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My thoughts,

We have many strong, courageous and knowledgeable brethren in the church. We are encouraged by their efforts. They point us to the word each and every day.

However, most Christians only have a surface interpretation of the Bible. And because of that, they believe the Holy Book was solely written to rebuke the unbelievers into obedience. Everything else is unnecessary. Not important. A waste of time. And though we must certainly reach the lost. There are greater depths and accuracy in the Bible regarding those within the flock needing instruction to remain faithful.

It’s amazing how the honest study of the Scripture will bring one to realize the function therein. The target audience. “Israel,” once physical. Now spiritual, “Christians.”

The word of the Lord proclaimed through the agency of man. The prophets commanded repentance be administered upon the people of God, for they were living in sin. John the immerser. Jesus the Christ. The apostles. Same purpose. Through the Word proclaimed they taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in all righteousness. Has it since changed to accommodate and appease a “PC” culture? God forbid. The faithful proclaim repentance to inactive saints. And this produces “offense.” Some pierced toward positive change. Others towards bitterness, slander, and hate.

For the word of God proclaimed exposes godless things. It unearths the sin hiding within the hearts of apathetic and idle followers. It is designed to pierce and bring about change, fruit for our Master. The Word proclaimed does not create sin. It simply forces it out of hiding and into public visibility. Remember Christ in the household of Martha? The word of God exposed her delinquency.

Friends. All who are ignorant, prideful, set in their ways? Will miss the mark and lack proper spiritual discernment. For darkness does not want hidden iniquity to become visible. Such would demand attention to righteous judgment and division. Darkness wants to keep it swept under the rug. Darkness wants us preoccupied with social and secular matters, never dealing with the spiritual problems within the fold. Darkness does not wish for any gospel “controversy.” It does not want any “feathers ruffled.” It wants compromise of faith so as to run a “smooth ship.” Darkness is ignorant about what it believes “important.”

The light must shine. A leadership wanting to illuminate the truth so all may see, will properly deal with darkness being exposed as a result. Church discipline.

“All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light.” - Eph. 5:13 (KJV)

“All things become visible when they are exposed by the light.” - Eph. 5:13 (NASB)

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Luke 10:38-42

The account of two women, sisters. Martha & Mary.

Jesus and His disciples are on an evangelistic campaign. His purpose is to spread the word of God. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt. 4:17). He enters a village and house in order to speak His Word. One sister allowed His Word into her house. The other? Into her heart. And therein we find out this morning which of two sisters we most identify with. 

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38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village (commissioned in vs. 1); and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

  • The living Word of God, in flesh, had arrived in a location needing spiritual truth. God made His Word available.

  • The living Word of God, in flesh, is then welcomed into the area of possible reception. Martha, allowed the Word in her house to be present.

39 Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 

  • Two sisters, siblings. Both had the same opportunity to hear and receive the truth.

  • Here we recognize an act of submission from Mary. She’s at the feet of the Master so as to receive instruction and teaching. Silent and attentive. Humble and open.   

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

  • Martha has a different heart than her sister. She was preoccupied with secular and social responsibilities (which are certainly important and have their proper place in our lives. Hospitality is a commanded practice all Christians must participate in).

  • But for Martha it became a distraction to the priority at hand. She allowed what was less important take precedence over what was most important. 

* The fellowship meal after service is going to feed our physical vessels. But the Word of God being proclaimed is going to nourish our eternal souls. 

  • And so because of Martha’s lack of spiritual discernment and submission, blinded by her misguided assumptions, she finds fault in her sister, and proceeds to approach Christ (the shepherd) so as to question His ability to teach and lead, but also diminish her sisters character while doing so. 

  • And if that is not enough to cause concern, she further proceeds to command Jesus on what He should do. Because she doesn’t trust His wisdom or discernment, nor does she trust her sister’s wisdom and discernment. So her remedy to this specific and precise situation is completely blind. She can’t see, she’s got a log in her eye. 

  • The problem is in her heart. And that results in the unrighteous judgment of Her Lord and sister. Her preoccupied “distraction” is what needs to be repented of. Not Christ, nor her sister. 

41 And so naturally, Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

  • Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, rebukes Martha. He doesn’t side with her delinquency to blame Mary (the faithful) just so no “feathers are ruffled and peace is maintained.” He tells her she’s over-anxious about things that are not important at this very moment. She’s offended about things because her heart’s not at the right place.

  • He’s instructing her towards repentance. As if to say, “before misjudging my wisdom and discernment, before mischaracterizing your sister, you should look inwardly and see the root of your offense and accusation.” 

  • Pending on Martha’s heart at this very moment, she could have believed that He is the One who should revisit His heart and take His own advice. Or perhaps she was humble enough to look inwardly and identify the cause of her anxiety, mistrust in Christ, and misguided behavior towards her sister. 

  • You see, Jesus is not the One who created Martha’s problem. It was there all along. Jesus simply exposed it through His Word.

  • The Word of God tends to do that. Some will love you for it. Others will grow bitter and hate you. There’s a reason the prophets were stoned. The baptist was beheaded. The Christ was crucified. And the apostles were martyred. 

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

  • Jesus tells Martha. That Mary, the one who caused this supposed “offense.” Is indeed the one who is faithful to Him. That must have stung a bit. Martha’s being told that the person she thinks is not being faithful, is indeed faithful. And that Martha is the one in need of repenting. That must of hurt a great deal. Yet necessary for one’s heart to change. 

  • Jesus tells Martha that she only has need for one most important thing in her life. And this thing is what her sister Mary rightfully chose above all else. Because this thing will never decay, rust, or be removed from her heart. It will teach her the ability to properly discern right from wrong. It will save her soul and have her live faithfully. Productive for the kingdom. That’s why Mary chose to submit at the feet of the Master. That is why all of us who are submissive will sit at the feet of the Bible and allow it to instruct our lives. 

  • Everything else in this physical life will go away, even our flesh. But the Word of God endures forever. And that is what Mary has chosen. The good news. 

It’s interesting to note how Jesus once again will have dealings with Martha and Mary, recorded in John chapter 11. And I further encourage you to read that chapter in your own personal studies. It’s not that Martha didn’t believe in Jesus, she did. But her “distractions” hindered her faith and relationship with others. 

Today the same teaching applies to all of us in 2020. We hear the Word proclaimed and we ask ourselves, “am I Martha, or Mary?” 

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus says… 

37 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart (the Word guiding your emotions), with all your soul (the Word guiding your salvation), and with all your mind (the Word guiding your thoughts).’

38 This is the first and great commandment.

- This will determine what it is we prioritize in 2020.

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

  • You see, if we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. We’ll love our neighbor, brother, sister, elder, deacon, friend, visitor, co-worker,… can I dare say preacher? 

If you today love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Then you will show it to Him by repenting of your sins and being immersed into water, with His authority, so as to receive the forgiveness of sins. Born again of water and the spirit. God will then add you to His kingdom. A part of this local congregation. 

If you have already obeyed the gospel but have sin in your heart? Perhaps you are Martha this morning? You need to renew your spirit and remove that burden from your shoulder. Don’t let stubborn or rebellious thoughts make you a slave to satan.  

If you need to respond to the invitation of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. He will save and renew your soul.

Please come forward as we stand and sing.

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“BEHOLD, A VIRGIN WILL BE WITH CHILD”

Gen. 3:15 - Acts 2:23

“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” - Gen. 3:15

2750 years ago the prophet Isaiah prophesied regarding a virgin birth, a child who’s name would describe His very being and purpose, “God (deity) with us (salvation).” - Isaiah 7:14

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

“the Lord Himself” = a child conceived by the Holy Spirit

“A sign” = a supernatural event which is designed to point you in the right direction, the word being confirmed, the Christ (anointed One, Messiah) among us. 

This child would bring a new government. New policies and politics. A spiritual regime. A perfect system of language, forgiveness, worship, and righteous living. Most high authority, justice and judgment. Powerful and everlasting. This child to be King, would come to establish His kingdom. And all citizens therein would be receivers of His grace, mercy, blessing, security, provision, peace and unity. - Isaiah 9:6-7

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Approx. 2053 years ago, this virgin birth took place. It was recorded and witnessed 750 years AFTER it was prophesied by Isaiah. It was fulfilled and - Matthew, during the 1st Century, utilized this Scriptural evidence to convict his fellow Jews into believing Jesus was indeed this same very child (1:17-25). The Scriptures, the Word of God, has always been the orchestrated conductor revealing the Christ in humankind. 

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The birth of this child would spark the predestined plan of redemption for all who would believe in Him (Eph. 1:3-5). And in Him we would be citizens of His kingdom, members of His body, individual and accountable, collectively congregated, the called out ones, those pertaining to the way, the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. We are sanctified, set apart and different from the world. 

* Though in this current age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to discern the world and their denominations apart from the authentic, genuine, honest and faithful Christian who speaks the rightly divided entirety of truth found in the Bible. Simply saying, most Christians act like the world and speak like denominations. 

None the less, the fact remains forever recorded. Written for our learning. That through the birth of this child would come the fulfillment of His governing rule. And it is noteworthy to receive the written word revealing Micah (4:1-3) prophesied the location of His Kingdom (Jerusalem), Daniel (2:44) gave us the timeline (during the reign of the Roman Empire), and Joel (2:28-29) gave us the manner in which it would come (by the pouring out of power from the Holy Spirit upon all flesh). 

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out of my spirit.

And we shall soon see the fulfillment of Joel’s precise prophecy through the love of God for mankind. He sent His Son through the agency of man, hence “behold, a virgin will be with child.” 

Because of Christ we have His kingdom. The very kingdoms He preached in His ministry on earth (Mt. 4:17 - “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”). And because of the poured out power of the Holy Spirit who directly operated and governed the minds of the apostles (as promised by the Christ previously in John 16). We now have the message of salvation this child came to bring, “for He will save His people from their sins.” Fulfilled and recorded in its entirety, now for us within the Scriptures. And so, the question “HOW?” Is answered. 

Remember the 1st Messianic Prophecy in Genesis 3:15. Let us go to the Scriptures as we read Peter speaking the result of this moment, in Acts 2:14-47 (vs. 23).

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit has allowed us to know how Jesus saved them from their sins. I may not be the most eloquent, charismatic, or persuasive evangelist you’ve ever heard. But even I know that faith in Christ will save your soul if you simply do what they did. And what they did was repent and be immersed in water with the authority of Christ in order to receive the forgiveness of their sins. 

If you wish to become one with Christ and the fulfillment of His birth. Please come forward as we stand and sing.

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The Language of Ashdod

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Words can be more effective than military power or violence. They can be used for good, or bad. But when they are not used accurately and properly, they cause great damage. 

The words we speak from morning until night, can make or break us. Words are so powerful that some youth have removed their own lives because of words they’ve read on a computer screen. Words are so powerful that some have stopped themselves from jumping off a building to their death. Words can cause wars. Words can create peace. Words can divide, words can unite. Words have meaning. And if we don’t use words properly and accurately, the amount of damage we can cause is astronomical. If we don’t drive the car properly we’ll have an accident.

James says, “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” - Js. 3:6

My people (culture, Nation) were from France. During the war with European Englishmen our women and children were deported in 1755 to what would later become, New Brunswick Canada. Therein our women were taken in relation with Englishmen, and the children were born speaking a different language. My language. An unclean language. A form of communication that no longer was pure, it was now mixed, dumbed down, and slanged. The French could no longer understand us, and the English could no longer understand us. Our dialect was polluted. It has created delusion. And we learned to embrace this and make it our own, which has done nothing but cause division and hostility towards proper forms of communication. I mean, who wants to be told they are not speaking an educated language, right? 
If we do not learn another thing from this pulpit, learn now this morning with me. Warmly receive and embrace this sermon, for the future of this congregation and the growth therein. The fork in the road is now in your midst. The right, and left path. An important decision. For if we reject the right, mark these words. One day we shall die outside of Christ among 300 idle members on the left, trying to rebuild the tower of Babel (Gen. 11).  

Pay attention: “In these last days (the Christian age we currently live in) God the Father has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” - Heb. 1:2

Christ is our sole source of communication. It is how God the Father decided to fulfill His plan to save us. Christ is our communication and source of faith and forgiveness. We are commanded to learn and speak His language if faith is to be part of our lives.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” - Rom. 10:17
Our faith does not come by any other means than by the words of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Anything else, added or removed, is not from God. What works on your conscience. What guides you into the right direction. What instructs you into obedience. What works on your mind. Is the word of Christ recorded in the Bible. No miraculous voice enters your thoughts. No miraculous “feeling” sways your direction. No “visions” or dreams, or nudge. Only the Word of Christ recorded by His Spirit in the Bible, operates on your thinking heart. Nothing else. And therein lies our responsibility to prioritize the accuracy of the word and how we speak it in public. It must be as the oracles of God (1 Pt. 4:11). We must treat the word of Christ with precision. 

And so because of this form of communication delivered to us by God, He chose to use words, phrases, and grammar. And every time in history when God’s people decided to neglect the accuracy of His language and change the meaning of His words, they perished in falsehood and judgment. When they began to change the meaning of words, they deceived themselves into spiritual delusion and destruction. 
Reason with me. We must ask ourselves, how on earth did we ever as a “Christian” Nation, come to a time in our history when socialism, communism, and all other categories of “isms” were embraced, promoted, and encouraged? How on earth did we ever get to a time in our history when abortion is legal. Islam is welcomed. Homosexuality is sympathized. Religious error is apathetically protected. The answer? We’ve rejected the language of God and filled the void with the language of Ashdod (Philistines: Heathens). 

