CORONAVIRUS
Matt.24:6-8, Luke 21:11
May 3rd 2020

Intro – How does this pandemic fit in with Scripture?  It is one of the signs Jesus said would come before the great 7 years of tribulation.  This is just a warning sign.  Will you listen to His warning?

I. These are things Jesus said would happen.

A. John – Rev.2:21-23

B. Peter – 2Pet.3:10

C. Paul – 2Thess.2:9-10

D. An increase in earthquakes, volcanos, famine, plagues, etc. These are only the beginning.

E. God always warned before sending His wrath. Noah, Jeremiah.  Dan. SMA

 II. Sets the stage for globalism.

A. Globalism is accomplished through fear.

B. Several things that will happen in the 7 yr. tribulation period are being set up because of this pandemic.

     1. A one world leader – the antichrist.  Former PM Brown has call for a one world leader. Rev.13:1, 4
               2. An end to money as we know it. – No money changing hands everything under global control. Rev.13:16-17
               3. Global control of people.  Bill Gates – invisible tattoos – cc-info, tracking, medical history. Monitored by cell phone or drones.
               4. Energy needs increasing – Armies from north. Ezk.38:15, Ezk.39:2, Russia, Turkey and Iran.

 III. You still have time to be rescued. Nahum 1:3

A. God is again warning you to repent and receive Jesus into your life. Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13

B. If you do you can escape the things that are yet to come.  1Thess.1:10, Rev.3:10


Con. The question is will you listen?  Will you take heed to God’s gracious warning and come to Jesus before it’s too late?

 

 

ELDERS
1Peter 5:1-4
April 26th 2020

 

Intro – this text tells pastors what they are to do.

I. Elders are the spiritual leaders. Called by different names in different churches. Pastor, Deacons, Elder, Overseer, etc.

 

            A. The Apostles were Elders, Peter and John both refer to themselves as such. Acts 15:23

 

            B. It is a position which men are called to by Christ.             Jn.21:16-17     

 

II. Their job is to “shepherd the flock”.

 

            A. Unique because he is both servant and leader.  

 

            B.  Shepherd means to watch over and lead God’s children.              Acts 20:28

 

            C. To “tend the flock” means to care for them.

 

                        1. That means to teach the word of God.        2Tim.2:15   (shepherding)

 

                        2. To make sure the flock is in agreement with God’s will. vs 2               Acts 20:29-30, Mt.7:15

 

                        3. Not because you have to but you want to. Its your calling.    2Tim.3:16-17

 

                        4. Not about money or power but setting an example.  (serving)    1Tim.3:1-7

 

                        5. Every pastor will be held accountable for what he teaches.    Heb.13:7, 17

III. If he is faithful to his calling Christ will reward him.

 

            A. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd pastors are under shepherds.

 

            B. When the boss returns He will evaluate each pastors work.    1Tim.4:13-16

 

            C. Those who did as they were suppose will be rewarded. (3)          1Cor.3:14

 

D. Those who did not will be punished.         Jer.8:11-12, 1Tim.1:5-7, James 3:1

 

Con. – Pastors need to have a call from Christ, set an example by the life they live and faithfully teach the word.

 

 

FREE INDEED

John 8:36

Easter 5-12-20

Intro – The Easter account is one we celebrate as Christians because it reminds us Jesus kept His promises. He was crucified, buried and rose again just like He said. He ascended to heaven and the angels promised He will come again!  We look forward to those promises being kept also.  What does a Risen Savior mean for us today? It means freedom!  John 8:36 tells us the resurrection of Jesus provides the freedom to be free indeed. 

 

I. Free from Satan’s power.

 

A. Jesus has defeated Satan.   Gen.3:15, Rom.16:20

 

B. Jesus defeated Satan’s biggest weapon, fear of death, we are free from fear. Phil.1:21. Ps.23:4

 

1. Fear controls people. (pandemic)   Heb.2:14-15 

 

2. The One who conquered death says “fear not”.  Is.43:1, Mt.10:31, Mt.28:5, Rev.1:17

 

II. Free from death.     Jn.11:25

 

A. Easter proves Satan cannot control life and death. De.32:39, Job 1:21, Ps.68:20

 

B. Jesus proved that life goes on after death. Rom.6:9, 2Cor.5:8, 1Cor.15:54

 

C. With Jesus in your heart you will live after death with Him in heaven. 1Jn.5:11-12, Rom.8:11

 

III. Free from bondage.

 

A. The big rock could not hold Jesus in the tomb. Matt.28:2

 

B. Sin can no longer hold you captive the chains which bound us to death are broken. Rom.7:24-25

 

1. Jesus provides a way of escape. 1Cor.10:13

 

2. The Holy Spirit gives you power over sin. Rom.6:5-6, Rom.8:2

 

Con. Easter means that Jesus has set you free from sin, death and the power of Satan. We are free because we have Jesus Christ living in us.  Live your life accordingly.  Gal.2:20. You are free because He is risen!

