A Biblical Philosophy Of Education KJV

A BIBLICAL PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

INTRODUCTION

In Biblical typology the sea represents the world. The sea only moves as outside influences affect it. The moon, winds, earthquakes easily make the sea roll. The sea unwittingly, unknowingly, obeys this call.

The world is much like the sea. The world system can do nothing in itself (there is no good thing).

NOTE: Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And there is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Macbeth

Satan, like the moon, draws the world to him. The closer the world gets to Satan, the greater the pull.

Jesus told Peter that Satan wanted Peter so he could sift him.

NOTE: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat         Luke 22:31

Paul warned Christians not to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.

NOTE: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive        Ephesians 4:14

John said both the sea and the world would cease.

NOTE: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.   I John 2:17

NOTE: 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.   Revelation 21:1

All that lives in the sea cannot continue to exist without the sea. All that is in the world (lust of eyes, flesh and pride of life) will not last without the world.

The Christian, as Jesus said in His great High Priestly’ prayer, is in the world but not of the world.

NOTE: I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  John 17:15

But how can this be? We can only accomplish this by having a proper philosophy. The dictionary defines “philosophy” as a love and pursuit of wisdom. The word philosophy is from the Greek meaning, lover of wisdom.

THEME: THE THREE BADIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

     A. All Situations Of Life Can Be Resolved In The Bible

NOTE: Kevin DeYoung in his wonderful little book, “Taking God At His Word,” discusses the question of authority in western Christianity. Here is a brief summation:

          a. The traditional Roman Catholic position is that “Sacred Tradition” is part of “the deposit of faith,” and includes the Sacred Scripture

          b. The liberal Protestant position says that theology must be made on the basis of reason and experience

          c. The Evangelical position states that the supreme judge of all truth is found in the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture

          1. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

II Timothy 3:16-17

          2. 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. John 16:13

          3. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

NOTE: It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom         Horace Greeley

          4. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

John 5:46-47

     B. All Future Preparations Of Life Are Founded On The Bible

NOTE: This applies to the individual, the family, the church and the country

          1. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Psalm 119:9

          2. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. Proverbs 13:13

T.S. THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

          I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

II. THE PERSON – JESUS CHRIST

     A. All Christian Education Must Point To Jesus Christ Or It Is Not True, Biblical Education

NOTE: Two important definitions:

          a. Culture – religion externalized (what an individual believes is manifested in his or her life and relationships)

          b. Secular education – without God or religious considerations

          1. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. I John 2:6

          2. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

     B. Everything We Have Is Because Of Jesus Christ

          1. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

          2. That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you

I Corinthians 1:5-6

     C. The Only Way To True Success Is By Jesus Christ

          1. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death

Philippians 3:8-10

          2. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

          3. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13

T.S. THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

          I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

        II. THE PERSON JESUS CHRIST

III. THE GOAL OF A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

     A. Separation From The World

NOTE: There is a difference between separation and isolation

NOTE: A proper love for Jesus will automatically keep the Christian separated

from the world

          1. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the

world, the love of the Father is not in him. I John 2:15

          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.

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.

Romans 12:1-2

NOTE: The key to the Christian lifestyle is love

          a. Love is not a series of laws or rules

          b. Love is defined in John 3:16

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

          a. God so loved

          b. God gave His only begotten Son

 

          c. In light of John 3:16 the definition of love is meeting the needs of the other person

          d. The opposite of love is lustusing the other person to meet the needs of self

     B. Separated To God

          1. The Pharisee is against

NOTE: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.        Luke 18:11

          2. The Christian is for

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

CONCLUSION

THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

II. THE PERSON JESUS CHRIST

III. THE GOAL OF A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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A Biblical Philosophy Of Education

A BIBLICAL PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

INTRODUCTION

In Biblical typology the sea represents the world. The sea only moves as outside influences affect it. The moon, winds, earthquakes easily make the sea roll. The sea unwittingly, unknowingly, obeys this call.

The world is much like the sea. The world system can do nothing in itself (there is no good thing).

NOTE: Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And there is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Macbeth

Satan, like the moon, draws the world to him. The closer the world gets to Satan, the greater the pull.

Jesus told Peter that Satan wanted Peter so he could sift him.

NOTE: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat         Luke 22:31 KJV

Paul warned Christians not to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.

NOTE: Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.         Ephesians 4:14 NLT

John said both the sea and the world would cease.

