Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Temple Baptist Church - 9-20-2017
1 Peter 5:5-7


A.  The interpretation of these verses is to the young pastor or preacher.  His is to submit to the elder and, also, to be humble enough to submit to all others. 

1.  He cannot expect others to submit unto him if he is not submissive. 

2.  He cannot reprove until he can be reproved. 

3.  He will never be honored until he learns to honor. 

4.  He will never be exalted until he learns to be abased. 

5.  He will never lead until he learns to follow. 

6.  One of the qualifications of a bishop is that he I not to be a novice.

B.  The application of these verses is to all of God’s flock.

C.  Under The Mighty Hand Of God.  Why?

1.  It is omnipotence that cannot be stayed.

2.  It is madness to oppose His will.

3.  It is both safe and profitable.

a) Hid as in the hollow of his hand.

2) Safe in his pavilion.

3) Comfortable under the shadow of his wings.

D.  The Definition Of Humility

1.  Humility In Relationship To Others – vs 5

a.  Realizing That Others Are Just As Important As We Are - 1 Corinthians 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

b.  Realizing Just Hope Important Our Love One For Another Is - Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

c.  Realizing That What We Want Really Does Not Matter In Light Of Eternity - 2 Corinthians 4:17-5:1 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Peter 5:5b Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility

Ephesians 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

2.  Humility In Relationship To God – vs 6

a.  Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Eternally Lost - 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

b.  Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Nothing - 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

c.  Realizing That Without Him We Would Have Nothing - Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

d.  Realizing That Without Him We Would Be Hopeless - Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

e. Realizing That He Knows Best - Luke 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

3.  Humility In Relationship To Circumstances – vs 7

a.  Realizing That God Is In Control Of Our Future, Not We Ourselves - Job 23:13-14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

b.  Realizing That It Is God’s Purpose That Is Important, Not Our Comfort -             Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp

c.  Realizing That This Life Is Short At Best And Eternity Is Really All That Matters - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

John The Beloved Walked With God In Rapture

Temple Baptist Church - 9-17-2017
John 21:20-24


A.  We have looked at 10 different men who walked with God in their lives. 

1.  The series has been a blessing to me as I studied these men.  Each one had something that made him special in his personal walk with the LORD.  There are more men in the Bible that I could have chosen but, alas, all good things normally come to an end. 

a)  Enoch walked with God in Consistency.

b)  Noah walked with God in Spiritual Adversity.

c)  Moses walked with God in Impossibility.

d)  Joseph walked with God in Integrity.

e)  Job walked with God in Confusion.

f)  David walked with God in Worship.

g)  John the Baptist walked with God in Expectancy.

h)  Peter walked with God in Love.

i)  Paul walked with God in the Spirit.

2.  I want to look at one more man, John the Beloved, before I move on to another subject.  I chose John the Beloved because every walk with God needs to have a destination in mind.

3.  Our destination is what lies beyond this life: an eternity of blessedness with Christ.  Aging comes so quickly to all of us.  Yesterday, we were carefree children who were raised in a better time.  We live, we love, and we die.

4.  Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, and Christ the Cure.  Paul said it all when writing the Epistle to the Philippians: 

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  (21)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  (22)  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  (23)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”  (Philippians 1:20-23) 

B.  The apostles misunderstood what our Lord said to Peter in our text for this morning.

John 21:22-23  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.  (23)  Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

1.  It was Prophetic of John receiving the Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.

2.  It was also Prophetic of a generation that would not see death but would walk with God.

C.  John the Beloved was special!  In the Book of John, his name is never mentioned but he is call “that disciple whom Jesus loved.”  John was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day when the Lord appeared to him in His glorified body and gave him the Revelation of Jesus Christ and things to come.

1.  John the Beloved is a beautiful type of the Church.

2.  Nothing was said negative about John.  Though he was not a perfect man, he was called “that disciple whom Jesus loved.”  When God sees His child, He sees us as made worthy by the blood and not as we are.

3.  The Lord loved John with an overlooking, everlasting love.  Our Lord Jesus loves the Church and gave Himself for it.  He sees us seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus without spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.

