WAIT

 

Acts 1:12-14

 

May 24th. 2020

 

 

 

Intro – Maybe one of the most difficult things a person has to do is wait, be patient. We tend to like to get going on things and take charge. How interesting then the Lord’s command to the believers who were to start the Christian church. Wait! They were not told how long.  Would it be 1hour, 1 day, 1week?  They waited 10 days before the Holy Spirit was sent.  A Christian who has faith and trust in the Lord is able to wait upon the Lord.

 

 

 

I. It takes God’s grace to wait.

 

            A. Waiting is an act of obedience that shows faith.  Acts 1:4

 

                        1. Noah waited almost 100 years for the rain to come.

 

                        2. Simeon waited his whole life for the Messiah to come. Luke 2:26-29

 

            B. We are by nature impatient, we think we will fix things ourselves.

 

                    1. Abraham – Ishmael

 

                    2. Saul – Samuel  1Sam.13:11 -offering,    1Sam.28:16, witch of Endor

 

 

 

II. Waiting is not compromising.

 

          A. Christ is preparing you for service.  

 

                   1. Moses 40 years in wilderness was prepared.   Ex.14:13-14

 

                   2. 120 were learning to trust the Lord.   Prov.3:5

 

          B. Time spent in fellowship and prayer.  Heb.10:24-25

 

 

 

III. Waiting resulted in having power. Act.1:8

 

          A. Today we have the Holy Spirit but need His guidance. Acts. 2:38, Jn.14:17, 26

 

          B. Don’t try to serve the Lord in your own power or wisdom.

 

          C. When God leads be ready to move.  Acts 2:41, Acts 4:31

 

 

 

Con – Let your waiting time accomplish what God wants. James 1:4, Is.40:31

 

 

A BETTER COVENANT

 

Hebrews 7:18-25

 

May 17th 2020

 

 

 

Intro – The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who may have been having doubts about Jesus. Some were being told to go back to the old covenant relationship. So Hebrews was written to show how Christ was better

 

than the angels, Moses, OT priest and that the new covenant was better than the old one.

 

 

 

I. The old way is no longer needed. 18-21

 

A. It is useless in regards to salvation. Gal.2:16, Rom.3:20

 

B. All the law can do is make you aware of sin. Rom.3:10, Gal.3:24

 

C. It could not make you right in God’s eyes. (19)  Heb.10:1, Heb.10:11

 

 

 

II. Jesus brings a new or “better” covenant. 22,   Luke 22:20

 

A. One written on our hearts not on stone. Jer.31:31, 33, 2Cor.3:6

 

B. The old covenant was temporary, a shadow. Heb.10:1-3

 

C. The new covenant was “once for all”. Heb.7:27, Heb.9:11-12

 

D. Jesus alone can give permanent forgiveness. 1Jn.1:7, Ps.103:12, Micah 7:19

 

 

 

III. Our hope is based on Christ alone. 25

 

A.   We can draw near to God because of His shed blood.  Heb.10:18-22

 

B.  As forgiven people we eagerly await His return. Heb.9:28

 

 

 

Con. Have you come to Jesus for the cleansing you need? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

 

 

CORONAVIRUS
Matt.24:6-8, Luke 21:11
May 3rd 2020

Intro – How does this pandemic fit in with Scripture?  It is one of the signs Jesus said would come before the great 7 years of tribulation.  This is just a warning sign.  Will you listen to His warning?

