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2 Peter 1:19-21

December, 17th 2017


Intro –The Bible is God’s word to us and He wants us to know that it is reliable. Anytime we deal with the subject of prophecy we must do so in the context of 1Cor.13:8 and Rev.22:18.

I. Prophecies fulfilled prove the Bible to be God’s word. 19

A. Prophets had to be perfect in their predictions. Deut.18:20-22

B. Prophets had to agree with the word of God.  Deut.13:1-5

C. Separate yourselves from false prophets/teachers. 2Thess. 3:1-6, Rom.16:17-19, Mt.18:17, Eph.3:10

II. Prophecies are not one person’s interpretation.  20

A. We are not allowed to twist Scripture. 2 Tim.2:15, 2 Pet 3:16

B. We are not allowed to change scripture.  Rev.22:18-19

III. Fulfilled prophecy makes the word more sure.  21

A. It reveals Holy Spirit as the author of the Bible. Only He could have fulfilled them.

1. Bless the world through Jesus. Gen.12:3, Gal.3:16

2. Born through tribe of Judah. Gen.49:10, Heb.7:14

3. Lineage of David. 2Sam.7:12-13, Lk.1:31-33

4. Virgin birth & named Immanuel. Is.7:14, Mt.1:22-23

5. Born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Lk 2:4-6

6. Gifts given to Him. Is.60:6, Mt.2:11

7. Spirit of God upon Him. Is.11:2, Jn.1:32, Lk.4:18

B. God is still showing Who He is by what He does.  Prov.21:1

Con. God fulfills prophecy so we know that we  can trust God to keep His word. He has in the past and will in the present and future.



Micah 4:1-7

December 10th, 2017



Intro – Our text todays speaks of the Lord’s second coming and His thousand year reign on earth. Just as surely as His first coming happened so will His second.


I.  It will happen in the “last days”. vs 1

A. What are the last days? Mt.24:3ff, 2Tim.3:1-4, 7, 2Tim 4:3-4, 2Pet.3:3-4

B. The days of Israel’s regathering. Duet.30:3-5, Is.11:11-12, Rom.11:25-26

C. A time of the rebuilt temple and Jerusalem being the center of attention. Ezk.40, Ezk.38-39


II. It will be a time of world peace. Luke 1:79

A. Weapons of war changed into tools for peace. vs 3.

B. Peaceful living for everyone. vs 4.


III. It will take place literally.

A. People of all nations will come to Jerusalem to seek Christ’s will. vs 3.

B. He will rule over the world with the believers. vs 7, Rev.20:4


Con. – At His first coming He set up a spiritual kingdom and offered inner peace. At His second coming He will establish world peace. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is coming again. There truly will be Joy in the world.



1Cor. 15:50-58

Nov.26th 2017



Intro – The next big event to happen for believers is “the trumpet of God” or what we know as the rapture.

Our text is speaking about that event today.  When that trumpet sounds we (believers) are taken to heaven. What happens to us at that event? 

I. We know that this body cannot go to heaven. (50)                                                                   

A.  We will and must receive a different body just as Christ did. Phil.2:7-8, Heb.2:14, Luke 24:39

B. We will be changed. (51) 1Cor.15:40, 42, 44,  Phil.3:20-21,

II. This change happens at the Rapture.  Jn.14:3

A. It will happen quickly. 1Thess.4:13-18

B. We will all (believers) receive our new glorified bodies. 

1. Christ was our example. 1Cor. 15:20-23

2. Until then our soul goes to be with the Lord.  2Cor.5:6-8, Eccl. 12:7 Rev.6:9-10

3. At the Lord’s return those who have died receive their new bodies then we who are still alive. (52)

C. All of this is possible because of our faith in Jesus Christ. (53-57) Jn.11:26, Heb.9:28.


III. We remain faithful to Christ and His word until He comes again. (58) 2Thess.2:15, 2Tim.1:13-14

A. Our faithfulness will be rewarded. Matt.25:23, 34,  1Cor.3:14

B. What we do for Christ is not a waste of time. Luke 18:29-30


Con. – Are you listening for the trumpet? Are you ready for the trumpet. The only way to be ready is to have Christ dwelling in your heart by faith.


Luke 4:16-21


December 3rd 2017

Intro -The “Favorable year of the Lord” is a reference back to the OT year of Jubilee. It was a time of grace.


I. The year of Jubilee came every 50 years.  Lev.25:10ff

A. Slaves were set free.

B. Families were reunited.

C. Debts were erased and there was great joy and celebration.


II. Jesus proclaims His ministry as a favorable year of the Lord. (19)

A. He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah.

B. Jesus would fulfill the prophecy through His miracles. Matt.11:5


III. Jesus would also fulfill this prophecy spiritually.

A. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit. Jn.1:32-34

B. He did preach the gospel to the poor.

1. The good news was that repentant people will be saved. Matt.5:3, Ps.51:17

2. The good news is that we will be saved by grace not works. Rom.3:28, Eph.2:8-9

C. Release to the captives.

1. We are bound by sin.  Rom.7:14

2. We (the Jews especially) were bound by the law. Gal.2:4, Gal.4:3, Rom.8:4

3. We now live by the Spirit. Rom.8:5-9, Gal.5:14, Matt.7:12, Gal.5:25

D. Sight to the blind.

1. Satan has blinded people. 2Cor.4:4

2. Jesus gives insight. 1Cor.2:14, 2Cor.3:15-16

E. Set the oppressed free.

1. Free from a guilty conscience. Heb.10:22

2. Free from sin and death. Jn.8:31-32

Con. – All that Jesus offered the people that day in the synagogue He offers to us today. Have you received all that Christ offers during the favorable year?



Mark 12:41-44

November 19th 2017



Intro- It is no coincident that this text should come up at a time when we need special giving. The Bible has much to say about giving and this text is just one small part.  We are taught several things about giving in the Bible, I just want to mention 3 this morning.


I. We should give to build and maintain the Lord’s house.

A. Our text takes us back to the OT.  2 Kings 12:9-11

1. We are told to bring our offerings into the Lord’s house. Malachi 3:10,

2. We are told we should put the Lord first. 1Kings 17:14-16

B. We should give willingly. Ex.35:5, 21-22

C. God has chosen to use our gifts.


II. We should give cheerfully. 2Cor.9:7

A. For our own well-being. Prov.17:22

B. God knows how you feel about giving. (44) 1Sam.16:7


III. We should give sacrificially.

A. She gave all she had.

1. She understood it was the Lord’s anyway. Ps.50:10-12, James 1:17

2. She understood she was the Lord’s. 2Cor.8:1-5

B. Her faith was why she could give sacrificially. Luke 12:29-31

C. Surplus vs sacrifice. What’s the percentage of your giving?


Con.- We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Your giving to the Lord is a reflection of how thankful you are to Him.


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