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The David Alliance
Hope is a good thang!

The David Alliance

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 5:49


  Wake the Faith up Slayer… This is Garth Heckman with the David Alliance and you can reach me at TDAgiantslayer@gmail.com    Brought to you by wellbuiltbody.com Gym Apparel for men and women that rocks and shocks and ain't for everybody - but just might be for you. wellbuiltbody.com   Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. Shawshank redemption.    YOu can get through just about anything if you have hope. Hope is the gas to living faithfully to the end of the trial.  In todays world I see a lack of hope… people see the headlines and hear all the social media and news experts talk on how bad everything is… and in fact despair sells… not hope. But even in the hardest of times. (and I am not saying we are not in some perilous times) But even in the worst of times we can navigate with joy and comfort if we understand the power of hope.    In Romans 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our sufferings because we are a people of hope: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:3–5, ESV).   I love the translation that says HOPE does not disappoint. And it surely doesn't. But how does one get hope while going through the pain of life?      Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   We see 3 critical elements in this verse. First God is the God of hope. It is in his nature, it is his DNA, if you were to squeeze God hope would come out. its simply who he is.    If you know God you should have an everlasting source of hope. Secondly it answers when we can expect to get hope… NOW. NOW is the time for hope.  Not once our problems are solved, not once we win the lottery or get a wife or a new job or the kids are out of the house… but NOW.    Third and this sounds weird but hope is cyclical. The verse says the God of hope will fill you so that you may have hope. So we know God, he fills us with hope and it strengthens our understanding of who he is bringing us more hope.    And how is this done? buy the power of his Holy Spirit. Today may you simply call out to God and say Father, I need who you are - HOPE - to fill me with who you are - HOPE. and so I now trust, rest and expect your spirit to fill me. And watch what happens, yOU will start to see new things, new possibilities and new opportunities in the struggle of life, It will grow in you.

WestWay Christian Church
The 1015 - Saved from Myself

WestWay Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 48:53


In Romans 6-8, Paul tells the church at Rome that while we are righteous and are being made holy, there are powerful forces arrayed against us: sin, the law, and our own flesh and pending death. Our most powerful enemy is...ourselves. In Romans 7, we learn that our hope is found in Jesus Christ alone.

Heaven In Your Home
Great Sex Grows…When I Shift My Mindset

Heaven In Your Home

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 22:36


Your beliefs about your body, your sexuality and your marriage bed are critical. Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?   The Word encourages us to be growth-oriented. In Romans we see, “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Let's apply this to a growing, flourishing sex life.   Great sex doesn't just happen. Great sex requires intentionality…and this episode will unpack the benefits of having a mindset to set you up for success.   Grab a complementary guide based on this podcast series today: Great Sex Grows Francie is partnered with MyCounselor.Online as a resource for Biblically based counseling, including sex therapy. You'll receive a 25% discount on your first session. Click  here Connect with Francie: Website Instagram Grab the free guide, Five Truths about Sex  

Citrus Church
Romans | Pt. 1 Becoming Letters of Good News

Citrus Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 31:31


Romans 1:1-17 In Romans, Paul flips the script of the church to show how we can be an inclusive, inviting community. Support the show

Trinity Evangel Church
36: The Law of Sin (Pt 1)

Trinity Evangel Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 66:31


# Introduction If the previous paragraph belongs among those vital to anthropology—that is, what makes men and their cultures tick, the second half of Romans 7 belongs among the do-not-ignore passages for Christian anthropology and discipleship. There is a change in tenses, from past to present, as Paul continues to use his own experience as representative of the kind of internal battle to be expected for believing, but not yet glorified, men. In Romans 7:7-12 Paul describes, without using these words, his pre-conversion conviction of sin. He grew up a Jew, so the Law was as unavoidable as his mother's cooking. But at a certain point the law "came home," it got in, and started to expose his ugly little coveting heart. Rather than fix his heart, the law aggravated him. The law works in God's plan to teach us our need for grace and point us to forgiveness and freedom in Christ. Without God's Spirit changing our hearts, the law inevitably aggravates the heart into rebellion against the rules. Paul carefully eliminates the law itself as the source of sin. The law isn't sin, the law is holy. But because of sin, the law *kills*: sin came alive, it took the commandment and "it killed me" (11). This requires further clarification. Verses 13-25 are more fun to argue about than they are to experience. The fact that there is such debate, actually, demonstrates the severity of the battle even more. The weight of arguments is nothing compared to the weight of seeing one's sinfulness. Brutal. As the law aggravates sin in verses 7-12, in verses 13-25 the law assaults the conscience of those who care enough about the law to be vulnerable to its hard edges. I remember the first time I really studied this text. I was in seminary, and I was teaching through Romans to Junior High students. I had a low-resolution idea about what this passage referred to, but wasn't finding satisfaction in some of the surface answers. I must have read over a thousand pages of commentaries and journal articles. Martin Lloyd-Jones has an entire volume for chapter 7. I read the whole thing to track with his arguments and interpretation. The big question is: do verses 13-15 describe the *unbeliever* or the *believer*? There really are problems to reckon and wrestle with on both sides. I'm going to cover the passage in two sermons, and while I'll give you what I believe to be the true and obviously true interpretation before the end of this message, I also believe it's valuable to wade into the text together and get honest about our pain and propensity to sin. *We* are sinners. This is Post-Adam Anthropology 101, and it is Great Commission 102 as we teach others to observe all that Jesus commanded, this is what they're getting into. # An Unbeliever What makes anyone think that verses 13-25, or at least through verse 24, describes a non-Christian's frustration? The most significant reason is due to how different this person's experience with sin sounds than the previous three chapters. Especially in chapter 6, we are dead to sin and alive in Christ (Romans 6:11). Sin no longer has dominion over us (Romans 6:14). We're united to Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). We've been set free from sin (Romans 6:22). Know, reckon, yield. We've been committed to a new master (Romans 6:22). Even at the beginning of chapter 7, we belong to another, to Christ, "who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit to God" (verse 4). But look at these phrases in the last half of chapter 7: - "I am of the flesh” (verse 14), “carnal” as the KJV translates it. - I am “sold under sin" (verse 14). This sounds like the slave imagery of chapter 6. - "I do not understand my own actions" (verse 17) - He does what sin wants; "sin that dwells in me" (verse 17) - "Nothing good dwells in me" (verse 18), and again (verse 20) - He sees a dominating principle that makes him "captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members" (verse 22). So verse 24 is a crashing crescendo: "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" And perhaps the “Now” in Romans 8:1 is meant to be a transition from death to life. What about having *peace* with God (Romans 5:1), standing in grace and rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God (5:3)? And in the most immediate context, he just finished describing a time when he thought he was good until the law convicted him (Romans 7:9). That is a pre-conversion, unbelieving condition. It sounds a lot like there is no faith. There is no reference to the Holy Spirit. There is no mention of union with Christ, our resurrection identity with Him. The lack of victory over sin, the seeming lack of even *hope* of victory, sets an arduous tone. In some ways it would be easier to make a blanket statement about this. It would be easier to say that verses 13-23 describe Saul, not Paul, a man dead in sin. All or nothing, obedient or not, takes less effort to judge. # A Believer On the other hand there are phrases that are impossible to reconcile with an unbeliever's spiritual sensitivity/capacity, especially in light of verses 7-12, where the law provokes the wrong wants, rather than as here where what the law says is *wanted*. Paul wants good even if he doesn't do good. "I do not do what I want" (verse 15), meaning he wants to obey the law, and what he hates is sin. Do unbelievers hate sin? He can distinguish, however the line is drawn, between a “me” and "sin" (verse 20); "no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Is this a non-Christian division? He wants to do what is right (verse 21). He even claims that "I delight in the law of God in my inner being" (verse 22). And after the desperation in verse 24 there is a declaration of thanks to God through Jesus Christ (verse 25). Pagans don't praise Jesus as Lord an an expected answer to deliverance from the body of death. Add to that: - We know from Paul's own testimony that before his conversion he thought he was “faultless” before the law (Philippians 3:6). He didn't recognize himself as the chief of sinners until he believed (1 Timothy 1:13-15), his clear conscience was out of ignorant unbelief. - Paul has switched from past to present tense. - The primary subject since 3:21 has been the righteousness of salvation in justification by faith alone resulting in sanctification by faith and union with Christ. The third way of Lloyd-Jones is to take the person as elect, but not regenerate, a person in whom the Holy Spirit has begun to work (and we do believe that "he who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it"). He does not give a length of time that such a conversion process might last, and that is only one weakness of his idea. It's interesting, but it's like falling between two stools, and one of the stools only has two legs anyway. What was determinative for me, and what provides the best explanation of all the factors, is to recognize that verses 13-25 pick up the burden of verses 1-6. The problem is the law. Law dominates the whole chapter. At the start of the chapter he needed to clarify how it is that we are not under law. We must be released from it. "While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death" (verse 5). And though we are not living in the flesh, we are still connected to the flesh. The flesh does not own us like it did, but we still are in flesh, and "in my flesh" nothing good dwells. What is the "flesh"? That question has not only buried librarians, it has been much more of a practical discipleship hurdle than pinning down a definition of the *imago Dei*. Man's “flesh” can't only be the material instead of the immaterial, because its fleshy desires are more volitional than animal instincts of the body. The part of us that is being sanctified can't help but pull the (good) law down on ourselves like a bookshelf. God's plan wasn't immediate perfection. Some of what He's doing is redeeming us to understand more of the value of our redemption. He grows our strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His *love* for rebels that forgives them into fellowship, and that includes increasing our understanding of sin, its evil, its power. Our sanctification is not just theoretical anthropology, it is practical anthropology. Sin is bad, and its strength is coming from inside the house. We have met the enemy, and we can't evict him in our own authority. The burden of sin's remnants and our battle against sin's wants is war (1 Peter 2:11). Our frustration is that *we* are wretched and look to Christ for full and final deliverance. Deliver us, Lord! # Conclusion Let us look to the progression in these verses next time. But this is the believer's experience, reckoning with remaining sin and part of the urgency for reckoning ourselves dead to it. It humbles us as “sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure” (verse 13). The Lord is maturing us to sin for what it is. > No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. (Lewis, _Mere Christianity_, Location 1855) Believers, this is the right battlefront, but the wrong place to call home. ---------- ## Charge Church, as you abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul (1 Peter 2:11), get busy trying to do good (Titus 3:8, 14). As a defense against discouragement when you find that you're not doing all the good you want, be careful to get busy getting *God's blessing* to do good; be zealous for blessing. ## Benediction: > [M]ay God make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12, ESV)

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God's Grace Allows Jesus Followers to Know God Personally, Like a Father Knows His Son

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 1:00


God's Grace Allows Jesus Followers to Know God Personally, Like a Father Knows His Son MESSAGE SUMMARY:  There is a difference in knowing about someone and really knowing them. Jesus' New Covenant permits you to know God in a personal way and not just to know about God. This means to know the Lord God was fulfilled in Jesus the Christ. In Romans 8:26, Paul tells us that the pathway for knowing God, personally, is through our prayers; and the Holy Spirit is with you to help you with your prayers: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.". There is a great deal of difference in knowing about God through study and knowing God by developing a personal relationship with Him through your prayers and the New Covenant that is in Jesus. The Apostle John, in John 1:1-5, clearly identifies that Jesus is the “Word” {Jesus} who is the Creator of the Universe: “In the beginning was the Word {Jesus}, and the Word {Jesus} was with God, and the Word {Jesus} was God. He {Jesus} was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.". Therefore, God's Grace, through Jesus, has given you the opportunity to have a personal relationship with our Triune God (i.e. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit). Jesus provides this opportunity for you to have a personal relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe, who can become the cornerstone of your life. Have you established your personal relationship with God? If not, why not?   TODAY'S PRAYER: Father, I confess that when difficulties and trials come into my life, large or small, I mostly grumble and complain. I realize the trials James talks about are not necessarily “walls,” but they are difficult to bear, nonetheless. Fill me with such a vision of a transformed life, O God, that I might actually consider it “pure joy” when you bring trials my way. I believe, Lord. Help my unbelief. In Jesus' name, amen.    Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 94). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will entrust to Him my future. I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  From 2 Timothy 1:12 SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): John 12:44-50; Luke 12:4-12; John 15:12-17; Psalms 55a:1-12. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Is Your Life's Focus on Jesus the Narrow Door and the Only Door to Your Eternal Life?”, at our Website: https://awordfromthelord.org/listen/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

The Kingdom Project Podcast
Romans 5:6-21 - Assurance = Hope Pt 2

The Kingdom Project Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 31:30


In Romans 4 Paul showed us how Abraham was justified by faith apart from works. Justification is not a matter of Law, it is not a matter of works, it is not a matter of human effort.  So in 5:1-11, Paul deals with assurance. If you have trusted Jesus Christ you will have assurance. And this assurance will bring hope. Now, Paul has a second argument now in assuring you that your salvation by faith is genuine. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6iFjfgzzajleMLL2F99Rg/playlists Help Support: https://paypal.me/thekingdomproject Join the group: https://www.facebook.com/thekingdomprojectpodcast Email: thekingdomprojectpodcast@gmail.com

