#2 Thessalonians 1

WORDS OF COMFORT TO SUFFERERS

2 Thessalonians 1

INTRODUCTION

Paul wrote this letter just a short time after I Thessalonians to correct false teaching about the coming of the Lord. Because of terrible persecution (1:4-7), some believed they were already in the Day of the Lord, or Great Tribulation. Paul writes to explain God’s program for the Age and to encourage them in their sufferings.

THEME: WHY DO WE SUFFER?

I. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING HELPS US GROW 1:1-5

     A. Suffering Purifies The Church vs. 3

          1. In suffering our faith grows exceedingly

          2. In suffering our love toward each other abounds

     B. Suffering Acknowledges Our Salvation vs. 4

     C. Suffering Cause Us To Grow In Patience (Assurance) vs. 5

          1. Tribulation works patience

NOTE: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience         Romans 5:3

          2. Definition of patience

               a. Not simply “waiting it out”

               b. It is steadfast endurance in the Lord

NOTE: The two options of suffering

          a. If we accept

               1) We yield to God’s will

               2) We, by faith, continue to stand true

               3) We will grow spiritually

          b. If we reject

              1) We complain against God

               2) We give up in unbelief

               3) Our testimony is ruined

NOTE: I Peter 4:12-19

T.S. WHY DO WE SUFFER?

          I. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING HELPS US GROW

II. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING PREPARES US FOR GLORY 1:5-10

     A. Our Suffering Proves The Unrighteous Will Also Suffer 1:5

NOTE: Judgment (Greek):   krisis

Our English word, crises

          1. Token: Represents something

          2. Counted worthy of the kingdom

               a. Not we prepare for heaven on our own merit

               b. “Worthy” means fitness; God is “fitting” us for heaven

NOTE: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

NOTE: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4:16-18

     B. Suffering Is A Blessing, A Privilege, Not A Burden 1:6-10

          1. Suffering for Christ is a gift

NOTE: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake         Philippians 1:29

          2. God will pay back in kind to those who give us tribulation 1:7-9

NOTE: God always pays back

          a. Pharaoh drowned Israeli babies; God drowned Pharaoh’s army

          b. Saul tried to kill David by the sword; he died by his own sword

          c. Judas caused Jesus to hang on a tree; he hung himself

     B. Suffering prepares us to let Him be glorified in us 1:10

T.S. WHY DO WE SUFFER?

          I. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING HELPS US GROW

         II. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING PREPARES US FOR GLORY

III. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING GLORIFIES CHRIST TODAY           1:11-12

     A. Three Things For Which We Should Pray 1:11

          1. God will count us worthy of our calling

          2. God will fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness in us (His purpose)

NOTE: 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

          3. God will give us the work of faith with power

NOTE: The twin truths of faith in this chapter

          a. Faith and love vs. 3

          b. Faith and patience vs. 4

          c. Faith and power vs. 11

     B. The Result Of Suffering 1:11

          1. Jesus glorified in us

          2. We glorified in Him

          3. All by His grace

NOTE: How we should react in suffering

          a. Thank God that He is with us

          b. Surrender to His will

          c. Ask Him for wisdom to seek His will

         d. Glorify God in the situation

         e. Wait patiently for His will to be fulfilled in us

CONCLUSION

WHY DO WE SUFFER?

I. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING HELPS US GROW

II. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING PREPARES US FOR GLORY

III. WE SUFFER BECAUSE SUFFERING GLORIFIES CHRIST TODAY

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#Matthew 7:15-20

THE MARKS OF A FALSE PROPHET

Matthew 7:15-20

INTRODUCTION

In verses 13 and 14 our Lord tells us how to live the truly successful Christian life. In verses 15-20 He warns us of the number one cause of detouring from the narrow way: false prophets.

What makes the narrow way hard is the existence of false prophets. Just because we have entered the strait gate does not mean we can put our guard down. In fact God lets these false prophets come to prove our love for God. Deuteronomy 13:1-3

Matthew 7;1-5 says not to judge. Matthew 7:15-20 says to examine. We learn several truths in comparing these two paragraphs.

     1. The Christian is not to be gullible

     2. The greatest danger to the cause of Christ is not from without but within

     3. The Christian must learn to exercise more spiritual discernment

THEME: THE CHRISTIAN IS TO:

I. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

     A. Beware

          1. Literally, hold our mind away from

          2. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he

NOTE: The only place in Scripture where Jesus warns of false prophets

     B. One Of The Distinctive Features Of False Prophets Is That They “Come In Sheep’s Clothing”

          1. The innocent appearance is a necessity for a false prophet

           2. Sheep – emblem of innocence) sincerity and harmlessness

NOTE: Attack of the killer sheep

     C. The Test Is Not In The Wrappings But In The Substance

NOTE:  Satan comes as a minister of light

NOTE: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

II Corinthians 11:13-15

          1. The most dangerous characteristic of all these false prophets is that their teaching often appears at first sight to bear the resemblance to the truth

