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HOLD FAST

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

May 7th 2017

 

 

 

Intro -  Our confirmands have shared their testimony of their faith in Christ with us. A testimony is a starting point, it’s important to remember that we need to continue in our walk with the Lord. Our text today gives us good reasons to do that.

 

 

 

I. Hold fast your confession of faith in Jesus. (14)

 

A.  Because He has promised to come again.    Acts 1:9-11, 1Thess.4:13ff

 

B.  As High Priest He has brought cleansing to us.  Heb.2:17, 1Jn.2:2, 1Jn 4:10

 

C.  The world will try to get you to doubt His work. 2Tim.2:11-12

 

 

 

II. Hold fast your love for Jesus. (15)

 

A. He understands and is sympathetic.    Heb.2:18, Heb.7:26

 

B. He gives us victory when we are weak. Phil.4:13, 1Cor.10:13

 

1. Your victory is corresponds with your love for Christ.  Deut.6:5, Jn.14:15

 

2. Your victory is based on His power not yours. Phil.2:13

 

 

 

III. Hold fast your confidence in Jesus. (16)
A.  He has provided forgiveness.    Heb.7:18-19, Heb.10:19-23, 1Jn.1:7
B.  He has made fellowship with God possible. 2Cor.5:18, Rom.5:10-11
C.  He will show mercy and give grace.  Is.43:25, Eph.2:8
Mercy is not getting what you deserve, Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

 

Con. – All of us will go through times of hurt or hardship, failures or frustrations, disappointments and doubts. Hold fast, trust Jesus and His word and He will see you through.

 

 

IN HIS NAME

 

Acts 3:11-21

 

April 23rd 2017

 

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Intro – this was Peter’s second sermon. After his first sermon about 3000 people got saved, this one saw over 5000.  There are 3 things from Peter’s sermon I want to highlight for you.

 

 

 

I. We are vessels or tools for Jesus Christ to use. (12-13)

 

A. Jesus wants to use you. 2Tim.2:21, 2Pet.1:20-21

 

B. He lives in us and empowers us. 2Cor.4:7, Gal.2:20-21

 

C. Be careful when preachers draw attention to themselves. 1Pet.4:11

 

 

 

II. It’s all about Jesus. (14-16)

 

A. This is the Jesus you put to death. Rom.3:23

 

B. The apostles had put their faith in Jesus. Lk.24:46-48

 

C. Faith itself is a gift. Rom.12:3, Eph.2:8, 1Tim.1:19

 

D. Faith applied accepts the finished work of Jesus. Rom.8:1-4, 2Cor.5:21, Heb.10:14,

 

1. Jesus kept the law for us, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, everything is finished. Jn.19:30

 

2. Unbelievers don’t understand this truth. Eph.2:9

 

3. But believers do or at least should. Gal.3:1-5 

 

4. You don’t get credit from God for keeping the law. Gal.5:4, Jn.14:15, Gal.5:13-14, Lk.12:5, 1Jn.4:18

 

 

 

 III. Jesus wants all to repent and return. Acts 4:12

 

A. Your sin needs to be repented of. James 2:10

 

B. When you trust Jesus alone for salvation you have peace and rest. Phil.1:21

 

C. If you are trusting Jesus He will come again for you. Zech. 12:9-10

 

 

 

Con. Are you trusting in Jesus for your salvation? Are you telling others that Jesus is your Savior?

 

Don’t be afraid to name the name of Jesus as your Redeemer, Savior, Friend.

 

 

 

 

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,

 

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!

 

 

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

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