESV] And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The greatest reason to give thanks & how to express Thanks to God!
[Col 3:1 ESV] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
[Col 3:2 ESV] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
[Col 3:3 ESV] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

[Col 3:4 ESV] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

[Col 3:5 ESV] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
[Col 3:6 ESV] On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

[Col 3:7 ESV] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
[Col 3:8 ESV] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
[Col 3:9 ESV] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
[Col 3:10 ESV] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

[Col 3:11 ESV] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. (True Unity in Diversity)

[Col 3:12 ESV] Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
[Col 3:13 ESV] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

[Col 3:14 ESV] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
[Col 3:15 ESV] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

[Col 3:16 ESV] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

[Col 3:17 ESV] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Thanksgiving Gospel 2016

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Why Be a Member of a Local Church?

Why Be a Member of a Local Church?

November 19, 2016

The Local Church; Why be a Member?

God has created the Local Church to provide for His Local Elect.

[1Co 1:2 ESV] 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

The church is the “called out group”
Ek out of, from, by, away from
Kaleō to call

God has called you out of the world, planted you in Himself, with others, given you a new family and wants you to grow up, in responsibility.

[Act 2:41 ESV] So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
[Act 2:42 ESV] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
[Act 2:43 ESV] And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

1. The Apostle’s Teaching
2. Fellowship
3. Breaking of Bread.
4. Prayer

The Church has two Ordinances
Baptism
Communion

Why the local church?
You are not Alone. The very internal struggles you are going through, so is everyone else.

You are Commanded to Grow Up.
[Eph 4:11-13 ESV] 11 And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

[Eph 4:14 ESV] 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Does the Bible talk about an organized local church?

Churches plural in a location
[Gal 1:1 ESV] Paul, an apostle--not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead--
[Gal 1:2 ESV] and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

[1Th 1:1 ESV] Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

Jesus speaks to the seven churches in Revelation

Did the church have a flow chart, did it have an organized structure?
[Heb 13:17 ESV] Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

1 & 2 Timothy, Titus are what’s known as Pastoral Epistles, Instructing Timothy and Titus how to shepherd their local church.

There are Elders AND Deacons
[1Ti 3:1 ESV] The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
Overseer: episkopē Episcopal

[1Ti 3:8 ESV] Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.

Deacon: diakonos
one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister
the servant of a king
a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use
This creates a plurality of leadership

The Big Idea:
God saves people in an area.
They begin to meet together regularly for PURPOSE.

Does the Bible Teach the idea of Membership?

Just as baptism identifies you as a follower of Jesus, and all the responsibilities there of.
Becoming an “official member” of a local church, identifies and adds responsibility/ accountability.

Member: a person, animal, plant, group, etc., that is part of a society.
a constituent part of any structural or composite whole

Constituent; serving to compose or make up a thing; component:

** Get To VS Ought To**

Church Discipline reveals The idea of Officially Belonging.
[Mat 18:15-17 ESV] 15 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Concerning Church Discipline of an Unrepentant man.
[1Co 5:4 ESV] When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
[1Co 5:5 ESV] you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
[1Co 5:12 ESV] For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
[1Co 5:13 ESV] God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you."

Church discipline is for the purpose of reconciliation.

It’s an Ought To that is also a Get To.

You have a place to belong.
[Heb 10:24 ESV] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
[Heb 10:25 ESV] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

One Another-ing
[Jhn 13:34 ESV] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
[Jhn 13:35 ESV] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

[Jas 5:14 ESV] Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
[Jas 5:15 ESV] And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

One another-ing
[Jas 5:16 ESV] Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

God uses the local church, your new family to grow you up.
If you don’t commit, you don’t grow.

 

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Protect The House

Protect The House

November 12, 2016

Stewardship as an American Christian
Means we protect the house God has placed us into.
Protecting what we have is the best way to “Love Our Neighbor”.

Crayon Theology:
Using Theology as an excuse to not be responsibility/stewardship.

Pseudo Dichotomy; Religion or Politics.
Real Hope Vs Crayon Theology
Work Vs Worry
Individual Responsibility IS Freedom

Imagine a house.
• Individual freedom has been given to all.
• Laws were established to govern morals. 10 commandments.
• Laws were established so the government so there would be no state religion.
• No laws were established to determine your level of success and flourishing.

Hold the house up, even if they are trying to kick the walls in.
If you vote for a platform that celebrates the murder of infants, you are hating your neighbor.
If you vote for a platform that promotes the destruction of the family, you are hating your neighbor.

1. Concerning politics, know the obvious.
There are two platforms with a specific agenda, regardless of the presidential nominee.

Love Your Neighbor, even if they are your enemy.
A real application of loving your neighbor.

[Mar 12:30 ESV] And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
[Mar 12:31 ESV] The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

Tolerating sin/evil is hating your neighbor.

The command of Stewardship from the beginning.
[Gen 2:15 ESV] The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

The Command of Stewardship of and for the Church.
[1Pe 4:10 ESV] As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
[1Pe 4:11 ESV] whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The Command of Stewardship in your Vocation: Job.
[Col 3:22 ESV] Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
[Col 3:23 ESV] Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
[Col 3:24 ESV] knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

 

Protect The House

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Evil is Not an Ability

Evil is Not an Ability

October 22, 2016
Evil is not an ability, it is a disability. 
God cannot “do evil”.  
God has no “power” to be or do “evil”. 

God is eternally, unchanging, Good & Holy. 

What is evil?

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