          2. Every preacher, professor, missionary, etc., is to be believed only as long as he can give book, chapter and verse

               a. 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

               b. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so Acts 17:11

     D. They Are Inwardly Raving Wolves

NOTE:  Whited sepulchers

NOTE: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.    Matthew 23:27

          1. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Acts 20:29-30

          2. Raving

               a. Hungry even to rage

               b. Greedy of gain and power

               c. Related to the verb, to snatch or seize

     E. False Prophets; Pseudo – Prophets

NOTE: Pseudo means false or sham

          1. Pseudo–brothers

NOTE: In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren      II Corinthians 11:26

          2. Pseudo–apostles

NOTE: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.     II Corinthians 11:13

          3. Pseudo–teachers

NOTE: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.         II Peter 2:1

          4. Pseudo-speakers (liars)

NOTE: Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron         I Timothy 4:2

          5. Pseudo–christs

NOTE: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.    Matthew 24:24

T.S. THE CHRISTIAN IS TO:

I. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

II. KNOW FALSE PROPHETS 7:16-18

     A. Know

          1. Not the simple Greek verb

          2. A compound verb meaning:

               a. To recognize

               b. To fully know

          3. “Shall know” is not a command but an assurance

NOTE: The simile changes from raving wolves to harmless plants; when we know, they can’t harm us

     B. Do Men Gather Grapes Of Thorns, Or Figs Of Thistles?

          1. It is quite possible to put grapes on thorns and figs on thistles but they won’t grow there

NOTE: A wolf can wear sheep’s clothing but he can’t grow sheep’s clothing. He has had to fleece some sheep already

          2. Grapes; noble fruit; thorns; weeds

          3. Figs, very precious; thistles, a nuisance

     C. Belief And Practice Cannot Be Separated

          1. The test of the Word

               a. The glory of Christ lacking in them

               b. The glorying in Christ lacking by them

          2. There is no way to separate belief and practice; creed and conduct

               a. Fruit reflects the inner life

NOTE: Nothing is more difficult to counterfeit than virtue       John Calvin

               b. Fruit can be manifest in a person and that person’s disciples

                   1) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21

                   2) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

NOTE: As Christians, we reflect whether Jesus is God or not to the world by where we go, what we say, and what we do. Our behavior is the key.

NOTE: The old song says: I’m sometimes up and sometimes down, But praise the Lord, I’m heaven bound

          c. If the blind lead the blind, they will both fall into the ditch

NOTE: Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.         Matthew 15:14

     D. Fruit Is The Final Test Of The Nature Of Life vs. 17-18

NOTE: Every person produces according to their nature

          1. A good tree

               a. Good, physical and moral sense

               b. Bring forth; naturally produces

          2. Evil fruit

               a. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11

               b. The sense of physical defect or worthlessness

          3. Corrupt tree

              a. Does not signify that the tree had once been good

              b. Rather, of useless character, producing nothing beneficial

          4. The natural product of a tree cannot differ from its source in quality

T.S. THE CHRISTIAN IS TO:

          I. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

         II. KNOW FALSE PROPHETS

III. REJECT FALSE PROPHETS          7:19-20

     A. The Examining Of Trees Has A Practical Purpose: To Treat The Tree According To Its Fruit

NOTE: A tree Is not destroyed for a single failure

     B. When The Bad Fruit Is Seen There Must Be A Permanent Discarding

          1. Hewn down

               a. Literally, out

              b. Absolute removal, root and all

          2. Cast into the fire

               a. Converted to fuel

               b. A temporary use vs. a permanent use

NOTE: One night vs. shade, food, etc.

               c. No hope of recovery

     C. In Time Their Fruits Shall Reveal To Us What They Really Are

NOTE: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:15-16

NOTE: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.      Matthew 7:20

          1. Wherefore, referring back to false prophets

          2. It is not our job to cut down or burn: Our job is to know

CONCLUSION

THE CHRISTIAN IS TO:

I. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

II. KNOW FALSE PROPHETS

III. REJECT FALSE PROPHETS

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#Matthew 7:21-23

THE MOST PERPLEXING QUESTION IN HELL

Matthew 7:21-23

INTRODUCTION

Life is filled with perplexing questions. We question why people have to die. We question why old people have to suffer. We question why good people have so many problems in their lives.

No matter how much we question usually there is no answer to most of these questions. Many of the questions we ask today we forget tomorrow. But some questions we never will forget to ask.

But of all questions we could ask there is a group of people who have a question that they will not forget to ask. The question may be asked many ways yet can be summed up In this brief question:           Why am I in hell???

We must face a sad fact. Many who expect to go to heaven will be disappointed. We may become disappointed with our marriage, our children, our friends, our job, something we purchase. But no disappointment is equal to the disappointment of a person who expected to go to heaven waking up in hell.

Example of a church member dying. Such platitudes and eulogies at the funeral.

So faithful in visiting,

So faithful in the choir

So faithful in teaching

In Hell, he lifted up his eyes Luke 16:23

Oh God, a mistake?

Is this a dream?

Is this a nightmare?

Oh God, is this purgatory?

THEME: WHAT CANNOT GET US TO HEAVEN?

I. OUR PIOUS WORDS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN 7:21

     A. Not Everyone That Says Unto Me “Lord, Lord” Shall Enter Into The Kingdom Of Heaven

          1. Not everyone

          2. Literally, It is not the people who say

NOTE: Duplication shows urgency in prayer and worship

NOTE: Just saying “Jesus is Lord” does not prove they are saved

NOTE: False prophets hold to some truth            vs. 15-20

          3. Shall not enter

               a. The uselessness of an outward, empty, profession

               b. False prophets lead some astray; many are self-deceived

     B. But He That Does The Will Of My Father Who Is In Heaven

          1. He: personal, not group

          2. Does the will of my Father

NOTE: My Father; first time used by Jesus

NOTE: Outward honor to Christ is worth little unless there is also inward loyalty to His will

NOTE: Our King receives not into His Kingdom those whose religion lies in words and ceremonies; but only those whose lives display the obedience of true discipleship.          C. H. Spurgeon

               a. Repentance and faith; not perfection and sinlessness

               b. Power in the Spirit to do works that truly please God

T.S. WHAT CANNOT GET US TO HEAVEN?

          I. OUR PIOUS WORDS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

II. OUR GOOD WORKS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN 7:22

     A. Many Will Say To Me

          1. Not a few

          2. They will have their day in court

 B. In That Day

          1. The Old Testament says this is in the Day of the Lord

          2. The New Testament, the Great White Throne

     C. Lord, Lord

          1. Shows earnestness, intenseness

          2. They can fool others, even self, but not the Judge

     D. Have We Not Done … ?

          1. It is clear in their words that they know the negative outcome of the verdict

          2. They have already spent some time in hell Psalm 73:12-19

     E. In Your Name (used three times)

NOTE: Your, emphatic

          1. Prophesied

          2. Cast out devils

NOTE: If people can preach, cast out devils and do many wonderful works in His name and not be saved, how great is the danger of anyone basing salvation on good works

          3. Done many wonderful works

     F. Jesus Does Not Deny Their Claim

          1. They had done everything but the Lord’s will

          2. They had hoped to make up for disobedience to His will in their personal life by doing many things for Him in their church, city and world

T.S. WHAT CANNOT GET US TO HEAVEN?

          I. OUR PIOUS WORDS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

         II. OUR GOOD WORKS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

III. HIS TESTIMONY WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN      7:23

     A. Then Will I Profess Unto Them

          1. I – Jesus will answer personally

          2. Profess

               a. A frank and full statement

               b. No room to argue

     B. I Never Knew You

          1. Never, literally, never, never

NOTE: Not for a single moment

NOTE: This shows they never had salvation

          2. Knew

NOTE:  Intimate relationship

NOTE: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?    Luke 1:34

NOTE: You took my name to make your name

     C. Depart From Me, You Who Work Iniquity

          1. Depart

NOTE: Until there is repentance (salvation) nothing else counts in God’s eyes

               a. Separate

               b. Here it means, take your true place as my enemy

NOTE: The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance        II Peter 3:9

          2. Work iniquity

               a. Work

NOTE: Their character; they who always work

               b. Iniquity, the opposite of righteousness

NOTE: The opposite of conformity to the will of God

NOTE: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.       Luke 7: 21

NOTE:  The greatest and most fatal work of iniquity is to present the Lord’s work in the Lord’s own name without the Lord’s permission

NOTE: What If we saw our name endorsing beer or liquor? Then how does feel seeing His name endorsing those things He does not approve?

               c. What the Lord condemns as iniquity

NOTE: Not doing the will of Father           vs. 21

NOTE: Doing in His name with no right   vs. 22

NOTE: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Matthew 7:22

NOTE: We must get back to basics: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.       Romans 10:13

NOTE: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates. But I trust ye shall know that ye are not reprobates

II Corinthians 13:5-6

CONCLUSION

WHAT CANNOT GET US TO HEAVEN?

I. OUR PIOUS WORDS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

II. OUR GOOD WORKS WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

III. HIS TESTIMONY WILL NOT GET US TO HEAVEN

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#Matthew 7:24-27

EXPOSURE

Matthew 7:24-27

INTRODUCTION

Every one of us wants people to think highly of us. Very few people want to spend their life destroying their reputation. Almost every person whose reputation has been destroyed probably started out with the noblest of intentions. But things got out of hand, and instead of turning to Jesus for help, they, maybe in their pride, spiraled downward out of control. Their life becomes such a mess they would not know how to start over if they could.

There is a danger in just “going” to church. We are exposed to what Christ has to say in lessons and in sermons. We become content to just hear His words and make no attempt to act upon His words. We cannot call this hypocrisy in the strict sense of the word. But mere knowledge of the truth and our duty to God without corresponding action only aggravates the doom of those who hear.

In our passage today we see that both of these men are builders. To live means we are builders. Whether righteous or evil, every ambition we cherish, every thought we conceive, every word we speak, every deed we perform is, as it were, a building block of our life.

Not all builders are the same. There are only two types of builders of lives. Some are sensible; some are not. In the Gospels Jesus constantly divides people into one of two classes.

The pivot of the Sermon on the Mount is Matthew 5:12. Here Jesus shifts from what a Kingdom citizen is to what a Kingdom citizen does. We either build for the King or we build for ourselves. The key is relationship. Without our daily relationship with Jesus our deeds are evil fruit, no matter how outwardly righteous they may appear to be. And the testing times in our lives reveal whether our works are good or evil. There must be practical godliness, or nothing is right within us.

THEME: WHEN TRIALS COME IN OUR LIFE:

I. WE CAN BE REVEALED TO BE A WISE PERSON vs. 24-25

     A. Therefore

          1. Accordingly

          2. Consequently

          3. Then

          4. These things being so

          5. This parable is the sum of the Sermon on the Mount

     B. Whosoever Hears These Saying Of Mine

          1. “Whosoever” is found in the Bible almost 165 times

          2. The greatest “whosoever” – And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

          3. The choosing of the world

NOTE: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  James 4:4

          4. The revealing of the lost church member

NOTE: Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God ….         II John 1:9

          5. The hellish whosoever

NOTE: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.      Revelation 20:15

     C. Liken Unto A Wise Man

          1. Be made like

               a. Compare

               b. Illustrate by comparisons

               c. In the likeness of

               d. Resembles

          2. Wise person

               a. Intelligent

               b. Mindful of one’s interests

               c. Understanding

               d. The strict meaning of the word means sane, not insane

     D. Built A House

          1. Build a house

               a. Build up from the foundation

               b. Established

          2. House

               a. Greek – about one hundred references

               b. Family

               c. Goods

               d. Inhabited dwelling

               e. Wealth

          3. He did not pitch a tent

               a. He built for permanence

               b. He built for protection from the storms of life

          4. Built is in the past tense

               a. The building is over

               b. There is no way to do any more

     E. He Built Upon A Rock

          1. Greek

               a. Petra

               b. A bed of rock

          2. The foundation Jesus is talking about is not Jesus Himself but His sayings

               a. It is not a matter of merely giving our hearts to Jesus

               b. It is a matter of building on what Jesus says

          3. Many have called on Jesus for salvation but have not lived on the teachings of Jesus

               a. The sum total of the Sermon on the Mount is that any disciple (saved person) must build his or her entire life on the Bible

               b. Building on Jesus’ words will save us both in this life and in death and in the life to come

NOTE: Dr. Joseph Parker was a popular English preacher. He tells in his autobiography how at one time he placed too much weight on the destructive theories of life of his day and began undervaluing the Bible. Suddenly, his wife got sick and in a few hours died. Parker, in his grief, tried to find some foundation to stand on in the theories of his day and found none. “But then, in those dark hours of my soul’s anguish, I recalled the old gospel of redemption alone through the blood of Christ … and I found firm standing. I stand

there today, and I shall die resting upon that blessed glorious truth of salvation alone through the precious blood of Christ.”

NOTE: “How firm a foundation,

Ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith

In His excellent Word”

Then these words:

The soul that on Jesus

Hath leaned for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to his foes;

That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,

I’ll never, no, never forsake!

     F. The Tests Come To Everyone vs. 25

          1. Trials

          2. Temptations

          3. Bereavement

          4. Death

          5. The Judgment Day

NOTE: Our sincerity, truthfulness, our good works do not prevent us from being tested

     G. The Kinds Of Storms That Will Come

          1. Rain

               a. This word is only used twice in the New Testament

               b. Both times in this passage

               c. A violent downpour

          2. Floods

               a. River

               b. Torrent

          3. Wind

               a. Very strong turbulent wind

               b. Violent agitation and stream of air

NOTE: And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.        John 6:18

     H. The Actions That Storms Take Upon Us – Beat upon

           1. All under judgment

           2. Be cast down from a state of prosperity

           3. Be thrust down

           4. Rush upon

     I. Founded

          1. From the Greek word, foundation

               a. Established

               b. Grounded

               c. Made stable

               d. Settled

NOTE: The value of the right foundation in the midst of peril

     J. The Rock Saved The House

          1. The builder saw what the rock would do for his house

               a. The house is the life of the builder

               b. The rock is the words of Jesus

          2. The wise person not only hears the Word

               a. The wise person turns from sin to the Savior

               b. The wise person changes priorities of life

               c. The wise person ceases to do evil and learns to do good

               d. The wise person is a hearer and a doer

NOTE: There is no sensible reason to build on the rock except for the final outcome when the building has to stand the great test and tempest

          3. The rain fell … but the house did not fall

               a. In the time of trial our faith does not fail us

               b. All storms fall in vain

                   1) Rains of sorrow

                   2) Winds of sickness

                   3) Floods of poverty and disappointment

               c. Our soul stands unmoved

T.S. WHEN TRIALS COME IN OUR LIFE:

          I. WE CAN BE REVEALED TO BE A WISE PERSON

II. WE CAN BE REVEALED TO BE A FOOL vs. 26-27

NOTE: Every one – same as whosoever

     A. Everyone Who Hears vs. 26

          1. Greek – akouo

               a. Attend to

               b. Comprehend or understand

               c. Consider what is or has been said

               d. Give ear to a teaching or a teacher

               e. Hear

               f. Learn it and live it

NOTE: Sayings – Greek – logos

     B. Whoever Does Them Not

          1. Acquire for one’s self

          2. Act rightly

          3. Bring forth

          4. Commit

          5. Do well

          6. Keep a promise

          7. Prepare

     C. Shall Be Liken

          1. The storm reveals our work

          2. The storm reveals our life

          3. The storm reveals our spiritual foundation

     D. A Foolish Person

          1. Greek – moros

               a. Godless

               b. Impious

          2. One who lacks the responsibility of providing for his or her own security

          3. He was industrious

               a. He completed what he started

NOTE: Some never start; some never finish what they start

               b. He was practical and persevering

     E. The Sand

          1. What sand represents

               a. Human opinions

               b. Human attitudes

               c. Human wills

              d. Always shifting

              e. Always unstable

              f. Self will

              g. Self fulfillment

              h. Self purpose

              i. Self sufficiency

              j. Self satisfaction

              k. Self righteousness

          2. To be built on sand is to be:

               a. Unteachable

               b. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. II Timothy 3:7

NOTE: The comparison of the two men

          a. Both planned

          b. Both built

          c. Both enjoyed the fruit of their labor

NOTE: The contrast of the two men

          a. One was prepared

          b. One was not prepared

          c. One revealed the foundation of his life

          d. One revealed no foundation to life

     F. Rain, Floods, Winds vs. 27

          1. The storm fell on both men’s works

               a. The storm always comes

               b. The same type of storm hit both men

          2. The variety of storms

               a. Sometimes there are only rainstorms

               b. Sometimes there are only windstorms

               c. Sometimes there are only floods

               d. But in these two cases it was all the storms

          3. The effect of the storms of life

               a. The rain affects the roof

               b. The wind affects the walls

               c. The floods affect the footings

          4. The contrast with the work of the wise man

               a. The foundation is mentioned with the wise man

               b. The sand is not mentioned with the foolish man

NOTE: To learn is not the main purpose, but to practice            The Mishnah

     H. The Fall Of It

          1. The great contrasts in people’s lives

               a. Some hear and do and they overcome the evil storms of life

              b. Some hear and don’t do and great is their fall

NOTE: People will battle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but – live for it

          2. The great sin of life

               a. The gaining of religious knowledge

               b. The failure of corresponding practice of that knowledge

               c. A baseless work that is doomed to swift destruction

              d. There is no middle ground

              e. We are either a fool or a wise person, no middle ground

          3. Both build their life

               a. One’s confidence is in the Lord

               b. The other’s confidence is in self

               c. One built on divine specifications

               d. The other built on personal specifications

NOTE: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.   Proverbs 16:25

          4. Great was the fall

               a. In the hour of his need his faith seemed to mean nothing to him

                    1) It breaks down entirely under the first flood of tribulation

                    2) It fails him completely when his need is the sorest

               b. It leaves him:

                    1) A scandal to the church

                    2) A by – word to the infidel

                    3) A misery to himself

NOTE: Most true is it that what costs little is worth little. A religion which costs us nothing will always prove at last to be a useless thing.

NOTE: Philips Brooks, the great Boston preacher, lay upon his death-bed and was unable to receive visitors. But when Robert Ingersoll went to see him, Brooks told the nurse to let him in. “I don’t understand why you received me and not the others,” said Ingersoll. “I have the assurance that I shall see my Christian friends again in the next world, but this is perhaps the last time I will ever see you.”

     I. The Only Validation We Can Ever Have Of Our Salvation Is A Life Of Obedience

          1. The house built on the rock is the life of obedience

          2. It is a life concerned with internal righteousness rather than external form

          3. It is a life that has a godly attitude toward every act of life

          4. It is a life of the genuine instead of hypocrisy

          5. It is a life of God’s righteousness rather than self righteousness

          6. It is a life of emptying itself of self-righteousness and pride

NOTE: The great question of every soul: “Am I doing the sayings of the Lord?”

CONCLUSION

WHEN TRIALS COME IN OUR LIFE:

I. WE CAN BE REVEALED TO BE A WISE PERSON

II. WE CAN BE REVEALED TO BE A FOOL

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#Matthew 8:1-4

OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST

Matthew 8:1-4

INTRODUCTION

All over this world there are people who follow Jesus. In some cases He is just one of many gods that they follow. In other cases He is the only One that they follow. And, sad to say, in both cases, they are following Him wrongly. Many are uncommitted observers, not convicted of their need of Him as Lord and Savior.

It means little to be a follower of Jesus. It also takes little to be a follower of Jesus. But it takes a lot to obey Jesus. It also means a lot to obey Jesus.

There is a rule: Those who follow, do not always obey. Those who obey, follow Him rightly.

THEME: WHEN ARE WE TO OBEY CHRIST?

I. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN THE WRONG GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING HIM 8:1

     A. Jesus Was Coming Down From One Of The Mountain Top Experiences Of His Ministry

          1. Jesus had just finished one of his greatest discourses

          2. Jesus came down to lift up

          3. There are those who glory in following Jesus down to the valley of the cross, but they do not follow Him in the victorious Christian life

     B. The Crowds Were Following

          1. They were a “great multitude”

               a. Literally – great groups

NOTE: cf. … They were all with one accord in one place  Acts 2:1

               b. They were cliques

                   1) Pharisees here

                   2) Sadducees there

                   3) Lawyers here

                   4) Fishermen downwind

NOTE: But the leper was alone

          a. Leprosy isolates a person

          b. So does sin

          2. Curiosity drew the crowd

NOTE: Jesus never prized popularity for its own sake

          a. They followed Jesus for the wrong reason

          b. They interpreted what He said to fit their position

T.S. WHEN ARE WE TO OBEY CHRIST?

          I. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN THE WRONG GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING HIM

II. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE ARE LEPERS 8:2

     A. We Are To Come Immediately – Behold

          1. It is a wonder

               a. A leper came

NOTE: Lepers were forbidden to come close to non-lepers

               b. Not any came from the multitudes

               c. To think that someone would believe He could be cured of an incurable disease!

          2. There was no precedence

               a. The first healing of a leper in the New Testament

               b. The Old Testament did not say Messiah would heal lepers

     B. We Are To Come When Our Condition Is Not Right

          1. Leprosy breeds great despair

          2. He was dead while he lived

          3. His condition was consuming him

               a. Full of leprosy

NOTE: And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.   Luke 5:12

               b. Advanced stage

NOTE: Leprosy affects the physical body like sin affects the spiritual body

     C. We Are To Come When We Are To Worship

NOTE: Not afar off

          1. He recognizes Jesus for who He is

          2. Worshipped

               a. Greek

               b. To a deity

          3. Only the leper worshipped Jesus

NOTE: He appeared loathsome and repulsive on the outside, but inwardly he was reverent and believing

               a. Not the crowds

               b. Those who call Jesus “Lord” and do not worship Him are more diseased than the leper

     D. We Are To Come When We Have A Request

          1. Lord – (To sincerely call Jesus Lord involves:)

               a. Surrender to His will

               b. Faith in His power

               c. Dependence on His mercy

NOTE: Those who said, “Lord”

          a. The woman taken in adultery

NOTE: … And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.     John 8:11

          b. The Syrophoenician woman

NOTE: And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Mark 7:28-29

          c. The thief on the cross

NOTE: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.      Luke 23:42

          2. If you are willing …

               a. He acknowledged his dependence on the will of Jesus

               b. He acknowledged Jesus had the power; he was uncertain as to His will

               c. His only question was, “are you willing?” – not, “can you?”

          3. You can make me clean

NOTE: A profound statement

               a. He did not ask for healing

               b. He asked for cleansing

                   1) A legal, ceremonial term

                   2) He could not worship while unclean

NOTE: He wanted his healing so he could worship and serve – not feel better

T.S. WHEN ARE WE TO OBEY CHRIST?

          I. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN THE WRONG GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING HIM

         II. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE ARE LEPERS

III. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN HE CLEANSES US         8:3

     A. Jesus Touches Us

          1. Mark records Jesus was moved with compassion

          2. Jesus stretched forth His hand over that weary gulf

               a. The touch was half the cure

NOTE: Among the sixty one defilements of ancient Judaism, leprosy was second only to a dead body in seriousness. The Talmud forbade a Jew from coming closer than six feet to a leper, and if the wind was blowing, the limit was one hundred fifty feet.

               b. The leper, like the sinner, had forgotten what the touch of a clean hand was like

NOTE: Why did Jesus touch him? No moral pollution can be so great as to make Christ shrink from contact with a sinner who desires to be freed from his plague of sin

     B. Jesus Says, “I Will, You Be Clean”

NOTE: This is the only miracle where:

          a. The will of Jesus was asked for

          b. Jesus said, “I so will it”

     C. Immediately His Leprosy Was Cleansed

          1. The leper did not have to wait a day, week, month, etc.

          2. Full of leprosy he fell, free of leprosy he arose

NOTE: The truly repentant person, like this leper, comes with no pride, no self-will, no rights, and no claim to worthiness. He sees himself as a repulsive sinner who has absolutely no claim to salvation apart from the abundant grace of God.

T.S. WHEN ARE WE TO OBEY CHRIST?

          I. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN THE WRONG GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING HIM

        II. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE ARE LEPERS

      III. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN HE CLEANSES US

IV. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE HAVE TO FOLLOW RITUALS 8:4

     A. Jesus Tells Him, “Tell No One”

          1. Jesus seeks usefulness, not fame

          2. Jesus did not work this miracle to prove He was the Son of God, but rather out of His love for the man

          3. The man disobeyed and the ministry of Christ was seriously interrupted

NOTE: But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.  Mark 1:45

     B. Go To The Priest

          1. The two appearances to the priest

               a. First day – restores him to the congregation

               b. Eighth day – restores him to his right to worship in the temple

          2. The priest was the public health officer

     C. For A Testimony Unto Them

          1. Them (plural)

               a. Not the priest (singular)

NOTE: No record of the priest even coming to Jesus

               b. The people (plural)

          2. The testimony of the priest of the cure of the man

NOTE: What the temple is to the leper, the church is to the sinner

          a. A place of confirming a person’s cleansing

          b. Baptism and the Lord’s supper are “rituals”

CONCLUSION

WHEN ARE WE TO OBEY CHRIST?

I. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN THE WRONG GROUPS ARE FOLLOWING HIM

II. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE ARE LEPERS

III. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN HE CLEANSES US

IV. WE ARE TO OBEY CHRIST EVEN WHEN WE HAVE TO FOLLOW RITUALS

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#Matthew 9:1-2

WHAT DOES JESUS DO WHEN WE COME TO HIM?

Matthew 9:1-2

INTRODUCTION

How many of us know someone who is always doing something for others? It seems that a day never goes by without them helping some person. Such a person is refreshing to be around.

The Holy Spirit has given them the gift of ministering. We like to be around someone who is not selfish.

One of the things we have to learn quickly in life is how to stay away from those who want to use us for their advantage. There are times when it is hard to tell if some sales people are really trying to help us or help themselves by using us.

Because of dishonest sales people the honest sales person suffers.

The religious realm is no different. Those who are honestly trying to help people are hindered by those who, in the name of religion, are in it for their own personal advancement. The innocent always suffer.

During His ministry on this earth Jesus had people question His motives and actions when people came to Him for help. Prior to this time the land had been full of charlatans and crooks who used people for their own personal agendas instead for the good the people and God.

Nevertheless, in spite of all this Jesus came to minister to those who were hurting. He ministered to people in such miraculous ways.

THEME: WHEN WE COME TO JESUS HE MINISTERS TO:

I. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A NEED vs. 1

     A. We Are In A Spiritual Warfare

          1. Two types of casualties in a war

               a. Soldiers

               b. Innocent civilians

          2. In a MASH unit, during a battle, those with the greatest wounds are operated on first

     B. Jesus Is The Great Physician

          1. He wants to heal the soldier

          2. He wants to heal the civilian

NOTE: He is no respecter of persons; all who come are cared for by Him

T.S. WHEN WE COME TO JESUS HE MINISTERS TO:

          I. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A NEED

II. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OTHERS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR NEED vs. 2a

NOTE: … they brought to Him a man …

     A. Their Faith

          1. Not merely the one hurting

          2. There are times when our faith needs encouragement

NOTE: God helps those who help themselves (unscriptural) cf. God had helped us when we couldn’t help ourselves

     B. Definition Of Faith

          1. Belief in Jesus

          2. Belief that Jesus has the ability, and the will, to work a cure

     C. He Comes When We Have Lost Control

          1. Palsy

          2. Paralytic

NOTE: Arm or leg goes to sleep i. e. paralyzed

NOTE: Sin pinches off our feeling of God in us

T.S. WHEN WE COME TO JESUS HE MINISTERS TO:

          I. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A NEED

         II. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OTHERS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR NEED

III. THOSE OF US WHO ARE DISCOURAGED vs. 2b

     A. He Personally Speaks To Us

NOTE: Song – No, no, it’s not a lonely road (when Jesus is with us)

          1. Not a word is spoken by:

               a. The palsied man

               b. The friends

               c. The crowd

          2. More eloquent to God is our helplessness before Him

          3. The only person to talk to the needy person is Jesus

NOTE: When Jesus is around what can we say or do that He can say or do better?

     B. He Calls Us Son

          1. Blood relationship in Adam

          2. Teacher – pupil relationship

               a. He teaches us how to be a new person

               b. He teaches us how to live life to the fullest

               c. He teaches us how to be clean from our sin and failures

               d. He teaches us how to die right

NOTE: We are going to die so we need to die right

     C. He Cheers Us

NOTE: The cheer of a Christian has doesn’t come in the shape of a bottle, a needle, a pill

          1. Take courage

          2. Don’t be afraid because you no longer have anything to be afraid of

NOTE: Every time He said, “be of good Cheer,” He gave an act of assurance

T.S. WHEN WE COME TO JESUS HE MINISTERS TO:

          I. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A NEED

         II. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OTHERS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR NEED

       III. THOSE OF US WHO ARE DISCOURAGED

IV. THOSE OF US WHO DON’T KNOW HOW GREAT OUR NEED IS vs. 2c

     A. Forgive

          1. Literally – sent away immediately

NOTE: Eskimos don’t have a word for forgiveness. Translators came up with, “Not being able to think about it any more”

          2. The word for which the heart of every person hungers, more than any other

     B. He Gives Us More That We Ask Or Think

          1. Instead of just healing the obvious, Jesus heals the soul

          2. The friends brought him for physical healing

                a. Jesus sees our greatest need

                b. Jesus meets that need first, then the other needs

NOTE: Often time, our priorities are out of God’s order

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE COME TO JESUS HE MINISTERS TO:

I. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A NEED

II. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OTHERS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR NEED

III. THOSE OF US WHO ARE DISCOURAGED

IV. THOSE OF US WHO DON’T KNOW HOW GREAT OUR NEED IS

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#Matthew 22:1-14

SERVING GOD

Matthew 22:1-14

INTRODUCTION

One of the greatest songs ever written in regards to serving God is, “To Be Used Of God Is My Desire.” A great missions and evangelism song is “So Send I You.” These are great because they touch at the very core of the Christian life. When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord we are to be servants, or “sent ones.” The greatest contradiction in a Christian’s life is to live a life and never be used of God.

