THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW James 4:14

THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW

James 4:14

INTRODUCTION

A phone call comes. A family member, a loved one or a dear friend had just died. Without question there is great sorrow. But, for the child of God, in the midst of all the accompanying sorrow there is also peace and joy.

For a person who is not saved this is hard to understand. Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.     I Thessalonians 4:13 NIV

And so, with that unexpected phone call, we have another reminder that life is fragile, a vapor. It makes no difference if we are a Christian or not. For all of us our life is a vapor.

That means we have no control over events outside our existence. Compared to other forces we are weak as smoke. This goes even further: We are like vapor in that we cannot even control where we are going in this life or in the life to come.

The ignorance of the person without the Lord Jesus Christ:  Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;

whereas you do not know what will happentomorrow. For what isyour life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Instead you oughtto say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

James 4:13-15 NKJV

THEME:WE FAIL IN OUR LIFE WHEN:

I. WE SAY WE DETERMINE WHAT IS RIGHT, NOT WHAT GOD DETERMINES IS RIGHT     James 4:13a

     A.     We Do The Advising

     B.     We Do The Directing

     C.     We Do The Teaching

II. WE BELIEVE IT IS UP TO US TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO     James 4:13b

     A.     We Will Go

              1.     We will continue on our journey

              2.     We will order our life

              3.     We will pursue the journey on which we have entered

              4.     We will lead ourselves

      B.     Continue There A Year

              1.     More than a mere continuance

              2.     Rather, a doing something with the year

NOTE:     Expressive of the lightless and thoughtlessness of a careless spirit

III. WE DISPLAY AN IMPATIENT TONE REGARDING GOD’S WILL

        A.     Arrogance In Knowledge Occurs When We Assume That We Control Time And Events

               1.     We will go where we like

               2.     We will stay as long as we like

       B.     These Businessmen Are Characterized As Deliberate And Self-Confident Planners

                1.     They decide where they will go

                2.     They will decide when they will go

               3.     They will decide how long they will stay

               4.     They are absolutely certain that they will gain profit from their venture

         C.     They Will Do The Choosing

               1.     They chose their own time – Today or tomorrow

               2.     They chose their own location – Such a city

               3.     They chose their own duration – Continue there a year

               4.     They chose their own business – Buy and sell

               5.     They chose their own goal – Get gain

NOTE:     There is no single thought about sickness, or accident or falling markets, or unemployment or strikes or earthquakes or etc.

NOTE:      The whole thing is settled and the whole future is planned … without God

NOTE:     And death came to visit

               a.     To the godly; to the ungodly

               b.     To the ready; to the not ready

NOTE:Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all … Romans 5:12 KJV

IV.      WE FORGET THE MOST BASIC TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE

          A.     One Of Us Will Be Next To Die

                  1.     We don’t know when

                  2.     We don’t know how

                  3.     We don’t know where

                   4.     We don’t even know why

             B.      Not One Of Us Will Die Until Our Work For God Is Finished In This Life

          1.     For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.     II Timothy 4:6 KJV

          2.     For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.

For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which isfar better.

Nevertheless to remain in the flesh ismore needful for you.

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,

That your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:21-26 NKJV

 

CONCLUSION

WE FAIL IN OUR LIFE WHEN:

I.  WE SAY WE DETERMINE WHAT IS RIGHT, NOT WHAT GOD DETERMINES IS RIGHT

II. WE BELIEVE IT IS UP TO US TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO

III. WE DISPLAY AN IMPATIENT TONE REGARDING GOD’S WILL

IV. WE FORGET THE MOST BASIC TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE

 

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WHERE TO FIND THE HOPE WE NEED

WHERE TO FIND THE HOPE WE NEED

INTRODUCTION

At the end of World War II, an American sub came back to Newport News, Virginia to dock. As it came into port something terrible went wrong and it began to sink in the harbor. They immediately dispatched the Coast Guard to go out because the sub had a full crew and they were trying to save the crew. They dispatched divers that would dive down to the hull of the submarine and find out what went wrong. As the divers swam around the sub one inventive sailor had a hammer and was knocking on the hull from the inside in Morse code, “Is there hope?”

