PAUL’S MINISTRY

 

Colossians 1:24-2:4

 

October 21 2018

 

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Intro – 1Timothy 3 gives us the qualifications to be a pastor but here in our text today you might say is the job description of what a pastor should do.

 

 

 

I. Called to preach the word of God. (24-27)

 

            A. Be willing to suffer for Christ sake. 2Cor.1:5,  2Cor.6:4-5, 2Cor.11:27-28

 

            B. Oversee the church. 1Tim. 3:2-5,

 

                        1. Through preaching the word.  2Tim.4:2

 

                        2. Through teaching biblical principles. Col.2:8

 

                        3. Give hope through conversion. (27)  Rom.8:10-11

 

 

 

II. Called to grow people’s faith. (28-29)

 

            A. Growth through admonishment. Heb.5:12-6:1, Eph.4:13-14

 

            B. Growth through knowledge. Eph.1:17, 2Cor.10:5, 2Tim.2:25, 2Tim.3:7, 2Pet.3:18

 

 

 

III. Called to encourage them to faithfulness. (2:1-4)

 

            A. Reminding them of what they have in Christ.

 

                        1. Salvation – 1Jn.5:12-13

 

                        2. Adoption – Jn.1:12, Rom.8:15, Gal 4:5

 

            B. So don’t be fooled by man’s thinking. Rom.16:17-18, Gal.5:7

 

 

 

Con – A pastor is successful when people come to faith and then grow in their knowledge and faithfulness to

 

Christ.

 

 

 

 

HERE I AM

Isaiah 65:1-2

 

October 14th 2018

 

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Intro – Israel had been drifting away from the Lord and living in rebellion against His word. The words God spoke to Israel would apply to America today. America has drifted from the godly Christian nation it once was.

 

 

 

I. God is reaching out to others. (1)  Rom.11:20-22

 

A. Other countries are more open to the gospel.

 

1. Hungary – takes a strong stand against Islam. Eze. 3:17

 

2. Kenya – Large crowds fill churches to hear gospel. Matt.5:6

 

B. They oppose what is evil.    Ps.97:10, Prov.8:13, Rom.12:9

 

 

 

II. America is rebelling against God. (2)  Is.63:10

 

A. We are losing our civility for each other. Gal.5:22, Col.3:12, Eph.4:32

 

1. Congressmen shot and stabbed.

 

2. Leaders cursed at and shouted down in public.

 

3. Violence encouraged.  Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters

 

B. The occult is growing.

 

1. 1.5 million professing Wicca or pagans in America. (free thought, love the earth)

 

2. Over 300 thousands professing witches.

 

3. Casting hexes on those they oppose.  Eph.6:12

 

 

 

III. You can make a difference.

 

A. Pray for our country. Dan.9:4-8

 

B. Like Isaiah speak the truth. Eph.4:15

 

C. Elect those who respect God’s word.

 

 

 

Con. – If we are to return our country godliness we must elect those who respect and fear God. Be smart, be    informed, vote!

 

 

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD

 

Mark 10:17-27

 

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Sept. 30th 2018

 

 

 

Intro – Jesus had just finished telling the people they must receive God’s kingdom like a child. Man’s reasoning many times keeps him from coming to salvation. Salvation is trusting Jesus.

 

 

 

I. It’s possible for the spiritually blind to see. (17-22)

 

A. This man didn’t know how to get eternal life.

 

1. He only recognized Jesus as a good teacher. Matt.16:16

 

2. He thought he was keeping the commandments. Rom.3:23, James 2:10 

 

B. Jesus has compassion on him.  Eph.4:15, 2 Peter 3:9

 

C. Jesus reveals to him his sin, other gods.  Ex.20:3, Matt.6:24

 

 

 

II. It is possible for all to have eternal life. (23-25)

 

A. “Whoever” means anyone or everyone.  Jn.3:16, Rom.10:13

 