* Note how the world has made the word “gay” (aka “happy”), now mean homosexuality. How they have turned the word “love,” into lust. How they have changed the narrative, what is good is now evil, and what is evil is now good. And denominations likewise have changed the meaning of grace, baptism, and all other words. The world does not define its terms. They simply change the meaning of words to suit their sins. Are we to be like the world?

Pay close attention to Scriptural evidence. In the days of physical Israel, they too had polluted their language. They were no longer speaking in unity because they had since adopted the dialect of heathens, false prophets and priests, the world. They no longer respected the accuracy of communication God had given them, and so they began to entertain and embrace a “foreign” language.

* Interesting note, when “foreign/ers,” or those “far away, a far off,” is mentioned in the Bible? It is in reference to heathens, pagans, the Gentiles. Those found outside the covenant of God, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

And so we continue our case this morning and present, exhibit “A.” The account of Zephaniah, who prophesied in an age of linguistic perversion. Speaking of a day in which God would remedy their communication through His Son the Christ. 

Zephaniah 3:9

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name (authority) of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.”

“Then” = a specific prophesied time period in our history, which would come through the fulfillment of the Christian age, when those who follow God will have a new form of communication, a united dialect, a linguistic tool which will be able to read, recite, and therefore call upon the authority of Christ according to His will as one people and agreement. 

The prophet Nehemiah declares the moment and process in which the people of God polluted the language God had given them. 

Nehemiah 13:23-24

23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people.

God’s people had gone against the instructions of His will and joined themselves to the heathens, pagans, the world. This perverted their language, it dumbed it down, it changed the meaning of words. 

Deuteronomy 7:3-4 

3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them (the heathens, pagans, Gentiles); thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For they (the unbelievers, the unfaithful) will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods (denominational gods & worldly practices, languages): so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Friends, if we lived in a world without denominations, we’d surely have more freedom to use the language of God without concern. But in this “modern” age we are forced to be most accurate with the words we use. They must mean what the Bible says they mean. That is the only way we will have unity here in Spencer.

1 Cor. 1:10

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

If we do not remove the language of Ashdod from our mouths, we will never be able to discern a spiritual threat. And what we allow from the pulpit today, our children will embrace and push further tomorrow. Again, reason with me, why do you suppose that many congregations of our Lord’s body have adapted heresy and false worship? Because they’ve changed the meaning of words. They speak the language of Ashdod. Why do you think most Christians today are not willing, or capable to discern a saved from a lost person? A Christian from a non-Christian? 

If we eagerly embrace this spiritual lesson, that all of us let go of our pride, assumptions, and misguided positions. And we apply this language that God has given us to be used accurately in everything we will be studying and learning (i.e. from MDR to the Holy Spirit and the things He does and does not do, to all things in-between) we will outwardly have the strength of Goliath and inwardly have the wisdom and faith of David. And the Devil will never again be able to cause division among us. Because we will have mastered the language of God, rightly divided in order to have it pierce soul and spirit, joint and marrow.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If the doctor doesn’t use his scalpel accurately, do you think the operation is going to be positive?

Shame on us if we take the word of Christ so accurate and precise in order to dumb it down to the world’s standards. How dare we mix this language with the unclean language of the world and it’s denominations. 

Friends, saints, “we are a royal priesthood.” It is far time we grow into our tasks and office. Men’s classes. Ladies classes. Youth classes. Gospel weeks and weekend workshops. Monthly evangelistic themes. We don’t want to be a “busy” church with preoccupied social calendars. We want to be a spiritually productive church, refining our knowledge and language. Creating growth, not swelling. Through the Word of Christ.

If I were this day to teach and preach from this pulpit with the language of Ashdod, the elders would be commanded to remove me. They would have to publicly shepherd the congregation with a lesson that would rebuke my error. They would have to pull me aside and demand my repentance. Instruct me into the importance of God’s word, His phrases, His grammar. For the language of Ashdod mixes in truth with error and confuses the congregation. And such discipline will never be done when the congregation and leadership themselves have adopted the language of Ashdod. 

If you seek freedom from the language of Ashdod. If you seek to be set apart, called out, sanctified. Forgiven of sins. 

If you are outside the body of Christ, you need to repent and be immersed in water so as to be “born again.” Don’t let the language of Ashdod teach you any other way.
If you have already obeyed the gospel but have since fallen prey to the language of Ashdod. Don’t die in self-deception. Because the Devil will make the path to hell seem very pleasant. 

Let us put away our pride. Let us humble ourselves to God. If we respond to His call, He will bless this assembly with all spiritual things. 

Please contact us for private studies. 
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Cultivating Bible Studies Via Digital Evangelism. 

 “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” - 1 Corinthians 9:22b

We see a powerful principle in this inspired text revealing to Christians sacrifice must take place in order to accumulate the ability to help further the growth of His kingdom. And this most certainly would apply to the “online” world we currently live in. For if Paul were alive this day, certain am I that he would utilize the internet for His Master. For God Himself created tools to advance His gospel cause. Through providence He had the Jews with law, Greeks with language, and Romans with roads. All of which furnished the right time, dialect, and path for the good news of His Son to prosper. And so, today we occupy the “tech era.” And we are to use it for His Majesty. To farm Bible studies. But, how?

Just as our brethren of the past knowing gospel potential behind such innovations as radio & television. In this stewardship of existence, my “connected” evangelistic experience (which is but a decade) has garnered wisdom becoming effective for our King. I’ve learned a few points which have helped me a great deal to endure focus and structure on the mission at hand, “save some.” Please allow me to translate this DIGITAL LANGUAGE into a practical approach.

First and foremost we establish our ministry

1. Reach the Faithless - “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” - Luke 19:10

- People are spiritually lost, headed towards eternal punishment. They need to know the love and forgiveness of Christ. They need the gospel. We must bring this good news to them. 

2. Renew the Fallen - “I will set out and go back to my father.” - Luke 15:11-32

- Christians have fallen from grace, they’ve allowed discouragement and sinful practices separate them from the love and forgiveness of Christ. We must seek to renew them.

3. Reinforce the Faithful - “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” - 1 Thess. 4:18

- Faithful followers are bombarded with all sorts of challenges each day. We suffer persecution. Deteriorating health conditions. Loss of loved ones (both in, and outside of Christ). We need to know the promise of hope, that once this life is over, eternal peace with our Master will be granted. 

* If at any time you find yourself sharing things that no longer fit into one of these three branches. Turn around, regroup, pray, focus, and start again. These will help keep you on the beaten path, not falling off left or right side ditch. 

Secondly, we prove the hands-on formula,

1. Eat their food

- Sharing a meal has been a tool bringing mankind together in peace for ages. When you see your fellow man posting images of their culinary preferences, it is wise and welcome to “like” (“thumbs up,” a sign of approval). This allows them to identify your commonality and makes it easier to establish a friendship. You’d be willing to sit down with them and eat what they have taken time to prepare. We all know the sense of justification that comes when those we are hospitable with enjoy the nourishment we display. 

2. Sleep in their lodgings

- We have a great deal of respect for those willing to sit in our homes with us. Even those who might have many more blessings in lodging than we. It gives us a location of communication demanding personal fellowship. And so, when you see them post images of their inner home decor and lifestyle, it is an opportunity to once again “like” their posts. In so doing you are transmitting your willingness to feel at ease in their “comfort zones.” 

3. Speak their language

- There can be a chasm between the monitors. It is difficult to read tone from comments on a screen. And so it takes time to establish the context. Time to understand personalities. A way into this form of liaison is the ability to identify their interest in various topics (i.e. occupation, habits, traditions, culture, careers, hobbies). It is a very good idea to learn, engage and interact with their interests. This will allow them to grow trust in your care for their spiritual wellbeing. If you can speak their “lingo,” you’re worthy of sharing something that might spiritually challenge them.  

* The true essence of selflessness, becoming all things to all men. If people are online, go to them. And do so by employing these steps. It will help move things closer to studies.

Thirdly, we utilize our evangelistic caliber,

1. Be a spiritual ninja - a cold transfer 

- Make available “watermarks” on the various social venues you may interact with on any daily moment (i.e. website, email address, phone #). This will allow people who might “check your profile,” to see a way in which they can access gospel content or material. 

- Randomly deposit gospel links on various groups, pages, threads. For example, sometimes I’ll chime in on a community group (or page) with a comment on a thread. I do this leaving my website. 

2. Gather personal connections - a warm transfer 

- Communicate via PM (“private message”), email, video chat, phone call. With the AddedSouls.com ministry, we have numerous studies taking place on a private and personal level. 

3. Express your faith publicly - an open transfer 

- Bible verses, Study memes, articles, sermons, videos, podcasts, interaction, debates, comments, threads, pages, groups, websites, live streaming, Q&A’s. Make all of this public, so that all the world can see. It’s out there and has the potential to go “viral.” 

- Challenge. Show Bible knowledge. Couple everything with love. Always give an invitation and contact information. Learn to discern good soil from rotten soil. Don’t waste time on delinquents at this volume of daily evangelistic stature. Remain self-controlled. Don’t take things personally (I know, that can be very difficult). Continue to be sincere. Genuine. Honest. Straight forward. Direct. Courageous. Patient. Kind. Respectful. Never attack the person, only the falsehood. 

* These are designed to amplify your evangelistic reach, once again, resulting in studies. Some of us may have more talent in one section over the other, never the less we should try to use all of these when applicable. 

If you practice these simple instructions, with time you will congregate fruit. Practice forbearance. You’ll soon find yourself collecting studies which lead people to Christ. Sometimes that can be guiding said person towards a faithful church int their area, or trustworthy contact. In numerous cases, we’ve experienced folks approaching us privately after following our content for years. Never give up. Persevere. 

There is an ocean of example recorded in the Bible regarding men of God openly, publicly, declaring the gospel. Ultimately this is what will attract study. The purpose of Christ. The uniqueness of His kingdom, church. The plan of salvation. The spirit and truth of worship. Exposing sin. Calling all to repent. All public and courageous. And this indeed will push rebellious souls away, but it creates and accumulates the right soil.  

If we grow to learn and utilize this tactical point system strategy to its maxis reach, we shall produce a sizable crop for our Lord.  Bible studies.

Moment of caution. If we get snared in the leftist weeds of Pharisaical criticism towards our fellow saints regarding talents/opportunities they may surpass us with. Our jealousy and divisive behavior will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Idle. Vain, useless, a stumbling block of discouragement. Illegal. 

May we strive to be sincere, honest, and genuine with our evangelism. It does not need to be perfect, but it most certainly needs to be loving and courageous.  The minute I knew what Mk. 16:16 really meant, I was sharing through all these tools. I may not have known how to defend anything else, but I was proclaiming Jesus to people none the less. And it brought Bible studies. Now throughout the years, I’ve grown to season my efforts. And I know you can also if you try. This will most certainly cultivate Bible studies.

*BONUS: Similar pattern inhabits Bible studies via the PHYSICAL LANGUAGE approach, set once again in three dynamic categories, 

1. “Ninja” = leaving gospel material and contact info in various places (i.e. cards, mailboxes, restaurants, with a tip, pinboards all over the community, washrooms, hotels motels, anywhere and everywhere) 

The "ninja" method will be known as a cold transfer to the gospel.

The Ethiopian had gospel material, he had a scroll with the words of the prophet Isaiah, the Bible. He had acquired inspired content through some cold transfer, since he did not yet receive the personal preaching of the meaning of the text he was reading. 

2. “Personal” = one on one bible studies with people, either through building a friendship first or not. This personal approach may have come as a result of your “ninja” efforts, perhaps invitation to worship. 

The "personal" method will be known as a warm transfer to the gospel.

Once Philip the evangelist embarked on the chariot with the eunuch, he was able to make a warm transfer. Philip preached Jesus Christ to this religious man seeking to please God. Philip properly interpreted the Bible so as to reveal Christ through the Old Testament writ.

3. “Public” = this is the open proclamation of the gospel in areas where people congregate (i.e. religious establishments, social media, colleges, universities, shopping centers, markets, festivals, parades, etc)

The "public" method will be known as an open transfer to the gospel.

Once the Ethiopian understood the gospel, he further urged Philip to immerse him in Christ through the water he could see. This was a very public display of gospel obedience. It produced a Christian that day, one who went on his way rejoicing. 
I pray this information will help in your faith. 

God bless.
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The H.S. was sent among us in the 1st Century with a purpose. He poured out His power among mankind so as to confirm the word through the objectives mentioned in the verse above. Once the mission was accomplished. The Bible was perfect and complete for every soul on earth henceforth. Today the power of the H.S. is no longer poured on mankind. We have His finished work, His Word. And so, He directly operated on us in the 1st Century. And now operates on us today through His word and providence. God the Father. God the Son. God the Spirit. All live within each faithful child of the kingdom. We can find comfort, peace, forgiveness, and purpose in His all sufficient Book. May God bless you all. 

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SEEK YE FIRST

Matthew 6:25-34

Context:

Mt. 6:1-24, Jesus is rebuking their outward display of religion. For it has no inward dwelling with faith. They’re putting on a “show” instead of truly living a God-filled mind. “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Mt. 15:8). They were outwardly praying (which is supposed to be a connection between man and God), being benevolent (connection between man and his fellow man), and fasting (connection within one’s self-sacrifice and meditation) in order to be recipient on what rightfully belongs to God (something personal, innocent and true). Their intentions were not pure, proper, clean, or righteous. They were actors (hypocrites), playing an act for their spectators. They wanted to be seen as something they were not. And this made them unproductive for the cause of Christ. They would not even forgive their brother when called for. Sad indeed. 

You see, outwardly acting religious might store up all sorts of wealth for us, praise, and worldly comfort. If your goal in life is directed towards self, then self will compromise with the world in order to accumulate more outward appearance (i.e. bigger numbers in the assembly, a larger following, etc). But it will not generate eternal life. And the reason it will not is that it makes one worry more about what is outwardly (food, drink, clothes) instead of what is inward. Heavenly wealth. Spiritual blessings. The things that are important for our spiritual survival. 

And so, Christ transitions this teaching into the following text (25-34), in which our sermon is found this day.

BODY

25

Is Christ saying that physical life, food, drink, and clothes are not important? Of course not! 

It is a matter of priority. People of the world, those Christ was addressing as being actors. Thought that the pursuit of outward indulgence had more importance than the pursuit of inward faith utilized to please God. 

The breath you have in your lungs takes precedence over the food you digest and the clothes you wear. Granted it takes food in order to keep our lungs breathing. But food is not the source of importance, it is but a tool to be used properly so as to keep the lungs breathing for Christ. If the church of Christ and doing what is right, is the source of priority, then the church of Christ and doing what is right, will make sure we eat food. 

26

We were created in the image of God, animals were not, and so we are much more important than they, for they cannot store up heavenly wealth. And yet still they are well taken care of regarding food, drink, and covering. 

27

Christ is not talking about, “don’t pay your bills, they’ll pay themselves.” 

28 - 29 - 30

Ultimately, the big picture, can being worried about “keeping up with the Jones’s” ever extend your life on this earth? No. Some have made being physically healthy more important than being spiritually healthy. 

If even what blossoms today and is mowed down the very next, can receive what it needs to have had life. Again, how much more will we, created in His image, be taken care of if we simply read, study, rightly divide, and apply/obey the Bible? 

Birds, flowers, and grass. All taken care of because they know who they belong to. How much more will we be taken care of if we simply recognize who we belong to? 
Our lack of recognizing this very fact displays our lack of faith. Lack of faith is the reason some Christians think the church is a social club, for social activities. And being social with the gospel somehow holds more spiritual importance than Bible studies, accurately learning the Word of God and obeying in love the instructions therein. And so the community does not identify us as the light on top of the hill, but rather just another funhouse where everyone goes to heaven one day (no matter what you really believe about anything). 

We need to stop worrying about what the world thinks about us. Faithful Christians need to stop worrying about what unfaithful Christians think about us. We don’t allow the worldly among us dictate a standard contrary to the word of God. We need to stop worrying about pleasing the world and start worrying about pleasing God. 

31

Stop worrying about what the world wants you to worry about. This verse is not speaking about worrying to make ends meets. Worrying about putting food on the table is not the idea behind this context. Gentile society and culture would make food, drink, and clothing a matter of fashion and status. The greater extravagance within the art of eating, drinking, and clothing is what drove these people into outward and useless endeavors. And because of that, they dictated the standard in which religious people should be displayed (hence the hypocrisy of those praying, being benevolent, and fasting). 

We see the same today, do we not? Look at the amount of cooking shows out there. And look at the number of fashion shows out there. House shows. Keeping up with the jones. Look at how the world wants religion to look, speak, and act like. This culture, like theirs, hasn’t changed all that much. We embrace consumerism. We embrace denominationalism. We can shop at the click of a button. We can drain the credit cards in less than one minute. And this creates a massive amount of anxiety in the individual mind and home. It has been the cause of debt, divorce, unemployment, depression, idleness, and apathy in the church for decades. All sorts of negative results. 

The Gentiles lavished in the riches of the world. To them, food, drink, and clothing was of the utmost importance. 

THE REMEDY,

33

You seek HIS kingdom (it belongs to christ, His church, His people. You seek the church that belongs to Christ), and HIS righteousness (His standard of right and wrong). And how do we do that? Through the instruction of HIS perfect and fulfilled word, God breathe, the sword of the Spirit. 

Everyone who was following Christ regarding His teaching of the Kingdom. Were they not fed? Were they not clothed? Of course. 

If the first thing you do in life each day is to search out the church of Christ, to obey its conditions of entrance, to be faithful within it, to be productive within it. The church of Christ (we here today, the assembly, the family, the body, the congregation) God will make sure none of us go without food, drink, clothing, and lodging. It’s not a free ride, it’s not to be taken advantage of. It is to sustain life in Christ so as to do His will, and to do His will pleases Him. 

So we need not worry like the world worries, over outward things. We have peace in Christ when we seek His church first each day. 

Seek ye first the kingdom is a verse that gives us practical insight into God’s standard of judgment. And so, to practice this verse properly we ask ourselves questions. 

  • Does being here this day as an outward display of a religious person make us inwardly faithful? No. 

  • If the 1st reason we are here today is for someone, or something other than Jesus Christ? We’re going to miss paradise. For we’ve been bought by the fluff of men, and not by the binding word of God.  

  • We can be the most socially active congregation on the block. Fill our calendars with all sorts of hangouts. But if we’re not in the word of God, we’ve failed to “seek ye first.” 

  • Does dating and marrying unbelievers, or unfaithful Christians, line up with seeking first the kingdom of God? Does it further grow the kingdom and please God when we put ourselves in compromising situations, of such magnitude as a life long union with another person?

  • Does forsaking the assembly in a habitual manner, line up with seeking first the kingdom of God?

  • Does hanging around bad company?

  • What kind of music do you listen to? Movies do you watch?


CONCLUSION 34

Philippians 4:11-13 

11 for I have learned (how? educated in the word of God), in whatsoever state I am (rich or poor), therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed (by what? The word of God, the Bible) both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (how? Through the teachings of Christ found in the Bible).

(I don’t need to worry, when I am content, because whatever comes my way, the Word of God will instruct me to remain on course). 

If we are content with what God provides, we won’t have to worry about tomorrow. Because today has enough to worry about all on its own. 

When we decided to let go of our past lives. God took care of us. Why? Because we seek His kingdom and righteousness first. 

If you are tired of worrying about the afterlife, and if you’re going to paradise or torment. If you, this day, seek His church and His commands. You need to repent and be immersed in water, with His authority, for the forgiveness of your sins. He will add you to His kingdom. And through His words in the Bible, He will teach you to remain faithful therein. 

If you choose to be made right with God this day, please come forward as we stand and we sing.

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The “social gospel’ creates a social club.

Denominations do not believe that the Bible is the sole source of fulfilled revelation for us today. They invoke other elements outside, apart, and separate from God breathe literature. The Bible is simply not enough to change the hearts of men, so therefore we must come up with other ways. These other ways take away from the work of God produced in the hearts of men when they read the Bible (Rom. 10:17). It elevates uninspired men above the ability of the inspired Book. And because of this, they apply other means of evangelism as the bait which attracts mankind to social environments. They never venture deep water. The idea operates in such likeness, “let’s feed them physical food, but never spiritual food. Let us clothe the flesh, but never the mind. Let us have our youth in all sorts of fun and active social activities, but let us never exercise their minds with the word of God. Let people know more about food and sports than the Bible and worship. Let us convert them to a social entourage in the hopes that osmosis for Christ might take place.” 

Sadly, we’ve allowed the practice of denominations to be the standard we embrace as Christians. We believe that the more influence we have in the community as a social club where folks have “fun,” the more “growth” will accumulate. 

Saints, we must certainly try to be social people. People who invest their time with the community. Friendly people. People who display a sense of fun and interaction. People who are attracted to speak with. Approachable. We must, as Paul, the apostle would say, do so “to save some.” But the sole “bait” we should be using to catch fish, is the word of God. The gospel therein. For no other source is a productive branch in Christ. If seven days of the week are filled with social/secular enterprise, and but one hour is spent with the Bible. We will lose the spiritual battle and miss the eternal mark. 

The “social gospel” will never convert souls to Christ our Lord and Master. It will always blossom more lost individuals for the Devil to swallow. How do we get into the community? By publicly proclaiming the word of God with strength, courage, no shame. Yes, this will cause for persecution. Awkward moments. Discouragement and division (Mt. 10:34). But it will also please God and cause for genuine and honest growth. It will attract the right kind of soil (Acts 2:37-47, 8:36-39). 

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” - Heb. 4:12

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"Addiction?"

Why do you think people become dependent on certain sinful lifestyles? Because it tastes bitter? Because of all the destruction and division? The reality of eternal punishment?

No, friends.

Wine, women, and song is the warmth you find under the wing of a dragon. It's the "heaven" you can see and experience now. You'll do anything for it. Love at first feel. Breaking all the rules. Nothing is more important. Your soul. Those you care for. They hold no sway to the priority at hand. This moment of release. The elixir which keeps your dreams young. Them familiar skies, roads, faces, music. The whispering wind. Roots weaned in illusion. The lava which masquerades of peace and freedom. It never goes away. Riders of the storm in a desert of peyote. White horses and a witches brew. Gas trees and woven blurs. Fragments of a broken mind. Bleeding eyes. Thoughts of dream and seismic imaginations. Nothing is more attractive to the flesh. The inner elements of euphoria, nostalgia, and oasis. Desires of myth and excess. The repetitive clinch. The serpents bite. The devil's footprint. A beast in white clothing. It is always waiting for your return.

The many woes behind the curtain of substance abuse.

That "thing" which keeps my people dying. I understand it most well. It's the crippling pain that wakes you up at night. It's the isolated sorrow that lingers in your heart when you must say goodbye. It's the darkness and void left behind. It's the never-ending agony that threatens us when we entertain change.

"Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll." How did I ever leave the clutches of such a powerful adversary? Pay attention. The cure. By seeking greater power. By filling the void with the truth of Jesus Christ.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

Young people. Stay away from fornication, alcohol & drugs. Bad company corrupts good morals.

I’ve been the exception to the rule. Most die out there.

Contact me and I'll help you learn the purpose of life (Mt. 6:33).

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TITLE: Be the ONE from the TEN

This past Wednesday we had a wonderful thanksgiving service. And many Scriptures were read which reveal the necessity of thanksgiving from followers of Christ. And one such section of the Bible will be our lesson this morning… 

TEXT: Luke 17:11-19 - the ten lepers. We ask ourselves,… 

Have we ever thanked our employers for having a job?
Have we ever thanked our teachers for educating us at school?
Have we ever thanked our first responders & soldiers? 
Have we ever thanked our parents, family?

When we take the time to sit down with paper and pen, we can come up with a full page of people we should be thankful for. And the Bible is filled with examples of such necessity if we are to be thankful people. And yet our greatest thanks is designated to God the Father, His Son, His Spirit. Let’s go deeper, shall we?  

In this recorded account… 

- Christ is making His way fulfilling His ministry and the prophets. He continues to walk towards Jerusalem. And in this recorded moment He identifies 10 individuals plagued with leprosy. 

Leprosy is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It primarily affects the nerves of the extremities, the skin, the lining of the nose, and the upper respiratory tract. ... Leprosy produces skin ulcers, nerve damage, and muscle weakness.”- health line .com 

  • The amount of pain, disfigurement, stench of rot and sorrow, would become common ground for those plagued with this terrible pestilence. If we can discern the amount of medical depravity these poor souls were going through, we can most certainly discern the emergent need to find a cure. And therein have our spiritual lesson this Lord’s day. 

READ TEXT LUKE 17:11-19 

These 10 souls knew who Jesus was, for they believed in Him (Luke 14:1-6 might give us insight into the fact). And so they proceed to beg for Christ’ attention. He is the source of their healing. They’ve apparently seen Him heal leprosy before.
Vs. 14 is most revealing.

Jesus recognized their penitent, submissive, and seeking heart (“when He saw them, He said to them”). He proceeded to give them conditions of an active faith (“Go and show yourselves to the priests”). They obeyed (“and as they were going”) and as a result of a working faith, “they were cleansed.” God told them what to do in order to receive cleanliness. They did what Jesus told them to do. And they were cleansed. Simple. Interesting to note, faith has always been the reason, but obedience has been the necessary bridge to reach the desired result.

- The Old Law demanded those suffering from leprosy be exiled from the community due to uncleanness (READ: Lev. 13:45-46; Num. 5:2-3).

If leprosy would be cured, they had to first show themselves to the high priests in order to have the ability to return to the people (Lev. 14:2-32). So what is the spiritual application God intends for us to learn this day? Twofold.

  1. Can’t have what is unclean, among what is clean. 
  2. We must be thankful for what is made clean. 

So, #1. You do not want any uncleanness infecting the camp/congregation, because it has a way of spreading and bearing fruit, even many years later. 

For example, one summer several years ago as I labored for the Riverview congregation in N.B. Canada. A very kind Christian couple (members of an assembly in the US) came to visit us. They worshipped and had fellowship with us for a few weeks. On the outside surface, we were greatly encouraged to have them with us. But what we were unaware of at the time was their spiritual uncleanness. You see, they secretly warmed up to members who were not properly versed in the Bible (members who had been sitting in the pews for over 30 years mind you). And they introduced dissension to them in a kind and respectful way. Masquerading as an angel of light. These thought that the gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were not New Testament books, but Old Testament Books that needed to be done away with. That we no longer need to live under. And so, because these members had a lack of spiritual discernment, they found a tickling ear to know more. And more they received. This Christian couple would give these idle members, false teaching in secrecy. Until two years later, it surfaced its ugly head among us. It was bearing fruit. Separation was taking place, these members had in turn become disciples of error and were further trying to convince others to believe this falsehood. Making those they converted twice the children of hell (Mt. 23:15).

And so, we lovingly tried to study with those infected with this spiritual leprosy, but it was too late. The faithful had not addressed it soon enough. And so these members left the faith, and Brough their children, and their grandchildren with them. These proceeded to “open shop” for themselves and contact everyone to convince them to turn to their doctrines. I think you can understand that this caused much pain, sorrow, and discouragement. I then purposely-educated myself with their false doctrines and proceeded to teach the congregation. So as to never again allow the fold to be snared by such spiritual leprosy. 