“Is there hope?” is one of the fundamental questions of life. Is life worth living? Is there hope? Can we count on anything in life? Is there hope? It’s been asked everyday by thousands of people in thousands of different ways.

When we are setting in the doctor’s office awaiting tests, we hear the question, “Is there hope?” When we are standing by the bedside at the hospital, we hear the question, “Is there hope?” When a couple who have put months and months into marriage counselors sitting there and getting nowhere, they are thinking in their minds, “Is there hope?” When someone is dealing with a tax accountant in a bankruptcy court and they ask, “Is there hope?” When a couple or a family hears that their child is missing, they ask the police, Is there hope?” Governmental and political leaders ask the question about places like Iraq and Iran, “Is there hope?

It is said we can go forty days without food but we can go only eight minutes without air. But we can’t go a single second without hope. Hope is one of the essentials of life. When hope is gone, life is over. We need hope to cope.

Dr. Harold Wolfe who is a professor at Cornell University in the medical school did a study on the effects of hope on the human body. He studied 25,000 prisoners of war over an extended period of time to see what hope did to them and what difference it made. He discovered that out of those 25,000 POW’s there was one group of men on whom the experience of being a POW had no effect at all, in spite of brutality, in spite of torture, in spite of solitary confinement, in spite of all kinds of inhumane abuse. There was one group it just didn’t faze. There was no post-traumatic stress syndrome. They didn’t get ill. They didn’t have flashbacks They just handled it and went on with their life. When he studied that group, the one common denominator was an extraordinary high level of hope. Hope makes all the difference in the world. It is essential for handling the crises of life. In his concluding study Dr. Wolfe said, “When a man has hope he is capable of bearing incredible burdens and cruel punishment. But when hope is gone, people fall apart: emotionally, physically and spiritually.”

Because hope is in such short supply in our society today, people will fall for all kinds of scams. They actually put their hope in false hope. They trust in things like psychic hotlines and palm reading and astrology, fake healers, quack cures, all kind of crazy things; crystals; putting their hope in rocks and things like that. And of course, inevitably, these things disappoint and actually they end up being worse off because nothing is worse than being disappointed by a false hope. Nothing is more useless than false hope. Is there any place that we can get hope we can depend on, that we can count on for the crises of life, the things that are going to come into our life that we don’t plan but blow us over? Are there any things like that that we can count on?

Where do we find that kind of hope?

The Bible tells us that we find it in God. God is the source; the source of hope.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NKJV

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16 NKJV

What does that mean? How do we put hope in a name? What’s the big deal? We need to understand that names meant a lot more back in the past than they do today. In ancient cultures, they would choose a name because of what it meant, because of what it described. In fact, one’s name was usually the definition of one’s character. A person was given a name that matched who they were.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

When God chose to reveal Himself to the Hebrew nation, He used His Hebrew terms to describe Himself. God has a lot of different names. In the Bible, God calls Himself by many different Hebrew names. Each one of those names is a description of His character. Each one of those names is a promise to us. Each one of those names is a benefit that God says, I provide to my people.

Because God is with us all the time and His names describes His concern for us, there are sources of hope we can count on. We could say there are three anchors for our souls that we can count on, no matter what happens. Then life is never hopeless.

THEME: BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US:

I. HIS PRESENCE IS WATCHING OVER US

     A. We Do Not Control Our Lives

          1. The older we get, the more we realize this

          2. We do not even know our future on our own

               a. Job learned this

               b. Lot learned this

              c. David learned this over and over

          3. Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.     Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

     B. Life Is Filled With Uncertainties

          1. One of the sad uncertainties of life is that people will leave us

          2. Friends and family might move away

          3. There will be people that we love that will die

         4. There will be people that we love that will become ill and won’t be themselves any more

          5. There may even be those that we argue with and there’s a separation that’s painful

          6. The good news is regardless of what happens, we don’t have to go through it alone

               a. There is a God who will be with us

               b. He will be there with us all the way

          7. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10 KJV

     C. Uncertainties We Will Never Need To Face Before God

          1. The fear of being abandoned is one of the greatest causes of hopelessness in all of our lives

          2. A categories of fears

               a. “I’m going to be deserted”

               b. ”I’m going to be forsaken”

               c. “I’m going to be left alone”

               d. “I’m going to be overwhelmed”

               e. “There’s going to be no one to help”

          3. The great “What if’s” of life

               a. What if my husband / wife leaves me and I’m left alone?

               b. What if my kids aren’t there for me at the end of my life?

               c. What if these friends aren’t there?