NOTE: And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.         1 John 2:17 NKJV

NOTE: 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.   Revelation 21:1 KJV

All that lives in the sea cannot continue to exist without the sea. All that is in the world (lust of eyes, flesh and pride of life) will not last without the world.

The Christian, as Jesus said in His great High Priestly’ prayer, is in the world but not of the world.

NOTE: I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.       John 17:15 HCSB

But how can this be? We can only accomplish this by having a proper philosophy. The dictionary defines “philosophy” as a love and pursuit of wisdom. The word philosophy is from the Greek meaning, lover of wisdom.

THEME: THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

     A. All Situations Of Life Can Be Resolved In The Bible

NOTE: Kevin DeYoung in his wonderful little book, “Taking God At His Word,” discusses the question of authority in western Christianity. Here is a brief summation:

          a. The traditional Roman Catholic position is that “Sacred Tradition” is part of “the deposit of faith,” and includes the Sacred Scripture

          b. The liberal Protestant position says that theology must be made on the basis of reason and experience

          c. The Evangelical position states that the supreme judge of all truth is found in the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture

          1. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

          2. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13 NKJV

          3. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17:17 NLT

NOTE: It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom         Horace Greeley

          4. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.

But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

John 5:46-47 NKJV

     B. All Future Preparations Of Life Are Founded On The Bible

NOTE: This applies to the individual, the family, the church and the country

          1. How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.          Psalm 119:9 ESV

          2.  He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. Proverbs 13:13 NKJV

T.S. THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

          I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

II. THE PERSON – JESUS CHRIST

     A. All Christian Education Must Point To Jesus Christ Or It Is Not True, Biblical Education

NOTE: Two important definitions:

          a. Culture – religion externalized (what an individual believes is manifested in his or her life and relationships)

          b. Secular education – without God or religious considerations

          1. whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:6 ESV

          1. So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

     B. Everything We Have Is Because Of Jesus Christ

          1. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 NKJV

          2. that by Him you were enriched in everything—in all speech and all knowledge.

In this way, the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you

1 Corinthians 1:5-6 HCSB

     C. The Only Way To True Success Is By Jesus Christ

          1. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death

Philippians 3:8-10 KJV

          2. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NKJV

          3. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

T.S. THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

          I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

        II. THE PERSON JESUS CHRIST

III. THE GOAL OF A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

     A. Separation From The World

NOTE: There is a difference between separation and isolation

NOTE: A proper love for Jesus will automatically keep the Christian separated from the world

          1. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the

world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 KJV

          2. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

NOTE: The key to the Christian lifestyle is love

          a. Love is not a series of laws or rules

          b. Love is defined in John 3:16

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

          a. God so loved

          b. God gave His only begotten Son

 

          c. In light of John 3:16 the definition of love is meeting the needs of the other person

          d. The opposite of love is lustusing the other person to meet the needs of self

     B. Separated To God

          1. The Pharisee is against

NOTE: The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people —greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.         Luke 18:11 HCSB

          2. The Christian is for

NOTE: By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 NKJV

CONCLUSION

THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS IN A PROPER PHILOSOPHY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION ARE:

I. THE FOUNDATION – THE WORD OF GOD

II. THE PERSON JESUS CHRIST

III. THE GOAL OF A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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Matthew 26:69-75

THE DENIAL OF SIMON PETER

Matthew 26:69-75

INTRODUCTION

Scripture:

Matthew 26:31-35

Matthew 26:40-41

Matthew 26:50-52

Of all of the disciples of Jesus, Simon Peter was the most human. He had a great desire to be of service to Jesus but he made the most blunders. He spoke too much and at the wrong time. Like a child, in his early spiritual life he was more in the way than a help at times. But thank God for Jesus.

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Luke 22:31-32

In the midst of his early inconsistences what a spiritual giant he was. It was Peter who:

     1. Fell down before Jesus saying, “Lord, depart from me for I am a sinful man”

     2. Walked on water

     3. Said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”

     4. Preached on the Day of Pentecost

     5. Said, “We would obey God rather than men”

But, sadly, it was Simon Peter, during the beginning of our Lord’s darkest hours, who emphatically denied Jesus.

All four Gospels record this.

In Simon Peter we see the backslidden Christian who allowed four circumstances lead him to turn from the Lord:

     1. Because of self confidence Matthew 26:33, 35

     2. Because of sleep rather than prayer Matthew 26:40, 41

     3. Because of human strength instead of divine power Matthew 26:51

     4. Because of the wrong crowd Matthew 26:69-75

THEME: WHEN CAN WE DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE?

I. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS Matthew 26:69-70

     A. Peter Sat Outside In The Courtyard Of The Palace

NOTE: Blessed is the man that … sitteth in the seat of the scornful.         Psalm 1

          1. Peter sat before a fire to keep warm

NOTE: And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.         Luke 22:55

               a. It is a cold Spring night

               b. There is a full moon (time of the Passover)

               c. Very soon the sun will rise

               d. Thorns are being used to fuel the fire

          2. Outside in the palace

               a. A courtyard with open sky

               b. In the center of the high priest’s house

               c. Peter sat with the very ones who had arrested Jesus

     B. A Servant Girl Accuses Peter Of Being With Jesus

NOTE: But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.   Luke 22:56

          1. What made her say this?

               a. The men about the fire were talking about the arrest of Jesus, not knowing a disciple was beside them

               b. She wanted them to know she knew something they did not know: he was a Galilean

          2. Jesus of Galilee

               a. A very natural expression to “put down” Jesus and Peter

               b. Everything in Jerusalem was superior to the provinces

NOTE: The “fly over” part of Israel

     C. Peter Denied Her Accusation

NOTE: Why would a Galilaean be out in the middle of the night?

          1. Before them all

               a. To the maid

               b. To those around the fire

          2. I don’t know what your are saying

               a. What you are talking about

              b. An attitude of, “I don’t see why this question was asked”

T.S. WHEN CAN WE DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE?

          I. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

II. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD PERSONALLY Matthew 69:71-72

     A. When He Was Gone Out To The Entrance

          1. Away from light of the fire

          2. Into shadows away from the full moon

NOTE: Some think he was going to the entryway to leave

          a. Matthew says a maid

          b. Mark says the first maid

          c. Luke says a man

          d. Probably several were inquiring at once, ganging up on Peter

NOTE: The three were talking to each other and pointing to Peter

     C. This Fellow Was Also With Jesus Of Nazareth

          1. This fellow

               a. Derogatory statement

               b. Shows their contempt for Peter’s statement (testimony)

          2. Jesus of Nazareth

               a. Most ordinary way of naming Jesus

               b. Held in low esteem also

     D. And Again He Denied With An Oath, I Do Not Know The Man

          1. He has to offer something stronger than he had to offer in his first denial

          2. He swears with an oath

               a. I know not the man

               b. The man was Jesus

NOTE: This is the man Who Peter said: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.         Matthew 16:16

T.S. WHEN CAN WE DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE?

          I. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

        II. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD PERSONALLY

III. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR OWN TESTIMONY           Matthew 26:73-75

NOTE: After a while – the trial lasted about two hours

NOTE: And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.      Luke 22:59

     A. They That Stood By Spoke Matthew 26:73

NOTE: The spokesman is a relative of Malchus

NOTE: One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?  John 18:26

          1. Surely you are one of them

               a. Surely

                   1) Of a truth

                   2) Very positive

               b. You are one of them (disciples)

          2. Your speech betrays you

               a. You accent is so clear

               b. There is no question

               c. One’s voice always shows one’s background and associations with others

     B. The Most Vehement Denial Of Peter Matthew 26:74

          1. Then began he – suggests it was continued for some time

          2. To curse and to swear

               a. Invoking a curse upon self if he were speaking falsely

               b. A curse like: May God do this or that to me if it be true that I am or even was a disciple of Jesus

     C. The Immediate Reversal Of Events

          1. Immediately the rooster crowed

NOTE: A very old Latin hymn suggests that tradition says for the rests of his life Peter never could hear a rooster crow without weeping

          2. And Peter remembered

NOTE: Peter remembered cf. Judas died; Peter repented cf. Judas killed himself

               a. Because Jesus looked upon Peter

               b. The words of Jesus – And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:47

NOTE: This is the last time Peter saw Jesus before the crucifixion

          3. Jesus was being led to a cell until He was brought before Pilate

          4. Jesus had been bruised and spat upon

NOTE: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands    Matthew 26:67

CONCLUSION

WHEN CAN WE DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE?

I. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

II. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD PERSONALLY

III. WE CAN DESTROY OUR CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE WHEN WE DENY OUR OWN TESTIMONY

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What Happens When A Child Of God Dies?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES?

INTRODUCTION

There is no way, today, for us as a church to keep our mind off the home going of a child of God, especially one close to us. There is emptiness.

There is emptiness in a home.

There is emptiness in a friendship.

There is emptiness in a pew.