4.  The Lord allowed John to see Him in the Second Coming in all His glory.  We will one day see Him again.

D.  I want to take a short look at what John experienced that we who love the Lod will one-day experience.

E.  John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture.  We will one day do the same, through the veil of death or in the Rapture of the church.  Rapture:  a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.

1.  John’s rapture as he saw his beloved Lord.   Revelation 1:10, 12-13  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet … (12)  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;  (13)  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  (I can only imagine the thrill John felt when he saw Jesus again in all of His glory!)

One day just today and it could be today, our rapture as we see our beloved Lord as He is.  1 Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1 John 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

2.  John’s rapture as he was caught up to heaven, his ultimate home.  Revelation 4:1-2  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.  (2)  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.  (From exile on the Isle of Patmos, a barren rock of an island, to the glory of God’s heaven is beyond imagination.)

Our rapture when, in a twinkling of an eye, we are caught up to heaven, FINALLY HOME!  1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  (Through the rapture of through death, we will one-day step on shore and find it heaven, touch a hand and find it God’s, breath new air and finding it celestial, waking up in glory, finally home!)

3.  John’s rapture of seeing the saints of God along with his loved ones again.  Revelation 5:8-9  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  (9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  (John was the last of the apostles to die and was probably in his late 90’s when it was his time to go.  He had more on the other side than he did remaining in this life.)

Our rapture when we see those whom we loved in both our physical families and our church family again.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  (14)  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  (O that will be glory for me!)

4.  John’s rapture of seeing a new heaven and a new earth with no curse or sin.  Revelation 21:1-2  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  (2)  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  (The seven “No Mores!”)

Our rapture of experiencing the change from this sinful world and aging, corrupt body to eternity’s perfection.  1 Corinthians 15:50-53  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  (51)  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  (52)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  (53)  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  (What a day that will be!  I loved to hear Gordon sing that song.)

5.  John’s rapture of experiencing eternity while still in the flesh here.  Revelation 10:6  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:  (John knew that he was quickly approaching eternity and was thrilled to both see and experience it in advance.)

Our rapture when we are forever with the Lord.  1 Thessalonians 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Conclusion:  You know that this could have been a long message, don’t you?  As John the Beloved walked with God in Rapture, we too will one day do the same! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Chief Shepherd

Temple Baptist Church - 9-13-2017
1 Peter 5:1-4


A.  When writing to the dispersed Jewish believers, Peter used terms that they were familiar.  The Israelites had been shepherds from the beginning and were well acquainted with shepherds and sheep.

B.  Through the Bible, Jehovah God—the Lord Jesus Christ, is presented as a Shepherd.

1.  He is our Personal Shepherd.  Psalms 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

1 Peter 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

2.  He is the Good Shepherd.  John 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

3.  He is the Great Shepherd.  Hebrews 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

4.  He is the Chief Shepherd.  1 Peter 5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

C.  As the Chief Shepherd:

1.  He is the Owner of the Church - Matthew 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

2.  He is the Authority of the Church - Ephesians 5:23-24  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

3.  He is the Beauty of the Church - Psalms 27:4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

D.  As our Shepherd:

1.  Our Shepherd provides pasture for His sheep.

Ezekiel 34:13-14  And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.  I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Isaiah 49:9-10  That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.  They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

Revelation 7:17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

2.  Our Shepherd provides a fold or His sheep.

a.  It is a place of Permanence - Psalms 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall fo  llow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

b.  It is a place of Desire - Psalms 27:4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

c.  It is a place of Nourishment - Psalms 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

d.  It is a place of Joy - Psalms 122:1  I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

e.  It is a place of Blessing - Psalms 134:1  Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

3.  Our Shepherd provides Protection for His sheep.

a.  Protection against the Enemy.  Psalms 27:1  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

b.  Protection when Troubles come.  Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

c.  Protection from Eternal loss.  Hebrews 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

John 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

4.  Our Shepherd provides Restoration for His sheep.

a.  He searches for them - Luke 15:4  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

b.  He carries them home - Luke 15:5  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

c.  He restores them - Luke 15:6  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

d.  He loses none of them – 99+1 = 100 - John 18:9  That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

John 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Paul Walked With God In Spirit

Temple Baptist Church - 9-10-2017
Romans 8:1-17


A.  As far as I am concerned, the Apostle Paul was possibly the greatest Christian in the early years of the church.  As with the other men of God that we have looked at, there had to be one thing that made Paul a man who walked with God.