          4. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”     Hebrews 13:5 KJV

 NOTE: Every pastor has stood at some grave with mourners. Their eyes say more than their lips. “I don’t know how I’m going to make it. How do I take the next step?”

     D. God Is Always With The Child Of God

          1. He does more than just watch over us

               a. He cares for us

               b. He advises us

               c. He shows us the way

          2. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding,

Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 32:8-11 NKJV

          3. We do not have to figure everything out

               a. All we have to do is trust God

               b. He has it all figured out

           4. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:21-26 KJV

NOTE: This paragraph of Scripture can get us through every day and every circumstance

T.S. BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US:

          I. HIS PRESENCE IS WATCHING OVER US

II HIS PURPOSE IS WORKING IN US

NOTE: Even in the good, bad and ugly of life

     A. The Contrasts Of Life

          1. Those events of life that do not seem to have any rhyme or reason to them

               a. Those that just don’t make sense

               b. Those that are so difficult to handle

          2. Those events of life where we seem to be able to see the hand of God

               a. We see a purpose greater than us at work

               b. We trust the Hand, not the circumstances

     B. The Greatest Verse Regarding The Contrasts Of Life

          1. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.      Romans 8:28 KJV

          2. What it does not say

               a. All things work out the way we want them to work

               b. All things do not have a happy ending on earth

                    1) Not every marriage lives happily ever after

                    2) Not every patient gets well

                    3) Not every business decision makes a million bucks

                    4) Not every problem is resolved

                    5) Not every student makes straight A’s

                    6) Not every person turns to God

          3. What it does say

               a. “We know”

                   1) Not, we wish

                   2) Not, we imagine

                   3) Not, we desire

                    4) Not, if we have enough positive thinking

               b. We have a certainty

                    1) We have a confidence of whatever comes after this

                     2) Hope is the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out

               c. A things work together

NOTE: The good, the bad and the indifferent

                    1) There is no such thing as fate

                    2) There is a plan in what He is doing

                    3) There is not such a thing as good or bad luck

                    4) The Master Designer is at work

                    5) And He never makes a mistake

NOTE: It does not say that all things are good

NOTE: Each ingredient of a cake does not necessarily taste good by itself but all of them together makes a good cake

               a. Eat a raw egg

               b. Eat some Crisco

               c. Eat some sugar

              d. Eat some flour

          4. The great qualifier of this great promise

               a. It is not for everybody

               b. It is only for those who love God

               c. Things do not work together for good for everybody

               d. For some, all things are working for bad in their lives

               e. This is a promise to those who love God

                    1) Those who want to have a daily relationship with Him

                    2) Those who are trying to live according to His purpose

     C. And The Promises Keep Coming

          1. For I know the thought that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.      Jeremiah 29:11

          2. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ      Philippians 1:6

T. S. BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US:

          I. HIS PRESENCE IS WATCHING OVER US

        II. HIS PURPOSE IS WORKING IN US

III. GOD’S PLACE IS WAITING FOR US

     A. Our Ultimate Hope Is Heaven

          1. There is more to life than just here and now

           2. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.   I Corinthians 15:19

     B. Heaven Is A Place, Not A State Of Mind

          1. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

John 14:1-4 NKJV

          2. Heaven is a real place

          3. Jesus says He is preparing a real place for us

     C. Is A Heaven Is A Place Of Relief

          1. No fear

          2. No pain

          3. No sorrow

          4. No conflict

          5. No problems

NOTE: 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 KJV

     D. We Do Not Need To Feel Hopeless About Anything

          1. In Jesus we go from no hope to new hope – instantly

          2. If God can raise Jesus from the dead:

               a. He can raise a dead marriage

              b. He can raise a dead career

              c. He can raise a dead hope

              d. He can raise a dead dream

          3. There are three certainties every child of God can count on

               a. No matter what happens, God’s presence will always be watching over each of us

              b. No matter what happens, God’s purpose will always be working in each of us

              c. No matter what happens, God’s place will always be waiting for each one of us

NOTE: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.     Isaiah 40:31 KJV

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US:

