THE SANCTIFIER

 

Hebrews 2:11-18

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Jan. 12th 2020

 

 Intro – to sanctify means to set apart for God’s use. When we get saved Jesus sanctifies us. Several things are true about those who are sanctified.

 

 I. Christ says we are His brothers.

 

A. We belong to God’s family. Jn.1:12

 

B. He became like us so we could become like Him.

 

1. He became flesh.  Phil.2:7

 

2. So we can become new spiritually. 2Cor.5:17, Rom.6:4-6

 

C. Someday a new resurrected body. 1Cor.15:53, 1Jn.3:2

 

 II. Christ has defeated our enemy Satan. Gen.3:15

 

A. By His resurrection. 1Jn.3:8, Rom.6:9, Phil.3:10, Rev.20:6, Jn.11:25-26

 

B. We no longer fear death. 2Tim.1:9-10, 1Cor.15:54-55

 

 III. Christ has and will help us.

 

A. He already has by providing payment for sin. Rom.3:25, 1Jn.2:2

 

B. He continues by helping us during time of temptation. Heb.4:16, 1Cor.10:13

 

 Con. Knowing this let us live like the children of God that we are.  Matt.5:16

 

 

Simeon

 

Luke 2:25-35

 

December, 29th 2019

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Intro - Simeon was righteous, devout, and looking for the Messiah.  He was led by the Holy Spirit. God promised him he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.  Its fair to assume then Simeon was a student of the Scriptures. As the Psalmist says, God’s Word has a way of keeping us from sin, Ps.119:11.  And it also was his source of information on the coming Messiah. One of the things the Messiah was to bring was consolation to Israel. 

 

 

 

I. Simeon was a righteous man.  (25-27)

 

A.  Simeon was looking for the consolation of Israel.   Is.51:3, 61:1-2.               

 

B.  The Holy Spirit had opened his eyes to this truth.   Is.9:6-7, 11:1-2

 

C.  Have you recognized Jesus as your Savior?          Mt. 16:15-16, Jn.6:44

 

 

 

II.  God’s truth was revealed to Simeon.  (28-33)

 

A. By what He did coming into this world.

 

1. Virgin birth.                         Is 7:14

 

2.  Born in Bethlehem.            Micah 5:2

 

B.  Simeon was looking for the Savior, are you?    Heb.9:28

 

C. He could now die in peace.   Jn.14:1-3, 27

 

 

 

III.  Simeon prophesied about Christ’s mission. Luke 19:10

 

A.  Fall and rise of many - some stumble, Is.8:14-15, Jn1:11, -  some rise (believe) Jn.1:12

 

B.  Mary would feel the pain of Jesus being rejected by others.

 

C. We like Simeon can have peace.

 

1.  By putting our faith in the promises of God.                      1Jn.1:9, Rom.5:13

 

2.  By living righteously and looking forward to the Lords second coming.  2Pet.3:11-14

 

 

 

Con. - Simeon experienced the ultimate event because he was ready and waiting.  Are you ready?

 

            How you respond to Jesus reveals the thinking in your heart.

 

 

THE MESSAGE

 

Malachi 3:1-6

 

Dec. 15th 2019

 

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Intro – as with so many OT prophecies God did not allow the OT prophets to see the church age that we are living in. They went from the Messiah coming to the Messiah judging. In the prophecy that Malachi spoke in our text today, the church age would have come between verses 1 and 2.

 

 

 

I. John the Baptist to the birth and ministry of Christ.  (1)

 

A. John is the 1st messenger.  Matt.11:10-11

 

B. His message was one of repentance.  Lk.13:3, 1Jn.1:9

 

C. The “messenger of the covenant” is Jesus. Is.41:27, Jer.31:31, Lk.4:18-21, Lk.22:20

 

 

 

II. The tribulation and time of “Jacob’s distress”.  (2-4)

 

A. The tribulation is for those who have rejected Christ. 2Thess. 2:10-11

 

B. The Jews will repent and turn to Jesus during this time. Dan.9:24, Jer.30:7, Rom.11:25

 

C. A time to purify the Jewish people. vs 3, Dan.12:10

 

 

 

III. End time judgement.  (5)

 

A. The ungodly and unrepenting will be punished. Rev. 21:8

 

B. Those who change evil for good. Malachi 2:17

 

C. Those who question God’s existence.

 

 

 

 

 

Con. –Christmas is the message of hope, of God’s unchanging grace. (6)

 

 

FELLOWSHIP

 

1Jn.1:1-6

 

Dec. 22nd 2019

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Intro – The theme of John’s first letter is the fellowship of believers. Fellowship is an important part of the Christian life. To fellowship means to hold something in common.

 

 

 

I. A fellowship based on facts.

 

A. John and the disciples knew Him. 1Cor.15:4-5

 

B. They had physical contact and fellowship with Jesus.

 

1. They knew Who He was – Jn.1:1, Matt.1:23

 

2. They heard – Matt.3:17

 

3. They saw – Jn.1:14, John 10:37-38

 

4. They touched – Lk.24:39, Jn.20:27

 

C. We have spiritual contact and fellowship with Jesus. 1Cor.1:9, Rom.8:16, 1Jn.5:9-13, Jn.20:29

 

 

 

II. A fellowship of the joyful

 

A. The devil doesn’t want you to be joyful in Christ. Gal.3:1, Lk.8:12, Acts 10:38, 2Cor.2:11

 

B. Christ wants you to be joyful. Jn.15:11, Jn.17:13, Ps.40:16

 

 

 

III. A fellowship of the forgiven. Jn.1:12, 1Pet.1:18-19

 

A. We have been called out of darkness. 2Cor.6:14

 

B. We live changed lives. 2Cor.5:17, Heb.10:24-25

 

 

 

Con. – This Christmas as you get together with family and friends let it be a joyful celebration of what Jesus has done for you. Keep in mind that you are a part of a much larger fellowship of believers.

 

 

OPEN YOUR HEART’S DOOR

 

Rev.3:20-22

 

December 1st, 2019

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Intro – Have you ever noticed on the painting depicting this scene that there is no handle or knob on the outside of the door?  That’s because the painter knew that only you can let the Savior in.

 

 

 

I. Jesus wants to come in.  Jn.3:16

 

A. He doesn’t want you to perish. He warns of a pending fire. 2Pet.3:9, Matt.13:41-42

 

B. He comes to every heart’s door.  “My voice” = His word.  Lk.13:3, Rom.13:3

 

C. Only you can open the door.

 

1. You can ignore it. Mt.23:37-39

 

2.  You can put it off. Acts 24:25, Acts 26:28

 

D. Have you opened the door?

 

 

 

II. Jesus wants to fellowship with you.

 

A. Sin hinders that. 1Pet.3:7

 

B. Obedience creates it. Jn.14:23, Jn.15:5

 

C. Keep your conscience clean. 1Tim.1:19, 2Tim.2:21

 

 

 

III. Jesus wants to give you victory over sin and death.1Cor.15:54-57

 

A. It’s more than a visit, it’s a recruitment. Mt.19:28, Rev.2:26

 

B. We become soldiers for Christ.  Rev.17:14, Rev.19:13-14

 

C. In the end we win. Rev.20:4 

 

 

 

Con. It all starts when you invite Jesus in.  You make the call. The “come on in” response means you allow Christ to live in you and through you.

 

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