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OUR FINAL, ETERNAL HOME

Revelation 22

INTRODUCTION

We all have probably have traveled back home to where all our family is. Though it may be a long distance, the anticipation makes time past slower. But at last we cross the state line. We are now in our old territory. Then we cross the county line. Even the air smells different (and better). Then we pass that sign that says “City Limits.” And our car seems to speed up on its own, like the ole horse smelling the barn in the distance. At last we turn on the street where the home place is. There’s the house. At last, we turn into the driveway, stop, and just take a moment to soak everything in. Home. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

But home is not just a piece of land, a lot or a house and garage. Home is where the family is. There is a movie that has been shown on TV a number of times about an elderly woman who lives in Houston, TX with her son and his wife. She slips away, buys a bus ticket and goes back to her home town. The entire story is about what she finds, does not find and what she discovers about life. At long last she makes it to the small southeast Texas country town. The last person she knew there died just a few weeks before. Finally she talks the sheriff into taking her out to her old house. It is empty and abandoned.

She walks through each empty, deteriorating room and remembers so much. But because her husband is dead, her son is grown up, she is old, she receives no satisfaction. She is just lonely.

When we read this last chapter of the Bible we do not experience what that precious lady experienced. We experience just the opposite. In fact, there are not words, expressions or emotions that truly reflect what we will have when we are finally, eternally united with all our loved ones, friends, acquaintances and the saints of the ages with all of the holy beings of heaven.

And there will be the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And we shall see Him. We shall know Him. We shall worship and fellowship with Him. And we will be … HOME.

THEME: WHEN WE GET FINALLY GET HOME:

I. WE WILL HAVE SOME GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS      Revelation 1:1-5

     A. We Will See The Great Landmarks Of Heaven     vs. 1-2

          1. The river of water of life

NOTE: Almost every great city of this world is next to a mighty river

          a. Rome has the Tiberus

          b. Baghdad has the Euphrates

          c. Paris has the Seine

          d. London has the Thames

          e. St. Louis has the Mississippi

NOTE: Jerusalem is said to be the only great city of the world today that is not by a river or is a seaport. Will it will have a river flowing from it in the Millennium.

          2. The New Jerusalem has an eternal river

               a. It is an important symbol

               b. Like eternal life, it will never dry up

               c. Like eternal life, it comes from God

               d. Like eternal life, it goes on forever

          4. Clear as crystal

               a. It will reflect the glory of God

               b. It will constantly glow, sparkle with the glory of God

NOTE: It is pure, unpolluted, unobstructed symbolizing eternal life from God to us in heaven

          a. There are no dams in heaven

          b. There will be no need of bottled water in heaven

          5. The tree of life

               a. After Adam and Eve sinned we could not approach the tree of life

NOTE: So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.            Genesis 3:24

NOTE: This may be the transplanted tree itself

               b. This heavenly tree of life is available to all of His people

               c. The verse declares that the tree of life is in the midst of the street and at the same time on either side of the river making it available to all

          6. The street of the city

               a. There is a special street or thoroughfare of the New Jerusalem

NOTE: Every city has a special street

          a. New York City has Broadway

          b. London has several – probably Oxford Street

               b. The visual picture presented is that the river of life flows down through the middle of the city, and the tree is large enough to span the river, so that the river is in the midst of the street, and the tree is on both sides of the river

NOTE: One view is that the tree grows as a canopy over the river

NOTE: An alternative is that the tree is like the mimosa that spreads by its root system. Therefore its roots go under the bed of the river to each side of the river

          7. The fruit of the tree

               a. Twelve different fruit on one tree

               b. Yielding fruit every month

NOTE: There a calendar of time in heaven

          a. Here we have months

          b. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.            Ephesians 2:7

          c. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints  Colossians 1:26

          8. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations

               a. Healing – Greek – therapeia

               b. Here healing does not imply illness

               c. It means:

                    1) Health – giving

                    2) Life – giving

                    3) Therapeutic or “health – giving

               d. The leaves

                    1) Likened to supernatural vitamins

                    2) Vitamins are taken not to treat illness

                    3) Vitamins are taken to promote general health

                    4) This will assist in making life in heaven fully energized, rich and exciting

NOTE: The text does not say that we will actually eat the leaves of the tree

          a. We may eat it as a salad (?)

