Revelation 3:1-6

THREE THINGS WE AS CHRISTIANS MUST FACE

Revelation 3:1-6

INTRODUCTION

The study of the heavens is a lost art for most of us. Some of us lived in the country as children. At night we could look up at the starry sky and feel we could almost touch the stars. When there is no moon, no city lights and a clear sky, the night sky almost gives one the feeling of being in a cathedral.

One of the first stars we learn is Polaris, the north star. The light from this star takes thirty three years to reach us. That star could have stopped burning thirty years ago and we would not know it for three more years.

In fact every star could stop shining today and it would be eleven years before we would be aware of the closest one being out.

There is a similar fact in the spiritual realm. People and churches, who were once on fire for God, who had a light shining, can lose the fire and it may take years before others know about it. They continue shining by the light of a brilliant past.

While it would be sad for stars to quit shining, how much more tragic is it for individual Christians and churches to keep basking in the glow of past fires for God but no longer be on fire for Jesus?

THEME: WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY Revelation 3:1-2

     A. A Ministry That Has A Reputation, A Name

NOTE: A little girl had to take her birth certificate to school. On the way to school she lost it. She entered the classroom crying, “I’ve lost my excuse for being born!”

          1. Reputation among other churches of the area

NOTE: … you have a name …    Revelation 3:1

          2. It is considered a spiritual church

          3. It has a good testimony

     B. A Ministry That Appears To Be Alive

          1. Lots of activity but no power

NOTE: … you are alive …          Revelation 3:1

          2. Outward appearances can be notoriously deceptive

NOTE: I have not found your works perfect before God Revelation 3:2

          3. Some churches are hotbeds of inactivity; others are hotbeds of busy work

     C. A Ministry That Is Dead

          1. From God’s viewpoint

NOTE: … that are ready to die …       Revelation 3:2

          2. Marks of a dead church

               a. Worship of its past

               b. More concerned with form and tradition than with living

NOTE: The seven last words of a church: “We’ve never done it that way before”

               c. The church loves systems and programs more than it loves Jesus

d. The church is more concern with material things than spiritual things

NOTE: Churches split, members leave, over control of programs rather than over love of Jesus

     D. A Ministry That Is Not Perfect Before God

NOTE: I have not found your works perfect before God

          1. Definition of perfect

               a. Finished

               b. Complete

               c. Fulfilled

          2. Why it was not perfect

               a. Not been watchful

                   1) Be awake

NOTE: Opposite of drowsy

                    2) Literal, To chase sleep

                   3) Lest a further invasion of spiritual deadness come upon them

NOTE: The city of Sardis had been captured three times. Impossible when the citizens were awake. They were caught asleep.

               b. No strength in the things (good works) that remain

NOTE: The church seemed to have no outward foes; the greatest obstacle was its past

T.S. WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

          I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT Revelation 3:3

     A. When The First Movings Of God Are Forgotten Then A Church Settles Down And Becomes Institutionalized

          1. The drive to serve is replace with tradition and complacency

          2. The movement becomes a monument

     B. Three Things God Wants Us To Remember

          1. Our heritage (the past) “received”

          2. Our present ministry

          3. Hold fast

NOTE: What was done in the past is to be the norm today; live that way today

               b. Repent

         3. Our future

               a. Watch

               b. Prepare for Jesus’ coming

NOTE: Failure to do the right things of God results in the crumbling of an empty reputation and church

T.S. WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

          I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

        II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT

III. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE OUR SUCCESSFUL ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN           Revelation 3:4-6

     A. Reserved For The Remnant

          1. The real minority of this world

               a. The spiritual among the unspiritual

               b. The sincere among the hypocrites

               c. The humble among the proud

               d. The separated among the worldly

          2. A few names

               a. Not many

               b. An oasis for Jesus

     B. They Shall Walk With Me In White (vs. 4) cf. The Same Shall Be Clothed In White Raiment (vs. 5)

          1. They are worthy

NOTE: In Scripture, the robing of the saint is an expression of the saint’s own service and character. Outward manifestation in heaven of our service on earth.