If these lost souls would return to Christ, they would have to do so through the proper channels (“show yourselves to the priests”), they’d have to sit down with the leaders and show fruits of repentance (signs of healing). And once fully cleansed they’d be warmly welcomed back into the camp. And we’d thank God! 

The same is told of another example. A fornicating couple, unclean among us. We had to approach them and separate ourselves from their unrepentant behavior. Because if they’re allowed to remain in the fold while fornicating, why can’t I stay here also as a drunkard or adulterer? (see the disease spread?). For they were already separated from God, we just caught up to it. Now if they repent, they must go through the proper channels, and we shall warmly welcome them back into the fold. And thanksgiving shall be extended to our LORD and MASTER.

If you have an honest and humble heart, you’ll understand the spiritual teaching being proclaimed to you this day. And so, back to the account here… 

- Not only were these “malads” (a French word for “sickly people”) scorned in the flesh, they further had to be separated from the location of blessing because they were unclean. 

Application: Outside of the body of Christ, we are separated from Him due to our uncleanness, SIN. Oh, it may not take physical form (though sometimes it does), it most certainly is seen within (“by their fruits, you shall know them”). I’ve seen many Christians who shine bright as a new penny on the outside, but then you realize they are far from faithful within. They are caught up in a spiritual rut, not willing to grow and expand scriptural potential for sake of compromise. 

And just like Jesus tested the faith of these lepers, so He does also with us this day. Can we recognize it? Are we pierced like the Jews of Acts 2:37 who obeyed? Or are we pierced like the Jews of Acts 7:54, who murdered Steven? We move forward… 

Jesus told them to go visit the high priest before they could see the results of their healing. It takes faith to do something before identifying any results. When the doctor says, “trust me, follow this diet.” The image we see in the mirror doesn’t yet tell the tail of results. Yet, we trust in the doctor and follow the diet. And months later the image in the mirror (outward) and bloodwork, inward, tells a different tale. 

When Christ says, “go into that water so I can wash your sins away with my blood.” It takes faith to believe such a thing because we have to look with spiritual eyes. For if we don’t, all we see is water and getting wet. We’ll never see salvation (Mk. 16:16), a new birth (Jn. 3:5). And we’ll keep arguing against Christ pinning His words against each other in trying to justify our lack of faith and thankfulness. 

We move forward and recognize in this account that Jesus remains legal. A law-abiding citizen. For He knows the proper channels necessary, they must go see the high priests. He’s obedient to the law He was born under. 

One of the healed, the Gentile (Samaritan), recognizes the great turn in his life that has taken place. He was once in hopeless uncleanness, and now he is made whole, pure, cured.

This was very strong and forceful teaching from Christ, very offending and controversial, for by implication He’s saying that the 9 who did not return to thank Him, were Jews. He’s telling religious people that they are wrong. 

It what supposed to be understood that the Jews had to give thanks to God for their cleanness (Psalms 107:20-22; 103:1-4; 100:4). But yet here a point is being made, the Gentile is thankful. Another sign pointing to the day when the Greeks (that’s us) would warmly be given the gospel also (Acts 10). And how they would more quickly accept it over the Jews who ultimately brought Christ to the cross (Acts 2:36). - ——— I’ve had more success teaching Bible truth to heathens, than teaching Bible accuracy to most Christians. Because most Christians think they already know it all. They look down on you. Heathens who seek freedom in Christ, are open vessels soaking in the truth in a pure form. And these repentant heathens who come out of a sinful world, can’t get enough of the Bible, they want to know about every spiritual thing imaginable. They want their questions answered. They want to grow in their knowledge. They don’t want to remain surface. They want to lay nets in deeper water. They want to learn to discern error from the truth and defend it. They want to be able to discern fluff from meaty and challenging teaching. And this greatly offends Christians who are idle and apathetic. And that is further why preachers like myself are not welcomed in many congregations these days. 

This Gentile, which returned to Christ in thankfulness. His faith made him well. When Christ said, “go,” he went. His trust in Christ made him act upon the command. Resulting in being healed. He didn’t say, “well those Jews didn’t need to come back, so why should I?!”

Today, we too are dying in uncleanness (SIN - spiritual idleness, apathy, vain worship, the inability to discern error and spiritual threat, fornication, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, denominationalism). The cure remains Christ, He tells us “go,” and we need to “GO.” Only if we “go,” shall we achieve the desired goal,  freedom/forgiveness/salvation. It takes faith (Heb. 11). And there is no thanksgiving to be found outside of Christ. For what are you thankful for? Being lost? 

If you are outside of Christ, it takes faith to repent and be immersed in water so as to be saved (Rom. 6:3-4). If you are in Christ already it takes faith to grow, to go further in the word which challenges our accustomed thoughts which may have been within us for decades. 

Friends, I’m not here with style in order that you follow me. I’m here so that you follow the Bible. Because once I’m gone, those who follow the Bible will continue to do so. Those who follow man will fall. 

If you are the ONE from the TEN, please come forward for salvation or renewal, thanksgiving, and hope, as we stand and we sing. 

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FLESH VS. SPIRIT, which are we led by?

TEXT: Galatians 5:16-26

CONTEXT:

Paul in this section is following up his previous rebuke against Judaism (1-15), for some Christians were still trying to practice Old Testament law (“circumcision”). The church needed to be instructed regarding their error and in turn, be encouraged to pursue practicing the New Covenant. For mixing some sections of the old in with the new create separation from Christ (5). And so, they needed practical instruction to understand and follow. No longer are they to be led by the flesh, but rather the Word of God (the sword of the Spirit). They needed to let go of the world and its desires in order to now practice love and truth. And so, Paul was going to give them specific ways in which that is to be done. 

The idea that Christians should not be led by the flesh, was conveyed to the church in Rome also, “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” - Rom. 6:6
And so, in this section of Galatians, we’re going to see two categories…

INTRODUCTION

  1. Led by the Flesh
Allowing the world to instruct our way of thinking, speaking, behaving. 

  1. Led by the Spirit
Allow the Word of God to instruct our way of thinking, speaking, behaving. 
And in no way, shape, or form, is this section of Scripture teaching us that we are somehow demonically guided to do evil deeds of the flesh, nor is it teaching we are miraculously guided by the H.S. through sensational mysticism to do the deeds of the word. Both would be a breach of gospel and free-will. Everything here is orderly and sober, we can know it, make sense of it, and apply it to our lives. 

BODY

  1. Led by the Flesh

Fornication - “illicit sexual intercourse, including incest and homosexuality.
Uncleanness - “religious corruption” (Mt. 23:27)
Lasciviousness - “sexual overtones, sensuality, sexy, public indecency.” 
Idolatry - “the worship of false gods, and/or anything more important than God.”
Sorcery - “drug use to enhance sensation in connection with false worship”
Enmities - “hostility towards others, antagonistic, unfriendliness or opposition” 
Strife - “contentious, causing unrighteous arguments and controversy.”
Jealousies - “resentment toward others for what they have.”
Wraths - “explosive display of anger and behavior” 
Divisions - “church splits over unimportant issues and personality clashes.”
Parties - “segment groups which promote heresy.” 
Envyings - “the desire to deprive others of their possessions.”
Drunkenness - “the alteration of one’s normal mind”
Revellings - “noisy, rowdy, wild conduct, usually by drunkenness.”
Such like - “everything above and beyond mentioned in this text.”

  1. Led by the Spirit

Love - “agape, sacrificial” (1 Cor. 13:4-7)
Joy - “not earthly pleasure, but deep inner hope of Christ and doing what is good.”
Peace - “knowing that being faithful you can go to heaven one day”
Long-suffering - “doesn’t give up when life gets tough”
Kindness - “sweet & gentle behavior towards others.”
Goodness - “moral excellence according to God’s standard.”
Faithfulness - “trust in Christ and fidelity, commitment, to His teachings.”
Meekness - “strength in submission to God, humble and patient.” 
Self-control - “personal discipline of mind, and body against temptation.”
Against such there is no law - “abide and abound in these virtues.”

CONCLUSION:

We must not try to add anything of our old self into our new self. At what very moment did this transformation of old to new take place? Romans 6:3-4

INVITATION:

If you would like to leave the old self in order to become a Christian. To let go of being led by the flesh in order to now be led by the Word of God. Please come forward as we stand and sing.

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DEMONS: a faithful study 

This effort is designed with love, respect, and kind attention. It is purposed to bring us into a more accurate understanding of the matter. I am well aware that it will challenge your current beliefs, for it also had challenged mine. And it took me many years to fight through false indoctrination and finally humble myself before God and accept reality regarding this topic. And so, all I ask is honest attention, and that we genuinely examine the Scriptures together. Even to the point we deny our past affiliation to erroneous notions, in order to now wholeheartedly and soberly accept the evidence of this case in which I shall present.

A bit of background and personal declaration… 

I was born in 1976, raised in a place called “Scoudouc” New Brunswick Canada. East Coast. Atlantic. The Mariners side of things. Woodsman, fisherman, hunters, truck drivers, factory workers. Working hard, and playing harder. And as I remember growing up in a family and community which welcomed and embraced sensational beliefs, it was common knowledge and culture to nourish our worldview when it came to the topic of supernatural experience (i.e. ghosts, demons, angels, miracles, etc). A people naturally attracted to proponents (those in favor of) mysticism.

From European descent, our religious forefathers passed on to us the tradition of Catholicism (a religious denomination created from apostasy and political influence - 1 Tim. 4:1-3, birth centuries after the church Jesus had built in Jerusalem - Acts 1&2). This, “Universal Church” (Catholic Church) gave us food (grocery) and education (schooling). And so we trusted in their doctrines. And these teachings embraced and encouraged the sensational idea of personal and direct demon (and/or deistic) activity in the physical realm.

And so, it was furnished upon us from birth, that the supernatural has never ceased, and that demons and their possession of human beings were as real as daylight. This, of course, would further promote our thoughts into the mystic. As those living in constant fear that the movies, books, magazines, music, and denominational perspectives were indeed true and real. We exchanged reality for myth and called myth, truth. And billions of souls this day live in constant fiction. The thought that either the Devil or the Holy Spirit can do things to us which scripture has since revealed, ceased.  

It is my greatest endeavor to have you return to God with me, as we step away from the lies we’ve so quickly embraced, understanding full well how warm and comforting it can be under the wing of a dragon. For we must step away from our false sense of security in order to receive the ultimate and complete peace, of Jesus Christ our Lord and Master through His perfect Word, Bible. Who, in Him, we are protected from error. 

And so, we first ask ourselves… 

WHAT DOES THE WORLD BELIEVE ABOUT DEMONS?

Hollywood movies, books, music, and magazines. They portray demons and demon possession with charismatic entertainment. Obnoxious, over the top, and far from Scriptural accuracy (i.e. 1973’s “The Exorcist” - “the most profitable horror movie ever made” - IMDB). We see therein what the world perceives and teaches as demon possession. Fanciful. Attractive to our carnal fears. Ignorance of the unknown. Curious enterprise. Dark charm. And the captivating power of a “soiree noir.” But is that accurate?

And in like manner, the denominational world follows suit with sensationalism (“the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke interest or excitement”). Fear tactics to produce wealth in false religious positions regarding demons, the Devil, possession. 

And these misguided sources (Hollywood & denominations - “demon-nations”) were birth from three defining terms:

  1. Relativism - “no one can ultimately know objective truth”
  2. Pluralism - “no one person is wrong, everyone is right”
  3. Emotionalism - “my feelings are what truly matter, regardless of science, history, facts, logic, reason, Bible.” (i.e. what I’ve personally, religiously, experienced outweighs reality/truth). 

And so, when we experience gruesome, barbaric, and most depraved violence. Our knee jerk reaction is to allocate supernatural activity to the event at hand. Because we’ve been birth into this disposition. It is what makes the most sense to us at this misguided moment in our lives. 

For example, one who is intoxicated with excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs. At times will act out in public with a force that can only be subdued with numerous police officers. Was this a supernatural moment? Was this man possessed by a demon? Or can it be scientifically explained through the natural process? I respectfully petition your mind toward the latter of the two.

And as we make progress into this study we shall realize that such cases do not stand in fellowship with the recorded accounts found in the New Testament Bible. And along those lines, we ask ourselves… 

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT DEMONS?

Absolutely nothing, if you refuse to foremost respect the fact that the Bible is the sole source of inspired information we have from God this day. Without respecting the authority of the Bible you’ll keep coordinating sensationalism with the 3’ “isms,” instead of God. But for this purpose and study, we shall assume that the audience, respects the authority of the Holy Writ.

We must lay down a foundation. When Christ came to earth some 2000 years ago. It was not out of sheer happenstance (coincidence) - Gal. 4:4-7. It was well crafted by the providence of God in order to introduce His power over evil, to save mankind from their sins (Mt. 1:21).

This He did in order to point people to the teachings of the New Covenant which were prophesied by the prophets of the Old Testament. And so God allowed the spiritual realm (demons in this context) to enter into physical reality in order to fulfill His gospel plan. Spoken of elaborately by Zechariah 13. 

People needed to see the power of Jesus in order to be drawn to His teachings. So as to confirm that He and His apostles were from God, and not man. This section of history, where God once again intervened with mankind for the last time on earth, was for a specific people living in a specific time. And this fulfilled purpose is now available to us in witness form, the perfect word of God, the completed Book/Bible. Providence in motion. 