In this passage this story could not be told without the servants. The king does not go out and invite people in; the servants do that. The king has his responsibilities: to prepare for the feast, to provide the facilities, to dress every guest in party clothes. The servants have a specific task, to go and invite people to come to the feast. And the servants go only when and where the king says to go.

It does not take a degree in theology to realize that Jesus is now speaking on a deeper plane than just the story of a nameless king. Jesus is laying the basic foundation for the Church Age. Here we have the Great Commission in embryonic form. Here we an overview of the job description of every saved person who is Biblically faithful to God. The Biblical statement “God is love” is not enough. There must also be “Go ye.”

THEME: BECAUSE WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD:

I. WE ALL WILL BE SENT vs. 3a

     A. His Servants

          1. Greek- doulos

          2. A bondman, one who sustains a permanent serving relation to another

          3. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? I Corinthians 6:19

         4. We did not purchase ourselves Romans 6

              a. We have only two options in life

                 1) To be a servant of sin

NOTE: The great deception of sin that makes a person a servant of sin

          a. I don’t need to serve God

          b. I am all right

          c. I am just fine just as I am

          d. I am not as bad as others

          e. Maybe someday I’ll serve God a little

                   2) To be a servant of God

          3. We will either obey sin or we will obey God

NOTE: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.       Romans 6:17

          4. We know we are not servants of sin because we serve God by serving righteousness

NOTE: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.       Romans 6:18

          5. We know that we have fruit and life

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

     B. To Do The Task Of Calling vs. 3a

          1. Almost one thousand times in the Bible is there some act of calling

          2. Definition of a call – to go to a place appointed

               a. Service in God’s work

               b. Heaven

T.S. BECAUSE WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD:

          I. WE ALL WILL BE SENT

II. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT TASKS vs. 3-4

     A. Some Have The Simple Task Of Invitation vs. 3

NOTE: I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble    Helen Keller

1. Their job is a simple calling – “Come”

          2. They do not need eloquence

          3. They do not need persuasion skills

          4. They simply state the fact: “The wedding is ready”

     B. Some Have A Specific Message vs. 4

          1. The king has done all the preparation

          2. The food is prepared

          3. All things are ready

          4. The only response he asks is “Come to the wedding”

     C. Some Have To Suffer For The Sake Of The Message vs. 5-6

NOTE: It is a glorious thing to be indifferent to suffering, but only to one’s own suffering            Robert Lynd

NOTE: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.          Matthew 5:11

          1. Some will make light of the message

               a. The message will be a joke – make light of it

                 1) Be careless

                   2) Neglect

                   3) Regard not

NOTE: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him        Hebrews 2:3

               b. The messenger will be mocked

NOTE: Our job is not to just make people like us

          a. We try to get people to like us so that we are not a stumbling block

          b. We try to get people to like us so they will listen to the message

          2. Some will walk away

     C . The Tasks Of The Servants Of The Lord Have Been So Varied

          1. Noah was sent to build a boat

          2. Job was sent to an ash heap

          3. Abraham was sent to a promised land

          4. Moses was sent to Egypt

          5. David was sent to a throne

          6. Daniel was sent to captivity

          7. Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel

NOTE: But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.      Matthew 15:24

          8. Paul was sent to Rome under arrest

          9. Peter was sent to an upside down cross

        10. John was sent to an island

        11. We are sent as sheep in the midst of wolves Matthew 10:16

T. S. BECAUSE WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD:

          I. WE ALL WILL BE SENT

        II. WE ALL HAVE A MESSAGE

III. WE ALL ASK EVERYONE   vs. 8-10

     A. Some Are Not Worthy Of The Invitation vs. 8

         1 . There is a limit to the number of times God will extend an invitation to a person

               a. The rich fool

NOTE: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?      Luke 12:20

          b. The rich young man

NOTE: Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Mark 10:21-22

          2. Some will even die after they reject the offer of salvation

               a. Because of how they treat God’s servants who had the message

NOTE: But the servants went anyway

               b. Because God will destroy what they hold dear: their cities

NOTE: Their identity, their security, their wealth

     B. We Are To Find Those Who Are Rootless (Highway) vs. 9

         1 . They don’t know where they are going in life

         2. They are lost on the highway of life

         3. They are homeless, spiritually speaking

         4. They are spiritually street people

NOTE: There are several types of homeless

          a. Those who don’t want to be helped

          b. Those who are professional homeless

          c. Those who can’t help themselves

          d. Those who don’t know how to help themselves

           e. Those who don’t know how to ask for help

           f. Those who are too proud to be helped

     C. Both Bad And Good            vs. 10

          1. Bad

               a. Those who live with great trouble

               b. Those who have an intense desire for evil

               c. Those who are living in the pain of sin

               d. Greek- poneros

NOTE: The characteristic of “poneros”

          a. Delighting in injury to self or others, destructive

          b. Doing evil to others

          c. The emphasis is on the evil effect it has on a person

          2. Good

               a. Agreeable

               b. Excellent, distinguished

               c. Good natured, pleasant

               d. Happy

               e. Honorable

               f. Upright

               g. Useful

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD:

I. WE ALL WILL BE SENT

II. WE ALL HAVE A MESSAGE

III. WE ALL ASK EVERYONE

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