CHILDREN OF GOD

Romans 8:12-17

July 25th, 2021

Intro – Paul is reminding us of who we are so we can live our lives accordingly. 

I. Fleshly living leads to death.  (12-13)

A. Anything that opposes God’s will is of the flesh. Gen.2:17

B. Flesh = Our human nature or the “old man”.  Rom.7:18, Mt.26:41

C. To follow your fleshly desires means spiritual death. Rom.5:12, 1Cor.3:1-4, Eze.18:31

II. We must put to death our sinful desires.  (13)

A. Crucify or put off those things that cause spiritual death. Col.3:5, Eph.4:22, Titus 2:11-13

B. And instead put on the new man.  2Cor.5:17, Acts 3:19, Eph.4:24

C. Don’t give the devil any opportunity. Eph.4:27

III. Children of God follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. (14-17)

A. We have been freed from the bondage of sin. Rom.7:24-25, Gal.3:26

B. Free to follow Christ. Gal.5:16-17

C. As His children we are heirs of all that Christ has. Gal.4:7, Rev.21:7

Con – Take the steps necessary to defeat temptation and glorify Christ. Crucify the old man and be fully surrendered to Jesus Christ

THE RESTORER

Jeremiah 31:23-25

July 18th, 2021

Intro – Jeremiah had the difficult task of telling the Jews they were going to be punished and enslaved in Babylon but he also told them they would be brought back and restored to Jerusalem.  This text also speaks of the Millennium and of the personal restoration that God offers to each one of us. It is the 3rd application that I want to speak about today.

I. There is hope for the future. Jer.31:17

A. Jeremiah spoke of enslavement but also hope.  Jer.29:10-11

B. Nehemiah was the fulfillment of that promise when he rebuilt Jerusalem.

C. Jesus reigning on earth will be the final fulfillment of that promise. Is.65:25, Is.11:6-10

II. God wants to restore us.

A. So He sent His son. Jn.3:16, vs 22

B. We need restoration. Rom.5:12, Luke 19:10

C. It comes through faith in Jesus. Rom.5:18-19, Jn.14:6

D. Christ restores us to a right relationship to God. Is.1:18, 2Cor.5:17

III. To be restored is to be made like new.  Ps.51:12

A. David expresses this thought. Ps.23:3

B. Sin is like a heavy burden. Ps.6:6

C. Repentance and forgiveness refresh and satisfy the soul. Eze.18:31, Acts 3:19 

Con – through restoration this is what Jesus offers you.  Is.40:31, Jn.10:10, Ps.103:5,12

EVERYONE WILL KNOW

Isaiah 25:6-9

June 13th, 2021

Intro – The prophet Isaiah is telling us about the Millennium, that future event when Jesus will reign here on earth for a 1000 years. There are several things that will happen around this time.

I. Events leading up to the Millennium.

A. The “times of the Gentiles” must end. Lk.21:24, Jn.1:11, Acts 13:46

B. The Rapture ends the church age.  1Thess. 4:16-17

C. The Ezekiel wars happen. Ezk.38-39. 

D. Then the 7 years of tribulation start.

1.  A time of God’s wrath upon unbelievers.  Rev.6:16

2.  A time of judgement. 2Thess.2:10-11,

E. Armageddon. Rev.19:20-21

II. The veil of blindness is removed. Ezk.39:7, Ezk.39:29

A. The Jews will understand Jesus is God. 2Cor.3:15-16, Rom.11:25

B. The Jews will no longer be a reproach. Jer.42:18, Ezk.5:14

III. All the world will know that Jesus is Lord. (7)

A.  Christ will be recognized by all. Phil.2:11, Heb.8:11

B.  All will know that Jesus is God. Is.2:2-4,  Rev.21:3

C.  Christ will reign in Jerusalem. Mt.25:31, Rev.19:16, Zech.14:9,

Con. Choose to repent of sins and commit your life to Jesus now and someday you will reign with Him in the Millennium.  Rev.20:6, 2Tim.2:12

KEYS TO FREEDOM

1Peter 3:8-14

July 4th, 2021

Intro – Today we celebrate our nation and our freedoms, freedoms that we are in danger of losing due to socialism and communism making headway in our country. But there is another freedom that is even more important, our spiritual freedom.  Our text today helps us understand how to have joy and freedom in our spiritual lives.

I. They’re not suggestions.

            A. God, through Peter is commanding us to do these things. 1Pet.1:22,

            B. Harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kind and humble.

            C. Those are positive, encouraging things not negatives.  1Thes.5:11

II. Forgive and bless.

            A. God wants us to be forgiving, to seek peace with others. Matt.6:14-15

            B. Forgive like Jesus did not returning evil for evil.   Eph.4:32, Rom.5:8,10

            C. Give a blessing instead. Lk.6:28, 35-37,

III. Then you will be blessed in every circumstance.

            A. We need not fear but leave it in God’s hands. 1Kings 8:39

                        1. What others say.

                        2. If they succeed.

                        3. If they don’t get caught.

            B. God promises to bless us

Con. – Have you forgiven those who have done you wrong and then prayed that God would bless them? Only the grace of God can give you the power to do that.

HOW CAN THIS BE?

John 3:1-15

May 30th, 2021

Intro – When Nicodemus asked this question it was important for him to understand that as human beings we are made up of body, soul and spirit.  1Thess.5:23.   Jesus was speaking of a spiritual transformation that must take place if someone is to get into heaven. To be born again certain things must be understood and certain things must happen.

I. Nicodemus was searching for truth. (1-4)

A. To be born again you must want to know truth.  Ps. 25:5, Ps.139:23, Jer.29:13, Acts 26:18

B. He eventually became a believer.

1. He defended Jesus.  Jn.7:50-51

2. He prepared Christ for burial. Jn.19:38-40

II. We are both physical and spiritual beings.  (5-9)

A. We have been born physically and must be born spiritually.

B. To be born of the Spirit refers to conversion. Jn.1:13, 2Cor.5:17, Heb.11:6

C. Our spiritual lives will show outward signs.  Matt.5:16 

III. We must by faith receive Christ. (10-15)  Jn.1:12, 1Pet.1:23

A. Our faith must be in a crucified and resurrected Savior. Acts 4:12, 1Pet.1:3

B. Conversion includes repentance. Mk.1:4, Lk.13:3

C. Conversion includes receiving the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

Con. – Have you repented of your sins?  Are you by faith trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins?  Remember what Jesus said, “you must be born again”.

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