LIVING IN THE LIGHT

2 Samuel 22:21-29

August 23rd 2020

Intro - God blesses us for being obedient to Him. David understood this truth. Jesus clearly taught us this truth.

I. Living in the light gives us understanding. (21)

            A. Blessed for good investments.  Mt.25:20-21,  Gal.6:7

            B. Blessed for enduring.  Mt.5:11-12

            C. Blessed for being kind. Mk. 9:41, Rev.22:12

            D. Blessed for being a good example. Lk.6:35, Mt.5:16, Eph.4:32

            E. Blessed for being faithful. 1Cor.3:8, 10, 14

II. Not living in the light causes loss of our rewards. (27-28)

            A. Rewards can be gained or lost.  2Jn.1:8, Heb.10:35-36

            B. Saul – 1Sam.15:11,23-26

            C. David – 1Kings 15:5, 1Chron.28:2-3

            D. Ego and pride can lose of rewards. Rom.1:28, Mt.6:1

            E. Repentances can restore rewards. Ps.51.10-13, Is.55:7

III. Living in the light brings rewards. (29) Jn.8:12

            A. The light of God’s word. Ps.19:8, 11

            B. Faith in “the Light” brings our greatest reward. 1Jn.1:7

Con. Paul reminds us to live as those who belong to Jesus Christ. 1Thess.5:5-11

CALL TO REPENT

Jeremiah 7:1-7

August 16th, 2020

Intro – The false prophets were telling the Israelites they had no reason to fear, no reason to change, etc. Jer.6:14. Jeremiah had the job of telling them they needed to repent and change their behavior.  

I. Hear the word of the Lord. (1-2)

A. You can come to church but not listen. Jer.5:21, Mk.8:18

B. You can sing praises and not mean it. Is.29:13, Mk.7:6

C. It shows up in one’s lack of commitment to the things of God. Lk.8:14, Lk.9:23

II. Mend your ways. (3-6)

A. Repent – Prov.7:15-16, 30-31, Jer.32:35

B. Actions speak louder than words.  James 1:22

C. They tried to convince  themselves they were ok.  Mend your ways – vs 13, Prov.1:23-24

1. Let the HS convince you. Rom.8:16, Heb.2:1

2. Stand on the promises of God. 1Jn.5:12, Jn.14:15

III. Then you will dwell with the Lord. (7)

A. He will dwell with you. Deut. 28:1-2, Jn.15:10

B. You will be blessed. Gal.3:8-9, Jn.15:7, 16

Con – Will you listen to the Spirit of God when He asks you to mend or change your ways?

 

CONFIRMATION

1Cor.1:4-9

August 2nd, 2020

 

Intro – What is a confirmation service in the Lutheran church? What is its purpose?

I. It is to confirm one’s faith.  (6)

A. I have accepted Christ.  Jn.1:12

B. I have asked Him to forgive my sin. 1John 1:9

C. I believe He is my Savior.   Rom.10:13, 1Peter 3:15

II. It is a promise to serve the Lord.  (7)   Joshua 24:15

A. To be active in the church.  1Cor.12:7

B. To be an example for Christ. Matt.5:16, Gal.2:20

III. It is a statement of trust.  (8-9)

A. You believe His promises.  Acts 16:31

1. That you are forgiven, blameless in Christ.  2Cor.5:21

2. That He has called you to serve Him.  1Peter 2:9

B. You believe He is coming again for you.  1Thess.4:16-17

Con. – True confirmation is when you affirm your trust in a faithful God.

 

JUSTIFIED

Rom.5:1-11

August 9th 2020

Intro – Justified means to be made right or as the bible says righteous in the sight of God. It is an amazing thing that sinful man can be made righteous before God. Jesus makes it possible.

I. Being justified gives peace.  (1-2)

A. Peace “with” God.

1. Not just any peace. Jer.6:14, Is.59:2

2. We have been reconciled.  Rom.5:8, 10 

B. Peace based on faith. Col.1:20, Rev.1:5, 1Jn.2:2, 1Jn.1:7

C. Peace that gives hope. Rom.5:5, Rom.8:16

II. Being justified gives purpose to life. (3-4)

A. Every battle has a reason. James 1:12, 1:2

B. Make sure your trial is not self-inflicted.  1Peter 4:12-16,

C. We learn to see things through God’s perspective. 1Peter 4:19, Rom.16:19

            Assemble – Heb.10:25,  Sing – Eph.5:15-19, Open door – Matt.11:28, Preach – Mt.28:19-20

III. Being justified gives assurance.  (9-10)

A. “Much more” our life is built on the promises of God. Heb.6:18-19

B. His word is the foundation of our assurance. Luke 6:47-48, Deut.32:4, 2Sam.22:2-3

Con. If you have trusted Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins you are justified

OUR SINFUL CONDITION

Romans 3:9-20

July 12th 2020

 

Intro- Sometimes the bible is really hard on our pride. Our text today reminds us of our sinful condition.

 

I. There is none righteous.  10,13-18

A. We are born sinful. Rom.5:12

B. We continue to sin. Ps.53:1-3, 1Jn.1:8

1. Deception – Jn.8:44

2. Bitterness – Heb.12:15

3. Destruction vs build up. Jer.23:1, Jn.10:10, Rom.15:2, 1Thes 5:11, Rom.14:19

4. Violence vs peace –  Prov. 3:31, Ps.11:5, Heb.12:14, Jn.14:27

 

II. Jesus came to us.  11-12

A. He sought us before we sought Him. Is.53:6

B. He calls us to repentance and faith. Jn.6:44

C. He wants to change us. Mt.6:33, 2Cor.5:14-17

 

III. God will hold us accountable for the decisions we make. 19-20

A. God’s word tells us what we need to know. Rom.3:23

B. The question is how do you respond? Rom.3:28, Acts 16:30-31

 

Con. Your response will determine where you spend eternity.

 

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