Columbus Baptist Church's Podcast

Title: The Sacraments Text: Various FCF: We often struggle to see use the sacraments as God intended us to. Prop: Because God has given the sacraments as a sign and seal of our atonement in Christ, we must partake in faith expecting to be assured of our sonship to God. Scripture Intro: [Slide 1] Turn in your bible to Philippians chapter 3. So I am up here a little earlier than I usually am aren't I? That is because, as was mentioned earlier during announcements, we have quite a different service this morning. Today is one of those unique opportunities that we have to celebrate both sacraments in our church on the same day. Many churches do the Lord's Supper every week. The Lord did not give us instruction on how often we are to have the Lord's Supper, so we, as you know, only do the meal quarterly. And baptism is a sacrament that we cannot actually plan. Baptism occurs only once in the lifetime of a Christian; therefore, it is naturally limited in frequency by that fact. So, for God to align for us both a baptism and the Lord's Supper on one day is an opportunity I can't pass up to teach once more on the concept of a sacrament – and what they mean to the body of Christ. But the reason I am speaking now in the service, is because I want to focus on each Sacrament separately. First, we will focus on Baptism, and after we have our baptism, we will then come back to the word and focus on the Lord's Supper. That's right – I am going to have a two-part message occurring in the same service. Don't worry – both parts are not 45 minutes each. I saw alarm on many of your faces. It will be ok everyone. This is a topical sermon of course, which means not only are we are going to see a lot of scripture today, but we will approach scripture differently than we normally do. When we go through textually, we are asking God to show us truth – and He decides what we see in that text. Topical sermons ask questions and then look to the Word for answers. [Slide 2] The primary questions we will attempt to answer this morning are 1 – What is a Sacrament? 2 – What are the Sacraments? 3 – Is Baptism a Sacrament? 4 – How do the Sacraments differ from one another? Unfortunately, before we can approach the first question we must answer some preliminary questions. And that is where we will begin this morning – but before we do, let me pray and ask the Lord to guide us. Transition: To begin this morning, I want to remind ourselves of the observations we have made in II Peter thus far. We have seen that God has supplied to His children all they need to become partakers in the divine nature, and to come to the glorious excellence that He has called us to. Yet we see that there are some who make a good showing, who confess truth, who leave the filth of the world through the knowledge of Christ, yet return to be enslaved to their sin. So, the direction I want to start us on this morning… is by asking the question how does God keep us? If saving faith is enduring and working faith – How does God make sure our faith endures and works? Or, to say it more succinctly… I.) [Slide 3] How does God perfect our faith? a. Let's look at Hebrews 12:1-2. i. [Slide 4] For our faith to endure there are a few things that are necessary in this passage. ii. First is laying aside every weight. These weights are often looked at as sins, but since he says every weight and sin, we cannot conclude that the weights themselves are sin. Most likely in the context the writer of Hebrews is referring to their insistence to go back to the Levitical system of sacrifices. Meaning that the writer of Hebrews is not just talking about sins, but also about anti-faith objects. Things that you are trusting in for a right standing before God. Namely, your own merit. iii. The second aspect of the put-off put-on principle is to run with endurance the race that has been set before us. But how are we to do that? iv. We must keep our eyes on Christ. Why? v. He is the pioneer, author, originator, or best example our faith. vi. He is also the finisher, completer, or perfector of our faith. vii. Why is he the completer of our faith? viii. Because being united with Him – He has finished His work. He was incarnated, he obeyed the Lord, He died for sinners, He was raised again, and is now sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us. ix. We can run the race with confidence because He has already completed it. x. So, the perfecting of our faith is accomplished in Christ. b. [Slide 5] Let's look at II Peter 1:2 i. This is a passage that should be very familiar to us. ii. Peter asks that grace (God's divine power to help us to be what we could not be without Him) and peace (God's divine comfort and assurance of our status with Him) would be multiplied to us in what? iii. In the knowledge (the deep, personal, intimate understanding) of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord. iv. It is by our growing in the deep, intimate, personal knowledge of Christ that we can grow in union with Christ. That we make our calling and election sure. That we as Ephesians says will grow up into Christ and be mature in Him. Or as Romans says that we will be pressed into or conformed to Him. c. So how does God get his children from justification to glorification? How does He keep them growing up into Christ? How does He make sure as Jesus says, He does not lose any of His sheep? d. By giving His dear children grace to endure and peace to endure confidently. e. And that grace and peace are multiplied to us, how? f. Through the deep, personal, growing, intimate knowledge of Christ. g. [Slide 6] Philippians 3:1-11 brings all this together, but because it is a longer passage – we'll have to turn there. i. Paul's one goal is to know Christ, because He has paved the way to righteousness. His faithfulness has become our faithfulness. His righteousness our righteousness. ii. And to know Him in His death, the power of his resurrections is then to, as he says, somehow attain to the bodily resurrection. Transition: So the next natural question is… II.) [Slide 7] How can we know Him in this way? a. Since as Hebrews has said, he has run the race before us, to learn of Him we must follow Him. b. [Slide 8] And in following Him – what has He said of Himself? Let's look only to the gospel of John and we will find more than enough. c. He is called the Word, so we must listen to Him as the fullest revelation of God. (John 1:1-18) d. He is called the fountain of living waters, so we must drink Him. (John 4:5-26; 7:37-39) e. He is called the bread of life, so we must eat Him. (John 6:22-59) f. He is called the light of the world, so we must follow Him out of the darkness. (John 8:12-30) g. He is called the door so we must enter through Him. (John 10:1-10) h. He is called the good shepherd so we must listen and obey Him. (John 10:11-18) i. He is called the way to the Father, so we must pray in His name and by His provision. (John 14:1-14) j. He is called the truth, so we must hear and believe only Him. (John 14:1-14) k. He is called the life, so we must live as He lived. (John 14:1-14) l. He is called the vine so we must be bound to and abide in Him. (John 15:1-17) m. Through the study of the Word of God, through preaching of the word of God, through prayer, through Christian fellowship and intentional discipleship to teach people to observe all that the Lord has commanded. We know Him more and more through these means. n. And in knowing Him more and more, God's grace and peace are multiplied to us. So that we may what? o. [Slide 9] As it says in Ephesians 4… so that we may grow up into the full stature of Christ. Namely, so we may be like Him. For if we are becoming more like Him now… we will certainly look forward to the blessed hope of being truly like Him in the age to come. And as Paul said in Philippians that we might somehow be raised from the dead as He was. p. That is why historically, the church has called these practices, the ordinary means of grace. Not grace to justify us, but grace to sanctify us. To grow up into into Christ. q. We as God's people, ask for grace when we need help. And God has supplied vehicles or avenues whereby He communicates grace to us. Namely in knowing and following Christ. Transition: [Slide 10(blank)] So, God grows His people into Christlikeness by giving them grace as they know Jesus Christ more and more. And the Word of God, prayer, and Christian fellowship are avenues that He has provided for us to know Him more. But where do the sacraments come in here? Well… now we are ready to ask our first question. III.) [Slide 11] What is a Sacrament? a. Where does the word Sacrament appear in the bible? i. It doesn't. Just like the word trinity. ii. It is a combination of the Latin word for sacred and the Greek word for mystery – but often we think of a mystery as a secret that no one knows. More likely it means mystery in the sense that Paul does, in that it is a divine and spiritual thing, not fully revealed in totality to us. It is mysterious. It is mystical. iii. Sacrament means – holy spiritual mystery. iv. Yet the teaching of the sacraments, both their command and the symbolism behind them are virtually everywhere in the New Testament and are shadows of other ordinances God had in the Old Covenant. b. A good definition of sacrament is as follows i. [Slide 12] A Sacrament is a sign set apart and commanded by Christ that declares to His people the promise of the gospel, namely that He grants us freely the remission of sin and life eternal – not for our sake – but because of the work of Christ on the cross. These symbols do teach and assure us that the whole of our salvation depends upon that one sacrifice of Christ and they also, by the Spirit's work, more fully unite us to the One sacrificed. ii. I tried to underline the important parts on the slide. I stopped. Because the only words not underlined were conjunctions. So… it is all important. iii. But if I had to put it more succinctly… iv. [Slide 13] A sacrament signifies the inward spiritual reality of Christ's atonement for us and seals that reality on our consciences, building our faith in Him alone, and thus further uniting us to Him. v. This brings us to our next primary question... c. [Slide 14] What are the Sacraments? i. Different branches of Christendom have varied numbers of Sacraments. ii. Based on the definition above – many items that are viewed as Sacraments were never actually ordained by Christ Himself. Some are not actually signs of the new covenant or of Christ's atonement. iii. As we whittle away at all that is viewed a Sacrament, we come really to 2 Sacraments that remain. iv. [Slide 15] Baptism and the Lord's Supper. d. [Slide 16] How do the Sacraments differ from the ordinary means of Grace? i. What makes these unique or special? ii. Baptism and the Lord's Supper differ from the ordinary means of grace in that they were specially instituted by Christ to represent and apply to believers the benefits of the new covenant by visible and outward signs. iii. The ministry of the Word, prayer, and Christian fellowship may be avenues that God gives grace through – but the sacrament is symbolic, pertaining to the atonement, and ordained of Christ to communicate and apply the benefits of that atonement to His people. iv. In the ministry of the Word, prayer, and fellowship with believers we can see a natural connection between our participation in these means and God's growing us through them. Not saying that we earn God's grace in any way… But there does seem to be a more obvious connection between reading God's word and God equipping us for His will and work. The same goes with prayer and Christian fellowship. v. But in the Sacraments, there is truly nothing special about the water, the bread, or the juice. And by simply washing, eating, or drinking – we cannot begin to explain how God grows us in it. Yet God uses common things as symbols of deep spiritual truths to declare to His people what He has done for them in Christ and to assure them that they are His by binding them to Christ all the more. Transition: [Slide 17(blank)] Now, over the last few years, we've talked at length about how the Lord's Supper is a Sacrament. But what are the symbols of baptism? What do they mean? How do we know that God grows us in baptism? In short… IV.) [Slide 18] How do we know that Baptism is a Sacrament? a. When we looked into the Lord's Supper as a Sacrament, we encountered the unique challenge that there is actually not a lot written about the Lord's Supper in the scriptures. So, while we were able to piece together the spiritual reality behind the symbols and how the sacrament declares and assures these truths with us as believers, we had to scour almost every passage we could. b. Baptism gives us the opposite problem. There is a plethora of information about baptism in the New Testament. So, our challenge becomes organizing and utilizing the information we need to establish whether or not baptism is a Sacrament. c. [Slide 19] Revisiting our definition of a sacrament the first thing we must prove from scripture is that Christ has set apart this sign. So, our question is, does Christ command all believers to be baptized? i. [Slide 20] Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, He was baptized by John the Baptist in Matthew 3. When John protested, saying he had no need to do this since it was a baptism unto repentance, Jesus said to baptize Him to fulfill all righteousness. ii. Early in Christ's ministry, recorded for us in John 3, Jesus's disciples were baptizing those who were repenting of sin. This is a key concept to understand. John's baptism was for the repentance of sin. Jesus' disciples were continuing and expanding John the Baptist's work. iii. In Matthew 28, before His ascension, Jesus commands his disciples to go and make disciples. In that process they are to baptize them in the name of the triune God and teach them to observe all that Christ has commanded. So baptism and teaching them obedience are part of the discipleship process. iv. In Mark 16 Jesus says that the one who believes and is baptized will be saved: but those who do not believe will be condemned. v. So, it seems that Jesus really did institute this practice both by affirming John's use of it, and by commanding his disciples to continue using it. vi. And we see in several examples in Acts that His disciples obeyed His command. d. Let's take the second part of the definition of sacrament. i. [Slide 21] “declares to His people the promise of the gospel, namely that He grants us freely the remission of sin and life eternal – not for our sake – but because of the work of Christ on the cross.” ii. Do we see that this is true of Baptism? iii. [Slide 22] Look at Acts 2:38 – Peter declares to the people in Jerusalem, at the start of the church, to repent of their sin. Further, he says that every one of them must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? In the name of? It means on account of, or for the sake of, because of. iv. And then he says for the remission or forgiveness of sins. We balk at this statement because it seems like, as it did in Mark 16, that Peter is saying baptism is necessary for sins to be forgiven… and in a way it is. But not because of the water of the baptism or their submission to it. v. Rather it is because of the faith they now have in what the symbol signifies. That for Christ's sake, we are made new. We are changed. They are being baptized on his account or for His sake. Meaning – they believe. This is where forgiveness of sins comes in. Not the sign, but the thing signified. vi. And then he says that you will receive the Holy Spirit. And we have to ask… so do we receive the Spirit after we are baptized or before? Again – Peter is not focusing on the act of water baptism but rather the thing signified in that baptism. Meaning the Spirit of God indwells upon a believer receiving faith from God in the atonement of Jesus Christ. e. [Slide 23] And that leads us to the next part of the definition of a sacrament… “These symbols do teach and assure us that the whole of our salvation depends upon that one sacrifice of Christ” f. What are the symbols of baptism and how do they teach and assure us that all our salvation depends on Christ? And this my friends, is really where the plethora of information on baptism comes in. g. Did you know that in the New Testament there are at least 9 baptisms? i. There is the baptism of Moses. I Corinthians 10 tells us that the Israelites were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. ii. There is the baptism of Noah where 8 people were baptized into the flood waters, mentioned in I Peter. iii. There is the baptism of John – As we noted it was for the purpose of repentance of sins Mentioned in Matthew 3. iv. There was Jesus' baptism which was to fulfill all righteousness also in Matthew 3. v. There is the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is predicted by John the Baptist to be a baptism that Jesus brings – first mentioned in Matthew 3 but also in other places in the New Testament. 1. Acts 2:38 2. Ephesians 1:13-14 3. I Corinthians 12:13 vi. There is baptism into the sufferings of Christ, mostly in Mark 10 where two disciples came asking for a place of honor in the kingdom. Jesus asks them if they can endure the baptism he is will be baptized with? They said they could probably not knowing what he meant. Then Jesus said, that indeed they would follow Him in His sufferings. As all God's true children do. vii. There is baptism into fire or judgment. In Matthew 3, John predicts that this is another baptism that Christ will bring. He will secure his wheat into the barn but burn the rest. In II Thessalonians 1 Christ will return with a flaming fire inflicting vengeance. But in this He will spare His own. viii. There is the baptism into Christ that believers are said to experience. In Romans 6 we are baptized into his death. Buried with him. And raised with Him to walk in new life. We are baptized into one body – namely the body of Christ in I Cor 12:12. Through faith in Jesus we are baptized into Christ and have put on Christ in Galatians 3:26-27 so that now all who are in Christ are one. And in Colossians 2, a new circumcision has occurred where our sinful flesh is cut off as Christ's body was cut off from life. We are buried with Him and raised with Him. ix. Lastly, there is baptism into water for believers x. And there are other baptisms mentioned that probably refer to ritual washings so I have excluded them. h. Perplexingly, even though there are 9 baptisms – Paul says that there is only 1 baptism in Ephesians 4. So to which baptism does he refer? Looking at the context, it is fairly obvious that he means the baptism into Christ. What does that mean? i. After careful consideration, being baptized into Christ actually accomplishes all of these baptisms. i. Noah and Moses were types of Christ, who led their people to safety by their obedience to God. ii. John's baptism not only pointed forward to Christ's work, but Christ Himself was baptized by John. iii. Jesus entered the waters of baptism not to repent but to receive the Spirit of God, obey the Lord, and yet become sin for us and die our death so that we could receive His life. iv. Being baptized into Christ means we will suffer for His name, but escape His judgment. v. Since Christ sends the Spirit to His people, when we are baptized into Christ we are baptized with the Spirit of Christ. vi. So, all these baptisms are accomplished by us being immersed into, covered with, or united to Christ by faith. vii. Therefore, water baptism of believers is the symbol of this baptism. That we are baptized into Christ. Into His baptism, into His life, into His death, into His burial, into His resurrection, into His glory. viii. Water baptism is the symbol of our being declared righteous. Because in justification we are clothed with Christ, treated as if we have the same standing before God as He does – though we are still sinners. Our sins are washed away and remitted, placed on Christ instead. Our accounts are switched. ix. So, water baptism is both commanded and symbolizing the work of Christ's atonement. j. And the symbols do not end there. We know that the Spirit washes us with regeneration and that we are birthed into a new birth by Spirit and by water. These images also convey a sign and thing signified kind of relationship between baptism and our justification. k. All we have left is to prove that baptism is a Sacrament is to show that baptism “by the Spirit's work, more fully unite(s) us to the One sacrificed.” i. For this we go to I Peter 3:20b-22 ii. In this passage we see that Peter assures us that just like the 8 people who were aboard the ark were saved by or through their baptism, so we are also saved through our baptism. iii. Not by the washing of dirt by water… but the pledge, or answer of a good conscience to God. iv. Just as water washes dirt away, we know that baptism into Christ's death and resurrection washes our sins away. v. And because of this pledge we have a good or clear conscience toward God. We walk away from our water baptism which is a symbol of our baptism into Christ, knowing that our conscience is clear – not because of our own righteousness, but because of the righteousness of Christ which we have received by being baptized into Him. vi. Secondly, in Matthew 28, as the mark of a true disciple being made by other disciples, water baptism is one part of that process, the other part is obedience to all that Christ commanded. vii. Thirdly, since Christ did precede us in baptism both in the symbol and in the thing signified, we unite to Him by faith and follow Him also in both the thing signified and the symbol itself. viii. Finally, our baptism into Christ achieves our baptism into a family, a community, a body of believers that began with Adam and Eve and who God is still drawing from all nations. A body that is invisible, but will one day be gathered again. And so, as the sign of that truth – in water baptism when the baptized comes up out of the water, they experience the welcome and joy of a family of people who are also baptized into Christ. And we with the Spirit declare and assure all present that Christ alone has made us new. l. Therefore, I conclude, that water baptism of believers is indeed a sacrament of holy significance. A gift of God's whereby we all can build our faith in Christ, know and be united to Him more, and be given grace by God. m. [Slide 29 (end of first part)] And so, let us do just that. As Elliott and I prepare, we'll have Jerry come forward to lead us in prayer this morning before the offering. [SERMON BREAK = PART 2 FOLLOWS] Transition: [Slide 1] So this morning as we turn our attention away from baptism to the other sacrament of the Lord's Supper, we must answer the last of our primary questions… V.) [Slide 2] How do the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper differ from one another? a. If both sacraments by definition are signs and symbols of the atonement of Christ meant to declare and assure us of our standing with God and to multiply grace to us through a deeper unity with Christ… why do we need two? How do they differ? What do each declare to us that the other does not? b. [Slide 3] As we've seen, Baptism correlates to our justification. That once for all Christ was slain for us, transmitting us from death to life and creating in us a new nature. c. From that definitive point in our lives we are forever changed and made new. d. Therefore, in the sacrament of baptism, so long as it is believer's baptism, it is to be undergone once until we are delivered safely into the Kingdom of God. e. [Slide 4] But the Lord's Supper is a sign of the atonement of Christ in relationship to our sanctification. f. This sign communicates to us the ongoing nature of the saving work of Christ, in that we are sustained by and kept for glory in the continued feeding of our souls on the intimate relationship we now have with God the Father as a direct result of the atonement of Christ. That in His body we are brought close, and that in His blood we are made pure. That through His body we can approach the Holy God, Yahweh His name, and by the blood of the lamb we do not enter as a criminal but as a Son or daughter. g. The sign of baptism communicates to us the deliverance from who we were and promise of who we are now. The sign of the Lord's Supper communicates to us the assurance of who are now and promise of who we will be. h. Both Sacraments teach and declare to us by physical signs how the atonement justifies and sanctifies us… so that we may hope in the promise that the same God who justified us and is now sanctifying us, will one day glorify us… in Christ. Transition: And now knowing the emphasis of the Lord's Supper on our present walk with the Lord, I feel I must clarify and even warn all here this morning VI.) [Slide 5] Who is worthy to partake of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper? a. With Baptism, we saw that those who have made a convincing profession of faith are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. b. Are the conditions for who is worthy the same for the Lord's Supper? c. The answer is both yes and no. d. [Slide 6] The reason we can answer yes is because beyond justification, there is no additional requirements of any who would partake of the meal. e. All who are God's children are encouraged and even commanded to take part in the feast. f. [Slide 7] However, the reason we can also answer no, is due to the correlation the Lord's Supper has with our sanctification. g. As we have noticed in our recent study of II Peter, God is the one who preserves and continues to grow us in Him. But if we are enslaved again to sin, then we prove that our natures have not actually changed. h. And so it is not by mere convincing profession that we may partake of the Lord's Supper. For Peter suggests that the false teachers of his time had this convincing profession. Yet were abusing the Lord's Supper and using it for opportunities to spread sin. i. Instead, it is the ongoing nature of that profession of faith – the ongoing result of justification that must be present to be worthy to partake. j. So who is NOT worthy to partake of the Lord's Supper? i. [Slide 8] If you are not a believer, you must not partake. This is a holy and symbolic meal of something that God has done in His people. Not only does it profit you nothing to partake, but it also risks your own health and even life to partake in an unworthy way. You blaspheme the body and blood of Christ by partaking when you have not yet partaken of the spiritual truth signified in the meal. So if you are an unbeliever here today, in all shapes and forms, I would caution you, do not partake. ii. [Slide 9] If you are a professed believer here today, but are currently overcome by a sin in your life that you have no intention of leaving. If you are actively pursuing a sin for which you do not wish to forsake. Then you also should not partake. Not because you must be perfect to feast with us – but because God's true children hate sin and love God's law. And to deliberately keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth only gives you a fearful expectation of judgement that will consume the enemies of God. To you I say, not just not to partake… but to repent! Forsake your sin and cry out to the Lord for His mercy. And if in hearing this call to repent, the Spirit has moved you to do just that… even today you may join us in the feast. But I caution you – do not flippantly repent so you may partake. The Lord who sees all things knows your heart. iii. [Slide 10] Lastly, if you believe that eating this meal will in some way wipe away your sins or absolve you of God's punishments, or contribute in any way to either earning your justification before God, or getting on God's good side, I'd encourage you to not partake with us today. For you are in error and you do not know the truth. Christ alone saves and nothing we do contributes to that. Nor can it. k. [Slide 11] So who IS worthy to partake of the Lord's Supper? i. You are a believer struggling to get victory over a sin. ii. You are a believer feeling disconnected from Christ iii. You are a believer feeling disconnected from other believers iv. You are a believer who desires to live a life more like Christ v. You are a believer who wishes to obey Christ vi. You are a believer who desires to proclaim Christ's atonement with your life. vii. You are a believer who wants to celebrate the mercy and grace of God as He gives it. viii. [Slide 12 (end)] Why is it only those who are broken and needy that qualify for this meal? ix. Because that is what the Lord's Supper is for. Meals in general are for the hungry. For the weak. For the thirsty. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be, what? FILLED! x. Jesus Himself said that He did not come to seek the healthy but to help the sick. xi. And the scriptures tell us that God's true people agree with God about their own sin. They see themselves as wholly deficient and unable to make restitution for their sin or to please God. xii. What does that mean? If you are weak, broken, needy, struggling, hurting, failing, desperate for Him… this meal is for you! Come and Feast! xiii. Jesus said His body is for you. He said this cup is for you. Come and Feast! xiv. The Lord's Supper is a gift to us… His people. So that we may remember our Lord, commune with Him and with one another, grow in grace and victory over sin, and hope in the day when we will eat the marriage supper with Christ. So, Come and Feast! So, l will pray. After that, we will remain here for a short time as we have not only welcomed Elliott as a member of the invisible church today – but will also receive him into membership of our visible church today as he makes a covenant with us and we with him. After that time, we'll gather upstairs and go to the Lord's Supper. those who are worthy to partake please join us upstairs. Grab the elements for yourself and have a seat. There is a song we will sing and that is printed out on the back of your bulletin – so make sure to grab one on your way up if you haven't. If you are not planning to join us – for any reason – please quietly slip out when we transition upstairs. Let me pray.

