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SAVE US

 

Matt.21:1-9

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Intro – Hosanna is a word that comes from the Hebrew that means “save us”. As Jesus came into Jerusalem the people were crying out for Him to save them. They were looking for a Messiah who would save them from the oppression of the Roman government. They had heard of His miracles and probably thought, this is the One who will rescue us.

 

 

 

I.  The waiting man with donkey.

 

     A. Jesus knew this man was there. Prov 15:3, Ps 139:1-2, Jn.2:25

 

     B. The Lord’s people are everywhere. 1Kings 19:14, 18

 

 

 

II. The people wanted change from oppressive Roman government.

 

     A. Many today want change.

 

1. They want freedom from big government.

 

2. They are angry with politicians who make promises but never keep them.

 

     B. The change Christ offered was a much deeper one. Jn.3:7,  Acts 3:19

 

1. He wanted them to put faith in Someone far greater than any politician. Rom.10:13,

 

2. He came to change hearts and attitudes.  Rom.10:9,  2Cor.5:17

 

 

 

III. The blindness of the lost.  Lk 11:52, Mt.15:14, 2Cor.4:4

 

     A. They could not see the problem was their own sin. Jn.12:35-37

 

1. Many today want change but see no need to repent, they  refuse Christ. Jn.1:11

 

2. Without repentance our government will not get better.  Luke 19:41-44

 

     B. Changed lives would mean a changed government. 2Chron.7:14

 

 

Con -  today many are crying out to the politicians “save us” but do not understand that salvation comes from the Lord and repentance is the vehicle that brings it. The solution is not political but spiritual.

 

OUR SOVEREIGN GOD

 

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March 13th, 2016

 

 

 

Intro   One of the most encouraging verses in Scripture is found in our text today. “nothing will be impossible with God.”  When God decides to do something, He does it. Three things I want you to take note of.

 

 

 

I. God always has a plan!

 

A. Before the world.  Eph.1:4, 1Pet.1:20

 

B. A Savior will come. Is. 7:14, Is. 59:20

 

C. He came at just the right time.    Rom.5:6, Gal.4:4

 

 

 

II. His Sovereign work will be accomplished

 

A. He will be great. No one has ever changed the world like He did.  Ps.96:4, Is.9:6, 61:1  BC/AD

 

B. He will be called the Son of the Most High, pointed to His equality with God. Ps 47:2, 96:7-10, 97:9, Jn.10:30, Jn.5:18, Jn.19 7

 

C. He will be given the throne of His father David. Ps.89:3-4

 

D. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. Rev.11:17, Rev.20:4-6

 

E. His kingdom will never end.  Heb.1:8, Rev.21:1, 4-5

 

 

 

III. He seeks our complete surrender.

 

A.  She believed.  Lk 1:20, 38

 

B.  “May it be done”.  Like saying your will be done. Faith is surrendering to God’s will. Mt.6:10, Lk.14:28

Con. God will accomplish His will. The question is will you be blessed by being a part of  it

 

PLEASING TO THE LORD

 

Ephesians 5:1-10

 

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Intro – We know that Jesus lived a perfect life and none of us can be perfect in all of our actions. However, that’s the goal we should set our sights on. We should strive to be like Jesus.

 

 

 

I.  We please the Lord by imitating God as revealed through Jesus Christ.

 

A. If you are a Christian you are a part of God’s family. Jn.1:12

 

B. Love the way Christ loves, sacrificially. (1-2)

 

1. Gave Himself as an offering.  Ex.28:41, Ex.29:18, Jn.6:51,  Heb.7:27,  Rom.12:1, Phil.3:10-14

 

2. Because He loved us we should love other believers.  Jn.13:34, Eph.5:25, 1Cor.13:5 “does not seek its own”

 

C. Walk in the light. (8-9)  Mt.5:16, Eph.5:13, 1Jn.1:7, Ps.119:105 

 

1. Goodness = upright, kind.  Rom.15:14

 

2. Righteousness = right with God, integrity, correctness in how you think, feel and act. Phil.3:9, Rom.10:10, 10:3

 