          2. The aristocracy of heaven

     C. The Three Fold Reward vs. 5

          1. Clothed in white garments

         2. Name not blotted out of the book of life

NOTE: The lost die and are removed; no record of existence cf. saved never die spiritually; never removed

          3. I will confess his name before the Father and His angels

               a. cf. Like receiving a diploma

               b. We receive the victorious crown of life in the presence of the Father

CONCLUSION

WHAT MUST WE AS CHRISTIANS BE PREPARED TO FACE?

I. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SORROW OF A DEAD MINISTRY

II. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE SURPRISE OF JUDGMENT

III. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE OUR SUCCESSFUL ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN

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Revelation 3:7-8

Revelation 3,7-8

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WHO IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

Part I

Revelation 3:7-8

INTRODUCTION

No matter where we live, no matter how well, or how poorly we live, we are trying to control our lives and the circumstances around our lives. Sometimes we are successful; sometimes we are not.

How can we go about controlling the circumstances of our lives? Or, can we? That is an honest question we all ask, day after day. At times we feel we are in control. Other times we feel we have lost all control of our lives.

Then the day comes for the Christian to realize, “I cannot control my life.” On that day we turn our life over to the control of Jesus. But just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that person has automatically turned their life over to Him. The act of turning our life over to Jesus Christ is something we have to do day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.

The church at Philadelphia contained a congregation of people who had individually and collectively been successful in turning the control of their church, their families, their lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore this church lasted longer than any other of the seven churches of Asia.

The city of Philadelphia did not have an atmosphere that was conducive to those Christians giving control of their lives to Jesus. Philadelphia was called “Little Athens” because of the number of pagan temples in it, all of them very beautiful. The city was the key missionary city of Asia Minor established for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Greek humanism.

The Jews, who were antagonists of the Philadelphian Christians, had one of the most beautiful synagogues of that day.

There were so many things to do there instead of being a Christian, especially one who had given control of his/her life to Jesus.

Yet they were not filled with vengeance but with vision; not blame but blessing. And because of this Jesus has no rebuke for this church. Everything He says to them is almost entirely a word of praise.

How was this possible? How could a church be so blessed that Jesus blesses instead of rebukes? The answer is simple, they understood the controlling power of Jesus.

THEME: HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL         Revelation 3:7

A. He Is Holy Who Speaks

NOTE: What is said to us often is accepted or rejected based upon who is doing

the talking

NOTE: To each of the seven churches Jesus presents Himself in a different view

according to the need of the particular church. But each view of Jesus

relates to judgment.

          1. The Holy One

          2. He hates sin

          3. He will not sin against us

     B. He Is True

          1. No falsehood is in Him

          2. He determines our destiny

NOTE: Holy and True

Holy – He is right in His character

True – He is right in His conduct

Holy is what He is

True is what He does

NOTE: A true and holy vision of the King is necessary if we are going to have a

vision of missions

 C. He Has The Key Of David

          1. Whoever has the key to the house has unlimited access to it

          2. Symbol implying power and authority

NOTE: Jesus is not only the King of the kingdom; He is also the key to the kingdom

NOTE: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go

in and out and find pasture.    John 10:9 NKJV

T.S.      HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

          I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

             THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   OUR WORKS      Revelation 3:8a