Ditching Perfection
Episode 27: The Thing Beneath the Thing | Steve Carter

Ditching Perfection

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 73:47


In Romans 7:15, Paul writes: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Isn't that so relatable? Sometimes we find ourselves getting frustrated at our loved ones, exaggerating the truth, or trying to escape a difficult situation, and we wonder what is motivating our behavior. Today, my friend, Steve Carter, is here on the podcast to talk with us about his book, “The Thing Beneath the Thing.” In it, Steve talks about triggers, habits, and narratives that are powerfully rooted beneath the surface, how we can recognize them, and step into greater levels of wholeness. I think this is super applicable for us perfection-ditchers, because I don't think we really want to be perfectionists, right? We don't want to give people pleasing power in our workplaces, friendships, and families. But those sneaky habits weave their way into normalcy. So, I think this episode will be helpful and encouraging… and I hope you pick up his book if you haven't read it already! Before we dive into the conversation, I want to tell you a little bit about Steve. Steve Carter is someone who I have learned from and respected for a long time. I listened to him regularly while he was the Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek. I watched him, from afar, handle difficult situations in his church with great integrity and honor. Then, a few years ago, Steve came and spent a week with us at the church where I was serving at the time. Mike and I picked him up from the airport, took him out to lunch, and chatted for a few hours about preaching, supporting women in ministry… and of course, he and Mike chatted A LOT about the NBA. :) Steve is the real deal. He's authentic. He's willing to make hard choices to stand with those on the margins. He's one of the most incredible communicators of the Gospel I've ever heard. He's quick to encourage and call out the best in others. And I am grateful to call him my friend.

Abundant Encounters
Horizontal Encounters with God

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 45:00


In Romans 15 Paul celebrates his horizontal connection to God. People clearly matter to Paul, but not just as numbers and accomplishments. The friends and family that Paul loves are truly a source for him in his life and ministry in Christ. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = EVOE Song = Birdhouse and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/12451 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Real Christianity
Romans 2:25-29: Why Salvation Requires A Changed Heart

Real Christianity

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 35:36


Too often we put trust into religious actions to earn us good standing with God. However, this is opposite of what's taught in Scripture. Only justification through faith in Christ alone can offer us peace with God. In Romans 2:25-29, Paul is preparing his audience for this point. Namely, he is tearing down any and every religious practice that the Jews had placed redemptive hope. His focus in these verses is to strip them of their false understanding of circumcision and show them their need, not for a mark of the flesh, but for a change of the heart.

WestWay Christian Church
Abraham: Faith and Righteousness

WestWay Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 47:20


In Romans 4, Paul is going to talk about God's righteousness demonstrated through the faithfulness of Abraham. We're going to see three things: - God's righteousness is a gift, not a wage. - (Because it's a gift) God's righteousness is available to all. - God, through his righteousness, brings dead things back to life.

The Kingdom Perspective
Hope in the Midst of Trail

The Kingdom Perspective

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 1:55


Transcript: Hello, this is Pastor Don of Christ Redeemer Church. Welcome to The Kingdom Perspective. Remember that great line from that classic 1980's film “The Princess Bride”? “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Now, we can be assured that the Bible is not trying to sell us something. It is “straight up”. It tells us that fear, pain and suffering are real. Trouble and danger are unavoidable. In Romans, the Apostle Paul reminds us that it is only through suffering that we are able to share in Christ's glory (Romans 8:17). The cross precedes the crown. The path to the throne is through the thorns. The Bible fully acknowledges suffering, but it does so in hope, telling us “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). Now, you may feel that your disappointments are too deep, your suffering too intense. You may feel you can no longer hang on. Let me remind you that the Bible gets it. It totally understands your experience. And it offers hope in the midst of your very real storm. It promises that regardless of whether you can hang on, the Love of God in Christ always hangs on to you. Listen to God's promise: …in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 NASB) You may lose your grip on God; God's never loses His grip on you. Something to think about from The Kingdom Perspective. “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:35-39 (NASB)

B4 Church Weekly Teaching
010 – No More Hiding (Romans: A Life of Faith)

B4 Church Weekly Teaching

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022


In Romans chapter 7, Paul expands upon the failure of the Old Testament Law to produce righteousness in us, and our sinful natures. The Law helps us recognize sin and name it. Sadly, despite the Law's inherent goodness, there is no human way to escape sin's influence. However, Paul uses an example from marriage to […]

The B4 Podcast
010 – No More Hiding (Romans: A Life of Faith)

The B4 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022


In Romans chapter 7, Paul expands upon the failure of the Old Testament Law to produce righteousness in us, and our sinful natures. The Law helps us recognize sin and name it. Sadly, despite the Law's inherent goodness, there is no human way to escape sin's influence. However, Paul uses an example from marriage to […]

Life at Pathway
Unity on Display - Romans 15:1-13

Life at Pathway

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 43:22


Today we continue our series, Romans: Grace Changes Everything. In Romans 15, Paul is trying to help us get a glimpse of what biblical unity looks like. Pastor Jeff is preaching today about Unity on Display. As we look at unity on display, we're going to consider where we need it, when we see it and how we live it. And given all we see around us today, in the world and in the church, it's hard to imagine a more salient or urgent topic. We invite you to join in the conversation and act upon what you hear today. We pray this message is an encouragement and a challenge to you.

Abundant Encounters
All Things Are Pure

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 45:00


In Romans 14 Paul is showing how useless it is to divide what God has brought together. It is a rebuke, but it's also a key to living life free in the unified hope of our true calling, without all the extra tension that division brings, and full of love. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Outside The Sky Song = Kindness and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/14998 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Long Beach Christian Fellowship
Teaching Team Selections: The Strong, The Weak, and The Glory of God - Ryan Longnecker

Long Beach Christian Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 45:18


In Romans 14-15:13 we enter into a 1st-century debate plaguing Roman house churches regarding dietary restrictions. Paul instead of advocating for one side or the other invites both to the table where the shared costly fellowship will reflect God's glory to a world full of tribal divisiveness.

Loving the Christ-life!
The Gospel of Deliverance, Part 4

Loving the Christ-life!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 34:23


Follow PaulBy Tammy Lacock “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” (Romans 16:25) In this week's podcast, Warren Litzman continues to express the importance of diving into the Apostle Paul's epistles where he reveals the mystery, the final gospel, and tells us how we can live now. Christ revealed it only to Him, and Paul passes it on to us. May we follow Paul. In Romans 16:25, Paul says now that we know the mystery, the final gospel, of Christ living in us as believers, our only hope of glory, God now has the power to “stablish” or train us up in this new knowledge. Now that our old lives have been “crucified with Christ” and we've had the revelation of Christ as our new life, our only life, it is time for us to grow up in Him. It is time to get to know Him as our new life. By the help of the Holy Spirit, this is where we begin to have a mind-change, a renewal of our minds as Paul puts it. We are now born again of the “incorruptible seed” (1 Peter 1:23), and it's time to know who we really are now with Christ as our new life. We are bona fide children of God. He is our Father, our only Father now. Through our circumstances and situations of life, God teaches us who we are now in Christ. We begin to see that we no longer need to carry the weight of our trials and tribulations. Christ in us, our only life, can handle anything that comes our way. As we grow up in Him and get to know Him and love Him more and more throughout these times, we learn to let go, giving Him our burdens, and letting Him take over. We are perfect in our spirit, joined to Him in one spirit, but in our souls — where our minds reside — we are still maturing. The old life has been defeated but our minds are still holding onto it. Maturing means giving our minds over to Christ so our desires and choices begin to align with His. It means choosing to go to Him first and choosing to love Him above all other people and things. Paul tells us in Galatians 1:9, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” And in Romans 16:25, he calls it “my gospel” because his relationship to Christ is personal, and he wants us to see our relationship with Christ as personal and unique to each of us as well. His gospel is simple. God placed the incorruptible seed of Christ in each of us. Our old lives, the corruptible seed, passed away with Christ, and we arose with Him to an entirely new life in Him. He lives in us and is our new life. Now it's time to get to know Him! May we follow Paul and receive the revelation of His final gospel, the mystery of Christ living in us. And through the schoolhouse of life, may we have the radical mind-change Paul had, so that we, too, will continue to grow up in Him, knowing Him and loving Him more and more every day. “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:11) “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:17)

Impact
Episode 85 - Frustrated with Your Sin?