And even as shepherd of this congregation there is emptiness experienced of one less sheep of this flock.

Dead is no stranger to us; neither is it our friend. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

NOTE: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. I Corinthians 15:26

As people of the Book we know that we were not created to die. But, because of the entrance of sin into the human race through Adam, we all will experience death if the Lord tarries His Coming.

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES?

I. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

     A. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.     Psalm 116:15

          1. Precious

               a. Valuable

               b. Prized

               c. Splendid

               d. Glorious

          2. The sight of the Lord

               a. Found ninety two times in the Bible

               b. Song: His eye is on the sparrow, I know He cares for me

               c. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers … I Peter 3:12

          3. Death of His saints

               a. Death is not precious, it is our enemy

NOTE: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. I Corinthians 15:26

               b. Definition of Death: Separation of the soul from the body

NOTE: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.         II Corinthians 5:8

     B. The Opposite: Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:11

          1. To die without God is to lose all hope

               a. No fellowship with Him

               b. No safety in Him

               c. No eternity with Him

          2. No pleasure

               a. Jesus paid the price for their entrance to Heaven

               b. Jesus suffer for the wicked

               c. For the wicked, the work of Jesus was in vain

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES?

          I. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

II. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS AN END OF THAT PERSON’S VEIL OF TEARS

     A. End Of Sorrow

          1. Sorrow is mentioned seventy two times in the Bible

          2. Definition of sorrow

               a. It can be either physical or mental

               b. Mourning

                    1) Lost opportunities

                    2) Mistakes

                    3) Wrong choices

                    4) Regrets

               c. Pain

               d. Hardship

          3. Sorrow of heart

NOTE: A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.    Proverbs 15:13

          4. Sorrow of the mind

NOTE: And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind      Deuteronomy 28:65

          5. Labor and sorrow

NOTE: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.         Psalm 90:10

          6. Trouble and sorrow

NOTE: The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.    Psalm 116:3

     B. The Tears Of Life Are Removed Forever

          1. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? Psalm 42:3

          2. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5

          3. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:24

          4. Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me … Acts 20:19

     C. The Pains Of Life Are Removed

1Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Psalm 25:18

          2. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Romans 8:22

          3. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be (held by) it. Acts 2:24

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES?

          I. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

        II. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS AN END OF THAT PERSON’S VEIL OF TEARS

III. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS A BEGINNING OF AN ETERNITY OF JOY

     A. This Life Is Not Crammed Full Of Joy Except When God Is At The Center

NOTE: Our Christian life should be a foreshadow of what heaven will be like

          1. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

          2. And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His salvation. Psalm 35:9

          3. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12

          4. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5

          5. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:23

          6. 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 I Peter 1:8

     B. The Greatest Joy Of Every Saint Is What God Will Do For Us In Heaven

          1. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:22

          2. 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. Revelation 7:17

          3. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

CONCLUSION

I. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES?

II. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

III. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS AN END OF THAT PERSON’S VEIL OF TEARS

IV. WHEN A CHILD OF GOD DIES, IT IS A BEGINNING OF AN ETERNITY OF JOY

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CREATION – BECAUSE GOD CARES

Genesis 1:1-2:3

INTRODUCTION

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have our own private pity-party and say something like this, “Nobody cares about me.” It feels so good to wallow in our self-pity and misery. For a while, that is. But as Christians we really cannot say that nobody cares about us or nobody understands what we are going through in our life. God does. And He cares more than we do, just like a parent really cares more than that young child going though a pity party.

In discussing Creation we must begin with some very important philosophical foundations. Some, even religious people, say there is nothing personal about origins. Their view is that things just happened and suddenly, quite by accident, and here we are! There are many varieties or spin-offs on this philosophy. We just should not get all hung up over origins. It does not matter one way or another.

But it does matter. In seminary in systematic theology classes there is a statement that is used over and over because of its importance: “What is contained in the beginning is contained in the end.” In light of creation, what God does in creation, His attitudes, His goals, etc., will be also the same in the end of all things.

Let’s apply this statement to our discussion. If we accept the humanistic philosophy of origins that states basically that God really did not have anything to do with origins, then we must conclude that God will not have anything to do with the end of all things. A reflection of this philosophy is found in the Robin Williams movie, What Dreams May Come, where the main character dies, goes to ‘heaven,’ rescues his wife from ‘hell’ and builds his own satisfying eternity. Furthermore, another philosophy says, “Since there is no God in origins, there will be no God in judgment.”