          b. We will not eat out of necessity but for enjoyment

                     5) The leaves promote the enjoyment of life in the New Jerusalem

          9. Nations

               a. Gentiles

               b. Greek – ethnos – ethnic

     B. We Will Experience No More Curse     vs. 3a

          1. The absence of the curse

               a. No more pain

               b. No more sorrow

               c. No more death

NOTE: The most terrible aspect of the curse

         2. This means that there will more fear for us of divine punishment

              a. There is now no possibility of any future judgment

              b. There is now no need for punishment

     C. We Will See God As He Is vs. 3b-4

          1. We, His servants, will give themselves to serve Him unceasingly

               a. We are children of God

               b. We will serve Him also

               c. What greater privilege can saints have in the eternal state than being servants of the Lord?

               d. Who would want to be in eternal idleness and uselessness?

               e. This is a picture of blessedness in service rather than of exhausting, burdensome toil

          2. We will see his face           vs. 4

               a. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.          Matthew 5:8

               b. Before this we could not look on Him

                   1) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.      Exodus 33:20

                   2) Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.     John 6:46

                   3) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  I Timothy 6:16

                  4) No man hath seen God at any time …         I John 4:16

          3. His name will be on our foreheads

NOTE: Versus the mark of the Beast in the Tribulation

               a. Which name?

               b. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  Revelation 3:12

               c. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.       Revelation 14:1

               d. There will be no doubt to Whom we will belong forever

               e. Immediate access to the glory of God will characterize us, the saints in the eternal state

          4. His name in our forehead indicates that we belong to Him

               a. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.            Revelation 7:3

               b. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.       Revelation 14:1

               c. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give … him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.          Revelation 2:17

               d. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  Revelation 3:12

NOTE: The fact that we shall see His face demonstrates beyond question that we are glorified saints

NOTE: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.       I John 3:2

     D. We Will Never Be In The Dark Again    vs. 5a

          1. It is believed by some that there will be no shadows in heaven

NOTE: This is depicted eloquently in the “Glorious Appearing,” the last book of the Left Behind Series

               a. A picture of the fact that there will be no hint of sin ever in heaven

               b. No reminder of darkness again for eternity

               c. No needs

                    1) No candle

                    2) No light of the sun

                    3) No streets lights

                    4) No light bulbs

                    5) No electricity

     E. We Will Reign Forever And Ever    vs. 5b

           1. And then comes the great, final crescendo describing our heavenly experience:      It will never end

                a. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.       Revelation 3:21

                b. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him …     II Timothy 2:12

          2. Here is the ultimate, eternal reality

          3. What sinful rebels will have in heaven

               a. We will be made righteous

               b. We will enjoy intimate fellowship with God and the Lamb

               c. We will serve God and the Lamb

               d. We will reign with God and the Lamb

               e. We will experience sheer joy

               f. We will give uninterrupted praise unto the ages of the ages

T.S. WHEN WE GET FINALLY GET HOME:

          I. WE WILL HAVE SOME GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS

II. WE WILL BE BLESSED IF WE ARE FAITHFUL    vs. 6-7

     A. The Importance Of The Sayings Of Revelation     vs. 6

          1. Sayings – Greek – logos

               a. The sayings of God

               b. Old Testament prophecy given by the prophets

          2. Instructions

               a. Doctrine

               b. Teaching

               c. Discussions of events, deeds

          3. The angel goes on to remind John, in words similar to Revelation 1:1

NOTE: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John     Revelation 1:1

               a. The God of the holy prophets has sent His angel to show His servants the events which will shortly occur

               b. John is used as an Old Testament prophet for the Church Age

               c. The descriptive phrase “shortly be done” literally translated is “what it is necessary to be done quickly

     B. I Come Quickly           vs. 7a

          1. Same root word as in vs. 6

               a. Verse 6 is a noun

               b. Here it is an adverb

          2. The word “quickly” does not mean in John’s day

               a. The word suggests “swiftly”

               b. The word means that when these things begin to occur, there will be no delay

               c. When the action comes, it will be sudden

          3. Three times in this chapter Jesus says, “I come quickly”

               a. Behold, I come quickly  vs. 7

               b. And, behold, I come quickly     vs. 12

               c. Surely I come quickly    vs. 20

          4. It is a message of warning that those who believe should be alert

               a. From the standpoint of God’s program these things are about to happen

               b. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.         II Peter 3:8

               c. We do not know when Christ will appear

               d. We must be ready for it to happen

               e. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.    II Timothy 4:8

T.S. WHEN WE GET FINALLY GET HOME:

          I. WE WILL HAVE SOME GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS

         II. WE WILL BE BLESSED IF WE ARE FAITHFUL

III. WE WILL HAVE FULFILLED OUR RESPONSIBILITIES          vs. 8-16

     A. The Priority      vs. 8-9

          1. John is so overwhelmed he begins to worship at the feet of the angel           vs. 8

                a. This is the John who had seen Jesus

                b. This is the John who worshipped Jesus in the flesh

           2. Our relationship with angels

                a. They are not to be worshipped

                b. They are fellow servants

           3. Our job is to worship God alone

NOTE: In all acts of worship, worship God only

     B. The Contrasts vs. 10

          1. In Daniel 12:4, the prophet was told to seal up the book

NOTE: Daniel is to the Old Testament as Revelation is to the New Testament

          2. John is commanded not to seal the book  because “the time is at hand”

     C. Continued Sin Defines A Person’s Character         vs. 11

          1. This is not an argument for sinners to remain unchanged

          2. A person’s destiny is determined by how they live

NOTE: Be not deceived: bad company corrupts good character     I Corinthians 15:33

               a. We are as we live

               b. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.          Daniel 12:10

          3. People make their own decisions

               a. God does not force people to be wicked

               b. God does not force people to be righteous

          4. The set sinful characteristics

               a. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.           Revelation 21:8

               b. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.       Revelation 22:15

          5. If the prophecies are rejected, there is no other message that will work

               a. If the warnings of the book are not sufficient, there is no more that God has to say

               b. The wicked must continue in their wicked way and be judged by the Lord when He comes

               c. The same rule, however, applies to the righteous

               d. Their reaction to the prophecy, of course, will be different

               e. The exhortation in their case is to continue in righteousness and holiness

          6. It is an either / or proposition with no neutrality possible

          7. There is a sense also in which present choices fix character; a time is coming when change will be impossible

          8. Present choices will become permanent in character

     D. The Coming Reward vs. 12

          1. Some new is added here that is not in verse seven

               a. The promise that the Lord is bringing His reward when He comes

               b. The believers will be rewarded at that time

               c. This verse has in view the judgment seat of Christ as it relates to the Christian     II Corinthians 5:10-11

NOTE: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

II Corinthians 5:10-11

          2. The standard for reward (II Corinthians 5:11) is that of works

               a. All final judgments relate to works whether they are in connection with Christians who are being rewarded or unsaved who are being punished

               b. God, the righteous judge, will deal with all people’s works in the proper time and order

NOTE: This verse contains the sixth of the seven beatitudes found in the book of Revelation

NOTE: How ironical it is that this final book of the Bible, more neglected and misinterpreted than any other book, should carry these special notes of promised blessing to those who properly regard its promises and divine revelation

NOTE: The reason is not that this book contains more or varied revelations but rather that this book above all others honors and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ

NOTE: What we are promised

          a. Perfect restoration – And there shall be no more curse

          b. Perfect administration – But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it

          c. Perfect obedience – His servants shall serve him

          d. Perfect fellowship – They shall see his face

          e. Perfect transformation – His name shall be in their foreheads

          f. Perfect illumination – There shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord giveth them light

          g. Perfect exultation – They shall reign forever and ever

NOTE: Wilbur M. Smith summarizes the state of blessedness in the holy city in these words:

All the glorious purposes of God, ordained from the foundation of the world, have now been attained

The rebellion of angels and mankind is all and finally subdued, as the King of kings assumes his rightful sovereignty

Absolute and unchangeable holiness characterizes all within the universal Kingdom of God

The redeemed, made so by the blood of the Lamb, are in resurrection and eternal glory

Life is everywhere – and death will never intrude again

The earth and the heavens both are renewed

Light, beauty, holiness, joy, the presence of God, the worship of God, service to Christ, likeness to Christ – all are now abiding realities

The vocabulary of man, made for life here, is incapable of truly and adequately depicting what God has prepared for those that love him!

     E. We Will See The Majesty Of The Eternal Christ    vs. 13-16

          1. Jesus is the First and the Last

               a. Alpha and Omega – The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet

               b. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.        Revelation 1:8

               c. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book …  Revelation 1:11

               d. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:           Revelation 1:16

               e. … These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive      Revelation 2:8

               f. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.    Revelation 21:6

              g. What “Alpha and Omega” and “First and Last” mean

                   1) Jesus is the First Who made everything

                   2) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.          John 1:3

                   3) Jesus is from all eternity, therefore He is God

          2. The three titles of verse 13

               a. Alpha and Omega

               b. Beginning and the end

               c. The first and the last

          3. What Omega, the end and last signify

               a. He will be the final judge

               b. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:     John 5:22

               c. He is the Eternal God

          4. The seventh and last beatitude in Revelation

NOTE: The Seven Beatitudes Of Revelation

          a. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.           Revelation 1:3

          b. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.           Revelation 14:13

          c. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.            Revelation 16:15

          d. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.            Revelation 19:9

          e. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.     Revelation 20:6

          f. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.         Revelation 22:7

         g. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.           Revelation 22:14

          5. The contrast of unbelievers

               a. They are “without:” away from

               b. The characteristics of unbelievers for ever

                    1) Dogs – people of low, unclean character

NOTE: Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers …         Philippians 3:2

                   2) Sorcerers – Greek – pharmakos, magical arts

                   3) Whoremongers – Greek – pornos – They recruit to do evil in their bodies

                  4) Murderers

NOTE: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.            I John 3:15

                  5) Idolaters – A worshipper of a false god

                  6) Those who love and make lies – Greek – pseudos – a fake

NOTE: This is the third description of unsaved people in Revelation 21 and 22

          a. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.           Revelation 21:8

          b. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.           Revelation 21:27

NOTE: The issue is not that they have at some time committed sins of this character but rather that these are the settled characteristics of their lives from which they were never delivered although the grace of God made possible that deliverance

          6. The authority behind the book of the       Revelation 22:16a

               a. “I Jesus”

               b. This phrase makes this one of the most directly inspired and authoritative writings ever given (Joseph A. Seiss)

               c. “The root and offspring of David” – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  Isaiah 11:1

               d. “The bright and morning star” –  I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob …         Numbers 24:17

              e. “Churches” – the first time ekklesia has occurred since Revelation 3:22

NOTE: The prophecy is complete. Now Jesus gives a concluding message to the churches.

T.S. WHEN WE GET FINALLY GET HOME:

          I. WE WILL HAVE SOME GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS

         II. WE WILL BE BLESSED IF WE ARE FAITHFUL

        III. WE WILL HAVE FULFILLED OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

IV. WE WILL HAVE EVERY NEED MET          vs. 17-21

     A. The Invitation Of The Spirit And The Bride  22:17a

          1. A special invitation given by the Holy Spirit and the church

          2. John is now reverting to the relevance and practical meaning of this book of prophecy

NOTE: This is one Biblical basis for:

          a. Soul winning

          b. Sermon invitations

     B. The Gift From God     22:17b

          1. “Come”

          2. To the person who hears this message

          3. To the person who thirsts spiritually

NOTE: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy …  Isaiah 55:1

          4. Then, to whosoever will

NOTE: The invitation to come is an urgent command, for the day will arrive when it is too late to come

          a. Now is the day of grace

          b. The hour of judgment is close

     C. The Testimony Of Christ Himself     vs. 18-19

          1. The sacred character of the prophecy

          2. The two warnings

               a. The sin of adding to these things and the penalty     vs. 18

               b. The sin of deleting this things and the penalty            vs. 19

NOTE: Biblical warnings against tampering with the Word of God

          a. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.            Deuteronomy 4:2

          b. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.         Deuteronomy 12:32

         c. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.       Proverbs 30:6

         d. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.           Revelation 1:3

NOTE: The sin of self – confident arrogance

          a. To claim to know what is not true in the Word of God

          b. To claim to know what is true by one’s intellectual ability

NOTE: A child of God who reveres Him will recognize at once that this is the Word of God

     D. The Final Testimony   vs. 20

          1. Another statement to the return of Christ

          2. The emphasis of the Return

               a. Surely, (absolutely)

               b. Amen, (so be it)

          3. The final prayer – Even so, come, Lord Jesus

NOTE: This can only be prayed when we are ready for His return

NOTE: To John, the defining event of the Revelation is not the tribulation, millennium or the eternal state, but the Return of Jesus

          a. The longing of John’s heart

          b. The glorious prospect of being with Jesus

     E. The Final Benediction 22:21

          1. The key to our Christian life is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

          2. Nothing is clearer in the book of Revelation than that God’s blessing is on the saints but not on the wicked

          3. Probably no book in the Bible presents in more stark contrast the grace of God as seen in the lives and destinies of the saints as compared to the righteous judgment of God on the wicked

          4. In no other book are the issues made more specific

     F. The Final Verses Of This Book Are A Plea And A Prayer And A Promise

          1. In verses 7 and 12, the Lord has said, “I come quickly!”

          2. In vs. 17, the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” to the Lord Jesus

          3. There is also the invitation to the lost soul to “Come, drink of the water of life!”

          4. The last prayer of the Bible is that of the Holy Spirit through John saying, “Even so come, Lord Jesus!”

          5. This ought to be our daily prayer, too: “Even so some, Lord Jesus!”

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE GET FINALLY GET HOME:

I. WE WILL HAVE SOME GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS

II. WE WILL BE BLESSED IF WE ARE FAITHFUL

III. WE WILL HAVE FULFILLED OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

IV. WE WILL HAVE EVERY NEED MET

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A MATTER OF BELIEVING

INTRODUCTION

Everyone believes something. It is impossible to go through life without believing in something. A recent Gallup poll stated that the majority of Americans believe there is a God. But even then many have a have a belief: there is no God.