I. These are things Jesus said would happen.

A. John – Rev.2:21-23

B. Peter – 2Pet.3:10

C. Paul – 2Thess.2:9-10

D. An increase in earthquakes, volcanos, famine, plagues, etc. These are only the beginning.

E. God always warned before sending His wrath. Noah, Jeremiah.  Dan. SMA

 II. Sets the stage for globalism.

A. Globalism is accomplished through fear.

B. Several things that will happen in the 7 yr. tribulation period are being set up because of this pandemic.

     1. A one world leader – the antichrist.  Former PM Brown has call for a one world leader. Rev.13:1, 4
               2. An end to money as we know it. – No money changing hands everything under global control. Rev.13:16-17
               3. Global control of people.  Bill Gates – invisible tattoos – cc-info, tracking, medical history. Monitored by cell phone or drones.
               4. Energy needs increasing – Armies from north. Ezk.38:15, Ezk.39:2, Russia, Turkey and Iran.

 III. You still have time to be rescued. Nahum 1:3

A. God is again warning you to repent and receive Jesus into your life. Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13

B. If you do you can escape the things that are yet to come.  1Thess.1:10, Rev.3:10


Con. The question is will you listen?  Will you take heed to God’s gracious warning and come to Jesus before it’s too late?

 

 

JESUS PRAYS FOR YOU

 

John 17:9-17

 

May 10th, 2020

 

Intro – I think everyone finds it a comfort to know someone is praying for you. Parents, children, church members, etc.  It must have been a comfort for the disciples to know that Jesus was praying for them. The bible tells us in Rom.8:34 that Jesus is praying for us. Interceding on our behalf.  Heb.9:24, Heb.7:25, 1Jn.2:1

 

I. Because we are God’s children. (9)  Jn.1:12

 

 

            A. We are His children through faith.  Gal.3:26

 

            B. Unbelievers are children of the devil. Jn.8:44, Mt.23:15

 

            C. Jesus puts up with them hoping they will repent. Rom.2:4

 

II. Jesus prays for our assurance. (11)

 

 

            A. By praying that God would keep us. Heb.13:5

 

            B. Don’t be like Judas and choose to leave Christ. Acts 1:17, Acts 1:25, Jn.6:70, Lk.22:3, 2Pet.2:21

 

            C. Our joy is complete when we have assurance.

 

                        1. His promise gives assurance. 1Jn.5:12-13

 

                        2. His words give assurance. Rom.10:13, 1Jn.1:9

 

III. Jesus prays for our sanctification.

 

 

            A. The Holy Spirit performs this work. Jn.14:17

 

            B. His tool is the word of God. Jn.14:26, Jn.16:13

 

Con. Jesus communicates His will through His word. If you want to be sanctified. Read your bible.

 

 

ELDERS
1Peter 5:1-4
April 26th 2020

 

Intro – this text tells pastors what they are to do.

I. Elders are the spiritual leaders. Called by different names in different churches. Pastor, Deacons, Elder, Overseer, etc.

 

            A. The Apostles were Elders, Peter and John both refer to themselves as such. Acts 15:23

 

            B. It is a position which men are called to by Christ.             Jn.21:16-17     

 

II. Their job is to “shepherd the flock”.

 

            A. Unique because he is both servant and leader.  

 

            B.  Shepherd means to watch over and lead God’s children.              Acts 20:28

 

            C. To “tend the flock” means to care for them.

 

                        1. That means to teach the word of God.        2Tim.2:15   (shepherding)

 

                        2. To make sure the flock is in agreement with God’s will. vs 2               Acts 20:29-30, Mt.7:15

 

                        3. Not because you have to but you want to. Its your calling.    2Tim.3:16-17

 

                        4. Not about money or power but setting an example.  (serving)    1Tim.3:1-7

 

                        5. Every pastor will be held accountable for what he teaches.    Heb.13:7, 17

III. If he is faithful to his calling Christ will reward him.

 

            A. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd pastors are under shepherds.

 

            B. When the boss returns He will evaluate each pastors work.    1Tim.4:13-16

 

            C. Those who did as they were suppose will be rewarded. (3)          1Cor.3:14

 

D. Those who did not will be punished.         Jer.8:11-12, 1Tim.1:5-7, James 3:1

 

Con. – Pastors need to have a call from Christ, set an example by the life they live and faithfully teach the word.

 

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