But the Bible tells us that God is personally, judicially and completely involved in the end of all things. For the child of God Revelation 21 and 22 tells that we will dwell forever with Him in the New Jerusalem and the New Heavens and the New Earth. Logically, based upon this evidence, we must say that God was equally involved in Creation.

The one over – riding theme we find in the Bible is summarized in the children’s song, Jesus Loves Me. The entire Bible in a nutshell is encapsulated in John 3:16.

Therefore, origins are not randomness. Origins are the deliberating workings of the God Who loves us so much.

THEME: BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US Genesis 1:1-10

     A. He Began By Creating The Heavens And The Earth Genesis 1:1-2

          1. He created the heavens and the earth vs. 1

NOTE: Genesis 1:1 is the ‘title statement’

          a. Then beginning with verse two there is an expansion of the Creation

account in Genesis 1:2-2:4

          b. Then in Genesis 2:5-25 there is an expansion of the creation account of Adam and

Eve

               a. ‘Created’ – Hebrew – bars

               b. Definition of bara – To call into existence out of nothing

               c. The word ‘bara’ is found about fifty times in the Old Testament

NOTE: The only noun used with the verb ‘bara’ in the Bible is ‘God’

          2. He began with the earth ‘without form’ Genesis 1:2a

               a. From an unused root meaning to lay waste

               b. Empty place

               c. Nothing of worth

               d. Wilderness

          3. He began with the Spirit of God Genesis 1:2b

               a. The power of the Spirit was necessary in order to sustain it

               b. Moved

                   1) The only other place used in Scripture – As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers (ruwach) over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings   Deuteronomy 32:11 NKJV

                   2) The word expresses that tremulous motion made by the hen while either

hatching her eggs or fostering her young

               c. The creation could not exist without God’s control and intervention

               d. There is a Biblical parallel: You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath (ruwach), they die and return to their dust. Psalm 104:29 NKJV

NOTE: When this collection of elementary principles was brought together, God was

pleased to spend six days in assimilating, assorting, and arranging the materials,

out of which he built up, not only the earth, but the whole of the solar system.

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     B. He Began By Providing Light And Time Genesis 1:3-5

          1. God created light vs. 3

NOTE: All color comes from a combination of three colors: Red, Yellow and Blue

NOTE: The sun is not created until day four       Genesis 1:14-19

          2. God saw the light, that it was good Genesis 1:4

  1. It was exactly as he designed it
  2. It was fit to answer the end for which He designed it
  3. The evening and the morning were the first day Genesis 1:5
  4. The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning
  5. One purpose of this contrast that it might set the day off to make us appreciate it the better

NOTE: We begin in the darkness of our sin and God moves us to the light of His presence

NOTE: For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 HCSB

NOTE: The Jewish day begins at sundown; night comes first. The day ends with sunlight.

The Gentile day begins at midnight. The Bible records days per the Jew day.

     C. He Began By Building Our Atmosphere Genesis 1:6-8

          1. The Hebrew word means ‘to spread out as the curtains of a tent or pavilion’

          2. The two interpretations of the ‘waters above the firmament:’

               a. The clouds of water in the atmosphere

               b. The ice canopy model

                    1) A layer of ice circled the earth above the atmosphere

                     2) This layer filtered out harmful radiation from space, making longer life

spans for humans

                      3) This layer of ice fell to the earth when ‘the windows of heaven’ were open at

the time of the Flood

NOTE: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.        Genesis 7:11 KJV

NOTE: The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained         Genesis 8:2 KJV

     D. He Began By Separating Dry Land From Oceans Genesis 1:9-10

          1. God first prepared the upper realm of the physical earth

          2. He now works on the design of the earth for use by people

T.S. BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

          I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT Genesis 1:11-25

     A. God Created The Plants For Our Benefit Genesis 1:11-13

          1. We use the oxygen

               a. They use our ‘waste air’

               b. We use their ‘waste air’

          2. The fruit was planned for mankind before we came on the scene Genesis 1:11

               a. The fruit of trees

               b. The vegetables of the plants

     B.  God Created The Universe For Our Benefit Genesis 1:14-19

          1. We run our calendar by the sky

          2. Our seasons are dependent upon the circuit of the sun

               a. Winter

               b. Summer

          3. We receive our light from the heavens Genesis 1:15-18

NOTE: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  Genesis 1:16 KJV

 