(We have all heard of the atheist who said, “Thank God I’m an atheist.”)

Many people believe that their belief will get them to heaven. And according to the Word of God, they will not get heaven.

THEME: TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

     A. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 KJV

     B. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! Luke 12:5 NKJV

NOTE: The word “hell” is found 57 times in the Bible

T.S. TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

          I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

     A. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! James 2:19 ESV

     B. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 1:6 JKV

     C. Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels Matthew 25:41 NKJV

T.S. TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

          I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

        II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

III. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

     A. 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 KJV

     B. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. John 3:18 HCSB

     C. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 KJV

CONCLUSION

TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

III. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

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#A Matter Of Believing (KJV) plus Power Point

A Matter Of Believing KJV

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A MATTER OF BELIEVING

INTRODUCTION

Everyone believes something. It is impossible to go through life without believing in something. A recent Gallup poll stated that the majority of Americans believe there is a God. But even then many have a belief: there is no God.

(We have all heard of the atheist who said, “Thank God I’m an atheist.”)

Many people believe that their belief will get them to heaven. And according to the Word of God, they will not get heaven.

THEME: TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

     A. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

     B. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Luke 12:5

NOTE: The word “hell” is found 57 times in the Bible

T.S. TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

          I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

     A. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

     B. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6

     C. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels Matthew 25:41

T.S. TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

          I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

        II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

III. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

     A. 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

     B. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18

     C. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

CONCLUSION

TO GET TO HEAVEN, WE MUST:

I. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE WE COULD DIE AND GO TO HELL

II. DO MORE THAN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD

III. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

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#Attitudes That Block The Blessings Of God (KJV)

Attitudes That Block The Blessings Of God (KJV)

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ATTITUDES THAT BLOCK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

Hebrews 13:15

NOTE: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 KJV

INTRODUCTION

Our attitude is not automatically good just because we are Christians. Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail in our home, on our jobs and in our spiritual lives. These attitudes that block the blessings of God will keep us from our full potential as Christians. Sometimes the prison of discontent has been built by our own hands.

THEME: THE ATTITUDES THAT CAN BLOCK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES INCLUDE:

I. THE SINS OF THE INNER SPIRIT AND MOTIVES

NOTE: The Seven Deadly Sins

          a. Lust

          b. Gluttony

          c. Greed

          d. Sloth

          e. Wrath

          f. Envy

          g. Pride

     A. Covetousness

          1. Used some forty six times in the Bible

          2. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. Psalm 10:3 KJV

          3. The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. Proverbs 28:16 KJV

          4. And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15 KJV

     B. Lust

          1. Definition: desire, incline, wait longingly, sigh

          2. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:19 KJV

     C. Envy

          1. For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. Job 5:2 KJV

          2. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. Psalms 37:1 KJV

     D. Anger

          1. ‘Anger of the LORD’ 32 times

          2. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalm 145:8 KJV

          3. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath Ephesians 4:26 KJV

NOTE: Implies that if anger comes to the heart, it must be controlled and be dispelled before nightfall

          4. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 KJV

     E. Gluttony

          1. To be worthless, be vile, be insignificant

          2. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21 KJV

     F. Sloth

          1. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 18:9 KJV

          2. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord Romans 12:11 KJV

          3. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12 KJV

     G. Pride (self exaltation)

          1. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Psalm 10:4 KJV

          2. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 KJV

          3. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:16 KJV

T.S. THE ATTITUDES THAT CAN BLOCK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES INCLUDE:

          I. THE SINS OF THE INNER SPIRIT AND MOTIVES

II. THE ‘ELDER BROTHER ATTITUDE’ Luke 15:25-32

NOTE: Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Luke 15:25-32 KJV

     A. Two Problems Of Ingratitude

          1. A feeling of self-importance

NOTE: His father would never let him have a party

          2. A feeling of self-pity

NOTE: And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Luke 15:29-30 KJV

NOTE: The younger brother was guilty of sins of the flesh, the elder brother was guilty of sins of the spirit. When the story is closed, the younger prodigal is inside the father’s house while the elder is outside.