3. Truth.= Eph.4:24

 

4. Thankfulness (4)  1Thess.5:18

 

 

 

II. We cannot please the Lord if we live in sin. (3-5)

 

A. Impurity – in thought or deed.

 

B. Greed –never satisfied with what God has given.  Col.3:5

 

C. Filthy talk /jesting. - Making fun of the things of God. Gal.6:7, 2Pet.3:3

 

 

 

III. The end result of those who do not please the Lord.

 

A. Cannot go to heaven. (5) 1Cor.6:9-10

 

B. God’s wrath will be upon them. (6) Rev.21:8

 

 

Con. Knowing this do not be partakers with them who do these things.  Instead continue to learn and do those things that will be pleasing to the Lord. (10)

 

 

 

GRACE VS WORKS

 

Gal. 4:21-31

 

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Intro – Judaizers were trying to teach the new Christians that they were not really Christians if they did not keep the law.

 

Our salvation does not come through keeping the law and is not maintained by keeping the law. We are free from the law and answer only to the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

I. Why would anyone want to go back to the old way?

 

A. Lack of faith.                      Rom.4:4-5,  Rom.4:21-22

 

B. The need to do something. Rom.11:6, Heb.11:6

 

 

 

II. Paul uses an historical account to explain law and gospel. Jn.1:17

 

A. Hagar & Ishmael = the law of the old covenant. (24-25)

 

1.  Ishmael = (man’s idea) trying to work its way to salvation.  Gen.16:1-2, Jn.8:33

 

2.  Salvation by works, like the Pharisees?      Matt.23:27, 33, Rom.2:12

 

B. Sarah & Isaac = Grace, God’s promise to us.          Jn.1:12,   Rom.3:28

 

1. Isaac = (God’s idea) faith, set free from sin to freely serve Christ.   Rom.8:14, Gal.5:18, Rom.6:22-23

 

2. The better way.        Heb. 7:18-22,  Heb.12:22-24

 

 

 

III. Which kind of person are you?

 

A. If you place yourself under the law you will be judged by it.     Gal.3:2-3, 10

 

B. Salvation by grace, like all believers, led by the Spirit?  Jn.14:26, Jn.15:26, Jn.16:13

 

 

 

Con. – The life of a Christian is one which is in tune with the will of the Holy Spirit. Rom.8:16, Matt.5:27-28.

 

He allows the HS to guide him according to the word of God. The result of grace not the means of grace is that we follow the Lord’s commands. Jn.14:15.

 

 

TESTED FAITH

 

Matthew 15:21-28

 

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Intro – What kind of faith do you have? Why did Jesus refer to this woman’s faith as “great”? In spite of all the obstacles she trusted Jesus.  Faith is simply trusting Jesus. In times of trial we find out how strong our faith is.

 

 

 

I. She trusted God’s plan. (21-23)  Jer.29:11 

 

A. In spite of what she could not see. Gen.22:1, Heb.11:17-19, 1Pet.1:6-7, Heb.11:1

 

B. She trusted God’s word. A Messiah from the line of David.  (22) Jer.33:15, Mt.4:24

 

C. A Messiah who would set people free.  Is.61:1, Lk 4:21

 

1. The majority of Jews thought only of political freedom from Rome.

 

2. This woman apparently understood it meant spiritual freedom from past sins.  Deut.18:10-11

 

 

 

II. She trusted Jesus to do what she knew He could do.  (24-25)

 

A. She humbly sought His power. James 4:6

 

B. Pride would have sent her away.  Captain Naaman – 2Kings 5:10-16

 

 

 

III. She trusted God’s will. (26-28)

 

A. The Lord had come to reach the Jews. Mt.10:5-6

 

B. Faith allowed her to see the bigger picture. Gentiles would be included. Mt.21:43, Mt.12:21, 1Pet.2:9

 

 

 

Con. This Canaanite women was a believer.  She believed Jesus was who the bible said He was and she trusted Him completely. That’s the faith Christ wants to see in each one of us.

 

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