Impact

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 37:05


In Romans 7, Paul bemoans that fact that he often finds himself doing what he doesn't want to do and often not doing what he wants to do. Can you relate? Listen to Pastor Dave Wenzel from Fox Valley Lutheran High School, share insight on our sin problem, and the solution. 

Abundant Encounters
Authority

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 45:00


In Romans 13 we're learning about Authority with Saint Paul. He explains a profound upgrade in peace and hope. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Anthony Catacoli Song = Lonely Company and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/14998 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Revival from the Bible
8/24/22 - The Problem with "Religious" People

Revival from the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 14:23


In Romans 2, Paul turns his attention from the pagans of the world to the problems with those who think of themselves as religious.Reading Plan: Old Testament -  1 Kings 15:1-24, 2 Chronicles 13New Testament - Romans 2Visit https://www.revivalfromthebible.com/ for more information.

From the MLJ Archive on Oneplace.com
Christ. Our Security

From the MLJ Archive on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 52:22


Romans 8:34 - Can someone who has been justified be once again condemned because of sin? In Romans 8:34 Paul says that this question is unthinkable for those who are in Christ Jesus. Christ took all of the Christian's condemnation with Him on the cross and the Son will no more bring any charge against them or be the means of their condemnation any more than the Father Himself. In this sermon on Romans 8:34 titled Christ, Our Security, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones divides Paul's proofs into four main arguments: Christ has died, He has risen again, He is at the right hand of God, and He is making intercession for His people. Because of these four things, the Christian can rest assured that it is impossible for God to punish them once again because Christ died for their sin and bore their punishment so that they can now be alive in God. This means that a believer has been justified and justification is a declaration that they are no longer under condemnation. God's justice was fully satisfied on the cross and, therefore, God's justice should be viewed as their greatest security and comfort. Christ was raised from the dead shows that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and all condemnation has been dealt with fully. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/603/29

From the MLJ Archive on Oneplace.com
Christ. Our Security

From the MLJ Archive on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 52:22


Romans 8:34 - Can someone who has been justified be once again condemned because of sin? In Romans 8:34 Paul says that this question is unthinkable for those who are in Christ Jesus. Christ took all of the Christian's condemnation with Him on the cross and the Son will no more bring any charge against them or be the means of their condemnation any more than the Father Himself. In this sermon on Romans 8:34 titled Christ, Our Security, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones divides Paul's proofs into four main arguments: Christ has died, He has risen again, He is at the right hand of God, and He is making intercession for His people. Because of these four things, the Christian can rest assured that it is impossible for God to punish them once again because Christ died for their sin and bore their punishment so that they can now be alive in God. This means that a believer has been justified and justification is a declaration that they are no longer under condemnation. God's justice was fully satisfied on the cross and, therefore, God's justice should be viewed as their greatest security and comfort. Christ was raised from the dead shows that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and all condemnation has been dealt with fully. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/603/29

Wellspring Church
Romans // More Than Conquerors

Wellspring Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 39:25


Victory is something that we long for. In Romans 8:31-39, we discover some incredible truths about the fact that we are more than conquerors in Christ.

Real Life Podcast
Called To Be A Changemaker

Real Life Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 38:26


In Romans 12:4-5 it says, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” What does this mean to us? We are called to serve as one church! Join us as Pastor Marc Milan sheds light on how being a Changemaker strengthens the body of Christ.

Abundant Encounters
Renew Your Mind

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 45:00


In Romans 12 we're discovering a beautiful gift where Paul is letting us know that we won't have to stay the same. Paul explains that we can be renewed! We can grow. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Gold Coast Song = Amber Leaves and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/10843 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com
Debt and Taxes - Foundation 5.

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 25:28


Today on MoneyWise, we're talking about one of the five main ways we all interact with money: owing money and how to think about it from a biblical perspective. As we have discussed in the past, there are five basic ways that all of us interact with money: 1. Earn it 2. Live on it 3. Give it away 4. Owe it 5. Invest it Today, we're focusing on owing. We can owe money back that we have borrowed such as a mortgage, car loan, or school loan. Credit cards could fall into this category too if you carry a balance from month to month. But even if you don't have any loans or credit card debt, there is another way we owe: taxes. That would include income and property taxes, and any other type of tax where you have an amount you have to pay by a specific deadline. Let's talk first about loans. Scripture is clear that if we borrow money, we must repay it and do so in a timely fashion. Psalm 37 has lots of counsel related to living a godly life. It contrasts the ways of the wicked with the ways of the righteous. One of the things it says in describing the wicked is that they borrow money and don't pay it back. Now, I understand that sometimes extenuating circumstances perhaps related to bad health or a job loss or some other problem may prevent you from paying what you owe. But what the Scripture is describing here is someone who purposely doesn't pay, not someone struggling to pay. Borrowing money involves making a promise to pay it back under the conditions outlined in the borrowing agreement. So repaying money is simply keeping a promise. And the Lord wants us to be people who keep promises. Now, some people have argued that Christians should never borrow and they typically point to Romans 13:8, which says, Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Well, I am certainly not opposed to not owing anything. But I think, in context, Paul is talking there about interpersonal relationships, not about financial management. That said, the clear counsel of Scripture is that debt can be dangerous, and it is wise to avoid it as much as possible. Proverbs 22:7 notes that the borrower is the slave of the lender. That's rather striking language, and it describes something that anyone who owes money can affirm! The borrower is in a position of servitude to the lender until that debt is paid. Millions of people carrying school loans know this all too well. They struggle to get ahead because the lender is always there wanting that school loan payment month after month, year after year. Our counsel based on both Scripture and practical experience it's best to avoid debt as much as possible. But if you do have debts, your moral obligation is to pay them on time. Now, let me talk briefly about owing taxes. This, too, is a moral obligation. Scripture is quite clear about this. In Romans, Paul refers to government officials as ministers of God who help maintain public order. And he says this is why we pay taxes. He writes, Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them. Of course, you and I know that government is often inefficient and full of waste! But that doesn't absolve us of our responsibility, before God, to pay what we owe. To be sure, tax law can be confusing. And if you can't understand it, as it applies to your situation, it may be wise to hire someone who can understand it so that you can be sure you're meeting the requirements of the law, and doing so with complete honesty. Now, you can and should take advantage of tax provisions that allow you to reduce your tax liability. There is nothing wrong with taking a legitimate deduction, credit, or write-off. But never cheat on your taxes. That is not only illegal, it is also displeasing to God. So, in summary: keep your debt at a minimum, pay any debt you have in a timely fashion, and when it comes to taxes, pay them without rancor and with an honest heart. On today's program, Rob also answers listener questions: ● How can you get ahead to purchase a car and house when there seems to be no financial monthly surplus? ● What should you do with investments if you're fearful of the near future of the stock market? RESOURCES MENTIONED: ● Find a Certified Kingdom Advisor Remember, you can call in to ask your questions most days at (800) 525-7000 or email them to Questions@MoneyWise.org. Also, visit our website at MoneyWise.org where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, join the MoneyWise Community, and even download the free MoneyWise app. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1085/29

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com
Debt and Taxes - Foundation 5.

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 25:28


Today on MoneyWise, we're talking about one of the five main ways we all interact with money: owing money and how to think about it from a biblical perspective. As we have discussed in the past, there are five basic ways that all of us interact with money: 1. Earn it 2. Live on it 3. Give it away 4. Owe it 5. Invest it Today, we're focusing on owing. We can owe money back that we have borrowed such as a mortgage, car loan, or school loan. Credit cards could fall into this category too if you carry a balance from month to month. But even if you don't have any loans or credit card debt, there is another way we owe: taxes. That would include income and property taxes, and any other type of tax where you have an amount you have to pay by a specific deadline. Let's talk first about loans. Scripture is clear that if we borrow money, we must repay it and do so in a timely fashion. Psalm 37 has lots of counsel related to living a godly life. It contrasts the ways of the wicked with the ways of the righteous. One of the things it says in describing the wicked is that they borrow money and don't pay it back. Now, I understand that sometimes extenuating circumstances perhaps related to bad health or a job loss or some other problem may prevent you from paying what you owe. But what the Scripture is describing here is someone who purposely doesn't pay, not someone struggling to pay. Borrowing money involves making a promise to pay it back under the conditions outlined in the borrowing agreement. So repaying money is simply keeping a promise. And the Lord wants us to be people who keep promises. Now, some people have argued that Christians should never borrow and they typically point to Romans 13:8, which says, Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Well, I am certainly not opposed to not owing anything. But I think, in context, Paul is talking there about interpersonal relationships, not about financial management. That said, the clear counsel of Scripture is that debt can be dangerous, and it is wise to avoid it as much as possible. Proverbs 22:7 notes that the borrower is the slave of the lender. That's rather striking language, and it describes something that anyone who owes money can affirm! The borrower is in a position of servitude to the lender until that debt is paid. Millions of people carrying school loans know this all too well. They struggle to get ahead because the lender is always there wanting that school loan payment month after month, year after year. Our counsel based on both Scripture and practical experience it's best to avoid debt as much as possible. But if you do have debts, your moral obligation is to pay them on time. Now, let me talk briefly about owing taxes. This, too, is a moral obligation. Scripture is quite clear about this. In Romans, Paul refers to government officials as ministers of God who help maintain public order. And he says this is why we pay taxes. He writes, Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them. Of course, you and I know that government is often inefficient and full of waste! But that doesn't absolve us of our responsibility, before God, to pay what we owe. To be sure, tax law can be confusing. And if you can't understand it, as it applies to your situation, it may be wise to hire someone who can understand it so that you can be sure you're meeting the requirements of the law, and doing so with complete honesty. Now, you can and should take advantage of tax provisions that allow you to reduce your tax liability. There is nothing wrong with taking a legitimate deduction, credit, or write-off. But never cheat on your taxes. That is not only illegal, it is also displeasing to God. So, in summary: keep your debt at a minimum, pay any debt you have in a timely fashion, and when it comes to taxes, pay them without rancor and with an honest heart. On today's program, Rob also answers listener questions: ● How can you get ahead to purchase a car and house when there seems to be no financial monthly surplus? ● What should you do with investments if you're fearful of the near future of the stock market? RESOURCES MENTIONED: ● Find a Certified Kingdom Advisor Remember, you can call in to ask your questions most days at (800) 525-7000 or email them to Questions@MoneyWise.org. Also, visit our website at MoneyWise.org where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, join the MoneyWise Community, and even download the free MoneyWise app. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1085/29

Sound Doctrine
Keep the Faith Part 1

Sound Doctrine

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 26:01


One of the most fascinating and well-known persons in the Bible is Abraham. Yes he lived long ago but his story still speaks to us today, providing great encouragement. In Romans chapter four the argument for salvation by grace through faith is made by using the historical account of Abraham. Pastor Jeff Johnson will explore this liberating truth of how God not only saved Abraham by faith apart from works, but us too. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/621/29

Sound Doctrine
Keep the Faith Part 1

Sound Doctrine

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 26:01


One of the most fascinating and well-known persons in the Bible is Abraham. Yes he lived long ago but his story still speaks to us today, providing great encouragement. In Romans chapter four the argument for salvation by grace through faith is made by using the historical account of Abraham. Pastor Jeff Johnson will explore this liberating truth of how God not only saved Abraham by faith apart from works, but us too. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/621/29

Sound Doctrine
Good News Part 2

Sound Doctrine

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 26:02


When the book of Romans was penned there were a large number of people with a skewed view of salvation. They believed that salvation came through circumcision and living by the law of God. In Romans, the apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear that we are saved by grace through faith. It's a message that needs to be heard and received today. We're talking about the good news today on Sound Doctrine. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/621/29

Sound Doctrine
Good News Part 2

Sound Doctrine

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 26:02


When the book of Romans was penned there were a large number of people with a skewed view of salvation. They believed that salvation came through circumcision and living by the law of God. In Romans, the apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear that we are saved by grace through faith. It's a message that needs to be heard and received today. We're talking about the good news today on Sound Doctrine. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/621/29

Zion Primitive Baptist Church Podcast

by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (preached 8/14/22) In Romans 10, Paul expresses a zeal for the salvation of certain of his kinsmen among the Jews. He tells us that they have a “zeal of God”, but that it was an … Read More

WestWay Christian Church
The 1015 - The Fullness of the Gospel

WestWay Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 49:39


In Romans 1 Paul describes the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Abundant Encounters
Pure Hearts will Always See Light in the Dark

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 45:00


In Romans 11 Paul is letting us into a little secret as he looks at God's work with the gentiles. If we are too religious, too dogmatic then we'll never see it but if we have eyes that see we'll begin to find all things to be pure as God shares His pure heart with us. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Outside The Sky Song = Kindness and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/14356 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens

Did you know that you are gifted? When you become a follower of Christ, He gives you at least one spiritual gift to edify the body of believers. In Romans 12, Paul wrote to the church in Rome and reminded them of God's love for them and of the different gifts they were given. These gifts were to be used in humble service toward their fellow Christians. The end result of using our gifts is building one another up. Romans 12:6-8 lists some of the gifts we can have, including serving, encouraging, and leading. Is there an area you know you are particularly gifted in? Perhaps God has given you a heart for getting down in the trenches and serving those in your community who may otherwise be overlooked. Maybe you thrive on being that voice of encouragement to others around you who are suffering, who might even be going through some trials that are similar to ones you've walked through in your own life. Do you display leadership qualities that could be used to rally others around a worthy cause? The Holy Spirit has graciously given us various gifts to use for God's glory and for the encouragement of His people (1 Corinthians 12:4, 11). If you've put your trust in Jesus, His Holy Spirit is in you, and you are a part of His body of believers. Like a body has many different parts, we are all different and we all need each other. If you feel like you don't have a clue what your spiritual gift(s) may be, you can spend some time in prayer, asking God to reveal ways you can serve His people. You can also talk to some family members or friends you trust and ask them what kinds of qualities they see in you and how they think you are gifted. In many cases, our talents or the things our hearts bend toward can play a role in our spiritual gifts as well. For example, if you love praising God through song or instrument, ask God how you can use your musicality in the place He has you. If you don't have a specific talent in mind, you can try out different areas of service in your church or community and see what fits your soul. • Savannah Coleman • What is the purpose of spiritual gifts? • What questions to you have about spiritual gifts? • How might God be giving you opportunities to serve His body, the church? A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God Is Focused a Jesus Follower's Heart, and He Changes Their Thinking and Attitude Through a Change in Their Heart

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 1:00


God Is Focused a Jesus Follower's Heart, and He Changes Their Thinking and Attitude Through a Change in Their Heart MESSAGE SUMMARY: God makes you a new creation through your new heart created by an indwelling of the Holy Spirit in your life. God is interested in your heart, and He wants you to have a righteous heart– God changes your thinking and your attitude through a change in your heart. In Romans 8:26-27, Paul describes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Followers resulting in a new person, with a new heart, in Jesus: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.". As a Jesus Follower, you are salt and light, comes from your righteousness – not just in deed and appearance but, also, in your inner person -- your heart.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Unclutter my heart, O God, until I am quiet enough to hear you speak out of the silence. Help me in these few moments to stop, to listen, to wait, to be still, and to allow your presence to envelop me. In Jesus' name, amen.    Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 23). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Lust. Rather, I will abide in the Lord's Perfect Provision. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Proverbs 3:1-7; Romans 2:29; Romans 8:26-28; Psalms 18a:1-10. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “Following Jesus – Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him Without Reservations”, at our Website: https://awordfromthelord.org/listen/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Good News Radio Broadcast
The Life of Faith - Part 3

Good News Radio Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 14:35


This is Pastor Tom Arnould welcoming you to the Good News Radio Broadcast. In Romans 4:17, the scripture tells us that Bible faith will "call things that be not as though they were." God's faith will speak the promise rather than dwelling on our present circumstances. Learning to walk by faith is the central message of both the Old and New Testament. Join me for the message entitled "The Life of Faith."

