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BECAUSE HE LIVES

 

1Cor.15:12-22

 

Easter 4-16 2017

 

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Intro – Paul had just detailed the eye-witnesses and historical facts of Christ’s resurrection. Our text today speaks of many negative things that would be true if Christ had not risen. But since He has risen, then just the opposite is true.

 

 

 

I. Because He lives we will live after death. (12-16)

 

A. The transition of our soul is instant. 2Cor.5:4-8

 

B. The transition of our body from mortal to immortal occurs at the rapture. 1Thess.4:13-18, 1Cor.15:51-54

 

C. These promises are for those who believe. Rom.10:9, Luke 24:36-43

 

 

 

II. Because He lives our sins are forgiven. (17-19)

 

A. The penalty for sin is death. Rom.6:23

 

B. The resurrection proves Christ paid the penalty. Rom.4:25, 1Cor.15:55-57

 

C. You must believe that payment was made for you.   2Cor.5:14-15, 2Cor.5:21, Rom.8:1-2.

 

D. When you by faith trust Jesus, all He accomplished on the cross becomes yours.

 

Payment for sin, victory over Satan and victory over death.        Gal.2:20

 

 

 

III. Because He lives we have hope for the future. (20-22

 

A. Sin prevented us from living forever. Rom.5:12

 

B. Righteousness gives us eternal life. Rom.5:17

 

C. Faith gives us righteousness. Phil.3:9

 

 

 

Con. The righteousness of Christ can be yours by simply asking for it. Jn.1:12, Rom.10:13.

 

All is ours because He is Risen!

 

 

THREE DAYS

 

Isaiah 62:10-12

 

April 9th, 2017

 

 

 

Intro – Our text speaks of God’s love for the Jewish people. Today many people have a hatred of Israel. Our text today speaks of 3 special times in the lives of the Jewish people. And they speak to us also.

 

 

 

I. The day Israel would leave Babylon. (10)

 

A. This verse was written before they even went into captivity.

 

B. Isaiah would name the King that would set them free. Is.44:28, Jer.25:12-13, Ezra 1:1

 

C. Christ has promised to make a way for us to be free also. Mt.3:3, Jn.8:32

 

 

 

II. The day Jesus would come to Israel as their Savior. (11)

 

A. The day we celebrate today. Palm Sunday  Zech.9:9

 

B. Matthew quotes the OT as proof of prophecy being fulfilled. Matt.21:5

 

C. He became the Savior of all. JN.1:14, Rom.10:9, 13, Col.2:13-14

 

 

 

III. The day Israel will be restored. (12)

 

A. A day when Israel will be recognized by the world as God’s people, holy. Deut.7:6

 

B. A day when Jesus rescues them, known as the Redeemed. Zech.14:1, 4-5, 9, 11.

 

C. Believers will be a part of this great day. 1Pet.2:9, Gal.3:13, 1Pet.1:18-19, Rev.19:8, 14, Rev.20:4

 

 

Con. Is Jesus Lord of Lords to you, your first love? Rev.2:4-5.  Is He King of your life? Heb.3:7,

 

 

 

GOD WILL PROVIDE

 

Genesis 22:1-18

 

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Intro – God provides for us in many ways. He has promised to do so (Matt.6:33). When we look at our text today we normally think of Him providing the ram for the sacrifice. Today I want to look at the information God provided to Abraham and through Abraham to us.

