PERFECTED LOVE

1John 4:16-21

June 19th, 2022 

Intro - How is love perfected? It is something that comes with spiritual growth. It's a process. As our faith grows so will our love.

I. It starts by having knowledge of God's love. (16,19)

            A. We believe what the bible says. Rom.5:8-10, 1Jn.4:10

            B. We receive Christ. Jn.1:12, 2Thess.2:10

            C. We abide in Christ. Jn.15:7-9

II. By understanding what God's love accomplishes. (17-18)

            A. It gives confidence because we trust what Christ has done. Rom.8:1-4

            B. It takes away fear because..

                        1. Christ has taken our punishment. Is.53:5-12

                        2. Christ makes us righteous. 2Cor.5:21,

                        3. God no longer condemns us. Rom.8:1, Rom.5:18, Jn.5:24

                        4. We eagerly await His return. Heb.9:28, Rev.22:17, 20       "Fear not,,.your King is coming"

III. By living out our love for God. (20-21)

            A. By our love for the unsaved. Ex.32:32, Rom.9:3

            B. By our love other believers. 1Jn.3:14

            C. By our love for Jesus. Jn.14:15

Con. - Trust Jesus completely, take Him at His word and your love will be perfected.

 

 

 

 

OUR SOVEREIGN GOD

Romans 11:33-36

June 12th, 2022

Intro – Sovereign means one who has supreme power and authority. No one is higher in power or wisdom. God     is sovereign because he is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. The God we worship is all             knowing, all powerful and is everywhere all the time!

I. He is sovereign with His riches.

            A. What is the most valuable thing you can have?  Eph.1:7, Ps.23:3

            B. It is given to us from Christ. Eph.2:7

            C. Nothing compares not even life itself. Matt.16:24-26

II. He is sovereign in His wisdom and knowledge.  Is.40:14

            A. We cannot know His mind. Is.55:8-9

            B. He gives wisdom to His children. Ps.119:66, 1Cor.2:6-8, Col.2:2-3

                        1. It is of great value to us. Prov.3:13-15

                        2. It starts with a right relationship to God. Prov.1:7, Lk.1:77       

III. He is sovereign in His judgements and His.

            A. We cannot advise God. Job 21:22

            B.  We cannot make deals with God. Job 41:11, Job 26:7-12

Con.  God is all powerful, all wisdom and knowledge come from God. To know Him is to know truth. All will someday give Him the glory that is due Him.

THE SPIRIT'S WORK

John 15:26-16:4

May 29th, 2022

Intro - It is important that we understand what the work of the Holy Spirit is in our walk with the Lord.

I. He bears witness of Jesus. -26

            A. He proclaims what Jesus has done for us through the Word.  Jn. 14:26

            B. Beware of those who go outside the Word of God.  Eph.6:11, 17

            C. What does scripture teach?

                        1. Jesus died to pay for our sin. Rom.5:8-9, 2Cor.5:21

                        2. He rose again to conquer death and the devil. Col.2:15, Mt.27:52-53, 1Cor.15:55, Jn.11:25

II. He empowers us to glorify Jesus. -27

            A. By what we say.  Lk.12:12

            B. By what we do.  Gal.5:22-25, Mt.5:16, 1Cor.10:31

            C. By conviction of sin. Jn.16:8

                        1. Be thankful for conviction. Mk.3:29

                        2. Respond biblically to conviction. Ps.51:7, 10-12

III. He prepares us for persecution. 16:1-4

            A. All true believers will suffer some kind of persecution. 2Tim.3:12

            B. The persecution will come from those who call themselves Christians. Acts.20:28-31, Mt.7:15, 22-23

Con. Stand firm on the Word of God. Don't let the false teachings of liberal preachers destroy your faith.

            Jn.1:1, 14

 

 

 

 

THE SECOND OUT-POURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Joel 2:28-32

June 5th, 2022

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday remembering the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers in the upper room. Acts 2.  Some make the mistake of thinking that was the fulfillment of our text in Joel today.  However, we will see that they are two different events. Joel’s prophecy relates to a specific time.

I. When will this event take place?

            A. "After this" vs 20.  Eze.38:1-2, 8,15, 21-23, Eze.39:29

            B. After specific signs happen. (30-31)

            C. Jesus tells us when those signs happen. Matt.24:29

II. What will happen?

            A. An event just like Pentecost, "this is what". Acts 2:16 

            B. It will happen to the Jewish people "your".  Rev.7:4

III. How will they know this is the event?

            A. The signs in the sky. Rev.6:12

            B. The gifts of the Holy Spirit.

            C. Many will be saved. Rev.7:9-10

Con. This event will focus on the Jewish people. The day of Pentecost was God opening up salvation to the Gentile people. Have you responded to Peters words, "be saved". Acts 2:40

 

PRAISE THE LORD

Isaiah 12:1-6

May 15th, 2022

Intro – In our text “that day” refers to the Millennial age when Christ is reigning here on earth. It tells us what we will be praising Him for during that time.

I. We will praise Him for His salvation. (1-3)

            A. God hates sin.        Prov.6:16-19, Ps.97:10

            B. His anger was turned away.           Rom.5:9, 1Thess.5:9, Ex.12:13, Rom.3:24-25

            C. Salvation brings:

                        1. Fearlessness and comfort.   Ps.23:4, 2Cor.1:3-4, 1Thess.4:18

                        2. Strength.      Is.40:29, Ps.68:35, Acts 1:8

                        3. Joy.              Ps.16:11

II. For His great deeds.  (4-5)

            A. Do you count your blessings?        Ps.103:1-4

            B. Recognize what He has done.        Ps.105:5, Is.46:9

            C. Share it with others.           Ex.15:1-2, Eph.5:19

III. For His presence. (6)

            A. In the new Jerusalem.        Rev.21:3, 22-23

            B. In our church.         Mt.18:20, Hab.2:20

            C. In your heart.          2Cor.6:16, Jn.14:23, Mt.28:20

Con. Are you praising the Lord for what He has done in your life?  Ps.149:1

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