Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE BOOK, THE BLOOD, & THE BLESSED HOPE


                                   2 TM. 3:16-17                                     Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Some falsely accuse Fundamentalists of worshipping the Bible- that is, of course, false. We worship the God of the Book, but as Jesus told the woman at the well, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” The worldly practice of observing “good Friday” by many good churches is, for the most part, a carryover from the RCC- much like infant baptism and similar doctrines. The Word of God has a different teaching on these matters.

Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, used the four things we find in 2 Tm. 3:16-17 over and over. Those things are (1) Doctrine-what to believe, (2) Reproof-what not to do, (3) Correction-what not to believe and (4) Instruction in righteousness-what to do. In chapter 11- he applies them to the Lord’s Supper.

 

I. THE APPLICATION OF CORRECTION [v. 17-19]

 

In this church were some false beliefs that Paul has had to deal with and some more he will deal with. Heresies that need to be corrected by the Book!

 

II. THE APPLICATION OF REPROOF [v. 20-22]

 

Oftentimes we our beliefs our wrong it can cause our actions to be wrong as well. Paul says they were coming together, even as we are admonished to do, but for the wrong reasons and in a wrong way. Paul reproves them.

 

III. THE APPLICATION OF DOCTRINE [v. 23-26]

 

Note the reminder about why they were coming together. The emphasis on Christ, His Blood, His Body, His Coming again- our Blessed Hope! Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

IV. THE APPLICATION OF INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS [v. 27-34]

 

Then after what to believe he reminds them what to do. How to approach the Lord’s Table.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DO YOU LOVE GOD?

Ed Frampton, President, INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF JEWISH MISSIONS

Dt. 6:4-5

How do you measure your love for God?

-do you love Jesus? [Jn. 8:42]

-do you hate evil? [Ps. 97:10]

-do you love the world? [1 Jn. 2:15]

-do you love the Word? [Ps. 119]

The Example of Josiah

1. Contrition -humble yourself [2 Kings 22:18, Is. 57:15, 66:2]

2. Communion with the Word-fresh commitment to the Bible [2 Kings 23:2]

3. Covenant-make a covenant with God [2 Kings 23:3]

4. Cleansing-identifying & forsaking hindrances to your relationship with God [1 Jn. 1:9, 2 Cor. 6]

5. Celebrate-he kept the Passover, we should worship the Lord joyfully [2 Kings 23:21, Heb. 10]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jimmy DeYoung's Daily Devotional


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Jude 14

 

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.

 

For further study - Jude 8-16

 

In the portion that I selected for today there are two names that I want to draw your attention to for further thought. One is an angel - an archangel and the other is a man, a man who has never died but was taken to heaven, alive.

 

The angel Michael is spoken of throughout the scriptures especially as the "protector" of the Jewish people, Daniel 12:1. Michael heads up the "angelic army"" in the heavenlies.

 

Michael's "army of angels" will at the midway point of the Tribulation period throw Satan and his evil angels out of the first heaven, the one above us where the sun is located over the earth.

 

The prophet Daniel also referred to Michael as the "chief princes" who deals with the "demonically controlled" world leader of Persia. This supposes that the heavenly visitor came to meet with Daniel, Daniel 10:13.

 

However, with all this contact with the evil forces of Satan, Michael dare not tell Satan what to do, he left that up to the Lord, Jude 9. As powerful as Michael the archangel is under the sovereignty of God, he did not demand the Devil to do anything.

 

This principle must be considered when there are those today who think they can demand Satan to do anything. We are never told to take on Satan. We are told to put on the whole armor of God so we "can stand against the wiles of the Devil", Ephesians 6:11. We stand against the Devil - we do not confront him.

 

Enoch is the man we need to consider for a moment. Enoch, the great grandfather of Noah, was a mighty preacher in his day, before the worldwide flood came upon the earth. He was a man who walked with the Lord on earth and then was taken by the Lord into heaven without dying, Genesis 5:23-24. Enoch is one of two men that have never died, the other was Elijah who was also taken into heaven, alive, II Kings 2:11.

 

It is interesting that at least one of those men, Elijah, will be one of the two witnesses during the seven year Tribulation, Revelation 11:3-10 and Malachi 4:5. I do believe the other witness will be Enoch, who during his previous earthly ministry preached about the coming of the Lord, Jude 14.

 

Both of these men, the "two witnesses" will die at the end of their 3 1/2 years of ministry, Revelation 11:7 . The whole world will see these two men dead in the streets of Jerusalem. They will then be resurrected and taken again into heaven, Revelation 11:11-12.