Abundant Encounters
Attunement

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 45:00


In Romans 10 Paul continues to usher us deeper into the new in-Christ realities we have access to. He wants so badly to bring the Jews along. He longs to see them attune to the God who loves them. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Outside The Sky Song = Come Home and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/14952 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Harvest Community Church (PCA) in Omaha, NE
“The Summons to God’s Covenant People” – Psalm 50

Harvest Community Church (PCA) in Omaha, NE

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022


Hear now the word of the Lord from Psalm 50. The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. 4 He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah 7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” 16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son. 21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! 23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50, ESV The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God endures forever. When I was in high school, I participated as an actor in one play. I had a lot of fun doing it. I learned a lot about what goes into putting on a theater production. One of the things that really struck me that was surprising was how much is happening not just on the stage, but backstage. Now, I had been to a number of plays before that and I had seen a lot of plays in the audience. But all that I had ever seen during those performances was what was happening in front stage, the performances of the actors as they were playing out, the story of the play itself. What I was never able to see, because it was always behind the veil, behind a curtain, in the backstage, what I was never able to see was how much of a drama there was going on backstage as well as in the front stage. You had a backstage crew that was always busy making sure the actors had the right props. You saw actors going back and forth behind the curtains to get to the next spot for the entry. At the right moment of the play, sometimes you saw heated debates happening that was entirely hidden from the audience. All of that backstage drama, though, was tightly integrated and meant to be coordinated with the front stage drama. You can't have a good front stage drama where the play goes off like it's supposed to without the coordination with the backstage. Now what the Bible is doing in a lot of places is to help us. We live in a life which is something like a front stage drama where we see things that are going on, the story unfolding around us. But very rarely can we see what's going on in the backstage, in the spiritual and heavenly realms. Unless and until the Bible gives us God's word to help us pull back the curtain to see what the eyes of faith, what's really happening spiritually around us. One of the clearest places we see this is in the book of Job. Job has this front stage drama where he knows that he's going through great suffering in his life, but he doesn't know why. But we, as we read the book of Job in the Bible, are given an ability to pull back the curtain and see what's happening in the backstage and the heavenly and spiritual realms where we are taken directly into the throne room of Almighty God to see that Satan has made an entrance. The great accuser of the brethren is bringing an accusation, saying that if you push Job hard enough, he will curse you. God, hearing this accusation and knowing full well the faithfulness of his servant Job, permits Satan to test Job to a certain degree and no further. Job, as the Lord says, never does curse the Lord. But all of this happens without Job's knowledge. It's front stage drama, but he doesn't know about this backstage drama. We alone are given this privilege as we read in the Bible. But still we don't always know what's happening in our lives. Very often, the front stage drama takes place without any realization of what's happening backstage. One of the most important places where we see this front stage, backstage coordination is whenever we gather for worship. Every time we gather for worship, there's a great drama unfolding in our midst now. I want to be very clear, understand, this is not a stage where the performance is happening for you and audience. All of us together are brought and are playing our part and our role in this great drama unfolding in the worship of our God. But as a pastor, very often up through the last three months, I spent most of my time in the weeks preparing for that each Sunday. Where I would be steeped in the scriptures and I'd be in prayer, wrestling with God about what the Scriptures teach so that God could begin by illuminating His Word to expose the sin in my heart. So that I could repent for my sin before I tried to preach this word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other people. So as I'm working that through the week and preparing to preach when I come on Sunday, I always felt keenly aware of this drama. Not only what was happening in our midst and the external things that we're doing here, but spiritually. I'd been praying about this spiritual drama the whole week. One of the things that I reflected on while I was on sabbatical and I was neither at my own church or leading the worship in any sense or preaching. I just came into churches that I didn't know week by week. As I was reminded how hard of a perspective that is to really project, to really draw people into. One of the burdens that developed in my heart through this process, and I hope that will be a blessing for the church, is a realization I want to do a better job of being absolutely crystal clear what we are doing when we gather together. So this morning, we're doing a bit of an excursion around Matthew. We'll be back in Matthew, Lord Willing, next week. But to stop this morning and look at Psalm 50. One of the clearest passages that pulls back the curtain to the backstage drama that takes place every time we worship. As Pastor Andrew mentioned this morning. If we're only looking at the front stage drama, what we are doing here, sometimes we can begin to think that we have gathered together of ourselves to talk about God, to speak amongst ourselves about God. But what the Bible shows us in this and other passages is that we're not here to talk about God amongst ourselves. This isn't like a memorial service where someone has been in our midst and we've loved this person and they have died and we gather together to talk about that person, where that person only lives in a certain sense, in our memories. That's not what we're doing when we talk about God. Rather, when we gather in worship, we have not gathered to talk about God. God has gathered us to speak to us. God is the one who summons. God is the one who speaks by His Word and we speak back to him in this great dialogue of worship. What Psalm 50 particularly points us to is the reality that when God summons us into His presence, God judges His people by his word. That's a big idea this morning that In worship God judges his people.. Now, as we work our way through Psalm 50, three parts to our sermon this morning. 1. The Lord Call His People 2. The Lord Convicts His People 3. The Lord Comforts His People. The Lord Calls His People So number one, the Lord calls his people. This Psalm begins with a royal introduction. At very beginning of this, we have three titles and names of God the Mighty One, there's one title. God, there's another title. The Lord or Yahweh, that's His covenant name. Now, this is something that's fitting for the introduction of a king. You may know that whenever a sovereign is introduced, this isn't just an introduction of who this person is. Very often a king or a queen is introduced by all of their titles and attributes. For example, when we talk about Queen Elizabeth, she is not just Queen Elizabeth the Second. Her official title is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. Did you hear all those titles and attributes? That's how you introduce a king or a queen of this world. But here we have God introduced, The Mighty One, God the Lord. It's a royal introduction to let us know that we are dealing with a great king. What does this king do? He speaks and he summons the earth. This king issues his word and his word goes out to summon the earth from the rising of its sun to its setting. To gather into his presence out, of Zion the perfection of beauty God shines forth. In the Old Testament Zion was the name of a literal mountain, the mountain on which Jerusalem was seated. Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel. It was where the king of Israel reigned. It was also the place where God had set his name, where the temple was. Where all of Israel, wherever they were living, had to gather themselves three times. Every male in Israel had to gather to worship before the Lord in Zion. This is a description of God gathering His covenant people. In the New Testament, in Hebrews chapter 12, we are told that no longer when we deal with Zion are we dealing with a mountain, a physical place in the Middle East. We are dealing now with the gathered people of God, the church in Hebrews Chapter 12:22-24. But God's word goes out to then to the whole earth to summon into his gathered collective people into the church, just like we are doing today. This call goes out, of course, to every place, to every church. Now reading verse three that, "Our God comes, the Mighty King comes, and he does not keep silence." Now, two things I want to point out there. First is the language of our God. This is not a general description of some distant God out there. We're going to have to pay attention to all of the possessive pronouns. Our, mine, his, to see who belongs to whom. What we are seeing is God is speaking to His people. Our God comes. And the second thing we need to notice from this first line in verse three is that it is not keep silence. I want you to remember that because we're going to come back later to see where God had kept silence up to this point. The same word is used a little bit later when God comes, he does not keep silence before him as a devouring fire around him, a mighty tempest. This is God coming in judgment. The language of a fire and a storm is an echo of Sinai. When God made that covenant with his people, mediated by his servant Moses, God brought His people to another mountain, Mount Sinai, and God met with his people by descending in a cloud, a thick cloud of darkness. Where they could see flames of fire shooting forth in lightning, where they could hear thunder. Where they were terrified to approach God, they said to Moses, you go up, we are terrified. We will die if we go up that mountain. So Moses goes up alone into the presence of God to mediate the covenant with His people. Now God is coming into the assembly of his entire people. You can't escape. God comes and He does not keep silence. Verse four, "He calls to the heavens above and to the earth that he may judge his people." His people, notice the possessive pronouns. And so he says, gather to me, my faithful ones who made a covenant with me by sacrifice. The heavens declares righteousness for God himself is judge. What we are seeing here is God is gathering his people. He is gathering His covenant people, people with whom He has a unique relationship. He sends his word out to the whole earth, but he's gathering his covenant people to himself. And when, as we are going to see, he's addressing both the righteous and the wicked within this covenant. Within this covenant and something of a mixed multitude, God is judging the people to see where they stand in the terms of this covenant before him. Now, remember, this is pulling back the curtain. What we are seeing here is not a distant message to an ancient people. What we are seeing here is God addressing us today. As we gather on this Lord day in the spiritual Mount Zion of God's gathered, collected people of his church. But this is pulling back the curtain specifically to the backstage spiritual and heavenly drama of what unfolds each time we gather together for our front stage drama. What we're doing here is not just us here, it is God coming to meet his people. So let me borrow a little bit more from the image of the theater to try to bring us a little bit deeper into what happens when we gather to worship. One of the other things I learned is how important a particular day or date is in the schedule when you're preparing to put together a play. It's marked on the calendars from the beginning, really everything you were doing as you were putting together a play and all the rehearsals and everything is leading up to one or maybe two or three days where you have a dress rehearsal or the dress rehearsals. Now, like it sounds, you actually put on the full costume and that day usually just show up and wear whatever you're wearing to rehearse. But on the dress rehearsal day, you wear your costume, whatever you're supposed to wear. They want the conditions to be as much like the conditions of a live play as possible. What's happening when you gather for a dress rehearsal is that it very much, in a real sense is a true performance. But what's different is it's not a final performance. Because it's real in every sense, you go directly through it. You don't stop and break out for a rehearsal of one scene, you don't have someone repeat their lines. You go as directly through the process as possible as you can because it is a very real performance that will be very fiercely and strictly judged. But it's not a final performance where there has been an audience to see whatever happened on that day. Sometimes some really big problems come up in the midst of the dress rehearsal. It is a real performance, but it's not a final performance in the sense that the whole purpose of having a dress rehearsal is to give the actors and the backstage crew time to fix whatever problems there are before the final performance day. Whenever we gather for worship. This is a dress rehearsal, not as though we're all wearing the costumes that we're going to be wearing in heaven. But this is a true time where this is happening, where God is coming in our midst to judge his people. But it's not the final time that will happen. The day of the Lord is coming, when God will come, when he will no longer remain silent. He's not silent today, but where he will not be in any sense silent. No ear will be able to close itself from hearing his judgment word. Where all the nations of the Earth will be gathered before the judgment seat of the Lamb, to whom has been entrusted all authority in heaven and on earth. The books will be opened. And that day will be both a real judgment and a final judgment. But today, God gives us opportunity to repent. Opportunity to look to the Lord Jesus. God judges us, not in a final sense. He judges us so that he can prompt us to repent from our sins and look again to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we gather together as God's covenant people, we are entering into a covenant renewal ceremony. Gather to be my faithful ones, God says, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice. God is summoning us to judge us, He is not silent. We have heard God speak this morning already, as Andrew read to us, addressed us not with his voice, but with the voice of God speaking through the word, he reminded us that we don't gather just because or of our own initiative. We gather because God calls, and here we are who have come. We've been summoned and we have come. Then God judged us by his law. We read from the Word of God, and we were invited to respond in confession. God speaks, we speak. He called us. We praised him. He convicted of our sin, we confessed. And so on back and forth. This dialogue of worship. Again, this is not a distant message to an ancient people. God is speaking to us today. This is a real judgment, but it is not the final judgment. The Lord Convicts His People So what does God say to us? Well, this brings us to the second point where the Lord convicts his people. What we are seeing here is God brings essentially three charges against his people. And looking verse seven, once again, the possessive pronouns "Hear, oh, my people and I will speak, oh, Israel, I will testify against you, I am God your God." God calls His people and testifies against them. He's bring a charge, bring a legal case according to the terms of the covenant that bound them together. So what charges is God bringing against his people? The first charge we see in verses eight through 13. The first charge has to do with the charges of the false worship of legalism. God says, look, it's not that you have failed to dot an i or to cross a t of the external obligations that were required of you. You have brought every sacrifice. You have brought it on time. I have nothing to say against you, then. But that's not the problem. What's the problem, God says, is that you seem to have thought that I needed those sacrifices from you. You seem to have thought that I ate the flesh of bulls and I drank the blood of goats, and I would go hungry unless you brought those sacrifices. So that if you brought them, you thought that your duty was discharge, that I was full and happy and satisfied. I am not a God like that. In the ancient world there was a very common thought along these lines that the whole reason for sacrifices was to feed the gods. In fact, in many of the ancient thinking about how the world was created, most people thought that the human beings were created by the gods in order to take over the menial task of gathering together sacrificial animals. We were created to serve in the kitchens of the gods to make sure that they were always properly fed. That's the whole purpose of being a human being, why we were created. But God sets that aside and says, I'm not a god like that. Even if I was hungry, I wouldn't tell you because all the cattle and a thousand hills belong to me. I own every animal. You don't give me something I can't provide for myself and I don't even need it. So the point has never been that I needed these animals that you were offering a sacrifice. The point is that I wanted you God says. This is where legalism creeps up in our hearts. We think that so long as we are doing the external things, so long as we are going through the motions, so long as that we are here, we think we've got us satisfied. I'm sure the Harvest Session sends the attendance sheets directly to God and God is using those and I will have a good attendance on the last day and I will be fine. God says, I don't rebuke you for that, I just don't care about that for its own sake. God wants you here, but God wants you here. He wants your heart and your soul and your mind and your strength to turn to him in worship. He wants all of you, not just your external body. This is what legalism does. Legalism looks for loopholes. We think, well, so long as I have dotted the I's and cross the T's, I am fine. But God says that the external is easy, I don't want it. It's the internal that is hard, even impossible for you to do apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in you. God first charges his people with the charge of false worship of legalism. The second charge is the inverse and versus 14 to 15 that God's people have failed to offer him true worship. True worship with which God summarizes as praise and prayer. Look at verse 14. Here's what God instructs them to do, "Instead, offer to God a sacrifice of Thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High." Now, it isn't that God is saying, well, you've given me your bulls and your goats, but I really want this different kind of animal sacrifice. You haven't given me your lambs or your sparrows or your grains or your drink offerings. He's not saying that. It's not that they haven't physically brought him something that he needs. He's saying you haven't brought me a spirit of praise. You haven't responded to me from your soul for the salvation I have given to you. That's what I want from you, to respond with a kind of thanksgiving that gives me glory in heaven for what I have done for you on Earth. Then in verse 15, God says, I don't only want your praise, I also want your prayers. Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you and you shall glorify me. He says, I don't want you to look around, I don't want you to look to the foreign nations to come to your aid. I don't want you to lean upon your own military strength. I don't want you to lean upon your own wisdom. As we talked about this morning in our call to confession not to lean on our own wisdom. God says, I want you to call upon me in the day of trouble. God wants our prayer and our praise and really everything we do in worship is it one of those ends of the spectrum. To call upon God for what we need, especially for the salvation that we can only have through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and then to praise God that He has accomplished everything we needed and given the far more abundant than we could think or imagine. Everything falls into one of these categories, and John Calvin points out in his commentary, it's actually interesting that God mentions praise first. You'd think the God would say pray first, and then after I respond to you, then you can give thanks for that. But what John Calvin says is, if you think about it, it makes absolute sense. God has already met their needs. God has already provided salvation. There are already a thousand ways to give God thanksgiving even before they show up at worship. So this is why when we come into worship and God summons us, our first response is to praise God for His glory in His person and for everything He has done for us to provide for us in creation. Praise and prayer is what God wants, and God charges people for failure to offer this true worship. The third charge is in verses 16 through 20. What God says then is that first of all, you've offered false worship of legalism. Second, as a consequence of that, you haven't offered the true worship, the worship of your heart, soul, mind and strength engaged with me. But the third thing is God charges his people with something that comes out of legalism. Legalism, God says leads to lose living. Legalism looks for loopholes, that's what it does, but legalism also leads somewhere. It leads to lose living. Once we are content to just stiff arm God, to keep Him at arm's length, to offer our bodies, but not really our hearts and our souls. Well, our hearts and souls start to drift to somewhere else. And we see that God's people are filled and we don't know who all this addresses, but God addresses the wicked in the midst. Those who have hardened in their hearts against God and their lives are headed in an entirely different trajectory because it. He says, "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him and you keep company with adulterers. If you give your mouth free rein for evil and your tongue frames deceit, you sit and speak against your own brother. You slander your own mother's son." What these people have failed to realize is that our hearts are worship vacuums. Our hearts have this God shaped hole. And if when we gather in worship, we are not finding our joy and our satisfaction in the infinite, eternal Almighty God. Then we will certainly look for something else, something that will not be able to satisfy us, but because our souls will crave it, we will go after it nonetheless, in place of God. And that's what's happening here. Whatever these people are seeking, it leads them into all manner of wickedness and God repudiates them, rebukes them because of the way their legalism has led to lose living. The most terrifying part of this section is in verse 21. God says, "These things you have done and I have been silent." Now remember the beginning, when God comes, he does not keep silence. Here is where we read that God had previously, up to this point, seemed silent. You know, one of the things that I think crops up in our hearts sometimes is the sense that if God really wanted me not to do this, I'm sure he'd stop me in some way. Then maybe we step our toes over that line and we say, boy, no lightning fell from heaven, maybe this isn't really that bad. But that's not the way the Bible looks at this. The Bible is giving us these warnings. In Romans 2:4, the Apostle Paul warns you and says, haven't you heard? Don't you know why God is tolerant with you? He says, "Do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?" But instead of repenting, we presume upon that kindness, we think that because God is silent, because He hasn't come in a tempest and in fire, that well, it must not be that big of a deal. Instead, the Bible says we are storing up wrath for ourselves for the day of God's righteous judgment. Notice here, God says all these things you have done, and I have been silent. Well, he has, but he also hasn't been silent. God has spoken. God speaks to us by His Word. We don't need to say God is murder okay in this moment. Well, haven't heard from him, I guess I can go ahead and do it. God has told us that murder is wrong. God has told us about what is right and what is wrong. Just because God doesn't come in some furious storm yet doesn't mean that it's okay. Again when we are gathered in this front stage drama of worship, part of what is happening in the scriptures that are being read in the way that we are being led to confession is we are being reconciled to the God who is in the backstage. One day God will come into the front stage drama. One day there will be a final judgment. But God is rebuking us to lead us to repentance. He doesn't want our formalistic, legalistic, external worship. He wants you. Our whole soul is to seek him in prayer and to acknowledge him in praise. Again, this is not a distant message to an ancient people. We haven't gathered together to talk about God. God has summoned us to speak to us so that we might repent. The Lord Comforts His People That's what the last section is about, about the necessity of repentance. This is where the Lord comforts his people. Now, it doesn't sound comforting at the beginning, but think about what God is doing as he says this in verse 22. He says, "Mark this, then you who forget God lest (in order that this might not happen), lest I tear you apart and there be none to deliver." Again, this is a true judgment, but this is not the final judgment. That day will come when God comes in fury and fire and wrath and will judge the wicked. There will be no way to turn back his judgment. He will tear apart and there will be none to deliver. Now when God comes into this dress rehearsal of that day of the Lord. God says, mark this, listen to this, heed this. Turn from your sins, lest that day come and you'll be on the wrong side of my judgment. The Lord then, who has been speaking this word of judgment. We start with the confession of our sin and our liturgy. But then that brings us to the rest of what the Bible offers, the hope that we have. We are not just left cowering under fear. God himself gives us confidence to enter into His presence in the holy places. And he does this through his son, Jesus Christ. And here's what the Psalmist says in verse 23, speaking prophetically, the words of God, "The one who offers thanksgiving as a sacrifice glorifies me." Again, with thanksgiving, it's not that God wants us to offer the right offering animals in those days, maybe a monetary gift in these days. What God is saying is, I want your heart to be brimming and overflowing with thankfulness. That is the kind of heart that has put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who recognizes that what I could never have done for myself, God did for me through Jesus. And this is to come into His presence and to thank him and glorify Him. That God's own son was crucified in my place. Took the brunt of the judgment of God's fire and tempest and wrath that I had incurred because of my guilt. To the one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God. Now, this doesn't mean that God is calling us to do enough good things so that God will then accept us. Remember the Gospel promise of Jesus, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." Jesus says that he is the one to whom we must go and whom we must put our faith to order our ways rightly. We don't order our way rightly, in order to come to Jesus. Jesus has come down out of heaven to us so that He might be the one in whom our ways are put back together. The Lord comforts His people in this last word as He points us to the salvation of God held out in Jesus Christ. Well, let's bring this together now to sum all of this up of what we have seen in Psalm 50. Again, what this psalm is doing is standing as an enduring witness to what's happening behind the scenes whenever we gather for worship. We all have seen you come in here once, you know what happens. We know what happens in the front stage drama of our worship, but this is pulling back the curtain to give us a glimpse into the backstage all that is happening in the great spiritual and heavenly drama. When we gather to worship, again, it's not because we have come together to talk about someone who is absent. It's that God has summoned us, called us, and he calls us to judge his people. God speaks by His word to convict us of our sins, and especially God judges us of the legalism that is all too easy when we come into this place. I know I have to stand at the right time, sit at the right time, bow my head, fold my hands in prayer, sing a few songs. I have to appear to be attentive when the preacher is preaching. I know that if I can just gut it through that, then I'm done. And God says, I don't want that. I want you. God may seem silent. He's not here in wrath and tempest and fire today, but he speaks clearly in this dress rehearsal that we have before the final day of judgment. Again, what then does it mean that God has called us to speak to us? We see in this passage that God speaks to us first of all, corporately. That means as a people, as a body, corporately, God calls us together as a people in public. He says, gather to me, my faithful ones. Furthermore, God speaks to us covenantal, not only corporately, but covenantal. "Gather to be my faithful ones who made a covenant with me by sacrifice", verse five. But God calls us corporately in covenant because He's invoking the legal terms of that covenant in order to convict us of our sin, "I will testify against you." But he does this not just to bury us in shame. He does this toward our conversion, "Lest I tear you apart and there be none to deliver." Because ultimately, when God speak to us, even in his judgment today, there is great compassion. Turn be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. Which means that this morning we have two pathways. There are two paths that we can take away from here. The first is to carry on the pathway of legalism. To seek security in simply going through the motions. God says not for your sacrifices, do I rebuke you. Not for your attention. Not for your attendance. Not for your appearance do I rebuke you. Not for your good works, not for your reputation, not for whatever ethical ideals you think you have that make you a good person. I don't judge you for those things. You stand very well in those things and I don't care about them. I want you God says. Legalism looks for loopholes. It says, As long as I've dotted I's and cross T's, I'll be safe. But God wants you. Because if you judge your heart this morning, you may realize that legalism in worship has led you astray into loose living. If so today's the day to turn, today is the day to repent. Today is the day to find the other pathway of faith, where we are not seeking security and external actions that we perform for God as though He found them acceptable. God calls those filthy rags. But rather to seek security in Jesus Christ alone. As God speaks to you, He doesn't call you to formalism, but neither does he call you to pile up ever more works for you to earn your salvation. And he certainly doesn't call you to take his silence as though it were his tolerance. Rather God calls you to call upon Christ. Again, this is a real judgment. Understand that when we come under the judgment of God, this is the day of trouble. God's wrath comes down heavy upon us, even if it is not in a final sense. And so in the midst of the day of trouble, God calls you to call upon Him in the day of your trouble to look to Christ. Christ who loved you with an everlasting love that He had in his heart for you from before the first brick of the foundation of the earth was laid at creation. Christ, who loved you so much that He took upon himself a human nature, veiling the glory of his godhood to take the form of a servant. Christ who served you, who suffered for you, and who sorrowed throughout his whole life for the sake of your salvation. Christ was passed already through the consuming fire of God's judgment for you. The flaming sword set outside the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were cast out, Jesus Christ has passed under that sword for you. So look to Christ who was crucified, who died and was buried for your sins in accordance with the Scriptures. And on the third day, in accordance from the Scriptures, he was raised from the dead in vindication of his righteousness and for your justification. Christ, who ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. Christ, who received the Promised Holy Spirit, whom He pours out from Heaven to His Church, the Spirit who dwells in our midst now. Christ, who is at the right hand of Father, who ever lives to intercede. We sang that this morning, arise, my soul arise, so that we may be saved to the uttermost. Will you hear Christ's voice speaking today? He hasn't come in as fire and flame, but he's not silent. Hear him. Have ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts to understand. Turn to him in repentance and look to Him in Christ. God has gathered us here for a purpose. He's gathered us in worship to judge us. But for all those who flee for refuge in Jesus Christ, our Savior, you are in someone who has already taken the judgment. For whom the judgment is already passed over so there's nothing left for you. You blessed children of God Almighty stand in confidence. Not only today, but on the last day when you stand before the presence of His glory, it will be with great joy. Let us pray. Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for the good news of the Gospel, that though we have fallen so far short of the righteous standard that you have called us to in your covenant, but Jesus Christ has paid it all. He did everything required of us, and he paid every bit of the debt that we had incurred. He did all of this through the pain and the sorrow and the suffering of his crucifixion. Under which he bore your wrath for us. Father, we know that he died and he was buried and he was raised from the dead, and that Jesus Christ now lives. And it's to him that we look and we pray. If this morning you would help us to embrace Christ by faith. No other hope we have except in Jesus Christ, our Lord. And we pray this morning, as you judge your people, that we would find refuge from that judgment in Jesus Christ, who has already borne all the judgment for the people of God. It is in our high priest's name that we therefore pray. Amen.

