RESTORATION

Jer.33:6-9

Jan.26th, 2020

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Intro- Israel had turned their back on God. Jer.32:33. They were punished for that sin. Jer.33:36, Jer.33:5. They had cast God’s servant in prison (Jer.33:1) and rejected his message. In the midst of their punishment God gives them hope through a promise. He would restore them, body, soul and spirit. 1Thess.5:23

 

I. Their bodies or physical healing. (6-7)

            A. Your suffering can be caused by two things.

                        1. Your sin, like Israel taken into captivity.  Jer.32:42

                        2. Your righteousness like Job to test your faith. Job 1:8, 12, 22

            B. They would physically return to Israel.  See the book of Nehemiah.

            C. God will restore you.  Jer.3:17

            D. Peace and truth are the foundation of that restoration.

                        1. Because God cares about you.  Jer.17:14, Hosea 6:1

                        2. Because God wants to restore you.  Ps.107:20, Matt.23:37-38

 

II. Their souls would be restored.  (8)

            A. Cleansed of all sin.  Micah 7:19, Eph.5:27   spotless

            B. Pardoned for all sin.  Jer.50:20, Jer.31:34    released

 

III. Their spirits lifted. (9)

            A. When it is said someone is “in good spirits” it means a mindset of joy and peace. Ps.35:9, Ps 40:16

            B. They rejoice when they remember all that God has done for them. Ps.118:24, Ps.119:162

 

Con.  Have you been restored? Or are you still in need of restoration? Come back to Jesus and allow Him to restore you.

HAVING PEACE

Eph.2:11-18

Jan.19th 2020

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Intro – It is good to remember where we are without Christ and what we have to look forward to with Christ.

 

I. Remember your situation before you got saved. (11-12)

A.  Separated from Christ.  Eph.2:2-3, Rom.3:10-12, Rom.5:12

B.  Not a part of the fellowship.  2Cor.6:14, 1Jn.1:6

C.  Without the promises and without hope. 1Thess.4:13

 

II. “But now” look at what we have in Christ. (13-16)

A. Remember what you have in Christ. 1Jn.2:25, 1Jn.5:12

B. And all the promises that go with that.

1. He is our Father. 2Cor.6:18, Jn.1:12

2. His Holy Spirit dwells in us. 2Cor.6:16, Acts 2:38-39

3. We will have new heavenly bodies. 2Pet.1:4, 1Cor.15:52

4. We have a place prepared for us. Jn.14:2, Job 19:27

 

III. Remember what you have in common with other believers. (17-18)

A. God’s peace belongs to all believers, this should unite us. 1Thess.4:18

B. All believers have the Holy Spirit in them. Matt.25:40

C. All believers have access to God. Heb.4:16

 

Conclusion – Our peace comes from knowing who we are in Christ (God’s children) and what we have in

Christ (eternal life).

 

Simeon

 

Luke 2:25-35

 

December, 29th 2019

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Intro - Simeon was righteous, devout, and looking for the Messiah.  He was led by the Holy Spirit. God promised him he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.  Its fair to assume then Simeon was a student of the Scriptures. As the Psalmist says, God’s Word has a way of keeping us from sin, Ps.119:11.  And it also was his source of information on the coming Messiah. One of the things the Messiah was to bring was consolation to Israel. 

 

 

 

I. Simeon was a righteous man.  (25-27)

 

A.  Simeon was looking for the consolation of Israel.   Is.51:3, 61:1-2.               

 

B.  The Holy Spirit had opened his eyes to this truth.   Is.9:6-7, 11:1-2

 

C.  Have you recognized Jesus as your Savior?          Mt. 16:15-16, Jn.6:44

 

 

 

II.  God’s truth was revealed to Simeon.  (28-33)

 

A. By what He did coming into this world.

 

1. Virgin birth.                         Is 7:14

 

2.  Born in Bethlehem.            Micah 5:2

 

B.  Simeon was looking for the Savior, are you?    Heb.9:28

 

C. He could now die in peace.   Jn.14:1-3, 27

 

 

 

III.  Simeon prophesied about Christ’s mission. Luke 19:10

 

A.  Fall and rise of many - some stumble, Is.8:14-15, Jn1:11, -  some rise (believe) Jn.1:12

 

B.  Mary would feel the pain of Jesus being rejected by others.

 

C. We like Simeon can have peace.

 

1.  By putting our faith in the promises of God.                      1Jn.1:9, Rom.5:13

 

2.  By living righteously and looking forward to the Lords second coming.  2Pet.3:11-14

 

 

 

Con. - Simeon experienced the ultimate event because he was ready and waiting.  Are you ready?

 

            How you respond to Jesus reveals the thinking in your heart.

 

 

THE SANCTIFIER

 

Hebrews 2:11-18

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Jan. 12th 2020

 

 Intro – to sanctify means to set apart for God’s use. When we get saved Jesus sanctifies us. Several things are true about those who are sanctified.

 

 I. Christ says we are His brothers.

 

A. We belong to God’s family. Jn.1:12

 

B. He became like us so we could become like Him.

 

1. He became flesh.  Phil.2:7

 

2. So we can become new spiritually. 2Cor.5:17, Rom.6:4-6

 

C. Someday a new resurrected body. 1Cor.15:53, 1Jn.3:2

 

 II. Christ has defeated our enemy Satan. Gen.3:15

 

A. By His resurrection. 1Jn.3:8, Rom.6:9, Phil.3:10, Rev.20:6, Jn.11:25-26

 

B. We no longer fear death. 2Tim.1:9-10, 1Cor.15:54-55

 

 III. Christ has and will help us.

 

A. He already has by providing payment for sin. Rom.3:25, 1Jn.2:2

 

B. He continues by helping us during time of temptation. Heb.4:16, 1Cor.10:13

 

 Con. Knowing this let us live like the children of God that we are.  Matt.5:16

 

 

FELLOWSHIP

 

1Jn.1:1-6

 

Dec. 22nd 2019

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Intro – The theme of John’s first letter is the fellowship of believers. Fellowship is an important part of the Christian life. To fellowship means to hold something in common.

 

 

 

I. A fellowship based on facts.

 

A. John and the disciples knew Him. 1Cor.15:4-5

 

B. They had physical contact and fellowship with Jesus.

 

1. They knew Who He was – Jn.1:1, Matt.1:23

 

2. They heard – Matt.3:17

 

3. They saw – Jn.1:14, John 10:37-38

 

4. They touched – Lk.24:39, Jn.20:27

 

C. We have spiritual contact and fellowship with Jesus. 1Cor.1:9, Rom.8:16, 1Jn.5:9-13, Jn.20:29

 

 

 

II. A fellowship of the joyful

 

A. The devil doesn’t want you to be joyful in Christ. Gal.3:1, Lk.8:12, Acts 10:38, 2Cor.2:11

 

B. Christ wants you to be joyful. Jn.15:11, Jn.17:13, Ps.40:16

 

 

 

III. A fellowship of the forgiven. Jn.1:12, 1Pet.1:18-19

 

A. We have been called out of darkness. 2Cor.6:14

 

B. We live changed lives. 2Cor.5:17, Heb.10:24-25

 

 

 

Con. – This Christmas as you get together with family and friends let it be a joyful celebration of what Jesus has done for you. Keep in mind that you are a part of a much larger fellowship of believers.

 

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