   A. Even When We Have A Little Strength

NOTE: Song; Little Is Much When God Is In It

            1. Weak but wonderful

            2. Feeble but faithful

NOTE: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is

made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more

gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest

upon me.    2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

NOTE: quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the

sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became

strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

Hebrews 11:34 NLT

     B. Because Jesus Controls The Door

          1. Before you an open door

NOTE: He opens; we enter

NOTE: No restraint; unlimited privileges cf. salvation, works

          2. No one can shut it

NOTE: If the door opens or closes, God did it

T.S. HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

          I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

              THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

        II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

             KNOWS OUR WORKS

III. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

     WHAT WE ARE DOING           Revelation 3:8b

     A. He Knows If We Have Kept His Word

             1. His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do

it.” John 2:5 NKJV

NOTE: The first public words of Mary about Jesus

            2. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matthew 28:20 NKJV

     B. He Knows Who Has Not Denied His Name

          1. Taken to Roman court by Jews

          2. The opposition of Christ in the market place cf. silver smiths of Ephesus

          3. Opposition of the Christ in the home

NOTE: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against

the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter

against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law,

and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Luke 12:53 KJV

NOTE: Gypsy Smith, a great evangelist, was an orphan who was taken in by his

uncle. When Smith got saved he earnestly desired to see his uncle saved

but his uncle refused. His uncle purchased a new pair of slacks for

Gypsy. Sometime later his uncle commented that something was wrong

with the slacks. They appeared to be wearing out in the knees. Gypsy

replied with tears, “I have been on my knees praying for your salvation.”

The uncle got saved.

 

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

   KNOWS OUR WORK

III.WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   WHAT WE ARE DOING

 

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Revelation 3:7-8 KJV

Revelation 3,7-8 KJV

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WHO IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

Part I

Revelation 3:7-8

INTRODUCTION

No matter where we live, no matter how well, or how poorly we live, we are trying to control our lives and the circumstances around our lives. Sometimes we are successful; sometimes we are not.

How can we go about controlling the circumstances of our lives? Or, can we? That is an honest question we all ask, day after day. At times we feel we are in control. Other times we feel we have lost all control of our lives.

Then the day comes for the Christian to realize, “I cannot control my life.” On that day we turn our life over to the control of Jesus. But just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that person has automatically turned their life over to Him. The act of turning our life over to Jesus Christ is something we have to do day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.

The church at Philadelphia contained a congregation of people who had individually and collectively been successful in turning the control of their church, their families, their lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore this church lasted longer than any other of the seven churches of Asia.

The city of Philadelphia did not have an atmosphere that was conducive to those Christians giving control of their lives to Jesus. Philadelphia was called “Little Athens” because of the number of pagan temples in it, all of them very beautiful. The city was the key missionary city of Asia Minor established for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Greek humanism.

The Jews, who were antagonists of the Philadelphian Christians, had one of the most beautiful synagogues of that day.

There were so many things to do there instead of being a Christian, especially one who had given control of his/her life to Jesus.

Yet they were not filled with vengeance but with vision; not blame but blessing. And because of this Jesus has no rebuke for this church. Everything He says to them is almost entirely a word of praise.

How was this possible? How could a church be so blessed that Jesus blesses instead of rebukes? The answer is simple, they understood the controlling power of Jesus.

THEME: HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL         Revelation 3:7

     A. He Is Holy Who Speaks

NOTE: What is said to us often is accepted or rejected based upon who is doing the talking

NOTE: To each of the seven churches Jesus presents Himself in a different view according to the need of the particular church. But each view of Jesus relates to judgment.

          1. The Holy One

               a. He hates sin

               b. He will not sin against us

     B. He Is True

          1. No falsehood is in Him

          2. He determines our destiny

NOTE: Holy and True

Holy – He is right in His character

True – He is right in His conduct

Holy is what He is

True is what He does

NOTE: A true and holy vision of the King is necessary if we are going to have a

vision of missions

     C. He Has The Key Of David

  1. Whoever has the key to the house has unlimited access to it

          2. Symbol implying power and authority

NOTE: Jesus is not only the King of the kingdom; He is also the key to the kingdom

NOTE: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.    John 10:9 NKJV

T.S.  HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

  I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

             THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   OUR WORKS      Revelation 3:8a

     A. Even When We Have A Little Strength

NOTE: Song; Little Is Much When God Is In It

          1.  Weak but wonderful

          2. Feeble but faithful

NOTE: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.    2 Corinthians 12:9