I. HIS PRESENCE IS WATCHING OVER US

II. HIS PURPOSE IS WORKING IN US

III. GOD’S PLACE IS WAITING FOR US

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THE BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS OF THE PASTOR

THE BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS OF THE PASTOR

INTRODUCTION

As people of the Book we must look to the Word of God for the qualifications of a pastor, not to examples of previous pastors we have had here, or elsewhere. “It will be hard to find someone to fill our pastor’s shoes.” cf. The shoes of every previous pastor any person here has had belong in the closet of history. As Bible believers we must look to the Word of God for qualifications not to the example of our previous pastor. For some Christians the hard part of any transition is learning to listen to another shepherd’s voice.

The proof of a pastor’s ministry: Do people follow him or the Lord? If the people leave when he leaves then they are saying, “We follow the man, not the Lord.”

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.         I Corinthians 11:1

THEME: THE THREE BIBLICAL TERMS FOR “PASTOR”

I. PASTOR      Ephesians 4:11

NOTE: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,

to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV

     A. The Greek Word “Pastor” Is Found Seventeen Times In The New Testament

          1. About sixteen times it is translated “shepherd”

          2. About seven of these references refer to shepherds

NOTE: The shepherds at the birth of Jesus

          3. About eight of these references refer to Jesus Himself

               a. Six times Jesus uses this word referring to Himself

               b. Twice it is referring to Jesus (Hebrews and I Peter)

          4. Only one time is it referred to as pastor of a church

Ephesians 4:11

NOTE: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers     Ephesians 4:11

     B. The Meaning Of Pastor

          1. A herdsman or shepherd

          2. Christ the Head of the church

          3. The overseers of the Christian assemblies or churches

          4. The position of kings and princes over their people

          5. The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd

               a. To watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep

               b. To defend the sheep from attackers

               c. To heal the wounded and sick sheep

              d. To find and save lost or trapped sheep

               e. To love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust

II. BISHOP

     A. Usage

          1. Greek- Episkopos

          2. Used seven times in the New Testament

               a. Once regarding the position Judas lost

NOTE: For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’       Acts 1:20 NKJV

               b. One time it refers to Jesus

NOTE: For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.      1 Peter 2:25 NKJV

               c. Five times it refers to the office of the bishop

     B. Meaning Of “Bishop”

          1. Greek

               a. Episkopos – Episcopal

               b. Skopos – English, scope

               c. Skopos – English, skeptic

          2. An overseer

NOTE: A man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done right

NOTE: The first law of Administration: Never do what others can do so they may reap ministry rewards in heaven

NOTE: For members to do nothing makes Christianity a spectator religion

NOTE: Christians are not given gifts from the Holy Spirit to do nothing but rather to do ministry

          3. Guardian

          4. Overseer of a Christian church

          5. Other meanings

               a. Investigation

               b. Inspection

               c. To look after, care for with concern

               d. To visit, go to the poor and afflicted, the sick

               e. To look upon in order to help or to benefit

               f. An observer, a watchman

               g. To look diligently

               h. The distant mark looked at, the goal or end one has in view

               i. That act by which God looks into and searches out the ways, deeds character, of people, in order to judge them

III. ELDER

     A. A Jewish Term

          1. The title given to Jewish leaders in the synagogue

          2. The word elder is found almost 200 times in the Bible

     B. The Elder In The New Testament Church

          1. About fifteen times it refers to pastors of churches

          2. When the word elder is used, it indicates that the majority of converts in that church were Jews

NOTE: When the word bishop is used it indicates that the majority of converts in that church were Greeks