NOTE: It is well to remember that there are two prodigals, not one

     B. Three Possible Results

          1. To assume the place and privilege of a son while refusing the obligations of a brother

NOTE: Kept him away from the heart’s desire of the father

          2. To serve the Father faithfully yet not be in fellowship with Him

NOTE: Kept him away from the love of his brother

          3. To be an heir of everything our Father possesses yet have less joy and liberty than one who possesses nothing

NOTE: Kept him away from the joy of the servants

NOTE: The servants were happier than the son. They ate, laughed and danced while he stood on the outside demanding his rights.

T.S. THE ATTITUDES THAT CAN BLOCK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES INCLUDE:

          I. THE SINS OF THE INNER SPIRIT AND MOTIVES

         II. THE ‘ELDER BROTHER ATTITUDE’

III. THE ATTITUDES WE SHOULD POSSESS Philippians 2:3-8

NOTE: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:3-8 KJV

     A. Do Things For The Right Reasons vs. 3

     B. Regard Others As More Important Than Self vs. 3

     C. Look Out For The Interests Of Others vs. 4

     D. Christ Recognized His Sonship vs. 6

          1. Willing to serve God

          2. Willing to serve others

     E. Possess The Attitude Of Christ

          1. Not power hungry vs. 6

          2. Emptied Himself vs. 7

          3. Demonstrated obedience vs. 8

          4. Fulfilled God’s purpose vs. 8

NOTE: When our emphasis of lifestyle is focused on verse 4, looking out for our own personal interests, we become like the elder brother. We nurture attitudes of jealousy, pity and selfishness.

NOTE: Christians who possess no greater cause than themselves are not as happy as those who do not know Christ as Savior, yet have a purpose greater than themselves.

NOTE: Remember two things

          a. Our privilege: “My child, you have always been with me” vs. 31

          b. Our possessions: “All that is mine is yours” vs. 31

NOTE: Take a moment to list our privileges and possessions in Christ. How rich we are!

CONCLUSION

THE ATTITUDES THAT CAN BLOCK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES INCLUDE:

I. THE SINS OF THE INNER SPIRIT AND MOTIVES

II. THE ‘ELDER BROTHER ATTITUDE’

III. THE ATTITUDES WE SHOULD POSSESS

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#Barnabas Style Leadership (plus Power Point)

Barnabas Style Leadership

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BARNABAS STYLE LEADERSHIP

INTRODUCTION

Every one of us experienced a bad day. It happens to young and old, men and women alike. We might be late waking up, then our car would not start, and when we would finally get to work not only our boss was upset at us, but all of the customers seemed cranky too. But then a miracle happens. Somebody drops a comment card saying: “Wonderful service. Keep up the great job!” Everything changes in a moment: we are smiling, and are motivated to work even harder.

Encouragement. It is so rich that it would benefit all of us, no matter how wealthy we are. However it is not costly, that even the poorest can afford to be an encourager. The Bible speaks about a lot of people who influenced others to become great men and women for God by being encouragers: David, Mary – sister of Lazarus, and our Lord Jesus Christ. The pages of the Scripture command us to be an encouragement to someone every day. Today we are going to look on the example of a Christian named Barnabas, who bore much fruit by simply being an encourager.

THEME: WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED Acts 4:36-37

     A. Because They Were Called By Christ

NOTE: Many people lost their jobs, family support, inheritance because they turned to Christ and joined with the Jerusalem church

          1. They preached Christ

               a. Peter at Pentecost

               b. Stephen to Sanhedrin

          2. They would not deny the Lord Jesus Christ

       3. They died for Him

               a. James was martyred

               b. Stephen was stoned

               c. Peter was crucified upside down

     B. Because He Gave His Very Best To Christ

NOTE: And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,

having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 4:36-37 NKJV

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER Acts 9:27-31

     A. Being Not A Respecter Of Persons

           1. Paul was with those who killed Stephen

NOTE: And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.   Acts 7:58 KJV

          2. Paul prosecuted the Church

NOTE: Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest

and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:1-2 HCSB

          3. Paul was doing evil to Christians

NOTE: Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.                Acts 9:13 NKJV

     B. Believing In A Newcomer

NOTE: But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles …   Acts 9:27a KJV

     C. Taking Time To Know The Newcomer

NOTE: … declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.    Acts 9:27b KJV

