Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brethren, We Have An Obligation

Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2018
Romans 8:12-14


Introduction:

A.  Along with our great salvation comes a great responsibility.  Over the past few weeks, we have been studying our relationship to God.  As children of God, we have obligations.  With so many professing Christians, salvation is something that does not affect their daily lives. 

Matthew 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

B.  Christ is our life!

Colossians 3:3-4  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  (4)  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  (We not only have life in Christ, He is our life!)

b.  We have an obligation to the Lord:

1.  To walk worthy of the Lord.  Colossians 1:9-10  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  (10)  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2.  We have aobligation to Serve.  Romans 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

C.  We have an obligation to the Lost.  Matthew 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give(God has been gracious to save us and we need to be gracious to the unsaved.)

1.  We are obligated to the Masses.  Matthew 9:37-38  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  (38)  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

2.  We are obligated to the Message - Romans 10:14-15   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?  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!

1.  We have an obligation to See.  John 4:35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

a.  An Imperative Look – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest”

b.  A Compassionate Look – “for they are white already to harvest”

c.  An Urgent Look – “white already”

2.  We have an obligation to Shine – Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

a.  A Solitary Light – “ye are the light of the world”

b.  A Guiding Light – “see your good works”

c.  A Glorifying Light – “glorify your Father”

3.  We have an obligation to Share.  Romans 1:14-18  I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Ezekiel 33:8-9  When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.


The Church Belongs To Christ

Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2018
Matthew 16:13-23


Introduction

A.  What is the Local Church? 

1.  The local church is the body of Christ corporately gathered.  It is a called-out assembly of saints.  It is neither a building nor is it a denomination.  I am a Baptist without apology, but I am a Biblicists first! 

2.  The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice.  There are many so-called Baptist churches that have radically changed and should remove the name Baptist from their names.  I am an independent Baptist as the Bible teaches. 

B.  The local church is to be autonomous (independent and self governing) in nature and indigenous (home grown) in nature.  Not only self-governed but also self-sufficient.

C.  The Local Church building is one that is consecrated to the worship of God.  It is where God’s people assemble, united under one form of ecclesiastical government, in one creed.  It is God’s instrument on Earth that carries out the work of the Great Commission.

D.  The Local Church needs to be respected.  There are those who say that the local church is just a building made of earthly materials, but we need to be often reminded that it is the House of the Lord and should be respected it as such.  When I go to your homes, I respect them because it is your home!  When I come to Temple Baptist Church, I respect it and obey the rules of the Bible because it is God’s House.

E.  The meaning of “church” in our text is the Body of Christ, also called the Family of God and the Bride of Christ.  The foundation of Christ’s church is the statement “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 

F.  We build the local church, but salvation is the work of God and He builds His Church.  With this thought in mind, let us look at the Church that Christ owns.

1. The Church is built upon Christ“Upon this rock”

a.  Jesus Christ is the Rock upon which the Church Stands. 

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.  (We are but pebbles, but Christ is The Petros, the mighty Rock!)

Acts 4:10-12  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  (11)  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  (12)  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

b.  Jesus Christ is the Foundation of the Church.  The Church is built upon Christ: the Deity, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  The Gospel of Christ! 

1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

c.  Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone of the Church.  He bears the weight of the Church. 

1 Peter 2:6-8  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

2. The Church is built by Christ.  "I will build" It is Christ who saves us.

a.  It is Christ Jesus who works in the hearts of men. 

Ephesians 2:8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

b.  It is Christ Jesus who saves sinners. 

1 Corinthians 3:5-9  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 

c.  It is Christ Jesus who adds to the Church. 

Acts 2:6-7  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 

Psalms 127:1  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:

  3. The Church belongs to Christ.  "I will build my church"

a.  Christ Jesus is the Head of the Church. 

Ephesians 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 

b.  Christ Jesus is the Saviour of the Church.

Ephesians 5:23  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. 

c.  Christ Jesus is the Sustainer of the Church.

Colossians 1:17-18  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Consist: to abide, to continue, to hold up.)

4.  The Church is loved by Christ.  “my church”

a.  Christ Jesus’ union with the Church.

Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 

b.  Christ Jesus’ sacrifice for the Church.

1 Peter 1:18-19  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 

c.  Christ Jesus’ love for the Church.

Revelation 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood

John 15:12-13  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  (13)  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

5.  The Church is protected by Christ.  "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"

a.  Christ Jesus will present to Himself a glorious Church.

Ephesians 5:25-27  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

b.  Christ Jesus protects the purity of the Church and will present us faultless.

Jude 24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 

6.  The Church is the used by Christ.  "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven..."

a.  Christ Jesus has empowered the Church.

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 

b.  Christ Jesus has commissioned the Church.

Matthew 28:19-20  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

And Many Shall Follow Their Pernicious Ways - Part 4

Temple Baptist Church - 4-18-2018
2 Peter 2:6-9


Introduction: 

A.  We have now looked at the first step to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:21-22: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”  False teachers began with the angels in heaven.  (verse 4)

B.  We looked at the second step to a reprobate mind last week, Romans 1:25:  “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”  We tied this verse with Noah’s Day, as the sons of God rejected the old paths of their fathers and began to dishonor their bodies through adultery and fornication with the daughters of men.