And so, we move into a section of the inspired text. The demoniac accounts in the Country of the Gadarenes will reveal some answers regarding what the Bible teaches about demons: Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-13; Luke 8:26-39

For this study we shall read Mark 5:1-13

King James Version (KJV)

5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

2 And when he (Jesus Christ) was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3a Who had his dwelling among the tombs;

  • Naturally what is unclean would be among the dead, according to Old Covenant (ref. Numbers & Leviticus). In this case, the demoniac is dwelling with darkness, uncleanness, death.

  • b. and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

- supernatural indwelling, possession, and force taking place in this account and context. 

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

9 And he (Jesus) asked him (the demon), What is thy name? And he (demon) answered, saying, My (one entity identification) name is Legion: for we (unclean spirits) are many.

10 And he (a demonic entity) besought him (Jesus Christ) much that he (Christ) would not send them (unclean spirits) away out of the country.

11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding (unclean animals).

12 And all the devils (deceivers, unclean spirits) besought him, saying, Send us into the swine (allow us to remain with what is unclean), that we may enter into them (the swine).

13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine (unclean animals): and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. (what is unclean remained uncleaned, sinful, and drowned. It was never born again). 

The world says that demon possession happens behind closed doors in a basement somewhere. It will try to convince us that it takes days, weeks, months, perhaps years to cast out a “demon” by the hand of a priest. 

Yet in this recorded account, we see the opposite. What the Bible reveals as demons and their supernatural possession, is not in fellowship with modern depiction. 

Another important fact is that the so-called demons of the world do not recognize the truth or the source of spiritual authority. This is why modern-day Satanists are spiritual frauds. For one cannot be a true Satanist if he has never known what it is to be a true Christian. Simply meaning, you’ll find stories that alleged demon-possessed vessels feel threatened of denominational figures such as Catholic Priests, Pentecostal charismatics, or certain TV evangelists. Yet how would a demon have fear of what has no spiritual authority? Or for what reason would a demon fear one who is on his side? Jesus knew this fact recorded in Mt. 12. Our sole source of inspired information reveals that even Demons believe (Js. 2:19). They know exactly who the Christ is, and who His followers are. And they can spot a fake (Acts 19:15). And those who had true miraculous gifts were able to discern mental illness from authentic demon possession (Mt. 4:23ff).  

The demons of the Bible were public and defiled. They recognized Jesus as God, having all authority over them. They would remove free-will from vessels they would indwell. They were allowed for a time to wonder the earth and cause problems. And they were well aware that they had chronological stewardship of existence among the physical. 

“Have you come to torment us before the time?” - Mt. 8:29. What time was that? Well, the time in which demons would no longer be allowed to do what they were currently doing. A time when the Word of God would have been perfected, accomplished, completed. A time when the age of miraculous gifts would cease (1 Cor. 13:8). Again, this very accurate truth was prophesied in Zechariah 13. I encourage you to read and study further. 

It is important to note that some who cling to a false agenda, or ignorant teaching, will remove the context from said verses in order to remain under the wing of a dragon (comforted by a lie). They will say that only when Christ returns, miraculous gifts shall cease. But all Scriptures, as a unit of inspired literature, rightly divided, does not lend itself to such a misguided interpretation. 

Please reason with me as we seek further evidence,… 

Mark 16:14-20 

The context. Jesus is speaking directly to His apostles regarding specific people during a specific age. Telling them that gifts of miraculous power would be laid on to believers (i.e. those who have been immersed in water in order to be saved/forgiven of sins by the authority of Jesus Christ, the power of His blood & resurrection - 1Pt. 3:21). And one of the miraculous gifts they would receive would be “cast out demons.”  

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14 Afterward he (the Christ) appeared unto the eleven (the Apostles) as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he (the Christ) said unto them (the eleven), Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name (with the authority of Jesus Christ) shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them (as was promised to them in John 16), and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Important note. To cast out a demon, it took supernatural power (i.e. “gifts of the Holy Spirit” - Acts 2, & 10). These gifts could only be passed on by the apostles, and to those, it was passed unto, they, in turn, could not pass to another. Which is why both demon possession, and the gifts to cast them out, extinguished at the end of the 1st century. Once the perfect had been fulfilled, confirmed, completed (the Bible). This is God’s will.

This spiritual fact is simple if we logically reason together. Demon possession was a breach of the natural order, and also of human free-will. It was permitted for a time in order to confirm the Word (in other words, to write the New Testament Bible by the hands of men who were directly inspired by the Holy Spirit). The transitional period, which was temporary until the perfect word of God was complete (Js. 1:25). 
Necessary implications must observe that if any demon possession takes place today (like so many will advocate), supernatural gifts must still remain available (if not? God has set us up to lose the battle, a battle not yet won), and the Bible is not yet been confirmed (i.e. it has not yet been delivered once for all - Jude 3, it is not yet all-sufficient for life and godliness - 2 Pt. 1:3). And that further implies that Peter was mistaken when he said we’ve been “born again through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Pt. 1:23). For how can one be born from something unaccomplished and lacking inspiration and perfection? If we indeed need more confirming of new Revelation? How can we trust our salvation? We can’t. We fall short. We miss the mark. 

With this information now brought to your attention, it is impossible that any other verse/s you might want to go to in order to prove otherwise, be done so without contradiction. For example, once you know repentance is a necessary component unto salvation, no other verse in the Bible should teach against that, right? Same for demons and possession today. So you can know that Ephesians 6:12, and others, are not to be taken out of context in order to sensationally mythify the accuracy of a doctrinal truth. 

Friends, we can’t have it both ways. We cannot believe in physical supernatural demon activity in this current age, and believe the Bible is 100% accurate, perfect, fulfilled, and complete. Either we will endeavor to catch the wind with the world, an impossible task (with all its mysticism and mythicism - 2Tim. 4:4). Or be grounded on the foundation of truth, which is the Bible (i.e. God breath literature - 2 Tim. 3:16-17).  

It is true, that many evil and most wicked things are happening today. Some of the like in which our minds simply can’t fathom. Like the murder of babies. Like sodomy performed on children. And it is also true that the power of suggestion, hypnosis, and the study of personalities can’t lure us into all sorts of false positions. But none of these is a breach of nature, none of these are supernatural demon possessions or activity. They are merely a witness to the amount of depravity humankind can stoop down to, free-will runs amok. 

And so, In one belief, we die eternally and remain vulnerable to the influence of a wicked world. To believe that demons still exist in the natural physical realm, with the power to possess human beings, is to succumb to a deceptive fear which will hinder our salvation.

On the other, we have spiritual security and strength. Reality and truth. We need not fear the supernatural. For it has since ceased. We can trust the complete Holy Spirit-filled word of God, which is alive and changes minds across ages and cultures. We need not anything separate, detached, apart, and severed from the Bible. In this age, God the Father. His Son. The Spirit. All work through the Bible and providence. Nothing is in need of an addition, or subtraction. 

Friends, the supernatural has ceased. Demons exist, no doubt, but they no longer manifest themselves into the physical vessel. 

What remains is love. Love never fails. God is love. And love (agape - sacrificial), mercy, and grace is extended to all who wish protection from sin and its influence. 
Christ said, “whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved.” If you trust in Jesus enough to believe, repent, and be immersed in water with His authority, for the reception of remission? You can be saved, and protected from all evil, within the location of all blessings in Christ. Outside of Christ, sin flourishes and has a hold of you. The influence of the Devil still has power over you. Not so, when in Christ. The location of the saved. The acquired citizenship of His kingdom. 

Step away from the “ism’s” of the world. Let go sensationalism. Deny yourself and pick up the cross daily. Be soberly made well with the power of the gospel. 

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One Husband. Two Wives. One Child.

Gen. 16:1-6

Bad decisions made by Sarai, Hagar, and Abram. Lack of patience and faith takes place. God suffers their polygamy. Sarai did not anticipate Hagar’s equality with Abram. Strife and division have flourished from these events. All because God was not the sole source of inspired authority in which they sought council. And so, trusting in themselves, and not going through the proper channels. Some disorder and bitter feelings had set in. 

And now it’s time for the LORD to intervene once again among mankind, so as to direct their paths towards His preservation, security, and providence. 

Hagar’s Moment

Genesis 16:7-16

Verses

7.

“Angel of the Lord” = Jesus (2nd person of the Godhead)

Hagar is found traveling back to the area in which she was from. Returning “home” if you will (Egypt). She was out of her place (which was now with Abram & Sarai), and out of the way of her duty (submitting to Sarai & being a wife to Abram), and going further astray (separating herself from the designated area of safety and work). 

APPLICATION: 

Do we not have safety and work to do as citizens of the kingdom of GOD? Most certainly! Do we at times go through very difficult moments due to our lack of faith, patience, and poor decisions? Absolutely! We at times choose to follow our own hearts instead of the Bible, and we suffer the consequences of it (i.e. church splits, divorces, unbelieving children, etc). 

8.

Jesus’ asks Hagar two questions. Not because He does not know the answer but rather because He has plans for her, and she needs to learn something.

Where have you come from?” - On the surface the answer is simple and literal, she just recently came from Abram’s camp, fleeing from the presence of Sarai. But the question, when understood from the idea behind the original language, brings much more depth to the context. The LORD is trying to bring to her attention, a remembrance, the journey she’s been on in her life thus far. She used to be in the hands of the Egyptians, and now she’s in the hands of the blessed (Abram). She was outside the church and needed to go back. The lineage of God’s people. There’s a difference, and so the LORD further asks… 

Where are you going?” - Are you going back to the Egyptians? Hagar needed to think deeply about the ramifications of her current direction in life, away from her designated area of safety, duty, and blessing. She needed to look at the future, both if she decides to return to Egypt (which would be death), or return to Abram’s camp (“church”) to partake in work and blessing. 

APPLICATION:

When we deal with difficult moments in our lives, we must remember from where we come from, and where we are going. This will sober us up, away from our misguided emotions and back into the direction of our LORD. Acting without God’s authority will divide us as the church. Remembering these questions will keep us united and working together (i.e. evangelizing, being benevolent, not forsaking the assembly, giving right and living right). 

9. 

The LORD commands her to go back, and not only go back but submit to Sarai’s authority. The very person she’s currently having a “beef” with.

APPLICATION:

We must repent when we find ourselves straying from the source of discouragement which at times takes place within the church. We must remember that we were much worst off before Christ and that in Him we have blessings and work to do. 

ILLUSTRATION:

Two Christians in the church get into a fight (could be a married couple, family), one decides to leave the church and go back to the world (“Egypt”) because he can’t stand seeing the other. They should remember our LORD’s questions, should they not? Of course! Remembering such will cause repentance to take place, and unity once again.

*Our kids get into a fight, do we adults in reaction start fighting among ourselves, resulting in some falling from grace? Again, let’s remember our LORD’s questions.

10, 11, 12.

And so, on top of verse 9, as a continued consequence to the polygamist context they put themselves in, Hagar’s lineage will be numerous. And though that might be a blessing in one sense, in this case, it will be a curse also. 

The LORD has “given heed” to her affliction. Meaning He took special attention, He took notice of her current situation and used it for His providence. 

The LORD mentions how this child will be a son named Ishmael (name meaning: “God hears” in relation to Hagar’s pain and suffering). 

The LORD further describes the behavior of this child in that he will be untamable, wild, and dangerous. He’ll be fighting against everyone and everyone will be fighting against him. 

13. 

After this declaration, to Hagar. She addresses her perspective regarding the encounter which took place between her and the LORD. She recognized that the LORD had recognized her. 

The LORD revealed Himself to her and instructed her into repentance, “return back to your duty (“church”), under the leadership of Sarai (“Christ”). 

Hagar was amazed that she was able to have direct interaction with the LORD and survive it. She was humbled to have had the LORD’s presence with her. 

14, 15, 16. 

Hagar obeys the LORD, and so the LORD’s will remains on course and Hagar receives blessings. 

And so the LORD intervenes with mankind. He begins by declaring His ability to recognize exactly who Hagar was. Once His presence established, He preaches a sermon. One which utilizes two questions in its fullest capacity, designed to bring forth repentance (“return”). He concludes with the cure to Hagar’s troubles, her submission. And as a result of a perfectly crafted sermon, the desired goal is achieved. Hagar returns to the camp.

With this principle, we can apply the same pattern of inspired instruction to our lives. Have you separated yourself from the church? Think about where you’ve been, and where you’re going. Repent and return. Submit to the authority of Christ and His elders. 

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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? EVERYTHING. 

1 Cor. 13

Context:

Christians in Corinth had been given the ability to perform miraculous gifts. They needed instruction as to how to properly conduct themselves with these gifts. They also needed to utilize them with a righteous mind, intended to be used for the further growth of the gospel and the kingdom therein. 

Verse…

1. Communicating to men with language, void of love & truth. 

Tongues of men” = Supernatural ability allowing one to speak in a known language that they had never learned before. A natural linguistic among mankind, uninspired, common. If this power was not used for the gospel, it became noisy and useless. 
 I’ve never spoken Chinese, I’ve never learned the language. If at this moment I would begin to speak the language (with the understanding of the words I am uttering). This would be miraculous. For it would break the natural law.

Tongues of angels” = a known language that would come from a messenger of the LORD with a purpose to declare direction or command. This language, if not for the further purpose of Christ, is nothing but useless noise.  

This language has absolutely nothing to do with modern-day denominations who claim the gift by incoherent mumblings. God always communicated in an orderly and understandable manner. That’s why Paul made sure they knew what the gift was for, who was to use it, how it was supposed to be used, and the office of interpreter. 
Paul is simply revealing a spiritual fact. It doesn’t matter what kind of known language you speak if it is not backed by agape love, it bears no fruit. If it does not seek to further the cause of Christ, it is noisy and useless. 