NOTE: Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Hebrews 11:34

      B. Because Jesus Controls The Door

          1. Before you an open door

NOTE: He opens; we enter

NOTE: No restraint; unlimited privileges cf. salvation, works

          2. No one can shut it

NOTE: If the door opens or closes, God did it

T.S. HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

          I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS

             THE KEY TO OUR CONTROL

         II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

             KNOWS OUR WORKS

III. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

     WHAT WE ARE DOING           Revelation 3:8b

     A. He Knows If We Have Kept His Word

          1. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5

NOTE: The first public words of Mary about Jesus

          2. teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.     Matthew 28:20

     B. He Knows Who Has Not Denied His Name

          1. Taken to Roman court by Jews

          2. The opposition of Christ in the market place cf. silver smiths of Ephesus

          3. Opposition of the Christ in the home

NOTE: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against

the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter

against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law,

and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Luke 12:53 KJV

NOTE: Gypsy Smith, a great evangelist, was an orphan who was taken in by his

uncle. When Smith got saved he earnestly desired to see his uncle saved

but his uncle refused. His uncle purchased a new pair of slacks for

Gypsy. Sometime later his uncle commented that something was wrong

with the slacks. They appeared to be wearing out in the knees. Gypsy

replied with tears, “I have been on my knees praying for your salvation.”

The uncle got saved.

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS?

I. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS HAS THE

   KEY TO OUR CONTROL

II. WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS

   KNOWS OUR WORKS

III.WE ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS KNOWS

   WHAT WE ARE DOING

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Have We Lost Our Spiritual Senses?

Have We Lost …

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HAVE WE LOST OUR SPIRITUAL SENSES?

INTRODUCTION

“Have you lost your senses?” If we have not been asked that question we either have asked it or known someone who did ask it.

American Christians have, in many respects and areas lost their senses. This is not pastoral rambling. This is in light of the Bible and in light of church history.

All of us know someone who is presently serving his or her country through military service. Along with the commitment that has been made there is in the back of every person’s mind the possibility that someday any military person may be required to make the ultimate sacrifice. That is what happened since the Revolutionary war in this country alone. Many of us probably know someone who did die in any war from World War II until today . Everyone in the military has sworn to defend and in some cases advance the ideals of their country.

How many us remember the child’s song, “I’m in the Lord’s army”? It is one thing to sing about being in the Lord’s army and another being in the Lord’s army. Every time we see someone in the military we should be reminded that we are likewise military, God’s military. And, just like those in the military, we are called to give our lives for God, even if it means dying for His cause.

In America since the 1960’s there has been a counter culture that does not hold dear the ideals over which our flag (American and Christian) has bravely and at great cost flown.

There are those who have one by one began picking up the fallen banners of the great adversaries of our country and our God. It would not be possible to name all of the banners this morning but they would include the banners of ignorance, prejudice, selfishness, immorality, anti-Christian bigotry. And there are many other anti-American, anti-God banners.

Someone may ask, “How is this possible?” How can these forces which we thought had been defeated in generations past be advancing in great force upon the foundations of our country’s Christian heritage. it is time to realize we are in the throes of cultural wars. Like of old, we have a choice, “Choose you this day who you will serve.”

One of the founding fathers of this country said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” This not only includes political liberty but also religious liberty and intellectual liberty.

Just like Israel in the Old Testament American Christianity has lost its senses, our sense of patriotism, our sense of identity, our sense of discernment, duty and dependency.

THEME: WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

NOTE: Derivation of The Word

a. Patri – The Fathers

b. iot – listen to

c. ism – a system

NOTE: What patriot means

a. Advocate

b. Defender

c. Devotee

d. Loyalist

e. Promoter

f. Supporter

NOTE: An appreciation of one’s heritage which leads to an agreement, defense and promotion of the ideals of past generations

A. As Christians We Are Patriots With A Special Revelation

NOTE: Just as the original American patriots had a special revelation called the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

1. The revelation of the Word of God

NOTE: and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:15 NKJV

          2. The revelation of the Son of God

NOTE: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.         John 1:14 NKJV

3. As Christians We Are Patriots With A Special Inheritance

NOTE: One of Rabbi Ben Jochai’s pupils once asked him, “Why did not the Lord furnish enough manna to Israel for a year, all at one time?”