C.  Tonight, I want to look at the third step to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”  Though sodomy is not the result of a reprobate mine, it certain leads to one if not repented of.

D.  Sodomy in the five cities of the plains was a result of all three steps.

1.  Adam’s Day was a pure day until the false teaching of the serpent beguiled Eve.  I find not other problems with sinfulness.

2.  Noah’s Day was characterized by the imaginations of evil minds.  Luke 17:26-27  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  (27)  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

3.  Lot’s Day was an extension of Adam and Noah’s Day.  Luke 17:28-30  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  (29)  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  (30)  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

E.  Notice both the similarities and progression of sin.  Adam’s Day was characterized by hard work and faithfulness, Noah’s Day was characterized by sexual perversion.  Lot’s Day was characterized by idleness, fulness of bread, haughtiness, and abomination.

Ezekiel 16:49-50  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  (50)  And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

F.  Sodom and Gomorrah were noted mainly for the sin of sodomy.  We are faced with the same sinfulness in our society so I will make a few biblical statements and then move on.

1.  Sodomy is a sin, not an alternate lifestyle – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

2.  Sodomy is a learned behavior, not an inherent one - Romans 1:26-27  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

3.  Sodomy is widespread both young and old - Genesis 19:4   But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

4.  Sodomy is still an abomination in the sight of God - Leviticus 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Genesis 13:13  But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

5.  Sodomy still brings about the judgment of God - Luke 17:28-30  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

a)  God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin - Genesis 19:5  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

b)  God allowed the tribe of Benjamin to be destroyed because of sodomy - Judges 19:22   Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

1.  Sodom’s Sin.

a.  Idleness and Prosperity - Ezekiel 16:49  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

b.  Unbridled Lust - Jude 7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

c. Rejection of God - Romans 1:26-27  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

2.  Sodom’s Curse.

a.  They Defile The Land - 1 Kings 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

1)  They were driven out of the land - 1 Kings 15:12  And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.  (today they are exalting their lifestyle in America)

1 Kings 22:46  And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

2)  They destroyed their houses - 2 Kings 23:7  And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.  (today they are allowing them to live together in peace)

3)  They were spiritually rejected - Deuteronomy 23:17  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.  (today they are ordaining them)

b.  They Destroy The People- Leviticus 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  (Aids)

c.  They Will Go To Hell - 1 Corinthians 6:9   Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Timothy 1:9-10  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

3.  Sodom’s Cure.

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.  (Salvation cures the sin of sodomy.  The sodomite is no longer a sodomite.)

4.  Sodom’s Caution.

Jude 7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  (God does and will always condemn and judge such sinfulness which will result in a reprobate mind.)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

No Condemnation

Temple Baptist Church - 4-15-2018
Romans 8:1-11


Introduction:

A.  God wants us to understand that, positionally, the law has no dominion over us.  But, practically, we are still just sinners saved by the amazing grace of God.

Colossians 3:3-4  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  (4)  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

B.  The child of God’s “conflict of interest.”  The carnal man desires the things of the world while the spiritual man desires the things of God.  The flesh is against God and the spirit loves God.

Romans 7:22-24  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  (23)  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  (24)  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

C.  Chapter 8 begins with the word “therefore,” so the context has not changed.  Though we often commit those sins of commission (intentional sin) and sins of omission (also intentional sin), our position in Christ never changes.

D.  One of the most important words in verse one is “now.”   

1.  One day, God will take us home and we will have a sinless body with no sin nature.  But, what about now?  So many denominations err at this point.  They will agree that salvation is apart from works but will argue that works are essential to maintaining salvation.  To put it simply, man is not good enough to be saved but must be good enough to remain saved. 

2.  Paul spoke of this when writing to the churches at Galatia.  The Judaizers crept in and tried to bring the believers back under the law.

Galatians 3:1-3  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?  (2)  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  (3)  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

E.  Verses 1 and 9 describe the child of God, not indict him!  If you are saved, you will have a desire to live for Christ.  God uses the same way of explaining the position of the child of God in both Romans 8 and James 2.

James 2:17-20  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  (18)  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  (19)  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  (20)  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  (James declares that a faith without works is a dead faith.  God’s children love God and have a desire to live for Him.)

F.  John recorded this in John, chapter 3 (The New Birth Chapter):

John 3:16-21  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (19)  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  (20)  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  (21)  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

G.  Three positions of the child of God:

1.  Saved, not trying to be saved.  Salvation is a present, finished work!

Ephesians 2:1-10  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  (2)  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  (3)  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  (4)  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  (5)  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  (6)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  (7)  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  (8)  For by grace are ye saved (to deliver, protect, make whole) through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (10)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  (Everything in these verses are broken down into our pre-salvation and present salvation.  Salvation is

2.  Safe, not trying to remain saved.  Salvation is an eternal work!

John 10:27-30  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  (28)  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (29)  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  (30)  I and my Father are one.  (An absolute negative!)

3.  Sure, not doubtful.  Blessed assurance is a product of our faith in God’s promises!

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

1 John 5:10-13  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  (11)  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  (12)  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  (13)  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


Isaiah 32:16-18  Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.  (17)  And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.  (18)  And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;