     D. Investing His Life Into Potential Leaders      11:25-30

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

         II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

Ill. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

NOTE: Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  Acts 13:43 KJV

     A. A True Leader Does Not Seek To Control But To Influence        11:23-24

          1. Barnabas came to instruct

NOTE: When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all …     Acts 11:23a NKJV

          2. Barnabas came to point them to Christ

NOTE: … that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.   Acts 11:23b NKJV

          3. Barnabas came to comfort them in the Lord

     B. True Leader Is More Concerned About Others     11:25-30

          1. Barnabas wanted to share his vision with Paul

               a. Vision for Jewish and gentile souls

               b. Vision for establishing churches

               c. Vision for leadership

               d. Barnabas wanted Paul to achieve his full potential for the Lord

               e. Barnabas wanted Paul to develop his spiritual gifts

     C. The True Leader Will Encourage Others To Take Responsibility

NOTE: for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ    Ephesians 4:12 HCSB

NOTE: The number one rule of administration: Never do what others can do; continually work yourself out of a job

NOTE: Barnabas did not have a problem with Paul to be #l on their team.  Barnabas let the more gifted people to be the leaders.

NOTE: This first missionary team started out as “Barnabas and Saul”

NOTE: As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:2 KJV

NOTE: Then Paul took over as the leader

NOTE: Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.   Acts 13:13 NKJV

          1. Perfecting of the saints

          2. Ministering to people’s needs

          3. Building the church

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

         II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

        III. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

IV. ALLOW A SECOND CHANCE       

NOTE: Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. Acts 15:37 NKJV

     A. Have A Vision Of Potential In Brothers And Sisters In Christ

          1. Seeing the potential in a person that God can use

          2. A positive view, not negative, view of others

     B. Provide Personal Example For Future Leaders

NOTE: Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus   Acts 15:39 NKJV

          1. Purity

NOTE: Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach      1 Timothy 3:2 ESV

          2. Humility

NOTE: And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:27-28 KJV

          3. Love

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

     C. Give Time For Development

          1. Mark was profitable to the Apostle Paul

NOTE: Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.   2 Timothy 4:11 NKJV

          2. Mark wrote one of the four Gospels of our Savior

     D. Not Locking People In Their Past Mistakes

          1. Paul might not have been the greatest missionary if it were not for Barnabas

          2. Mark might not have written the Gospel of Mark if it were not for Barnabas

          3. We might not have half of the New Testament if it were not for Barnabas

          4. The Christians at the Jerusalem church would have had a financially hard time if it were not for Barnabas

          5. Paul might not have started numerous churches if it were not for Barnabas

CONCLUSION

WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

III. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

IV. ALLOW A SECOND CHANCE

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#Barnabas Style Leadership KJV

Barnabas Style Leadership KJV

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LEADERSHIP – BARNABAS STYLE

INTRODUCTION

Every one of us experienced a bad day. It happens to young and old, men and women alike. We might be late waking up, then our car would not start, and when we would finally get to work not only our boss was upset at us, but all of the customers seemed cranky too. But then a miracle happens. Somebody drops a comment card saying: “Wonderful service. Keep up the great job!” Everything changes in a moment: we are smiling, and are motivated to work even harder.

Encouragement. It is so rich that it would benefit all of us, no matter how wealthy we are. However it is not costly, that even the poorest can afford to be an encourager. The Bible speaks about a lot of people who influenced others to become great men and women for God by being encouragers: David, Mary – sister of Lazarus, and our Lord Jesus Christ. The pages of the Scripture command us to be an encouragement to someone every day. Today we are going to look on the example of a Christian named Barnabas, who bore much fruit by simply being an encourager.

THEME: WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED Acts 4:36-37

     A. Because They Were Called By Christ

NOTE: Many people lost their jobs, family support, inheritance because they turned to Christ and joined with the Jerusalem church

          1. They preached Christ

               a. Peter at Pentecost

               b. Stephen to Sanhedrin

          2. They would not deny the Lord Jesus Christ

          3. They died for Him

               a. James was martyred

               b. Stephen was stoned

               c. Peter was crucified upside down

     B. Because He Gave His Very Best To Christ

NOTE: And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 4:36-37

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER Acts 9:27-31

     A. Being Not A Respecter Of Persons

          1. Paul was with those who killed Stephen

NOTE: And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.   Acts 7:58

          2. Paul prosecuted the Church

NOTE: And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Acts 9:1-2

          3. Paul was doing evil to Christians

NOTE: Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem    Acts 9:13

      B. Believing In A Newcomer

NOTE: But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles …   Acts 9:27a

     C. Taking Time To Know The Newcomer

NOTE: … declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.    Acts 9:27b

     D. Investing His Life Into Potential Leaders 11:25-30

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

         II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

III. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

NOTE: Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  Acts 13:43

     A. A True Leader Does Not Seek To Control But To Influence 11:23-24

          1. Barnabas came to instruct

NOTE: Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all …Acts 11:23a

          2. Barnabas came to point them to Christ

NOTE: … that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.       Acts 11:23b