IV. THE BIBLICAL FUNCTION OF A BISHOP, PASTOR OR ELDER          1 Timothy 3

NOTE: Watchful leading of believers on the basis of Christ’s work

     A. There Are Two Basic Areas Of Ministry

NOTE: These demonstrate the life style of the pastor

          1. His private life

          2. His ministry

     B. This Office May Be Sought And Desired

          1. There are qualifications

          2. The duties      Acts 13:4

NOTE: But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.          Acts 13:4

               a. The prayer services

               b. The study of the Word

                    1) For preparation of sermons

                    2) For personal spiritual development

                    3) For meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation

                    4) For leading from God in direction to move the church

NOTE: Everyday needs of culture influence this development

     C. Qualifications      I Timothy 3:1-7

          1. Moral reliability (blameless)      vs. 2

NOTE: A bishop then must be blameless …       I Timothy 3:2a

          2. Married to one wife      vs. 2

NOTE: … the husband of one wife …       I Timothy 3:2b

          3. Discipled family      vs. 4-5

NOTE: (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)    I Timothy 3:4-5

          4. Teaching ability      vs. 2

NOTE: … able to teach … vs. 2

NOTE: Preaching ability is not mentioned. There is a Holy Spirit gift of teaching but no Holy Spirit gift of preaching.

          5. Maturity vs. 6

NOTE: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.      I Timothy 2:6

          6. Reputation vs. 7

NOTE: … he must have a good testimony among those who are outside

I Timothy 3:6

NOTE: According to the standard of the non – Christian world (Has to be around lost to win them)

V. HIS PRIVATE LIFE      I Timothy 3

     A. His Personal Life: Blameless (above reproach)

NOTE: What a person is on the inside will eventually come out

          1. Temperate (sober): sensible, discreet Titus 2:2

               a. Not given to wine (controlled by habits)

               b. Not greedy of filthy lucre (gain or profit as a motive for being in the ministry)

               c. Not covetous – Not a social climber, willing to become all things to all men

          2. Of good behavior i.e. good example

               a. Just – righteous

               b. Holy – doesn’t flaunt his sins

          3. Given to hospitality- willing to help those who have needs

     B. His Family Life cf. I Timothy 3:5

          1. The husband of one wife

NOTE: Example of Christ and His One Bride

          2. Rules well his own house

               a. His wife is submissive to him, in love and respect cf. The Church to Christ

               b. His children are in subjection by the means of honesty (gravity)

                    1) They are faithful (saved)

NOTE: If he can’t lead his own household to the Lord, how can he lead strangers?

                    2) They are proper examples, not accused of riot or unruly

NOTE: Riot: cf. Ephesians 5:18 drunk with wine, wherein is excess

NOTE: Unruly cf. I Timothy 1:9 disobedient

VI. HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY

     A. As An Individual

          1. Not a novice (a new convert)

          2. Not self-willed

NOTE: Bull headed cf. Jeroboam

          3. Good report of them which are without (outside of Christ)

NOTE: Good reputation cf. Napoleon: “Laws are for common men, not the likes of me”

          4. Lover of good men

     B. Methodology (way he ministers)

          1. Apt to teach cf. Great Commission

          2. Patient

NOTE: Willing to repeat so someone can learn; babes in Christ

          3. Not a striker or brawler

NOTE: A fight draws a crowd i.e. sensationalism gimmicks; but not a church

     C. Doctrine

          1. Vigilant       I Peter 5:8 (roaring lion)

NOTE: Every aspect of the church’s ministry must be doctrinally correct

          2. By sound doctrine      Titus 1:9

CONCLUSION

I. PASTOR

II. BISHOP

Ill. ELDER

IV. THE BIBLICAL FUNCTION OF A BISHOP, PASTOR OR ELDER

V. HIS PRIVATE LIFE

VI. HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY

 

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1 Peter 1:6

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES ABOUT TROUBLE

1 Peter 1:6

INTRODUCTION

There are days we think that we cannot handle one more problem or we will collapse. But the trial comes anyway. At times things are going great. No problems. No problems in sight. And calamity envelops us like a flood. Then other day’s life is great. It is so wonderful to be alive. It can’t get any better than this. And it doesn’t. Instead our world caves in on us.