The teacher said, “I will answer you with a parable. Once there was a king who had a son to whom he gave a yearly allowance, paying him the entire sum on the fixed day. It soon happened that the day on which the allowance was due was the only day of the year when the father ever saw his son. So the king changed his plan and gave his son day by day that which was sufficient for the day, and then the son visited his father every morning. How he needed his father’s unbroken love, companionship, wisdom and giving!”

1. We are heirs of God

NOTE: For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Romans 8:16-17 NLT

          2. We are heirs in Christ

 

NOTE: In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will Ephesians 1:11 NKJV

3. We are a peculiar people

NOTE: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9 ESV

a. Unusual

b. Distinctive to a certain group

NOTE: Americans salute the American flag

British salute the British flag

Christians also salute the Christian flag

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

          I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

     A. We Need To Regain Our Sense Of Who We Are

1. We are disciples of Christ

NOTE: By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you hav

love for one another.     John 13:35 NKJV

2. We are ambassadors in bonds

NOTE: For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.    Ephesians 6:20 KJV

3. We are ministers of God

NOTE: of which I became a minister according to the stewards from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known   Colossians 1:25 ESV

B. We Need To Regain Our Sense Of What We Are

NOTE: When asked why he had been so successful, Tom Landry, first coach of the Dallas Cowboys, responded to a crowd of more than two thousand students at Baylor University, “In 1958, I did something everyone who has been successful must do. I determined my priorities for my life – God, family, and then football.”

1. We are crucified with Christ

NOTE: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.     Galatians 2:20 KJV

2. We are ready to preach or witness

NOTE: So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.      Romans 1:15 KJV

3. We are not ashamed of the Gospel

NOTE: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.        Romans 1:16 NKJV

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

          I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

        II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

     A. As Christians Our Sense Of Duty Is Revealed In Our Love For God

NOTE: The things that will destroy America are peace at any price, prosperity at any cost, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life  Theodore Roosevelt

1. We show our love for God by keeping His commandments

NOTE: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3 NKJV

2. We show our love for God by loving our brother

NOTE: If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1 John 4:20-21 NKJV

          3. We show our love for God by hating evil

NOTE: You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.         Psalm 97:10 NKJV

A. As Christians Our Sense Of Duty Is Revealed In Our Love For Our Neighbor

1. We show our love for our neighbor by laying down our life

NOTE: By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.

And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his

heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

1 John 3:16-19 NKJV

          2. We show our love for our neighbor by having compassion on them

NOTE: Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.   1 Peter 3:8 ESV

3. We show our love for our neighbor by showing them kindness and love

NOTE: and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

2 Peter 1:7 ESV

          4. We show our love for our neighbor by being in one accord

 

NOTE: complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Philippians 2:2 ESV

5. We show our love for our neighbor by loving the stranger

NOTE: You also must love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.       Deuteronomy 10:19 HCSB

a. Our demonstration of love to the stranger is systematic

NOTE: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.         Acts 1:8 HCSB

b. Our demonstration of love to the stranger is global

NOTE: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit  Matthew 28:19 NKJV

c. Our demonstration of love to the stranger leaves us innocent of their blood

NOTE: Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,

for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

Acts 20:26-27 ESV

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPE OF GOD?

          I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

        II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

       III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

IV. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DEPENDENCY

     A. We Need To Regain A Sense Of Mutual Dependency Among The Brethren

NOTE: Suspicion enters by the door through which love and trust exit

          1. We should be willing to make sacrifices for each other

NOTE: Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:44-47 NKJV

NOTE: This was given to those church members who were serving God

2. We should be willing to pray for each other

NOTE: You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.     2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV

3. We should be willing to bear each other’s burdens

NOTE: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 NKJV

          4. We should be willing to encourage each other

NOTE: And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works         Hebrews 10:24 NKJV

5. We should remember that the world depends on us

NOTE: And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”     Acts 16:9 NKJV

B. We Need To Regain A Sense Of Dependency Upon God

NOTE: Two young girls were taking, and one said she had ten pennies.

The other girl looked at her hand and saw only five. She said, “You only have five pennies. “The first girl replied, “I have five and my father told me he would give me five more tonight. So I have ten.”