2. Communicating to men with powerful display, void of love & truth. 

So not only are verbal communicative skills useless without love (whether from men or from messengers). The same applies to anyone who would have power beyond their ability. If you had powers above and beyond your ability, perfect power and faith like God, without love? Useless. If you could literally move a mountain (an impossible task but for God), without love? Useless, you’re just making noise.

If you’re not proclaiming the right gospel (Gal. 1). If you’ve either removed or added to it. Your talents and opportunities are nothing but deafening, loud and useless, so much so people can’t hear the purity of the true gospel around you, because your noise drowns out the truth. 

How many religious leaders out there, with big names and big money, have millions following and supporting them? Noisy gongs. Who are they converting to Christ? No one. They are useless. Why? They don’t use their influence for the greater good of the kingdom. They are enemies of the cross. 

Paul is making it very clear for these Christians. If you’re not speaking the truth in love, stop your noise!

3. Communicating to men with benevolence, void of love & truth. 

It doesn’t matter how many needy people you help out, feed, lodge, cloth. If there is no purpose to give them gospel truth? Useless, noisy, unproductive. You are producing nothing but a deafening racket.

You can have all the money in the world, without love you are but a sounding brass. It seems to be greatly important, it calls attention to itself, but not to what is important. It has no lasting value. It does not lead anyone to Christ. It does not have the right kind of heart. 

Paul tells the church that anything they do without love is useless. So naturally, Paul is now going to tell them what love looks like. In order to be useful, productive, fruitful. 

4-7. Communicating to men with love, the Bible kind of love. 

“Patient” = You’re suffering long with everyone. Not quick to dismiss someone because of their immaturity or lack of scriptural knowledge.  

“Kind” = Gentle with people. You don’t want to break them. You want to build them. 

“Not jealous” = It does not find joy at the misfortune of others. You pray for their success. 

“Does not brag” = It does not try to build self up while tearing others down.

“Not arrogant” = It does not boast in societal standards (i.e. I’m smarter, bigger, richer, etc).

“Unbecomingly” = Not rude, do nice things to others (i.e. open doors, etc)

“Does not seek its own” = You don’t have to have it your way all the time, allow other people to decide also. You might be surprised at the value of their participation. 

“Not provoked” = Not irritable, being easily annoyed or made angry at everything and everyone. Getting worked up about every little thing that ultimately holds no true spiritual wealth for your faith. 

“Account a wrong suffered” = Taking inventory of the things people have done wrong against me. Holding a grudge till the nth degree. Never letting it go. Waiting for a reason to bring it back up as a weapon.  

“Do not rejoice in unrighteousness” = in words, behavior, and practice which is against doing what is right.

“Love rejoices with the truth” = the truth being preached and practiced, honesty. 

“Bears all things” = puts up with everyone, no one is perfect. 

“Believes all things” = desires to believe the good in others. 

“Hopes all things” = has full trust in the promises of Christ and counting on His faithful followers.  

“Endures all things” = perseverance in the most difficult trials, tests, circumstances. Never give up on Christ and His church. No matter how difficult things may come. 

8. Miraculous Gifts will cease, but love will remain.

Love is the great equalizer, everyone can be the same with love. Back then not everyone had the same miraculous gifts. And so it caused problems. It was not perfect. It was transitional. It was to confirm the word of God. All of the miraculous has since ceased in the 1st century. And now we have the two remain elements, the Bible & love. 

And who better teach us about the Word of God & love, than He who is love (1 John 4:8) and is the word. Jesus Christ (John 1:1). 

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16

“If you love me keep my commandments.” - John 14:15

If you want the love of Jesus and His family in your life this morning, you simply need faith in obeying His loving gospel. 

“Whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved. Whoever does not believe shall be damned.” - Mk. 16:16

Without Jesus (who is love) in your life, you are but a noisy gong. Stop being spiritually useless, repent of your sins and allow Him to save you.

Come forward as we stand and sing.

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THE LORD'S SUPPER

The Scriptural thought behind “observance” is one of “watching,” being “vigil.” We must be awake and sober.

THE BASIS

The Messianic memorial had an origin (Gen. 3:15). It was to have a designated time of appearance and practice (Gal. 4:4). For it is intertwined with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Birth from the mind of God, and conveyed through the agency of prophets (Luke 24:44). A coming Messiah would free mankind from the bondage of their sins. This orchestrated system of intelligence would be rendered null without the purpose of salvation to all who “ask, seek, and knock” (Mt. 7:7). Christ came and fulfilled His ministry, and this gave birth to a new age which would have a new Law (Gal. 6:2). And this stewardship was transitioned into authority through His death, burial, and resurrection, nailing former ordinances to the cross (Col. 2:14). The memorial which was to be instituted would be a blessing for all citizens of His kingdom. An outward action declaring “ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come.”

THE PURPOSE

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man may law down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13). Jesus of Nazareth had predestined from His genesis, the forgiveness of sins to all who love Him (Jn. 14:15; Mt. 1:21). Because of this good news, we trust in Him. And therein, our individual accountable selves are to be in proper worship (Jn. 4:24). The emblem of “agape” was shed on a cruel Roman cross. For this reason, we are set free from lawlessness through His blood (Mt. 26:28). In this irrefutable endeavor, we are privy to the partaking of the supper. This meal instituted and administered by the great “I AM” and His Son the Christ our Savior. If it were not for this pivotal moment in history (accomplished through His might) we would be forevermore lost. A tragic and most detestable thought (1 Cor. 15:14). The purpose behind the practice we so traditionally declare is to have Christians remember the death of He who gave Himself willfully. For He “was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5). We are feeble creatures, petty and forgetful. We spend our days tampered with worldly influence and temptation. God in His infinite knowledge and power, from His mind, knew He would command finite man to remember the passing of His Son through the New Covenant. The uniting factor found in the source of this nourishment allows us to share with the Lord and our brethren according to First Corinthians 10:16-17. We must understand the purpose of this remembrance and the fact that it is not a common “snack,” but a specific moment of worship as noted in First Corinthians 11:20-22. To partake of bread and wine is to amplify the sacrifice in our minds, the most important memory (1 Cor. 11:23-24). This commemoration proclaims our Master till He returns (1 Cor. 11:25). The impetus of this repast is such that it must be done in a worthy manner, or else we find ourselves heaped in judgment (1 Cor. 11:27-32).

TIME & FREQUENCY

It’s only natural we move along to display the time in which partaking of the Lord’s Supper is practiced. We can trust that if God made certain to establish the basis of the feast and its purpose, He will also reveal the day in which we must revisit the cross. The significance is profound, for it extends depth and accuracy in God’s ability to know all things. He planned it from a system of pattern already weaned throughout the ages, in His people. The memory of deliverance from Egypt. The tradition of the Passover. This program of intelligence tailored a faithful spotlight, paving the way for a more mature worship. Interesting to note - Jesus was murdered and buried on Friday and resurrected on Sunday (Luke 23-24). This day was no serendipity. The unit of chronological measure and God-ordained architecture was orderly. His guidance leaves no stone unturned. We are given precise terms and conditions of obedience. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were to remember the Passover. They were given specific instructions. And so, now under the New Covenant, we can investigate the recorded accounts of our fellow brethren in the first century. For we learn from these, the authoritative fashion in which they partook. Evidence indicates a weekly observance (Acts 20:7). 

CONCLUSION

We are to partake together every Sunday when willing and able. We are to consume in good faith, love, and unity. We are to take of the bread first and then the cup. We are to remember the death of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. And as long as we do this, we declare His truth to a dying world till He returns. This application is to be executed eagerly and with tenacity of conviction. Observance of the Lord’s supper. 

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3 ways to evangelize & 3 reasons why

WAYS

1. “Ninja” = leaving gospel material and contact info in various places (i.e. cards, mailboxes, restaurants, with a tip, pinboards all over the community, washrooms, hotels motels, anywhere and everywhere) 

The "ninja" method will be known as a cold transfer to the gospel.

The Ethiopian had gospel material, he had a scroll with the words of the prophet Isaiah, the Bible. He had acquired inspired content through some cold transfer, since he did not yet receive the personal preaching of the meaning of the text he was reading. 

2. “Personal” = one on one bible studies with people, either through building a friendship first or not. This personal approach may have come as a result of your “ninja” efforts, perhaps invitation to worship. 

The "personal" method will be known as a warm transfer to the gospel.

Once Philip the evangelist embarked on the chariot with the eunuch, he was able to make a warm transfer. Philip preached Jesus Christ to this religious man seeking to please God. Philip properly interpreted the Bible so as to reveal Christ through the Old Testament writ.

3. “Public” = this is the open proclamation of the gospel in areas where people congregate (i.e. religious establishments, social media, colleges, universities, shopping centers, markets, festivals, parades, etc)

The "public" method will be known as an open transfer to the gospel.

Once the Ethiopian understood the gospel, he further urged Philip to immerse him in Christ through the water he could see. This was a very public display of gospel obedience. It produced a Christian that day, one who went on his way rejoicing.
 
There is an ocean of example recorded in the Bible regarding men of God openly, publicly, declaring the gospel. The purpose of Christ. The uniqueness of His kingdom, church. The plan of salvation. The spirit and truth of worship. Exposing sin. Calling all to repent. All public and courageous. And this pushed many souls away, but it gathered a few to obedience.

REASONS

1. Reach the faithless = Luke 19:10 “for the son of man came to seek and save those who are lost” – Jesus used all 3 approaches of evangelism in order to save the lost. We would be wise to learn from Him. 

2. Renew the fallen = Luke 15 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

3. Reinforce the faithful = 1 Thess. 4 “therefore encourage each other with these words.” – a message of promise, hope, eternal completion and peace. The hope and strength to persevere (never give up). And the fear of judgment motivating us to evangelize. 

If we grow to learn and utilize this tactical point system strategy to its maxis reach, we shall produce a sizeable crop for our Lord.  If we get snared in the leftist weeds of Pharisaical criticism towards our fellow saints regarding talents/opportunities they may surpass us with, our jealousy and divisive behavior will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Idle. Vain, useless, a stumbling block of discouragement.

May we strive to be sincere, honest, and genuine with our evangelism. It does not need to be perfect, but it most certainly needs to be loving and courageous.  The minute I knew what Mk. 16:16 really meant, I was sharing through all these tools. I may not have known how to defend anything else, but I was proclaiming Jesus to people none the less. Now throughout the years I’ve grown to season my craft. And I know you can also if you try.

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TITLE: The unity of weak & strong Christians.

TEXT: Romans 15:1-7

ILLUSTRATION: Two armies meet for battle, each has a representative.  

On one side we have a warrior, nine feet tall, wearing armor approx. 150-200 pounds, a giant. But he had no wisdom. He never had to trust in anything else but himself and his items of warfare. Like the Egyptians to their horses. He’s a heathen. He has raw strength but a weak spirit. His appearance is strong, no doubt. But he is the weaker one inwardly. Very intimidating outwardly, lacking maturity inwardly and as a result it cost him his life and the defeat of the army that day.

On the other side one much smaller in stature, a youth, but he had wisdom. His experience with trusting God when conquering beasts (bear & lion), gave him the upper hand. Because of his experience in life, though limited in time on earth, grander in knowledge, He had God on his side. And he had the wisdom to know that. In this sense. And this is why David was able to kill Goliath with a sling and a stone (1 Sam. 17). 

We Christians might face outwardly strong adversaries in the religious world, yet with the Bible and a faithful heart, we can persevere and conquer.

There is another interesting perspective in the account of David & Goliath which pertains to the principle we seek expound on this day. David was the outward weaker brother according to his own people the Israelites and his siblings. His inward strength was able to unite the army in defeat of the heathen (Philistines).  David was able to pass judgment on the opinion of his weaker brethren and siblings in order to become selfless and victorious for God, uniting his people. This was the greater objective. 

THESIS: “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.” (Rom. 14:1)

THEME: “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weakness of those without strength and not just please ourselves.” (Rom. 15:1)

INTRODCUTION:

1. The Weak brother
2. The Strong brother
3. Our unity and fellowship in Christ.

BODY:

Romans 14, gives us insight on the interaction which must take place between weak and strong Christians. The weak brother may appear strong on the outside, yet weak on the inside. The weak brother is one who’s opinion, scruple, conscience, is fragile and needs proper attention. He might find offense in things the stronger brother has since studied and settled on.

* Perhaps matters of eating certain foods, and/or practicing certain holidays. The weak brother means well and is convicted in his current positions and he is faithful to God in his liberties. The strong brother must respect that in so much it does not breach the doctrine of Christ our Lord and Master.

The Romans 15, brother, is the stronger one. Perhaps appearing weaker outwardly, yet stronger inwardly. He is the brother who will suffer long the weakness of his fellow saints and in such being selfless to conquer any divisive temptation.
*This of course in no way means compromise regarding matters of salvation (i.e. social drinking of alcohol, MDR, plan of salvation, method of worship, and Christ-like behavior).

1. The strong have responsibility, a higher standard of patience, bearing the weakness of those without strength, and doing so without passing judgment on their opinions, all while remaining selfless, thoughtful of their spiritual wellbeing before our physical wellbeing.

The account of David displays this caliber of spiritual principle very well. David was the stronger brother who did not pass judgment on his brethren when they mocked him and his statement to defeat Goliath, mere opinions, nothing worth hindering God’s victory that day.

2. The effectiveness of this standard and command is one which allows peace between one’s neighbors for the encouragement of the congregation.

3. Christ is given in this context as the example to the stronger brother, the servant, the one who sacrifices himself for the greater good of the kingdom and the unity therein. The book of Psalm is quoted, again Paul writing to Christians in Rome backing up his inspiration with God breathe literature.

4. The source of our strength, perseverance, is found in the instruction of the Old Testament accounts. Through the Old Testament witness we today as Christians never give up on our hope in Christ.

