REST FOR BELIEVERS

 

Heb.4:9-13

 

Nov. 25th 2018

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Intro – Our text is speaking of two kinds of rest for the believers (vs 3 and 9).  One is ours now and the other is ours in the future.

 

 

 

I. Our rest depends on faith. Heb.4:2

 

A. People who try to earn salvation will never have rest. Jn.19:30

 

B. Rest comes from trusting His word.  Mt.11:28, Rom.3:28

 

C. Rest comes when we are at peace with God.   Rom.5:1

 

 

 

II. There is a rest that we have now.  Jn.14:27

 

A. The wicked have no rest. Is.57:20-21, Jer.6:14

 

1. When we don’t follow God’s will.  Num.22:12, 22

 

2. When we seek another way His word will convict. (12-13) Jn.14:6

 

B. We have rest when we recognize salvation is a gift. Is.26:3, Rom.10:13, Heb.10:22, Eph.2:8-9

 

C. Knowledge of God’s promises brings rest. Jn.1:12, Heb.6:17-19, Ps.4:8, Ps.29:11, 1Jn.5:12

 

 

 

III. There is a rest that is yet to come.

 

A. When we get to heaven. Jn.14:2

 

B. We will rest from the good fight. 1Tim.6:12, Eph.6:12 

 

C. It is ours if we are faithful. Heb.3:14, 2Tim.4:8, James 1:12

 

 

 

Con. Are you resting in the finished work of Jesus now, trusting Him for the forgiveness of your sin?  Then you can look forward to a final rest from all trials and heartaches when Jesus takes you home to heaven.

 

 

2ND COMING VS THE RAPTURE

 

Matthew 24:32-44

 

Nov. 19th 2018

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Intro – The disciples had asked Jesus about the signs His second coming and the end of the age. Our text is a part of the Lord’s response to them.  The Rapture will end the church age, the battle of Armageddon will usher in the 2nd Coming of Jesus.

 

 

 

I. The signs of the times. (32-35)

 

A. vs 15 Abomination of desolation. Dan.9:27, Dan.12:11

 

B. This happens 3 ½ years into the 7 years of tribulation. (21)

 

C. Those who witness this will also witness the 2nd Coming.

 

1. The 2nd coming is given a set time.  (29)

 

2. Anyone knowing scripture will know the Lord is returning.

 

 

 

II. What happens at the Lord’s 2nd coming?

 

A. Great signs will take place. (29) Joel 2:30-31

 

B. All will see Jesus. Acts 1:11, Zech.12:10,

 

C.  A separation of the believing and unbelieving Jews. (31)

 

D. He returns with the saints and stands on the earth. Zech.14:4-5, Rev.19:8, 14

 

E.  Defeat of the anti-Christ. Rev.19:19-20, 2Thess.2:8

 

 

 

III What happens at the Rapture?

 

A. Jesus comes to rescue the believers. Rev.3:10, 1Thes.1:10, 5:9

 

B. We will meet Him in the air. 1Thess.4:16-18, 1Cor.15:51-52

 

C. No one knows the time. (42) 1Thess. 5:1-2

 

D. But things will appear normal. (38-39)

 

E. A separation of believers and unbelievers. (40-41)

 

 

 

Con. – Both events are coming soon. Will you be ready? (44)

 

 

TAXES

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Matthew 17:24-27

 

Nov. 4th 2018

 

 

 

Intro -  Nobody  I know likes to pay taxes but we are required to do so. You have probably heard the saying

 

There are only 2 things that are for certain in life, death and taxes.