1. God delivers us from trouble

NOTE: For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.

But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver  On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 ESV

 

  1. God is our sufficiency

 

NOTE: We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.

It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider

anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is

from God.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5 HCSB

 

  1. God is our strength

 

NOTE: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV

 

  1. God is the Giver of every good and perfect gift

 

NOTE: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.         James 1:17 NKJV

 

  1. God’s motivation is always love

 

NOTE: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.         John 3:16 NKJV

 

  1. God gave us His Son
  2. God gave us His Son that we should not perish
  3. God gave us His Son so that we could have eternal life

 

CONCLUSION

 

WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

 

III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DEPENDENCY

 

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HAVE WE LOST OUR SPIRITUAL SENSES?

INTRODUCTION

“Have you lost your senses?” If we have not been asked that question we either have asked it or known someone who did ask it.

American Christians have, in many respects and areas lost their senses. This is not pastoral rambling. This is in light of the Bible and in light of church history.

All of us know someone who is presently serving his or her country through military service. Along with the commitment that has been made there is in the back of every person’s mind the possibility that someday any military person may be required to make the ultimate sacrifice. That is what happened since the Revolutionary war in this country alone. Many of us probably know someone who did die in any war from World War II until today . Everyone in the military has sworn to defend and in some cases advance the ideals of their country.

How many us remember the child’s song, “I’m in the Lord’s army”? It is one thing to sing about being in the Lord’s army and another being in the Lord’s army. Every time we see someone in the military we should be reminded that we are likewise military, God’s military. And, just like those in the military, we are called to give our lives for God, even if it means dying for His cause.

In America since the 1960’s there has been a counter culture that does not hold dear the ideals over which our flag (American and Christian) has bravely and at great cost flown.

There are those who have one by one began picking up the fallen banners of the great adversaries of our country and our God. It would not be possible to name all of the banners this morning but they would include the banners of ignorance, prejudice, selfishness, immorality, anti-Christian bigotry. And there are many other anti-American, anti-God banners.

Someone may ask, “How is this possible?” How can these forces which we thought had been defeated in generations past be advancing in great force upon the foundations of our country’s Christian heritage. it is time to realize we are in the throes of cultural wars. Like of old, we have a choice, “Choose you this day who you will serve.”

One of the founding fathers of this country said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” This not only includes political liberty but also religious liberty and intellectual liberty.

Just like Israel in the Old Testament American Christianity has lost its senses, our sense of patriotism, our sense of identity, our sense of discernment, duty and dependency.

THEME: WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

NOTE: Derivation of The Word

a. Patri – The Fathers

b. iot – listen to

c. ism – a system

NOTE: What patriot means

a. Advocate

b. Defender

c. Devotee

d. Loyalist

e. Promoter

f. Supporter

NOTE: An appreciation of one’s heritage which leads to an agreement, defense and promotion of the ideals of past generations

A. As Christians We Are Patriots With A Special Revelation

NOTE: Just as the original American patriots had a “special revelation” called the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

1. The revelation of the Word of God

NOTE: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  II Timothy 3:15

2.The revelation of the Son of God

NOTE: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.        John 1:14

B. As Christians We Are Patriots With A Special Inheritance

NOTE: One of Rabbi Ben Jochai’s pupils once asked him, “Why did not the Lord furnish enough manna to Israel for a year, all at one time?”

The teacher said, “I will answer you with a parable. Once there was a king who had a son to whom he gave a yearly allowance, paying him the entire sum on the fixed day. It soon happened that the day on which the allowance was due was the only day of the year when the father ever saw his son. So the king changed his plan and gave his son day by day that which was sufficient for the day, and then the son visited his father every morning. How he needed his father’s unbroken love, companionship, wisdom and giving!”