B. It is hard for some. Acts 26:14

 

1. Because of the bondage of sin. Rom.7:14

 

2. Because of self-dependence.  Matt.6:20

 

 

 

III. It is possible for God to do what man cannot. (26-27)

 

A. Man cannot earn salvation but Jesus gives it freely.  Rom.8:32, Rom.3:24

 

B. Unrighteous man cannot make himself righteous but Jesus can. 2Cor.5:21, Rom.3:21-22

 

 

 

Con. Never question God’s ability to forgive you and save you for all eternity. Heb.7:25

 

 

YOU ARE FREED

 

Luke 13:10-17

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October 7th 2018

 

 

 

Intro – What joy fills our hearts when Jesus speaks those words to us “you are freed”.

 

 

 

I. Sometimes sickness can be caused by demonic powers.

 

A. Not all sickness is caused by an evil spirit.   Jn.9:2-3, Rom.5:12, James 5:16

 

B. Some sickness is caused by evil spirits. Mt.12:22, Acts 5:16, Acts 8:7

 

C. This woman was under Satan’s bondage.

 

 

 

II. Jesus cared about her. 1Peter 5:7

 

A. He called her. Matt.11:28, Lk.18:16, Mt.4:19

 

B. He knows all about you. Ps.139:1, Act 1:24, Mt.6:31-32,

 

C. He knows your spiritual need.   Ps.86:1, Mk.2:17, Jn.10:10

 

 

 

III. Unbelievers wanted her to remain enslaved.

 

A. Didn’t want their rules or way of life changed. Matt.12:2, Rom.10:3, Jn.3:3, Jn.1:12, Rom.10:13

 

B. They wonder at conversion.  1Pet.4:4, 1Pet.3:16

 

 

Con. Jesus came to save you. Too cleanse you from your sin. Surrender to Him today and you will be freed.

 

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

 

Galatians 5:1-14

 

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Sept. 23rd, 2018

 

 

 

Intro – Justification and sanctification by grace alone is the theme of this letter to the Galatians. As Charles Ryrie in his introduction to Galatians puts it, “Forget about merit-salvation through obedience to the law of Moses. Man is too weak by nature to accomplish self-salvation or self-sanctification.”

 

 

 

I. Trusting Jesus saves you and keeps you in God’s grace. (1, 13-14)

 

A. You did not free yourself from the law and sin, Christ freed you.

 

1. He freed you from the law by fulfilling it for you. Mt.5:17, Rom.8:1-4

 

2. He freed you from sin by taking your sin on Himself. 2Cor.5:21

 

B. We are grafted into God’s family by grace through faith. Eph.2:8, Jn.15:5-6, Rom.11:19-23

 

C. Love and gratitude motivate us to keep the law. Rom.6:1-2, 1Cor.8:9, 1Pet.2:15-16

 

 

 

II. Trusting the law will separate you from God’s grace.  (2-7)

 

A. If you trust the law instead of grace you will be cut off. Jn.15:6, Rom.11:22

 

B. Never stop trusting in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. Heb.3:12-14

 

C. Jesus paid for your sin. Is.53:5, 1Pet.2:24, 1Cor.15:3

 

 

 

III. The smallest exception to that truth will infect you with false teaching. (8-12)

 

A. False teachings start with small variations. 2Pet.3:17, Gal.1:6-7.  Hebrew Roots “but”

 

B. To mix the law in any way with salvation by grace is wrong. 2Cor.11:3-4,

 

C. The littlest leaven (false teaching) will end in separation from Christ. Gal.5:4

 

 

 

Con. – Don’t mix law and grace. This is the great sin of every cult that has ever started up. They want you to believe somehow some way you must do something to be saved, to please God.  No, just accept the truth that Jesus paid for your sin and accept the free gift of salvation that He freely offers. Through repentance and faith in Jesus eternal life will be yours. 1Jn.5:12-13

 

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