Sunday, October 1, 2023
This message explores 10 of the greatest benefits Christians receive as members of a local church body:
1. Biblical teaching (Eph. 4:11-15, 1Tim 5:17).
2. Wise counsel (Prov. 11:14, Rom. 15:14, Titus 2:3-5).
3. Godly examples (Phil. 3:17, 1Pet. 5:3).
4. Encouragement (Heb. 3:12, 10:24-25, 1Sam. 23:16, Acts 4:36).
5. Accountability (Matt. 18:15-17, Jas. 5:19-20).
6. Service (John 13:14-15, Gal. 5:13, 6:10).
7. Giving (Acts 2:44-45, 4:32).
8. Prayer (1Thess. 5:23-25, Phil. 1:19, 2Cor. 1:11).
9. Fellowship (1John 1:7, 3:14, 1Thess. 4:9-10, 1Tim. 5:1-2).
10. God’s glorious presence (Matt. 18:20, 1Cor. 3:16, Eph. 2:21-22, 3:21).
Monday, September 25, 2023
In this concluding message in our series from the OT prophet books, we consider the eschatological prophecies in those books. These are prophecies regarding events that will occur at the end of the age, including Jesus' return, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgement, the glorification of the saints, and the destruction of the wicked.
We examine a sampling of 8 eschatological prophecies and trace their parallels to New Testament passages:
1. Great banquet, veil removed, death defeated, and tears wiped away.
Isa. 25:6-9. NT parallels: Rev. 19:9, 1Cor. 13:12, 1Cor. 15:26,53-55, Rev. 21:4, Matt. 5:11-12.
2. Resurrection of the dead. Isa. 26:19 and 1Cor. 15:52.
3. God as light source for a righteous people who possess the land. Isa. 60:20-21 and Rev 21:23,27, Matt. 5:5.
4. Christ executing His wrath. Isa. 63:1-4 and Rev. 19:11-15.
5. Eternal duration of punishment. Isa. 66:24 and Mark 9:47-48.
6. New heavens and new earth. Isa. 65:17 and 2Pet. 3:11-13.
7. Son of Man coming in the clouds to receive an everlasting kingdom. Dan. 7:13-14 and Rev. 1:7, 5:9-10.
8. Great distress, book of life, resurrection of righteous + wicked, and the saints’ permanent glory. Dan. 12:1-4 and Matt. 24:21, Rev. 20:15, John 5:28-29, Matt. 13:43.
Monday, September 18, 2023
Jeremiah 31:31-34, which is quoted in its entirety in Hebrews chapter 8, is the most important prophecy about the New Covenant in the Bible. From these two passages we learn the following about the covenants:
1. Failure of the Old Covenant.
2. Replacement of the Old Covenant with the New.
3. Superiority of the New Covenant:
a. Law written on hearts.
b. Personal knowledge of the Lord.
c. Forgiveness of sin.
Monday, September 11, 2023
As a result of spending considerable time visiting in a local hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), certain Bible truths became more obviously clear and practical:
1. The human body is an amazing creation (Ps. 139:13-14).
2. Sickness and death are inescapable (2Cor. 4:16,5:2-4).
3. God is sovereign over our lives (James 4:13-15).
4. Relationships grow through sacrifice (John 15:12-13).
5. God’s Word provides genuine comfort (2Cor. 1:3-4).
6. God powerfully answers prayer (James 5:13-15).
7. Make the most of our remaining time (Eph. 5:14-16).
Monday, September 4, 2023
In today's study from the prophetic books of the Old Testament, we review a sample of the Messianic prophecies about Christ's suffering for our redemption. Below is the prophecy, the OT Scripture where it was predicted and the NT Scripture where it was fulfilled:
1 Many “stumbled” over Him. Isa. 8:14-15, 1Pet. 2:6-8.
2 Rode a donkey into Jerusalem. Zech. 9:9, Matt. 21:4-9.
3 Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zech. 11:12-13, Matt. 26:14-15;27:5-10.