1. We are heirs of God

NOTE: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Romans 8:16-17

        2. We are heirs in Christ

NOTE: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worth all things after the counsel of his own will Ephesians 1:11

3. We are a peculiar people

NOTE: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light    I Peter 2:9

a. Unusual

b. Distinctive to a certain group

NOTE: Americans salute the American flag

British salute the British flag

Christians also salute the Christian flag

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

     I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

A. We Need To Regain Our Sense Of Who We Are

1. We are disciples of Christ

NOTE: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.       John 13:35

2. We are ambassadors in bonds

NOTE: For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.    Ephesians 6:20

3. We are ministers of God

NOTE: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God  Colossians 1:25

B. We Need To Regain Our Sense Of What We Are

NOTE: When asked why he had been so successful, Tom Landry, first coach of the Dallas Cowboys, responded to a crowd of more than two thousand students at Baylor University, “In 1958, I did something everyone who has been successful must do. I determined my priorities for my life – God, family, and then football.

1. We are crucified with Christ

NOTE: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh  I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.     Galatians 2:20

2. We are ready to preach or witness

NOTE: So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.      Romans 1:15

3. We are not ashamed of the Gospel

NOTE: 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. Romans 1:16

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

          I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

        II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

A. As Christians Our Sense Of Duty Is Revealed In Our Love For God

NOTE: The things that will destroy America are peace at any price, prosperity at any cost, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of lifeTheodore Roosevelt

1. We show our love for God by keeping His commandments

NOTE: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. I John 5:3

2. We show our love for God by loving our brother or sister

NOTE: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

I John 4:20-21

          3. We show our love for God by hating evil

NOTE: Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10

B. As Christians Our Sense Of Duty Is Revealed In Our Love For Our Neighbor

1. We show our love for our neighbor by laying down our life

NOTE: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall  assure our hearts before him.

I John 3:16-19

        2. We show our love for our neighbor by having compassion on them

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

3. We show our love for our neighbor by showing them kindness and love

NOTE: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  II Peter 1:7

4. We show our love for our neighbor by being in one accord

NOTE: Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.   Philippians 2:2

5. We show our love for our neighbor by loving the stranger

NOTE: Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.      Deuteronomy 10:19

a. Our demonstration of love to the stranger is systematic

NOTE: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.   Acts 1:8

b. Our demonstration of love to the stranger is global

NOTE: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Matthew 28:19

c. Our demonstration of love to the stranger leaves us pure from their blood

 

NOTE: Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Acts 20:26-27

T.S. WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPE OF GOD?

          I. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

         II. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

        III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

IV. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DEPENDENCY

A. We Need To Regain A Sense Of Mutual Dependency Among The Brethren

 

NOTE: Suspicion enters by the door through which love and trust exit

          1. We should be willing to make sacrifices for each other

NOTE: And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

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.

Acts 2:44-47

NOTE: This was given to those church members who were serving God

2. We should be willing to pray for each other

 

NOTE: Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.         II Corinthians 1:11

3. We should be willing to bear each other’s burdens

NOTE: Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.        Galatians 6

4. We should be willing to encourage each other

NOTE: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works     Hebrews 10:24

5. We should remember that the world depends on us

NOTE: And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a

man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into

Macedonia, and help us.         Acts 16:9

A. We Need To Regain A Sense Of Dependency Upon God

NOTE: Two young girls were taking, and one said she had ten pennies. The other girl looked at her hand and saw only five. She said, “You only have five pennies. “The first girl replied, “I have five and my father told me he would give me five more tonight. So I have ten.”

1. God delivers us from trouble

NOTE: For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us

II Corinthians 1:8-10

 

  1. God is our sufficiency

 

NOTE: And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as

of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God

II Corinthians 3:4-5

 

  1. God is our strength

 

NOTE: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13

 

  1. God is the Giver of every good and perfect gift

 

NOTE: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.        James 1:17

 

  1. God’s motivation is always love

 

NOTE: 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.       John 3:16

 

  1. God gave us His Son
  2. God gave us His Son that we should not perish
  3. God gave us His Son so that we could have eternal life

 

CONCLUSION

 

WHAT SENSES DO WE NEED TO REGAIN AS PEOPLE OF GOD?

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF PATRIOTISM

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF IDENTITY

 

III. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DUTY

 

  1. AS PEOPLE OF GOD WE NEED TO REGAIN OUR SENSE OF DEPENDENCY

 

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