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LOVE THE BRETHERN

 

1John 4:16-21

 

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Intro – Love, it reflects what you believe. It tells others who you are and what motivates you.  It reveals Who you know and Who you trust.

 

 

 

 

 

I. We know the love of God.  (16)  Jn.3:16, Jn.15 13

 

A. His love has saved us. 1Jn.4:10, Rom.5:8

 

B. His love keeps us. Rom.8:38-39

 

C. His love motivates us. 2Cor.5:14, 20

 

 

 

II. What does His love do for us?

 

A.  Gives us confidence. (17)  Heb.10:19-20, Rom.8:31-32

 

B. Takes away fear of punishment. (18) Rom.8:1-2, Rom.5:1, 2Tim.1:7, Jn.14:27, Lk.12:32

 

C. Gives us the ability to love others. (19) 1Jn.4:7-8, 1Jn.3:14

 

 

 

III.  Having His love creates certain characteristics in us. (20-21)

 

A. Respect and love for God.  Jn.14:15, 2Jn.1:6, Rev.2:4,

 

B. The degree that you love God will be reflected in your obedience to Him. Deut.6:5

 

C. We will love the brethren. Gal.6:10

 

 

Con. We should not obey commands to prove we love God = legalism. Rather – Because we love Him we  keep His commands = grace.  Legalism = doing things to prove you love God.  Grace = proving God loves you.  2 Cor.5:17.  Law – fears punishment, grace - fears disappointing Him.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY

 

Romans 11:33-36

 

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Intro- the Apostle Paul had just explained God’s plan for the Jewish nation in the last days. It is hard for man to understand the ways and purpose of God in dealing with mankind. Paul concludes our human minds can never fully comprehend the things of God.

 

 

 

I. Man’s limited understanding.

 

A. No one can fully understand His ways. Is.55:8-9, Job.38:4-6, 18, Is.40:12-14

 

B. Even angels do not understand God’s ways. 1Pet.1:12

 

C. And yet man acts like he knows better than God. Is.29:16

 

 

 

II. Three questions with one answer.

 

A. Who knows the mind of the Lord?  1Cor.2:16, Rom.2:4

 

B. Who counsels Him?  Rom.9:20-21

 

C. Who loans Him anything? Job 41:11

 

 

 

III. A sovereign God deserves our praise.

 

A. Everything we have comes from Him. James 1:17

 

B. Everything we experience goes through Him. 1Cor.10:13

 

C. Everything we have belongs to Him. Ps.50:10, Deut.10:14

 

 

Con. – We should find comfort and peace of mind in knowing that God is sovereign. As believers we belong to Him. Jn.1:12

 

OUR HELPER

 

John 15:26-16:4

 

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Intro- Our text today tells us about the Holy Spirit that God would send to help us live our lives for Christ. Next Sunday we will look at the event that took place when God sent His Holy Spirit to come and dwell within the believers. Jesus was teaching His disciples about the H.S. today we learn these truths about the Helper.

 

 

 

I. He helps us understand the word of God.

 

A. He teaches us about Christ. Jn.16:13-14

 

B. He teaches us through the word. Jn.14:26, Rev.22:18-19, Heb.1:1-2

 

 

 

II. He helps us to not stumble.

 

A. Through the power of God’s word.  Ps.119:11, 101, 133, 154.  

 

B. By fellowship.  1Jn.3:14, Heb.10:25

 

 

 

III. He helps us prepare for times of testing.

 

A. Things are going to get more difficult not less difficult for Christians.  Matt.24:9

 

1. We will suffer persecution. 2Tim.3:1, 12

 

2. They will think they are doing God a favor when they persecute Christians.

 

B. He prepares us by warning us ahead of time so we are not surprised. 1Pet.4:12, Jn.15:18-19,                                                                                                                             1Jn.3:13

 

 

Con. – 1Peter 1:3-9

 

SPEAKING OF GOD

 

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Intro – Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day God sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers. We call it Pentecost because it happened on the Jewish day know as Pentecost but we know it today as the beginning of the church.

 

 

 

I. What this is not.

 

A. This is important to know because many have misinterpreted Joel’s prophecy.    Joel 2:28

 

1. Joel spoke of a specific time “after this”.  Joel 2:20,  Eze 38:2,15-16, 19, 22, 39:28-29

 

2. Both Ezekiel and Joel say the out pouring of the HS will occur after this event on the Jewish people.

 

3. Joel includes other signs to verify the event.   Joel 2:30-31, Rev.6:12

 

B. It is not a template for receiving the Holy Spirit.

 

1.  Tongues “as”of fire.  Lk 3:16

 

2.  Noise “like” violent wind.  Jn.3:8

 

C. So how do you explain (vs 16)? 

 

The “what” refers to the substance not the event.

 

 

 

II. What this is.

 

A. The prophecy of Christ fulfilled.  Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8

 

B. Not to have vision, dreams, revelations, tongues but to witness about Jesus. Acts 4:8,20, 31

 

C. The gift of the HS given at the time you believe and trust in Jesus for salvation. Act 2:38-39

 

 

 

III. The purpose was to glorify God. “speaking of God” (11)

 

A. A God prepared moment. (vs 5) Gal.4:4

 

B. What was the message? Act 2:23-24, Repent  Act 2:38-39

 

 

 

Con. What does our text teach us?

 

1. Jesus kept his promise, He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us.

 

2. We receive the HS through faith in Jesus.

 

3. The HS makes us bold enough to talk to others about Jesus.

This is the mark of a Spirit filled believer.

 

HIS PLAN

 

Jeremiah 29:11-14

 

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Intro – I can’t think of any better promise to give 5 young people confirming their faith, than to remind them that God has a plan for their lives. That is what our scripture tells us today.

 

 

 

I. A plan for you individually.

 

A. That plan of course involves salvation.           2Peter 3:9

 

B. That’s the starting point.        Luke 13:3, Rom.10:13, Jn.1:12

 

C. His plan is a good one even if you don’t see it yet.      Is.55:8-9                        

 

 

 

II. His plan involves 2 actions or responsibilities.

 

A. Pray, that’s how you talk to God. He promises to listen.          1Peter 5:7, Ps.50:15

 

B. Seek the Lord. Listen to Him speak through His word.            Ps.119:11, 105, 133, 160,  Jn.17:17

 

 

 

III. Some people rebel against God’s plan.

 

A. They reject His plan for their life.      Matt.23:37-38, Lk.7:30, Lk.10:16, Jn.12:48, 1Th.4:8

 

B. They think they have a better way.    Jer.50:6, Prov.14:12, Prov.8:8-9, Matt.15:14

 

C. Never let the foolish and ignorant world shake your faith.        Ps.14:1, Rom.1:21, Eph.4:17-18  

 

 

 

Con.. Be strong and live out God’s plan for your life.  Deut. 31:6,8,  Joshua 24:15

 

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