Mosaic Boston
Heartbroken Over Eternal Souls

Mosaic Boston

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 41:52


Audio Transcript: This media has been made available by Mosaic Boston Church. If you'd like to check out more resources, learn about Mosaic Boston in our neighborhood Churches or donate to this ministry, please visit mosaicboston.com. Heavenly Father, we thank you that you, the Great God of the universe have given us this opportunity to come and worship you. We thank you Jesus, that while we were yet sinners, you came and you died for us. Not because there was anything lovely in us presently or in the future, but because you are a loving God. Lord, I pray, remove any distractions and help us focus on your Holy Word. Help us to meditate today on the Sovereignty of God that you are God over everything, over every detail, over all the minutia of our lives and all the minutia in the world. And help us take solace in the fact that you're in control, even when we look at our lives and we look at the world, it seems like everything is out of control. Your word tells us that when we submit ourselves to you, when we love you with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, you take every single aspect of our lives and you weave them all together for our good and for your glory. Bless our time in the Holy Scriptures now, as we look at a profound passage. It's difficult in many ways, but it's not difficult to understand. It's difficult to receive, so give us grace to receive it. We pray Holy Spirit, come now and minister to us. Take these words that are on paper, that are on screens and apply them to our hearts. Make us the people who love you with everything that we got. Love the Gospel with everything we got, so much so that we're willing to sacrifice anything and everything, so that others might have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and be prompted by the Holy Spirit generated in their hearts and drawn to you. Bless our time in the Holy Word. We pray all this in Christ's Holy Name. Amen. We're continuing our sermon series through Romans 9. Today, we're in Romans 9:1-5. The title of the sermon is, Heartbroken Over Eternal Souls. We've moved from one of the most popular passages in all the Scripture, Romans 8 to one of the least popular and most avoided. It's a difficult passage, but it's not that difficult to understand. I can explain it to you. It's difficult for many to accept and receive, partially because it cuts against the grain of our very nature. Our nature is driven by self. In many ways, we are natural Pelasgians. Pelagius taught that we have the power to come to Christ whenever we want. That we have a free will that's truly free and we can choose Christ whenever, wherever. That's not true. I love this portion of Scripture. It's balm to my weary soul, because it shows us that God is Sovereign. That God is King. That God is God. He is all powerful. He can do whatever he wills, and whatever he wills is good because he is good. I love this portion of Scripture because it reminds me I'm not in control, nor do I need to be. God is in control. And thanks be to Jesus Christ, the one who is in control loves me and wants the best for me. In Romans 8, one of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Well this verse is only true, if God is Sovereign over every single detail in the universe. If God is Sovereign over everything, then he is Sovereign over who gets saved, because who gets saved is part of everything. And if you don't understand just how totally Sovereign God is, you don't really understand the character of God, not yet. Romans 9 is an explanation for why the word of God has not failed, even though God's chosen people Israel, as a whole, are not turning to Christ and being saved. In Romans 8, God says, "There is nothing that can sever God's people from God's love." There is nothing that can sever God's people from God's love, and here someone can raise the question, "Whoa, whoa, hold on. What about Israel? What about the Jewish People, the chosen people of God? Why aren't they flocking to Christ as they should be?" They have received so many of the privileges that many people are not born into. Here St. Paul says, "Hey, hold on. God never promised that salvation will be given to all of ethnic Israel, because salvation isn't based on DNA. Salvation isn't based on our genes. It's not based on our religious pedigree. It doesn't matter how many religious people you had in your family before you. What matters is faith in Jesus Christ, your own personal faith in Jesus Christ, your own relationship with Christ." God's word has not fallen and the sovereignty of God's grace has brought in, in Romans 9, as the final ground of God's faithfulness, despite Israel's faithlessness, their failure to trust in Christ. And therefore, God's sovereignty is the deepest foundation for the precious promises of Romans 8. With that said, would you please look with me in Romans 9:1-5, "I am speaking the truth in Christ. I'm not lying. My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelite. And to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen." This is the reading of God's holy, inerrant, infallible, authoritative word, may write these eternal truths upon our hearts. Three points to frame over our time. First, anguish over lost souls. Second, accursed and cut off. And third, religious privilege doesn't save. First, anguish over lost souls. Look at verse one. Look at Paul's solemnity. He's giving a declaration with the deepest sincerity that he can muster. He says, "I am speaking the truth in Christ." He invokes Christ, the second person of the Trinity. "I'm not lying. Speaking the truth. I'm not lying. My conscience bears me witness." Brings in his conscience. "In the Holy Spirit," brings in the third person of the Holy Spirit, to show us just how sincere he is and what he's about to say. Why? Because he knows that he's said some things that are problematic for religious Jewish people of his day and religious Jewish people of our day. Before Paul looks at how God has taken the Gospel from the Jews to the Gentiles community, grafting Gentiles in the place of Israel. That's what Romans 9-11 is about. He wants to make sure that these people, his brothers, his brethren, his kinsmen. His brothers that he grew up going to synagogue with these people. This is his family. He wants the Jewish community to know that he is writing these words with tears. He's not angry. He's not hostile toward them. He's speaking with a loving and burdened heart. Why is such a strong assertion of truthfulness of his love? Because he knows that he has spoken hard truths. And when you speak hard truths to people, it's easy for them to misinterpret your intentions. He's speaking truth, because he loves. Probably because Paul also knows that his fellow Jews were suspicious of his loyalty and his patriotism, because he was used by God to bring so many Gentiles into the people of God. He was viewed by a number of his Jewish people as a traitor, that he has lost his natural affection towards his people and he denies this. They doubted his love. So that's what he starts with. Why would they doubt his love? Because he said hard things, like Romans 2:24, "For as it is written, the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." He's talking about religious people who offered God nothing more than mouth service. They worshiped God with their mouths, but their hearts were far from him. The Gentiles saw the testimony, the sermon of the lives of these people. And he said, "You worship God?" They blaspheme the name of God. Romans 3:9, "What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin." This was his message. His message has never changed. His message was, it doesn't matter what your pedigree. It doesn't matter what your genealogy. It doesn't matter what your DNA. It doesn't matter how many faithful people you had in your past, in your family. None of that matters, because God doesn't have grandchildren. God only has children. So everyone is a sinner. He's preaching the same message to both Jews and Greeks. And the Jews will say, "Hold on, hold on. You're saying we're as much sinners as the Gentiles?" And Paul says, "Yes. We're all sinners. We're all under the condemnation of God. We all deserve damnation. We're all accursed apart from God." And then he says in verse six, and we'll cover this next week in Romans 9:6. He says, "But it's not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel." It's not your genealogy that saves you. Saying it over and over and over, God's covenant doesn't guarantee the salvation of every Jew. The ultimate reason why some are cursed and cut off from Christ is that they are not among the elect. Romans 11:7, "What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elective obtained it, but the rest were hardened." Before he gets to these hard truths about election, he wants everyone to know that these truths are coming from a heart that loves people. He says in verse two of chapter nine, "That I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart." You can feel his pain as grief. It's a perturbed heart, kind of like Christ was. And the more that you know Christ and love Christ, the more Christ-like you become. This is why Jesus saves us, so that we can be refashioned and transformed into the image of Christ, that we become more Christ-like, and Christ loved sinners. Christ gave everything to save sinners. On his way to Jerusalem, he knows the passion is coming. He knows the crucifixion is coming, and he knows the people that he is dying for, killed by. These are people that he loves and he wants them to be saved. This is what Jesus says, as he cries out in lament about Jerusalem, a city that hardened their hearts against the word of God. Matthew 23:37, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. How often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you are not willing." Paul continues and this is point, accursed and cut off. In verse three, he says. This is how deep his grief. This is how deep his sorrow. He says in verse three, "For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh." Well, you got to pause here and meditate on what he's saying. What are you saying, Paul? The first thing that he's saying is an implication. What he's implying is, that his kinsmen, his brothers according to the flesh, his fellow Jewish believers are accursed and cut off from Christ. He does soften the statement of their loss by expressing in relation to his own anguish, but the statement's unmistakable. He's saying that the Jewish people who rejected Christ are accursed, that they're lost. They're on their way to hell, under the judgment of God. The word for accursed here is anathema. It's used in other places, like 1 Corinthians 16:22, "If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. O Lord, come." So why are these people accursed? What makes one accursed? Well, breaking the moral law of God. You break the moral law of God, God's curses upon your head. It's upon your soul. And there's only one way to be saved from the curse that we all deserve for our law breaking. That's the trust in the God Man, Jesus Christ, who was cursed on our behalf. These people rejected the only one who could save them from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree." Paul knows this. Paul knows that the only way to be saved from damnation is to trust in Jesus Christ, that Jesus Christ, the substitutionary atonement, he bore the curse that we deserve. And as soon as we trust in him, the curse is lifted off from us, and Christ's righteousness is imputed to us. "He who knew no sin became sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God." Paul knows this, but he still sees his brothers and sisters as kinsmen in the flesh. They've rejected Christ, and he says some haunting words. He says, "For I could wish that I were accursed on their behalf." What he's saying is hypothetically, if there were a way for them to be saved and for me to be cursed, I'm willing to take their curse upon myself and bear eternal torment forever. Of course, he's speaking hypothetically. It's impossible that any mere man could be cursed in exchange for the salvation of others, but Paul expresses this impossible wish in uncertain terms. He says, "My conscience bears me when it's in Christ, I'm saying the truth in the Holy Spirit." He knows it's not true, but if it were true, he would do it. The wish can't be fulfilled. Nothing can sever believers from the love of Christ. We already know this from Romans 8, but he says, "May I be damned so that they would not be." Martin Luther comments. He says, "It seems incredible that a man would desire to be damned in order that the damned might be saved." Well, this is as Christ-like as you can become. He sees people that he loves and he's willing to do absolutely anything and everything sacrifice everything for these people to meet Christ. That's what Christ did. He knew that there was no other way for people to be saved, other than for Christ to come, live a perfectly obedient life of love toward God and people. And then, Christ goes to a cross. He's crucified and the crucifixion was chosen by God. This is pre-destined sovereignty of God. He controls every single detail. God chose crucifixion, because it was the most excruciating form of capital punishment ever known to man, and even that was just a tip of the iceberg of the spiritual anguish that Christ went through. Christ bore our curse upon himself, and that curse was bearing the wrath of God in his soul. Christ went through hell so that we would not have too. You can hear the grief and the voice of St. Paul here at the unbelief of his people. And I wonder, could you say this? Could you say anything remotely close to this? Could you say you love someone so much that you give up your own salvation for them? Those of us who have loved ones who were lost, perhaps a sibling or a spouse or a child or a parent, a grandparent, friends, we know this grief. We know this sorrow. We made joy time with them, laugh with them, even play with them, but there's always a pain underneath knowing, unless this person trusts in Christ, we will spend eternity apart from each other. Luther put it this way, "Love is not only pure joy and delight, but also a great and deep heaviness of heart and sorrow." The good news is, we don't have to give up our salvation for the salvation of others. But if you put yourself in this posture of heart, where you're willing to give up your salvation for that of another, well it makes other things so much easier, like sharing the Gospel with them. As awkward as it can be as politically incorrect as it may be, you can have a difficult conversation with the person. And by the way, this is what St. Paul and by the way Jesus calls each one of us to. The great commission wasn't just given to the disciples or the Apostles or professional trained clergy. The great commission was given to each one of us. Jesus Christ tells each Christian, "Look, I've saved you and now I'm giving you a job. I'm commissioning you, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to do everything that I have taught you." I do want you to increase your evangelistic ministry. You should have one. Every Christian should have an evangelistic ministry, where you have unbelievers that you are heartbroken over, sorrow, anguishing your heart over, and you beg God to save them. And you take any and every opportunity to share the Gospel with them, to read Scripture with them, to speak truth in love and serve them. This is what Paul did. These aren't just words for Paul. He devoted his life, his whole life to sharing the Gospel, planting Churches and doing missionary work. Paul's immense heart broke for Israel and he uses the same word when he writes to the Galatians, the word anathema. The Galatians were being seduced away from the true Gospel in Galatians 1:8. He says, "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed." So what he's saying to false teachers who do not preach the full Gospel? He says, "May you be cursed for preaching lies." What he's saying is, "Damn you for destroying the Gospel." This is the worst kind of curse that could be brought against a human being. It goes back to the Old Testament, when God's curse was upon Canaan and God tells the people of Israel, "Don't even take their goods. Slaughter them, give them up to absolute destruction." This is the kind of anathema that Paul is calling upon himself. "I am willing to go through this anathema so that my kinsmen could be saved." And the reader of Romans who knows his or her Bible will immediately spot, that the posture of heart in verse three is very similar to that of Moses. When Moses comes down from Mount Sinai and he sees that the people of Israel have fashioned golden calf, and they're worshiping it. Moses discovers the sin of the people and he knows that God is about to vanquish them, and he says, "God, you got to hold on." And he intercedes for them in Exodus 32:30-32, "The next day, Moses came to the people. You have sinned." And he said to them, "You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.' So Moses returned to the Lord and said, 'Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin. If not, please blot me out of your book that you have written." What a heart for the lost, and I pray that the Lord develops a similar heart in each one of us. This is why we exist. This is why this Church exists. This is why we have an army volunteers, every Sunday, show up here like 6:00 AM. They're here till like 2:00 PM, sweating and burning calories. You worship God and you get a workout. It's like CrossFit. Jesus is the center of the cross. This is what we do. We do everything. We do glorify God, and we want unbelievers to meet Jesus. That's what we want. And every single Sunday, there's unbelievers that show up and we hear, people get saved. We prep people for baptism, discipleship, et cetera. The Lord is doing his work. Third point is religious privilege doesn't save. Romans 9:4, "They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship and the promises." What he's saying is, some people are given more revelation than others. These are spiritual privileges. If you grow up in a Christian family, you have a father and a mother who care for you, teach you the Gospel, teach you Holy Scriptures, have devotions with you, pray with you, pray over you, care for you. And they embody the truth of the Gospel with their own lives. That's incredible privilege. I think of my own parents. Every single morning, I walk down the stairs as I go prep breakfast on the way to school. And my dad is on his knees, open Bible, praying to God. My mom and my dad loved the Lord, incredible privilege. But what we are you saying here, it doesn't matter the privileges that you've been given, if you don't do anything with them, if you don't make them your own, if you don't accept these blessings, privileges. The privileges missed, the first one is adoption. And here he is talking about Israel not as adoption given to individuals. And this has to be clarified because in Romans 8, he does say that we have been, "Christians individually adopted into the family of God." Israel did not have the same adoption. They had a national blessing of adoption conferred on them, but they still had to appropriate for themselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, we see this application from the Old Testament, when Jesus Christ was born and then Herod issued the threat of infant slaughter. An angel comes and warns Joseph in a dream to flee from Bethlehem and not to return to Nazareth, but go to Egypt until the threat had passed. And then Matthew tells us, that Joseph took Mary and the baby Jesus and fled to Egypt. And when the Herodian persecution was over, they come back to Israel, thereby fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy that we're given. And this is the text in Matthew 2:13-15. "Now, when they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him.' And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, 'Out of Egypt, I called my son." Well, the original reference to this adoption was when God, through Moses brings Israel out of captivity, out of the yoke of slavery under Pharaoh and calling the nation, his son. And that's Hosea 11:1, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son." The Israelites were those who had been called to enjoy the adoption, but then they've run from the Lord, turned from the Lord and turned to idolatry. The second privilege that they were given is the glory, and the Greek word for glory's Doxa, where we get the word doxology from. When we sing the Doxology after every Sunday Service, we're giving glory to God. He deserves it. The Latin equivalent of the word Doxa is Gloria, from which we get the Gloria Patri, Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning and is now and ever shall be. Amen. In this context here, Paul is undoubtedly referring to God's presence to people of Israel. God was amongst them, but the reader of Romans have forgotten that Paul has attributed this characteristic to Christians, that God is in us. The Holy Spirit is in us in a way that wasn't true with Israel, but they did experience the Glory, hovering over the mercy seat in the Arc of the Covenant, in the Holy of Holies and glory in Israel is connected to the Shekinah, the blazing light that manifested God's Glory and made him a consuming fire. Ezekiel saw the Glory of God rising from the City of Jerusalem and departing. And at the birth of Jesus Christ, the Glory of God flooded the landscape and the angelic choir gave Glory to God. The covenants were given to Israel, the covenants with Adam, with Noah, with Abraham, with Isaac, Jacob, Moses and with David. And the covenants we inherit from the Jews, not from the Gentiles. We inherit these from Paul's kinsmen. The covenants belonged to them. Covenants and promises probably goes together, but we'll get to the promises later, but all these covenants that God made and all the promises that God made belong to Christians as well. You elect remnant of Israel, you future ethnic Israel as a whole, and you Gentiles who trust in the Messiah and are grafted into the tree of the covenant of the promise, these are ours. Why? Because in Jesus Christ, "All the promises of God are yes," as 2 Corinthians tells us. The giving of the law. We received the law because the law was given by God to Israel. The law wasn't given to Hammurabi. It wasn't given to Babylon, Phoenicia or Egypt. The law was given to Israel and through Israel, it was given to all of us. And the law was given to us, so that we might realize that we are sinners in need of the Grace of God. Romans 3:19, "Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God." The whole world. The moral law is given to every single human being. It's not just the Jewish people. And as you read the Ten Commandments, you realize that there's a self authenticating power to them. That these are God's words and these words are written on our hearts, so that's the self authentication. And ultimately, the law is given to us to show us that we need salvation. We need Christ. Romans 10:4, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." In the long term, aim of the law wasn't our condemnation. It was our salvation. For trusting the Messiah for our righteousness, the law has become to us, what it was given for, a servant to lead us to Christ. And the word worship. The worship was given to the people of Israel and the word for worship that he uses here is the same word as service. So to worship God is to serve God. To serve God is to worship God, the Greek word [foreign language 00:29:19]. Our instructions about how to bring praise, sacrifices to God in corporate worship were given to us through the people of Israel. And the word here refers to ministry of priests and the offering of sacrifices. And the supreme temple service, the supreme temple worship was the Passover. In the Passover, a lamb was to be slaughtered. Blood was supposed to be shed. And then you take that blood and you paint it over your doorway, so that the angel of death passes over your household. And then, 1 Corinthians 5:7 says that, "Christ is our ultimate Passover lamb. He has been sacrificed." He has performed the final and decisive atoning temple service on the cross. So when we say the temple service belongs to true Israel, we mean in the fullest saving way, our sins are forgiven and God welcomes us into his fellowship. Then six, he says, "The promises we're given to them." Which promises? And there are thousands in Scripture, but in particular, it's the promise that God would save his people from their sins, and we'll get that from the very beginning in Genesis 3 right after the fall. In Genesis 3:15, God gives us the Protoevangelion, the first Gospel in Genesis 3:15 where he says the following, "I will put enmity between you." He's talking to the serpent saying, "And the woman, between your offspring and her offspring, he." So this is the offspring of the woman. "He will bruise your head and you will bruise his heel." And this is God promising that the seed of the woman. This is going to be a human being, but it's a human being who can vanquish Satan. So it has to be God. He's the only one who can vanquish Satan. He's the one that will come and he's the one that will save. A friend sent me a video this week of Jordan Peterson. Apparently, he's been getting into the Bible recently, and it was a video of him with a slide behind him of every single Cross reference in Scripture. And it's just arc after arc after arc. And I'm like, I already knew this, but he was amazed. There's 65,000 Cross references in the Bible. I actually think it's more, but 65,000 Cross references in the Bible and he's like, "This book is ... You can't make this up. This is a miracle." He called it the first hyperlinked book ever. He's like, "There's no links to click, but it's hyperlinked." It's telling one story. 3000 years, three millennia, 40 plus authors, three plus language, all speaking in harmony unison about this Gospel. We have sinned. God is gracious, sends his Son to vanquish Satan, sin and death. All these things, the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship of God and God's promises, they came through to Paul's kinsmen Israel. Don't you see? This is why Paul is in tears. You've been given so much. You've been given every single piece of the puzzle. You're only missing the Cross at the center, Jesus Christ. Romans 9:5, "To them belong to patriarchs. And from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God overall, blessed forever. Amen." The implication of this is stated in Romans 11:28, "As regards the Gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers." And we'll get into that in a few weeks. But in other words, God freely chose Abraham, freely chose Isaac and Jacob and promised to their descendants that they would be heirs of God. And what we see from Romans 9-11 is that, this is meant in three ways. First, that there is an elect remnant of Israel. There always was, and there always will be. Elijah, I don't know if you remember this one text, where he's just complaining to God like, "God, I'm the only Christian. I'm the only one that loves you." I wonder if you ever feel like that in Boston. I'm the only one. I'm the only one in my company, probably the whole university. If you go to BU, you're probably right. I'm the only one. I'm the only one. And God says to Elijah, "Stop complaining. I've got 7,000. 7,000 people who have not knelt a knee to Baal. Well that's election. That's God's saving his remnant. There's also promise that all ethnic is real. At some point, in some future time, when they're alive, will be saved. It will be incredible revival amongst Jewish people. And Gentiles, that's us who trust in the Messiah, become sons of the fathers with the same blessing as the natural children. So if you repent of your sin and trust in Jesus Christ, you become a child of Abraham as much as Isaac was. Everything promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is yours, in the Messiah Jesus Christ. Verse five, I don't know if you noticed. He says, "Christ, who is God overall, blessed forever." Paul does affirm Jesus' Jewish ancestry, that Jesus was fully human, but he doesn't stop there. He gives one of the clearest, most decisive affirmations of the Deity of Christ, that we find anywhere in Scripture, that Christ is God. He's over all things, the entire universe. The Jews use this expression to refer to God's dominion over the entire creation. "Christ is God over all, blessed forever." So if you're having a conversation with a Mormon or a Jehovah's Witness, they don't believe that Jesus is God, just keep this one in the back pocket, Romans 9:5. Just take him there, Romans 9:5, "Christ is God, blessed forever." Here, someone might raise a legitimate question and say, "Will we go to heaven, be sad throughout all eternity, because of those who are cursed and cut off from Christ in hell?" What if we have a loved one who never turns to Christ? Brother or sister, sibling, spouse, child, there will be a sadness in eternity because of them. And the answer is no. The Scripture says, "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes and neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore." But God will have to wipe out tears. God will have to wipe off our tears. Why are we weeping in the first place, in a place of bliss? I think there will be moments in the very beginning, where we wish we had done more, kind of like Schindler's List at the end, where he is like, "Here's the watch. Here's the pen. I wish I had done more." Well, that's just a reminder for us to do the more now, be encouraged to be more bold and preaching the Gospel now. "And with respect to any affection that the godly may have had to the finally reprobate, the love of God will wholly swallow it up, and cause it wholly to cease," as Jonathan Edwards says. In conclusion, pray for God to burden your heart for the lost. If you hear this and you're like, "I've never even thought about praying for the lost." Well first, pray for your own heart, you're living in disobedience. Pray for your own heart to care for the lost and then pray for the lost and share the Gospel with the lost. Romans 10:1, this is what Paul says, "Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved." St. Paul had to pray for God to save people. He couldn't do it himself. He believed in the sovereignty of God. He believed that God elects people to salvation. And because he believed that God elects people to salvation, he prayed for God to save the elect. A lot of people use God's sovereignty in saving people as an excuse to do nothing. Well, if God saves people, then he doesn't need me to share the Gospel. If God is the one to predestine people a salvation, well he doesn't need me to do any. He doesn't need me to pray. That's false. If God predestines the end, he predestines the means. And the means that he predestines is for every single one of us to pray for the lost and share the Gospel with the lost. And the fruit of Paul's anguish is to pray for them and ask that God would save them. If Paul had to pray, if Paul prayed for the lost, we should too. If Christ prayed for the lost, we should too. Jesus Christ on the cross says, "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do." He's praying for the loss. And because Christ prayed for the loss on the cross for their salvation, we are called to pray as well. 2 Timothy 2:25 says, "God may perhaps grant them repentance, leading to a knowledge of the truth." May the Lord do so even now. If you don't know if you're a Christian, if you're still under the guilt of your sins and accursed and cut off from Christ, well don't stay there. Today, turn to Jesus Christ. Look to Christ on the cross. Christ crying out from the depth of his soul and anguish and heart, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Christ was accursed. Christ was caught off from God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, so we would never have to be. He bore the wrath of God, so that we would not have to. He bore the curse, so that we might receive the blessing. So trust in him as your only hope, and you will be saved today. I'll close in Matthew 11:25-30, before we transition to communion. It's a text where Jesus Christ thanks God for closing the eyes of some, opening the eyes of others and saying that only the one to whom the son reveals the Father can be saved. And still Christ says, "Come to me all who are burdened and heavy laden." Matthew 11:25-30, "At that time, Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. Yes Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Lord, we thank you for all the spiritual privileges that you have bestowed upon us as a Church and as individuals. We thank you for the full canon of Holy Scripture, a word that testifies to you, a word that reveals you, a word that reveals the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Lord, we thank you that your, "Word is living and active, sharper than any two edge sword, piercing the division of soul and of marrow, revealing to us the intentions of the heart." And we come to you Lord and we ask for forgiveness of all our sin, of all our pride of all our selfishness and self-reliance, and help us not trust in our spiritual privileges. Make us people who only trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And make us people who walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel, to bring glory to you and attract attention to the beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe, every single person who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. We pray all this in the beautiful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior. Amen.