 

The information we receive from our reading today, I believe, helps us to understand the times we are living in and how to deal with Satan as we await the coming of the Lord. As the song says, I think we are living in the days of Elijah...and Enoch. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

 

PRAYER THOT: Thank you, Lord, for an example of how to deal with Satan in what seems to be the days Enoch spoke about, the time of the Lord's return.


 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

JOY IN JESUS


ACTS 2:21-36 [esp. v. 26]                              

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

There are over 75 verses in the NT that talk about the JOY one can have in Jesus. Obviously time does not permit us to look at all of them but a sampling should suffice for our purposes. All the verses concerning Joy in Jesus can be fitted under 3 broad categories- sometimes fitting one, sometimes 2 and sometimes all 3 categories. The first category is:

 

I. THERE IS JOY IN KNOWING JESUS

 

1. There is Joy in Finding Out About Jesus [Mt. 2:10, Luke 2:10]

 

2. There is Joy in Knowing the Risen Lord [Jn. 16:19-22, Mt. 28:8, Lk. 24:41-52]

 

3. There is Joy in Knowing You are Saved [Luke 10:17-20, Jn. 17:11-13, Rm. 5:11]

 

II. THERE IS JOY IN SERVING JESUS

 

1. In Relation to the Holy Spirit [Rm. 14:17, 15:13; Gal. 5:22ff, 1 Th. 1:6]

 

2. In Relation to Suffering [1 Th. 1:6, Acts 13:50-52, James 1:2, Luke 6:22-23]

 

3. In Relation to Others [Luke 15:7, 10; Acts 15:3, 2 Cor. 2:3, 7:13, 8:2; Phil. 1:25, 2:2, 17-18, 4:1; 1 Th. 2:19-20, 3:9]

 

III. THERE IS JOY IN PLEASING JESUS

 

1. Being in Fellowship with God [1 Jn. 1:1-4]

 

2. Abiding in Jesus [Jn. 15:1-11, 26:23-24]

 

3. Being Faithful in the Face of His Coming [Mt. 25:19-21, 23; Acts 20:24; Heb. 12:2, 1 Peter 1:7-8, 4:13]

Saturday, April 12, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Can God make a rock too big for Him to lift?


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Q: Can God make a rock too big for Him to lift?

A: A simple answer to this question would be "No." As the Creator, He has also created the laws that govern the physical universe, but He is not bound to those laws. So this question is actually illogical from the beginning since it assumes God is bound by gravity. It doesn't demonstrate a contradiction by limiting God's abilities.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Trinity and the Christian


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"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." (2 Corinthians 13:14)
 
The doctrine of the triune God is unique to Christianity. There is only one God, yet three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each with His own distinct relation to mankind, yet each equally, fully, and eternally God. Although these truths are implicit throughout the New Testament, the doctrine of the Trinity is seldom, if ever, presented explicitly as a formal doctrine.
 
There are several passages, however, where all three Persons are mentioned in the same context, and each one deals with a significant aspect of the Christian life. There is, first of all, the provision of salvation, "the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God" (Hebrews 9:14). Then follows regeneration. "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6). Salvation and regeneration are then publicly testified in baptism "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).
 
The chief resource of the believer is prayer, and this also involves all three Persons. "For through [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18). He must also continue to learn of Christ, and to bear witness of Him. "The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things" (John 14:26). "The Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness" (John 15:26-27).
 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

LADIES IN THE HALL OF FAITH


 [Ladies of the Bible]

 

HEBREWS 11

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. FAITH IN THE FACE OF DISAPPOINTMENT

 

1. Sara had Faith in God’s Word [v. 11a, Rm. 10:17] why do we repeat this so much? Because- “Faith cometh by…”

 

2. Sara had Faith in God’s Work [v. 11b, Luke 1:37 For with God nothing ° shall be impossible.]

 

3. Sara had Faith in God [v. 11c, Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.]

 

II. FAITH IN THE FACE OF DESTRUCTION

 

1. Rahab had a Sincere Faith [v. 30-31, Joshua 2:9-11]

 

2. Rahab had a Saving Faith [v. 31a, Joshua 2:12-21, 6:22-25]

 

3. Rahab had a Serving Faith [v. 31b, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, James 2:18, 20, 26]

 

III. FAITH IN THE FACE OF DEATH

 

1. A Slave’s Faith [v. 23]

 

2. A Widow’s Faith [v. 35, I Kings 17]

 

3. A Great Woman’s Faith [v. 35, 2nd Kings 4:8-37]