4 Disciples scattered. Zech. 13:7, Matt. 26:31.
5 Stay silent before His accusers. Isa. 53:7, Matt. 27:12-14.
6 Rejected by His own people. Isa. 53:3, Matt. 27:22-25.
7 Numbered with transgressors. Isa. 53:12, Matt. 27:38.
8 Beaten, scourged, and spit upon. Isa. 50:6-8; 53:5, Matt. 26:67;27:26.
9 Pierced. Zech. 12:10, John 19:34.
10 Prayed for His persecutors. Isa. 53:12, Luke 23:34.
11 Darkened sun. Amos 8:9, Matt. 27:45.
12 Buried in rich man’s tomb. Isa. 53:9, Matt. 27:57-60.
13 Suffered under God’s hand. Isa. 53:4,10,11, Matt. 27:46.
14 Suffered as a substitute for others. Isa. 53:5,6,8,10,11, 1Pet. 3:18.
Friday, September 1, 2023
Eph. 6:17 "take up ... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
1. Understanding the armor of God.
2. Identifying our enemies.
3. Learning to wield the sword. The great value of Bible memorization in the process.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
Special speaker, Clark Lasse, a missionary to the country of Uganda, preaches about believing in Christ and shares an update on the mission work.
Sunday, August 20, 2023
In today's study from the prophetic books of the Old Testament, we review a sample of the Messianic prophecies about Christ's coming and His earthly ministry. Below is the prophecy, the OT Scripture where it was predicted and the NT Scripture where it was fulfilled:
1 Descended from King David - Jer. 23:5, Luke 3:23-31.
2 Born of a virgin - Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-23.
3 Called “Immanuel” (God with us) - Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-23.
4 Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2, Luke 2:1-6.
5 Pre-existed from eternity - Micah 5:2, Col. 1:17.
6 Called “Mighty God” - Isa. 9:6-7, John 1:14.
7 Reigning as king forever - Isa. 9:6-7, Eph. 1:22.
8 Children would die at His birth - Jer. 31:15, Matt. 2:16-18.
9 He would come out of Egypt - Hos. 11:1, Matt. 2:14-15.
10 Messenger would announce Him - Isa. 40:1-3, Matt. 3:1-3.
11 Timing of His appearance - Dan. 9:24-27, Gal. 4:4.
12 Anointed with the Holy Spirit - Isa. 11:2, Matt. 3:16-17.
13 Ministry focused in Galilee - Isa. 9:1-2, Matt. 4:12-16.
14 Ministry of miracles - Isa. 35:5-6, Matt. 11:3-5.
15 Ministry of quiet gentleness - Isa. 42:1-3, Matt. 12:15-20.
16 Ministry of parables - Isa. 6:9-10, Matt. 13:13-15.
17 Ministry of purification - Mal. 3:1-3, Matt. 21:12-13.
18 Ministry of deliverance - Isa. 61:1-2, Luke 4:20-21.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
According to Scriptures like Jer. 30:2-3, Isaiah 41:21-24, 44:7-8, 46:9-11, Daniel 2:27-28, Hab. 2:2-3, and John 13:19,14:29, the fulfilled prophecies of the Bible are meant to showcase the unique glory of the God and encourage the faith of believers.
One striking example of fulfilled Bible prophecy involves the great ancient city of Tyre as recorded in Ezekiel 26:1-14:
1. King Nebuchadnezzar would lay seize to Tyre (v7-9) and break down her walls, towers and houses (v4,12).
2. Tyre’s stones and timbers would be scraped-up and thrown into the sea (v4,12,19).
3. Tyre would be made into “a bare rock” (v4).
4. Tyre would become “a place for the spreading of nets” (v5,14).
5. Tyre would be attacked by “many nations” (v3).
6. Tyre would not be re-built (v14,v21).
#1 Be confident that God will do everything that He says.
#2 Be patient until the *remaining* prophecies are fulfilled.
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Ananias of Damascus appears in Acts 9:10-19 and 22:12 as the brother who was sent to minister to the Apostle Paul at the time of Paul's conversion. Ananias was a faithful disciple who had:
1. An ear listening for God's call.
2. A will obedient to God's command.
3. A life ready to be used for God's service.
Each of these qualities can be applied to ourselves as believers.
Friday, August 4, 2023
One of the themes emphasized by the OT prophets was that religious practices were worthless without two things:
1. An obedient life (Jer 6:19-20, 7:9-10, 14:10-12, Isaiah 1:11-16, Micah 6:7-8, 1Sam 15:22).
2. A devout heart (Jer 9:25-26, 12:2-3, Isaiah 29:13, 1Sam 16:7).
Jesus gave similar warnings about religious hypocrisy in Matt. 9:13, 15:7-9, 23:3-28, and Luke 12:1.