Grace Church STL
#26 ROMANS: Creator's Choice

Grace Church STL

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 80:50


God chooses one person over another. Does He love one more, or is one good and the other not? In Romans 9 Paul gives us three case histories from the Old Testament when God chose one and rejected another. Ron's going to talk about what that means for Israel and for us.

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us
732 Discipline as Children Part 2 - Hebrews 12:7-8

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 4:56


Do you discipline children that don't belong to you? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is the second part of a two-parter about how our discipline of children and how God disciplines us to relate to one another. Today, let's read Hebrews 12:7-8, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version. "It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom His father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons."  We talked yesterday about how our discipline of children is an example of the type of discipline that God is putting us through. Even in different translations, the challenge at the beginning of verse seven was to endure suffering as a discipline.  In the ESV, it says "it is for discipline that you have to endure." The things that we have to endure, and the things that we go through are for this discipline, this training, this guidance and development that God is doing in our lives. God is developing you to be the person that you will be for eternity, and He's doing that for me. Now, I don't understand the mechanics of all this. I do know that when I discipline my children, they learn the benefits of living with discipline, and we will learn more about that in the future that's part of the reason why I'm studying this whole chapter in a series, or at least this section of this chapter in a series. My goal is to communicate to us that discipline has benefits. If we can take those benefits from the suffering that we face or the negative experiences that we have to endure, as it says here in the ESV, then God is making positive things out of the negative that happens to us. God is in charge of the world and we broke it. He let us break it. He gave us free choice and we broke it, and much of the consequences, all of the consequences that we face the result of the sin in the world. The sin that began when Adam ate the apple and it began when you and I decided that something was ours and we stole it from our brother or our parents or whatever. None of us are without sin. In Romans 3, it says " all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So the consequences of our sin are part of this strategy that trains us to become the people that God would have us be. We are not illegitimate, but we are sons. We have been adopted into the family of God and He is raising us to be what He would have us be and to use us in the world. And part of that is the way that we endure difficulty. It's the way that we face challenges. It's the way that we deal with suffering. Part of that is also the way that we live in and among people in the world. That's our goal as followers of Christ, let's live in such a way that we glorify him. If we can remember that the difficult things that we face are part of God's discipline, we bring new energy to every situation and we make things possible. We create, and we live this visible hope that we're challenged about in 1st Peter 3:15.  People will ask us about our hope and they will ask us about the hope they see, and when they do that's when we get a chance to give a defense. This is all part of our strategy. God has this grand plan to deal with our broken world by letting us be his witnesses in it.  I want to invite you to join God. Be part of His strategy in your sphere of influence. Let's live as we trust Him. Let's remember that the difficulties that we face, the unfairness and the challenges in our job, and the difficult customers, all of those things contribute to us being able to make God visible in our workplace. If we can adopt the attitude that we trust God in this environment, then we're free to serve other people, and it makes our hope visible to them. Try it, check it out. Let's live like Marketplace Christians.  Thank you for being a marketplace Christian, and for considering how you can make a difference in the lives of others, your actions matter. Thank you very much.

Abundant Encounters
Removing Blocks and Walls with Christ

Abundant Encounters

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 45:00


In Romans 9 we join Paul in his lament for his fellow Jews. We too may have some walls to take down that will help open us up to the fullness of Christ in us. Listen in as your host Joshua Marcengill leads you on a powerful encounter journey in this new episode. Dive deeper into the subject of encounters with the book by your host Josh Marcengill "Encounters: Pressing Into Your Abundant Heavenly Supply" - Paperback, Kindle, Scribd, Spanish Version Join our cause to help everyone receive more encounters with God... you can also receive one on one encounter-counseling, coaching and/or consulting for teams at www.abundantencounters.com We're on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/abundantencounters Join and share your encounter experiences to encourage and edify others on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/abundantencounters Music Credit Artist = Moments Song = In the Twilight and licensed through soundstripe https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/14572 Du Toit, Francois. Mirror Bible. Hermanus, South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, [2012], 2012. https://www.mirrorword.net/ and they have an app you should download for either apple, google play, android or kindle Called "Mirror Bible". You can find out more here: https://app.mirrorword.net/dropins/mirror/General/homePage Visit our website www.abundantencounters.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abundantencounters/support

Catholic Answers Live
#10737 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Catholic Answers Live

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022


Questions Covered: 03:02 – Does God's omniscience make an infinite past impossible? 07:28 – Were there early church fathers that bought into Calvinism? 12:20 – Is there a distinction between fallen angels and demons? 16:29 – Why did they change the name from RCIA to OCIA? 20:31 – What are the requirements for becoming a deacon or apologist/religious leader? 29:29 – In Romans 2:25-26, what does Paul mean here? Doesn't God stay faithful to His covenants with His people no matter what? 35:27 – How are our internal organs affected by the resurrected body? 40:50 – Considering the verse that calls Christ the cornerstone, could you explain the stability of the Catholic church? 46:38 – Were the places that the Israelites attacked in the book of Joshua military bases or civilian towns? 49:53 – What’s the difference between praying, desiring, and wishing? …

Max LucadoMax Lucado

Paul was a Christian-killer before he was a Christian leader. In Romans 7:25 (NCV) he wrote: “I thank God for...

Locked On Baylor - Daily Podcast On Baylor Bears Football & Basketball
Blake Shapen Will Win Big 12 Player of the Year

Locked On Baylor - Daily Podcast On Baylor Bears Football & Basketball

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 33:18


As written by today's guest Scotty Swingler: Part of being a preacher is that I preach the Gospel which I've inherited, and not another Gospel. The Apostle Paul had very harsh words in his letters for those who'd preach “another Gospel.” While I may be the guy who came on your show in the spring and said that Gerry Bohanon should be Baylor's starting quarterback in 2022, I now must faithfully preach the Gospel I've inherited, not the Gospel I would've written. I mean, if I can be honest, had I been Jesus, I would've started John the Beloved over Peter at the quarterback position, known in Biblical times as “the rock upon which the Church will be built.” Advanced stats show that John possessed greater accuracy and patience in the pocket than Peter, while also seeing visions and remaining injury-free throughout his career. But Jesus started Peter, the high-ceiling sleeper pick from Galilee whose upside was just too great to deny despite his inconsistency and injury-prone nature. Jesus picked Peter, so that's what I preach; just like Dave picked Blake, and that is what I will now preach. Who's the reigning Big 12 Championship Game MVP? Blake Shapen. In only his second game as Baylor's starting quarterback, was the Most Valuable Player of the Big 12 Championship as selected by the media. Interesting. In both the NFL and CFB, the media is extremely biased towards a particular position group when it comes to major awards, do you know which position that is? Quarterback. In fact, since the Big 12's first season in 1996, a quarterback has won Offensive Player of the Year 17/26 years or 65% of the time. If you look at the winners since 2003, that percentage jumps to 74%! In 1999 the writers liked quarterbacks so much, they gave the award to TWO of them! So in total, 18 quarterbacks have won the award in 26 years. Who did the media pick to win the Big 12 in the preseason poll? That's right, Baylor. Interesting! So the media picks quarterbacks to win Player of the Year nearly 3⁄4 of the time over the last two decades, and that's most often the quarterback on the best team. Apologies to Bijon Robinson, it's just not happening this season. Texas has absolutely no shot. They're going to win 5-7 games as always. Frankly Texas probably SHOULD start Bijon at quarterback... it might turn out better for them than starting Quinn EW-ers, because you know, GROSS, but I digress. In Romans 10:14 Paul writes, “How will they believe if they have not heard?” In other words, how will someone know Jesus if a friend or a preacher doesn't talk about Jesus with them? The Bible of College Football clearly says in Charlie HeBrewer chapter 1, “How will he throw if he have not time?” Your quarterback can't do ANYTHING without the time to throw the ball, AKA, an offensive line. Who possesses the best Big 12 Offensive Line in 2022? Of course, it's Baylor. The Joe Moore semifinalist unit returns 4 of 5 starters and arguably improved at the 5th spot. Shapen is going to have time to put the ball downfield. Now, Blake Shapen is notably a two-sport athlete. Baylor had another notable two-sport athlete at the quarterback position in the not-so-distant past, can you think of who he was? This one's really tough so I'll give you a hint: He bears the same name as his father, AND his grandfather. Robert Griffin III. That's right! RG3 won the Big 12 in the 400 hurdles as a true freshman. So the last time Baylor had a two-sport superstar under center, he won a Heisman trophy. A Heisman! The last time Baylor had a starting quarterback whose name started with a “B” was when? 2014, when Bryce Petty won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and the Bears won the Big 12, a milestone they did not reach again until Blake Shapen won the Big 12 Championship MVP. I'm out here preaching the good news! Will you only believe?! Blake Shapen. 2022 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices