Ted Wenger Church Planting Pastor Redeemer Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 1318 Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Adam's rebellion brings banishment for him and all his posterity from the enjoyment of the presence of God in the garden of paradise. But Christ is the Last Adam, and his obedience opens the door of access to the enjoyment of the presence of God for all who come to God through him. I. God's promise, v20. II. God's provision, v21. III. God's protection, v22. IV. God's preservation, v24
Why do we need the child born in Bethlehem? Because of what's wrong with the world and us, and because we cannot fix it ourselves. I. The offensiveness of sin, vv1-3. II. The rebellion of sin, vv4-5. III. The deceitfulness of sin, v6. IV. The consequences of sin, v7.
A perspective on Jesus, v8. Remember Jesus. A perspective on God's Word, v9. The word of God is not bound. A perspective on the elect, v10. The elect will obtain eternal glory. I. Death couldn't hold Jesus, v8II. Man can't imprison the gospel of God, v9III. Pastoral difficulties can't keep the elect from salvation, v10
I. Pastors are soldiers and should work like soldiers, avoiding distractions, seeking to please their commander and chief, the Lord Jesus, vv3-4. II. Pastors are athletes and should compete like athletes, following the rules of the game, looking ahead for their reward, v5. III. Pastors are farmers and should work like hard-working farmers, anticipating the production of crops, v6.
Proverbs 18:24 says "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." I. The negative examples in v15. II. The positive example of Onesiphorus in vv16-18. III. Paul's response to Onesiphorus. IV. How we can all have a friend like Onesiphorus.
What should be the method of ministry of pastors and preachers and teachers? I. Stay on message: Follow the pattern of sound words, v13a. II. Check your heart - for the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, v13b. III. Guard the Gospel - the good deposit entrusted to you, v14b. IV. How? Depend upon the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, v14a.
What does it take to be willing to suffer the scorn of others for speaking up for Jesus? I. We need clarity about the kind of God and gospel worth suffering for. II. We need contentment in God's providence. III. We need confidence in God's power to preserve the gospel.
What kind of God is this who calls an apostle to martyrdom, who calls a Timothy to share in suffering, who calls upon us to not be ashamed of him, his gospel, and his people? I. His saving grace. II. His calling grace. III. His sovereign grace. IV. His eternal grace. V. His Christ-centered grace. VI. His liberating grace.
How do you lead Christians to serve Jesus and to keep on serving him? I. V3 Encourage before you exhort. Pray before you pronounce. II. V4 Build loving friendship before commanding faithful labor. III. V5 Affirm God's work in them, before assigning them work for God.
I. What should ministry look like that believes the gospel and propagates the gospel? 1) Facing death with hope. 2) Facing opposition without wilting. 3) Facing the need for leadership. II. Why listen to Paul? 1) His authority. 2) His affection. 3) His appeal.
The last song Jesus sang publicly before his betrayal and crucifixion was Psalm 118 which begins, "Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" Can you imagine? What about us? How can we sing that God is good, and is being good to us, when life hurts us and people are hateful to us? I. Celebrate the goodness of God and his love, vv1-4II. See that Jesus suffered like us, as an example, vv5-21. III. See that Jesus suffered for us, as our Savior, vv22-29.
How should we fight the temptation to idolatry? I. Assert Yahweh's dominance, v3. II. Mock the impotence of idols, vv4-8. III. Beware the more subtle and sinister danger of idolatry of self, v1. IV. Trust in Yahweh, vv9-11. V. Look for blessing from Yahweh, vv12-15. VI. Remember men and women are the image/idol of God on the earth, vv16-18.
I. The one who worships Yahweh: 1) V1 Worship Yahweh. 2) Worship Yahweh in a deliberate way. 3) Worship Yahweh from your heart. 4) Worship Yahweh with his people. II. The One we worship. 1) Vv2-4 His character. 2) Vv5-6 His charity. 3) Vv7-8 His commands. 4) V9- His covenant.
The Psalmist prayed against one who "did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!" What should we make of this? I. The psalmist's complaint to God, vv1-7. II. The psalmist's curses, vv8-15. III. The wicked man's character, vv16-20. IV. The psalmists' cry to God, vv21-29. V. Congregational praise, vv30-31.
How can we walk with God in such a way that as we fight our battles against the world, the flesh and the devil, we can do so without our heart melting in fear, without giving up? Pay attention to: I. The steadfast love of God, vv1-4. II. The saving glory of God, vv5-6. III. The sovereign promises of God, vv7-9. IV. The certain victory of God, vv10-13.
Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." I. God Values His People. II. God Determines to Acquire His People. III. God Gives Everything to Purchase His People. IV. God Does it For Joy.
Want to know why the kingdom of Jesus can seem small and slow, insignificant and ineffective?I. The small start yet large expansion of the kingdom Jesus is building, vv31-32II. The subtle yet thorough influence of the kingdom Jesus is building, v33III. The submission of the king which is the foundation of the kingdom Jesus is building, vv34-35
Jesus says, "As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away."
To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. I. Parables judge unbelief, vv10-13. II. Parables fulfill prophecy, vv14-15. III. Parables magnify God's grace, vv16-17.