Sunday, July 16, 2023
The OT prophets repeatedly taught that God is sovereign over the actions of rulers and the affairs of nations. This message explores five areas in which God exercises this authority and control over them:
1. God plans all events everywhere (Isaiah 14:27, 37:26-29, 40:15-17, 46:9-10).
2. God puts rulers into (and out of) power (Daniel 2:21, 4:17,29-32).
3. God controls rulers’ decisions (Proverbs 21:1, Isaiah 10:5-15, Ezekiel 21:21-22, 2Samuel 17:14, 1Kings 12:15).
4. God determines military outcomes (Proverbs 21:31, Judges 7:2, Psalm 44:5-7).
5. God punishes nations for their sins. (Jeremiah 18:6-10, 46-51, Isaiah 13-27, and Ezekiel 25-32).
By way of application to ourselves as believers, these truths should:
1. Comfort us.
2. Prompt our worship.
3. Make us pray.
4. Encourage us about (global) evangelism.
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Registration for the Fall Fellowship Camp, October 12-15, 2023 is now OPEN. See this page for all the details and registration form.
Monday, July 10, 2023
Cursed is the man
who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength,
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant.
Blessed is the man
who trusts in the LORD
and whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.
Sunday, July 2, 2023
Throughout the Bible, God's true people are described as a "remnant", few in number and despised by the world. We review Scriptures in Jer. 23:1-4, 31:7, 50:18-20, Rom. 9:27-32, 11:1-6, and then proceed to make personal applications. This Biblical teaching about the Remnant is:
1. An alarming truth.
2. A misused truth.
3. A grace-exalting truth.
4. A comforting truth.
5. An action-motivating truth.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Jer. 29:4-7 4 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5 ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 ‘Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. 7 ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
How to live happily in Babylon:
1. Realize God put you there.
2. Do all the good you can.
3. Strengthen your family.
4. Pray for your enemies.
5. Submit to government authority.
6. Leave judgment to the Lord.
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Bible passages like Jeremiah 29:10-14, 30:2,10-11,17, 31:2-4,7-14, and 32:41-42 promise future restoration to the people of Judah, even as they enter the Babylonian Captivity.
We can apply these Scriptures to ourselves in several ways:
1. They point toward our New Covenant era.
2. They give us precious promises.
3. They comfort us when experiencing God’s discipline.
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Jeremiah and the other Old Testament prophets often called people to repentance. This message draws six principles about genuine Biblical repentance from those passages:
1. It begins with an awareness of sin (Jer. 3:12-13, 14:20).
2. It must be directed toward God (Jer. 3:22, 4:1).
3. It requires heart-level change (Jer. 3:25, 4:3-4).
4. It results in obedient behavior (Jer. 6:16, 7:3-7, 18:11, 35:15).
5. It happens only by God’s grace (Jer. 31:18-19).
6. It leads to great blessings (Jer. 3:12, 18:7, 35:15, 36:3).
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Jeremiah and the other prophets gave strong messages condemning people's sin and warning of God's impending judgement, but, along with these messages, they expressed great personal sorrow -- to the extent that Jeremiah is now known as "the weeping prophet".
1. The example of Jeremiah (Jer. 4:19-20, 8:18-22, 9:1,10, 10:19, 13:17, 14:17, 48:31-32).
2. The example of Jesus (John 11:33-35, Luke 19:41-44, Matt. 23:37-39).
3. Applications to ourselves:
Viewing our country.
Viewing the individuals we minister to.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
The OT prophet books contain lengthy passages describing the punishments that God would bring upon people for their sins. Some examples are Jer. 13:12-19, 15:1-9, and 16:1-13.
So what are the main lessons we can learn from these kinds of Scriptures?
1. God must always punish sin.
2. God’s patience will eventually run out.
3. God always fulfills His threats.
4. Most people are unmoved by God’s warnings.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
This is a sermon about the subject of SIN, drawn from the book of Jeremiah:
1. Descriptions of sin (Jer. 2:11,34, 5:8,28, 7:6-10, 9:2-5, 17:11,19-27, 22:13).
2. Universality of sin (Jer. 6:13, Is. 53:6, Rom. 3:23).
3. Irrationality of sin (Jer. 7:31, 44:18).
4. Power of sin (Jer. 5:23, 9:13-14,25-26, 11:7-8, 13:23, 16:12, 17:1,9-10, Matt. 15:19-20).
5. Grace for sinners (Matt. 1:21):
Changed heart (Jer 31:33).
Complete forgiveness (Jer. 31:34).
Sunday, May 14, 2023
“Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory For that which does not profit. .... For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water." Jer. 2:11,13
Applications to ourselves:
1. Don’t give up your glory.
2. Treasure the “fountain of living waters”.
3. Reject all substitute cisterns.
Sunday, May 7, 2023
One of the greatest difficulties for God's true prophets like Jeremiah was contending with the many *false* prophets in the land. This situation is described in Jer. 23:9-32, from which we can easily make application to our own situation in America.