B.  Again, Paul was not a perfect Christian, just a good one!  We often equate spirituality with perfection and failure with carnality.

C.  Though other epistles make mention of the blessed Holy Spirit, the Pauline Epistles introduce the believer to the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and His work.  The Apostle Paul was truly a Spirit filled man!

D.  The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts are transitional in nature with both passing and permanent gifts given for the edification of the saints and the work of the ministry.

E.  The greatest of all gifts given is the blessed, precious Holy Ghost!  Almighty God living in the believer!

1. He teaches (John 14:26)

2. He guides (Rom 8:14)

3. He commissions (Acts 13:4)

4. He commands men (Acts 8:29)

5. He restrains (Cen6:3)

6. He intercedes (Rom 8:26)

7. He speaks (John 15:26; 2 Peter 1:21)

F.  There is a lot of mis-information in religious circles about the person and work of the Holy Ghost. Some religious denominations practice unscriptural works and blame the Holy Ghost for them.  The scripture cannot be violated and the Spirit of God gave the scripture.

2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

G.  To walk with God, one must walk in God or walk in the Spirit.  Paul was such a man.  The Bible does not specifically say that Paul walked in the Spirit but I believe that his epistles testify to it. What is walking in the Spirit?

1.  Walking with God in the Spirit requires a spiritual birth.  John 3:5-8  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and ofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  (6)  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  (7)  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  (8)  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

a.  The New Birth and the Word of God.  Romans 10:14-17  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  (15)  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  (16)  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  (17)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

b.  The New Birth and the Spirit of God.  1 Corinthians 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

2.  Walking with God in the Spirit requires being conscious of His Presence.  Galatians 5:16-17  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  (17)  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  (Realizing the constant battle that we have with our old sinful flesh and knowing the presence of the blessed Holy Spirit: our Comforter, Friend, and Guide.)

a. Consciousness of God is not based upon Emotions.  I do not necessarily feel God in me or with me.  Emotions can leave one fearful and drained because we cannot see God’s presence.

b. Consciousness of God is not based upon Circumstances.  There are times when I do not think that things are right nor do I like where I am in life.  Circumstances can leave one confused and discouraged because we cannot see God working in the background.

c. Consciousness of God relies completely upon His Promises.  He said that He would be there with me and for me.  Never doubt in the dark what God said in the light!

d.  Walking in the Spirit involves knowing that He is with me; He sees me; He protects me; and He cares for me.  All the time!

3.  Walking with God in the Spirit requires being filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-21  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  (19)  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (20)  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  (21)  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.  (The filling of the Holy Ghost is not evidenced by the modern day “tongues” but by a sweetness of singing and making melody in our hearts coupled with thankfulness.)

a.  Sensitive to the Spirit.  Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is imperative. 

b.  Obedient to the Spirit.  Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day.

c.  Not Grieving the Spirit.  Heeding the reproof of the Holy Spirit when we commit sin.

4.  Walking with God in the Spirit is evidencing the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-25  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  (23)  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  (24)  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  (25)  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (True Biblical Christianity is always evidenced with the inward, outward, and upward fruit of the Spirit.  You cannot be Spirit filled without all 9 aspects of the fruit.)

5.  Walking with God in the Spirit is evidenced by living for God instead of living for the world.  Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

a. Consecration for God is Realization that I belong to God.  We have been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.  We are not our own but we are His.

b. Consecration for God is Presentation of my body to God. Separation is simply giving to God what He has already paid for: our lives!  We owe all that we have or ever will have to Him.

c. Consecration for God is Glorification of God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which isin you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

d.  Consecration is dying to self and living for the glory of God -Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

6.  Walking In The Spirit Involves Compliance To God - 1 John 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

a. Compliance to the Holy Spirit’s Direction - John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

b. Compliance to the Holy Scripture’s Doctrine - John 8:31-32  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,then are ye my disciples indeed;  32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Conclusion:  Walk in the Spirit and deny the flesh.  Walk in the flesh and deny the Spirit.  Our Lord said that we are either for Him or against Him with no room for middle ground.