Our law is the New covenant, and our way to live it out properly is found in the education of the Old Covenant. For it delivers the nature of Christ and principle of God for mankind. In this case, His example of strength, selflessness, and unity.

5. How? Through the Word of God, the work of the Holy Spirit! When we read the account of David & Goliath we grow in the knowledge of our Christ-like faith.

6. Why? That we be united, weak & strong together! And not be divided over matters of opinion.

7. As a result of this information, we must accept each other, all different levels of spiritual maturity and conscience, just as Christ accepted us for His glory and kingdom.

CONCLUSION:

David was the stronger brother during the days of Israel and the philistines. And because he did not pass judgement on their opinion of him, he managed to conquer the Giant. He was selfless. And this united Israel during that event.
We are to be united in our efforts for the greater good of the kingdom. Whether weak or strong, we must work together to bring growth, guide the lost of this dying world, to Jesus Christ.

INVITATION:

And we do that with gospel belief and obedience. When the Ethiopian Eunuch had heard the truth of the gospel from Philip the evangelist (Acts , he pointed to water and needed to be immersed in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, therefore being added by God to his kingdom as a citizen.

Once a member of this family, born again into it, given the family name of Christian, you will now learn with us to remain united and grow each day with us for the good of God’s purpose.

If this is your faith this morning, please come forward and be saved by Jesus in the waters of baptism, as we stand and sing.

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TWO BUILDERS

TEXT: Luke 6:46-49

THESIS: When we build our faith according to the law of Christ, we spiritually prosper.

THEME: Confusion and division is the result of a foolish builder.

INTRODUCTION:

1. The wise builder Noah builds the Ark (Gen. 6:13-16, 22)

2. The foolish builder The sons of men build a tower (Gen. 11:1-9)

3. What kind of builder will this congregation be? If wise, we shall remain. If foolish, we shall perish.

LET US READ THE ACCOUNT OF A WISE BUILDER: GENESIS 6:13-16, 22

Noah paid attention to every detail. Not out of meritorious work. But out of faith and love for his God. He respected and feared the Lord. That’s why he didn’t build the Ark with any other blueprint and material. That would have been foolish. And it would have resulted in his death.

If we build our faith like Noah we’ll remain in the vessel of safety, the body of spiritual security, the kingdom of provision, the church belonging to Jesus Christ. How? We will obey the strict instructions commanded to us in this New Testament Law of Christ. We shall not deviate or compromise the plan of salvation. We will remain pure in worship with the right mind and doctrine. We shall respect proper Christian behavior and principle. We shall embrace and practice church discipline when necessary to keep His church undefiled. We shall love our God and His people. We shall evangelize and seek to extend benevolence. We shall utilize all our talents for the greater good of His kingdom. Whether that be on the computer, at the voting booth, or a meal with our fellow neighbors.

In this Ark, this kingdom, this church, we receive all spiritual blessings. May we never take that for granted. May we allow His grace to teach us the craft of discernment. Making us wise. Teaching us to reject what is evil, and cling to what is good.

LET US READ THE ACCOUNT OF A FOOLISH BUILDER: GEN. 11:1-9

The problem with the "sons of men," was that they wanted to build for "ourselves." Selfishness and pride. Thinking themselves high and mighty without the need for God. "Even God couldn't sink the Titanic!" God will not be mocked. Punishment and consequence must be administered, righteous justice.

If we build our faith like the sons of men we’ll be separated and confused, no longer productive. Incoherent. “I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas.” Unable to understand each other. And is that not what we see today in this religious landscape of denominationalism? All sorts of different teachings, confused and separated. Churches built by men. In their misguided attempts to gain God like status they are divided and lost. None of them teach the unique plan of salvation. None of them practice worship in spirit and truth. And because of that none of them is “good” in the eyes of God. Oh they can build, but what they are building will be uprooted. It won’t last forever.

Let us read Luke 6:46-49

46 - Sons of men (foolish builders)

The Lord brings the “sons of men” a question to the accountability of their foolish and vain construction. They publicly speak praise of Christ. Publicly declare to be a religious people, Christians. They reach for the sky. Yet they refuse to live according to the New Testament Law? They neglect to do what is demanded by God? They do not obey the proper plan of salvation? They do not worship in spirit and truth? They do not live right before their fellow man? “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” – Js. 2:14. Of course not! Dead faith never moved mountains, nor has it ever trusted in Christ.

47, 48 – Noah (wise builder) The wise builder is one who seeks Jesus Christ and His words (Rom. 10:17). He is not a hearer only, but he is a doer of the words Jesus has spoken. Because faith Biblically described, is one of love and action. It is a faith which took much sacrifice. It is not just surface and timid. It is inward and productive, public.

The wise builder will construct a vessel which will conquer the coming challenges. He will dig deep and lay down his foundation on Christ, the solid ground of His Word. He will be reading, studying, listening to faithful sermons and attending the assembly, evangelizing, being benevolent, active in fellowship. And because of his participation in doing things the right way, he will pass on this faith to his children. Who in turn will keep the inspired traditions and remain positioned on a hill in Spencer WI. Being active in this faith will allow us to remain safe and secure when health issues arise (sickness, disease), persecution (hostile people or government), and loss of loved ones (perhaps does passing from this life outside of Christ).

49 - Sons of men (foolish builders) Everything is opposite of the sons of men, the sons of disobedience. They certainly heard the gospel. They had the same opportunity as the wise builder. Yet they refused to do what they read. They did not dig deep. They did not sacrifice much.

And so when hard times came, times of obedience came. They fell and were eternally ruined. Divided and confused. Lost and unproductive. And it is interesting to note that the foolish person can build. He just can’t build anything that will last forever. What he builds is but momentary. It has no deep roots.

CONCLUSION: Two builders. The wise (he who believes and is baptized shall be saved) and the foolish (he who does not believe that shall be damned).

The wise will this day act upon his faith. He will tell others about Jesus. He will obey the gospel and continue to live faithfully.

If you need to respond to the gospel call and have your sins forgiven by Christ, come forward as we stand and sing.

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WAS JESUS, "POLITICAL?

Politics: “The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a Nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.” - A.H.D.

We pray for growth. A member suggest an evangelistic direction. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die spiritually.

We pray for work. A friend calls with an opportunity. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die starving.

We pray for healing. The doctors find a remedy. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die of sickness.

We pray for moral leaders. The right candidates are presented. "Nah, I don't vote. God will take care of it." We die of tyranny.

What good is a prayer answered in the hands of an unresponsive and neglectful Christian? Pearls before swine.

May we be doers.

What we tend to miss is the fact that Jesus was very political. We assume "politics" synonymous with corruption for ill gain and vain promises. Not necessarily so. Christ came to promote and establish His kingdom, and the governing rule and regulations therein. He wanted to influence the people into repentance and acceptance of His new Covenant. So, in that perspective, Jesus was a very "political" man indeed, campaigning for his party wherever He may roam. Recruiting for His cause. His promises were just. His law is pure. We'd be crazy not "vote" for Him, right? We have a unique opportunity at this age to make His policies our governing authority. It is with my limited knowledge of the matter our founding fathers tried to achieve this. Changing our government to its foundation, "we the people." And it could be like that if we'd simply allow our minds to understand the proper use of our blessings. Looking at things through spiritual lenses. This unique time and Country. We should get involved. We should use our influence to establish the government of Christ. But such does not happen overnight. We need to unite and take action. Vote for the greater good until the greater good is Christ-like.

These are simply my thoughts and I refuse to bind anything. I love my brethren either, or. But I do think my line of reasoning, though perhaps not explained in its most accurate state, is sober and scripturally principled. I truly believe Christ would think of us wise to participate in politics (according to definition). 

Christ was to fulfill the prophets. He was to set man free from sin. He had to die on that cross, willfully. And He did. None of that removes our responsibility to our fellow man, and the Nation in which he inhabits. If this day, "we the people," would take a vote. And this vote would be either to release the babies (stop abortion), or release the murderers (abortionists). Would we vote? It is my honest opinion that we most certainly should. And I further say that perhaps Christ would count us wise to do so.

“We the people" must move towards the greater good, GOD :)

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“GO FORTH"

“The Lord said go forth,… so Abram went forth.” - Gen. 12:1-4

I once shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with two different persons. One was mixed up in all sorts of religious error. He had every kind of misguided understanding. He kept pursuing denominationalism, but never reality. “Always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). He rejected the simplicity of the gospel. He rejected the uniqueness of the church. He thought it foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18). He never went forth. He remained lost.

The other person was an atheist. He had not been vapored by the many religious lies of the previous man. And so he was able to read the Bible with unbiased “eyes. What was sad about this man, is that he understood what the Bible plainly said regarding salvation and the Church. His blind spot was unwillingness to accept the truth of it. And so another, never went forth.

What if we simply allow our hearts to let go worldly tradition, roots, and security? Bias and rejection? What if we release all misguided things we’ve ever assumed, perceived, believed regarding God and His Book? What if we are willing to trust in the promise of God, His oath to save us? Can we simply leave everything behind and trust in His Son? If we have a humble, genuine, and honest mind to seek His love and grace? Yes. We shall indeed “go forth.”

The gospel awaits all searching hearts. Jesus said, “whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved.” (Mk. 16:16). And if we have no false religious pollution in our mind, we’ll see the pure public expression of obedience. “Saved by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9). It is at that very moment a man is made well with His Savior. The very moment a repentant believer confessing Christ is immersed in water with the authority of God (Acts 8:36). This we do in order to have our sins washed away (Acts 22:16). A loving verse which speaks something every God fearing person will “go forth” with, “why do you delay? Get up and be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” 

You are buried into water for the blood and resurrection of Christ to save your soul (1 Pt. 3:21). Nothing to boast about. Nothing has been merited or earned. Simply submissive to God (Js. 4:7), a new life (Jn. 3:3). Raised from the dead (Rom. 6:3-4). 

Abram sacrificed everything (Gen. 12:1). Left everything behind to pursue God and His guidance (Gen. 12:4). He “went forth.” Will you?

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IMMERSION = A BURIAL

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 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," - 1 COR. 15:1-4

"LOOK! WATER!" - Acts 8:36
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IS ALL SIN EQUAL?

1 John 3:4  “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

2 Thess. 1:8-9 “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”

This is true. We believe this to be factual. Reality, Bible.

And also we accept, Mt. 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Do children steal, lie? Yes. And so why does God still identify them as pure and innocent? Must they immediately be baptized?  And what of the accountable individual who sins after he or she has been born again? Does God immediately send them to hell?

Why would John say in 1st John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
If all sins is equal in God’s eyes, why are children, and faithful Christians exempt from the eternal consequences?

And what of these few verses, John 19:11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

Gen.6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Why did God wipe out Sodom? If indeed all sin is equal in His eyes?  Why would God allow earthly law the justice to decide what laws have been broken deserving of capital punishment, if all sins in His eyes are all equal and deserving of the same sentence? Romans 13

Credible questions to ask ourselves,  Are child molesters equal to adulterers? Would you rather live next to a young couple fornicating, not married, or to a child abuser and pedophile? Are not all sins equal?  These questions deserve answered, and rightly divided Scripture most certainly answers them.

God has a standard of Justice in which He sees all sins as punishable by law, yet His law reflected on this earth must be just. And so that’s why we don’t give 25 with an L, for the young kid who steals a pack of gum from the corner store. Yet things are changing in this wicked and dying world. Because Christians can no longer discern the difference between the greater sin, we allow all sin to be tolerated, and therefore "how dare you speak out against Homosexuality and not against the kid who stole gum. How dare you say we have to vote for adulterers instead of baby murderers?"  Imaging this conversion with your neighbor Joe, Joe’s daughter has been beaten, raped, and murdered by her 8th grade teacher. You approach Joe and say, “hey Joe, sorry to hear about your daughter, I can completely understand, my daughter got laughed at today for praying in public. You know God sees all sins as equal. And because of that you’ll soon get over it.” How do you think that conversation would go? Not well at all. Because it’s unscriptural and illogical, makes no sense.

If we could simply understand how to discern these things, we’d vote for the greater good instead of the greater evil, and we’d make progress in building a Nation for God.

If all sin is equal, why is it that a Christian can lose His salvation? Think about it, really, if such were the case we’d never be able to fall from grace. Because “sin is sin?” No, God identifies willful abitual sinning as greater than the one time sin repented of. And why would you not immediately be separated form God upon that moment of weakness? Because again God knows you’re walking in faith and so He keeps you in His fold washed by the blood of His Son. That would be impossible for Him to do if all sins were equal in His eyes.

All sin is wickedness, true indeed, but not all sin is viewed the same way in His eyes. Sin washed by the blood is seen differently. High handed sin is seen differently. Why did God allow Abraham to bargain with Sodom? Why would God have relented form His judgment if even 10 souls could have been found?

Friends, I beg you, please consider your ability to discern this matter. We can become powerful for Christ if we begin to recognize our spiritual strategies in conquering ground for God. 

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GREETINGS,

We wish to extend our warm welcome to all friends and family willing to attend worship with the members of the church which belongs to Jesus Christ, here in Spencer. You are our honored guests. And we pray that what you see and hear this day will challenge your curiosity to know more, and return again one day soon. For there is a reason you have been invited, being one of eternal wealth. And it goes far deeper than the wonderful fellowship we shall experience. There is a call to authority taking place, necessary for all who seek freedom in Christ, authority which calls us to obedience, proper worship and behavior.