1. Cause confusion about God’s Word (v9,21,28).
2. Like to give positive messages (v14,17,19-20,22, Jer. 6:14).
3. Enjoy greater popularity (Jer. 5:30-31, Isa. 30:10, 2Tim. 4:1-4).
4. Are both deceived and deceiving (v26, Jer. 14:14, 1Kgs. 22:22, Matt. 15:14, 2Tim 3:13).
5. Live sinful lives (v11,14, Jer. 6:13, Isa. 28:7, Zeph. 3:4, 1Pet. 2:1-3).
6. Destroy their followers (v1-2,16,27,32).
7. Will be punished by God (v12,15,30, Jer. 28:16-17, Jer. 29, James 3:1).
Hopefully this study will cause us to:
1. Prize the truth.
2. Learn our Bibles well.
3. Delight in the Lord Jesus as the perfect prophet and ultimate revealer of God.
Monday, May 1, 2023
As we continue our series focusing on the OT prophets, we consider the six ways that they suffered as they served the Lord:
1. Rejected message (Jer. 7:27, 25:3, 36:1-23).
2. Verbal insults (Jer. 15:10, 20:7-8, 43:2).
3. Secret conspiracies (Jer. 11:19-21, 18:18, 20:10).
4. Family disruption (Jer. 16:1).
5. Emotional distress (Jer. 6:11, 8:18-21, 20:14-18).
6. Physical abuse (Jer. 20:1-2, 32:2-3, 37:14-16, 38:4-6).
These same categories of suffering can then be applied:
1. To Christ.
2. To preachers.
3. To all believers.
Sunday, April 23, 2023
This message examines how God calls Jeremiah into his prophetic ministry as a young man, from Jer. 1:1-19:
1. God’s sovereign initiative (v5,9,10).
2. Man’s reluctant excuses (v6,10,16,18,19).
3. God’s comforting promises.
God’s messages will be provided (v7,9).
God’s word will be fulfilled (v10-12).
God’s protection will be sufficient (v8,18-19).
Monday, April 17, 2023
This message introduces a new preaching series on the prophetic books of the Old Testament, by reviewing these Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:14-22, 2Peter 1:20-21, 1Peter 1:10-12, Hebrews 1:1, Hosea 12:10, and Jeremiah 7:25.
Canonical Prophets Organized Chronologically (covering ~400 years)
Before Israel’s exile: Jonah, Amos, Hosea
Before Judah’s exile: Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Joel, Jeremiah
During Babylonian captivity: Obadiah, Ezekiel, Daniel
Following Babylonian captivity: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Monday, April 10, 2023
1Cor 15:3-4,20-23 "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, .... But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,"
1. The Crucifixion.
2. The Resurrection.
3. What it means to us.
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Matt 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Matt 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force."
Luke 13:23-24 "And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."
Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it."
1. Is it always easy to become a Christian?
2. If someone wants to become a Christian, should they wait passively for God to do something?
3. If your parents are praying Christians, does that insure that you will eventually be saved?
4. If someone wants to become a Christian, what actions should they take?
5. If someone does what Jesus says, will it be worth it?
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Revival in the Scriptures:
1. Prayers: Psalm 80:18-19, 85:4-7, Habakkuk 3:2, Ezra 9:8-9, Isaiah 32:14-15, 64:1-8.
Under King Hezekiah (2Chron 29).
Under King Josiah (2Chron 34).
Nineveh’s repentance (Jonah 3:4-9).
John the Baptist’s ministry (Mark 1:4-5).
Pentecost (Acts 2).
Ephesus, under Paul’s preaching (Acts 19:18-20).
Revival in History (a few examples):
Great Awakening (1730s) in Britain and US Colonies.
Second Awakening (1790s-1840s) in US.
Third Awakening / Prayer (1850s-60s) in US and Britain.
Hebrides Islands, Scotland (~1950).
“Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God” (per Jonathan Edwards)
1. Raises esteem for Jesus Christ.
2. Destroys Satan’s kingdom.
3. Increases confidence in the Scriptures.
4. Leads to greater understanding of truth.
5. Causes more love for God and people.
“Things Revival Will Bring” (per Iain Murray)
1. Revival restores faith in the Word of God.
2. Revival restores definiteness to the meaning of the word “Christian”.
3. Revival advances the Gospel with amazing swiftness.
4. Revival always has a moral impact upon communities.
5. Revival changes understanding of the Christian ministry.
6. Revival will change the public worship of churches.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
The language / imagery of God "going before" His people is found in: Exodus 13:21-22, 23:23, 32:34, Deut. 1:30-33, 9:3, 31:3-8, and John 10:2-4. This truth implies five aspects of God:
1. God’s knowledge: He knows everything about our future.
2. God’s plans: He has good plans for all His people.
3. God’s providence: He is arranging all future details.
4. God’s guidance: He shows us where to go.
5. God’s protection: He is defeating our enemies.
Points of application:
1. Rest peacefully in God.
2. Be fully obedient today.
3. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
In the concluding verses of his letter (1John 5:18-21), the Apostle John shows who is responsible for the safety of our souls:
1. Christ keeps us safe from the Evil One.
v18 "We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him." (See also Lk 22:31-32, Jn 6:39,10:27-29,17:11,12,15, Phil 1:6, 1Thess 5:23-24, 2Tim 1:12, 4:18)
2. We must keep ourselves from idolatry.
v21 "Little children, guard yourselves from idols." (See also Mk 12:30, Prov 4:23, 1Tim 5:22, Jas 1:27, Jude 21, 1Joh 2:5,3:33, 2Tim 4:7)
Sunday, March 5, 2023
"This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death." 1John 5:14-17
1. Pray confidently.
2. Pray according to God’s will.
(a) Plead Bible promises.
(b) Imitate Bible prayers.
(c) Look for Providence.
(d) Cultivate godly desires.
(e) Follow the Spirit’s guidance.
3. Pray appropriately for sinning brethren.
Sunday, February 26, 2023
This sermon explores Jesus' parable of the feast in Luke 14:16-24, considering these five points:
1. The invitation.
2. The excuses.
3. The inclusion.
4. The exclusion.
5. The conclusion.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
"And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." 1John 5:11-13
Four questions about True Life:
1. Where is it found? Exclusively in God’s Son.
2. How long does it last? For eternity.
3. How do you obtain it? Receive God’s gift by faith.
4. Can you be certain you possess it? Absolutely!
Sunday, February 12, 2023
"This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement." 1John 5:6-8
Sunday, February 5, 2023
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1John 5:4-5
1. The necessity of overcoming the world.
2. The prerequisite for overcoming the world:
having been born of God.
3. The weapon for overcoming the world:
exercising Christ-centered faith.
4. The promises given to overcomers.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
The Bible text of 1John 5:7-8 reads very differently in the King James Version compared to most modern translations like the NASB and ESV. This naturally raises questions about why these particular verses were changed so dramatically over the years. Before answering these questions, it's necessary to understand the encouraging process by which God preserved His Word over the centuries and the science of Textual Criticism.
Lessons for us:
1. God has preserved His Word, just as He promised (Is. 40:8, Matt. 5:18).
2. God has done so with counterintuitive wisdom (1Cor. 1:25, Rom. 11:33).
3. Beware of trying to “help God out” with unrighteous means (Rom. 3:8).
4. Beware of placing religious tradition above Scripture (Mark 7:13).
5. Choose your personal Bible translation with care.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
“By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.” 1John 4:17-19
The problem: FEAR
Specifically, fearing “the day of judgment” (v17) and the
“punishment” connected to it (v18).
The solution: LOVE
Specifically, two kinds of love:
(1) God loving you thru Christ (v7,9,10,11,12,16,19).
(2) You loving people in a Christ-like way
Sunday, January 15, 2023
"By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.... No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.... We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." 1John 4:9,10,12,16
1. God IS love (v8,16).
2. God’s love was MANIFESTED in sending Christ (v9-10).
3. God’s love is PERFECTED when Christians love each other (v12).
4. God’s love must be BELIEVED (v16).
Sunday, January 8, 2023
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1John 4:1)
1. The necessity of testing the spirits (v1,6).
2. The specific tests to apply:
(a) Theological test (v2-3).
(b) Audience test (v5-6).
3. The encouragement in the testing process (v4).
Monday, January 2, 2023
At Ephesus: “…or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent” (Rev. 2:5).
At Pergamum: “Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth” (Rev 2:16).
At Corinth: “For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep… when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord…” (1Cor 11:30-32).
At Thyatira: “Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds” (Rev. 2:22).
At Sardis: “Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you” (Rev. 3:3).
At Laodicea: “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16).
Lessons for us:
1. Churches should fear Christ’s discipline.
2. Such discipline is not rare.
3. Disciplined churches may still do many good things.
4. Disciplined churches may be oblivious to their problems.
5. The solution for all churches under discipline is the same: speedy repentance.