          3. Barnabas came to comfort them in the Lord

     B. True Leader Is More Concerned About Others 11:25-30

          1. Barnabas wanted to share his vision with Paul

               a. Vision for Jewish and gentile souls

               b. Vision for establishing churches

               c. Vision for leadership

          2. Barnabas wanted Paul to achieve his full potential for the Lord

          3. Barnabas wanted Paul to develop his spiritual gifts

     C. The True Leader Will Encourage Others To Take Responsibility

NOTE: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ         Ephesians 4:12

NOTE: The number one rule of administration: Never do what others can do; continually work yourself out of a job

NOTE: Barnabas did not have a problem with Paul to be #l on their team. Barnabas let the more gifted people to be the leaders.

NOTE: This first missionary team started out as “Barnabas and Saul”

NOTE: As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:2

NOTE: Then Paul took over as the leader

NOTE: Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.   Acts 13:13

          1. Perfecting of the saints

          2. Ministering to people’s needs

          3. Building the church

T.S. WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

          I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

         II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

       III. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

IV. ALLOW A SECOND CHANCE

NOTE: And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.    Acts 15:37

     A. Have A Vision Of Potential In Brothers And Sisters In Christ

          1. Seeing the potential in a person that God can use

          2. A positive view, not negative, view of others

     B. Provide Personal Example For Future Leaders

NOTE: And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus      Acts 15:39

          1. Purity

NOTE: A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach         1 Timothy 3:2

          2. Humility

NOTE: And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:27-28

          3. Love

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

     C. Give Time For Development

          1. Mark was profitable to the Apostle Paul

NOTE: Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.     2 Timothy 4:11

          2. Mark wrote one of the four Gospels of our Savior

     D. Not Locking People In Their Past Mistakes

          1. Paul might not have been the greatest missionary if it were not for Barnabas

          2. Mark might not have written the Gospel of Mark if it were not for Barnabas

          3. We might not have half of the New Testament if it were not for Barnabas

          4. The Christians at the Jerusalem church would have had a financially hard time if it were not for Barnabas

          5. Paul might not have started numerous churches if it were not for Barnabas

CONCLUSION

WE CAN BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE:

I. CARE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS IN NEED

II. BRING IN A NEWCOMER

III. ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE BACKGROUND

IV. ALLOW A SECOND CHANCE

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#II Thessalonians 2

THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED

II Thessalonians 2

INTRODUCTION

One of the most mystifying personalities in Bible prophecy is the Anti-Christ. Fortunately every Christian will be removed in the Rapture before he is revealed. Yet we know some about him. Every personal characteristic he has is the very opposite of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many have tried date-setting as to when the Return of Christ would come. They have failed. Others have tried to explain how they already knew who the Anti-Christ was. They also have failed. And so will all who try to understand beyond what God has revealed.

Yet, for the last two thousand years the world, unknowingly, has begun to prepare for the coming events in the wrong ways.

I. THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THIS MAN II Thessalonians 2:1-6

     A. Clearly Jesus Will Return For His Bride 1:1

     B. We Do Not Know When Jesus Will Return 1:2

     C. Apostasy Will Precede The Man Of Sin 1:3

     D. The Man Of Sin Will Be Looked Upon As God 1:4

     E. Judgment Will Come On The Persecutors Of Christians 1:5-6

II. THE MISSION AND MINISTRY OF THE MAN OF SIN II Thessalonians 2:7-12

     A. The Work Of Lawlessness 1:7

     B. The End Of Lawlessness 1:8

     C. The Power Of The Man Of Sin 1:9

     D. The Deceit Of The Man Of Sin 1:10

     E. The Delusion Of The Works Of The Man Of Sin 1:11

     F. The Results Of The Works Of The Man Of Sin 1:12

III. THE MEANS OF DELIVERANCE   II Thessalonians 2:13-17

     A. The Deliverance In Salvation 1:13

     B. The Deliverance Through The Gospel 1:14

     C. The Strength Found In The Word 1:15

     D. The Comfort Found In The Word 1:16

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