None can judge a man’s soul into torment, or paradise. 
ILLUSTRATION:

I once had a co-worker at the factory. And he would fall asleep on the job when the boss was not around. I would have to yell at him (“wake up!”), at times shack him, less he lose his job (i.e. pay cheque, benefits, the ability to provide for the family). Not once did he ever say to me, “how dare you judge me.” More often he would thank me for saving his job. You see, we may not have the authority to fire anyone, but yet still we have the authority to warn of the coming danger and consequence. And to remind each other of the benefits if we indeed remain employed and not fall asleep.

The sermon this morning is titled: A WINDOW INTO THE AFTERLIFE

So many walking this earth wish to have insight into the afterlife, yet they go seeking instruction from the wrong sources (i.e. the entertainment industry, perhaps TV evangelists, etc). Either out of ignorance or because they simply rather believe a lie, than the truth. And therefore sadly come away with a false sense of spiritual security. A false hope in a heaven they will never see.

Text: Luke 16:19-31

The historically recorded account of a moment captured in the afterlife between two men. One man sent to torment, and the other to paradise. It can be trusted as true, and we can most certainly learn a great deal about our lives in this lesson. A lesson that will unite friends and family or divide them.

Thesis: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for *Jesus Christ sake shall find it.” – Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:25).

Theme: “verily I say unto you, there is no man that has left house (security and material belongings), or parents, or brothers and sisters, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 18:29-30).

In this recorded account delivered to us through inspired literature, the tale of two men who once lived on this earth reflected their eternal existence.

READ: LUKE 16:19-31

Luke 16:19 - A rich man who lives a comfortable life. Nothing wrong with riches, we had a sister in Christ written about in the Bible who was also wealthy, remember Lydia? (Acts 16:14). But this man in question, trusted in his riches instead of God. And that’s the problem. His riches made him disobedient, never benevolent, never humble and willing to learn.

Verse 20-21 the account of a different man than the first - Lazarus, a man in need of love and care, scrounging for scraps the rich man would accidently drop from his table. This Lazarus, was laid at the rich man’s gate (they would typically beg for alms), to add to the shame he was covered in sores, on top of that, he’s starving for nourishment, so much so he’ll eat the scraps. Even the dogs have more mercy on him than his fellow man, his neighbor, the rich man.

Verse 22 -This verse is interesting because it tells us that Lazarus, the poor man, was cared for after his moment of death. But the rich man was left in the grave. It’s interesting because on earth the rich man was the one being served and cared for, but Lazarus was neglected. 

Verse 23 - And while in the grave he found himself in the land of the dead, in the area in which eternal torment is found and experienced. And to add to his agony, he could see Lazarus now living in paradise, the realm, reality and location of peace, and care. Again, a reversal of circumstance has taken place.

Verse 24 - And this rich man now soberly awakened to his eternal demise, begs for mercy from God, and refreshment from Lazarus. He describes his punishment as agony, extreme pain. - Interesting to note, that this rich man who was used to having everything he wanted from his slaves, still now thinks Lazarus should be put to service. He’s still confused on this reality. He has no authority here. Lazarus is not his servant over here. He doesn’t get to have what he wants here.

Verse 25 - and so the patriarch of God answers his request in a negative form, to teach him this new reality he finds himself living in. During his physical life he could order anyone around, he had all the money and power. Living the good life, not worried about some sick bum begging alms outside the gate. - You see, the roles have been reversed. The rich man gave up eternal wealth for momentary riches. And Lazarus was now the wealthy one, the kind of wealth which never leaves his account dry.

Verse 26 - To add to his punishment, the patriarch Abraham reveals to him the seriousness of his situation. There is a chasm/a wall designed to separate those in torment from those in paradise. Interesting how even in the afterlife we see a wall separating the good from the bad. - Interesting to note that Abraham says “between us and you.” In torment you are alone. Yet in paradise you are among friends. And it would not be paradise if we could see our loved ones in torment, would it? Lazarus needed not be reminded of the rich man’s treatment on earth, nor punishment in the afterlife.

Verse 27-28 - Now the rich man tries to find a way to reach his relatives before they continue to choose the same path which led him to everlasting torment. And interestingly enough he still wants to use Lazarus as a means to this end. He knows his family members knew the poor man at the gate.

Verse 29 - the patriarch Abraham further describes the rich man’s inability to perceive the spiritual reality he now finds himself in. - Abraham tells this rich man that his brothers have the BIBLE, if they’d simply read it, study it, believe it, and obey it, they’d have more than what they need in order to stay away from torment.

Verse 30 - The rich man knows his brothers don’t care much for the Bible, Moses and the prophets therein. And so he further gives his last attempt in saying that if Lazarus appears in-front of them, a man risen from the dead, a man his brothers would recognize as having passed away. Then surely they’d repent.

Verse31 - But Abraham, wise in all spiritual truth, says to him that if his brothers don’t care to believe the Bible (Moses and the prophets therein, which speak of Jesus), then they wouldn’t care to see a man risen from dead either. How many people during the age Jesus walked this earth, saw Him heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and yet still never believed in Him.

How many today, during the age in which we have the finished, completed, fulfilled Word of God, the BIBLE, which can be read, investigate, proven, trusted, and obeyed,... will reject the information therein, for the reason, to remain in sinful practices and false religious beliefs.

An atheist once said, “if Jesus wants me to believe in Him He’ll appear before me now.” A Christian replied, “He did, and you crucified Him. Now what?” Many fish deny the existence of water.

For some, like the rich man and his brothers, they will never get it, until it’s too late. For a few, however, they will be carried away into paradise just like Lazarus.

What’s the difference between the two in this current age? Simple, the one who “believes and is baptized shall be saved. The one who doesn’t shall be damned.” – Mark. 16:16.

The one who trust in God enough to know that as a repentant believer he can have his sins washed away by the new birth, being born again, of water and the spirit, will certainly come forward for this spiritual occasion. The un-believer will not trust that Jesus will save Him the way He said He would. So this un-believer will continue to find other ways to satisfy his rebellion. Which one are you? Lazarus, or the other guy?

Pay attention...

​READ MT. 25:31-40

The rich man should have believed and obeyed this truth. He should have read his Bible, He would have know that the prophets preached this very faith. And now that you’ve had a window into the afterlife. If you are Lazarus this day, you believe in Jesus and want to be carried away by His angels when you pass from this life unto the other, then you need to be born again (Jn. 3:3, 5), immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).

If you wish to do that now, please come forward as we stand and sing.

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JOHN’S JURISDICTION

TEXT: Luke 3:1-20

THESIS: The Bible is the Source and System of law and power to make legal decisions and judgments. It reveals to us everything we need to know in order to be made right with God (redeemed, saved, forgiven, sanctified, productive & prepared), and how to worship Him in Spirit (the right mind) & Truth (the right doctrine).  

THEME: Through the ministry of John who immersed people (aka “John the Baptist”), we can retrieve practical information to be practiced in our faith this day. Fruits of repentance and how that looks like. 

The account of two sons, (Mt. 21:28-32)

 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he repented, changed his mind about his rejection of the command given to him by his father, and he went and worked in the vineyard.

 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 

Question, “which of the two did what his father wanted?”

That’s right, “the first.”

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Speaking of John, let’s go find him, shall we? (Luke 3)

The time & Source of John’s ministry (vs. 1-2)

- Specific God determined time in our history when repentance was going to be preached again.
- The Word of God was the Source in which repentance was commanded through the agency of man, this man being John.
- Divine instruction as to what we must do in order to be pleasing to God, repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 

Question, where should our Time & Source of ministry come from? Now & The Bible. 

The Location of John’s ministry (vs. 3)

- All the district around the Jordan was his current location of ministry, the good news made its way all over the place as a result. 
- It was practical and expedient to have water if you’re going to do some immersing for the forgiveness of sins. 

Question, where is our location of ministry? – Spencer, Marshfield, and surrounding. And here in this temple, church, body of believers. We have water for those who wish to repent. 

The Prophecy of John’s ministry (vss. 4-6)

- Is found in the Bible
- Isaiah (700 years prior)

We Christians were prophesied of as well, “The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” – Isaiah 62:2-3

And we see that prophecy fulfilled in Acts 11:26, “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

The Purpose of John’s ministry (vss. 7-14) – [elaborate on each verse]

- Preach repentance (change of mind)
- Fruits (i.e. don’t steal no more, don’t lie, etc.) 
- Immerse them in water for the forgiveness of their sins
- Look forward to the coming Christ

Question, what is our purpose as Christians? 

- Preach repentance
- Immerse those who do be baptized in water for the forgiveness of their sins
- Remain faithful, looking forward to the coming of our Master Jesus Christ

The Period of Johns ministry (vss. 15-17)

- Until the doors of the kingdom of God would be opened
- Pentecost Acts 2:38

The Prisoning of John’s ministry (vss. 19-20)

- Hostile government rebellious against repentance
- Locked up in jail 
- John is to decrease so as to have Christ increase 

We fulfill our ministry, life on this earth, productive for Christ. These earthly vessels we currently have will go back to the dirt. Our souls to the Maker. 

Are you a sinner in need of forgiveness? What must you do? Change your mind, stop sinning and start working for Christ and His church.

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GAINING GRACE

“For by grace you have been saved through faith” – Eph. 2:8a

Paul the apostle writing to Christians, individuals who had already obeyed the gospel.

Grace is mentioned 156 times in the N.T.  It is intelligently created and designed to set us free from the bondage of God’s wrath. And It is a word commonly used by Christians around the world. But do we accurately understand the depth of the word?

What grace is? Where can it be found? Who can receive it? How to obtain it? Can we keep it?

It is most important we comprehend these various categories pertaining to grace, “because certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped into the church. They are ungodly people, who pervert THE GRACE of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” – Jude 1:4
 
We don’t want to be found guilty of that, using grace as a means to sinful living and division. You see a fire can be used for survival, warmth. And it can also be used to burn the house down. “So, what shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” – Gal. 6:1-2
 
Grace, according to Scriptural description, within the contextual atmosphere, is a tool God uses in order to allow us favor in His sight. Approval and support. Favor that is not merited. We don’t deserve His forgiveness, and we can’t earn it. But His grace, this redemptive equipment He has freely extended through His Son, suffers it our way. “For even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.” – Eph. 2:5
 
Grace is presented to us in such a powerful way, that it can conquer any sinful practice and behavior. This instrument of compassion furnishes our ability for faithful endeavors. It is found in Christ, the sole location of our freedom. Whatever sinful thing you’ve done, or are doing, you can receive pardon for it. For “where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Rom. 5:20-21
 
Grace is also personified in Christ, which acts as a teaching device. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (doing what?) TEACHING us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly (thinking right), righteously (doing right) and godly (God approved), in this present world;” – Titus 2:11-12
 
Unmerited favor found in Christ, for all mankind. Something you don’t deserve is bestowed upon you because someone died on a cross in your stead. This someone purposely being Jesus, the predestined plan in which His blood washes retrospective to all faithful souls of the Old Covenant, and forward to all living under His Messianic stewardship of time.
 
So that takes care of the “what, where, and who.” But what about the “how?” How do we receive this grace? Since we can’t earn it with meritorious works. Since it is found in a specific God established location? Since all mankind can have access to it? How do I obtain it? How do I gain entrance into this designed and designated location in which His grace is found?
 
It is of most important knowledge that we honestly receive the understanding of inspired writ when it declares grace being in fellowship with obedience. This is key in our reception of His grace. Nowhere in the Bible will you find grace at odds with obedience. An honest student of the Bible will realize that James 2 is not contradicting Ephesians of the same chapter.
 
If we are to obtain the location of grace we must have an active faith. A faith that is not based on meritorious works but rather a submission, obedience, and service of love to Him who first loved us.
 
To know how to obtain His grace we must look into how people of the 1st century where able to receive it. Faith. Trust in Christ.
 
Paul the apostle speaking to Christians in Ephesus. Christians who had received the grace of God back in Acts 19:1-7. Had a very specific moment in which that event occurred and was recorded, and that very moment is when they became citizens of the kingdom of God, the church that belongs to Jesus Christ, the location where grace is found. How? When as repentant believers confessing Christ as their Lord and Master, were immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins.
 
The very moment every single mind in the Bible received grace was through their obedience, their faith in action. Not to meritoriously earn anything, but rather to please God and allow His Son to save their souls.
 
That is why Paul says there is but one baptism in Eph. 4:5. Because he knows that immersion in water is the very point in which a man is forgiven of sins by the power of Christ, made a Christian, added to the kingdom of God, “saved, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” – Titus 3:5
 
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

Grace is the unmerited favor found in Christ, for all mankind. Something you don’t deserve is extended to you because someone died on a cross in your stead. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13. This someone purposely being Jesus, the predestined plan in which His blood washes away the sins of all who participate in obedience. 
 
How? “When you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.” – Rom. 6:17. The moment you let go self and put on Christ in baptism (Gal. 3:27), born again (John 3:3). When you came up out of that water you were now found in the location of His grace, His kingdom, the Body of His Son Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST:” – Eph. 1:3
 
And now free from the bondage of sin we must remain in His grace and not once again go back to our sinful ways, less we fall from His grace, because “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you go back to your old ways; ye are fallen from grace.” – Gal. 5:4.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Eph. 2:8-9
 
A repentant believer confessing Christ as his Lord and Master has nothing to boast about when submitting to the waters of baptism in order to be forgiven of his or her sins. Why is that? Because you haven’t “earned salvation through meritorious works.” You simply love Jesus and want the grace of God to give you peace and purpose in this life. Anyone telling you otherwise has been lying to you!
 
If you want the grace of God, you must be born again of water and the spirit.
 
Now if you’ve done that already but have wavered off the beaten path and find yourself outside the favor of God, you can come back this morning and renew your spirit.
 
Either, or. Please come forward and make it known. 
 
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