 

 

 

I. We will be tested. Heb.12:5-11 (10)

 

A. He tested the great OT saints. Abraham, Noah, Moses.

 

B. Test were usually for obedience. Job 23:10

 

1. We are never to test God (Deut.6:16)

 

2. Unless He directly commands us to. Is.7:10-13, Malachi 3:10, 1Jn.4:1

 

C. The test is always for our good. 1Pet.1:6-7

 

 

 

II. Abraham’s test was to see how committed he was to God.

 

A. His only son. Was he willing to give him up?  Jn.3:16

 

B. For a sacrifice. Are you willing to sacrifice what is most important to you to put God first?

 

C. There are many ways to show that God is first in your life. God knew (12).

 

 

 

III. God gives Abraham specific information.

 

A. Why a burnt offering? It spoke of deliverance.  Gen.8:20

 

B. To think of deliverance gave Abraham hope. (5)

 

C. Part of God’s plan was to show believers how God oversees everything. Noah, Moses

 

1. Why Moriah. God would do many things at this place. 2Chr. 3:1 temple, Calvary.

 

2. 3 days travel. After 3 days Isaac would be alive. (4-5)  Jn.2:19

 

3. Isaac carried his own wood. (14) Jesus carried His own cross.

 

4. He believed God would provide.

 

a. A substitute.  Rom.3:25, 1Jn.4:10

 

b. Or a resurrection.  Heb.11:17-19

 

 

Con. When your faith is tested, obedience God always leads to blessing.

 

THE BREAD OF GOD

 

John 6:26-36

 

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Intro – For bread to benefit you physically there are certain things that must happen. The same is true spiritually. For the Bread of God to benefit you certain things must happen. Our text tells us that Jesus is the Bread of God that has been sent down from heaven. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Jn.6:48

 

 

 

I. The Bread from God is the word of God, Jesus Christ Himself. (29) Jn.1:1, 11

 

A. You must trust the word of God for the Bread of God to benefit you. Jn.17:17, Jn.14:6, 2Tim.3:16,

 

B. Inspired means God spoke the words. “The bible means what it says or says what it means”

 

1. Ignorant unbelievers mock this truth and conclude you can’t believe what the bible says. Jn.8:37, Jn.12:48

 

2. Jesus always will explain. “parables” “figurative language”. Matt.22:1, Jn.10:6, Jn.16:25, 29

 

3. Its completeness is a settled issue. Rev.22:18-19

 

 

 

II. You must seek to fill your hunger. Matt.5:6

 

A. If you just look at food it doesn’t do you much good.  Mt.7:7, Rom.10:13

 

B. You have not because you ask not. James 4:1-6

 

C. If you truly ask, Jesus will never say no. (37)

 

III. You must take and eat the bread.

 

A. The people didn’t understand he was talking figuratively. (50, 60)

 

B. The Bread of God benefits only those who take Him in. Jn.1:12

 

C. You take Him in by confessing and repenting, and believing and receiving. 1Jn.5:12

 

 

 

Con. Do you come on Sundays and hear about the Bread of Life but choose never to receive Him by faith?

If so take King David’s advice, “O taste and see that the Lord is good, how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!  Psalm 34:8

 

CONVERSION OR BEING RELIGIOUS

 

Luke 7:36-50

 

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Intro – Have you been truly converted or just awakened to your sin and need of a Savior. How you behave indicates if you have been truly converted, born again as Jesus said.

 

 

 

I. In response to sin.  2Cor.7:8-10

 

A. The woman wept over her sin. (38) Lk 22:61-62, Ps.51:2-4

 

B. Simon had no tears of remorse.Is.65:5, Lk.18:11, Mk 2:16-17, Ps.51:17

 

 

 

II. In understanding Christ’s omniscient power.

 

A. Jesus knew who the woman was. (47) 1Sam.16:7, Is.59:12

 

B. Jesus knew what Simon was thinking. (39-40) Heb.4:12, Num.32:23

 

 

 

III. In accepting God’s grace.

 

A. The woman was grateful for forgiveness and knew it was an act of grace. (42) Eph.2:8-9, Col.2:13-14

 

B. She accepted by repentance and faith the forgiveness Christ offered. (50) Lk.13:3, Ps.51:10 

 

C. The Pharisees questioned Christ’s power to forgive sin. Matt.9:2-6, Mark 2:7

 

 

 

Con. It is possible for you to be aware of sin in your life but not respond to the One who can save you. And take those sins away. It’s possible for you to not grieve over sin enough to repent.

 

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