And it never ends. Job said it two different ways. Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:7. This verse says that just like we can expect sparks to fly up out of the fire, so when we are born, we can expect the sparks of life. As the spark has no control over its destiny, so is the person who is experiencing life.

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1. We could rephrase these words of Job as this: How frail is humanity! How short is life, and how full of trouble! (NLT)

Peter knew about trials. He, like the other apostles, experienced far more than any other person. And as he warned in this epistle that more pain was to come, he did not know what was in store for him. But he was faithful, even unto death.

There is a church tradition, which seems to have strong credence that he was forced to watch his own beloved wife be crucified and die. As she was being crucified he is said to have encouraged her with these words: “Remember the Lord.” After she was dead, he was then crucified. Since he exclaimed that he was not worthy to be crucified as his Lord, the trial was increased and he was crucified upside down.

Brothers and sisters! In the days, weeks, months or years ahead we all will experience various trials. They cannot be avoided. The only options we face is how we will respond to them. Will we falter and deny our Lord and our God? Or, will we be found faithful until death? No one but we ourselves can give the answer to these questions.

THEME: WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:

I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

NOTE: Now for a season

     A. The Word “Season” Has Several Important Meanings

          1. A little

               a. Regarding quantity

               b. Regarding intensity

          2. Awhile

               a. Time

               b. Emphasis is on ‘short’ time

               c. Few

          3. Small

               a. Degree of intensity.

               b. Light

               c. Slight

     B. “Few” Refers To The Number Who Will Choose To Be Saved

          1. It is this Greek word for ‘season’

          2. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14 NKJV

               a. We can choose if our troubles count for eternity, or not

               b. We can choose to enter that segment of life that has purpose

NOTE: Notice all the philosophies, novels and movies that emphasize the futility of life in those who do not choose God’s way

NOTE: If more problems of youth were settled in the house of the Lord fewer problems would be settled in the house of corrections

               c. God’s way leads to life

                    1) The abundant life of this life

                    2) The life in heaven

     C. To Choose The “Few” Troubles Of This Life Over The Eternal Troubles Of Hell Is Because We Know The Best Destiny

          1. His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:21 NKJV

          2. The Christian looks at trials:

               a. Not as an end in themselves

               b. As a refining process in preparation for heaven

          3. The Christian looks through the trial to the joy of the Lord in heaven

               a. Joy according to how we have responded to that trouble

               b. Joy because of what we will receive as our reward for being faithful

     D. Troubles In This Life Prepares Us For Our Profit

          1. For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. Hebrews 12:10 ESV

               a. A parent spanks a child to prepare the child for live

               b. God allows us to have trouble to prepare us for holiness

                     1) In this life

                     2) In the life to come

          2. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10 ESV

               a. Suffering is only for a limited time in light of eternity

               b. Suffering perfects us as Christians

               c. Suffering establishes our credibility

               d. Suffering makes us strong in our Christian life

               e. Suffering settles us by putting life into proper perspective

NOTE: As a teen I was reading a teen magazine. The article was letters teens were writing to an advice columnist. The first one dealt with a girl who was pregnant. She told about the terrible circumstances of her home and then asked the advisor what to do. The advisor gave very serious, sound advise.

Every other letter of that column was so insignificant to me. One has the “crises of her life” was because of pimples. Another was embarrassed by the appearance of her boyfriend’s car. They seemed so pathetically insignificant.

T.S. WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:

          I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

II. TROUBLE SERVES A PURPOSE

NOTE: If need be

     A. We Must Seek The Purpose In Our Present Trial Or Trouble

NOTE: Sometimes we find a ministry to others as a result of that trial; sometimes we don’t know until we get to heaven it’s purpose

     B. This Word Seems To Be More Suggestive Of Moral Obligation

          1. A necessity of duty

          2. It is necessary

          3. It is right and proper

          4. What we must do

          5. What we ought to do

          6. What we should do

          7. What is required to attain some end

NOTE: The Latin word for ‘trouble’ indicates that a person’s mind is ill at ease. The word ‘turbo’ means to disturb, cause turbulence, commotion, to throw into disorder. Therefore, we cannot meet our moral obligation.