  1. God Created The Life In The Seas And The Air Genesis 1:20-23
  2. The creation of consciousness 1:20
  3. The soul – Hebrew: Nephesh
  4. Definition of Nephesh: A breathing creature
  5. Do creatures have a ‘soul’?
  6. Yes
  7. … an abundance of moving or living creatures … Genesis 1:20
  8. Only humans have a ‘living nephesh’ Genesis 1:2:7

 

NOTE: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.   Genesis 2:7 NKJV

NOTE: The order of created life

          a. Life in the seas came first

          b. Life in the air came second

NOTE: This all happened on day five      Genesis 1:23

NOTE: This is totally contrary to the evolution model

          a. Life evolved in the oceans

          b. Life climbed out on land

          c. Life climbed into trees

          d. Life flew

     D. God Created All Living Creatures vs. 24-25

          1. Cattle

               a. Animals that can be domesticated

               b. Those that are used on farms, as transportation, etc.

               c. Clean and unclean animals

          2. Creeping things

               a. Smaller animals

               b. Generally thought to be those about the size of a rabbit and smaller

          3. Beast of the earth

               a. The wild animals

                b. Those not able to be domesticated

     E. God’s Works Of ‘Creating’ And ‘Making’

          1. The creation (bara) of the basic elements of the physical universe

NOTE: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.       Genesis 1:1 NKJV

               a. Space

               b. Mass

               c. Seasons

          2. ‘Making’

               a. To make: asah

                    1) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.      Genesis 1:16 KJV

                   2) Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.    Psalm 100:3 NKJV

               b. To form: yatsar

NOTE: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.   Genesis 2:7 NKJV

          c. Both words mean:

                   1) To mold into a form as by a potter

                   2) To assemble more complex systems out of more simple components

          d. In ‘making’ (asah & yatsar) something is always made from something else

T.S. BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

          I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

        II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE   Genesis 1:26-31

     A. Image

         1. Four of the first five usages of this Hebrew word for ‘image’ refer to our being in

the image of God

          2. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth Genesis 5:3 KJV

          3. The next twelve times the word ‘image’ is found it refers to images of idolatry and sinful people

          4. In the New Testament

               a. He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15 NKJV

               b. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29 KJV

NOTE: ‘Christian’ means ‘Little Christ;’ or image of Christ, image of God

               c. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation 13:15 KJV

     B. ‘Man’ Is A Term For Male And Female Genesis 1:27

          1. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 KJV

          2. Hence, ‘mankind’ or ‘man species’

     C. Deliberate Progress In Creation

          1. The work of each day was an appropriate preparation for the next day

          2. Humanity was to be the caretaker of Creation

NOTE: Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”         Genesis 1:28 NKJV

NOTE: Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.     Genesis 2:15 NKJV

          3. The appearance of age

          4. Creation was ‘mature’ from its beginning

          5. Everything was created and formed by God full grown

NOTE: Example: God did not teach language to Adam

T.S. BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

          I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

        II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

       III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

IV. HE LEFT NOTHING UNDONE FOR US Genesis 2:1-3

     A. The Heavens And The Earth Were Finished Genesis 2:1

          1. The meaning of ‘finished’

               a. Accomplished

               b. Completed

               c. Done

               d. Ended

               e. Finished doing a thing

               f. Fulfilled

          2. There was no need for ‘touch – up’ work to be done

               a. Everything was completed

NOTE: The act of ‘creating’ of the universe is not now going on somewhere out there

               b. God called everything ‘good’ seven times in Genesis one

     B. God Ended His Work That He Had Made Genesis 2:2

          1. His work alone

          2. What He alone made

     C. God Rested On The Seventh Day Genesis 2:2

          1. God rested from the completed work of ‘creating’ and ‘making’ 2:3

          2. This is not that God ‘worked up a sweat and was tired’

               a. ‘Rested’ is the Hebrew word for ‘Sabbath’

               b. It was a statement of completion; no more creation

          3. Rested

               a. Cease

               b. Celebrate

               c. Keep or observe the Sabbath

NOTE: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exodus 20:11 KJV

NOTE: And now we come full circle in our discussion on Creation. God was, and is, in complete control. We did not make ourselves. Nothing else made us, only God. The Sabbath is a weekly reminder for us that this life’s daily grind is not all there is of life.

NOTE: There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:9 NKJV

NOTE: And this rest is because of the complete work of redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for us. He is now building our place of rest. It is available for every person who receives His salvation call.

NOTE: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us …    Titus 3:5 KJV

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:  

I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

IV. HE LEFT NOTHING UNDONE FOR US

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