 

 

 

I. Why do we pay taxes?  (24-25)

 

A. The bible has told us we should.  Luke 20:22-25, Rom.13:7, 1Tim.2:1-2

 

B.  The tax in our text today was a temple tax.

 

1.  Jews over 20 were required to pay. Ex.30:13-14

 

2.  The Levites were to collect the payment.  2Chron. 24:6   

 

 

 

II. Jesus reveals His divinity.

 

A. God is aware of your conversations whether He is physically present or not. Mt.12:36

 

1. Jesus knows everything because He is God. Jn.16:30, Lk.12:2, 5

 

2. He even knows your thoughts and intentions.  Heb.4:12

 

B. If the tax was for God’s temple then God does not have to pay the tax.  (26)

 

C. He shows His power over creation proving His divinity.

 

1. He determines which fish.

 

2. He determines amount of money. Enough for Him and Peter. Jn.21:17

 

 

 

III. We should try and not offend. (27)   2Cor.6:3

 

A. That doesn’t mean compromising the truth. Matt.10:34-36, Mt.15:7-14, 1Pet.2:7-8

 

B. Don’t cause others to stumble over issues that don’t determine eternity. Mt.18:6, 1Cor.8:8, 12

 

 

Con. Be good examples by being good citizens. Strive for unity among believers. Trust His power to forgive when you fail to do so.

 

THE RESISTANCE

 

Luke 20:27-40

 

Nov. 11th 2018

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Intro – The Sadducees were a religious-political group who resisted the ministry and teachings of Jesus. Along with the Pharisees they made up the Sanhedrin which was the group who ran the temple during the time of Christ. They resisted Jesus because the truth He brought threatened their hold on power among the Jews.

 

 

 

I. They tested Jesus.  (27-33)

 

A. They tried to trick Him. (23)

 

B. They mocked the Lord’s teaching on the resurrection. (27)

 

C.  There are two kinds of testing done in the Bible.

 

1. One is evil and based on resisting God and unbelief. Deut.6:16, Ps.78:17-18, Mt.4:7

 

2. The other is good and based on faith and doing God’s will.  Is.7:10-13, Mal.3:10, Judges 6:39, 1Jn.4:1

 

 

 

II. In heaven things will be different.  (34-36)

 

A. No marriage in heaven.

 

B. We will be spiritual beings who live forever. Ecc.12:7, Acts 7:59, Zech.12:1, Gen. 1:26, Gen.2:7, 2Cor.5:6-8

 

C.  Our bodies will be different than they are now.  1Cor.15:50-52

 

 

 

III. Jesus uses scripture to prove the resurrection. (37-40)

 

A. When Satan tempted Jesus He used scripture.  Matt.4:7, 9

 

B. When Sadducees tested Jesus He used scripture. Ex.3:6, Heb.11:19, Dan.12:2

 

C.  Scripture is what we should use to resist the devil. James 4:7, 1Pet.5:8-9

 

 

 

Con. The Sadducees said there was no life after death but Jesus taught that there was. Luke 12:5. The question is where will you spend eternity? In heaven or hell?

 

 

 

 

THE FIRM FOUNDATION

 

2Timothy 2:19-21

 

October 28th, 2018

 

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Intro – No matter what the world says the bible is true. “And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed”. Romans 9:33

 

 

 

I. It’s a foundation God has made. Matthew 21:42

 

A. It is built on the solid rock.

 

1. The word of God. Mt.7:24-25

 

2. Trusting the word of God.  Ps.119:11, Jn.17:17

 

B. This foundation doesn’t shift. James 1:17, Lam.3:23

 

 

 

 

 

II. Two truths are a part of this foundation.

 

A. The Lord knows who are His. 1Cor.8:3

 

1. We hear His voice through His word. Jn.10:3, Jn.8:47

 

2. We act one what we hear, unlike unbelievers. Mt.7:26-27

 

B. His people abstain from wickedness. Jn.14:15, 21

 

1. They confess sin. 1Jn.1:9, 1Jn.1:7

 

2. They draw near to the Lord. James 4:8, Heb.10:22

 

 

 

III. We build our lives and future on this foundation.  1Cor.3:10-11

 

A. We take action to be a vessel God can use. Eph. 4:22-24

 

B. We stop doing what is wrong an do what is right. Luke 13:3

 

 

 

Con. Our foundation is Jesus Christ. To have Him is to have life.  What kind of life are you building on that foundation? Do you honor Christ with your life?

 

 

 

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