     C. Scriptural Examples

          1. If Jesus did not go to Jerusalem we would be still in our sins

NOTE: From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.      Matthew 16:21 NKJV

          2. We must fulfill the Great Commission

NOTE: And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.     Mark 13:10 NKJV

          3. Every person must be saved

NOTE: So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.     John 3:7 NLT

          4. We must go through tribulation

NOTE: strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22 NKJV

NOTE: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Penney worked hard for money. One day she caught cold that turned into pneumonia and she died. It was then that J. c. Penney realized having money was a poor substitute for the real purposes in living. After he turned to God he got the money. But then he began to see it in its right perspective.

T.S. WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:

          I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

         II. TROUBLE SERVES A PURPOSE

III. TROUBLE BRINGS DISTRESS

NOTE: Heaviness

     A. Trouble Will Make Us Mourn

          1. This Greek word means to grieve, outwardly or inwardly

          2. Affect with sadness

          3. Be in heaviness

          4. Be sorrowful

          5. Be sorry

          6. Grieve

     B. Biblical Forms Of Sorrow

          1. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:22 KJV

          2. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 NKJV

          3. But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV

          4. Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. John 16:20 NKJV

T.S. WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:

          I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

        II. TROUBLE SERVES A PURPOSE

      III. TROUBLE BRINGS DISTRESS

IV. TROUBLE COMES IN MANY FORMS

     A. Some Christians Will Be Troubled With Various Diseases and Torments

NOTE: Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.      Matthew 4:24 NKJV

     B. Some Christians Will Be Troubled With Various Lusts

NOTE: For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,     2 Timothy 3:6 ESV

     C. Some Christians Will Be Troubled With Various Pleasures

          1. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.      Titus 3:3 NLT

          2. treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God      2 Timothy 3:4 ESV

NOTE: Discipline is not God’s way of saying, I’m through with you.” Rather, it is the loving act of God to bring us back. “God whispers to us in our pleasures; He speaks to us in our work; He shouts to us in our pain.” C. S. Lewis

     D. Some Christians Will Be Troubled With Various Strange Doctrines

NOTE: Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.       Hebrews 13:9 NKJV

NOTE: Strange (xenon)

          a. Foreigner

          b. Stranger

          c. Alien

          d. Without the knowledge of

          e. Without a share in the culture or life

     E. Some Christians Will Be Troubled With Various Temptations

          1. Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials      James 1:2 HCSB

          2. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us      Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

NOTE: Beset means to circle, to get in the way of a person

T.S. WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:

          I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

        II. TROUBLE SERVES A PURPOSE

      III. TROUBLE BRINGS DISTRESS

      IV. TROUBLE COMES IN MANY FORMS

V. TROUBLE IS NOT TO DIMINISH OUR CHRISTIAN JOY

NOTE: Greatly rejoice

     A. We Must Have Heaven In View

NOTE: A secret to the Christian life

          1. Be exceeding glad

          2. Exceeding joy

          3. Rejoice

         4. It has the idea of leaping up or springing up

          5. The same word is used for an underground stream that springs from the ground

     B. We Rejoice Because Our Destiny Is Heaven

NOTE: Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household     Acts16:34 NKJV

     C. We Rejoice Because Of Our Reward In Heaven

          1. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.      Matthew 5:12 KJV

          2. Though you have not seen him, you love him.Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory        1 Peter 1:8 ESV

          3. but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy      1 Peter 4:13 NKJV

     D. We Rejoice Because We Are Preparing For Heaven

NOTE: Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.       Revelation 19:7 NKJV

CONCLUSION

WHEN TROUBLE COMES UPON US WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT:  

I. TROUBLE DOES NOT LAST

II. TROUBLE SERVES A PURPOS

III. TROUBLE BRINGS DISTRESS

IV. TROUBLE COMES IN MANY FORMS

V. TROUBLE IS NOT TO DIMINISH OUR CHRISTIAN JOY

 

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I Kings 3:11-14

WISDOM IN PRAYER

I Kings 3:11-14

INTRODUCTION

Children always know the right time to ask their parents for something. They know not to ask them for something when their parents get home from work, when they are doing taxes, or when they are paying their bills. They know for sure they would be turned down. Children wait until their parents are in a good mood or when they are shopping for Christmas. They also know not to ask for something when they have been bad or when they are being punished. When they ask at the right time, the right way, they just might get what they want.

Solomon was in the same situation. God had specifically asked him what it was that he wanted. Solomon knew this was the right time to ask. But he also knew that he should ask for the right thing. He was in right standing with God, and he understood what God was looking for. By using wisdom, Solomon was blessed by God through his prayer request.

THEME: WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US IN OUR PRAYERS?

I. GOD WANTS US NOT TO LOOK FOR PHYSICAL GAIN      I Kings 3:11

     A. Solomon Did Not Ask For Long Life

          1. To prolong his enjoyment of worldly pleasures

          2. To gain more riches

     B. Solomon Did Not Ask For Riches

          1. Solomon already had a mighty kingdom      I Kings 2:12

          2. Solomon already had a personal guarantee of blessings    I Kings 2:45

          3. Solomon became Israel’s wealthiest king      I Kings 10

     C. Solomon Did Not Ask For The Death Of His Enemies

          1. God had already given the victory over the enemy

NOTE: But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

Psalm 59:16-17

          2. Solomon had obtained the victory over his enemies

               a. Adonijah      I Kings 2:25

               b. Abiathar      I Kings 2:27

               c. Joab      I Kings 2:34

               d. Shimei      I Kings 2:46

T.S. WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US IN OUR PRAYERS?

     I. GOD WANTS US NOT TO LOOK FOR PHYSICAL GAIN

    II. GOD WANTS US TO LOOK FOR SPIRITUAL GAIN      I Kings 3:11

          A. Solomon Asked God For Understanding

               1. To lead them in battle

               2. To be a godly example

NOTE: Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead

them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as

sheep which have no shepherd.

Numbers 27:16-17

NOTE: And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of

the children of Israel may be obedient.  Numbers 27:20

          B. Solomon Asked For Discernment

               1. To be able to judge God’s people properly

               2. To be able to tell right from wrong

               3. To be a living example

     C. Solomon Received Spiritual And Physical Blessings      I Kings 3:13

          1. He received wisdom

          2. He received riches

          3. He received honor

          4. He received greater than that of any other king

T.S. WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US IN OUR PRAYERS?

     I. GOD WANTS US NOT TO LOOK FOR PHYSICAL GAIN

    II. GOD WANTS US TO LOOK FOR SPIRITUAL GAIN

Ill. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE A SUBMISSIVE HEART        I Kings 3:14

     A. God Gave Solomon Some Criteria To Follow Throughout His Life

          1. He must live by God’s Word

          2. He must obey God’s Word

          3. He must follow godly example

NOTE: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.    Joshua 1:8

     B. Solomon Demonstrated His Humility To God’s Answer

          1. God will give him long life

          2. Solomon thanked God      I Kings 2:15

               a. With sacrifice

               b. With offerings

               c. With celebration

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US IN OUR PRAYERS?

I. GOD WANTS US NOT TO LOOK FOR PHYSICAL GAIN

II. GOD WANTS US TO LOOK FOR SPIRITUAL GAIN

Ill. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE A SUBMISSIVE HEART

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Genesis 1,1-2,3

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Genesis 1:1-2,3

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.  Clarke

     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

               a. It was exactly as he designed it

               b. 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

               a. The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning

               b. 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

     C. God Created The Life In The Seas And The Air Genesis 1:20-23

          1. The creation of consciousness 1:20

               a. The soul – Hebrew: Nephesh

               b. Definition of Nephesh: A breathing creature

           2. Do creatures have a ‘soul’?

               a. Yes

               b. … an abundance of moving or living creatures … Genesis 1:20

               c. 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 (KJV)

               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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