 

           

 

 

JOB

 

Job 19:25-27

April 19th 2020

 

Intro – Job is believed by most scholars to be the oldest book in the Bible. Genesis details the beginning of time with creation but God used Moses to record those truths around 1500 BC. God used Job around the same time or maybe even earlier to give us God’s message. So what God teaches us through Job in a sense is some of the first truths God revealed in the written word. What did God reveal to Job? 

 

I.  Believers will be resurrected.  (25)

 

            A. Job knew he would live after death. Ps.27:13-14, Is.26:19

 

            B. The bible clearly teaches this truth. 1Thess.4:13-18, 1Cor.15:42

 

                        1. When Christians die their body goes in the ground their soul to heaven. Ecc.12:7, Rev.6:9-11, 2Cor.5:8

 

                        2. When Christ raptures the church from earth we get our new bodies. 1Thess.4:16-17, 1Cor.15:52

 

                        3. Unbelievers remain in the grave until judgement day. Rev.20:10-15

 

                        4. At the 2nd return of Christ to earth believers will come with Him. Zech.14:4, Rev.19:7-8, 14

 

            C. Job knew this is true because his Redeemer lives. 

 

II. Believers will receive new bodies.  (26)

 

            A. Job knew a change would take place. Job.14:14

 

            B. The bible also clearly teaches this. Ps.17:15, 1Jn.3:2, 2Cor.5:1, 1Cor.15:44, 51

 

            C. Job knew this is true because his Redeemer lives.

 

III. Believers have a personal Savior. (27)

 

            A. Job knew his Redeemer was his Advocate. Job.16:19

 

            B. We have an Advocate. 1Jn.2:1, Heb.7:25, Heb:9:24, Rom.8:34

 

            C. Our Redeemer/Advocate is there to help us. Heb.4:15-16

 

Con. Job understood what would happen after death. Jn.14:3 He placed his hope in the fact that his Redeemer lives.

 

 

 

 

PREPARING FOR EASTER

 

Lev.23:4-6

 

April 5th, 2020

 

 Intro – God prepared the Israelites for Easter. He did through the 7 major feast that He commanded they celebrate. He named them and told them what was to be involved in each one. If you look carefully you can see God was preparing the Israelites for Easter 1500 years before it happened. 

 

I. The first feast was Passover.

 

A. Israelites were having a tough time as slaves in Egypt.

 

B. God sends Moses to rescue them.

 

C. Perfect lamb, no bones broken, blood on the doorpost.

 

D. We are in bondage to sin.

 

                        1. God provides a perfect Lamb.  Jn.1:29,  Jn.19:36

 

                        2. His blood gives life. 1Peter 1:18-19, Rom.6:23 

 

                        3. His death keeps us from death. 1Thess.5:10, Rom.5:9

 

E. Jesus is our Passover Lamb who rescues us from sin and death.  1Cor.5:7

 

II. The second feast was Unleavened bread.

 

A. Remember your quick and complete exit from Egypt.

 

B. All leaven had to be removed. A complete cleansing.

 

C. In the New Testament leaven is compared to sin. Mt.16:6, 12, 1Cor.5:6-8.

 

D. Jesus is the One who makes us clean.  1Jn.1:9

 

III. The third feast was First fruits.

 

A. The Israelites were to rejoice in a new harvest.     

 

B. Thank God for new life, for His provision.

 

C. The timing of the feast match up to Christ death, burial and resurrection.  14th. 15th. 1st day.

 

D. We are clearly told by God that Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection.  Just as in the OT feast it meant more fruit would follow. 1Cor.15:20. 23,  Rom.8:11

 

Con. So we can see how God prepared Israel for the coming Messiah that would fulfill all these feast Himself.

 

Have you seen the connection? God laid it out clearly. Put your faith and trust in the Lamb of God and He will cleasne you and give you eternal life.

 

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