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BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE

INTRODUCTION

We are to be people of the Book. In order to know God’s will concerning any aspect of our lives, we must find book, chapter, and verse.

There are those who think because we go to a source that is at least 2,000 years old we are “old fashioned.” The term “old fashioned” has no place in the Christian’s vocabulary. It is not a Biblical term. Nothing in, or about, the Bible is “old fashioned.” Rather the Bible is eternal, it endures forever.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  I Peter 1:25

The world has an axiom: New is better than old. Because we go to an “old” book, we are “old fashioned.” (i.e., out dated. cf. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Acts 17:21) We Christians, like passive sheep, have allowed ourselves to be herded into the ‘old fashioned’ corner when it comes to discipline.

The world sees discipline almost only in a negative light. “When someone steps out of line, bop ’em!”

The Bible sees discipline almost only in a positive light. Biblical synonyms: Disciple, educate, edify, rear (children), and also, chastisement.

THEME: WHY MUST WE EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE?

I. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT GIVES US

     A. The Ultimate Purpose Of All Discipline Is To Make Us Holy

NOTE: And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.         Leviticus 20:26

NOTE: The Biblical beginning of modern education

          1. Education was established so the people of God could learn how to be holy

NOTE: How to keep God’s commands in our daily Christian lifestyle

          2. Originally all education was regarding:

               a. Learning how to approach God

               b. Learning how to be approved by God

     B. Biblical Discipline Gives Us The Key Role Of The Father To The Child

NOTE: Reminder – this discipline is positive not negative discipline first. There is

a Biblical place for negative discipline.

NOTE: Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.         Deuteronomy 8:5

NOTE: This is not in the Biblical job description of the mother

               1. In everyday life the Jewish father was the guardian of the Law

                    a. He instructed the younger generation

                    b. This was a key element of how the Law survived even the

destruction of the Kingdom and the Temple

NOTE: Could Christianity survive the destruction of the Church today? The

answer rests with each father.

NOTE: A 2016 report states that one in every three homes in this country does not

have a father figure living with the children in that dwelling

          2. In the teaching of children in the Old Testament the emphasis was moral

education before any other education

          3. A cultured person in the Old Testament was one who possessed

wisdom, knowledge and discernment

               a. There was knowledge of what God says and wants and demands

               b. There was wisdom based upon the ability to use the Law in daily living

               c. There was discernment in order to evaluate different lifestyles and

teachings in light of God’s teachings

T.S. WHY MUST WE EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE?

          I. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT GIVES US

II. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT KEEPS FROM US

     A. Discipline Keeps Us From The Way Of The Transgressor

NOTE: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.         Proverbs 13:15

          1. Definition of transgressor: One who rejects God’s discipline

NOTE: Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.      II John 9

          2. Transgression is the opposite of the Law

NOTE: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.  Romans 4:15

          3. Transgression leads to death

NOTE: But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalm 37:38-39

     A. Discipline Keeps Us From Error

NOTE: Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.    Proverbs 19:27

          1. Error of covetousness

NOTE: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

I Timothy 6:10

          2. Discernment of truth and error

NOTE: We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.   I John 4:6

NOTE: Definition of error –

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

II Timothy 2:25-26

          3. Anything that does not promote spiritual development

          4. Activities that do not promote spiritual development are called snares of the devil

NOTE: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.     II Timothy 2:26

T.S. WHY MUST WE EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE?

          I. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT GIVES US

        II. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT KEEPS FROM US

III. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT DOES TO

       OUR TESTIMONY FOR GOD

     A. Submission To Discipline Sets Us Alongside Christ

NOTE: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:2-3

NOTE: A synonym of discipline is chastisement (the negative side of discipline)

     B. We Endure Discipline (Chastisement) For The Purpose Of Being Educated By God

          1. The fruit of discipline is the peaceful fruit of righteousness

NOTE: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.         Hebrews 12:11

          2. The product of discipline is peace and holiness

NOTE: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

Hebrews 12:14

NOTE: Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.      Leviticus 19:2

     C. We Now Have Come Full Circle

          1. Scripture is the source whereby we learn about proper discipline

          2. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them

II Timothy 3:13-14

          3. 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

NOTE: … instruction in righteousness … furnished unto all good works

               a. Instruction in righteousness

                    1) Without righteous instruction there cannot be proper teaching

                    2) Without righteousness there cannot be a clear learning, understanding and functioning in truth

               b. Furnished unto all good works

                    1) Unless a soldier has all the necessary military equipment and support that soldier will not be able to properly fight each engagement

                    2) “Furnished” consists of being “accomplished” in life

NOTE: cf. An accomplished musician

                    3) All good works – the accomplished Christian is able to face any task

     D. God Is The Ultimate Authority Of All Discipline

          1. He gives His commandments

          2. He gives us Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide us

               a. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

               b. 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. He chastises (disciplines) those who break His commandments

          4. He rewards those who keep His commandments

          5. He leads His people to goals He sets as a result of His commandments

CONCLUSION

WHY MUST WE EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE?

I. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT GIVES US

II. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT KEEPS FROM US

III. WE MUST EXPERIENCE DISCIPLINE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT DOES TO OUR TESTIMONY FOR GOD

 

 

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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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